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ISB PROFILE EVALUATION THREAD - Post all Profile Eval Requests Here!

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Hi All,

I recently gave GMAT after 1 and a half month of prep and scored 700. This was my first attempt, and I relied mostly on OG only (No test series, etc). Now, there are two things I need help with: Overall Profile Evaluation and If I should try for a higher score.

This would be a brief of my profile:
10th: 89 CBSE
12th: 81 CBSE
Graduation: 2014 graduate in IT stream from one of the NITs with 6.97 CPI (Pointers are on the lower side)
Work-ex: 1 year as Business Analyst with one of the Indian E-Com Major.
2 years with one of the Hospitality startup, was part of the team which built an entire state's business from scratch. I was promoted twice, started as a City Head and went on to become Business Development Head for the state. Worked on both the fronts: Business Development and Sales.
Currently ( from last 6 months): Part of expansion team of a startup in Fintech domain, its still in stealth mode and we're setting up the ground work.

EC:- Badminton Player: Represented my school at zonal Level and college at national Level (University Tournaments) as captain
Marathon Runner: Had picked up this hobby recently only, over the years of Job Life, I transformed from physical fit to obese. So, I researched and planned my own fitness plan(was able to shred 1/5th of body fat). Marathons were small milestones of the plan, and I've already successfully done 2 half marathons and a full marathon. Currently I'm mentoring 3 more people on Nutrition and Exercise for weight loss and overall fitness.
Maths Teacher: taught Maths at an NGO for underprivileged kids for 3 months.
Head Coordinator, Sports Committee(College): I was part of the initial team who had set up this committee, and in the final year as a Head Coordinator we organised college's sports fest as well in which 1K+ students participated.

I'd really appreciate any sort of advice/help

Thanks!


Hi Rajat

- Your acads are decent and ECA are really strong.
- On the professional side, the concern is that there is a fair bit of movement for someone with just 3 years of experience. You will also need to tie in your experience with your future goals. What are you aiming at after ISB?
- On the GMAT side, you seem to be fine. In case you are applying to other schools, you might consider a retake and a 20-30 point increase, which will in turn help a bit for ISB as well, but if not, the retake really isn't needed. You need to focus on your story, your past decisions, and how an MBA will help with the future.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.
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justnishu4u wrote:
Please evaluate my profile:
X-77.80%(2004)
XII-73.25%(2006)
B.Tech-63%(2006-2010) from a so so engineering college.
PGDM-5.8(2013-2015) from International Management Institute(IMI)-Kolkata. Low GPA reason- I was interested in Operations Management, but didn't get the opportunity to select more than 4 Operations Management subjects in second year. Had to study Finance as a major. Tried my best, but just couldn't score well. Had a more practical approach towards those subjects. Hence, even after getting a placement in Yes bank, I decided to go for Swiggy and work in Operations field. My live project & internship is also in Operations. Don't know how this would sound during interview, but it's the truth.


Some info:

a) Current work exp.-3.5 yrs(including pre-MBA and excluding retail family business+live projects till August 2017). 
b) Family business-1.5 yrs(Sept. 2011-April 2013) 
c) Live project+internship-6 months in ACC Limited & Schneider Electric(during PGDM). 
d) Current organization & designation- Swiggy(food delivery start-up), Area Manager(field operations).
e) Work exp. till march 2019 will be 5.2 yrs(including pre-MBA and excluding retail family business+live projects). 
f) Also, currently working as a core team member with CRY(Child Rights & You) and as a volunteer with GiveIndia.
g) I am already 30 yrs right now.

My questions: 
1) Can I show my family business(not a company, but it's an enterprise where the sole proprietor is my father) as work experience while applying? If yes, then what documents could be needed and how can I show it? My business is mostly retail, consisting of a chain of stores in the city. We grew it from a single store to multiple stores and went to online platforms too.
2) Considering my low GPA during PGDM, will it be wise to apply to ISB, even if I get 700+ in GMAT?
3) I am planning to go for 2019-2020 session. I will be 32 yrs when I join in April 2019. I know age will be a drawback, but will it be that big that I don't stand a chance? 
4) Should I go for 2020-2021 session?
5) Can I add summer internship(paid) & live project as a work experience? 

P.S: My biggest headache is whether to show/not show my family business, because if added, this might increase my experience level. Any guidance would be very helpful.


Hi justnishu4u,

- While your achievements and work experience are decent, you will need to explain the need for a second MBA. The part around the low GPA in the MBA is not going to be a huge issue, but the explanation you have may not fly. Top schools expect applicants to have been disciplined enough to achieve a decent if not a strong GPA irrespective of what subjects they could take up, as the choice of subjects or courses is known to you at the time you opt for the program. You can offset this with a strong GMAT (720 and above) though.

On your questions:
1. Yes, of course, if you worked there, you can show employment there. You will need to show salary earned as proof, though that is the easier part. The harder part is to show strong contribution through the essays.
2. Yes, score high on the GMAT, and you should be ok. Use your Master's and your experience as an asset in the application.
3. It is experience and not age that is the bigger factor here. Would recommend you target 2018 (start) though if you can.
4. No.
5. You can, if they were post-qualification (i.e. post earning your degree).

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.



Thanks for the quick reply.
With respect to point 1, PFB my comments.
1)"Yes, of course, if you worked there, you can show employment there. You will need to show salary earned as proof, though that is the easier part. The harder part is to show strong contribution through the essays."
-It's a family business. There is nothing sort of salary slips/salary earned for me personally, since my father is the sole proprietor. Basically, pure brick n mortar scenario(if you can imagine). We deal in car accessories(seat covers, audio systems, etc), have a set of suppliers and entered into online mode viz.-our website, google+, Linkedin, FB, etc. We now have three stores in different areas of Kolkata. Used to look after the store operations(during the timeline mentioned above), along with my father viz.- sales, staff supervision(2-3 per store), stock management, expansion in different prospective areas for business growth, helped my father with few marketing ideas. Now my younger brother is helping my father in the business. The scale of business is small(an average sale of 30k per day), but at least it's the basics of pure business.

In such a scenario, how to prove(in terms of documents or whatever) that I worked(still look after the business when I get time) and gained some real knowledge of pure business sense(not in a private limited company) in real ground conditions. The biggest question, how to prove it as a real work experience, so that I can add it in my application.


That is a good point you raise. Unfortunately, in the past, ISB has been a bit skeptical of applicants who claim contribution to a family business, but cannot show formal proof for it. Understood that it is a proprietor-run business, but if you were part of it and contributing, your contribution needs to be formal enough. In the past, at least some applicants have tried to garnish over periods of unemployment by demonstrating fictional employment in the family business, though of course you are not in that category. While it is not essential that ISB will raise questions on this, you should be prepared. Here is what you can do now:
- If no formal salary slip is available, bank account statements showing salary credits are fine too. You can also have a formal letter issued on the company letterhead mentioning your period of employment, designation, and salary.
- As far as possible, try to mention things as factually and formally as possible. Mention your actual designation, responsibilities, and achievements.
- You should still go ahead and mention all the contributions you made in your essays/application. Please note that the size or scale of the business is not a factor at all. All that matters is your role within it.

Again, not all of these things may ultimately be finely scrutinized, your preparation in representing the facts clearly will help your own application.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.
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Hello,

Please help me with my profile evaluation.

Age: 23
Nationality: Indian

Academics:
1. 10th (State Board) – 89.45%
2. 12th (State Board) – 89.00%
3. B.Tech, Computer Engineering (Top college in State), Class of 2016 – 7.29/10.0 CPI
4. GRE: 325 (Q:170, V:155, AWA: 3.5)

Work Experience:
12 Months of Full time work experience at a Foreign Bank working on multiple user/regulatory projects. Joined at a higher cadre and on a fasttrack to promotion.

Achievements/Extra-Curriculars:
1. Created a multi-platform application having 300,000+ users. Featured on LifeHacker.
2. Headed the Entrepreneurship Cell in College.
3. Black Belt in Karate
4. Have Moderate experience with NGOs both during college and work.


I want to continue wokring in the FinTech field.

I plan to Apply with the early entry option. What are my chances and what could I do to improve my profile? Also, is applying using GRE detrimental to my application?


Thanks In Advance!
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Hello,

Please help me with my profile evaluation.

Age: 23
Nationality: Indian

Academics:
1. 10th (State Board) – 89.45%
2. 12th (State Board) – 89.00%
3. B.Tech, Computer Engineering (Top college in State), Class of 2016 – 7.29/10.0 CPI
4. GRE: 325 (Q:170, V:155, AWA: 3.5)

Work Experience:
12 Months of Full time work experience at a Foreign Bank working on multiple user/regulatory projects. Joined at a higher cadre and on a fasttrack to promotion.

Achievements/Extra-Curriculars:
1. Created a multi-platform application having 300,000+ users. Featured on LifeHacker.
2. Headed the Entrepreneurship Cell in College.
3. Black Belt in Karate
4. Have Moderate experience with NGOs both during college and work.


I want to continue wokring in the FinTech field.

I plan to Apply with the early entry option. What are my chances and what could I do to improve my profile? Also, is applying using GRE detrimental to my application?


Thanks In Advance!


Hi su04805

Excellent profile there. You should have a solid chance at ISB with a decent application. Applying through a GRE score is not detrimental to your app at all. In terms of things to do right now:
- Try and take up some projects with more leadership components. With low work-ex, this is one way for you to show competence.
- Try and grow your app further.
- As you have been associated with social work in the past, try and grow that association a bit to the extent possible.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.
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Hi i needed some quick help with my profile evaluation for ISB.

I am a masters in economics from Delhi University and have worked with Big 4s and international banks for 9 years, involved in the advisory practice. Have experience of setting up practices of the firm outside the country. I shall be appearing for my GMAT soon and intend to apply to ISB in R2. Based on my work ex etc, any help on what would be a decent score in GMAT?

My biggest headache is my masters score which is around a 50-55%. Wondering what kind of a weightage that will have.

Any help is welcomed!

Regards


Hi Ach.,

Thanks for sharing your details.

Your extensive work experience with top-notch firms, coupled with a Master’s degree will definitely be advantageous.

With regard to your GMAT, please aim for a score upwards of 700. With a good GMAT score, and an application, which adequately reflects your strengths, and achievements, as well as showcases a logical flow between your professional experience and career goals, you will have a strong chance at ISB! ☺

Should you feel the need for a detailed profile evaluation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

All the best! ☺
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su04805 wrote:
Hello,

Please help me with my profile evaluation.

Age: 23
Nationality: Indian

Academics:
1. 10th (State Board) – 89.45%
2. 12th (State Board) – 89.00%
3. B.Tech, Computer Engineering (Top college in State), Class of 2016 – 7.29/10.0 CPI
4. GRE: 325 (Q:170, V:155, AWA: 3.5)

Work Experience:
12 Months of Full time work experience at a Foreign Bank working on multiple user/regulatory projects. Joined at a higher cadre and on a fasttrack to promotion.

Achievements/Extra-Curriculars:
1. Created a multi-platform application having 300,000+ users. Featured on LifeHacker.
2. Headed the Entrepreneurship Cell in College.
3. Black Belt in Karate
4. Have Moderate experience with NGOs both during college and work.


I want to continue wokring in the FinTech field.

I plan to Apply with the early entry option. What are my chances and what could I do to improve my profile? Also, is applying using GRE detrimental to my application?


Thanks In Advance!


Hi su04805

Excellent profile there. You should have a solid chance at ISB with a decent application. Applying through a GRE score is not detrimental to your app at all. In terms of things to do right now:
- Try and take up some projects with more leadership components. With low work-ex, this is one way for you to show competence.
- Try and grow your app further.
- As you have been associated with social work in the past, try and grow that association a bit to the extent possible.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.



Thanks for the advice.

I have question about the type of my profile. I realize that I have somewhat of a generic profile which would constitue the majority in the pool of applicants.
Engineer (IT) working with a Bank.
While some of my colleagues chose to pursue a CFA to differentiate themselves and showcase interest, it isn't for me as I do not wish to fully pursue a career in core finance. Having said that, what avenues do I have to differentiate myself from the rest. (I do understand that each applicant is different and would have their own forte, but, I'd still appreciate a response possibly with a few examples you might have come accross.)

Thanks again for your prompt response.
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su04805 wrote:
Hello,

Please help me with my profile evaluation.

Age: 23
Nationality: Indian

Academics:
1. 10th (State Board) – 89.45%
2. 12th (State Board) – 89.00%
3. B.Tech, Computer Engineering (Top college in State), Class of 2016 – 7.29/10.0 CPI
4. GRE: 325 (Q:170, V:155, AWA: 3.5)

Work Experience:
12 Months of Full time work experience at a Foreign Bank working on multiple user/regulatory projects. Joined at a higher cadre and on a fasttrack to promotion.

Achievements/Extra-Curriculars:
1. Created a multi-platform application having 300,000+ users. Featured on LifeHacker.
2. Headed the Entrepreneurship Cell in College.
3. Black Belt in Karate
4. Have Moderate experience with NGOs both during college and work.


I want to continue wokring in the FinTech field.

I plan to Apply with the early entry option. What are my chances and what could I do to improve my profile? Also, is applying using GRE detrimental to my application?


Thanks In Advance!


Hi su04805,

The good news is that applying with a GRE score is not going to be disadvantageous at all. Besides your strong academic background will also feature in. At this point, we recommend that you focus on creating a stellar application that portrays a strong sync among your short-term goals, long-term aspirations, and your need for an MBA.

Moving to your query on profile improvement, we suggest that you keep performing in your current role, in order to have as many talking points as you can in your application. Further, try allocating some time towards the social work that you have been involved with and have some tangible stories to share. Alternately, you could also join a Social Club in your vicinity.

If you are able to take care of the above-mentioned points, you definitely have a good chance at cracking ISB! ☺

Should you feel the need to have a detailed discussion, please let us know ☺

All the best!
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Hi,

Please Find below my profile for Evaluation.

Age: 27
Nationality: Indian

Academics:
1. Class X (CBSE Board) – 90.00%
2. Class XII (CBSE Board) – 83.33%
3. B.E.(Hons.), Civil Engineering (BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus), Class of 2014 – 6.47/10.0 CGPA

Work Experience:
35 months of Full Time experience (as of today, 08.08.17) as an Engineer in Nippon Koei India Consulting Engineers, Indian Subsidiary of the largest Construction consultancy of Japan. I have worked on 02 projects
1. Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, Phase 1(Project Value: 6626 Cr. INR) as a Project Management Consultant in the Field Execution Team.
2. MLIT Study of Indian Railway Level Crossings. Study Project, mostly Data Collection and concluding with a report on generic installations/mechanisms by Ministry of Railways.

Achievements and Extra-Curriculars:
Was associated with an NGO Nirmaan while in graduation i.e. 4yrs.. Worked in various capacities such as :
1. Project Leader, Gyan Bodh
One of the Education Initiatives project where we used to teach underprivileged kids in a nearby Village. Led a team of 24 volunteers. Implemented Activity based learning approach.
2. Event Coordinator, Apogee and Daan Utsav(erstwhile Joy Of Giving Week)
Conducted 3 main events of the Tech Fest, Apogee. Coordinated with Ramon Magsaysay Award Winner Dr. Rajendra Singh, The Water Man of India to deliver a talk and judge the Event.
Coordinated events for Daan Utsav at BITS PILANI. Managed a team of 30 Volunteers and conducted numerous events throughout the week.
3. Conducted various Fund Raising Events for Nirmaan.
4. Coordinated with the Alumni Association and set up Pilani Resource Centre which now houses various NGOs such as Pratham, HARVA, Nabard, Helpage India and Nirmaan.
5. School Captain

Projects:
1. 2 Technical Projects, namely Depletion of Groundwater Table in the Tribal and Industrial Areas Of Andhra Pradesh and Reduction of Power Consumption through Energy Efficient buildings.
2. Commercially practiced Cultural Sexual Exploitation.
A study project on two communities if India who practice Cultural Sexual Exploitation. Also reviewed two related books.

I plan to give my GMAT in early September and targeting ISB( with scholarship).
I am looking at the Consulting Industry Post MBA. Which other schools should I target?
What should my target score be with respect to ISB and also for other schools.

Thanks In Advance!


Hi Rumanshu1990

Thanks for sharing your details.

To begin with, BITS Pilani is a very strong brand to have on your resume. Adding to this, your work experience and strong extracurricular activities will definitely strengthen your application, even further.

That said, your GPA is on the lower side. However, a GMAT above 700, should definitely help cover up for the same, as well as ensure that you have a strong chance at ISB. Further, in case you are planning to apply abroad, please aim for as high a score as you can. Remember, GMAT expectations for Indian candidates are always higher ☺

Should you feel the need to discuss this further, do let us know! ☺

Good Luck with everything! ☺
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Background and nationality: 32,Male, Indian, currently working in UK

Undergrad Information: BE Computer Science from a state university with a private engineering college in 2007 with 64%.
GMAT: Yet to take

Work experience and leadership - 10 years of work experience into IT Industry, worked for Big international clients while working with TOP IT service providers.
10 years of work experience expands across domains like Life Sciences, CRM and Oil and Gas. Worked into technologies like Java, iOS Applications. Currently into Project Management with responsibilities like vendor management, stakeholder management, resource and budgets. Managed teams of size 20+ in a multi application environment. Currently deployed with a Oil Major in London looking after their trading needs.

Community and others:

Post MBA goals: Always having this urge to do an MBA as I always wanted to contribute more towards the leadership of an organization. To lead the information technology business to new heights.

Anything else?


Hi Ashish,

Your work experience is substantial and with that in mind, you will have to:
1. show that you will contribute significantly to the classroom
2. explain why you need an MBA at this point in your life.
Your goals as mentioned here are elementary and need a lot more thought. You will have to be realistic about what you can achieve post MBA, at the same time, there has to be some aspiration in the goals. Think about a more refined vision than- leading a IT business to new heights- as this is generic.

Also do not mention " I always had the urge to do an MBA" - you will get asked, what took you so long??

All the best for your GMAT- the upside of applying with more work experience is that adcoms are more forgiving of a lower GMAt score. Nevertheless, aim for a 700+.
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Candidate Name: Shubham Chauhan
City, Country: Rayong, Thailand
GMAT - 680
Schooling
• 10th and 12th Grades: 93% (CBSE, District level Merit Holder) , 88% (MP Board) respectively
• Extracurricular activities: Cricket and Photography
College (Graduation)
College name: Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
• Degree: B. Tech [Mechanical]
• Grades: 8.15/10
• Notable projects undertaken: Generation of Hot Spots in Photovoltaic cell at Underwriters Laboratory, Chicago, USA
Professional Experience
I have worked in three locations of same company. Total Experience ~ 4.3 Years( Till Date)
1.
 Polyplex Corporation Limited
 Role- Management Trainee
 Location- Noida India
 Tenure- 6months [June’13-Nov’13]
2.
 Polyplex Europa
 Role- Management Trainee
Location- Çorlu, Turkey
 Tenure- 6months [Dec’13-May’14]

3.
 Polyplex Thailand Public Company Limited
 Role- Production Analyst (Manager) reporting to General Manager (Head-Operations) and Now working as Process Manager (Production) since May’16
Location- Rayong, Thailand
 Tenure- 26 months [June’14- Till date]

Professional Experience:-
Job Profile – I am the youngest person in the company to have been hired at the post of Manager in the company’s history of 30+ years.
Polyplex Group is the 4th Largest manufacturer of Polyester Film in the world with locations in India, Turkey, Thailand and USA and distribution offices in Poland, China, Netherlands, Singapore etc.

Operational Analyst
For 2 years, I worked under Head-Operations (General Manager) of company as operational Analyst. In this profile, my work catered to the data analysis on various aspects for the plant improvement. I have been involved in high decision making body for the turn-around of the company. For this I worked with Managing Director of the company. I was completely responsible for CAPEX proposal, MIS Generation. One of my proposals accepted by top management resulted in annual saving of USD 1 million. I got a fair exposure of general management of the company including the financial aspects. In this role, I got a fair view of all areas of running a business, right from Inventory management to product manufacturing to Manpower Management along with the sales strategy of the company. I have been part of all CEO Review meetings, which gave me an amazing experience of how top management deals with problems and how does senior management perceive things.

Process Manager
Looking into the good performance, I have been shifted to the core operations as process Manager (Industrial Film Division), independently handling the operations of 2000MT/Month production capacity polyester film plant. Plant is $100 Million facility, with state of the art setup
I am responsible for all process related trouble shooting and all new product development related activities, handling day-to-day operational activities involved in Production.

50 Thai nationals report me directly (Production Department)

Experience of working outside India in Non English Speaking Country-

Living abroad in countries such as Turkey and Thailand, where the native language is not English, has been a challenging but my life’s most interesting experience. You will have to adapt to a new culture and a new way of life. Immersing in foreign environment required flexibility and determination. That was not easy at the beginning but it has been a great life lesson. I found myself becoming more independent and more outspoken person. Taking decision to go abroad opened my mind and opportunities. I met people that don’t necessarily think and live like i did. This has called me into question what I’ve believed in so far and gave me opportunity to grow from this experience. Working and Hanging out with localities of Thailand gave me chance to live in this amazing culture and experience more closely.
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 In College
o Received Dean’s List Award for excellent academic performance in IIT in last four semesters (consecutively)
o Won College Competition organized among all IIT Gandhinagar Students. Got opportunity for Internship in Underwriters Laboratory, Chicago, USA. Received an award of $1000 as part of competition win.
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Candidate Name: Shubham Chauhan
City, Country: Rayong, Thailand
GMAT - 680
Schooling
• 10th and 12th Grades: 93% (CBSE, District level Merit Holder) , 88% (MP Board) respectively
• Extracurricular activities: Cricket and Photography
College (Graduation)
College name: Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
• Degree: B. Tech [Mechanical]
• Grades: 8.15/10
• Notable projects undertaken: Generation of Hot Spots in Photovoltaic cell at Underwriters Laboratory, Chicago, USA
Professional Experience
I have worked in three locations of same company. Total Experience ~ 4.3 Years( Till Date)


Hi Shubham,

I love your profile and am feeling excited about your application. All the best and I hope it works out brilliantly for you.
The only weak link is your GMAT score. It should fly with ISB, but if you are planning to apply to some US colleges as well, then you should shoot for a retake. And I'd suggest you do apply to some US/ European MBAs because of your strong profile.
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Hi, All. Need some help with my profile evaluation for ISB class of 2018-19. Wanted to understand what do you guys think about the strengths, weaknesses, and areas of improvement in my profile?


1. M/Engineer from MIT, Manipal. CGPA 6.5. 12th 82%, 10th 92%.
2. Expected GMAT score as per mocks = ~700 ( Q49 V35)
3. Work ex of 3.5 years my March 2018 in a popular startup in a niche industry and role.
4. Have led a sales team of 30+. Work ex is purely around business development and marketing for a particular product. Can show good personal growth over the past 3 years. Have participated and played a key role in international visits in the middle east market as well for market expansion purposes of the product line I manage.
5. Will get strong LORs ( probably from ISB alums )
6. Have had good leadership experience in college, being the executive board member of world's largest youth run organization. Have attended and conducted conferences (one in ISB itself), events, have done a good amount of event marketing.
7. Have some blog writing experience.
8. Short term and long term goals are absolutely clear.
9. Have a good amount of training and leadership experience.
10. Have participated in decision making heavily for both b2b marketing and (online) performance marketing
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Please review my profile. I am applying in R1 and my GMAT is 710 (Dec 2015).

Academics-
10th - 82%
12th - 93%
B.Tech (Mechanical engg) - JNTU - 78%
M.Tech (Mechanical engg) - IIT Guwahati - 9.6/10
PG Diploma in Marketing management (1 yr part time weekend, 2016-2017) - SIBM pune - 8.24/10

Work experience - 3 years
Manager - New product development, Passenger cars at TATA Motors Ltd
Representing R&D in new product development team to create product configurations and concepts for 2019-2023.
Worked in liaison with finance, marketing, manufacturing and design teams
Coordinated with R&D teams across Europe and India to drive project delivery as per timelines.

Part time work ex of 1 year in family business (SME manufacturing) during under graduate.
Worked to reduce production costs and acquire new clients.

Extra curricular-
Placement coordinator at IIT Guwahati
Organized fests and events during under graduate
Squash player (amateur)
Tata Motors CSR volunteer


Post MBA I wish to work in Strategy/Business development in short term with reputed organizations.
and I intend to join family business and expand it in the long term.

I got a reject 2 years ago when I applied for EEO. Should I mention it as a re-applicant? Any disadvantages.

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Hi, All. Need some help with my profile evaluation for ISB class of 2018-19. Wanted to understand what do you guys think about the strengths, weaknesses, and areas of improvement in my profile?


1. M/Engineer from MIT, Manipal. CGPA 6.5. 12th 82%, 10th 92%.
2. Expected GMAT score as per mocks = ~700 ( Q49 V35)
3. Work ex of 3.5 years my March 2018 in a popular startup in a niche industry and role.
4. Have led a sales team of 30+. Work ex is purely around business development and marketing for a particular product. Can show good personal growth over the past 3 years. Have participated and played a key role in international visits in the middle east market as well for market expansion purposes of the product line I manage.
5. Will get strong LORs ( probably from ISB alums )
6. Have had good leadership experience in college, being the executive board member of world's largest youth run organization. Have attended and conducted conferences (one in ISB itself), events, have done a good amount of event marketing.
7. Have some blog writing experience.
8. Short term and long term goals are absolutely clear.
9. Have a good amount of training and leadership experience.
10. Have participated in decision making heavily for both b2b marketing and (online) performance marketing


Hi abhishek911.

Thanks for sharing your details.

Your overall profile, complete with leadership experience, international exposure, and start-up experience sounds very good ☺

Having said the above, your CGPA is definitely on the lower side. At this point, we recommend that you focus entirely on your GMAT preparation. Do aim for a score above 720, as that may also help compensate for your CGPA, as well as boost your chances for selection

Once you have the desired GMAT score, please work towards preparing an application, which represents your strengths in an appropriate manner, as well as focuses on the logical sync between your professional experience and future goals.

With all of the above in place, we are confident that you will make a very competitive applicant for ISB! ☺

You may reach out to us, should you feel the need for a free detailed profile evaluation. ☺

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Candidate Name: Shubham Chauhan
City, Country: Rayong, Thailand
GMAT - 680
Schooling
• 10th and 12th Grades: 93% (CBSE, District level Merit Holder) , 88% (MP Board) respectively
• Extracurricular activities: Cricket and Photography
College (Graduation)
College name: Indian Institute of Technology, Gandhinagar
• Degree: B. Tech [Mechanical]
• Grades: 8.15/10
• Notable projects undertaken: Generation of Hot Spots in Photovoltaic cell at Underwriters Laboratory, Chicago, USA
Professional Experience
I have worked in three locations of same company. Total Experience ~ 4.3 Years( Till Date)
1.
 Polyplex Corporation Limited
 Role- Management Trainee
 Location- Noida India
 Tenure- 6months [June’13-Nov’13]
2.
 Polyplex Europa
 Role- Management Trainee
Location- Çorlu, Turkey
 Tenure- 6months [Dec’13-May’14]

3.
 Polyplex Thailand Public Company Limited
 Role- Production Analyst (Manager) reporting to General Manager (Head-Operations) and Now working as Process Manager (Production) since May’16
Location- Rayong, Thailand
 Tenure- 26 months [June’14- Till date]

Professional Experience:-
Job Profile – I am the youngest person in the company to have been hired at the post of Manager in the company’s history of 30+ years.
Polyplex Group is the 4th Largest manufacturer of Polyester Film in the world with locations in India, Turkey, Thailand and USA and distribution offices in Poland, China, Netherlands, Singapore etc.

Operational Analyst
For 2 years, I worked under Head-Operations (General Manager) of company as operational Analyst. In this profile, my work catered to the data analysis on various aspects for the plant improvement. I have been involved in high decision making body for the turn-around of the company. For this I worked with Managing Director of the company. I was completely responsible for CAPEX proposal, MIS Generation. One of my proposals accepted by top management resulted in annual saving of USD 1 million. I got a fair exposure of general management of the company including the financial aspects. In this role, I got a fair view of all areas of running a business, right from Inventory management to product manufacturing to Manpower Management along with the sales strategy of the company. I have been part of all CEO Review meetings, which gave me an amazing experience of how top management deals with problems and how does senior management perceive things.

Process Manager
Looking into the good performance, I have been shifted to the core operations as process Manager (Industrial Film Division), independently handling the operations of 2000MT/Month production capacity polyester film plant. Plant is $100 Million facility, with state of the art setup
I am responsible for all process related trouble shooting and all new product development related activities, handling day-to-day operational activities involved in Production.

50 Thai nationals report me directly (Production Department)

Experience of working outside India in Non English Speaking Country-

Living abroad in countries such as Turkey and Thailand, where the native language is not English, has been a challenging but my life’s most interesting experience. You will have to adapt to a new culture and a new way of life. Immersing in foreign environment required flexibility and determination. That was not easy at the beginning but it has been a great life lesson. I found myself becoming more independent and more outspoken person. Taking decision to go abroad opened my mind and opportunities. I met people that don’t necessarily think and live like i did. This has called me into question what I’ve believed in so far and gave me opportunity to grow from this experience. Working and Hanging out with localities of Thailand gave me chance to live in this amazing culture and experience more closely.
Extracurricular Activities & Achievements
 In College
o Received Dean’s List Award for excellent academic performance in IIT in last four semesters (consecutively)
o Won College Competition organized among all IIT Gandhinagar Students. Got opportunity for Internship in Underwriters Laboratory, Chicago, USA. Received an award of $1000 as part of competition win.
o Part of College Cricket Team , which represented Inter-IIT Sports Meet Organized in IIT Delhi
o Marketing Manager of IIT-GN Technical Annual Summit. Had at team of 15 young students. Footfall of Summit increased threefold


Hello shubham12123

It goes without saying that you have an outstanding profile, which portrays you as an all-around individual. This is exactly what business schools are looking for ☺

Further, while 680 would work, considering the depth of your profile, we suggest that you attempt to re-take the GMAT. A higher score will not only enhance your chances of securing an ISB admit but also boost your chances of securing an admit at some top-notch global programs.

At this point, please concentrate your efforts on preparing an application, which does justice to your profile. Speak about the experiences, which differentiate your from others, speak about why you need the MBA, and speak about how your career goals are a logical extension of your work experience and interests.

With all of the above in place, you stand a very good chance at cracking ISB!

Should you feel the need for a detailed discussion, please reach out to us ☺

Good Luck!
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Hi, All. Need some help with my profile evaluation for ISB class of 2018-19. Wanted to understand what do you guys think about the strengths, weaknesses, and areas of improvement in my profile?


1. M/Engineer from MIT, Manipal. CGPA 6.5. 12th 82%, 10th 92%.
2. Expected GMAT score as per mocks = ~700 ( Q49 V35)
3. Work ex of 3.5 years my March 2018 in a popular startup in a niche industry and role.
4. Have led a sales team of 30+. Work ex is purely around business development and marketing for a particular product. Can show good personal growth over the past 3 years. Have participated and played a key role in international visits in the middle east market as well for market expansion purposes of the product line I manage.
5. Will get strong LORs ( probably from ISB alums )
6. Have had good leadership experience in college, being the executive board member of world's largest youth run organization. Have attended and conducted conferences (one in ISB itself), events, have done a good amount of event marketing.
7. Have some blog writing experience.
8. Short term and long term goals are absolutely clear.
9. Have a good amount of training and leadership experience.
10. Have participated in decision making heavily for both b2b marketing and (online) performance marketing


Hi Abhishek,

Your work experience is competitive and you should bring out your achievements properly in the application. Leadership experiences, the time that you initiated, improved, innovated are always noteworthy.

Since you are still to take the GMAT, up your game by preparing harder and achieving a 700+ score. You will require this to balance your low GPA.

You have not mentioned your goals so can't discuss them. However do figure out their validity in general and for the business school where you are applying.
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Please review my profile. I am applying in R1 and my GMAT is 710 (Dec 2015).

Academics-
10th - 82%
12th - 93%
B.Tech (Mechanical engg) - JNTU - 78%
M.Tech (Mechanical engg) - IIT Guwahati - 9.6/10
PG Diploma in Marketing management (1 yr part time weekend, 2016-2017) - SIBM pune - 8.24/10

Work experience - 3 years
Manager - New product development, Passenger cars at TATA Motors Ltd
Representing R&D in new product development team to create product configurations and concepts for 2019-2023.
Worked in liaison with finance, marketing, manufacturing and design teams
Coordinated with R&D teams across Europe and India to drive project delivery as per timelines.

Part time work ex of 1 year in family business (SME manufacturing) during under graduate.
Worked to reduce production costs and acquire new clients.

Extra curricular-
Placement coordinator at IIT Guwahati
Organized fests and events during under graduate
Squash player (amateur)
Tata Motors CSR volunteer


Post MBA I wish to work in Strategy/Business development in short term with reputed organizations.
and I intend to join family business and expand it in the long term.

I got a reject 2 years ago when I applied for EEO. Should I mention it as a re-applicant? Any disadvantages.

Thanks in advance.


Hi Lohit,

ISB is one of the most reapplicant friendly b-schools, so do go ahead and apply. Until last year ISB used to have the reapplicant essay where you were meant to address how you have grown since your last application. But they have done away with it this year. So if there is any place in the application that asks if you are a reapplicant, then answer in the affirmative.

Two years is a long time and you are expected to be a lot wiser and have meaningful work experience. You will share these experiences in your essays and make a strong case for yourself, which you probably did not do last year. Also it will be crucial to evaluate your career goals- strategy and business development are different functions and require different paths. Moreover, you should also evaluate whether either will be a logical path to the family business.
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Hi, Can someone help me with profile evaluation?

10th: 94%
12th: 85%
B.Tech and M.Tech Computer Science from IIIT Bangalore. GPA: 3.61/4 (Dean's List). Graduated in 2017.

GMAT: 710(Q49, V38, IR: 8, AWA: 5)

Work experience:

9 months internship with Swiss construction firm Hilti, Kuala Lumpur as a software developer.
Joining them as a data scientist at their Kuala Lumpur office this August.

3 month internship at RMIT university, Melbourne with a paper accepted in an IEEE journal.

3 month internship at Yatra(Indian travel start-up)

Achievements: Won 1 international coding competition and multiple coding competitions at national level.

Extra Curriculars:

Founding member of E-Cell, IIIT
Actively working with two NGOs associated with my college
Lead Organiser at the college fest
Organised a few workshops in my college

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Hi, Can someone help me with profile evaluation?

10th: 94%
12th: 85%
B.Tech and M.Tech Computer Science from IIIT Bangalore. GPA: 3.61/4 (Dean's List). Graduated in 2017.

GMAT: 710(Q49, V38, IR: 8, AWA: 5)

Work experience:

9 months internship with Swiss construction firm Hilti, Kuala Lumpur as a software developer.
Joining them as a data scientist at their Kuala Lumpur office this August.

3 month internship at RMIT university, Melbourne with a paper accepted in an IEEE journal.

3 month internship at Yatra(Indian travel start-up)

Achievements: Won 1 international coding competition and multiple coding competitions at national level.

Extra Curriculars:

Founding member of E-Cell, IIIT
Actively working with two NGOs associated with my college
Lead Organiser at the college fest
Organised a few workshops in my college

My target schools are Wharton, ISB and HBS. Can you please let me know what GMAT score do I require to make my profile competitive for these schools? :-D


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Hope you are planning to get some work experience before you apply. If you are planning to apply this year, then ISB is the only suitable option in their Early entry option .
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Hi, Can someone help me with profile evaluation?

10th: 94%
12th: 85%
B.Tech and M.Tech Computer Science from IIIT Bangalore. GPA: 3.61/4 (Dean's List). Graduated in 2017.

GMAT: 710(Q49, V38, IR: 8, AWA: 5)

Work experience:

9 months internship with Swiss construction firm Hilti, Kuala Lumpur as a software developer.
Joining them as a data scientist at their Kuala Lumpur office this August.

3 month internship at RMIT university, Melbourne with a paper accepted in an IEEE journal.

3 month internship at Yatra(Indian travel start-up)

Achievements: Won 1 international coding competition and multiple coding competitions at national level.

Extra Curriculars:

Founding member of E-Cell, IIIT
Actively working with two NGOs associated with my college
Lead Organiser at the college fest
Organised a few workshops in my college


Hi Abhijay,

Hope you are planning to get some work experience before you apply. If you are planning to apply this year, then ISB is the only suitable option in their Early entry option .


Yup, right now I am only targeting ISB. What do you think are the odds of me making it?
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