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Profile evaluation (GMAT 690 , 4 + years )

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New post 12 Sep 2012, 08:23
Hi Stacy,

I am preparing for business school applications this fall and I had few questions. Below is my profile, followed by couple of questions:


27 , Indian Male

GPA : 3.3 (BTech and MTech) from top Indian Engineering Institute
GMAT: 690 ( Q50 V31) , taken on Sept 8th 2012

Work Ex:

Sr. Analyst : Management consulting / Analytics focus on operations & technology projects , with one of the top management consulting firms. Worked on several client projects with the lead role of specific workstreams. Coached and mentored junior colleagues and have been recognized several times for strong performance.

Total Experience by July 2013 : 5 years

International experience: 3 years full time in India and 1 year + so far in US.
Have done projects in 5+ countries across 4 continents.

Extracurricular :
Leadership: Headed the department festival in the college ,part of several other cultural festival team. Community: Co-founded a team of youth to contribute towards education quality in govt. schools of India. Member of another NGO in US working on education sector in India

Short term/ Long terms Goals : Need to gain experience in other functions, finance, marketing by moving to a strategic position in an organization. Entrepreneurship is the long term goal (likely focus would be social sector + technology )

My questions:

1. Do you think I should retake the GMAT ? Specially as my score is quite imbalanced. I am sure I can improve 30-40 point on this, but wanted to see if giving up first round deadlines for GMAT retake is worth it ?

2. I am thinking of applying to MIT, INSEAD and HBS . Could you please give me an assessment of my profile ? Also would you suggest any other Tier 1 school for my profile and career goals ?

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New post 17 Sep 2012, 21:30
Hi peeyusha,

For your GMAT, if you believe you can improve your score by 30+ points, I recommend you take the test again. Remember that your highest score is self-reported on your application, so admissions teams will focus on your best score. I mention this because you are looking at the most competitive MBA programs in the world.

Regarding your candidacy, your numbers indicate that you have the intellect and focus to thrive in a top tier MBA program. Nothing about your story makes me think there is any reason why you cannot be admitted, but nothing stands out telling me why you should be admitted. All of the reasons why a top program would admit you are in the details of your work experience, personal experiences, personality, values and overall story.

Here is some school specific advice for the programs you are considering:

HBS: ... ss-school/
INSEAD: ... ub/insead/


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