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New post 05 Aug 2012, 01:21

Below is my brief profile:

Nationality: Indian
Gender: Male
Age: 26 years

Undergrad: IIT Roorkee (2008 batch), CGPA: 6.5 / 10 (relative grading, still not particularly good)
FRM (both levels)
Passed CFA Level - 2

GMAT: 700 (Q50, V34) and AWA: 4.5 (took on Oct 31,2011)
Work ex 1: Marketing analytics KPO (2 years)
Work ex 2: Financial Management (Process consulting) and Shared Services & Outsourcing Advisory with KPMG Management Consulting
International work ex: None, however have extensively worked with US and European clients / colleagues

Total work ex by Aug'13: 5 years and 1 months (expected)
Extra curricular: Have been involved with an NGO and worked in North India. Did a lot of stuff during the college, for example, was the General Secretary of the elected students body. Involved in managing technical festivals etc.

Major reason for MBA: Get into the finance domain (corp. finance, I - banking etc.) with direct client exposure (I have worked in an offshore model for a few years now)

My criteria of schools selection is as follows:
1. Global rank less than 30 (I generally refer to FT rankings for the Global ranks)
2. Good finance focus
3. Total expenditure of less than $100k (including everything). I understand that this is a makes things very difficult and I might have to go for lower ranked schools to meet this criteria. I am sure a scholarship / grant would be necessary to meet this criteria.

Based on the above, I have shortlisted a few schools and grouped them as follows:

Category 1 (Dream) - admit would be a good thing, expecting a scholarship / grant would be a stretch
1. Booth
2. Haas
3. Stern
4. LBS

Category 2 (Reachable) - expect an admit, might also get a scholarship / grant if I am lucky
1. Yale
2. Tepper
3. Anderson (UCLA)
4. Ross

Category 3 (Good chance) - expect an admit as well as a scholarship / grant
1. Georgetown
2. Emory

Apart from these I am also looking to apply to major Asian schools (HKUST, NUS and ISB), I would not need to depend on a scholarship / grant for these schools. However, I will have to make a tough call of choosing between the Asian and Category 3 schools in case I get a scholarship / grant in Category 3 schools only.

I would just want you to please validate / suggest changes to the schools that I have shortlisted above. Also, it would be great if you can provide some guidance around choosing between the Asian / Category 3 schools given my long term objective.

Many thanks in advance!!!!
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New post 05 Aug 2012, 10:02
If your goal is banking in Asia, then you should stick to Asian/European schools not only for the network, but for access to instructors and professors whose experience has been in those regions. I think your reach schools are indeed a stretch given your profile will come across as average in your category. Make sure you get some good recos and are able to explain why your marks were low in undergrad. The CFA will help assure them you have the academic stuff to handle b-school.

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