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Profile Review - 24Y Indian Male

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Joined: 29 Jul 2017
Posts: 59
Location: India
GMAT 1: 710 Q49 V38
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New post 11 Sep 2019, 02:14
Hi All,

Would appreciate if the experts can evaluate my profile:

Indian, Male, 24 years, Software Engineer
GMAT1(14 May 2018): 640 (Q49 V28, IR6, AWA 6)
GMAT2(10 Sep 2019):710(Q49 V38, IR8, AWA yet to receive score)

Work Experience - 2+ years as of Sep 2019 (3 full years in June 2020)

Software Engineer Citrix R&D India - A multinational software company headquartered in Florida. Joined as a college student intern in Jan 2017 and got converted to full-time based on performance on graduating from college in Jul 2017 and got promoted twice in April 2018 and again in April 2019 . Working on a completely new project that will give our company a major edge over its biggest competitors. Our PoC (Proof of Concept) of this project got us the Highest Revenue Impacting Award back in March 2018 in a Citrix Technology Fair and allowed us to be completely focussed on the projected with all access to resources. Officially released the product last month and gaining a lot of positive response from our customers.

• Computer Science Engineer from Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal, India -CGPA 8.0/80%

• Vice President of Rotaract Club in college (student body organisation of Rotary International)
• Category Head in college Technical and Cultural Fests of 2016
• 80+ hours of social work through Rotaract Club - Visits to oprhanages,old age homes, blood camps, awareness programmes, relief distributions.
• Participating in company CSR activities

Post MBA Goal
Post MBA, would like to get 2-3 years of work ex in the US and return to India to join the family business in Steel Fabrication and look to implement new ventures to enhance the current work and expand in similar sectors.

Colleges in mind:
Goals: UCB Haas, Chicago Booth
Maybe: UW Foster, Texas Mccombs, CMU Tepper, UNC Kenan Flagler

Does this seem like a realistic plan in terms of story, school, and job placement? Also, if you feel any other college suits my application better, then please do suggest it.

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Location: Chicago, IL
Schools: Brown University, Harvard Business School
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New post 15 Sep 2019, 18:25
Hi there! Thanks for reaching out! The bad news is that you're coming from the toughest demographic out there when it comes to b-school apps (as I'm sure you know) and it's also one that tends to have very high GMAT scores (740+ for schools like Haas & Booth). Generally speaking you want a score that's ~30 points above a school's average if you are an Indian male coming from a technical background. In your case your score is actually BELOW the average for Haas & Booth, which will make them a solid reach. The fact that you've got some US work experience will help for sure, but you're still going to be compared to the other Indian tech guys.

All that said, the good news is that you have family business post-MBA goals. The adcom LOVES family business applicants. When you're a family business applicant 1) you've got a guaranteed job, which is great for their employment stats and 2) you're likely to go on to have big impact right away -- since it's a family business you will likely secure a more senior position than most people would at your age.

So that will lessen the importance of the GMAT, but it will still be important to score ~730 if possible if you want to target schools like Haas & Booth. With your 710 I think you do have a shot at Tepper (they tend to admit more Indian males with technical backgrounds in my experience) as well as schools like Emory, UT Austin, UW & UNC. It would still be great to improve your GMAT if you can -- you're right around the overall average right now, but a bit below the likely average for the Indian male applicant pool. But even if you can't land a score higher than 710, you'll still have a good shot at these schools given the family business angle.

That said, it will still be critical to do everything you can in your app to differentiate yourself, and you'll want to tell a strong clear story re your vision for the family business & the impact you plan to have there. The GMAT is important but is just one piece of the puzzle. It's important for every applicant to tell a story that helps them stand out, but especially when you are coming from a competitive demographic.

If you need any help thinking through your story or your strategy, feel free to reach out to us. If you email Claudia at she can set you up with a free consultation with one of our MBA consultants who can take a look at your resume & give you some more detailed thoughts!

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