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LBS (London): Calling all Applicants (2016 Intake) Class of 2018!!

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i received this reply on my profile evaluation

"Having now reviewed your CV, I can confirm that your experience is on the right track to meeting the admissions requirements but still at the lighter end for the MBA. In order to submit a competitive application, I would advise you to consider applying for the 2017 or 2018 intake. In the meantime, I would recommend that you continue to strengthen your professional experience."

Should i apply this year or wait?

My GMAT is 720.


When does your GMAT score expires?
Any strong reason to apply this year? Can you convince them this is the right time?

In your place, I would wait 1 or 2 years as they recommended, but those aspects I've mentioned may affect your decision.


No theres absolutely nothing thats stopping me from waiting for two years. But whats the legitimacy of the evaluation is what i want to know?



The school evaluating your profile is as legitimate as it can get, IMHO ... secondly, given your profile (looks like someone from IIT), I can tell you even your GMAT is on the "lighter" end (given avg GMAT scores from this demographic is close to 740) ... however, given your international experience, I think you will have a very strong case next year or the year after that (I am guessing you have 2 years of experience) ... being from the same demographic as you, I would even recommend you to take the GMAT again as our pool is extremely competitive in terms of test scores ...
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The school evaluating your profile is as legitimate as it can get, IMHO ... secondly, given your profile (looks like someone from IIT), I can tell you even your GMAT is on the "lighter" end (given avg GMAT scores from this demographic is close to 740) ... however, given your international experience, I think you will have a very strong case next year or the year after that (I am guessing you have 2 years of experience) ... being from the same demographic as you, I would even recommend you to take the GMAT again as our pool is extremely competitive in terms of test scores ...


I would like to respectfully disagree with that. GMAT is only one aspect of the MBA Application. 700+ is considered great by Adcoms (just look at the LBS Average. Even H/S/W are just 730). If you believe you can score a 770+ (based on your GMATPrep tests), then go ahead and take it - as that's taking it up a notch, knowing fully well that it is still just one part of your app. 720 is a great score - you've already proven your strong academic potential. I'm from the same demographic and would rather put in the extra month on writing stronger essays than retaking GMAT prep.

That said, I would agree that Adcom feedback is the best initial assessment you can get. Know that the European schools tend to form a classroom having greater average work experience (5 years I think for both LBS & INSEAD). So they tend to value your experience and growth slightly more than US schools which statistically have younger candidates. That said, remember it's just an average. Plenty of people with 3 years of work-ex get in with stellar profiles.

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gauravkaushik8591 wrote:
i received this reply on my profile evaluation

"Having now reviewed your CV, I can confirm that your experience is on the right track to meeting the admissions requirements but still at the lighter end for the MBA. In order to submit a competitive application, I would advise you to consider applying for the 2017 or 2018 intake. In the meantime, I would recommend that you continue to strengthen your professional experience."

Should i apply this year or wait?

My GMAT is 720.


As the evaluation is done by the adcom, if I were you I would heed their recommendation. Basically they're saying that although your profile is looking good, if you apply now you have a much lower chance of getting accepted compared to if you were to apply in 1-2 years. The European programs tend to lean towards those who have slightly more experience and who are older. So if you aren't confident that you have a really awesome and unique profile compared to those from the same country and industry, you'd be better off applying later.

If you really want to start your MBA in 2016, perhaps the US programs might be a better fit as they are more likely to accept younger applicants with less work experience. Your GMAT score is good enough to apply to pretty much any school.
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Rejected and pretty bummed about the news during Thanksgiving :(
I'm keeping my head high for Cambridge and Oxford's interviews tho!

Tips for those going through interviews in next round: I had a presentation prompt about one fine dining restaurant opening a more casual one next door. Problem was the casual one was stealing customers cause it's priced lower. How to reconcile that? I was too nervous to finish talking through my points but wish I didn't have the nerves that morning! Well good luck for those applying and congrats to those who were admitted!
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New post 08 Dec 2015, 02:47
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hopefullythisyear wrote:
The school evaluating your profile is as legitimate as it can get, IMHO ... secondly, given your profile (looks like someone from IIT), I can tell you even your GMAT is on the "lighter" end (given avg GMAT scores from this demographic is close to 740) ... however, given your international experience, I think you will have a very strong case next year or the year after that (I am guessing you have 2 years of experience) ... being from the same demographic as you, I would even recommend you to take the GMAT again as our pool is extremely competitive in terms of test scores ...


I would like to respectfully disagree with that. GMAT is only one aspect of the MBA Application. 700+ is considered great by Adcoms (just look at the LBS Average. Even H/S/W are just 730). If you believe you can score a 770+ (based on your GMATPrep tests), then go ahead and take it - as that's taking it up a notch, knowing fully well that it is still just one part of your app. 720 is a great score - you've already proven your strong academic potential. I'm from the same demographic and would rather put in the extra month on writing stronger essays than retaking GMAT prep.

That said, I would agree that Adcom feedback is the best initial assessment you can get. Know that the European schools tend to form a classroom having greater average work experience (5 years I think for both LBS & INSEAD). So they tend to value your experience and growth slightly more than US schools which statistically have younger candidates. That said, remember it's just an average. Plenty of people with 3 years of work-ex get in with stellar profiles.

Best of luck for applications!


730 is the new 700, bro.
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Rejected and pretty bummed about the news during Thanksgiving :(
I'm keeping my head high for Cambridge and Oxford's interviews tho!

Tips for those going through interviews in next round: I had a presentation prompt about one fine dining restaurant opening a more casual one next door. Problem was the casual one was stealing customers cause it's priced lower. How to reconcile that? I was too nervous to finish talking through my points but wish I didn't have the nerves that morning! Well good luck for those applying and congrats to those who were admitted!


Sorry to hear that... :(

I got the same presentation prompt as you. I said there was probably a branding/service problem with the fine dining restaurant as no one would celebrate certain events at a casual one just because it is cheaper. Then I developed my idea a little bit, but not much...
Do not get nervous next time, just think clearly until you get a good insight and develop it with simple arguments.
That's what I think worked for me, hope it can be useful to you!
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Hi,

Prospective applicant for round 1 next year. For accepted applicants, how much is the deposit and how long are you given upon receipt of the application decision to confirm your slot?
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Prospective applicant for round 1 next year. For accepted applicants, how much is the deposit and how long are you given upon receipt of the application decision to confirm your slot?


Please take a look at my previous posts, I have discussed that twice on this thread.
You will find other useful info too.
Good luck on your preparation!
If you don't find any info, please ask here! Be welcome!
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FROM LBS Current Students Blog: Term One. Done.
It has been a mad, gasping, frenetic rush to the finish line, but it’s here. We are at the end of the Autumn term, and the close of the first term of our MBA! We finished our finals over the weekend, and the sense of relief mingled with joy is palpable. This week carries with it a sense of moment that we last had four months ago, gazing up at the vaulted ceiling of the Old Billingsgate Market in the City, on our very first day of Orientation.

So in the spirit of reminiscing about the whirlwind of this introduction to MBA life, a little, light-hearted list of memorable MBA moments so far – coordinated with my most overused emojis.

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– crying with laughter emoji. There have been far too many of these moments – our Stream C whastapp group is generally a hoot, but I probably most consistently laugh because of the brilliant LBS balls comics in the Daily Nash (our humourous newspaper).

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– angelic emoji. Also there have been many moments of kindness. The environment at LBS is intense and high-pressure, for sure, but it’s also incredibly collaborative. An MBA 2016 taking 5 minutes just to chat to me and cheer me up on a low day springs to mind.

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– cold sweat emoji. The corollary to #2 I guess. We appreciate the kindness when times are a little bit manic. I think this one sums up our collective feeling upon discovering that we had three back-to-back finals over 36 hours. On a weekend.

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– horror emoji. Then there was that week when we had 2 corporate finance tutorials due, a study group case, accounting questions, a strategy assessment… plus having to prepare a presentation to be delivered to the entire student body.

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– cool cucumber emoji. The feeling of getting A+s in said assignments (and an amazing response to the presentation).

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– heart-eyes emoji. Also many of these, but one to call out is the amazingly persuasive speech that my stream-mate Julien made in week one, to convince us that the business does have a social responsibility… our future kids were appealed to, people wept and love was all around. But more seriously – it was an inspiring, statesman-ly speech worthy of Aristotle. Bravo.

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– awkies emoji. The look on our professor’s face when she realised that the EasyJet corporate promo video that she just played to us was created by our stream’s ad guru…

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– sleepy emoji. If you’re doing business school right, there’s probably not enough time for this!

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-handsy-happy emoji. A special one for Mallika: this emoji really does represent so many things, but I chose this because it reminds me of the perpetual thrill of being at business school. It’s still sometimes dream-like that I can wake up everyday and meet, debate with and enjoy the company of some of the most fascinating people I’ve ever had the privilege to be associated with.

The school determined that as a group we would be communal, courageous, ambitious, eclectic and engaged. Looking back on this term, these are certainly labels I’ll happily apply to all of us here.

Happy Holidays and safe travels to everyone.

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Hi,

I need some help in identifying the recommenders esp since I am currently running a startup and dealing with top corporates / clients

I think I can use my clients as recommenders and so I have spoken to one of my ex-clients (with whom I worked till early this year) who has agreed for same. (so 1st box ticked)

But I need some suggestions now in terms of whom should I nominate as my second recommender -

1. Among the co-founders of an unlaunched, yet to fly startup which was shelved by all key stakeholders after almost a year of work (This was in parallel to my own existing venture)

2. Ex Boss - My Boss from my consulting experience back in 2010-2011.

3. Business team heads of one of my current clients - Someone not directly involved in day to day interaction with me, but I have good relation with and they knows my work well as they are the end consumer of my consulting.

4. Current Clients (HR heads of leading corporates) - Least preferable option. Ideally want to avoid it, as it would immediately effect the business with the respective client. (Last resort if none of the others holds equally good value)

Also my background - I have done Engineering in 2010. Worked for a consulting firm for 9 months. Bootstrapped and started my own venture (without Co-Founder) in June 2011 in Talent Management (HR) and running it succesffully now

All the help on this is highly appreciated.

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In for Round 2!

Btw all Round 1 applicants - Any idea what should be the preferred word limit for the essays which ask you to describe your work experience? There doesn't seem to be any limit given. What kind of word limit did you guys follow?
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In for Round 2!

Btw all Round 1 applicants - Any idea what should be the preferred word limit for the essays which ask you to describe your work experience? There doesn't seem to be any limit given. What kind of word limit did you guys follow?


Use your best judgement. For example, I wrote about 150-200 words for a job I'd been involved in for a year. I wrote about 350-400 for a job I did for 4.5 years. So keep your answers tight but if you have something valuable to say, say it.
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So I had a specific question to LBS MBA adcomm, so I sent an email to them, but got an auto-reply saying the admissions office is closed until Jan 4... Is there any other way to contact them that anyone knows about? there's no way i will get the reply before the R2 deadline.

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So I had a specific question to LBS MBA adcomm, so I sent an email to them, but got an auto-reply saying the admissions office is closed until Jan 4... Is there any other way to contact them that anyone knows about? there's no way i will get the reply before the R2 deadline.

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Nope sorry. You could maybe try them on Facebook (look up your AO's name + lbs) but I doubt they'll be checking through the holiday period either. Is this a question that maybe one of us could help you with instead?
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Hi guys,

I'm applying to Round 2 and had a question on the application..

On Page 6 of the application, I do not see a box for the response to the following question:
We encourage applicants to take into consideration the impact of study on family and friends. Who have you discussed your plans with, and what was the response ?

Is it part of - Do you know any London Business School Alumni or Students? Please give their names, graduating class and tell us how you know them.

Thank you!
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Hi guys,

I'm applying to Round 2 and had a question on the application..

On Page 6 of the application, I do not see a box for the response to the following question:
We encourage applicants to take into consideration the impact of study on family and friends. Who have you discussed your plans with, and what was the response ?

Is it part of - Do you know any London Business School Alumni or Students? Please give their names, graduating class and tell us how you know them.

Thank you!


Well... I did not answer the question about family and friends. I left in blank as I am single and didn't think it was relevant, also it is not a compulsory field.
But I did answer the question about Alumni/Students.
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Hi guys,

I'm applying to Round 2 and had a question on the application..

On Page 6 of the application, I do not see a box for the response to the following question:
We encourage applicants to take into consideration the impact of study on family and friends. Who have you discussed your plans with, and what was the response ?

Is it part of - Do you know any London Business School Alumni or Students? Please give their names, graduating class and tell us how you know them.

Thank you!


Well... I did not answer the question about family and friends. I left in blank as I am single and didn't think it was relevant, also it is not a compulsory field.
But I did answer the question about Alumni/Students.



Thank you! That's helpful. The question is of little relevance to me as well, but since there was no box for the response I was worried it was part of the next question (which is compulsory)
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samriddhi320 wrote:
Hi guys,

I'm applying to Round 2 and had a question on the application..

On Page 6 of the application, I do not see a box for the response to the following question:
We encourage applicants to take into consideration the impact of study on family and friends. Who have you discussed your plans with, and what was the response ?

Is it part of - Do you know any London Business School Alumni or Students? Please give their names, graduating class and tell us how you know them.

Thank you!


Well... I did not answer the question about family and friends. I left in blank as I am single and didn't think it was relevant, also it is not a compulsory field.
But I did answer the question about Alumni/Students.


Thank you! That's helpful. The question is of little relevance to me as well, but since there was no box for the response I was worried it was part of the next question (which is compulsory)



I answered that question in the optional essay space at the end of my application.
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samriddhi320 wrote:
Hi guys,

I'm applying to Round 2 and had a question on the application..

On Page 6 of the application, I do not see a box for the response to the following question:
We encourage applicants to take into consideration the impact of study on family and friends. Who have you discussed your plans with, and what was the response ?

Is it part of - Do you know any London Business School Alumni or Students? Please give their names, graduating class and tell us how you know them.

Thank you!


Well actually if you download the pdf of your application after, that question about friends and family is a part of the question regarding alumni. I answered both questions in the box that followed and brought up the alumni names as people whom I had discussed my plans with as well outside of friends and family.
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