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How are you?

I am Siddharth from India working for past 14 years in the Indian Army. Offlate, I have started dwelling on the idea of applying and getting through to a top 10 B school and I would appreciate if you can evaluate my profile based on facts given below and give out my chances of getting there.
I finished my schooling with 81% marks in high school and 86% marks in 12th std with science subjects.

Thereafter, I was selected for the premier tri-service (Army, Navy and Airforce)Officers training establishment for the Indian Defence forces, i.e. National Defence Academy(NDA). During my stint at NDA, I was trained for 3 years in the subtle nuances of modern day warfare, tactics, combat leadership and expertise in handling arms and ammunition.

Apart from these, I also excelled in debate competitions, sports, swimming and wildlife photography. Simulatneously, I also completed my graduation(Bachelor in Sciences) from Jawahar lal Nehru university, New Delhi.
After that, I went for advanced training of Army to the Indian Military Academy for 1 year, wherein I was trained to lead an Infantry Platoon(125 men) in war in all types of terrain viz. High altitude, desert, jungle and amphibious environment against a nuclear backdrop. I was also trained for counter insurgency operations.

On completion of my precommission training, I was deployed in North eastern sector of India in anti terrorists operations. Therein, I commanded 125 men carrying out surgical military operations resulting in elimination of large number of militants in my area of responsibility and recovery of large cache of arms, ammunition and improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

My efforts were well recognised and I was honoured with three gallantry awards including one from the Honourable President of India and the other two from the top military hierarchy.

Thereafter, I was posted to Jammu and Kashmir(ladakh sector), the highest battlefield of the world, where I along with my team was responsible to provide optimum logistic support to the field Army.

I was then posted to an Aviation support echelon providing logistic backup to the complete Indian Army.

In my past 14 years in the Army, I attended various courses of instructions in a wide range of fields from Inventory Management , tactical deployment of Army and bomb disposal at premier training establishments of Army and have topped all of them with very high academic and practical performance.

I also served with the elite National Security Guards(NSG), the crack anti-terrorist unit of Government of India for 3 years. During my tenure in NSG, I was selected to be a part of OP black tornedo, which was launched in the wake of terrorist attack on Hotel Taj, Hotel Oberoi and Nariman house in Mumbai on 26 Nov 2008. My operation was a success and I was honoured with a gallantry award from the Chief of Indian Army. In NSG, I extensively carried out many detection and disposal of many bombs and carried out post blast investigations at various sites of incidence.

Presently, I am working with an ammunition unit providing ammunition support to the field Army.

I have also extensively participated in social causes especially in terrorist infested areas.

As of now, I am preparing to take GMAT in Sep and wish to do MBA(finance). The post MBA goal is to get into Investment banking.

I would request you to provide me realistic guidance on my chances of getting into top B Schools like Harvard, Wharton, Stanford etc and what in your opinion should be my ideal GMAT score for getting in there?


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Hello Siddharth-

Based on the information  that you provided, you appear to be a strong  candidate for admission to a top-10 US business school.  You military background is viewed quiet favorably by the admissions committees, and military professionals are underrepresented, and thus always highly desired.  As well, it appears that you have had numerous leadership roles in the military, and leadership is a key component that admissions committees look for.

Your charitable efforts will also be an appealing aspect of your application. 

As I am not from India I can not fully evaluate your class standing at 86%, but my inclination is that you would have wanted to be in the 90% of higher, which in the US is an "A" student.  Do you know what 86% translates into as a GPA in the US?  As well, what was the ranking of the institution you attended, a more acclaimed university can compensate some for grades. 

The median GMAT at the schools you mentioned is around a 730 so you would want to aim for median or higher.  Be sure you take the time needed to prep to maximize your score.  

You should also begin to focus on who you can get outstanding letters of recommendation from.  This will be another critical component of your application package.

I hope this helps, and I wish you much success in your application journey.

Courtney Jane
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