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I am pursuing the following B-Schools (in order of priority) : 1) Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley -(full-time MBA) 2) HEC, Paris (full-time MBA) 3) National University of Singapore - (full-time MBA) 4) Hong Kong UST Business School 5) SDA Bocconi School of Management - (full-time MBA) 6) Duke University (Fuqua business school) - (full-time MBA) 7) Cornell University (Johnson business school) - (full-time MBA) 8) Emory University (Goizueta business school) -(full-time MBA) 9) Indiana University (Kelly Business School) -(full-time MBA) 10) Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper business school (MS in Computational Finance)
I have listed the above in order of my preference. Please let me know the universities in which I stand a chance for
admission. Please study the following for your evaluation:
School (class 10): St. John's High School, Chandigarh, India. Total Marks: 87.2% School (class 12): DAV College, Chandigarh, India. Total Marks: 70.6% Bachelor's degree: Bachelor in Engineering (Information Technology) from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. aggregate marks: 61.5 %
Work Experience: Company: Infosys Technologies Ltd. Duration : 2.5 yrs (July 2009 - present) Position: Systems Engineer Projects: have been a part of 3 Software development projects and 1 Software Maintenance project for German Client
(please let me know if the client name is necessary) Project 1: Web application for Product Testing. Technology used : Java Stuts 1.1 Project 2: Web application in Retail and Logistic and product shipment domain. Technologies used : Java: Stripes, Spring Hibernate Project 3: Web application for Product recommendation, approval and creation. Technologies used : Java: Struts 2.0, Spring, JDBC Template Maintenance project: Client co-ordination and global support for developed project. Technology: Java Struts 1.1
In addition to my role as a software developer, I have played the following roles:
Configuration Controller: I am responsible for project code version maintenance, quality control, Build tools
maintenance, Project release on client server and client coordination after release.
Database Administrator: I am responsible for highly equipped database servers both on offshore development
environment as well as client location.
Extra Curricular Activities: 1) Operated own website based business venture 'DiscountAlley' from December 2008 to May 2009 in Chandigarh, India.
Collaborated with various popular outlets throughout the city whereby listing discounts at these outlets exclusively
for the users of the website. The outlet was charged a fixed monthly fee along with a variable fee corresponding to
the number of promotional SMSs sent on the outlet's behalf. We operated the business venture for a duration of 6 months. We had broken even in about 2 months and were drawing
profits from the venture. But we decided to shut down the business due to lack of finances, since we were students
back then and had limited sources finance for investment.
2) Presented own business plan GARBEN, which dealt with conversion of municipal plastic waste to hydrocarbon fuel,
for venture capitalist funding at the following competitions: 1. Among Top 5 teams at IIT-Kharagpur- Jan '09 2. 2nd Position (tied with IIM-Ahmedabad) at Entrepreneurship-Summit,Feb 2009 Delhi College of Engineering 3. 1st position at PANJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE, Chandigarh -2007. 4. 1st position at THAPAR University, Patiala. 5. 2nd position in marketing plan competition-PANJAB ENGINEERING COLLEGE. 6. 3rd position at IP University, New Delhi. 7 Finalists at IIT Roorkee - April 2009, IIT Kharagpur-January 2009,IT-BHU -Feb 2009,Thapar University, Patiala
-April 2009,Venture Capitalist Pitch event at Entrepreneurship-summit held at Delhi College of Engineering-Feb 2009.
3) I am the Infosys campus ambassador for Teach for India for the year 2011-2012. teach for India is an organization on the lines of Teach for America.
My responsibilities as the campus ambassador include: 1. Building awareness about the TFI movement a. Mobilizing young professionals from my company and network to apply to TFI Fellowship through posters, presentations, calls, e-mails, group discussions/debates, online and other media b. Help TFI organize events in my city for young professionals 2. Serve as a liaison between TFI and my network a. Introduce TFI to the CSR/HR team of my company and explore possibilities of a partnership b. Help coordinate a TFI presentation in my company or to an external network 3. Targeted Recruiting a. Manage relationships with the high-potential candidates of my community/profile b. Support TFI staff by managing conference calls with candidates of my profile c. Solicit ~30 high-potential applications from my network 4. Stay in touch by attending calls and submitting my “Reporting Sheet” bi-weekly
4) I have been a part of the Rotaract Club, Chandigarh, India and participated in various social upliftment events.
I will be very grateful if you could evaluate my candidacy for the list of schools that I have provided.
Thank you and Regards Abhishek Lekhi City: Chandigarh Country: India
thanks for all the detail in your profile. I am sure you know by now that your biggest challenge will be in how you position yourself against other candidates with a similar background. You have great core profile qualifications, but there are several thousand others "just like you" in a certain sense, so you must stand out. On the other hand, there is only one Abhishek, and therefore you must leverage this fact to draw out your uniqueness. Right away, it seems you have a real edge over similar applicants as it pertains to innovation. Your entrepreneurial efforts and your business plan victories should be woven into your overall story, which hopefully will tie directly into your long term vision. In a down economy, we find a lot more focus on entrepreneurship in b-schools, and it sounds like you have much to offer your potential classmates at your target schools, a fact which should be driven home to the adcoms. At this stage, well into round one application processes, I would suggest you narrow your focus to five or six schools so you can perhaps still get some round one applications in. It is likely not feasible to do all R1 applications unless you are already well down the road. Saving three schools for Round two is a more reasonable approach. Try to avoid round three if you can, again, since you hail from a very crowded applicant pool. Good news is, applications are down across the board this year, particularly from international applicants. This creates more demand at top schools for international students and could bode well for you from a timing perspective. Let us know if we can be helpful in honing your vision and guiding your application process.
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07 Oct 2011, 12:01
First of all thank you so much for the evaluation of my profile. It was extremely helpful and I have a few queries for which I would need your advice. But before that I would like to ask something very important.
I was planning to apply for MBA at Cornell University (Johnson Business School). The first deadline for Cornell is 12-Oct-11 (in 5 days). I have currently not started preparing for the application. I have 2 questions regarding this:
1) Do you think it is advisable to submit the application in such haste just because it is the first deadline, and will have advantage over second deadline applications. 2) Is it a fact that the applicants of the First deadline have a higher probability of getting selected than the ones who apply in a later deadline? Or is this just a myth?
Sorry for the delay on this....hopefully you either worked like a bandit and submitted on time, or else you decided to put more time in and go for round 2. it is indeed a myth that your chances are better in R1 vs. R2. Your chances should be roughly the same in either round.