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First of all, I will like to thank you for evaluating my profile. Now, here go some details:

I am an IT engineer from India (Currently in US for the past 2.5 years) with 7 years of experience in the IT sector. I am currently leading a team of 8 to ensure that application functionality deliverable timelines are met, helping junior resources to advance in their respective careers as part of the employee mentorship program and interviewing prospective recruits to evaluate their candidacy with significant decision-making authority.

My academics:

Undergrad: 4-year degree in Computer Science & Engineering (B.Tech) from a mid-card engineering college in my state. CGPA – 9.12/10 (They have a 10-point grade system).
GMAT: First attempt: 710 (Q-50, V-37), Second attempt: 720 (Q-50, V-38)
TOEFL: 112 (R-27, L-29, S-26, W-30)

Extra-Curricular activities:

Teaching: Taught underprivileged kids as part of an initiative of a local organization for 3 years and as part of an outreach program of my former employer in India.
Singing: Participated in more than 20 different cultural programs at schools and festivals; trained young students at a local school.
Organizing Events: Helped to organize several Indian community cultural events in USA – managed event funds and negotiated with local businesses to participate as sponsors.

Goal:

Short term goal is to move to London and work as a Management Consultant (Both location and job function change) with eventually moving to Corporate Strategy. The long-term goal is to start a company of my own.
Target Schools:

Insead, LBS, Said, Judge, Imperial.

I know that I represent an overly crowded applicant pool of Indian IT engineers, but I will really like to know your thoughts on my profile. If you think I should include any other schools given my goal and profile, please let me know about that as well.

Thanks again!

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Hi,

First of all, I will like to thank you for evaluating my profile. Now, here go some details:

I am an IT engineer from India (Currently in US for the past 2.5 years) with 7 years of experience in the IT sector. I am currently leading a team of 8 to ensure that application functionality deliverable timelines are met, helping junior resources to advance in their respective careers as part of the employee mentorship program and interviewing prospective recruits to evaluate their candidacy with significant decision-making authority.

My academics:

Undergrad: 4-year degree in Computer Science & Engineering (B.Tech) from a mid-card engineering college in my state. CGPA – 9.12/10 (They have a 10-point grade system).
GMAT: First attempt: 710 (Q-50, V-37), Second attempt: 720 (Q-50, V-38)
TOEFL: 112 (R-27, L-29, S-26, W-30)

Extra-Curricular activities:

Teaching: Taught underprivileged kids as part of an initiative of a local organization for 3 years and as part of an outreach program of my former employer in India.
Singing: Participated in more than 20 different cultural programs at schools and festivals; trained young students at a local school.
Organizing Events: Helped to organize several Indian community cultural events in USA – managed event funds and negotiated with local businesses to participate as sponsors.

Goal:

Short term goal is to move to London and work as a Management Consultant (Both location and job function change) with eventually moving to Corporate Strategy. The long-term goal is to start a company of my own.
Target Schools:

Insead, LBS, Said, Judge, Imperial.

I know that I represent an overly crowded applicant pool of Indian IT engineers, but I will really like to know your thoughts on my profile. If you think I should include any other schools given my goal and profile, please let me know about that as well.

Thanks again!


Hello there good sir!
So overall you have some excellent things in your profile:
- Your GPA
- Your GMAT (although it might be a bit low for LBS)
- Your TOEFL
- Your leadership

Also some weaknesses:
- Indian/Tech/Male
- Non IIT school
- Lack of unique story.


Let's begin with your final weakness, because there may be something there - the MOST dangerous thing you could do as an Indian techie, is to apply AS an Indian Techie what I mean is that if you do not come across as unique, ambitious, passionate, curious, etc... there is a REAL danger you might get lost in the shuffle. So the first thing you will really have to do is figure out your unique angle to present yourself. Obviously you want to be more of a LEADER and less of a TECHIE.

Other than that, r.e. your school list - it's a bit tough - LBS is a far stretch for you. Oxford and Cambridge are possible, but they get TONS of Indian applicants, so even with an amazing application they aren't safe. I would suggest adding a few more English schools to your list like City, Manchester, Warwick, Imperial...

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bumba1988 wrote:
Hi,

First of all, I will like to thank you for evaluating my profile. Now, here go some details:

I am an IT engineer from India (Currently in US for the past 2.5 years) with 7 years of experience in the IT sector. I am currently leading a team of 8 to ensure that application functionality deliverable timelines are met, helping junior resources to advance in their respective careers as part of the employee mentorship program and interviewing prospective recruits to evaluate their candidacy with significant decision-making authority.

My academics:

Undergrad: 4-year degree in Computer Science & Engineering (B.Tech) from a mid-card engineering college in my state. CGPA – 9.12/10 (They have a 10-point grade system).
GMAT: First attempt: 710 (Q-50, V-37), Second attempt: 720 (Q-50, V-38)
TOEFL: 112 (R-27, L-29, S-26, W-30)

Extra-Curricular activities:

Teaching: Taught underprivileged kids as part of an initiative of a local organization for 3 years and as part of an outreach program of my former employer in India.
Singing: Participated in more than 20 different cultural programs at schools and festivals; trained young students at a local school.
Organizing Events: Helped to organize several Indian community cultural events in USA – managed event funds and negotiated with local businesses to participate as sponsors.

Goal:

Short term goal is to move to London and work as a Management Consultant (Both location and job function change) with eventually moving to Corporate Strategy. The long-term goal is to start a company of my own.
Target Schools:

Insead, LBS, Said, Judge, Imperial.

I know that I represent an overly crowded applicant pool of Indian IT engineers, but I will really like to know your thoughts on my profile. If you think I should include any other schools given my goal and profile, please let me know about that as well.

Thanks again!


Hello there good sir!
So overall you have some excellent things in your profile:
- Your GPA
- Your GMAT (although it might be a bit low for LBS)
- Your TOEFL
- Your leadership

Also some weaknesses:
- Indian/Tech/Male
- Non IIT school
- Lack of unique story.


Let's begin with your final weakness, because there may be something there - the MOST dangerous thing you could do as an Indian techie, is to apply AS an Indian Techie what I mean is that if you do not come across as unique, ambitious, passionate, curious, etc... there is a REAL danger you might get lost in the shuffle. So the first thing you will really have to do is figure out your unique angle to present yourself. OBviously you want to be more of a LEADER and less of a TECHIE.

Other than that, r.e. your school list - it's a bit tough - LBS is a far stretch for you. Oxford and Cambridge are possible, but they get TONS of Indian applicants, so even with an amazing application they aren't safe. I would suggest adding a few more English schools to your list like City, Manchester, Warwick, Imperial...

If you have any further questions, feel free to drop us a line for a more full-on Free Consultation.

Best,
JF


Hi John,

Thanks a lot for your response and I appreciate your reply. I have a few questions for you though:

1) You didn't mention my International experience as one of my profile strengths. Does it matter?

2) For Oxford and Cambridge, what should be a safe GMAT score if 720 is not?

3) If you want to suggest me safe schools in US given my profile and goals, which ones will you suggest?

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Hi John,

Thanks a lot for your response and I appreciate your reply. I have a few questions for you though:

1) You didn't mention my International experience as one of my profile strengths. Does it matter?

2) For Oxford and Cambridge, what should be a safe GMAT score if 720 is not?

3) If you want to suggest me safe schools in US given my profile and goals, which ones will you suggest?

Thanks.


Hello again!

First of all, sorry for the delay in my answer, I was on the road for two weeks, and haven't been able to post as regularly as I would like.


Your questions:
1) YES! And it's great! :) Your experience in the US will definitely be an advantage,

2) For Indian applicants, my recommendation is +30 over the GMAT average, so in terms of GMAT actually you are fine. The question is more of overall profile. The GMAT is important, your overall profile is just as much so.

3) As above, if we are working with the principle of a 30 point handicap, given your demographics, we start to look at schools where the average GMAT is 650-670 to be safe for you. I think in your case taking into consideration your profile holistically, that 10-25 would be within competitive range, and below 25 would be safe.

I hope this helps!
Feel free to ask more questions if you got some :)

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Hi John,

Thanks a lot for your response and I appreciate your reply. I have a few questions for you though:

1) You didn't mention my International experience as one of my profile strengths. Does it matter?

2) For Oxford and Cambridge, what should be a safe GMAT score if 720 is not?

3) If you want to suggest me safe schools in US given my profile and goals, which ones will you suggest?

Thanks.


Hello again!

First of all, sorry for the delay in my answer, I was on the road for two weeks, and haven't been able to post as regularly as I would like.


Your questions:
1) YES! And it's great! :) Your experience in the US will definitely be an advantage,

2) For Indian applicants, my recommendation is +30 over the GMAT average, so in terms of GMAT actually you are fine. The question is more of overall profile. The GMAT is important, your overall profile is just as much so.

3) As above, if we are working with the principle of a 30 point handicap, given your demographics, we start to look at schools where the average GMAT is 650-670 to be safe for you. I think in your case taking into consideration your profile holistically, that 10-25 would be within competitive range, and below 25 would be safe.

I hope this helps!
Feel free to ask more questions if you got some :)

Best,
JF


I somehow missed your post, sorry about that. Thanks for replying back, it really clarifies a lot.

I just have an additional question to understand about the demographics thing. So, taking 10-25 into consideration, if I am understanding this correctly, I should be competitive for schools with average GMAT of 695 - 710 and schools below 695 average GMAT should be expectantly safe for me. Is that a correct assumption?

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bumba1988 wrote:

Hi John,

Thanks a lot for your response and I appreciate your reply. I have a few questions for you though:

1) You didn't mention my International experience as one of my profile strengths. Does it matter?

2) For Oxford and Cambridge, what should be a safe GMAT score if 720 is not?

3) If you want to suggest me safe schools in US given my profile and goals, which ones will you suggest?

Thanks.


Hello again!

First of all, sorry for the delay in my answer, I was on the road for two weeks, and haven't been able to post as regularly as I would like.


Your questions:
1) YES! And it's great! :) Your experience in the US will definitely be an advantage,

2) For Indian applicants, my recommendation is +30 over the GMAT average, so in terms of GMAT actually you are fine. The question is more of overall profile. The GMAT is important, your overall profile is just as much so.

3) As above, if we are working with the principle of a 30 point handicap, given your demographics, we start to look at schools where the average GMAT is 650-670 to be safe for you. I think in your case taking into consideration your profile holistically, that 10-25 would be within competitive range, and below 25 would be safe.

I hope this helps!
Feel free to ask more questions if you got some :)

Best,
JF


I somehow missed your post, sorry about that. Thanks for replying back, it really clarifies a lot.

I just have an additional question to understand about the demographics thing. So, taking 10-25 into consideration, if I am understanding this correctly, I should be competitive for schools with average GMAT of 695 - 710 and schools below 695 average GMAT should be expectantly safe for me. Is that a correct assumption?


Sure. But keep in mind that it's an approximation. The GMAT is the easiest stat to look at but not the only one. For example percent admitted is also important as is the number of Indian applicants. So regardless of ranking for example, you will always have an easier time at regional non-coastal schools than you will at even lower-ranked coastal schools in big cities. So GMAT is not the ONLY factor, of course, but it is the easiest one to begin with.

Otherwise, if you want us to dig in to things, feel free to drop us a line here: http://admissionado.com/free-consultati ... n=mba_blog

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Sure. But keep in mind that it's an approximation. The GMAT is the easiest stat to look at but not the only one. For example percent admitted is also important as is the number of Indian applicants. So regardless of ranking for example, you will always have an easier time at regional non-coastal schools than you will at even lower-ranked coastal schools in big cities. So GMAT is not the ONLY factor, of course, but it is the easiest one to begin with.

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Hi Jon,

Thanks a lot for clarifying. I am mainly targeting European B-schools, so the coastal school factor may not be prominent in my case. I, however, understand that GMAT is only one of the criteria and not a definitive factor in anyway.

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Sure. But keep in mind that it's an approximation. The GMAT is the easiest stat to look at but not the only one. For example percent admitted is also important as is the number of Indian applicants. So regardless of ranking for example, you will always have an easier time at regional non-coastal schools than you will at even lower-ranked coastal schools in big cities. So GMAT is not the ONLY factor, of course, but it is the easiest one to begin with.

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Hi Jon,

Thanks a lot for clarifying. I am mainly targeting European B-schools, so the coastal school factor may not be prominent in my case. I, however, understand that GMAT is only one of the criteria and not a definitive factor in anyway.


Sure, but a similar principal may apply. For example, most people prefer to go to schools in big cities. Which makes schools in say London or Paris a bit tougher than if you were to go to the countryside.

anyhow, best of luck!!
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JonAdmissionado wrote:

Sure. But keep in mind that it's an approximation. The GMAT is the easiest stat to look at but not the only one. For example percent admitted is also important as is the number of Indian applicants. So regardless of ranking for example, you will always have an easier time at regional non-coastal schools than you will at even lower-ranked coastal schools in big cities. So GMAT is not the ONLY factor, of course, but it is the easiest one to begin with.

Otherwise, if you want us to dig in to things, feel free to drop us a line here: http://admissionado.com/free-consultati ... n=mba_blog

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Hi Jon,

Thanks a lot for clarifying. I am mainly targeting European B-schools, so the coastal school factor may not be prominent in my case. I, however, understand that GMAT is only one of the criteria and not a definitive factor in anyway.


Sure, but a similar principal may apply. For example, most people prefer to go to schools in big cities. Which makes schools in say London or Paris a bit tougher than if you were to go to the countryside.

anyhow, best of luck!!
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Thanks. I am most likely going to target schools in UK, such as LBS, Judge, Said and Imperial.

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Assistant Manager, Coal India Limited (August 2013- present)
Bachelor of Technology, Mining Engineering, IIT BHU.
Job Overview
Human resource management
Has to maneuver approx. 130 unionized workforce having least fear for job loss towards working efficiently to achieve production targets.
Risk assessment
Constantly altering work place dynamics require continuous assessing and decision making in order to maintain an optimum balance between production and safety of men and machinery. Mining being a hazardous industry contributed positively towards my decision making ability by virtue of operational difficulties which require immediate assessment and mitigation.
Liaising for better collaboration
I do also act as a liaison between CIL and a private enterprise (GMMCO), which involves Indian as well as overseas employees, at the unit level.
Operational Planning
Have to plan for resources to ensure uninterrupted production not only for my team but also for the next one to follow.

In addition, I had the opportunity to witness technological advancement in the industry with the shift from Drilling & Blasting to Continuous Miner technology. Apart from gaining technological knowledge, I had the first-hand experience of the managerial teething difficulties that any organization faces during such transitions.
Academic Details:
10th 92.4 % CBSE
12th 80.2% CBSE
Grad. 77.7% (GCPA 7.77)
GMAT 710 (Q50/ V36/AWA 5.5/IR 5)
Achievements
Professional
• Received “Distinguished service award” while working in the capacity of Shift In-charge for the quarter of July-September, 2016.
• Received “Team Player Award” for the financial year of April, 2016 to March, 2017 for efficiently leading the team to meet the targets with due regard to safety.
• I am a certified First Aider approved by St. John Ambulance (India), a first aid and ambulance wing of the Indian Red Cross Society.
Co – curricular
• In 2016, got an international paper published in Elsevier’s Safety Science journal as was working in collaboration with a professor at my alma mater.
• In Xth, was awarded Certificate of Merit for being among top 0.1% of successful candidates in one of the subjects.
Extra- curricular
• As a member of final year team, won the inter year carom tournament of Mining Department.
• As a member of college kho-kho team won first prize in the college sports fest.
• Was awarded certificate of merit, for securing 1st position in model making competition in the annual techno management festival of the mining department at IIT BHU.
• Represented college in cultural fest of IIT Kanpur “Antaragini”, which had a huge participation from various institutes, and won second prize in mime event.

I know I belong to overcrowded group of Indian male but will my being from non-IT/ energy sector be helpful.

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Assistant Manager, Coal India Limited (August 2013- present)
Bachelor of Technology, Mining Engineering, IIT BHU.
Job Overview
Human resource management
Has to maneuver approx. 130 unionized workforce having least fear for job loss towards working efficiently to achieve production targets.
Risk assessment
Constantly altering work place dynamics require continuous assessing and decision making in order to maintain an optimum balance between production and safety of men and machinery. Mining being a hazardous industry contributed positively towards my decision making ability by virtue of operational difficulties which require immediate assessment and mitigation.
Liaising for better collaboration
I do also act as a liaison between CIL and a private enterprise (GMMCO), which involves Indian as well as overseas employees, at the unit level.
Operational Planning
Have to plan for resources to ensure uninterrupted production not only for my team but also for the next one to follow.

In addition, I had the opportunity to witness technological advancement in the industry with the shift from Drilling & Blasting to Continuous Miner technology. Apart from gaining technological knowledge, I had the first-hand experience of the managerial teething difficulties that any organization faces during such transitions.
Academic Details:
10th 92.4 % CBSE
12th 80.2% CBSE
Grad. 77.7% (GCPA 7.77)
GMAT 710 (Q50/ V36/AWA 5.5/IR 5)
Achievements
Professional
• Received “Distinguished service award” while working in the capacity of Shift In-charge for the quarter of July-September, 2016.
• Received “Team Player Award” for the financial year of April, 2016 to March, 2017 for efficiently leading the team to meet the targets with due regard to safety.
• I am a certified First Aider approved by St. John Ambulance (India), a first aid and ambulance wing of the Indian Red Cross Society.
Co – curricular
• In 2016, got an international paper published in Elsevier’s Safety Science journal as was working in collaboration with a professor at my alma mater.
• In Xth, was awarded Certificate of Merit for being among top 0.1% of successful candidates in one of the subjects.
Extra- curricular
• As a member of final year team, won the inter year carom tournament of Mining Department.
• As a member of college kho-kho team won first prize in the college sports fest.
• Was awarded certificate of merit, for securing 1st position in model making competition in the annual techno management festival of the mining department at IIT BHU.
• Represented college in cultural fest of IIT Kanpur “Antaragini”, which had a huge participation from various institutes, and won second prize in mime event.

I know I belong to overcrowded group of Indian male but will my being from non-IT/ energy sector be helpful.


Hey there!
Well great to hear from you!

I see two major pluses in your profile, and that is first of all that you are an IIT grad, and as you know probably, the IITs are feeder schools for great MBA programs. And secondly, that due to the nature of your work, you have a LOT or people management, which will be quite exceptional going into your MBA.

On the more negative side, for top schools your GMAT is a bit low, and your employer is not necessarily a "blue chip" employer. Plus I didn't see so much in terms of extra curricular or volunteer work, which can make your profile look a but flat.

So as things stand now, if you were to apply this year, I would say your target school spread would be approximately somewhere in the 10-30 ranking. (In the US). I would love to know more about your goals and targets to better understand where you might fit, and how to construct the best and most convincing story for your application.

If getting a higher GMAT is an option, and this is something you feel like you could do, it might be worth the effort. Have a look at these two articles here:

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Hi,
Thanks for the response.
I am planning to apply this year itself for the phase-1 admissions and want to know the how are my chances of securing a scholarship in a decent B-school as it will almost impossible for me to bear all the expenses.

Also, I just want to clarify about Coal India Ltd. not being a blue chip company because in my view it should. It is a state owned coal mining company and is currently single largest coal producer in the world producing abt 84% of India's coal. So, shouldn't it be considered a blue chip company.

I am currently researching abt the b-schools to apply and suppose I target the 10-30 range US schools, are they worth the effort? Also, I want to know that although being from an overcrowded pool, will coming from energy sector has any positives??

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Thanks for the response.
I am planning to apply this year itself for the phase-1 admissions and want to know the how are my chances of securing a scholarship in a decent B-school as it will almost impossible for me to bear all the expenses.

Also, I just want to clarify about Coal India Ltd. not being a blue chip company because in my view it should. It is a state owned coal mining company and is currently single largest coal producer in the world producing abt 84% of India's coal. So, shouldn't it be considered a blue chip company.

I am currently researching abt the b-schools to apply and suppose I target the 10-30 range US schools, are they worth the effort? Also, I want to know that although being from an overcrowded pool, will coming from energy sector has any positives??


Hey there,
Well in general if you apply to schools that are "below your level" you have better chances of scholarships. In your case though I think 10-30 is your "Normal" range more or less, meaning I wouldn't necessarily expect that much in terms of scholarships (although it can of course happen).

I do think however that you need a better plan than "I can only to to B-school if I get a full scholarship". what happens if you get into a good school but with no scholarships? What will you do then? What about all the time and effort and money you will invest in making the applications in the first place. I think it might be better to think a bit more about what your options might be in any case.


I hope this helps,
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