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Profile Evaluation for Indian IT male

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I want to get into a MBA course in Fall 2016, and planning on applying in R3.

My Profile:
Nationality/Gender/Age - Indian/M/30
GMAT- 630 (46Q, 31V IR 6)
Academic qualification - B.Tech from PTU, India
CGPA - 2.8

Work experience:
A total of 8.5 years experience as of now.
Worked in top consulting firm's in house implementation worked in multiple different fields.

International Exposure
Have worked with multiple US, UK and Asia clients.

Awards & Recognitions
- Spot Award for Deloitte AMPM for march quarter.
- Team of the Quater for PWC in Birlasoft.
- WOW Voc from Customer for 2 Quaters in a row for HP GSO for D&B support in Birlasoft.
- "Athlete of Chitkara" Award in 2007.
- Won the Intra Birlasoft Football cup.
- 2nd runner up UT Lvl under 17 volleyball team

Extra –Curricular activities:
- Captain of the Under-17 Volleyball team which came 2nd at the UT level in 2000-2001(Captained the volleyball team for 3 years 98,99 and 2000)
- Represented the group to maintain Discipline and Security during the Cultural Fests, Technical Fest and Annual Events from 2006-2007.
- Member of Organizing committee for the Technical Fest in Chitkara college in 2006 and 2007
- Representative of College Sports Club 'Olympus' Technical club 'Bits N Bytes' and 'Security and Discipline' group in college.
- Branch Representative for the Computers stream in college from 2003-2007
- Captain of Chitkara College football team which qualified till Quarterfinals in 2005.
- Member of the Chitkara Cricket Team came 4th out of 60+ colleges under PTU University.
- Represented Birlasoft Cricket (played in several corporate cups in 2007 and 2008) reached semifinal and quarterfinal.
- Represented Birlasoft Football team(represented in Corporate Cry cup for 2008 and 2010) reached semifinal on both the occasions.
- Ran half Marathon for charity in 2010
- Took part in Walk for Cancer as Birlasoft representative in 2010 and 2009.
- Organizer of Spandan Annual cultural event at Birlasoft 2007 and 2008
- Cultural Dance performance in Annual function

* There are still more Extra curricular activities which I haven't mentioned here

Post MBA plans:
Continue in the consultancy field after MBA (hopefully in one of the top consultancy companies)

Colleges that interest me:
Duke
Fuqua
CBS
LBS
UCLA
Darden
Rotman

Kindly evaluate my profile and let me know which schools should I target?
What are my chances with big names like CBS and LBS?
What are the realistic programs that I have a chance to get into?

Thanks for your time!
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Hi there, thanks for sharing your background with us!

Based on the information provided, I think you're reaching a bit with your target schools. Here's why I say that:

* Your academic profile is way off for your applicant pool - your GMAT score is (on average) about 100 points away from the median of these programs. In addition your GPA is in the bottom 10%
* In gauging your work experience, I assume you've operated as an IT Consultant (as opposed to Strategy or Operations). Your awards and accolades are a great way to stand out, but I'd encourage you to focus more on the impact and leadership components of your experience. With over 8 years, the AdComm will expect you to be operating as a manager by now.
* Your goals - given that you're 30 years old, you are a 2-3 years older than the average applicant. Why do you feel this is the right time to go after an MBA? What do you hope to do afterwards? You mention continue at a consultancy, but in what area? If you're an IT consultant now, do you want to shift to strategy? These are the key questions that help AdComms assess fit.
* Your involvement - I see a lot of great activities, but I also see a lot of "members", "took part in", or "represented". It's hard to gauge what these mean and how you had impact in these roles. I know, it's not ideal to discuss these details in a forum, but I point this out to say that your extra curricular activities are evaluated on quality, not quantity. Think about how you make an impact in these roles and highlight your leadership capacity - this is what sets you apart!

Given that you probably don't want to wait another year to apply, I'd encourage you to think about retaking the GMAT and seeing if you can develop an alternative transcript to be ready for the Fall of 2016. Then, depending on your scores, you can rethink the best schools to target. The way it stands now, I wouldn't target your current set, and I would focus more on programs in the 20-30 range in the US.

Hope this information helps. Feel free to get back to us with the answers to the above questions. Also, feel free to check out our free resources to get you started. Best of luck this season!
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