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I'm an Indian female engineer, with past work ex in R&D and having founded my own tech startup.

I was wondering whether I would fall in the overrepresented category of "Indian software engineer" or would the R&D/ startup be a sufficient differentiator?

Would greatly appreciate your thoughts! Thanks very much!

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I'm an Indian female engineer, with past work ex in R&D and having founded my own tech startup.

I was wondering whether I would fall in the overrepresented category of "Indian software engineer" or would the R&D/ startup be a sufficient differentiator?

Would greatly appreciate your thoughts! Thanks very much!


Not an expert - Still here are my two cents. (Experts might correct my view as well :D)

Adcom picks the profile and this is how it goes:

Engineer? okie fine... but is it IT? oh no not IT again. All right lets see on the following factors:

Female - Yes! Great - Percentage of female candidates would increase. Good to show on Pie chart on website.

Own Startup - Cool, not all of those engineers have it.

Well well well, this profile is fine but does it also have 3 more things?

Age - is the candidate young? (Average age of the class profile needs a balance).
International experience - Great if candidate has it. (Upto an extent, Startup compensate for not having international experience but if candidate has both then great).
GMAT score- How awesome would it be if such a candidate also helps our college to have HIGHER AVERAGE GMAT SCORE.

With all of these things - Get admit with scholarship.
With few of these things - do well in apps and in interview.
With just IT profile and NOT STELLAR GMAT - OVERREPRESENTED POOL! - Ding before Ring :P

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New post 14 Aug 2017, 17:28
Good question...I think on the surface you will come across as overrepresented given the Indian, IT, engineer thing. Now it is not this cut and dray you certainly have the opportunity to differentiate yourself further via things like your ECs, accomplishments of your work experience, career goals, and essay narrative. So all hope is not lost you just will have to work a little harder in the application process to ensure you stand out
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