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Dinged from all 7 B-Schools without interview

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I am a 32 years old Indian Male with a GMAT score of 690. I applied to 7 B-Schools this year and got dinged from all of them without an interview. I have an MBA from an elite school in India, but want to expand my horizon and scope of work and gain some international experience; hence, want to do a second MBA. I am currently the head of a Marketing agency in Mumbai and have a total of 6 years of experience in the Marketing field in different industries: real estate, BFSI, FMCG, entertainment.

List of Schools I had applied to:

1. Rotman
2. Kellogg
3. Ross
4. Cornell
5. Tepper
7. HEC Paris

A low GMAT score and age on the higher side are the two obvious reasons I can think of. [/b]
My essays were well thought through and written (took help from international consultants) and my recommendations were pretty good. Is there a way I could get them reviewed on this forum?
Undergrad GPA again was above average.

I want to know from my peers and experts about the other possible reasons and my chances if I want to re-apply next year (Considering I improve my GMAT score by 30-40 points).
How to go about it? What should be my strategy? Is it even a possibility given my age and the fact that it's a second MBA?

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New post 20 Dec 2018, 20:31
We do offer ding analysis support so reach out to Claudia at if you'd like some help identifying what went wrong & what to do differently next year. That said, I think a big issue is just how competitive the demographic you are coming from is, and the fact that it's one that tends to have very high GMAT scores. Like you said, your GMAT is on the low (especially for this demographic) and your age is on the high end, which is especially challenging when there are so many people applying who "look" like you in some way on paper in terms of demographics. The adcoms are always looking to build a diverse class, which means the competition is fierce if you are an Indian male. A 690 is below the average GMAT for many of these schools -- and like I said your demographic has very scores. When a school's average score is 700 for example, the average score among Indian males who are accepted is often more like 740+. In addition, when you have more years than their average years of experience they start to worry that you no longer need the degree so that is an additional obstacle as well. My overall sense is that you just shot too high when it comes to school selection & that if you reapply next year you'll want to target schools more in the 20-30 range (unless you can really improve that GMAT score). I'd also err on the side of applying to more European schools next year since your age will be a bit less of a factor there. And like I said, it's also important to look at your essays and, if possible, your LORS - so if you'd like to reach out to Claudia so one of our consultants can do a more thorough analysis for you that might also help you identify some things to do differently next time!

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