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Profile evaluation request 720/IIT grad/PwC

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Hello,

I'm looking for a profile review. Request a feedback from an admission consultant.

Nationality: Indian

Sex: Male

Age: 25

GMAT: 720 Q50 V38 IR 5 AWA 5

Education: Btech & Mtech (dual degree) from IIT Kanpur

GPA: 7.4/10 (Btech); 8.4/10 (Mtech)

Work experience: 3 years

    Currently working in consulting at PwC. I have been with the firm for nearly 2.5 years.
      Recently promoted from Consultant to Senior Consultant (on a fast track in 2 years instead of the average 3 year). Awarded a certificate of appreciation for outstanding work.
        Have worked on multiple projects with Govt, PSUs, multi-lateral banks and private clients. Area of focus primarily on aviation, logistics and infrastructure sector.

        Some key projects include:

        Business process reingineering and financial modelling for development of a community system for Govt.
        Identified strategies to improve air cargo operations for a large PSU
        Devised a market entry strategy for a private client looking to enter the Indian aviation market
        Formulated a bid strategy for a large PSU bidding for development of a greenfield airport.
        Formulated an economic development plan of South Asia for a multi-lateral bank.

          Have also worked for a data analytics firm for 0.5 years.

          Research experiences
            Research internship at Hokkaido University (Japan)
              Worked on a network optimization problem in Mtech thesis. Presented a research paper in an international conference
                Teaching assisstant for a UG course

                Extra curriculars: part of the college badminton team; played badminton at State level and inter school nationals; part of the core team of the placement office in college;

                Target Bschools: Columbia, Sloan, Haas, Yale, Johnson, Stern

                Post MBA plan: consulting or product management

                Thanks!!

                Originally posted by akhily on 23 Jun 2018, 00:44.
                Last edited by akhily on 24 Jun 2018, 08:00, edited 1 time in total.
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                GMAT 1: 750 Q50 V42
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                Hello akhily

                Based on the info given you seem to have strengths in Quality of Work Ex (fast track growth, strong projects. Also highlight your achievements and reason for this growth. Stories matter more than a large laundry list) and Undergrad School Brand.
                Your profile has weaknesses in Diversity (Indians always have this challenge. Also your extracurricular look a bit weak. I may be wrong here and you might have strong stores behind them, but on paper they aren't looking stellar)
                And lastly you are 'Iffy' (not weak but not extremely strong either) on Academic Potential (720 GMAT is good not stellar, especially from an Indian applicant's perspective) and Years of Work Ex (slightly on the lower side. Never a deal breaker, you will just have to showcase your fast career growth and maturity compared to other applicants)
                Schools will evaluate your candidature holistically on these 6 factors mentioned here
                Needless to say how well you tie these factors in your written application will decide the final outcome.
                Should you feel the need to discuss your profile in detail, let me know.



                akhily wrote:
                Hello,

                I'm looking for a profile review. Request a feedback from an admission consultant.

                Nationality: Indian

                Sex: Male

                Age: 25

                GMAT: 720 Q50 V38 IR 5 AWA 5

                Education: Btech & Mtech (dual degree) from IIT Kanpur

                GPA: 7.4/10 (Btech); 8.4/10 (Mtech)

                Work experience: 3 years

                  Currently working in consulting at PwC. I have been with the firm for nearly 2.5 years.
                    Recently promoted from Consultant to Senior Consultant (on a fast track in 2 years instead of the average 3 year). Awarded a certificate of appreciation for outstanding work.
                      Have worked on multiple projects with Govt, PSUs, multi-lateral banks and private clients. Area of focus primarily on aviation, logistics and infrastructure sector.

                      Some key projects include:

                      Business process reingineering and financial modelling for development of a community system for Govt.
                      Identified strategies to improve air cargo operations for a large PSU
                      Devised a market entry strategy for a private client looking to enter the Indian aviation market
                      Formulated a bid strategy for a large PSU bidding for development of a greenfield airport.
                      Formulated an economic development plan of South Asia for a multi-lateral bank.

                        Have also worked for a data analytics firm for 0.5 years.

                        Research experiences
                          Research internship at Hokkaido University (Japan)
                            Worked on a network optimization problem in Mtech thesis. Presented a research paper in an international conference
                              Teaching assisstant for a UG course

                              Extra curriculars: part of the college badminton team; played badminton at State level and inter school nationals; part of the core team of the placement office in college;

                              Target Bschools: Columbia, Sloan, Haas, Yale, Johnson, Stern

                              Post MBA plan: consulting or product management

                              Thanks!!

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                              New post 25 Jun 2018, 09:57
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                              Hi akhily,

                              Thank you for your post. Your undergraduate university is well regarded and your experience seems solid, though perhaps not spectacular. The promotion is good and the projects you've outlined seem quite interesting, so I encourage you to really unpack those and showcase your advancement, impact, teamwork, leadership, and learning. The international experience you had in Japan sounds interesting, too.

                              I'd be curious to learn more about your badminton playing, but your post-university extracurriculars are very light, so that will be a big soft spot to your candidacy. It's hard to see who you are as a person and engaged community member. And while a nice score, your GMAT is unfortunately not where it needs to be for the T10/15. With that in mind, I find your list of schools to be far too aggressive at this point. Columbia, Sloan, Haas, and Yale are going to be extremely difficult / next to impossible with a 720 and no ECs. Johnson and Stern will not be easy, either.

                              I encourage you to read this post about the admissions chances for Indian applicants to the top 50 programs in the U.S. And I likewise encourage you to read this subjective but thorough "admissions guide" for Indian male MBA applicants. The posts should help calibrate your expectations and understanding of what kind of schools you should be targeting.

                              For added context, conventional wisdom suggests that you want to target 30 points above the GMAT average for the schools you're interested in. That implies a 750+ for Columbia, Sloan, Haas, Yale, and Stern, and around a 740 for Cornell. With that in mind, I encourage you to re-take the GMAT to boost your score. The Indian male demographic is simply too crowded to realistically target the schools you've referenced with a 720. Right now, Columbia, Sloan, Haas, and Yale would be mega-reaches and Stern and Johnson would be reaches for you. You'd have to build backward from there if you were putting together a school strategy this year (e.g., a diversified T15 to T30/40 school strategy... not the T5 to T15 schools you've mentioned.).

                              I also encourage you to build your leadership experience and community engagement. This can be both inside your company (but beyond your core professional responsibilities) and outside of work. Round 1 application deadlines are only 2-3 months away, so between the GMAT situation and the ECs, you might be better of building now and applying next year.

                              I realize my comments might feel somewhat discouraging, but I do hope they help. And remember -- the areas of your candidacy that seem to need the most work are ones you can largely control. You're young and you have time on your side. So focus on boosting your GMAT score and building your profile, and that can help improve your future prospects!

                              Best Regards,
                              Greg

                              akhily wrote:
                              Hello,

                              I'm looking for a profile review. Request a feedback from an admission consultant.

                              Nationality: Indian

                              Sex: Male

                              Age: 25

                              GMAT: 720 Q50 V38 IR 5 AWA 5

                              Education: Btech & Mtech (dual degree) from IIT Kanpur

                              GPA: 7.4/10 (Btech); 8.4/10 (Mtech)

                              Work experience: 3 years

                                Currently working in consulting at PwC. I have been with the firm for nearly 2.5 years.
                                  Recently promoted from Consultant to Senior Consultant (on a fast track in 2 years instead of the average 3 year). Awarded a certificate of appreciation for outstanding work.
                                    Have worked on multiple projects with Govt, PSUs, multi-lateral banks and private clients. Area of focus primarily on aviation, logistics and infrastructure sector.

                                    Some key projects include:

                                    Business process reingineering and financial modelling for development of a community system for Govt.
                                    Identified strategies to improve air cargo operations for a large PSU
                                    Devised a market entry strategy for a private client looking to enter the Indian aviation market
                                    Formulated a bid strategy for a large PSU bidding for development of a greenfield airport.
                                    Formulated an economic development plan of South Asia for a multi-lateral bank.

                                      Have also worked for a data analytics firm for 0.5 years.

                                      Research experiences
                                        Research internship at Hokkaido University (Japan)
                                          Worked on a network optimization problem in Mtech thesis. Presented a research paper in an international conference
                                            Teaching assisstant for a UG course

                                            Extra curriculars: part of the college badminton team; played badminton at State level and inter school nationals; part of the core team of the placement office in college;

                                            Target Bschools: Columbia, Sloan, Haas, Yale, Johnson, Stern

                                            Post MBA plan: consulting or product management

                                            Thanks!!

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                                            New post 26 Jun 2018, 02:41
                                            Thank you very much for the reply Greg. It was quite insightful.

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                                            New post 26 Jun 2018, 02:42
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                                            Thank you for your reply oneMBAcoach. It was helpful.

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