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Hi all,

I'm an Indian engineering undergrad looking to get into an MSF/MSFE program in 2018 (or perhaps even after that, if that would improve my chances) in either the US or the UK. Ending up in PM/Consulting/Equity Research (in that order) would be great but I'm not completely averse to other options either. However, I'd probably like to come back to India after working for 4-6 years.

I'm from a top school with a really low acceptance rate (and one of the few schools from which MIT takes students almost every year for their MFin - a program that I'd really love to get accepted into).

I'll finish with a GPA of 7.9/10 but my Mechanical Engineering major GPA would be 8.7/10 (It's an MSc Chemistry + B.E. Mechanical dual degree course). The GPA in my last 4 semesters would be >9/10 - a significant uptrend.

Here are the other points on my profile:

1) An A+ in LSE's Summer School (Options, Futures and other Fin. Derivatives) - one of only 3 students to do so
2) 4-6 week internships in (a) Equity Research (b) Asset Management (c) FO boutique IB firms that are well known in India
3) A one year full time internship (with really great work and a good profile) at a well known American Index provider - which would most likely convert to a full time position in the next six months (P.S. the job requires technical proficiency in SQL and Python)
4) A research paper on Portfolio Optimization (with some C++ coding involved) which would likely make it to an international journal (if not, a domestic one) with an impact factor of ~3
5) A 1st place finish in one of Asia's largest college tech fests for a project on wealth management
6) A 1st place finish in India and 26th overall in the BNP Paribas Ace Manager competition, 2015
7) Editor of the college's Fin magazine and managed the college's finance club's investment fund
8) University level and district level Table tennis player and I've dabbled in social work
9) Gave my CFA Lv. 1 examination this December and I'll give my Lv. 2 exam in June 2017 (provided I pass Lv. 1)
10) I'll probably be doing Berkeley's pre-program MFE courses in the coming 3 months

I plan to give my GRE/GMAT in August 2017. (I'm leaning towards GRE; would GMAT make more sense?)

What are the universities that I should be considering and where would I be competitive? Also, since I have a year before I'm done applying for these programs, is there anything else that I can do to improve my chances at top programs?

Thanks in advance!

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