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New post 25 May 2012, 05:22

I need your help in choosing which B schools i should apply to. I want to persuit a Master's in business in General management or Operations management. My profile in brief is mentioned below.
Male 24 from India with Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from reputed National Institute of Technology.
Gmat Score - 690 (Q - 50 V - 31)
GPA - 3.0
I have an experiece of 30 months(2.5 yrs) now and by next year around 42 months (3.5 yrs) in core design.
I am working for a reputed Commercial vehicle company in Product development for the past 2.5 yrs. I am moving to a reputed American MNC in some time in a similar job profile.
I have been consitently good in academics in school and above average in college.
I was awarded a research fellowship by the department of Science & technology, Govt of India during my college for an innovative project.
I have a research paper published at an International Mech conference.
I have received an A+ in all my subjects in my school final exam of class 12 (Higher secondary)
Apart from acads, i have participated/captained and won at National level football tournaments at School n college level.
Also, i was the best cadet from my batallion of the National Cadet corps. ( An organisation similar to scouts at school level in the US).

I am confused as to which schools I should apply and where i will have a better chance of admission. I do not want to spend all my savings in applying to a dozen colleges. So kindly direct me how is my profile and based on this what colleges i should apply to. Both In and out of US.
Also, what is the chance of getting any scholarships in these colleges. I would prefer a college providing me scholarship to study as my finances are limited.

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New post 25 May 2012, 09:22
Hello sandeep31388, thanks for your question.

In targeting suitable schools, a good place to start would be to compile a list of programs that have a mean or median GMAT score close to yours. You should be competitive here. My rule of thumb is that if your GMAT score falls within the middle 80% range at a school, you have a shot. Otherwise, it could be an uphill battle.

I tend to avoid telling candidates where to apply simply because it’s an intensely personal choice that you should make. You will know best which program has:
• Resources that best meets your career needs
• A culture that resonates with your personal style
• Students whom you respect, can relate to, and have fun with!

I encourage all applicants to pound the pavement and talk to students and alumni from your target programs to find the best fit. It’s not easy, I know, but the effort will be worth it in the end, I assure you.

In terms of your profile, I your verbal GMAT score is a bit low, as is your GPA. This could be a challenge for the top programs. In terms of extracurricular activities, what you’ve done more recently has more weight than what you did in university/school.

Your experience in the National Cadet corps could be interesting to write about in essays. When did that take place? The more recent the better!

I hope this helps.

Best of luck,

Brian Eng
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