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Indian Couple applying together

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GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V41
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Originally posted by gmat2k17 on 01 Feb 2017, 02:46.
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gmat2k17 wrote:

Indian married couple applying together

Requesting our profile evaluation and an idea of chances of admission in to our target schools.

Husband -
Age: 29, Indian Male
GMAT - 760 (Q50/V41/IR7/AWA6)
School - Mechanical Engineer - Non-IIT but a super-selective central government run school in New Delhi, named Jamia Millia Islamia University, less than <1% acceptance rate - owing to the fact that school fee for four year combined is less than 400 USD.
Cumulative Performance Index - 6.9/10 (academics weren't my priorities then - don't know how to convert to GPA)
2 research papers in an International Journal on Biodiesel production

Work Experience -
Almost a year in IT as a SAP Functional Consultant - Wipro Technologies - became one of the top 3 consultants in the team of 50.

5 years in Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) as an Engineer looking after Procurement of Mechanical Equipment for Offshore Oil & Gas facilities on the Engineering, Procurement and Construction Site. SHI is one of the largest shipbuilding organization in the world.
7 months in Nigeria on deputation as a manager cum engineer for work handled by Indian division of the company (chosen among some 100 engineers). My efforts led to a cost saving of approx 3 million USD for the company. Worked in Nigeria at the times of Ebola fulfilling my commitments made earlier.
3 months in South Korea as a Material Handling Expert.

Extra Curricular -
National Scouting Association - cleared third highest level
Serial blood donater, donated all my possible organs
Math-lead for my company's CSR - activities included teaching school children, imparting vocational training to women, etc.
Enagaged in disaster relief activities for floods, earthquakes, etc
Won debate competitions, essay writing competitions, technical fests, etc.
House Captain in school at primary and higher secondary level - Led my house to a victory at higher secondary level.
Provided part time home tuitions to financially support my family of 6.

Post MBA Goals - General Management Strategy in Emerging Markets,
Long term goal - social entrepreneurship and alternative energy solutions to developing economies.

Wife - Indian Female 29 year old.
GMAT - 730+ (expected)
School - Computer Science Engineer, (Non-IIT), Govt run regional engineering school - 80% in school corresponding to 3.8++ GPA (I am assuming)
Grad School - IIT Guwahati CGPA - 7.9 / 10

Work experience
Oracle Corporation - 5 years as an application developer.
Solid performance within the organization, regularly appreciated for her work.

National Cadet Corps
Academic achiever throughout - several accolades, including some for quizzes, debates, essay writing, etc.
Associated with an NGO for emancipation of women in rural areas.

Post MBA Goals-
Product Management in a technology firm.

Target Schools (common to both of us) -
MIT Sloan
Others from top ten if rejected in the above.

Thanks in advance.

Hey there!
Great to hear from you!
So you both have very interesting profiles and together (if your wife gets that GMAT) you should make a quite nice couple in B-school :)

Let me start by cutting tot he chase regarding your school list: it's too ambitious. Both of your profiles are excellent, but there are some weaknesses:
- Indian applicants
- Tech jobs that aren't very heavy in leadership
- non IIT UG programs
- Moderately good academics (for Husband)

All of these taken together would mean that it would be a very poor strategy on your par to focus only on Top 5 programs. You also need to consider that you have the added difficulty of applying as a couple, which means that both of you will need to get into the same schools to attend, and given that the schools on your list are "Dream schools" for you, I would suggest rethinking your strategy.

First and foremost: Open up your school list to top 15 schools. Top 5 are exceptionally difficult. But if your wife can hit that GMAT, top 15 would be reasonable.

Secondly: Strategize your application as a COUPLE. We've worked with many couples in the past, and it's not always easy to find the right strategy for you both. But essentially, the way to go with it is to find a way to show that TOGETHER you will be even stronger than if you got in individually. The idea being for you both to LIFT each other's profiles and not the opposite.

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