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New post 11 May 2018, 00:36
Nationality: Indian
Gender: male, Age - 30
GMAT: 700 – Q 48, V 39, IR 7, AWA – awaited (First attempt)

Postgrad: 2 year Full-time MBA in Marketing (Technically a Post Grad Diploma in Management, PGDM) from a top 20 B-School in India, GPA – 7.14/10. CAT score to get in – 94 percentile. CAT is Indian counterpart of GMAT.

Undergrad: Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science from an average Indian university, Score – 65.3% (not sure how to convert)

School – 80% in both senior and high school

Work Experience – 5 years 5 months
1. Deputy Manager - Bid Management for a leading Indian IT Outsourcer (3 years)
This is post my MBA. It’s a Business Development/Pre-sales role. I manage end-to-end bid lifecycles of RFPs ($10-50 million) related to Enterprise IT services for leading MNCs. The role comprises of managing the bid process, managing internal stakeholders and the proposal deliverables, customer requirement analysis, developing IT solutions according to customer’s needs and according to standardized frameworks, undertaking solution discussion/due-diligence meetings/workshops with customer stakeholders at various stages of the bid, managing customer visits to Service Delivery Centres, managing product demos, doing the pricing for the proposal based on various pricing models, create solution presentation and the proposal documents, doing market research on IT trends etc.

Worked on RFPs from customers in various sectors - Telecom, Manufacturing, Banking, Media, Public Services and Energy and Utilities etc.

International experience – This is in the form of short-term visits to client location for meetings, as I mentioned above.

2. Software Engineer - another leading Indian IT Outsourcer (2 years 3 months)
This is kind of a usual “Indian IT Software Development” experience. Worked as a Developer to implement Software Enhancements and Maintenance of software applications and products for leading Hi-Tech and Telecom clients

3. Program Coordinator for a leading Indian NGO – 3 months
Short stint at an NGO just after my undergrad. I was actively involved in coordination of the NGO’s educational initiatives in different northern states of India. Did Recruitment and Training (English/Computers/Soft Skills) of the Trainers (who would then go on to teach the children), content management etc.

4. MBA Summer Internship– 3 months (haven’t counted this in)
Summer project involved formulating a Go-To-Market Strategy for a portfolio company of a private equity firm. This portfolio company is in the private tuitions business.

Management related extra-curricular
1. Published Ivey Case Study on Ecommerce in collaboration with B-school professor and few other batchmates
2. Management related Competitions/Presentations – Won a corporate sponsored case study analysis competition, participated in other Indian Business schools management fests, was part of managing my college’s management fest.
3. Short Term Projects – One for a Mid-cap Indian IT firm and another for an Indian Cafe chain. Both related to marketing/brand mgmt.
4. Certification in ‘Strategic Management and Leadership’, conducted by the B-School through a professional intermediary

Other extra-curricular

Volunteering/Social work
a. As mentioned above, I worked full time at an NGO after my undergrad, although for only 3 months
b. During my second job I used to volunteer on weekends for a local NGO. Used to teach kids and helped the NGO with its software database.
c. Recently engaged in weekend volunteering (again, teaching kids) organised by my company.
An avid player of a racquet sport with multiple achievements in the sport over more than 16 years. Recently represented my company at an inter-corporate tournament and won gold.
Level 2 Violinist, ABRSM 2017. Working towards higher levels now.

Post-MBA Goals:
Would like to move into strategy consulting

My Schools:
Here I need help. I would like to make it to the top 20 in US or to places like INSEAD, HEC, LBS etc. Please suggest.

Some questions:
1. Will my score be a problem, for both admission and financial assistance?
2. Will my first mba be an advantage or a problem?
3. Does my business development experience in IT also count as “Indian Male IT experience”, hence denting my chances?

I welcome any other suggestions. Thanks!
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New post 11 May 2018, 19:26

Thanks for your post. Your work experience is solid and on one hand you've shown you can handle the quant and analytical challenges similar to an MBA with the PGDM; however on the other hand it can be difficult to make that case for why you NEED a semi-second MBA when you've had education in many of the curriculum areas etc that an MBA would provide at this point. It happens.... but it is an uphill battle, the more so the more selective the school. Yes I'd certainly suggest a GMAT re-take if at all possible, let us know if you have further questions in that vein of thought. In terms of how you'd be assessed, there is no exact approach consistent across all schools etc, but you do have some characteristics in common with other applicants such as Indian with Engineering/Computer Science degree in IT industry, with PGDM for example... but also some characteristics that help differentiate you, such as the emphasis on business development in your most recent role. What is your reasoning behind the 2nd MBA? Do you have any company or geographical preferences for post-MBA that may impact choice of school? If you'd like to discuss in more depth feel free to sign up for a free consultation at any point!

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