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First of all, Congrats on an awesome GMAT score. You have nailed it and your application will definitely carry a lot of weight because of your GMAT score. Now coming to the core issue

1) I don't think you need to justify your GPA, as it isn't below average even though it's not a stellar one. There will be aspects of your application which will be extraordinary, good and average. Do try to see your application in the best light possible, but do not brag about stuff which you cannot justify or have no connection with. It's always best to be honest about your accomplishments and achievements. This also means that do not try to overemphasise the average part of your application as they really are not shady parts of your application but a mental creation of black spot in your mind. So do not stress yourself with a 7.3. I would say that until you are not in the 6 point zone, it's a safe gpa which needn't be highlighted. You can rather focus on anything extraordinary you might have done in your college days. That will indirectly address your fears without bringing your GPA to the fore front.

2) Coming to your second and the most important issue, first you need to check if ISB has a goals essay. If yes, let me directly point this out. You have listed N number of courses related to finance. If you portray product management, you will be first facing a challenge to actually justify what has FRM and CFA got to do with product management. Second, you need to have a clarity on what exactly you want to do post MBA. You don't seem to look like a guy who is into tech and product management. So get your priorities straight. If you want to leverage your courses and certifications, you need to think of a story in the lines of your interest. Maybe you can play the angle of finance and risk management in a tech related company. So get your goals sorted for the sake of your future and not just for the sake of getting into a college. If that's clear, each of the bschools will be just a step away.

Happy Writing. All the best.

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Thnx a lot Anubhav for that most awesum feedback! :evil:
Nonetheless, will try to incorporate whatever points you have mentioned. All the best to you too. :)
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Gave the GMAT and scored 720. My GPA is 8.2 and I have done my engineering in IT. I currently have a work ex of 28 months in Reporting domain in the IT Industry. I am targeting ISB Class of 2016. Is there a need for me to give the GMAT again?

Should I target R1 or R2 deadlines?

I am also thinking of applying to HARVARD,STANFORD,Wharton and INSEAD?
So what needs to be done further so that I can be more competitive than others?



Your GMAT is alright for ISB. f you plan to apply to the US top 10 b-schools, then a higher GMAT score will help. While you are applying to Harvard and Stanford, do add some other b-schools to the mix, as these two are extremely selective
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Hello Guys,

1. My question is should I address my GPA issue in the optional essay for ISB. Will it be advisable or will it attract undue negative attention to a weak aspect of my profile?
2. I do not have work-exp in finance but have interest and would want to switch to finance domain through my MBA. So is it advisable to pitch in for finance in my essays as my post MBA goal or should I go in-line with my work-ex and pitch for product management as my post MBA goal?



Hi Sourabh,

1. You have an awesome GMAT score and the matter of fretting over GMAT rests here. In addition the finance certifications will also help explain that you are a good student.

2. Have you had some exposure to finance? Do you know where you would want to be in the financial service sector, which in itself is huge and different streams have different levels of entry barriers? Without any kind of exposure to the industry, its going to be difficult to explain the move. More so, if your career goals require a completely different set of skills as compared to what you have used in the past five years.
Have you done some internship in a finance role?
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My gmat score is 700( Q 50, V 34).
12th - 89.3%
CGPA - 8.25
Work ex - 6 yrs (NTPC - power sector)
Since my score is slight less than the average required, should I go for another attempt or my profile enough to back up my below par score to earn a call?

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My gmat score is 700( Q 50, V 34).
12th - 89.3%
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Work ex - 6 yrs (NTPC - power sector)
Since my score is slight less than the average required, should I go for another attempt or my profile enough to back up my below par score to earn a call?



Rahul,

Although the GMAT score is a very important aspect in the evaluation process, yet a higher GMAT score alone will not get you the desired admit. I'd like to know more about your six years of work experience- what kind of challenges did you face and how did you overcome them? What were your key achievements? How has your career grown?

Why do you want an MBA at this point your career? What do you want to do after the MBA?

All of these questions are very relevant to the application and together with the GMAT score, will act as a deciding factor.

Another key aspect is your professional maturity, more expected from older applicants. Read this article here: http://mbadecoder.com/show-maturity-in-mba-application/
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My gmat score is 700( Q 50, V 34).
12th - 89.3%
CGPA - 8.25
Work ex - 6 yrs (NTPC - power sector)
Since my score is slight less than the average required, should I go for another attempt or my profile enough to back up my below par score to earn a call?



Rahul,

Although the GMAT score is a very important aspect in the evaluation process, yet a higher GMAT score alone will not get you the desired admit. I'd like to know more about your six years of work experience- what kind of challenges did you face and how did you overcome them? What were your key achievements? How has your career grown?

Why do you want an MBA at this point your career? What do you want to do after the MBA?

All of these questions are very relevant to the application and together with the GMAT score, will act as a deciding factor.

Another key aspect is your professional maturity, more expected from older applicants. Read this article here: http://mbadecoder.com/show-maturity-in-mba-application/



Mam,
I was selected into NTPC's Nuclear programme based on my CGPA. Spent 1 year for training in nuclear programme and then 2 years in commissioning of nuclear power plant in Kudankulam. After completion, was then transferred to Thermal Plant of Sipat where currently i am in the team for maintenance of CHP equipments as well as additional responsibility of operation and maintenance of Heavy Vehicles in plant. I was also awarded Excellence award by HOP for my work in maintenance.

I want to know that a score of 700 is ok for the isb or should i retake exam aiming for 730 and then applying in R2?

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I was selected into NTPC's Nuclear programme based on my CGPA. Spent 1 year for training in nuclear programme and then 2 years in commissioning of nuclear power plant in Kudankulam. After completion, was then transferred to Thermal Plant of Sipat where currently i am in the team for maintenance of CHP equipments as well as additional responsibility of operation and maintenance of Heavy Vehicles in plant. I was also awarded Excellence award by HOP for my work in maintenance.

I want to know that a score of 700 is ok for the isb or should i retake exam aiming for 730 and then applying in R2?




Thanks for the details Rahul.

A higher GMAT score is not a guaranteer of admission. Your application still needs to be stellar.
Now if you can get a 730+ with little effort, then a higher GMAT will help you move to another bucket of the applicant base.
Applying in R1 or R2 has no added benefit.

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Thanks for the details Rahul.

A higher GMAT score is not a guaranteer of admission. Your application still needs to be stellar.
Now if you can get a 730+ with little effort, then a higher GMAT will help you move to another bucket of the applicant base.
Applying in R1 or R2 has no added benefit.

Go with your gut here.


Hello MBADecoder,

You mentioned the bucket system at ISB in this post, I have priliminary info. about buckets(P1to P4) I have read Mr.Menon's interview. Can you give us more details about the buckets and their role in admission process? can you tell to which bucket would an IT guy(work ex: 3 years) with 720 GMAT would belong?

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hi to all,

i am balakrishna, applying for ISB for the first time.

Yet to give my GMAT and preparing to give it in september 2015.

Profile:

10th: 80%
12th: 93%
B.Tech:66%
M.Tech:70%

work experience: i am working as Asst.Manager in Regional Rural Bank and will complete 2 years by this september.

I am requesting your valuable suggestions about the prepartion for the GMAT.

I am awaiting for your reply,

thanks in advance.


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Hi Balakrishna,

You should aim for a GMAT score of 700+. Your profile has a lot of potential, with experience in a very niche sector (rural banking). While you are on the lower side of the work experience spectrum (magnitude of experience), that should not be an issue if you can get a score nearabouts 700. Your M.Tech. will help supplement your profile further.

Prepare well for the GMAT. Feel free to post back with specific questions on other aspects. All the best!
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many thanks for your quick reply.

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many thanks for your quick reply.

Please suggest me the best books for preparation.

Whether GMAT 2016 official guide bundle is enough for scoring 700+?

I am awaiting for your reply.

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You will find the following post useful: best-gmat-books-latest-update-118706.html?fl=menu

Please note that while the GMAT 2016 official guides are important elements of GMAT preparation, this set is unlikely to be enough alone.
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Hello there,

I had been waiting to apply to ISB for a long time now. Was waiting to complete 2 years of work exp before applying!

I was wondering if somebody could guide me as to what else is required from now to the R1 deadline with regards to my profile :)

Age - 22 years
Work Exp - 25 months in e-commerce industry
BBA Graduate - 75%
GMAT score of 690
Fairly decent extra curricular's.
NGO experience

Really appreciate any help!

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I had been waiting to apply to ISB for a long time now. Was waiting to complete 2 years of work exp before applying!

I was wondering if somebody could guide me as to what else is required from now to the R1 deadline with regards to my profile :)

Age - 22 years
Work Exp - 25 months in e-commerce industry
BBA Graduate - 75%
GMAT score of 690
Fairly decent extra curricular's.
NGO experience

Really appreciate any help!

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With yours stats in place, you will require the following most of all:
1. Professional maturity. Read this: http://mbadecoder.com/show-maturity-in-mba-application/
2. Good career progress with impressive achievements (refer back to stories from your work experience)
3. Clear career goals
4. well defined need for an MBA and MBA now (think- why not net year?).
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i am balakrishna, applying for ISB for the first time.

Yet to give my GMAT and preparing to give it in september 2015.

Profile:

10th: 80%
12th: 93%
B.Tech:66%
M.Tech:70%

work experience: i am working as Asst.Manager in Regional Rural Bank and will complete 2 years by this september.
I am requesting your valuable suggestions about the prepartion for the GMAT.
I am awaiting for your reply,
thanks in advance.


with best regards,
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Hi Balakrishna,

As gyanone correctly pointed out, OG might not be sufficient in itself for GMAT preparation.
OG consists of the questions, but for the concepts, you will have to take the help of some or the other preparation books.
Once you are done with the fundamentals, then you can shift you attention towards OG.

You can go for the manhattan study guides. The SC guide is a must.
After the books, you should focus on your test taking skills. The two free tests from GMAC, along with the 6 tests that you will get after purchasing any of the Manhattan guides should be fine.
Over and above, I would recommend you to purchase the Exam Pack 1.

Let me know if you have more questions.

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Hello there,

I had been waiting to apply to ISB for a long time now. Was waiting to complete 2 years of work exp before applying!

I was wondering if somebody could guide me as to what else is required from now to the R1 deadline with regards to my profile :)

Age - 22 years
Work Exp - 25 months in e-commerce industry
BBA Graduate - 75%
GMAT score of 690
Fairly decent extra curricular's.
NGO experience

Really appreciate any help!

Regards.


The most important thing you need is a clarity of your Goals, why MBA and why ISB.

If you can link your work experience with your Goal and place ISB in between i.e. you cannot reach your GOAL without ISB.
Also, you do not just need your extra curricular and NGo experiences on your Resume, but you also need to know what were the lessons you derived out of them, what was the impact and what changes did you make in your surroundings.

If you have all these things sorted out, you are good to go :)

I would suggest you to read this post before you start writing your essays.
calling-all-isb-applicants-2015-intake-class-of-170219-60.html#p1375687

Also, go through the ISB preparation kit here: calling-all-isb-applicants-2015-intake-class-of-170219-140.html#p1395539
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This is for the old timers.
Did any one of you manage to get a feedback from ISB?
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This is for the old timers.
Did any one of you manage to get a feedback from ISB?


I did get a feedback from ISB today, "You were not able to convey your strengths during the interview".
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This is for the old timers.
Did any one of you manage to get a feedback from ISB?


I did get a feedback from ISB today, "You were not able to convey your strengths during the interview".



Sagar, was this it? They delayed the feedback because they were planning to give a detailed feedback.
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