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Profile Evaluation - Indian Male, IIT, GMAT 700, 4 years exp

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New post 29 Jul 2013, 15:37

Could you please evaluate my profile for the top MBA programs? Thank you in advance. I am targeting for the year 2014.


• IIT BHU (Formerly IT-BHU), India, B.Tech Chemical Engineering, Year 2009
• Grades - 8.12/10
• Secured 1st Rank in B.Tech Part-2 exams.
• Among top 10% of the batch. (Does one need to justify this, because then I need to ask my college for a certificate?)
• GMAT 700, 90% (Q50, 90% and V34, 69%): I am concerned about the low verbal score. My AWA score is 5.5. Any views here?

Work Exp:

Total: 4 years

~ 1 year at an Engineering Firm (Process Automation), India
~ 2.4 years at a Business research firm (It is basically a KPO company), India
~ 6 months at a Business research firm (Same company), Chile, South America. (Will continue to work from Chile, till I am done with all the applications.)

• Currently working as a Senior Business Analyst in company’s office in Chile.
• Promoted to Senior Analyst from analyst within one year of joining the company.
• Have won an award for adding two full time employees for the company within our account.
• Selected for Chile office to grow the oil and gas team over there by imparting trainings and other stuff.


• Since joining the Business research firm, I have been working with the strategy team of a Global oil and gas major company (Revenue>$100 billion).
• We help the oil company in different kinds of market and business studies such as country/company analysis.

International exposure:

• Would have completed almost 8 -10 months in Chile when I apply to Business schools in R1 and R2.
• Work with a European oil and gas client with a multi-cultural team
• Also, within my company, we have people from almost 25 countries, so good multi-cultural exposure.
• Also learning Spanish (I guess it’s a must to survive here as English is not widely spoken on this part of the continent )

• Learning Spanish in Chile. (Fluent with very basic conversation)
• Part of company’s Toastmaster group
• During the 3rd and 4th year of the college, I was the Training and Placement representative of my Branch. I helped college streamline its placement process and bring in more companies. (I can ensure good certificates from here)
• Good ping-pong player. (But never got an opportunity to play at college level)
• Made a prototype for a mobile charger that does not require house electricity. It received coverage in print media.

Short-term goal:

• Working with top consulting firms especially in Oil and gas sector. Ex: McKinsey oil and gas practice, Deloitte Energy practice etc, Accenture etc.
• OR Joining strategy/business development division of an oil and gas major such as ExxonMobil, BP etc.

Tentative college list:

Kellogg, Tuck, Duke, Booth, Ross, Darden, UCLA, ISB. (Still trying to figure out)

Could you please help me shortlist the school. Schools that are within my radar are top 15 US B-schools, ISB, LBS and INSEAD. I am also planning to retake GMAT next month, because I believe that my current score is not even up to average score of top US schools. Should I retake the exam? I am under the impression that retake should not jeopardise my application since the schools usually take the highest GMAT score. Am I right?
Also do you think that EA round will increase my chances at Tuck or Duke?

So, I need your guidance in targeting schools based on my credentials.

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New post 29 Jul 2013, 20:34
Hey there,

You provided a lot of great information and thank you for that. The short of it is your profile is intriguing and rich for experiences. I like it - a lot to work with professionally. A little light on extracurriculars but not a big deal.

You've picked an interesting list of programs - if you're really focused in on Energy there are better options than some of the ones you've listed but if you're wanting to go into consulting, their general management focuses could be very useful. I think - and I usually don't try to push people towards consultations or our firm on these forums - you'd benefit from a conversation about this. Just talking it out on the phone in regards to what's important to you, etc. I honestly believe we could do in 30 minutes what would take us a few days and countless posts here.

BUT - to your GMAT question - it's great that you're retaking it. I'm not concerned about your verbal score because of what it means. Clearly, you can communicate in multiple languages :). My main point, here, however, is that any incremental benefit in verbal will have a disproportionate impact on your overall score. The way it works definitely favors your verbal score. If you can get that to a 38 or 40, you're looking at a 20 - 40 point jump. So crush the verbal - at this point it may come down to strategy and we can chat about that if you'd like.

Also, you're a little for early rounds especially since I think you should retake your GMAT. You have a good profile but your applicant pool just demands a higher GMAT to be competitive at these programs. You're better off waiting, taking the GMAT again, and applying R1 or R2.

Look forward to hearing from you!


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New post 03 Aug 2013, 00:33
Hi there,

You have an average profile with good academics. As per your profile and requirement I would say there is no harm in retaking GMAT if you are pretty sure you can improve on it. Per your profile I would recommend you to target Kellogg, Duke, Michigan Ross, ISB, Darden, UCLA, LBS and INSEAD. Simultaneously, I would advise you to focus on your application essays. This is where you can demonstrate your headship qualities, accomplishments, professional vision and other aptitude. A well presented and perfectly written essay is entirely significant to make a strong case for yourself during the final interview and more so when you have an average GMAT scores.

Hence, it is advisable to seek the aid of proficient consultants for guidance who can more closely review your situation and provide you with a list of B-Schools. You can try your chances of b-schools by clicking to the link

Feel free to post any other doubt or concern that you might have. You can also PM me your number for brief discussion over your profile & selection of b-schools.

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