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# Indian Admits 2009 : Keep all desi discussions here!

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24 Dec 2008, 15:42
pawan203 wrote:
aakashganga - I hope your wife is doing better, my wishes.

Just to add more perspective, can we include something unique you highlighted in your essays (if you want to share) or something unique about yourself, along with profile & school status? Did any consultant help you in the essays?

pawan, an excellent idea... abhudaya, wooster, filmcity can you please provide the above info? It would benefit the future applicants?
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24 Dec 2008, 22:08
Better late...

Profile:Telecom/Male/27 yrs/760/B.E - decent acads/3.63 GPA MS/4+ WE FT by Fall 09
Good ECs, and personal experiences

School: Duke
Status: Accepted

School: Ross
Status: No interview

School: Cornell
Status: Accepted

School: Kellogg
Status: interviewed
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24 Dec 2008, 23:37
hi spideyeclipse27,

seems like u and i have quite similar profiles...yet results r quite different.....

any advice on how to come up with an effetive goals essay and resume? seems like these could be the problem areas...

just curious....do u have any managerial exp?
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Schools: Tuck, Kellogg, Sloan, Stanford, Haas, Cornell, LBS, UCLA
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25 Dec 2008, 04:15
Kinda late on this thread... but a good idea to start a thread for the Desis out here..

Profile - 700(Q49, v35, 5.5)/ 24/ Male/ 2 yrs as product consultant with Telecom services firm and 2 yrs in sales/BD at Retail startup/ Indian from India/ B.E (Electornics)/ Top pvt. engg institute in India/GPA 3.0/ 4yrs at matriculation/ very strong ECs/ founded a non-profit

Schools applied -

Tuck - EA - dinged w/o interview
Sloan - R1 - dinged w/o interview
Kellogg - R1 - dinged w/o interview
Stanford - R1 - under review
Haas - R1 - under review

Cornell - R3 - yet to apply
Duke R2 - yet to apply
UCLA Anderson - yet to apply

Well my journey has been difficult and different. Most alums and current students who reviewed my essays felt that I could be a shoe-in into many of the top schools. However, the sad part is that I wasn't even interviewed. So I am just trying my luck with R2 apps.

Good luck to ya all...!
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25 Dec 2008, 08:51
IvyStallion wrote:
Kinda late on this thread... but a good idea to start a thread for the Desis out here..

Profile - 700(Q49, v35, 5.5)/ 24/ Male/ 2 yrs as product consultant with Telecom services firm and 2 yrs in sales/BD at Retail startup/ Indian from India/ B.E (Electornics)/ Top pvt. engg institute in India/GPA 3.0/ 4yrs at matriculation/ very strong ECs/ founded a non-profit

Schools applied -

Tuck - EA - dinged w/o interview
Sloan - R1 - dinged w/o interview
Kellogg - R1 - dinged w/o interview
Stanford - R1 - under review
Haas - R1 - under review

Cornell - R3 - yet to apply
Duke R2 - yet to apply
UCLA Anderson - yet to apply

Well my journey has been difficult and different. Most alums and current students who reviewed my essays felt that I could be a shoe-in into many of the top schools. However, the sad part is that I wasn't even interviewed. So I am just trying my luck with R2 apps.

Good luck to ya all...!

If I may suggest something, it is your GMAT that may be partially responsible for the dings at those top schools. Indian with GMAT lower than school average is not so good in the eyes of the adcom... Your verbal needs a bit of an improvement.
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25 Dec 2008, 08:55
Yes.. I know that. However, with the very hectic work schedules (I report to the CEO who micro manages me like crazy) its really difficult to get time out to prepare. So I just presumed that if I can make it up with my work-ex, essays and recos I should atleast be able to reach an interview. But sadly, I couldn't manage a call from any of them. Not sure what Haas and Stanford have in store
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Schools: Chicago (admitted), Harvard (interviewed), Ross (interviewed), Stern (Submitted), Wharton (R2), Stanford (R2)
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25 Dec 2008, 09:50
Hey guys,

Sorry for my being late.

Profile: 760/M/BTech, IIT/CFA L3 candidate/3+ yrs work ex: Consulting -> Buy side research --> Fund management (just joined, doesn't reflect in apps)/Active in NGOs

Applied: Harvard
Status: Final results on 21st Jan '09

Applied: Chicago Booth

Applied: Ross Michigan
Status: Final results on 15th Jan '09

Applied: NYU Stern
Status: Waiting for interview call

Applied: ISB
Status: Accepted

R2 applications: Stanford, Wharton

Guys, can someone let me know what withdrawing an application means?

M
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25 Dec 2008, 10:02
When someone withdraws their application at a BSchool, it is no longer considered by the adcom. They just drop it. You do not get a decision. People usually do it when they get their target school as it opens up possible spots for others in Wait list.

coolmayank123 wrote:
Hey guys,

Sorry for my being late.

Profile: 760/M/BTech, IIT/CFA L3 candidate/3+ yrs work ex: Consulting -> Buy side research --> Fund management (just joined, doesn't reflect in apps)/Active in NGOs

Applied: Harvard
Status: Final results on 21st Jan '09

Applied: Chicago Booth

Applied: Ross Michigan
Status: Final results on 15th Jan '09

Applied: NYU Stern
Status: Waiting for interview call

Applied: ISB
Status: Accepted

R2 applications: Stanford, Wharton

Guys, can someone let me know what withdrawing an application means?

M
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25 Dec 2008, 10:10
spideyeclipse27 wrote:
When someone withdraws their application at a BSchool, it is no longer considered by the adcom. They just drop it. You do not get a decision. People usually do it when they get their target school as it opens up possible spots for others in Wait list.

coolmayank123 wrote:
Hey guys,

Sorry for my being late.

Profile: 760/M/BTech, IIT/CFA L3 candidate/3+ yrs work ex: Consulting -> Buy side research --> Fund management (just joined, doesn't reflect in apps)/Active in NGOs

Applied: Harvard
Status: Final results on 21st Jan '09

Applied: Chicago Booth

Applied: Ross Michigan
Status: Final results on 15th Jan '09

Applied: NYU Stern
Status: Waiting for interview call

Applied: ISB
Status: Accepted

R2 applications: Stanford, Wharton

Guys, can someone let me know what withdrawing an application means?

M

Tnks mate, just saw the answer in the first page too.

Also, one small clarification regarding a prior post. Chicago is yet to guarantee non-cosignor loans, but it is working hard. Schools such as Duke and Darden have also made some progress on that front.
Lets pray .
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25 Dec 2008, 12:14
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From 690-760:

One of my GMATclub friends suggested that I post a write-up about my GMAT journey. I will also chip-in my MBA journey and personal life along the way Hope this inspires some.

The first time I ever took the GMAT was in April 2006 and I scored a 690. I was unhappy as I expected to score a 710 and more so because, a the impression a 690 creates is very different from a 700; the human brain is funny I thought taking the GMAT again but never got around to that because of busy work life and laziness. I sent in my apps for Fall 2008 and got dinged at all schools without interviews. I got my profile reviewed by couple of guys in gmatclub and the possible reasons were lower GMAT score for an Indian, only 3 years WE, and essays needed a better underlying story-they were only experiences at that point!

Anyway, by Feb 2007, I reminded myself that with only 3 years of WE I was only testing the waters for Fall 09 program. I decided to retake the GMAT and bump it up to a possible 730-740. Work was hectic all through summer and Fall this year but, I prepared everyday for a couple of months, did a LOT of practice Qs and tests. IMO, the only books most people need are
Official Guide,
Kaplan GMAT 800 (the toughest Qs),
GMAT verbal (personal choice),
Power Prep software (2 tests)
Manhattan CATS (http://www.manhattangmat.com/Store.cfm $39) - you can find an online coupon to get it for$26
Personally, I liked Manhattan CATs a lot for 2 reasons, the next closest thing to power prep software.

Regarding the preparation, I found a website called GMAT Tutor (http://www.gmattutor.com/gameplan.html) They have few study plans you can choose from. I customized the 300 hour game plan. Personally, I like a study plan for obvious reasons. I skipped all the LSAT material.
The first time around I got a split of 47/38 and my goal was 50/40

while (!target_score_not_achieved) | (time_available)
{
1. Take a power prep Test and find your current score and weak areas.
2. Improve those areas with preparation material
3. Practice, practice, practice (GMAT is a test which can be mastered with practice)
}

The week of the test, I retook the official tests 4 times as this helps me get accustomed to the interface and the actual test was like a practice test. On the day of the exam, I selected a time of 3:00 pm. I took a banana for a quick snack between the sections. I scored around 730-760 on the practice tests in Manhattan CATs and official software. The real GMAT was a breeze, I finished the verbal section with 35 min to go. It was very gratifying to see a 760 flash on the screen 3 weeks, after my GMAT i got engaged I came back from India, and the next 2 months flew by applying for schools. I will get married in summer 2009 and most of these days, I keep thinking oh how to make the most of first year of marriage and MBA That should be fun!

Thanks for reading and good luck with whatever you are doing.
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25 Dec 2008, 14:00
pretty impressive sipdyeclipse.. All the best for your marriage and MBA.
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25 Dec 2008, 14:14
spideyeclipse27 wrote:
From 690-760:

One of my GMATclub friends suggested that I post a write-up about my GMAT journey. I will also chip-in my MBA journey and personal life along the way Hope this inspires some.

The first time I ever took the GMAT was in April 2006 and I scored a 690. I was unhappy as I expected to score a 710 and more so because, a the impression a 690 creates is very different from a 700; the human brain is funny I thought taking the GMAT again but never got around to that because of busy work life and laziness. I sent in my apps for Fall 2008 and got dinged at all schools without interviews. I got my profile reviewed by couple of guys in gmatclub and the possible reasons were lower GMAT score for an Indian, only 3 years WE, and essays needed a better underlying story-they were only experiences at that point!

Anyway, by Feb 2007, I reminded myself that with only 3 years of WE I was only testing the waters for Fall 09 program. I decided to retake the GMAT and bump it up to a possible 730-740. Work was hectic all through summer and Fall this year but, I prepared everyday for a couple of months, did a LOT of practice Qs and tests. IMO, the only books most people need are
Official Guide,
Kaplan GMAT 800 (the toughest Qs),
GMAT verbal (personal choice),
Power Prep software (2 tests)
Manhattan CATS (http://www.manhattangmat.com/Store.cfm $39) - you can find an online coupon to get it for$26
Personally, I liked Manhattan CATs a lot for 2 reasons, the next closest thing to power prep software.

Regarding the preparation, I found a website called GMAT Tutor (http://www.gmattutor.com/gameplan.html) They have few study plans you can choose from. I customized the 300 hour game plan. Personally, I like a study plan for obvious reasons. I skipped all the LSAT material.
The first time around I got a split of 47/38 and my goal was 50/40

while (!target_score_not_achieved) | (time_available)
{
1. Take a power prep Test and find your current score and weak areas.
2. Improve those areas with preparation material
3. Practice, practice, practice (GMAT is a test which can be mastered with practice)
}

The week of the test, I retook the official tests 4 times as this helps me get accustomed to the interface and the actual test was like a practice test. On the day of the exam, I selected a time of 3:00 pm. I took a banana for a quick snack between the sections. I scored around 730-760 on the practice tests in Manhattan CATs and official software. The real GMAT was a breeze, I finished the verbal section with 35 min to go. It was very gratifying to see a 760 flash on the screen 3 weeks, after my GMAT i got engaged I came back from India, and the next 2 months flew by applying for schools. I will get married in summer 2009 and most of these days, I keep thinking oh how to make the most of first year of marriage and MBA That should be fun!

Thanks for reading and good luck with whatever you are doing.

Good luck mate! thanks for sharing your journey.
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25 Dec 2008, 16:48
Outstanding spidey. Would you also like to comment on what you improved in your essays this year ?
spideyeclipse27 wrote:
From 690-760:
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25 Dec 2008, 17:17
bsd_lover wrote:
Outstanding spidey. Would you also like to comment on what you improved in your essays this year ?
spideyeclipse27 wrote:
From 690-760:

bsd, I thought you already have an admit. Are you thinking of reapplying?
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25 Dec 2008, 17:31
No I'm done with my apps (thank god) - this is for the benefit of everyone else out there. Spidey has turned around a season of all dings into outstanding admits. And he did it coming from the toughest pool. I'm interested in knowing more.

aakashganga wrote:
bsd_lover wrote:
Outstanding spidey. Would you also like to comment on what you improved in your essays this year ?
spideyeclipse27 wrote:
From 690-760:

bsd, I thought you already have an admit. Are you thinking of reapplying?
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25 Dec 2008, 17:47
spideyeclipse27, I too am interested in knowing about how you approached the reapplication. Tell us exactly what you did and what you changed.

It would be super helpful for some of us.
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25 Dec 2008, 22:28

I shall be glad to give feedback on your essays if you think you need a second opinion.

bsd_lover wrote:
Outstanding spidey. Would you also like to comment on what you improved in your essays this year ?
spideyeclipse27 wrote:
From 690-760:
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25 Dec 2008, 22:47
Hey Tarun,

The problem with our profiles is that there are far too many of us and all of us seem alike on paper. You have to differentiate yourself in your essays and with your GMAT. For an Indian/Male/Engineer,IT a higher GMAT score would not guarantee admission but IMHO a lower GMAT would definitely be bad.

No, I do not have managerial experience, but I do have good work leadership experiences in the last year I could talk about. An effective goals essay would have a clear goal and how an MBA an will help you get it. Be clear on what you want to do. Many MBAs do change their goals in their 1st year and schools know this. But look at it this way, imagine yourself in their shoes and which one would you prefer- an applicant without a goal or a less clear goal or someone who talks about a goal and know how an MBA will get him there.

tarunmalik wrote:
seems like u and i have quite similar profiles...yet results r quite different.....

any advice on how to come up with an effetive goals essay and resume? seems like these could be the problem areas...

just curious....do u have any managerial exp?
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25 Dec 2008, 22:49
Thanks Pawan. Wish you the very best too.
pawan203 wrote:
spideyeclipse27 wrote:
From 690-760:

Good luck mate! thanks for sharing your journey.
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25 Dec 2008, 23:19
Thanks everyone for informative posts. Spidey thank you for the debrief.

Aakashganga, regarding my essays, I do not think there was any exceptional factor, the only thing was that I researched the schools very much, and tried to put forward why I want to attend the school. I had a feedback from Tuck last year, which helped. They asked me to always give an example of the post-mba career ( better if you write the company name even). And also they told me when I write contribution essay, I must mention what Tuck Class will miss if I am not in the class. The person giving feedback specifically mentioned that things such as, I am good at Indian cooking and all should not be there( some people apparently wrote that). Actually, my CBS essays were much better and even the interview was outstanding. The interviewer ( at Mumbai an adcom lady came to interview) was extremely impressed and she mentioned it several times during the finishing stage of the interview. But I was dinged!!

Anyway, I always thought about writing a debrief abt the whole MBA admission process for the perspective of an Indian from India, after the admission hullabaloo is over. I thought it would be helpful for many since there are several negatives and challenges in my profile ( age: 31 at matriculation, low WE: only 4 years at matriculation, no great brandname, no peer applying, juggling between toddler at home and work in office etc.). But right now, the time when I was supposed to be drowned in ecstacy, is proving to nightmarish!Not only the citiassist part, Things have suddenly taken a bad turn in job front. But I will surely write a detailed debrief the moment things become a li'l sane.
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