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3.6 years
India
2025
Score: Plan to take the GMAT
GPA: 4
Pre-MBA industry: Internet and New Media
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
INSEAD
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2024
Pre-MBA industry: Finance
Post-MBA industry: Private Equity
Judge Cambridge
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5.2 years
India
2025
Male
Score: Plan to take the GMAT
GPA: 6.2
Pre-MBA industry: Tech
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
Booth
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8 days ago
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23 May 2024, 01:37
Hi @Nipun1249,

Thank you for sharing your profile and MBA aspirations. My name is Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO.

Strengths of your profile for MBA application:

GPA: Your GPA seems to be average. We suggest including the class percentile in your application.

Clear career transition: Having a clear pre-MBA and post-MBA focus demonstrates a defined career path and ambition for a career change into consulting. The schools would like to know the reason behind this shift.

Tech industry background: Experience in the tech industry can be valuable for consulting firms seeking diverse skill sets.

Areas for Improvement:

GMAT score: While not mandatory for all programs, a strong GMAT score can significantly strengthen your application, especially for competitive schools like Booth.

Work experience: Highlight impactful achievements and leadership experiences to present a strong candidature.

Target schools: Booth is a highly competitive program. Consider adding a safety school or schools with a strong alumni network in consulting. Options could be Tepper, Ross, or Kelley.

While you have an interesting profile, a lot of information is missing. Please share your CV and additional details to priyankak@ARINGO.com and we'd be happy to connect you with our CEO for a more detailed review of your profile. We look forward to assisting you on your MBA journey!
All the best 😊

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22 May 2024, 07:04
All the best - will be able to give you a better assessment of your chances after the GMAT is done, and after looking at your profile. Feel free to reach out if you want to chat anytime: https://bit.ly/GM_AugAcd_Profile_Evaluation
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22 May 2024, 21:23
If GPA is on a scale of 8 or 10, then you need a very strong GMAT score to try to offset it. Whichever school you plan to apply to, ensure you have done your due diligence / extensive research to identify what they seek and how you fit with those requirements.
When it comes to consulting post-MBA, be sure you understand the industry / profession.
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23 May 2024, 01:37
Hi @Nipun1249,

Thank you for sharing your profile and MBA aspirations. My name is Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO.

Strengths of your profile for MBA application:

GPA: Your GPA seems to be average. We suggest including the class percentile in your application.

Clear career transition: Having a clear pre-MBA and post-MBA focus demonstrates a defined career path and ambition for a career change into consulting. The schools would like to know the reason behind this shift.

Tech industry background: Experience in the tech industry can be valuable for consulting firms seeking diverse skill sets.

Areas for Improvement:

GMAT score: While not mandatory for all programs, a strong GMAT score can significantly strengthen your application, especially for competitive schools like Booth.

Work experience: Highlight impactful achievements and leadership experiences to present a strong candidature.

Target schools: Booth is a highly competitive program. Consider adding a safety school or schools with a strong alumni network in consulting. Options could be Tepper, Ross, or Kelley.

While you have an interesting profile, a lot of information is missing. Please share your CV and additional details to priyankak@ARINGO.com and we'd be happy to connect you with our CEO for a more detailed review of your profile. We look forward to assisting you on your MBA journey!
All the best 😊

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4 years
India
2025
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GPA: 3.14
Pre-MBA industry: Manufacturing
Post-MBA industry: Manufacturing
INSEAD
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NUS Singapore
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23 May 2024, 01:07
Hi Devansh,

Thank you for sharing your profile and MBA aspirations. My name is Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO.

Strengths and Areas for Improvement:

It's great to see you have a clear vision for your post-MBA career in manufacturing. Targeting Tier 1 schools is ambitious, and to make your application stand out, a strong GMAT score can be very beneficial. Since competition for these programs is high, highlighting additional aspects of your profile would be helpful. Also, consider adding a safety school within India or a preferred country with a strong MBA program.

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To provide a more comprehensive assessment, we'd love to learn more about:
• Your undergraduate institution
• The impact you've made in your current role (quantifiable achievements, projects led, etc.)
• Any promotions or leadership experiences
• International exposure (travel, work experience, etc.)
• Extracurricular activities

We'd be happy to connect you with our CEO for a more detailed review of your profile. They can offer valuable insights and potentially help you craft compelling applications to top programs. To facilitate this review, please feel free to send your CV and any additional information you'd like to share to priyankak@ARINGO.com.

We look forward to assisting you on your MBA journey!
All the best :)

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23 May 2024, 01:07
Hi Devansh,

Thank you for sharing your profile and MBA aspirations. My name is Priyanka, Client Manager at ARINGO.

Strengths and Areas for Improvement:

It's great to see you have a clear vision for your post-MBA career in manufacturing. Targeting Tier 1 schools is ambitious, and to make your application stand out, a strong GMAT score can be very beneficial. Since competition for these programs is high, highlighting additional aspects of your profile would be helpful. Also, consider adding a safety school within India or a preferred country with a strong MBA program.

Additional Information Needed:
To provide a more comprehensive assessment, we'd love to learn more about:
• Your undergraduate institution
• The impact you've made in your current role (quantifiable achievements, projects led, etc.)
• Any promotions or leadership experiences
• International exposure (travel, work experience, etc.)
• Extracurricular activities

We'd be happy to connect you with our CEO for a more detailed review of your profile. They can offer valuable insights and potentially help you craft compelling applications to top programs. To facilitate this review, please feel free to send your CV and any additional information you'd like to share to priyankak@ARINGO.com.

We look forward to assisting you on your MBA journey!
All the best :)

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11 years
India
2025
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GPA: 8.3
Pre-MBA industry: Non-Profit and Government
Post-MBA industry: Tech
Academics:
GMAT FE: 645 (89th percentile)
M.tech - 89.5 - (Tier-1 : NIRF-2023)
B.E - 78.5 - (Tier-2 ) - S
10th: 82.4
12th 89.8
Other Academic Achievements :
Secured 2nd rank in University during one of the semester
GATE-2012 - Secured All India Rank below 250 - 99.999 percentile

Professional Experience:
Scientist in the Department of Atomic Energy, GoI, for the last 11 years.
Work Domains: R&D, Product development, Vendor development, Quality assurance and auditing.

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Led cross-organization teams on multiple high-impact projects and delivered projects on time with bare minimum failure rates.

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Actively participate in the functioning of the cooperative housing society administration and provide technical support.
I led the departmental cricket team during the yearly inter-division cricket tournament from 2014 to 2019.
I am an active writer on Quora with around 1.5k followers, and I generate new content for my spouse's nutrition and fitness business.
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2.5 years
New Zealand
2024
Male
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645 GMAT Focus
650 GMAT Classic
GPA: 8.5/9
Pre-MBA industry: Consulting
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
As a Digital Consultant at a prominent engineering firm in the Australasia region, I've played a pivotal role in streamlining operations and fostering innovation. With a background in Civil Engineering from a reputable university, I've leveraged my skills to introduce automation tools, saving significant time and resources for my team. This success led me to transition into a more strategic role within the digital division, where I oversee the development of efficient workflows for complex design projects.

Recognizing the need for continuous improvement, I took on the challenge of establishing an Innovation Champion role within the company, focusing on enhancing commercial awareness and negotiation skills. Currently, I am pursuing an advanced degree in business administration to further refine these abilities and contribute more effectively to strategic decision-making processes.

Throughout my career, I've contributed to projects valued at substantial amounts, showcasing a strong commitment to data-driven methodologies. Looking ahead, my goal is to delve deeper into early-stage strategy formulation and project decision-making to drive even greater impact and value creation.
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4.9 years
India
2025
Male
Score: 695 GMAT Focus
GPA: 8.9
Pre-MBA industry: Computer Software
Post-MBA industry: Other
Anderson
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5 days ago
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22 May 2024, 21:19
Good numbers as stated by AA. The 'Other's post-mba industry isn't helpful to share any (unsolicited) pointers. As an Indian male engineer, you represent the single largest demographic group of applicants. Worth thinking of a 'flanking strategy' in your applications.
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22 May 2024, 06:57
You have the stats in place. Rest depends on your profile and application material. Feel free to reach out to chat more: https://bit.ly/GM_AugAcd_Profile_Evaluation
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22 May 2024, 21:19
Good numbers as stated by AA. The 'Other's post-mba industry isn't helpful to share any (unsolicited) pointers. As an Indian male engineer, you represent the single largest demographic group of applicants. Worth thinking of a 'flanking strategy' in your applications.
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4.9 years
India
2025
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Score: Plan to take the GMAT
GPA: 2.89
Pre-MBA industry: Tech
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
Hello,
With over 5 years of experience in fintech, I've excelled as a Sales Manager, leading teams of 30+ people and also managing teams across two cities. Transitioning into Product Management as an Associate Product Manager for a year, I honed my strategic skills. Despite my MBA from a tier-3 college, I'm now poised for a single-year MBA from a reputable institution, focusing on product/project management roles. My academic achievements include 85% in 10th, 82% in 12th, a B.Tech(Mech)with an 8.02 CGPA, and an MBA with a 7.23 CGPA.
My target schools are ISB and IIMs. I seek your feedback and suggestions for my application.
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22 May 2024, 12:06
Hi Ranu, good profile overall. Like the leadership experience. If you have already transitioned to the product side and want to build a post MBA career in product management, then you can come up with a strong career goals story in your essays and subsequently, interviews. I'd like to warn you about using product and project interchangeably though- both are different and you will have to pick one for your career goals. As I understand from the description above, product management aligns more with your current job profile and your passion, so stick with that.
Your grades are decent. Now work towards a good GMAT score - something upward of 720 should help.
IIM and ISB will both allow you to do a second MBA, that said, you should have convincing reasons for why you want that second MBA. My advice would be to not shoot down the first MBA as not being helpful, but instead, saying that you will build on the foundation from that MBA to achieve something larger and more magnificent in your career, and that's why you need the new education/network to fill some gaps.
feel free to reach out for a deeper profile evaluation.
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14 May 2024, 18:56
Hi Ranu, hope you are doing great. You seemingly have a strong profile. Work hard on the GMAT and attain your target score.
You might be new to the admissions process, so I would like to give you my most valued advice. Be unapologetically authentic in your essays and show who you truly are. Business schools love originality in thought and voice. Recently I have been noticing a lot of applicants relying on AI tools to phrase their essays and getting rejected. Its best to learn early on that the common chat gpt kind of tools wash out the originality in your voice/ thoughts and make you look like any other candidate (which is not the goal in the applications).

Overall you are at a sweet spot in terms of work experience and you have a solid growth trajectory with the proof of your switch from sales to product. You need to be strategic about finding the hooks in your experience. ISB and IIM A see a lot of pre-MBA techies applying to the program. You will have to execute your application and interviews well to stand out. You need to unpack your experiences and reconstruct your stories in a way that shows that working on high-impact projects has given you a much more hands-on experience and opportunity to engage with leaders from the industry, more experiential maturity, and more capability to contextualize business problems than most who apply. Always remember that schools are spoilt for choice and they won't blink an eye before rejecting a very young applicant who has an improvement area.

I am guessing your post MBA goals are in product management because of your recent transition. Product is a broad domain and the typical error candidates make is not delving further into their area of interest and desire to learn about a problem they have witnessed through their experience or to capitalize on an opportunity. The same remains true of Strategy Consulting goals.
Your application should be crafted so that each component contributes to justifying your goals and your choice of school.

Feel free to speak should you want guidance in cracking the admits.

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22 May 2024, 07:08
Hi Raju - you should definitely be a viable candidate for IIMs. ISB - yes and no - depends on how they view your previous MBA. If possible, try to get an appointment with one of their admissions staff and discuss this with them - they can advise you if you would be a better fit for the regular PGP or the executive program. You will need a good GMAT score for the IIMs - other than that, I don't see any hurdles along the way. Feel free to reach out if you want to chat: https://bit.ly/GM_AugAcd_Profile_Evaluation
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22 May 2024, 12:06
Hi Ranu, good profile overall. Like the leadership experience. If you have already transitioned to the product side and want to build a post MBA career in product management, then you can come up with a strong career goals story in your essays and subsequently, interviews. I'd like to warn you about using product and project interchangeably though- both are different and you will have to pick one for your career goals. As I understand from the description above, product management aligns more with your current job profile and your passion, so stick with that.
Your grades are decent. Now work towards a good GMAT score - something upward of 720 should help.
IIM and ISB will both allow you to do a second MBA, that said, you should have convincing reasons for why you want that second MBA. My advice would be to not shoot down the first MBA as not being helpful, but instead, saying that you will build on the foundation from that MBA to achieve something larger and more magnificent in your career, and that's why you need the new education/network to fill some gaps.
feel free to reach out for a deeper profile evaluation.
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2.1 years
India
2025
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Score: Plan to take the GMAT
GPA: 8.0
Pre-MBA industry: Tech
Post-MBA industry: Human Resources
Booth
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21 hours ago
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21 hours ago
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Haas
Full Time MBA
21 hours ago
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21 hours ago
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5 years
India
2025
Male
Score: 329 GRE
GPA: 8.03
Pre-MBA industry: Real Estate
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
I'm an architect who has been working in my (mid-sized) family business in real estate development, consulting and contracting for 4 years. My family business consults for 2 big real estate companies, one of which I signed myself. Lot of experience leading people much older than myself; my work is high on impact and I think my empathy-based leadership (work in progress, of course) will hopefully give me some decent essay materials.

Short-term goal: Consulting (to gain external exposure by working in multiple industries/companies and develop problem solving skills for growing my family business someday)
Long-term goal: Expand my family business

For personal reasons, I'm looking at US b-schools only. I will need a summer internship for recruitment so I'm only looking at 2 year programs.
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22 May 2024, 10:06
Hi, thanks I've elaborated on my work impact in another comment on this thread. I'm curious about the 3 skills a consultant needs - could you elaborate? I'd think they would be analytical ability, communication skills and time management abilities, all of which I pretty much do daily in my company's consulting division (and have demonstrated examples going back to college)
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21 May 2024, 03:59
Hi there,
Some relevant bits would be the business impact of your work. As I understand, you are involved in the business decisions and deal sourcing, other than just working as an architect. That's a great point, and this 'business skill' will be more relevant in your applications as compared to the technical skills as an architect. Even for the project management bit, you can make your work experience relevant- you talked about empathetic leadership, and this would reflect in how you deal with your contractors, workers and other stakeholder to get work done as part of your day to day implementation work.
With the b-schools you have mentioned here, a 329 GRE will be a tad less, so i would suggest to bring that score up to a 331-332+
Also, look at MBA programs that have concentrations or certifications on RE/ RE finance - Columbia, UCLA, Stern, Ross and Kellogg come immediately to mind. If you wish to be in the industry long term, these will definitely help.

I'd like to also understand about your undergrad degree, marks and ECA to give a holistic picture about your profile. Feel free to reach out for a more derailed profile evaluation.

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22 May 2024, 10:03
Hi, thanks for your detailed response! I've actually only worked as an architect for a year after graduation and since the last 4 years I've basically been in general management (bring an architect has definitely been an indirect help in real estate). I'm heavily involved in our development (liaising with government officials, being a part of successful lobbying initiatives etc, bring involved in entire project lifecycles) and also consulting (where we consult for 2 of India's largest developers, 1 of whom I signed on myself because the first one is undergoing bankruptcy - which I'm helping them get out of).
I understand your point about the GRE, but since this was my 4th attempt I'll just try to stand out in other ways.
My undergrad was a top 10 architecture school but honestly people beyond my state wouldn't know it, let alone US adcoms. I was in the top 5% of GPAs out of 1700 students from my University though. Thanks again for your feedback :)
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21 May 2024, 08:20
Decent stats. It will really depend on a) how you (an Indian male) can differentiate yourself from other Indian applicants, b) your career narratives, achievement examples, etc.; and c) the depth of your research when selecting schools; you should select only those that can take you where you want to go (which is linked to point b here). When you say, 'consulting industry to gain external exposure by working in multiple industries/companies', you will also need to step into the shoes of hiring managers and think: 'Why should they hire you? just because you have an MBA?' Consultants need three specific skills, and you'd be expected to showcase those in your applications.
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22 May 2024, 10:06
Hi, thanks I've elaborated on my work impact in another comment on this thread. I'm curious about the 3 skills a consultant needs - could you elaborate? I'd think they would be analytical ability, communication skills and time management abilities, all of which I pretty much do daily in my company's consulting division (and have demonstrated examples going back to college)
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22 May 2024, 06:52
You are looking at some top-ranked programs. While it looks like you can demonstrate impact at work, I feel you may need a higher GRE to safely target the schools you are interested in. I'm not saying you shouldn't apply now - that is entirely your decision. I'm just saying that you will have much better odds if you have a higher score. The post-MBA goal in consulting may not be the best choice - we will need to examine where your current work profile and skills lie, and if that ties in well with consulting, then it's fine. Otherwise, you may be better off revisiting that goal. Happy to have a longer chat - feel free to get in touch: https://bit.ly/GM_AugAcd_Profile_Evaluation
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3 years
India
2025
Score: 710 GMAT Classic
GPA: 7.8
Pre-MBA industry: Pharmaceuticals and Biotech
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
ISB
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22 May 2024, 08:32
I will be giving a re-attempt soon!
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22 May 2024, 06:48
A higher GMAT score may help with Tuck - feel free to reach out if you wish to discuss more. https://bit.ly/GM_AugAcd_Profile_Evaluation
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22 May 2024, 08:32
I will be giving a re-attempt soon!
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4.3 years
India
2025
Female
Score: Plan to take the GMAT
GPA: 7.9
Pre-MBA industry: Tech
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
Hello, I have been working in tech as a full-stack developer for the last 4+ years with a 2.5-year gap(preparing for UPSC). I am planning to take GMAT and target ISB for the next cohort. I am currently also researching LBS and LSE and I want to know if this is the right time to put my bets outside India. I plan to switch to Consulting / Finance / Product Management roles.
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22 May 2024, 07:03
Hi Nidhi, the gap is ok, as long as you have continuous employment for the last couple years at least. We can discuss this more, to understand the kind of impact the gap will have if it is more recent. Otherwise, get a good GMAT and you should be good to go with apps. About LBS - depends on your profile. If you have excellent (meaning top-tier) impact at work and in the community, then LBS may be a good app with a GMAT FE of about 685+. LSE does not offer MBAs, I think. I would advise that we can work on your shortlist based on what you get on your GMAT. Recruitment should hopefully be stronger at the time you graduate, which is at least 2.5 years from now. Reach out if you want to chat more. https://bit.ly/GM_AugAcd_Profile_Evaluation
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15 May 2024, 16:18
Hi Nidhi,
well, post MBA recruitments have suffered everywhere, including in UK and therefore at LBS. We can hope that they will pick up by the time you are ready for recruitment two years later. ISB can be a safer bet and will help you to switch to any of the industries you have mentioned (depends on what roles you are targeting). That said, you will have to pinpoint one particular industry that you wish to work in post MBA and also show some transferable skills for that industry/role. Mentioning all 3 in your applications will make you come across as confused and unaware of your career aspirations, which will harm your candidature.
The 2.5 year gap should be explainable through an optional essay (many Indian MBA applicants try for UPSC, so it will not be unheard of by UK b-schools). The adcoms will want to see some personal/professional development during that time period.
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22 May 2024, 07:03
Hi Nidhi, the gap is ok, as long as you have continuous employment for the last couple years at least. We can discuss this more, to understand the kind of impact the gap will have if it is more recent. Otherwise, get a good GMAT and you should be good to go with apps. About LBS - depends on your profile. If you have excellent (meaning top-tier) impact at work and in the community, then LBS may be a good app with a GMAT FE of about 685+. LSE does not offer MBAs, I think. I would advise that we can work on your shortlist based on what you get on your GMAT. Recruitment should hopefully be stronger at the time you graduate, which is at least 2.5 years from now. Reach out if you want to chat more. https://bit.ly/GM_AugAcd_Profile_Evaluation
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5 years
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2025
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Score: Plan to take the GMAT
GPA: 2.7
Pre-MBA industry: Other
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
After 5 years of experience as an architect including 3 years of having my own firm, iwant to switch to management consulting, as i already come from a consulting background. Yer to give my gmat pls suggest any better universities and gmat score target and assessment for same.
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22 May 2024, 06:58
Not sure if you are converting your GPA to a 4.0 scale. Please don't. A 65% is average, but a 2.7 is quite low. Anyhow, if you crack a 695+, you should be able to target a top20 program. A lot depends on your GMAT. Please feel free to reach out to chat more: https://bit.ly/GM_AugAcd_Profile_Evaluation
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17 May 2024, 05:20
School selection and target scores are a function of what you wish to pursue post MBA and where in the world. Your demographic of being an Indian male, and your seemingly weak GPA would require you to have a very strong GMAT score. - Dee (MBA admissions consultant and management consultant)
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17 May 2024, 21:06
I would add Darden - they use case method and quite strong. IESE same - case method and have good Consulting interview performance and placement. Though I would split the schools a bit among R1 and R2 so that they are not bunched up together.
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22 May 2024, 06:58
Not sure if you are converting your GPA to a 4.0 scale. Please don't. A 65% is average, but a 2.7 is quite low. Anyhow, if you crack a 695+, you should be able to target a top20 program. A lot depends on your GMAT. Please feel free to reach out to chat more: https://bit.ly/GM_AugAcd_Profile_Evaluation
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3 years
India
2025
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Score: 645 GMAT Focus
GPA: 3.64
Pre-MBA industry: Tech
Post-MBA industry: Computer Software
Columbia
Full Time MBA
4 days ago
Round 1
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22 May 2024, 06:56
Hi - will need more details to provide thought-out advice. For now, all I can say is - try to crack 705+ for T10 schools. Feel free to reach out if you want to have an in-depth chat: https://bit.ly/GM_AugAcd_Profile_Evaluation
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19 May 2024, 09:50
Please do consider improving your GMAT score to create a stronger defense for your candidature. You represent the single largest demographic group of applicants - Indian male engineer. - Dee (MBA admissions consultant and management consultant)
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19 May 2024, 10:23
Thanks for the reply. I am planning on re-taking the GMAT. What score should I target to make me competitive for the M7/T15?
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19 May 2024, 10:27
Try to be at least 30 points higher than the school's average. A high score will not get you rejected; but not getting rejected doesn't mean getting selected. Scores are just a strong defense. The offense (rest of your application) has to be stronger. Equally important will be your methodical approach to selecting schools, which shouldn't be blindly based on rankings or tags like M7 or T15.
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22 May 2024, 06:56
Hi - will need more details to provide thought-out advice. For now, all I can say is - try to crack 705+ for T10 schools. Feel free to reach out if you want to have an in-depth chat: https://bit.ly/GM_AugAcd_Profile_Evaluation
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9 years
India
2025
Male
Score: 720 GMAT Classic
GPA: 9.07
Pre-MBA industry: Consumer Products
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
I am Indian male. Graduated from IIT. 8+ years of experience in FMCG industry. Have 3+ years of International experience.

Current designation is Senior Manager in Supply Chain
INSEAD
January Intake
13 days ago
Round 1
AppliedMar 12, 24
InterviewedApr 19, 24
AcceptedMay 10, 24
ScholarshipNone
HEC Paris
January Intake
13 days ago
Round 1
AppliedMar 12, 24
InterviewedMar 7, 24
AcceptedMar 15, 24
ScholarshipNone
IMD
Full Time MBA
13 days ago
Round 1
AppliedJan 15, 24
DeniedFeb 27, 24
IESE
Full Time MBA
2 months ago
Round 2
AppliedJan 9, 24
InterviewedFeb 14, 24
AcceptedMar 15, 24
ScholarshipNone
LBS
Full Time MBA
2 months ago
Round 2
AppliedJan 3, 24
DeniedFeb 7, 24
Oxford Said
Full Time MBA
2 months ago
Round 2
AppliedJan 5, 24
DeniedFeb 1, 24
Judge Cambridge
Full Time MBA
3 months ago
Round 3
AppliedJan 8, 24
DeniedJan 31, 24
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22 May 2024, 06:54
Congrats!
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12 Dec 2023, 21:38
Congrats - nice GPA. What industry are you looking at after graduating? Are you planning to take a test?
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13 Dec 2023, 00:05
Thank you! I am look for companies that offer Leadership development programmes post MBA.
I took GMAT, got 720 (Q50,V38,IR7,AW5)
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14 Mar 2024, 12:32
Hello Chandra KK,
Can you share what went wrong with your LBS, Judge, Said Applications? Don't see a reason for your not getting through.
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14 Mar 2024, 20:46
I think the major reason is being in the over represented pool of Indian Male Engineers.

I was expecting to get through LBS. The essays were good and I also had recommendation from Alumni. The only thing I could think of was my work experience. I will be having 9 yrs of Workex by the time I join vs LBS avg of 5.4. I head LBS generally dont look for 8+ unless the profile is special.

For Oxford & Cambridge, I dont understand even till today what went wrong. They were my backup schools and they surprised me. From GMAT club, I understood that tot many Indian males got through in Jan round for both schools. May be they have taken more in earlier rounds.
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14 Mar 2024, 20:59
Sorry! 😞
If you’re planning to reapply, I would highly encourage reaching out to current students and even the recently admitted folks, and asking them for recommendations to improve your profile and asking them small things such as review your career goals. I wouldn’t send them 10 essays and your résumé because that’s overwhelming but I was asking for some small things And see if you can peel back the onion and get a sense what may have gone wrong. I also would seek out applicants with similar amount of experience to compare cards and see what worked for them and what caliber of folks was getting admitted … This will be very helpful for your future applications and not only for diagnosing and troubleshooting

PS. I’m sorry, not a whole lot of other wisdom to share at the moment. don’t let it get to you.
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14 Mar 2024, 21:06
Thank you..

It is not all so gloomy :-). Though LBS was disappointing, results from my other target schools are good so far.

I got call on IESE admit. I am waiting for official admissions letter to update.
I did HEC also well. Expect to get through. Waiting for the result.
I felt I submitted a strong app for INSEAD too.

May be like you said, initial results helped me to reflect and revise my essays & application.
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14 Mar 2024, 21:08
Oh 🥰 that’s fantastic news!
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07 Apr 2024, 02:29
Hi Chandra,
Congratulations!
I have 8+ years of work experience. I am in a similar boat. Did you take help of some consultant with your applications. If yes, can you suggest some. Also, which colleges should I target, by the time I apply my experience will be 9 years.
Thanks!
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07 Apr 2024, 14:09
Likely EU schools. as US programs tend to be a bit picker with older applicants but you can always apply if you have time. Make sure you have a good enough score to bring to the table. 720 was higher than the average for pretty much all of these programs.
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08 Apr 2024, 05:21
Hi Hasmeet,

Thank you!

My understanding from the MBA process is that you need to have some of the following to make a good application and stand out especially applying from over represented India region - a. Good GMAT/GRE score b. Demonstrated leadership at work c. International Exposure, working in diverse cultures d. Extra-Curricular actitives i.e life outside work. A consultant will help you to refine your stories and essays to make the application stronger only if you have those. So, I would suggest to review if above are ready when you start looking for a consultant. Also, shortlisting your dream schools will also help to work with appropriate consultant as each one has certain schools as their strengths.

Yes, I have worked with a consultant. Please PM me for the details.

College shortlisting depends on what you plan to do after MBA, post- MBA work location, your finances, school strengths and weakness.
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15 Apr 2024, 19:49
Any scholarship from HEC?
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18 Apr 2024, 08:07
Yes, I got a marginal scholarship from HEC
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21 May 2024, 06:36
Which school did you go for?
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22 May 2024, 06:54
Congrats!
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6.7 years
India
2025
Male
Score: 665 GMAT Focus
Pre-MBA industry: Consulting
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
IESE
Full Time MBA
17 days ago
Round 2
AppliedMay 3, 24
InterviewedFeb 9, 24
Oxford Said
Full Time MBA
28 days ago
Round 2
AppliedApr 15, 24
HEC Paris
January Intake
1 month ago
Round 1
AppliedFeb 12, 24
InterviewedMar 11, 24
AcceptedMar 15, 24
ScholarshipNone
INSEAD
January Intake
1 month ago
Round 1
AppliedMar 10, 24
Invited to interviewApr 2, 24
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22 May 2024, 06:53
Congrats!
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21 May 2024, 07:00
Did you accept HEC?
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22 May 2024, 06:53
Congrats!
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5 years
Malaysia
2025
Score: Plan to take the GMAT
Pre-MBA industry: Consulting
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
Goizueta
Full Time MBA
1 day ago
Round 1
Kelley
Full Time MBA
1 day ago
Round 1
Owen Vanderbilt
Full Time MBA
1 day ago
Round 1
Kenan-Flagler
Full Time MBA
1 day ago
Round 1
Mendoza
Full Time MBA
1 day ago
Early Decision
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7 years
India
2024
Score: 314 GRE
Pre-MBA industry: Tech
Post-MBA industry: Non-Profit and Government
Oxford Said
Full Time MBA
2 months ago
Round 2
AcceptedMar 8, 24
ScholarshipNone
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21 May 2024, 22:44
Hey! Sorry to have missed your previous pings. In case still interested, dm-ing you my LinkedIn!
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24 Mar 2024, 12:43
Hi, this is one ofy target schools, can we connect?
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25 Mar 2024, 10:41
Sure! Happy to answer any questions you may have
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21 May 2024, 07:02
Can we connect on LinkedIn?
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01 Apr 2024, 01:29
Can we connect on LinkedIn?
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21 May 2024, 06:53
Guess you're heading to Oxford now.
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21 May 2024, 22:44
Hey! Sorry to have missed your previous pings. In case still interested, dm-ing you my LinkedIn!
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2.5 years
United States
2024
Female
Score: Waiver
Pre-MBA industry: Consulting
Post-MBA industry: Consulting
Marshall (USC)
Full Time MBA
1 day ago
Round 3
InterviewedMay 20, 24
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6 years
Portugal
2024
Male
Pre-MBA industry: Tech
Post-MBA industry: Retail
SDA Bocconi
Full Time MBA
2 days ago
Deadline
AcceptedApr 30, 24
ScholarshipNone
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