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Hello,
Please evaluate my profile.
Indian Male
Age 30
GMAT 710
GPA: 8.9 from NIT
Experience 7years
I have worked for NTPC Ltd for 1.5 years looking after maintenance of power plant equipments.Currently
I am working for Indian Railways as deputy head of a locomotive workshop which owns and maintains 200+ Locomotives of Indian Railways.I look after material and scrap disposal planning, planning and execution of works and outsourcing activities, failure analysis and taking remedial measures related to Locomotives, personnel issues such as training,leave, transfer and penalising in case of misconduct of about 650 employees including 70+ engineers.In my previous position as an in charge I was looking after 250 km of Traction assets alongwith managing 200 employees.I have been involved in restoration of breakdowns of overhead lines affecting train operations.
I don't have any international exposure.
I don't have any serious extra curricular involvement except being involved in several sports activities during college and workplace and participating in a few dramas.I have been arranging industrial training of Engineering students at my workshop having trained more than 200 students in the last two years.I have also been conducting several employee friendly initiatives like organising sports,health camps and other welfare activities.
Target Schools :ISB, Kellogg,MIT Sloan,INSEAD,LBS.
Please provide your valuable feedback.

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New post 12 Oct 2018, 21:29
Consider the following points Niks39:
  1. The NIT pedigree sounds good. The GMAT is a bit out of line with that - think of a retake if you can bump it up by say 20 or more points.
  2. The work experience looks good and the scale of work is nice. You'd have to think about what after MBA clearly though. A related story of Indian Railways you may find good to read here.
  3. Why do you say sports is not good ECs? They are as good as any provided you can showcase good impact/continuity. The other activities should help too.
  4. For reasons mentioned here, we don't speculate on school selection. That being said, in India, apart from ISB, it would be prudent to also look at the 3 IIMs.

Hope this helps some.
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New post 13 Oct 2018, 07:56
Hello Niks39

With your GMAT, academic and professional background, ISB seems pretty realistic (As long as your written application does a good job of highlighting all the factors mentioned here)
That said, the biggest piece of your profile is missing- the motivation to pursue an MBA. All good B Schools will expect you to mention clear, specific and realistic career options that you are targeting post MBA. See if reading here helps.
Coming to the list of other schools, this GMAT makes things tricky for sure. Your GMAT is much lower than the average of these B schools and considering your Indian background the competition you face is going to be higher. Plus schools such as INSEAD, LBS also want to see your international motivation (not necessarily international exposure) so do focus on that in your essays.
I would recommend a retake with a target of 730+ to make your profile more competitive. Still you will need to focus on achievements, career progress, business impact and contribution of your work, career goals and international motivation.
Let me know if you have any questions.

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Niks39 wrote:
Hello,
Please evaluate my profile.
Indian Male
Age 30
GMAT 710
GPA: 8.9 from NIT
Experience 7years
I have worked for NTPC Ltd for 1.5 years looking after maintenance of power plant equipments.Currently
I am working for Indian Railways as deputy head of a locomotive workshop which owns and maintains 200+ Locomotives of Indian Railways.I look after material and scrap disposal planning, planning and execution of works and outsourcing activities, failure analysis and taking remedial measures related to Locomotives, personnel issues such as training,leave, transfer and penalising in case of misconduct of about 650 employees including 70+ engineers.In my previous position as an in charge I was looking after 250 km of Traction assets alongwith managing 200 employees.I have been involved in restoration of breakdowns of overhead lines affecting train operations.
I don't have any international exposure.
I don't have any serious extra curricular involvement except being involved in several sports activities during college and workplace and participating in a few dramas.I have been arranging industrial training of Engineering students at my workshop having trained more than 200 students in the last two years.I have also been conducting several employee friendly initiatives like organising sports,health camps and other welfare activities.
Target Schools :ISB, Kellogg,MIT Sloan,INSEAD,LBS.
Please provide your valuable feedback.

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Thanks for the responses.I would like to clarify a few points here
1) I had to struggle hard to maintain continuity for GMAT considering the nature of my job.It will be challenging to do that again.I would like to avoid reappearing but will do so if necessary. If adding a few achievements like playing a major role in finalizing a large proposal for our workshop extension or successful implementation of Biometric Attendance system on shop floor which was amongst the first few throughout Indian Railways can help me compensate for the score I will happily do so.
2)I forgot to mention my post MBA goals.I have been managing sufficient manpower alongwith planning for achieving daily target of Locomotives required for train operations.An MBA will help me add to my existing experiences and will help me in achieving better management capability.Also I would like to continue in the field of operations post MBA.This may look somewhat vague but with a bit of reorganization I think it may sound more consistent.
3) I can showcase continuity on the sports part,if it can help my application.
4) The international motivation part is somewhat tricky.Without actually having that experience it is tough to elaborate upon in the essay.

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New post 15 Oct 2018, 01:10
Hi NIks,

You have strengths and weaknesses to your profile. The NIT degree would be a strength. The GMAT is above average - but not a strength, especially given that you belong to a competitive demographic. Your work experience for a public sector unit is interesting, but perhaps par for the course. Neither a huge advantage nor a huge disadvantage.

Having said that I can see ISB might be a good application. The other schools on your list will be difficult. (especially given that you don't have international experience - INSEAD will not be a strong application).

Feel free to get in touch using the link below if you have further questions, and I'm happy to set up a time to discuss further.

Regards,
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Niks39 wrote:
Hello,
Please evaluate my profile.
Indian Male
Age 30
GMAT 710
GPA: 8.9 from NIT
Experience 7years
I have worked for NTPC Ltd for 1.5 years looking after maintenance of power plant equipments.Currently
I am working for Indian Railways as deputy head of a locomotive workshop which owns and maintains 200+ Locomotives of Indian Railways.I look after material and scrap disposal planning, planning and execution of works and outsourcing activities, failure analysis and taking remedial measures related to Locomotives, personnel issues such as training,leave, transfer and penalising in case of misconduct of about 650 employees including 70+ engineers.In my previous position as an in charge I was looking after 250 km of Traction assets alongwith managing 200 employees.I have been involved in restoration of breakdowns of overhead lines affecting train operations.
I don't have any international exposure.
I don't have any serious extra curricular involvement except being involved in several sports activities during college and workplace and participating in a few dramas.I have been arranging industrial training of Engineering students at my workshop having trained more than 200 students in the last two years.I have also been conducting several employee friendly initiatives like organising sports,health camps and other welfare activities.
Target Schools :ISB, Kellogg,MIT Sloan,INSEAD,LBS.
Please provide your valuable feedback.

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Niks39 wrote:
Hello,
Please evaluate my profile.
Indian Male
Age 30
GMAT 710
GPA: 8.9 from NIT
Experience 7years
I have worked for NTPC Ltd for 1.5 years looking after maintenance of power plant equipments.Currently
I am working for Indian Railways as deputy head of a locomotive workshop which owns and maintains 200+ Locomotives of Indian Railways.I look after material and scrap disposal planning, planning and execution of works and outsourcing activities, failure analysis and taking remedial measures related to Locomotives, personnel issues such as training,leave, transfer and penalising in case of misconduct of about 650 employees including 70+ engineers.In my previous position as an in charge I was looking after 250 km of Traction assets alongwith managing 200 employees.I have been involved in restoration of breakdowns of overhead lines affecting train operations.
I don't have any international exposure.
I don't have any serious extra curricular involvement except being involved in several sports activities during college and workplace and participating in a few dramas.I have been arranging industrial training of Engineering students at my workshop having trained more than 200 students in the last two years.I have also been conducting several employee friendly initiatives like organising sports,health camps and other welfare activities.
Target Schools :ISB, Kellogg,MIT Sloan,INSEAD,LBS.
Please provide your valuable feedback.

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Hello Niks39,

Thanks for writing in.

Your strong academic pedigree, fine GPA, and extensive professional experience in leadership roles add much value to your profile. All of these, with your goals in the Operations sector, if well articulated, will make for a fine story. The extra-curricular-activities, though not stellar, do not appear weak either :-)

Having said the above, considering the league of schools you are targetting, you will need to re-take the GMAT and look at a 30 point jump, at least. Again, while ISB is achievable with your current score, a school such as INSEAD deeply values international and entrepreneurial experiences and in the absence of the same, INSEAD becomes a bit of a Stretch.

Hope this helps!

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Niks39 wrote:
Thanks for the responses.I would like to clarify a few points here
1) I had to struggle hard to maintain continuity for GMAT considering the nature of my job.It will be challenging to do that again.I would like to avoid reappearing but will do so if necessary. If adding a few achievements like playing a major role in finalizing a large proposal for our workshop extension or successful

<<snip>>

4) The international motivation part is somewhat tricky.Without actually having that experience it is tough to elaborate upon in the essay.




While I understand your concerns with GMAT retake and I know how tough it might be, but unfortunately, given the competition, I'd recommend you go for it. Of course, only if you have reasonable confidence of boosting the score. Otherwise the time would be better spent in other aspects of the applications.

Yes, the broad goal sounds ok. But you'd have to articulate it a lot more clearly, not just reorganize as you've mentioned.

Continuity on ECs front is always very very useful.

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