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Joined: 10 Jul 2011
Posts: 113
GMAT 1: 700 Q50 V34
GMAT 2: 710 Q50 V35
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Dinged!!!! [#permalink]

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New post 18 Jun 2013, 23:08
Hi Jon,

Below is my brief profile:

Nationality: Indian
Gender: Male
Age: 27 years

Undergrad: IIT (2008 batch), CGPA: 6.5 / 10 (relative grading)
FRM (both levels)
Passed CFA Level - 2

GMAT: 710 (Q50, V35) and AWA: 4.5 (took in Oct 2012)
Work ex 1: Marketing analytics KPO (2 years)
Work ex 2 (Since June 2010): Financial Management (Process consulting) and Shared Services & Outsourcing Advisory with Management Consulting team of a Big 4
International work ex: None, however have worked extensively with US and European clients / colleagues

Total work ex by Aug'14: 6 years and 1 months (expected)
Extra curricular: Have been involved with an Indian NGO and worked in North India. Did a lot of stuff during the college, for example, was the General Secretary of the elected students body. Involved in managing technical festivals etc.

I applied to 7 schools last year (2013 admits). Below were the results:

1. Stern (Round 1) - Reject without interview
2. Booth (Round 2) - Reject without interview
3. HKUST (Round 2) - Reject without interview
4. Fuqua (Round 2) - Reject without interview
5. Ross (Round 2) - Was wait-listed initially (without interview), then rejected
6. Cornell (Round 3) - Reject without interview
7. NUS (Round 1, last day) - Reject with interview

As you might have guessed, I am perplexed with above results.

The short term goal I wrote in all the essays was: Associate in the M&A group of a global investment bank.
The long term goal I wrote in all the essays was: Start/join a venture capital firm focusing on emerging economies

I guess the short-term goal was the reason why the adcoms got worried and did not call me.

I just want to know the real reason why I was dinged by so many schools and that too without even an interview opportunity.

I guess these might be a few answers for this year:

Should I take the GMAT again?
Should I re-assess my goals?
Should I improve the essays (presentation, content etc.) without changing the goals?
Should I target some other set of schools? Please suggest a few. I am currently thinking of Kellogg, UCLA Anderson, Yale, Tuck, INSEAD. But if I think the school selection was not a problem, the problem was somewhere else.

What do you think?

I can provide you the essays I submitted if you need.

Many thanks in advance!!!!
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New post 19 Jun 2013, 01:37
Hey there IndianExpress!

So sorry to hear you didn't get the results you wanted, but you are still young and have plenty of opportunity to evaluate what might have gone wrong and reapply

Let's start maybe with your school list, which is fine, but maybe a wee bit too ambitious (or lacking a safe school). I think even as a non-Indian with the same profile, top schools like Duke and Booth don't take that many Big four folks (unless you are really the best of the best in the big 4). It's a little bit of a common profile. I think the other schools on your list are schools at which you would be more competitive.

But other than that, everything seems to be int he right place - you have the right alma mater, you have a good GMAT a long career in a good place etc. I can't really tell you what might have gone wrong without having a look at your application, but I would guess one of two things 1. Not unique enough - Although you have great stuff, it is possible that you made an application that didn't make you stand out enough. This is especially important given the huge and difficult pool you come from 2. Not making the most of your essays - this is the most common area where people fail. It could be, as you mentioned related to your goals, it could be other things too.

My advice to you would be to send over your application for a Ding review, and I'll set one of my consultants to work with you and figure out what went wrong as well as come up with a strategy for the future. Here is where you can read about it: ... -analysis/

And feel free to drop a line to Lauren, our Director of Operations, who will hook you up, and can answer any questions you might have:

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