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Hi,

I'm in the process of applying for ISB 2017-18 (intake R1). Could you please evaluate my profile.

GMAT: 690 (V-34, Q-50, AWA-4, IR-7)

Education:
Master of Oil & Gas Engineering - University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia (WAM: 60.8)
B.Tech in Natural Gas Engineering - University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, Dehradun, India (CGPA: 2.49/4.0)
Year 12 - 87.9%
Year 10 - 79.8%

Work Experience:
Mar 2015 - Present: Self Employed Uber Driver, Perth
Apr 2013 - Oct 2015: Drilling Consultant, Landmark/Halliburton Australia, Perth
Apr 2011 - Apr 2013: Airline Service Agent, AeroCare/Virgin Australia Airlines, Perth

Worked in multi-cultural & multi-disciplinary teams and independently to help Drilling Engineers at Chevron Australia, Woodside Energy in designing and modelling their oil & gas wells.
Worked in the development of Training manuals for the Well Design training with Halliburton's Global team in Houston, United States.
Delivered Well Design training to Senior Drilling Engineers and Graduate Drilling Engineers in the Australasian region and the Middle East.
Landmark/Halliburton's point of contact for the projects with Woodside Energy & INPEX Australia.
Got recognition from Landmark/Halliburton's Global Vice President as a Top Performer.

Gained a wealth of Customer Service experience by serving thousands of passengers as an Uber Driver in Perth. Developed business skills by running my micro enterprise.

Worked in the ground handling of Virgin Australia Airlines' group airlines Virgin Australia, Tigerair Australia and Sky West at the Perth International Airport. Lead teams in aircraft servicing operations. Supervised the Baggage Handling division with operations of 300+ flights per week with consistently achieving the airlines' KPIs.

Extra Curricular Activities:
Won a Silver medal in a State level Shooting competition organized by the National Cadet Corps, Andhra Pradesh in 2000.
Won the State level Business Aptitude Test organized by Career Launcher in Uttarakhand (competing with students from IIT Roorkee) in 2007.

Volunteering:
Feb 2013 - Present: JET Australia Foundation, Perth Chapter
Feb 2010 - Jun 2011: Oxfam Australia
Aug 2009 - Dec 2009: Australian Red Cross

Part of the leadership team at the JET Australia Foundation's Perth Chapter. Successfully planned and organized several cultural, social and community events in Perth. Organized fund raisers to support various causes and mobilize funds for victims of natural disasters.
Active blood donor since 2005. Organized blood donation drives since 2015. Achieved my personal goal to motivate people and introduce at least 10 new donors every year.

Goals:
Short - Medium term: Build a career in Management consulting


Regards,
Dilip



Hi Dilip,

Thanks for posting your profile. I have two concerns:
1. Your GPA and GMAT combination will not be competitive at ISB. Usually if one is low then the other one should be higher. Your GMAT is below ISB's average of 706 and the BTech GPA is also low, so both together don't work too well in your favour. Can you throw more light about the difficulty of the Masters course and how you fared in comparison to peer students?

2. Your three jobs are very different from each other, and don't show that you have built a career in a particular direction. adding to this, while your academics were in
oil and gas, you did not work in this field other than your job as drilling consultant. The admissions people want to see the dots being connected, but I see that as a potential problem.

Do explain the scenario either here or through PM.
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Hello All,

I am an ISB 2017-18 aspirant and would like to have a preliminary evaluation of my profile for ISB. Also, if anyone can suggest me which colleges should I apply to in India/US/Europe, it will be very helpful. Thanks!! :)

10th - 94%

12th-88%

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Work Ex : 6.5 years, as on 31 March 2017

Currently working in Adobe since last 2 years as a Software Engineer- 2. My role requires program management, vendor management as well as automation. It also involves constant interaction with client and articulating their requirements into deliverable( Kind of Business Analyst role). I started as Quality Engineer and have continued in the same line.I have a lead role since past two years, but my designation does not have the word 'lead' in it.

Academically consistent all through school and college. Was among toppers in both of them.

Extra curricular- In school and college, I was into Oration, writing, science symposiums. I won many state and national level prizes at school.

At my workplace I am into publishing paper, product ideation, and CSR. I have also been a mentor to one of the creativity scholars chosen by Adobe from all over the globe. And currently I am involved in a Pro-Bono project with an established NGO. I also have recognitions from my workplace for my work.

Hobbies- Include reading fiction and health related articles, watching movies and volunteering.

Why MBA? - It is my obvious path right now. I love my job and I want to grow in it. I have gained enough experience to see how a product evolves and how each of the stakeholders is impacted by the progress or lack of it. I am creatively inclined (hence, Adobe!!), and want to develop my ideas into products. My short -term career plan is to go into product management and eventually evolve into higher leadership roles.


Hi

All seems good with your profile. You would certainly stand a good chance at ISB. Focus now on creating a strong app. All the best!
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I am Sudharshan, 26 years old, working in manufacturing sector, for TVS Turbo Energy Ltd (National leader in Turbochargers market - India).

Work exp : 5+ years
Role : Project management - Key account management, Project management (Handled domestic and international customers)
GMAT : 650 (V : 31 , Q :49, AWA : 6)
B.E Mechanical : 80.3% - Anna University, Chennai
Other notable works : City lead for M.A.D Chennai (Make A Difference - NGO for Education), College/Company football player, Mechanical Department Secretary, Mechanical Department topper (once)

I am aware that my GMAT score is not exceptional. But do I have a shot at all? Please advise.

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I am Sudharshan, 26 years old, working in manufacturing sector, for TVS Turbo Energy Ltd (National leader in Turbochargers market - India).

Work exp : 5+ years
Role : Project management - Key account management, Project management (Handled domestic and international customers)
GMAT : 650 (V : 31 , Q :49, AWA : 6)
B.E Mechanical : 80.3% - Anna University, Chennai
Other notable works : City lead for M.A.D Chennai (Make A Difference - NGO for Education), College/Company football player, Mechanical Department Secretary, Mechanical Department topper (once)

I am aware that my GMAT score is not exceptional. But do I have a shot at all? Please advise.

Thanks in advance


Hi Sudarshan

While the rest of your profile is quite strong, with good academics, decent ECA, and excellent experience, this GMAT score might drag you down. Would recommend that you retake and try and increase by at least 20-30 points, if not more. We had clients who made it last year with scores of 650-670 (see here for one such story), but as you have some time right now, would recommend that you increase your score to put yourself in a safer zone.
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Hi,

It would be great if someone can help in evaluating my profile and suggest if I need to retake the GMAT to improve my score

Have written the GMAT twice.
My latest GMAT score:660 (Q48 V33)
Previous GMAT score: 660 (Q46 V35)

Academics:
Studied in VIT. GPA of 9/10
10th : 94.2 %
12th: 90.6%

I am 28 years female. Working in IT (TCS) in area of Quality Assurance.
Have 7 years working experience with 6 months of Onsite experience.
Have worked for various clients in various domain such as Retail, Banking.

Hobbies: Baking, Cooking, Painting, Reading, veena player

What are the chances of getting through ISB for Round 1 this year? or should I retake and improve my score and apply for Round 2?
Please advise.

Thanks,
Priya


Hi Priya,

Try to push up your score a bit, since you are a part of engg pool applicants (which is huge). Though ISB has a GMAT range of 590-770 (http://www.isb.edu/pgp/peer-group/class-profile), low GMAT scores are often made up by other achievements or diversity in profiles of the candidates (national level sports player, published author, co-founder of a startup, etc.). You need atleast 1 differentiating factor to use as a hook the adcom. High GMAT score is an easy way for this, so people stress on getting 700+ GMAT scores.
I would recommend you to focus on your essays while applying. You have good work ex, extra curriculars and academics. GMAT has about 1/3rd weightage. If positioned the right way, you can get an admit this year. Focus on highlighting your leadership skills, career progression, experiences that bring out different dimensions of your personality, weave your achievements and goals in an interesting story. Do attend events organized by ISB for better understanding on what works for applicants.

All the best!

Originally posted by Andromeda1 on 09 Aug 2016, 06:04.
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I am Sudharshan, 26 years old, working in manufacturing sector, for TVS Turbo Energy Ltd (National leader in Turbochargers market - India).

Work exp : 5+ years
Role : Project management - Key account management, Project management (Handled domestic and international customers)
GMAT : 650 (V : 31 , Q :49, AWA : 6)
B.E Mechanical : 80.3% - Anna University, Chennai
Other notable works : City lead for M.A.D Chennai (Make A Difference - NGO for Education), College/Company football player, Mechanical Department Secretary, Mechanical Department topper (once)

I am aware that my GMAT score is not exceptional. But do I have a shot at all? Please advise.

Hi Sudharshan, you have your task cut out. There is still lot of time before R1 deadline. Work on your verbal and push it to 35+. That will push your GMAT to 700+.

Why take chances with such a good profile otherwise? With 5+ years of experience already, you would not want to wait another year with the learning that GMAT score should have been higher....isn't it?
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My profile:
10th standard: 92%
12th Standard: 86%
Graduation: B.E. in Mechanical Engineering:75% ( with Honors) from Bengal Engineering & Science University,Shibpur( Now IIEST)
Began my career in Sales & Marketing Dept of Construction Equipment Business of Larsen & Toubro Ltd., and then moved to divisional marketing team within the same company.
exp 42 months this Dec 2015
GMAT Score:690 (QA 50, VA33)
I am looking for ISB. Should I consider a retake??


Hi Swarnendu,

Your score seems a bit on the lower side, specially for the Indian male (engg.) pool. ISB's GMAT range is from 590-770. You have an interesting profile, so would encourage you to go ahead an apply. Your essays would need to stand out and help you differentiate from other applicants. Use examples to highlight your leadership skills,career progression, and bring out different aspects of your personality. So work really hard on your essays (believe me, there will be umpteen iterations) and start approaching your potential recommenders now.

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Hello All,

I am an ISB 2017-18 aspirant and would like to have a preliminary evaluation of my profile for ISB. Also, if anyone can suggest me which colleges should I apply to in India/US/Europe, it will be very helpful. Thanks!! :)

10th - 94%

12th-88%

B.E - Computer Science and Engineering - 82% Mahrishi Dayanand University, Rohtak

Female/Married

GMAT - 700 (Dec 2015)
Q48
V38
IR 6
AWA 5.5


Work Ex : 6.5 years, as on 31 March 2017

My role requires program management, vendor management as well as automation. It also involves constant interaction with client and articulating their requirements into deliverable( Kind of Business Analyst role). I started as Quality Engineer and have continued in the same line.I have a lead role since past two years, but my designation does not have the word 'lead' in it.

Academically consistent all through school and college. Was among toppers in both of them.

Extra curricular- In school and college, I was into Oration, writing, science symposiums. I won many state and national level prizes at school.

At my workplace I am into publishing paper, product ideation, and CSR. I have also been a mentor to one of the scholars chosen from all over the globe. And currently I am involved in a project with an established NGO. I also have recognitions from my workplace for my work.

Hobbies- Include reading fiction and health related articles, watching movies and volunteering.

Why MBA? - It is my obvious path right now. I love my job and I want to grow in it. I have gained enough experience to see how a product evolves and how each of the stakeholders is impacted by the progress or lack of it. I am creatively inclined (hence, Adobe!!), and want to develop my ideas into products. My short -term career plan is to go into product management and eventually evolve into higher leadership roles.



Hi Awallflower,

Your profile seems fine and I think you should definitely apply for ISB Round 1 (scholarships are for R1 only) this year. Do focus on your essays to bring out different achievements/ dimensions.


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New post 09 Aug 2016, 07:14
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Hi,
Please evaluate my profile
Indian journalist, female
3 years work experience in TV news (brands like TIMES NOW, NDTV, India Today)
GMAT: 690 (Q 47, V 38)
School 10th: 94%
School 12th: 91%
College, English Honours, from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University: 55%
I've just been dinged by Queen's. Do I stand a chance anywhere else?


Hi NimishaP,

You have a different background and will contribute to the diversity pool. Your GMAT score is decent enough for most Asian bschools (eg: http://www.isb.edu/pgp/peer-group/class-profile). GMAT has about 20-30% weightage for most B-school applications. Essays might be make or break in your case. You need to tie up your past achievements, and experiences with your post MBA goals (realistic), highlight leadership experiences, show how you would contribute to the class - in a very crisp manner through your essays and recommendations. Dont be a flat,boring applicant!

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I am Sudharshan, 26 years old, working in manufacturing sector, for TVS Turbo Energy Ltd (National leader in Turbochargers market - India).

Work exp : 5+ years
Role : Project management - Key account management, Project management (Handled domestic and international customers)
GMAT : 650 (V : 31 , Q :49, AWA : 6)
B.E Mechanical : 80.3% - Anna University, Chennai
Other notable works : City lead for M.A.D Chennai (Make A Difference - NGO for Education), College/Company football player, Mechanical Department Secretary, Mechanical Department topper (once)

I am aware that my GMAT score is not exceptional. But do I have a shot at all? Please advise.

Thanks in advance



Would recommend taking the GMAT once again. I understand its a painful process, but if the GMAT becomes the roadblock in your journey to ISB, then its something you should definitely consider rectifying.

If time looks like a constraint given R1 is in two months time, you can apply in R2 - it does not hamper your chances of admission. On the other hand, applying with a sub standard score in R1 will cause more damage.
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Dear Experts,

Requesting Evaluation of my profile:

Score Card:
GMAT Score: Appearing for exam on 17th Aug; Will not cross even 650 (as per mock results :( :( :(), unable to pick up in VA
10th and 12th: 70% (KV School)
BE: 78% (Electronics, RGPV, Bhopal)

Profile Background:
Total Work Ex: 5.5 years (Developer: 2 yrs, Sr. Developer: 1 yr --> then moved to core-HR role via internal job movement, Associate Lead: 1 yr and Sr. Associate Lead: 1 yr.) with a leading IT MNC
* Strong Extra-Curricular since schools days, continued the same in BE, and then in professional circle.
* Joined the org. as a BE fresher, and moved to HR role based on strong profile, including several leadership and engagement initiatives, exceptionally within 3 yrs.
* Consecutive Promotions in last 2 years.
* Few Awards/Certificate of Appreciations to add.
* NO International assignments.

Currently leading the Fresher's recruitment track for entire North India region, and brand face of the Org. for all premier E-Schools.
* Recruitment Budgeting, Planning and Strategy for around 4K-5K Hires every year.
* Engagement and branding activities for students at all leading E-schools across North India, and Relationship-Building with PR Officials at these institutes.
* Few more initiatives on the lines of Leadership, Employee-Engagement and Org-Branding.
* Active in Art (Sketching and Painting) and CSR related activities at multiple fronts.


I understand that the score of 600-650 is very low, but heard that its weightage is only 20-30%. :arrow: Please correct and guide me here !
Looking only for ISB - R1, as will be occupied in hiring related travel for next 3-4 months and thus no chances of any re-take. Will apply (with relatively improved score) for next year in other case :oops: .


Will post the actual score on 17th evening, on basis of which will also request suggestions on few great pointers (free/paid), which can help me in my essays.


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Hi,

Kindly evaluate my profile.

GMAT : 730 (Q50, V40)

I want to make a career in Product management or operational analysis. TBH, I am still working on my SOP, and therefore contemplating applying in R2, after attaining a proper clarity and purpose :)
I am also going to retake the GMAT in a couple of weeks (after the 15 days cool-off), I find my score a tad underwhelming, and am hoping to get a 750+. Considering that I belong to the typical Indian IT pool, I feel a 750+ is needed to leverage my chances at ISB, and elsewhere. Am I right in thinking so ?

I would greatly appreciate an evaluation and any suggestions.


If you are just applying to ISB, reatking GMAT is a BAD idea and a waste of your time. You may as well spend that time saved on your essay writing and submit a great application.

Your have proved your test taking mettle by scoring 730. You don't need to prove anything more to the adcom on this front.

If however, you are applying to US colleges, then a higher GMAT score can help you aim at higher ranked colleges. But even then the rest of your application would still be important.

Secondly, I think you are well in time to apply in R1. You don't need 2+ months to think through your career goals. And if you just can't make any headway, we can help you out. :wink:
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Dear Experts,

Requesting Evaluation of my profile:

I understand that the score of 600-650 is very low, but heard that its weightage is only 20-30%. :arrow: Please correct and guide me here !
Looking only for ISB - R1, as will be occupied in hiring related travel for next 3-4 months and thus no chances of any re-take. Will apply (with relatively improved score) for next year in other case :oops: .


Will post the actual score on 17th evening, on basis of which will also request suggestions on few great pointers (free/paid), which can help me in my essays.


Many Thanks in Advance.


Gaurav,

I am not aware of any percentage weightage given to the GMAT score, and I would discard that view as rumor. ISb does not make any such info public.

Now you may find my response opposite to what I told our friend Slug, but you guys have different situations, so please bear with it. A 600-650 score would be substandard. Try to increase it to 680-700, even if you have to apply in R2. There is no difference between the two rounds - luckily ISB has a huge class size, so you'll still have a lot of spots open.

Few people do get in with a GMAT score close to 650, but you've got to be outstanding in someway to be among those few.

Also, I think its better to put your best effort this year because a ding is never too easy!
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Thank you very much for responding. About the retake- yes I may apply to US B Schools, and maybe INSEAD and NUS, so I think an additional 30-40 points would help in securing an admit, and maybe for scholarships. As I said, I am still mulling over my options .. I would definitely reach out to you soon :)
BTW I could not make out from your response whether my overall profile is competitive for ISB, please shed some light on this ..



Hi Slug,

No suspense there, yes! you are competitive for ISB, provided you submit a competitive application (and this goes for all applicants, not just you). Your substantial WE in known companies, and your international experiences will make good stories. Product management is a logical career goal. Operational analytics sounds just too niche, and its never a great idea to be very narrow in your career goals.
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Kindly evaluate my profile.

GMAT : 730 (Q50, V40)
10th : 92%
12th : 82%
B.Tech (CSE): 68%

5 years of experience, working as a software developer (senior and lead positions).
I worked at Amdocs for 4 years, as a product developer, in a dynamic cross-cultural environment. I have about 8 months of international work experience - working at Chile for a duration of 3 months, twice, and at Canada for 2 months. This mainly involved business meetings with clients for requirement gathering, solution proposal, and supporting ongoing production rollouts.
I had received several awards and accolades during my tenure, and had taken initiatives to develop products, projects and practices outside of my immediate project purview.

I worked with hCentive (a healthcare product org) for about 6 months and received a Monthly Spotlight award during my second month there.

Presently working with Sapient as a Senior software developer, since the past 4 months or so .

Extra curricular: Not much to show for, but I have participated in cultural events at School and College level, mainly dramatics. Played in college basketball team. I write poetry and have been associated with editorial boards at school, college and previous company (Amdocs)

I want to make a career in Product management or operational analysis. TBH, I am still working on my SOP, and therefore contemplating applying in R2, after attaining a proper clarity and purpose :)
I am also going to retake the GMAT in a couple of weeks (after the 15 days cool-off), I find my score a tad underwhelming, and am hoping to get a 750+. Considering that I belong to the typical Indian IT pool, I feel a 750+ is needed to leverage my chances at ISB, and elsewhere. Am I right in thinking so ?

I would greatly appreciate an evaluation and any suggestions.


If I were you, I'd probably not waste time to improve GMAT score but rather use those couple of months doing something unique to add to my profile. 730 is a good score and although I am sure you'll improve on it, keep in my mind that there are some factors out of your control on test day..I wouldn't want to risk not improving my score in the retake. GMAT won't be a factor to distinguish your profile from rest of IT candidates as you'll always find competition in all ranges of GMAT from IT candidates. Hope my 2 cents help.

PS - I am from IT too.
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Dear Experts,

Requesting Evaluation of my profile:

Score Card:
GMAT Score: Appearing for exam on 17th Aug; Will not cross even 650 (as per mock results :( :( :(), unable to pick up in VA
10th and 12th: 70% (KV School)
BE: 78% (Electronics, RGPV, Bhopal)

Profile Background:
Total Work Ex: 5.5 years (Developer: 2 yrs, Sr. Developer: 1 yr --> then moved to core-HR role via internal job movement, Associate Lead: 1 yr and Sr. Associate Lead: 1 yr.) with a leading IT MNC
* Strong Extra-Curricular since schools days, continued the same in BE, and then in professional circle.
* Joined the org. as a BE fresher, and moved to HR role based on strong profile, including several leadership and engagement initiatives, exceptionally within 3 yrs.
* Consecutive Promotions in last 2 years.
* Few Awards/Certificate of Appreciations to add.
* NO International assignments.

Currently leading the Fresher's recruitment track for entire North India region, and brand face of the Org. for all premier E-Schools.
* Recruitment Budgeting, Planning and Strategy for around 4K-5K Hires every year.
* Engagement and branding activities for students at all leading E-schools across North India, and Relationship-Building with PR Officials at these institutes.
* Few more initiatives on the lines of Leadership, Employee-Engagement and Org-Branding.
* Active in Art (Sketching and Painting) and CSR related activities at multiple fronts.


I understand that the score of 600-650 is very low, but heard that its weightage is only 20-30%. :arrow: Please correct and guide me here !
Looking only for ISB - R1, as will be occupied in hiring related travel for next 3-4 months and thus no chances of any re-take. Will apply (with relatively improved score) for next year in other case :oops: .


Will post the actual score on 17th evening, on basis of which will also request suggestions on few great pointers (free/paid), which can help me in my essays.


Many Thanks in Advance.


Hi Gaurav

Please consider the following as you go about this:

- A 650 (or below) GMAT will not be enough. You should try and increase it to 680+. We did have a few clients last year making it with lower scores (see here and here) but would strongly urge you to go beyond the 680 barrier (if not above 700) to give yourself stronger chances
- If your post-MBA goals too are in HR, please note that ISB has very few courses, and no major, focusing on HR. Therefore, you will need to build your story carefully in terms of how ISB fits in with your plans.
- In case you are not able to achieve the target score on Aug 17, you can wait and give it another shot. A round 2 application with a stronger score will be better than a round 1 application with a weaker one.

That said, some of the work you are doing in terms of recruitments looks really good. Keep working hard on your GMAT, and don't give up till you get your target score.
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Hi,

Kindly evaluate my profile.

GMAT : 730 (Q50, V40)
10th : 92%
12th : 82%
B.Tech (CSE): 68%

5 years of experience, working as a software developer (senior and lead positions).
I worked at Amdocs for 4 years, as a product developer, in a dynamic cross-cultural environment. I have about 8 months of international work experience - working at Chile for a duration of 3 months, twice, and at Canada for 2 months. This mainly involved business meetings with clients for requirement gathering, solution proposal, and supporting ongoing production rollouts.
I had received several awards and accolades during my tenure, and had taken initiatives to develop products, projects and practices outside of my immediate project purview.

I worked with hCentive (a healthcare product org) for about 6 months and received a Monthly Spotlight award during my second month there.

Presently working with Sapient as a Senior software developer, since the past 4 months or so .

Extra curricular: Not much to show for, but I have participated in cultural events at School and College level, mainly dramatics. Played in college basketball team. I write poetry and have been associated with editorial boards at school, college and previous company (Amdocs)

I want to make a career in Product management or operational analysis. TBH, I am still working on my SOP, and therefore contemplating applying in R2, after attaining a proper clarity and purpose :)
I am also going to retake the GMAT in a couple of weeks (after the 15 days cool-off), I find my score a tad underwhelming, and am hoping to get a 750+. Considering that I belong to the typical Indian IT pool, I feel a 750+ is needed to leverage my chances at ISB, and elsewhere. Am I right in thinking so ?

I would greatly appreciate an evaluation and any suggestions.


Hi slug,

A few things to consider on your plans and profile:

- Your overall professional profile is excellent, and really this will be your application to spoil if you don't get in. Your chances are really good.
- Be clear about your goals. Product management and operations analysis (if it non-IT) are quite some distance apart, so gaining that clarity is important. Do your research before you apply, but in our opinion you have enough time to make it to Round 1.
- We dont think you need to retake the GMAT for ISB. If applying to other schools ranked higher globally, you might consider doing that. While you are right in saying that the IT pool is competitive, a 730 is good enough to differentiate you by way of your GMAT score there. Your effort is better spent focusing on creating a solid app now.
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nishantverma91 wrote:
Can somebody please evaluate my profile. I am targeting ISB (2017 intake) and about to appear for GMAT this month.

X - 91.3%
XII - 85.0%

Integrated Dual Degree (B.Tech+M.Tech) in Mechanical Engineering from IIT(BHU), Varanasi.
CGPA - 7.57

Workex by March'17 - 30 Months.

Have worked in a Japanese automobile R&D for 14 months with a Product Planning profile. Role involved mainly Automobile Market Research.
From the last 8 months, working as a Business Analyst for an E-commerce firm.

What should be an acceptable range for my GMAT score to get a call from ISB?

Thanks in advance!


Looks good broadly Nishant. Even a 680+ should be good enough (with a strong app) to get you there, though aim for a 700+ (and as high as possible). You should have more than decent shot at ISB if you can achieve that score.
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