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I will be applying for FT MBA program for fall 16.
Here's my brief profile,

1. GMAT : 710 (Q49, V36, AWA 6)
2. Under-graduation : B.S Marine Engineering from BITS-Pilani . CGPA 8.89/10 .
3. Work Experience : 5 years work experience as marine engineer on merchant ships. Have sailed on most types of commercial ships such as LNG,LPG carriers, Crude Oil Carriers and Container Vessels carrying precious cargo and plying across all the major ports of the world. Worked with multi-cultural crew.
4. Significant Activities/Experiences : Technical Editor of the Annual College Magazine , Technical Coordinator for Inter College Cultural Festivals, Graphic Designer for Inter College Tech Fest, Winner Inter College Video making contest, Founder of a technical club in college to teach basic skills of graphic designing and video making to fellow students, Merit Scholarship Awarded in 5 Semesters, Lloyd's Registar Certified Welder Certificate (2G and 4G Welding), Active Volunteer for an anti-corruption movement ,India Against Corruption.
5. Certifications : Advanced Fire Fighting Course, Medical First Aid Course, Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats , Personal Survival Technique Course.
6. Target Program : Full Time MBA (pref in the USA). Preferred MBA in Operations / Supply Chain and Logistics. Few schools in which I plan to apply :
1.Tepper
2.Broad
2.Ross, Michigan
3. Kenan-Flagler
4.Carey
5.Fisher
6. Harvard (ambitious)
(not in any particular order)
7. When Planning to apply ? : will start applying in R1 this year for fall'16 programs
8. Post MBA Goals : I intend to work preferably in the Shipping Industry. I believe that my hands on experience of work culture onboard, and having understood the requirements and difficulties faced by the ship’s crew, along with my management training will help me to serve effectively and efficiently in this industry.

Frankly speaking, I selected the target school list without getting too much insight. However, now i have time and i plan to dig deeper to find which schools will be a safe option for me.
Any suggestions / criticisms are welcomed.


Hi Siamr,

You have a good undergrad score with plenty of extra curricular achievements. Your certifications are technical, and are not really going to add much of the MBA- profile value. However, do mention them where required.

Now the thing that I am a little queasy about is your GMAT score - its less for b-schools like Ross and to some extent, Tepper and UNC Kenen Flagler. Can you retake before the application deadlines?

I am missing more details about your work experience - how have you fared in the past 5 years? What positions have you held? What were your achievements? What about leadership experiences (you guys get a tonne of those opportunities). Your international experience will stand you in good stead- talk about it in terms of what you learned and how you evolved due to it.

Your career goals seem to be on track- you will need more granularity on them. From the goals perspective you have got the right names on your list, other than Harvard, which is a stretched stretch.
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Back to hometown after a short trip to New Delhi for my visa appointment. Whoever tells you that the toughest part gets over once you get an admit is SO wrong! Either that or he never needed to apply for visa.

The application is a bit of a task in itself. For UK Visa application in India, unlike visa app for USA, on the day of your appointment you submit at the application centre what you feel is your best prepared application and then can only wait for weeks in dreaded anticipation before you hear from embassy about their decision. Almost like an encore of your B school application!

For the benefit for first timers, I’m outlining the process to be followed to apply for Tier 4 Student (General) Visa (Make sure to diligently go through the detailed guidelines laid out here on GOV.UK  and here on Oxford’s site)

  • You will need to register at Visa4UK with your e-mail address. The application can be filled in multiple sessions until submission, post which you will not be allowed to make changes to your application. Make sure to keep saving from time to time, else you’ll have to fill in the details all over again, which can get quite frustrating.
  • The application itself would not take more than 30 minutes if you have all documents handy. You’ll need to fill in your personal details as per your passport (including that of your parents), travel history from past 10 years, education details, and declaration of maintenance funds.
  • Fill in CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance Acceptance for Studies) details provided by the University. Note that the CAS document should not be issued before 3 months prior to the start of your course. Also, the CAS has a unique number that can be used only once. In an unlikely event that your visa application gets rejected, you will need to request for a fresh CAS number to reapply. The document also specifies details on sponsor university’s license, course of study, documents used to assess your qualification as well as fees due towards the course. You will need all these details to fill in the application accurately.
  • Provide information on source of funds – loan letter, personal savings, funds from parents etc. This includes any remaining tuition fees and living costs (minimum 820 GBP per month for Oxford).
  • Select Biometric Resident Permit (BRP) collection centre. Once your visa is issued, you are given a 30 day vignette (from your travel date) that you need to show to collect your resident permit. Oxford has made provision to collect the BRP from the campus during orientation week, but since I am flying in earlier and BRP needs to be collected within 10 days of flying I would need to go to the post office to do the same. 
  • Submit application and book appointment slot. This will be followed with payments to be made towards Immigration Health Surcharge IHS (225 GBP) and Visa processing fees. IHS payment varies depending on length and type of visa, and can be calculated using this link.
Documents to carry along  for Visa appointment :

  • Passport
  • Latest photograph according to UK visa guidelines 
  • University admission letter 
  • CAS mail from the university 
  • Proof of funds 
  • IHS reference number 
  • Tuberculosis test report 
  • Previous degree (based on which CAS was issued) 
It’s a smooth process, gets over in about an hour. Make sure to not carry any eatables in your bag (yours truly did and had to grudgingly offer them to the security). You’re allotted a token number and while you wait for your turn you need to fill a couple of forms with your personal details and list of documents being submitted.

If you want your documents to be sent back to your home in lieu of personal pick up, you can request for courier after paying certain amount (flatly refused for my state, why VFS why???)

Once your token number is called out, you move to the allotted counter and submit your documents. The staff will go through the bundle and ask you a couple of questions to confirm your identity. Make sure you submit all documents in original to be on the safer side (recently heard of a friend whose visa got rejected because she submitted a notarised copy of her degree certificate?!!).

You are then proceeded for the biometric test and a short video interview. My interview was warm and friendly. The interviewer asked me a few questions about my background and reason behind pursuing MBA and choosing Oxford as my preferred place of study. I assume the interview is done to ascertain your identity and that you are fit to study in the UK with regards to your command over English and study plans.

Barring a tiny moment of panic where the staff pointed out to me that I should’ve carried a No Objection Letter from my parents since I was showing funds from a joint account, the process was extremely smooth for me. It had not occurred to me – and I had read the guidelines multiple times – that I would need an authorisation from my parents if I was a joint holder. The staff was quite helpful though and suggested that I manage to get the letter after my video interview in half an hour’s time. The following 30 minutes were the biggest adventure for me during my uneventful unemployed pre-MBA life. Sprinting around the market on call with parents who were at our farmhouse in a remote countryside, with both parties searching for a nearby internet cafe and finally managing to make it back just in time before they shut the doors – it was quite an experience!

I have subscribed to SMS alerts on the status of my visa application. Last checked my phone for the 87th time, there’s been no update apart from “Your visa application xxxxxxx was forwarded to UKVI”.  The next one better be “Your visa is issued, please come over to collect your passport and we are more than happy to enclose a ticket to Platform 9 3/4 for you!”

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Good choice of schools based on what you say. Caveat would be that it is typically not wise to make recommendations without getting to know the candidate's profile in some depth.

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I was looking for a proper conversion method to convert my cgpa of 7.28/10 to x/4.0, does any one got any idea. Min pass marks were 35


Most b-schools don't require you to do it. If you must, use a trusted service like WES-- they have both paid and non-paid options
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Hi all,

I want to apply to Canadian schools only for FULL TIME MBA.
Here's my brief profile,

1. GMAT : 640 (Q43, V35, AWA 5, IR 4), GPA- 6.91/10, Work ex: 25 months in Mobile App Development(Btech CSE), Two summer internships at Indian Institute of Management- Ahmedabad (Research and Dev)

Target Programs :
Hec Montreal
John Molson School of Business
Telfer School (UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA)
Alberta Business School-University of Alberta (Edmonton)
University of Victoria(Gustavson School of Business)

I have selected these schools because of the ROI.
Can I make it to anyone of them ? Specially in HEC Montreal with this GMAT score or should I retake ?

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I want to apply to Canadian schools only for FULL TIME MBA.
Here's my brief profile,

1. GMAT : 640 (Q43, V35, AWA 5, IR 4), GPA- 6.91/10, Work ex: 25 months in Mobile App Development(Btech CSE), Two summer internships at Indian Institute of Management- Ahmedabad (Research and Dev)

Target Programs :
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John Molson School of Business
Telfer School (UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA)
Alberta Business School-University of Alberta (Edmonton)
University of Victoria(Gustavson School of Business)

I have selected these schools because of the ROI.
Can I make it to anyone of them ? Specially in HEC Montreal with this GMAT score or should I retake ?


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Hi All

I am planning for a MBA somewhere in 2017. Considering my age and current salary I am wondering if it is worth going for an MBA after all.

A brief bio about me:

1. Male, currently 35 years old and a Canadian Immigrant at present.
2. BE from Bangalore with terrible grades, MSc from UK with average grades.
3. About 9 years of IT experience at present will be about 11 years when I plan to apply.
4. Developer and Team lead experience in Wipro, IBM, Accenture and HCL (in India). Also worked for IBM Canada (onsite) and currently working for a Canadian company.
5. By the time I apply it will be almost 5 years of international experience and 6 year experience in India.

I am planning for the following (in descending importance):

1. Wharton
2. Chicago Booth
3. Stanford GSB

Now the question is on ROI. Though I will be able to take a student loan in Canada to finance the major part of my expenses, this is how they stack up:

$200k MBA expense + $200k (loss of income for these 2 years considering that I earn around $100k/year) = $400k and even if I get the almost highest non-immigrant base salary of $130k it will be almost 3+ years post MBA before I actually start earning.

So I have the following questions:

1. Is it worth taking the plunge at this age (I am enthusiastic though not convinced)?
2. Am I a fit for these B Schools (considering my experience and an average 680-700 ish GMAT score)?

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I am planning for a MBA somewhere in 2017. Considering my age and current salary I am wondering if it is worth going for an MBA after all.

A brief bio about me:

1. Male, currently 35 years old and a Canadian Immigrant at present.
2. BE from Bangalore with terrible grades, MSc from UK with average grades.
3. About 9 years of IT experience at present will be about 11 years when I plan to apply.
4. Developer and Team lead experience in Wipro, IBM, Accenture and HCL (in India). Also worked for IBM Canada (onsite) and currently working for a Canadian company.
5. By the time I apply it will be almost 5 years of international experience and 6 year experience in India.

I am planning for the following (in descending importance):

1. Wharton
2. Chicago Booth
3. Stanford GSB

Now the question is on ROI. Though I will be able to take a student loan in Canada to finance the major part of my expenses, this is how they stack up:

$200k MBA expense + $200k (loss of income for these 2 years considering that I earn around $100k/year) = $400k and even if I get the almost highest non-immigrant base salary of $130k it will be almost 3+ years post MBA before I actually start earning.

So I have the following questions:

1. Is it worth taking the plunge at this age (I am enthusiastic though not convinced)?
2. Am I a fit for these B Schools (considering my experience and an average 680-700 ish GMAT score)?

Thanks in Advance


Do post your query at admission-consultants-124/?fl=menu, you will be able to get replies from admission consultants.

The long and short of it. You will have a difficult chance for the traditional 2 year full time MBA at most of the schools in US due to your age. All schools will recommend that you look at executive MBA programs. You might have a better ROI by going for a 1 year EMBA.
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Hello,

I am planning to apply for Fall 2016 MBA.

Following are my qualifications

GMAT Score
3 attempts:
1st 660( Q-49 V-31)
2nd 680(Q-48 V-34) in 2014
3rd 710 (Q48 V-39) in 2015

Education:

R.V College of Engineering, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
BE, Mechanical Engineering, July 2012
Graduated First Class with Distinction. GPA: 8.56/10
Extra curriculars: Member of the Rotaract club district 3190 from 2008-2010, was involved in orphanage visits
Vounteer work and in charge for online gaming section of inter and intra college fests(~20 people)

Experience:
Honda, India Bangalore, India 3 years
Customer Relations Coordinator – South India
Cross functional working among area, zonal and regional managers for customer complaint resolution
Trained dealership manpower and dealer management.
On site visit for complaint reduction parameters, customer handling and legal case handling
Won award for best performer (top 5% of my department) of more than 80 people
2012-2014: Field Services Area In Charge – Customer Services
Acted as a liaison between company and 14 dealers, was responsible for claim settlements, technical
feedback, manpower development, new dealer appointment
Was responsible for the order and sale of parts, and after sales services

Internships

Indian institute of Science, Bangalore, India
Department of Aerospace Engineering, Intern
Studied the basic principles of EFPI (Extrinsic Fabry-Perot Interferometers)
Developed a new method of non destructive testing and analysis of metal fracture involving EFPI
Sensors
GE Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Engineering team, Intern (2 months)

ADDITIONAL:
Use of C++, Virtual Basic, Matlab,
Hobbies: Piano, Guitar, Soccer and reading Mystery Novels, and travelling.
Presently involved in musical organization during regional office events.
Extensive international travel: SE Asia, Europe and China (2 months respectively) during school and college days

Looking for a good gen management/ operations program

Interested in Darden, Rice, Tuck,UNC, Cornell, Georgetown,
What are my chances

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I am planning to apply for Fall 2016 MBA.

Following are my qualifications.....................

........................... Interested in Darden, Rice, Tuck,UNC, Cornell, Georgetown,
What are my chances


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Hi. here is my profile in brief

Indian Male 28 Years Old

GMAT - 710 (Q 47, V 41, IR 5, AWA 6)

Education :-

UnderGrad- Bachelors in computer application (pune university). GPA- 64% (approx 3.2 as per WES)
PostGrad- Post graduate diploma in Retail Banking and sales (1 year course). GPA- 81% (equivalent 3.9 source WES)

Work ex :-

7 years. Out of this roughly 6 years in banking (commercial and retail) - specifically extensive exp in trade finance & currency market. 1 promotion in one organisation and 2 promotions in another. For the last one year or so have been working as a partner in family business ( equity and commodity brokerage). Used past exp to add currency trading (COMEX) into the product portfolio.

Have good NGO experience as well as good EC's.

Post MBA immediate goal- Transition to Corporate/ Investment Banking (Corporate finance advisory)
Long term goal- expansion of family business into a financial advisory firm.

Looking at applying to B schools for Fall 2016 intake. Gave my gmat a bit late ( 6th Nov) hence will be applying in R2 but can give as much time as required to complete essays. Considering 3-4 out of the below schools :

1) Columbia Business School;
2) Michigan Ross
3) NYU Stern
4) Kelley Business School
5) MIT Sloan
6) Rotman/HKUST

Any feedback if I can get on the profile and choice of schools then that would be of great help. Also one concern- NYU has its 2nd deadline on 15th Nov which I will clearly miss. Is it a good decision to apply in R3 (15th Jan). ?

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Hi. here is my profile in brief

Looking at applying to B schools for Fall 2016 intake. Gave my gmat a bit late ( 6th Nov) hence will be applying in R2 but can give as much time as required to complete essays. Considering 3-4 out of the below schools :

1) Columbia Business School;
2) Michigan Ross
3) NYU Stern
4) Kelley Business School
5) MIT Sloan
6) Rotman/HKUST

Any feedback if I can get on the profile and choice of schools then that would be of great help. Also one concern- NYU has its 2nd deadline on 15th Nov which I will clearly miss. Is it a good decision to apply in R3 (15th Jan). ?



Hi Prateek,
your GMAT is low for the b-schools you are targeting, specially at CBS, Ross, Stern and MIT. It's fine at the other b-schools. I would suggest you add UNC KenanFlagler, which is strong in Financial services.
I think its a little late to apply to R3 of Stern with an average GMAT/ GPA.
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Whoa..deadly quiet here!!! Would love to know how Indian applicants are doing in this application season.

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prateekb1987 wrote:
Hi. here is my profile in brief

Looking at applying to B schools for Fall 2016 intake. Gave my gmat a bit late ( 6th Nov) hence will be applying in R2 but can give as much time as required to complete essays. Considering 3-4 out of the below schools :

1) Columbia Business School;
2) Michigan Ross
3) NYU Stern
4) Kelley Business School
5) MIT Sloan
6) Rotman/HKUST

Any feedback if I can get on the profile and choice of schools then that would be of great help. Also one concern- NYU has its 2nd deadline on 15th Nov which I will clearly miss. Is it a good decision to apply in R3 (15th Jan). ?



Hi Prateek,
your GMAT is low for the b-schools you are targeting, specially at CBS, Ross, Stern and MIT. It's fine at the other b-schools. I would suggest you add UNC KenanFlagler, which is strong in Financial services.
I think its a little late to apply to R3 of Stern with an average GMAT/ GPA.



Thanks for the reply. But I am thinking I should apply to atleast one of those 4 schools. .... maybe ross. A 710 might be an average score but it won't harm to add atleast one ambitious school in the mix. other criteria apart from gmat matter as well. Yes, I am adding UNC to the list as well. Can you give me insight into georgetown? Can that be a target school? They have a great program but do they place a lot of emphasis on international exp? Because on their program website it says that about 84% of the class has some international exposure.

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Here is my profile in brief
male, indian engineer from NIT with a CGPA of 7.4/10, level 2 CFA cleared, GMAT SCORE OF 720, Working in an MNC for past 5.5 years in finance industry, have been mentoring batches in my company, also running a business on my own for past 3 years in hospitality industry have grown it to a turnover of more than a million INR, and employ close to 25 people. Have ventured into other businesses also in the same industry recently. A fitness freak, like travelling and have traveled quite a lot.

I plan to be in the consulting or finance industry(leaning towards consulting) in future.
my target colleges are: Chicago Booth, ISB, NUS, INSEAD, NYU Stern

I would really appreciate any feedback on the profile. would also appreciate if you can comment on the choice of schools or if should add any other
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LOW COST, HEALTHY JOB MARKET AND HIGH ROI MAKE HHL LEIPZIG AN ATTRACTIVE MBA DESTINATION

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I am from hardcore mechanical engineering background and major part of my career has been outside India. However, because of the highly technical nature of my job,my career came to a stagnation and I decided to pursue MBA. I scored 780 ( Q50, V47) in GMAT in my first attempt.

When I started considering various options of MBA studies, I decided to think "myself" and not think with "the crowd". (With a score of V47, I reasoned that my logic train won't go haywire ). My requirements were simple ( and mostly in line with other MBA aspirants from middle-class families) :

1. Cost should be minimal: I would not have preferred taking out a major amount from my savings or take stellar loans, which would burden me financially for a long time.

2. Risk should be minimal: I should go to a market that have a large deficiency of managerial workforce and I should have a fairly high chance to get a decent job. (Of course I had plan to settle down in Europe or as a matter of fact, in a first-world country.)

3. The school: The faculty and of course the job opportunities are the main things to look at.

After doing my survey, I realized that Germany fits in and in fact leaves behind other countries in fulfilling both the above requirements:

1. Cost: With scholarship for exceptional students, the cost of studies are extremely low, way below other US / UK counterparts. I got 3 scholarships ( again thanks to my GMAT score), that supported me considerably in not just my tuition fees, but also my living expenses. However, the competition for scholarship is high.

2. Risk: Germany is the center of European economy and needs a large number of managerial level personnel to fill in it's deficiency. For this reason the German government has relaxed the visa norms for highly educated persons who qualify from recognized German Universities, and allows them stay in Germany for further 18 months after completing their studies to search for a job. Therefore I decided that getting a job in Germany, post-MBA, will be much easier than getting in US/UK. (UK visa norms have been a total catastrophe of late, and US visa norms are not very conducive as well ). From the perspective of averting undue risk, I found Germany the most favorable location.

3. The school: There is absolutely no question about the quality of teaching faculty here. Since we are from India, I was specifically impressed to see an IIM Calcutta professor teaching us Corporate Strategy here !! A great advantage HHL has over other schools in Germany - the one that played a major role in my final selection of school - is that the MBA class size is just about 35. When you have less students in the class , you have less competition for job - a simple fact that many aspirants fail to take into consideration while selecting a school. Moreover, you get personal attention from the professors (almost all of them call you by name), and more importantly from the career management team ! Although I got scholarship offer from other German school, this one fact swung me towards HHL.

Please also note that it is desirable that you speak some German by the time you graduate in order to have broader scope in your job search. Here HHL plays a major role:it has in-built German language courses in the curriculum and since the course period is 21 months, one may comfortably get through the 5 stages of the language during the tenure of studies.

Feel free to ask if you have further queries.

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I am from hardcore mechanical engineering background and major part of my career has been outside India. However, because of the highly technical nature of my job,my career came to a stagnation and I decided to pursue MBA. I scored 780 ( Q50, V47) in GMAT in my first attempt.

When I started considering various options of MBA studies, I decided to think "myself" and not think with "the crowd". (With a score of V47, I reasoned that my logic train won't go haywire ). My requirements were simple ( and mostly in line with other MBA aspirants from middle-class families) :

1. Cost should be minimal: I would not have preferred taking out a major amount from my savings or take stellar loans, which would burden me financially for a long time.

2. Risk should be minimal: I should go to a market that have a large deficiency of managerial workforce and I should have a fairly high chance to get a decent job. (Of course I had plan to settle down in Europe or as a matter of fact, in a first-world country.)

3. The school: The faculty and of course the job opportunities are the main things to look at.

After doing my survey, I realized that Germany fits in and in fact leaves behind other countries in fulfilling both the above requirements:

1. Cost: With scholarship for exceptional students, the cost of studies are extremely low, way below other US / UK counterparts. I got 3 scholarships ( again thanks to my GMAT score), that supported me considerably in not just my tuition fees, but also my living expenses. However, the competition for scholarship is high.

2. Risk: Germany is the center of European economy and needs a large number of managerial level personnel to fill in it's deficiency. For this reason the German government has relaxed the visa norms for highly educated persons who qualify from recognized German Universities, and allows them stay in Germany for further 18 months after completing their studies to search for a job. Therefore I decided that getting a job in Germany, post-MBA, will be much easier than getting in US/UK. (UK visa norms have been a total catastrophe of late, and US visa norms are not very conducive as well ). From the perspective of averting undue risk, I found Germany the most favorable location.

3. The school: There is absolutely no question about the quality of teaching faculty here. Since we are from India, I was specifically impressed to see an IIM Calcutta professor teaching us Corporate Strategy here !! A great advantage HHL has over other schools in Germany - the one that played a major role in my final selection of school - is that the MBA class size is just about 35. When you have less students in the class , you have less competition for job - a simple fact that many aspirants fail to take into consideration while selecting a school. Moreover, you get personal attention from the professors (almost all of them call you by name), and more importantly from the career management team ! Although I got scholarship offer from other German school, this one fact swung me towards HHL.

Please also note that it is desirable that you speak some German by the time you graduate in order to have broader scope in your job search. Here HHL plays a major role:it has in-built German language courses in the curriculum and since the course period is 21 months, one may comfortably get through the 5 stages of the language during the tenure of studies.

Feel free to ask if you would like further information.


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Hi
Here is my profile in brief
male, indian engineer from NIT with a CGPA of 7.4/10, level 2 CFA cleared, GMAT SCORE OF 720, Working in an MNC for past 5.5 years in finance industry, have been mentoring batches in my company, also running a business on my own for past 3 years in hospitality industry have grown it to a turnover of more than a million INR, and employ close to 25 people. Have ventured into other businesses also in the same industry recently. A fitness freak, like travelling and have traveled quite a lot.

I plan to be in the consulting or finance industry(leaning towards consulting) in future.
my target colleges are: Chicago Booth, ISB, NUS, INSEAD, NYU Stern

I would really appreciate any feedback on the profile. would also appreciate if you can comment on the choice of schools or if should add any other
Thanks again

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