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Profile Evaluation for the Univ of Chicago Booth and NYU

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New post Updated on: 11 Nov 2012, 21:29
Thank you.

Originally posted by yonderworld on 08 Nov 2012, 07:08.
Last edited by yonderworld on 11 Nov 2012, 21:29, edited 1 time in total.
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New post 08 Nov 2012, 23:12
yonderworld wrote:

I received a ding from CBS yesterday. My profile is as follows-

GMAT- 760 (Quantitative 51 Verbal 41)
Undergraduate- B.Tech Indian Institute of Technology Delhi GPA 6.72/10 ( Five Economics Electives 7.83/10; three failing grades- computers, an 8/10 the second time, a core engineering course 10/10 the second time, biology elective: did not retake)
Passed the CFA Level 1 and 2 Exams.
Work experience- 46 months discretionary macro prop trading US and European rate derivatives at a relatively unknown but upcoming prop firm. Good track record: ranked first in my batch of joiners in my second year of trading, ranked second firm wide in rates during my third year of trading amongst 100 traders.
A number of math olympiad certifications, top 200-300 All India ranks in engineering exams. 99.70 percentile in IIM Common Admission Test 2007
Have some leadership examples, strong philanthropic tendencies.
Long term Goal- global macro, fixed income, credit and distressed investing. leadership roles in economic policy and international finance.

Was offered the Head of Trading position but firm backtracked as there was a risk that I was going to apply for an MBA.

I hence left 3 months back, unemployed since then, employers want the brand name of a bulge bracket desk and I have pretty much come to terms with the fact that I can't find a job without an MBA. Constantly exchanged emails with a former head of prop trading at a top IB (was one of the biggest macro traders in the 90s and early 2000s) and a relative value/ macro PM at a top US hedge fund. In the latter case I was discussing and recommending trades for about 6 months. So I learnt doing macro without any help from my firm by reading books, global macro research. I am really good at it.

I am now applying to the full time MBA at NYU. I don't think I will have a chance at the top MBA programs. Now that I got rejected at CBS, Booth will be equally difficult as per me. I need help deciding whether I should apply to Booth in Round 2.
Is my undergraduate performance hurting my chances?
I am not looking at any schools other than NYU and Booth now.

Yes. Your undergrad performance is hurting your chances. I can't definitely say that it caused your rejection from CBS. Your unemployed status, if you were unemployed when you applied, could also have an impact, as could the effectiveness of your application. If you didn't present your qualifications well, that too could hurt you. It certainly isn't your GMAT, which is excellent. It probably isn't your work experience, which sounds good.

I think you have a competitive profile for NYU and Booth, other than the issues I raised above. You need to address those poor grades, provide a non-defensive reason for your current unemployed status, and wow them with your qualifications. I know you say you only want to apply to NYU and Chicago, but it might make sense to widen your choices. Have you considered LBS, Duke, UCLA, or Cornell?

Also, if you did present yourself poorly in your CBS application, you need to know it before you send in your Chicago and NYU Stern applications. You don't want to make the same mistakes. I encourage you to have your CBS application evaluated.

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New post 29 Oct 2018, 18:42
GMAT: 750
GPA: 3.5
Major: Engineering (hard one)
Undergrad: US News Top 30
W/E: F500 company in an R&D role in the US (4 years)
ECA: Decent (not spectacular)
Post MBA Goal: MBB or FAANG
Age: 26
Demographic: Asian Male (not Indian/Chinese)

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Schools: ISB '21
GMAT 1: 720 Q49 V40
GPA: 3.2
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New post 24 Jun 2019, 01:51
Hi Coach,

I want to understand my profile evaluation for application to Chicago Booth and NYU Stern for the class of 2020.

Class 10 , St. Columba's School New Delhi: 10 CGPA
Class 12 (CBSE) , St. Columba's School New Delhi : 92%
Undergraduate, Netaji Subhas Institute of Technology , Instrumentation and Control: 71% (8 CGPA)

Work Experience
Analyst, The Boston Consulting Group. (2Y)
-Have worked with global clients primarily in Logistics/Operations and People Management. Have worked onsite primarily in Asian Markets (Singapore, Thailand), European Markets (Germany) and Middle East (Saudi Arabia and UAE).
-One of the earliest member and contributor of BCG Turn's Zero Based Budgeting team. Raised ~100Mn USD overall
-Part of pilot Junior Analyst hiring by BCG run, one of 3 fast-track promotions out of a cohort of over 10. Winner of various Client Impact and Internal Impact awards at BCG.
-Also part of BCG Shark tank project, where we built a framework combining analytics with clean energy to enable BCG to get proposal conversions for 3 clients worth $30Mn net.
-Currently overseeing 5 people in temporary leadership capacity.

Multiple internships in analytics domain during under graduation

Chief Strategy Consultant, The Shashi Foundation
-Leading the corporate strategy outreach team for the Non Profit Organisation
-Successful in getting CSR MOUs for 3 corporations in 2019 with projects impacting ~2000 people and funds worth ~5 Lakh
-Devised strategy for 10 village rollout plan for Project Padhao in villages across NCR and Haryana

Marketing Director, ENACTUS NSIT
-Creation of multi-channel marketing strategy for a global social entrepreneurship student body.

Awards and Recognition
~5 BCG awards in individual capacity
~3 BCG awards in team capacity
~Winner of 3 Undergraduate Case study Competitions

Let me know what else is required from your side.

Looking for your guidance!
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Posts: 599
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New post 25 Jun 2019, 23:46
A few thoughts on your profile ayush_95:
  1. Your academic pedigree looks decent. The GPA looks to be just above average though. What's your planned/expected GMAT?
  2. The BCG brand and your work therein looks stellar. Does your peer group comprise of IIT/NIT folks too? And have you had international/client location experience? Those bits can help a lot.
  3. In general most good GMAT based MBA programs expect 4-5 years of professional experience. Given this, it might be worth waiting another year, further consolidating your profile and working towards your post-MBA plan. That can help improve your overall prospects further.
  4. The ECs/volunteer arc looks fantastic too and will help you differentiate well.
  5. For reasons mentioned here, we don't speculate on school selection chances. That being said, as and when you apply, would be worth expanding the target list beyond only these 2.

Hope this helps some.

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