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I had applied twice in the past 3 years ( 2014 with a GMAT 680 and 2016 with a 730. Got admitted to Columbia and INSEAD this year and have decided to join INSEAD January intake. Was hesitant as CBS was a better brand but have chosen INSEAD because of scholarships and duration of the program( Hope I am right in the long run).

Worked with two different consultants across two years. First one ( Name hidden) was okay but there were many factors that led to multiple rejects including low GMAT Score and work experience, school selection and stories. Second one- Jatin Bhandari ( Pythagurus) –recommended by some of my colleagues from Wharton and MIT.

Two months into the process, I was advised by Jatin to take GMAT. I had been resisting this a lot but finally decided to go for it and ended up not applying to any program that year. Decided to travel to the US and Europe to make class visits and realized that it was GMAT Score indeed that was the major roadblock. Visited many campuses and realized- Many admitted students across most of my target programs did not have out of the world profiles but my 680 was staring at me continuously. I had even attended seminars by many ex-applicants of Pythagurus at their Gurgaon center and many admitted applicants from Top 10-15 schools did not have profiles that were way superior than mine (Some were exceptional but not all). Decided to drop the entire year and reapply in 2016.

Final Score: 730
Final Results: Columbia Business School ( 2017 Intake) and INSEAD w/scholarship) - ( Jan intake).


Stanford – Dinged without an interview

Tuck- Reject but not a surprise( Tuck Reject was not a shock. I connected really well with the admissions committee during class visits and I reconnected with them in 2016. However, my interviewer did not like me and that was very evident. He was not convinced with my goals story. He spent 20 minutes in trying to convince me that management consultants really do not do anything in life and investment bankers play with real money and add real value to the industry. He was an ex-banker and a PE guy and probably did not want to accept a perspective different than his. I thought I will write to Tuck but did not and decided to let it go.

Wharton- Dinged after interview.


I owe these admits to a thorough admissions process absolutely and thanks to Jatin for being a great partner. My advice to everyone- Your clarity about how an MBA program can help you achieve your aspirations really is very important. Your research will matter in both essays and interviews. I was advised by Jatin to literally stalk the MBA programs I am aspiring for. I went for a class visit and did informational interviews with the adcoms. I think I literally I spoke with almost everyone who was available to speak across all my schools. I will advise everyone to communicate with all your target programs and understand how they can help you with your goals. As we moved ahead in the process, Jatin changed my understanding of my goals and essays completely. I grew up to realize how I should focus on sub-functions in finance and why value investing at Columbia was very important for me. For other schools, I used a management consulting story.


INSEAD admit came after I had my Visa stamped for US. I was not expecting it as I was not very satisfied with my interview apparently. My interviewer was rude and cold I thought but I think I was wrong in my judgment or probably I misread him after my Tuck interview experience.

I will finally be joining INSEAD Jan intake primarily because of scholarships and short duration of the program.

Finally- thanks to Jatin and Pythagurus for all the help. We did it finally.
Good luck to everyone who is applying.

I will be sharing my experiences in a seminar as well in the Gurgaon center of pythagurus soon. Happy to connect with you if you are around.

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Hey, congratulations for the admit. Could you please share more about your profile?

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Hi. Congratulations on the admit. It feels strange to me that you applied with different goals for different schools - while it seems like very tactical advice, I am glad it worked out for you. I am curious to know - what do you think helped you with your INSEAD app that was not there in others for e.g GSB or Wharton? I can guess that the GMAT did play a part, but I think your essays also made a difference. Thoughts?
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Hi Souvik,

Not sure what happened with Wharton. But I know that I had a hard time writing the main Stanford essay. I do not think I spent a lot of time thinking about "What matters most to me and why?" and most of my responses were probably not deep enough to inspire Stanford. I do not still know "What matters most to me?" and I was mostly focused on writing stories that will impress Stanford. I even tried to show my entrepreneurial bent of mind but I did not have a strong proof for that story.

I also think that my focus on these two schools really helped me. I was laser focused on finding out more about INSEAD and that enthusiasm was truly reflected in my essays. I probably did that as I believed I had a good shot.

Rajat- I have 5 years of experience in risk management with engineering and a 3.6 GPA.


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Hi Souvik,

Not sure what happened with Wharton. But I know that I had a hard time writing the main Stanford essay. I do not think I spent a lot of time thinking about "What matters most to me and why?" and most of my responses were probably not deep enough to inspire Stanford. I do not still know "What matters most to me?" and I was mostly focused on writing stories that will impress Stanford. I even tried to show my entrepreneurial bent of mind but I did not have a strong proof for that story.

I also think that my focus on these two schools really helped me. I was laser focused on finding out more about INSEAD and that enthusiasm was truly reflected in my essays. I probably did that as I believed I had a good shot.

Rajat- I have 5 years of experience in risk management with engineering and a 3.6 GPA.


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Thanks for responding. I have a follow up for your INSEAD question. Last year the app did not have any why INSEAD type questions. Could you share more on how you leveraged your INSEAD research and the resulting enthusiasm? It will be really helpful to know.
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Hi Abhigoldfinger:

Can you share the name of the consultant you worked with in pythagurus? Do they have presence in Mumbai?

Souvik

I am interested in INSEAD and IMD. Do you have any suggestions about the timelines? SHould I do the upcoming round of Insead or the first round for September intake? INSEAD or IMD? thoughts?

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Souvik,

I owe you this response. I will share my entire experience. Travelling currently. Will share in a week or so certainly.

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I worked with Jatin ( mentioned that above. Please check :) ).

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AwesomenessMBA, Have added the name of the consultant in the topic too. And I will recommend INSEAD over IMD as the class size is bigger.

Will share a detailed experience for INSEAD very soon. Regards,

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