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Profile evaluation. Thanks a lot!

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Concentration: Finance
GMAT 1: 710 Q50 V34
WE: Corporate Finance (Investment Banking)
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1. Profile: Indian/26/ Chemical Engineer from IIT Delhi/CFA Level 1

2. Work-ex: 4 years (as of today); work experience in Investment Banking at Deutsche Bank (2.5 yrs) and UBS (1.5 yrs) (in Mumbai). Worked on 5 deals with a total transaction value of over $2bn (M&A team covering Southeast Asia)

3. GMAT Score: 700 (50,33) [first attempt; please recommend if I need to reappear] ; AWA score awaited.

4. Academics: 7.32/10 CGPA. B.Tech IIT Delhi

5. International experience: 6 months in Singapore and HK

7. Entrepreneurial initiative: co-founded samwaad, a non-profit organization to bring together students and alumni of diverse engineering colleges across India; to provide them information regarding new scholarships, internships and give career guidance in general. Sort of a forum.

8. Extra Curriculars:

Community service -
A. Conducted talent search among 300 underprivileged children from NGOs, slums & remand homes; Organized a public show of their talent with Chief Minister of Bihar as the chief guest; publicised in leading print and electronic media, leading to financial aid to 3 children by the State
B. Associated with Super 30, a non-profit initiative to provide free tutions to poor students for IIT JEE, financially backed by a major corporate of India.
C. Teaching underprivileged children in part time at an NGO
D. Active member of National Service Scheme, under the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports Govt. of India

A. Led the school team to win in district-level tournament, awarded with best bowler trophy
B Won gold, bronze & silver medals in the inter-hostel championships in 2005, '06 & '07
C. Part of the Company cricket team; won first position in inter-company cricket tournament, held in 2010

9. Leadership:

A. Event Coordinator, Tryst 2008 - Headed 4 activity heads and 10 volunteers to organize MOD-SIM- The Modeling & Simulation Contest, achieved great success with four fold increase in participation
B. Internal publication Secretary in college
C. Activity Head, cultural festival, IIT Delhi: Led a team of 4 team-heads & 20 volunteers to manage accommodation of more than 1000 participants
D. Part of training committee in my company

10. Background: Born, brought up and studied in a village in Rural India (before graduation); first in my family to attend a college [will it matter in terms of making my profile look different?]

Target schools: NYU (Stern), Virginia (Darden), Yale, Cornell (Johnson), other finance heavy universities.

Post MBA: Want to continue in financial services (investment banking, private equity); corporate roles in M&A departments/corporate finance

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New post 16 Sep 2013, 01:36
Hey there my friend,
Overall things look quite good. You graduated from IIT, have a good GMAT, and have two VERY good employers on your resume. To cut straight to the point, I think your school list is attainable with your profile, as long as you write some beautiful essays. I think that you have what it takes in terms of leadership community service, test scores and experience, even though (you'll pardon me saying) there is something very "normal" about your profile... not that that's bad, but when you DO approach your essays, think about what you can do to spice them up a bit.

Other than that regarding your question about the GMAT - it's a tough call. I mean, with a 700 you are basically good enough to get into any school out there - buuuuuuuuuut with a 740 you will be making it easier for them to accept you... You don't NEED to retake the GMAT, but you COULD if you could get a lot more points. I wrote a whole post about this issue a while back, so have a look here: to-retake-or-not-to-retake-that-is-the-question-indian-153716.html

But it would likely mean delaying your application until next year, so that needs to make sense for you personally and professionally.

Other than that, I think your profile is good enough to also add Columbia, Sloan, and Booth to your list (even if they will be challenging, but they are good finance schools :) )


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