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New post 15 May 2020, 22:56
Hi,
I am an undergrad in my senior year and I plan on applying to the deferred MBA programs at Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg, Chicago Booth and Columbia in 2021.
Could you please review my profile and help me judge my chances.

Nationality : Indian
Gender : Male
Age : 20 (21 at time of application)

Undergraduate Study: University of Mumbai, Bachelor of Commerce(Top 20 in India)

GPA : 8.5/10 (With 3 semesters to go, I expect to get around an 8.8)

GMAT: I've scored 750 on my last 2 mocks and am very good at quant and I've consistently been working towards improving my verbal.

High School Grades : 94% (XII), 97.33% (X)

Other Qualifications : I am pursuing Chartered Accountancy and have cleared CA Intermediate.
I am going to appear for CFA Level 1 in February 2021.

Work Experience:
Trainee with a Big 4 firm in the Audit and Assurance Service Line working with Listed Financial Services Companies. I will be attached with them for the following 2 to 3 years.

Community Service:
Member of a volunteer team at one of India's most prominent NGOs. The team organized a crowdfunding campaign for providing rations to underprivileged children.

I was a student teacher at a local non profit for 4 months.

Leadership:
I am the Founding Treasurer of an Intercollegiate Festival that saw a footfall of more than a 1000 students last year.

I have actively participated in multiple clubs and inter college competitions.

I was the President of my school's student council.

Other Points and Miscellaneous Achievements:
I secured the 46th All India Rank in the CA Foundation Examinations that was given by over 50000 students.

I consulted a boutique hotel on their financials and helped them optimize their cost structure and set up a better framework for accounting and regulatory compliance.

I am a good writer and I am confident in my ability to advocate my story (I faced certain mental health issues in the recent past for about a year) and my believes about the conduct of businesses and my vision of driving change.

It would be great if y'all could give me some guidance as to what areas of my applications I need to strengthen to improve my chances.

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varun1203 wrote:
Hi,
I am an undergrad in my senior year and I plan on applying to the deferred MBA programs at Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg, Chicago Booth and Columbia in 2021.
Could you please review my profile and help me judge my chances.

Nationality : Indian
Gender : Male
Age : 20 (21 at time of application)

Undergraduate Study: University of Mumbai, Bachelor of Commerce(Top 20 in India)

GPA : 8.5/10 (With 3 semesters to go, I expect to get around an 8.8)

GMAT: I've scored 750 on my last 2 mocks and am very good at quant and I've consistently been working towards improving my verbal.

High School Grades : 94% (XII), 97.33% (X)

Other Qualifications : I am pursuing Chartered Accountancy and have cleared CA Intermediate.
I am going to appear for CFA Level 1 in February 2021.

Work Experience:
Trainee with a Big 4 firm in the Audit and Assurance Service Line working with Listed Financial Services Companies. I will be attached with them for the following 2 to 3 years.

Community Service:
Member of a volunteer team at one of India's most prominent NGOs. The team organized a crowdfunding campaign for providing rations to underprivileged children.

I was a student teacher at a local non profit for 4 months.

Leadership:
I am the Founding Treasurer of an Intercollegiate Festival that saw a footfall of more than a 1000 students last year.

I have actively participated in multiple clubs and inter college competitions.

I was the President of my school's student council.

Other Points and Miscellaneous Achievements:
I secured the 46th All India Rank in the CA Foundation Examinations that was given by over 50000 students.

I consulted a boutique hotel on their financials and helped them optimize their cost structure and set up a better framework for accounting and regulatory compliance.

I am a good writer and I am confident in my ability to advocate my story (I faced certain mental health issues in the recent past for about a year) and my believes about the conduct of businesses and my vision of driving change.

It would be great if y'all could give me some guidance as to what areas of my applications I need to strengthen to improve my chances.

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New post 18 May 2020, 18:44
Hi varun1203! This is Kate from mbaMission. I think you have the makings of a very strong profile for deferred programs. Mostly I would keep up the good work. Keep your GPA as high as you can, as most successful applicants to these top programs I have seen from India have high 8 or even 9 point GPAs and a 750+ on the GMAT. Your CA and CFA qualifications will help too on that front. It sounds like you've been quite involved on campus and have held several leadership roles. Keep that up too so you can show a track record of leadership and giving back.

I think one area to focus on is around your work experience and reasons for applying early. You'll want to present a specific and ambitious post-MBA career goal and explain why you're certain you'll need an MBA to get there. With your business studies and Big 4 role lined up, that strikes me as a fairly traditional pre-MBA path. However many of these deferred programs were designed to capture applicants from less typical, like STEM, backgrounds or from career fields that aren't as heavily represented in MBA programs already. So, be thinking about how you can differentiate your story and experiences from that typical path.

Lastly, these programs are super selective, often even more so than applying the traditional timing. So if things don't work out, you can always reapply after a few years of work experience and schools won't hold that against you.

Hope that helps, and kudos for planning ahead!
Kate

varun1203 wrote:
Hi,
I am an undergrad in my senior year and I plan on applying to the deferred MBA programs at Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, Kellogg, Chicago Booth and Columbia in 2021.
Could you please review my profile and help me judge my chances.

Nationality : Indian
Gender : Male
Age : 20 (21 at time of application)

Undergraduate Study: University of Mumbai, Bachelor of Commerce(Top 20 in India)

GPA : 8.5/10 (With 3 semesters to go, I expect to get around an 8.8)

GMAT: I've scored 750 on my last 2 mocks and am very good at quant and I've consistently been working towards improving my verbal.

High School Grades : 94% (XII), 97.33% (X)

Other Qualifications : I am pursuing Chartered Accountancy and have cleared CA Intermediate.
I am going to appear for CFA Level 1 in February 2021.

Work Experience:
Trainee with a Big 4 firm in the Audit and Assurance Service Line working with Listed Financial Services Companies. I will be attached with them for the following 2 to 3 years.

Community Service:
Member of a volunteer team at one of India's most prominent NGOs. The team organized a crowdfunding campaign for providing rations to underprivileged children.

I was a student teacher at a local non profit for 4 months.

Leadership:
I am the Founding Treasurer of an Intercollegiate Festival that saw a footfall of more than a 1000 students last year.

I have actively participated in multiple clubs and inter college competitions.

I was the President of my school's student council.

Other Points and Miscellaneous Achievements:
I secured the 46th All India Rank in the CA Foundation Examinations that was given by over 50000 students.

I consulted a boutique hotel on their financials and helped them optimize their cost structure and set up a better framework for accounting and regulatory compliance.

I am a good writer and I am confident in my ability to advocate my story (I faced certain mental health issues in the recent past for about a year) and my believes about the conduct of businesses and my vision of driving change.

It would be great if y'all could give me some guidance as to what areas of my applications I need to strengthen to improve my chances.

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Thank you Kate, this really helps. I'm gonna focus on the essays and LoRs and hopefully add some range to my work experience.

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Sounds great!
Take care,
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varun1203 wrote:
Thank you Kate, this really helps. I'm gonna focus on the essays and LoRs and hopefully add some range to my work experience.

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Background and nationality - Indian (male), age at application - 26, Business education (Undergrad and post-grad from top tier institutes in India)
GMAT: 730 -740 (Realistic target)
Undergrad Gpa- 7.48(equivalent to 4.0 acc to gmac)- top 30%

Post grad Gpa - 2.93/4.33 from IIM (top 30% of class)
Common Admission Test 2015 (GMAT equivalent for Indian bschools, 200,000 test takers in a year) - 98.5 percentile


Work experience and leadership - 3.5 years (during application) CPG firm in India, led a team of 10+ management graduates for all these 3.5 yrs, youngest and fastest to get promoted, youngest state head, highest growth and achievement nos. in first 2 years

Recommendations from Pan India Heads

Community and others -

Volunteering at a school for special needs children - mostly kids who don't have resources for correct diagnosis - tried to teach them nuances of human interaction and to make them independent in their daily tasks

Hosted a tedx event and achieved a blackbelt in martial arts, opportunity to represent country and state in international and national competitions

Post MBA goals - transition to consulting in CPG/manufacturing and then start an entrepreneurial venture



zero international experience, but experienced many cultures in India

Ideal GMAt score considering my background?
Which schools shall I target - Stretch, Realistic, Safety? (open to european schools, and only stem in usa)
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doublewhammy wrote:
Background and nationality - Indian (male), age at application - 26, Business education (Undergrad and post-grad from top tier institutes in India)
GMAT: 730 -740 (Realistic target)
Undergrad Gpa- 7.48(equivalent to 4.0 acc to gmac)- top 30%

Post grad Gpa - 2.93/4.33 from IIM (top 30% of class)
Common Admission Test 2015 (GMAT equivalent for Indian bschools, 200,000 test takers in a year) - 98.5 percentile


Work experience and leadership - 3.5 years (during application) CPG firm in India, led a team of 10+ management graduates for all these 3.5 yrs, youngest and fastest to get promoted, youngest state head, highest growth and achievement nos. in first 2 years

Recommendations from Pan India Heads

Community and others -

Volunteering at a school for special needs children - mostly kids who don't have resources for correct diagnosis - tried to teach them nuances of human interaction and to make them independent in their daily tasks

Hosted a tedx event and achieved a blackbelt in martial arts, opportunity to represent country and state in international and national competitions

Post MBA goals - transition to consulting in CPG/manufacturing and then start an entrepreneurial venture



zero international experience, but experienced many cultures in India

Ideal GMAt score considering my background?
Which schools shall I target - Stretch, Realistic, Safety? (open to european schools, and only stem in usa)


mbaMissionKate could you weigh in on my profile?

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