Guys for applying to a good MiM program, GMAT is just part of the puzzle. Most of the MiM schools in the TOP 10 have a median GMAT score of around 690-710. So a good GMAT is ofcourse essential for an admit. I would say a GMAT of 680+ is optimal for which ever school you are targeting.
Though in any case if your GMAT score is lower & you would like to proceed with the application, there are a number of other things the the schools look at while making the admit or ding decision. The most important ones are as follows:
1) Well the MiM is marketed as a degree for people with no or relatively little work experience, but from what i have experienced most of the international students who come for the degree have at least a year or more of work ex, this sometimes goes up to 3 years in some cases. What you have to understand is that once we do a MiM we do not plan to do an MBA, the course is almost the same and you get a pretty good push in your career. So coming back to the question a little work experience
is a plus, may it be internships or a full time job. If you have worked for big companies the brand name helps,if not then also fear not as it all depends on how you explain the job you did and how interesting you can make it.( I worked as a electrical engineer for an Indian construction material manufacturing company, so i have some experience of polishing credentials up
2) Your academic background
matters! Most schools want an ideal mix of engineers, economic, arts etc students so if you have a different background it helps, as it adds diversity to the whole school mix and scores them good points on the international ranking scene. Here your nationality can also help, especially if you are from one of those countries from which there are relatively lower number of students studying abroad.
3) Your academics
play a decent role, a high CGPA shows that you are a consistent performer, but i know many people who have lower CGPA's but still score an admit. So it depends on how you explain your marks and if you have a viable alibi for lower grades. Also colleges know how hard it is to score top grades in certain UG colleges of the world, so they accordingly scale the marks and evaluate you. So no worries about that.
4) Extra curricular
, well this is something i believe really helped me gain an admit in many colleges, and is something schools are very favorable about. They love people who are different and have done something which makes them stand out from the crowd. It may be related to sports( a national level archer), school associations ( president of some XYZ association), an interesting hobby( completed a course in handwriting analysis), Volunteering work etc. So i hope you get the point.
Well all these things have to be clearly explained to the school admission committee in your Resume and your Essays. As i said before, many people think that having a GMAT score is enough, but that's just the tip of the ice berg and is only one of the first screening techniques used by schools.
An excellent, creative and well written essay or set of essays which showcase your talents is absolutely necessary!
Only by looking good on paper, do you have a chance to be called for an interview and then actually explain all that you have already written about. You can check out http://www.mim-essay.com/mim-essay-help.html
, for some pointers about how to write your essays.
A Letter of Recommendation is also very important as it acts as a 3rd person certification of your exploits and gives the admission panel a view of your character from the eyes of somebody else. A lot of people don't give the LOR due attention and send half a page, poorly written LORs, this can be a strong cause for the demise of their application. So a well written LOR clearly explaining your strengths and describing experiences is absolutely essential.
and yes of course you have to ace the interview too
So a well knitted culmination of all these lands you an admit into HEC,LBS,Bocconi,IE or any other top school for that matter.
Hope this helps.
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