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Hi guys,

Just about getting together my applications for B-school together now since I've got my GMAT scores in, here's my profile below. Please let me know whether you think I have a chance to get into Insead.

Undergrad GPA (3 year course) : 3.4
Masters in Marketing GPA (16 month program): 2.5 (Yes I know this is extremely low. This program was a twin city program in Singapore and Dubai)
GMAT score: 730
Work experience: 3.5 years . I am Indian, however 2.5 out of those 3.5 years has been in the Middle East with the other year being in India.
Strong extracurriculars - represented my state at tennis, wrote for a sports website for a year etc.
Strong references at work from senior management.

Thanks a lot in advance!

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Probably.

With regards to work experience have you been in a role where you can speak to some leadership and teamwork?

It sounds like that's likely the case, but you really need to show how you've made an impact at work. And that you are mature and ready for the program despite your work experience being a little bit on the lower side.

I do wish that you had some aspect of NGO community service.

With regard to the GPA I do think that it's a bummer, but your GMAT is significantly higher than the average. However not significantly higher than the Indian average.

International work experience is obviously going to be a real winning aspect of your profile and their eyes. Do you speak three languages? The program is so intense already I don't really think it's advisable to go to unless you already have that dealt with.

I think that you need to just do an absolutely great job on that application! Make sure you know what that is before you start. I have a Blog article on my website about that written for Indian candidates.

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INSEAD (well all schools) are super random when it comes to Indians. Wing it, bro.

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INSEAD (well all schools) are super random when it comes to Indians. Wing it, bro.

Don't really think that it's random as much as luck of the draw in some circumstances.

Have they received several apps yet from somebody who's qualified yet , who have your profile type. I think that's really the deal.

This is why it's best to apply to first round (but that said, a less than dazzling app in R1 is pointless.) However, have helped Indian IT guys in R3. It's about having less competition+ a good application.

The importance of a solid application is generally grossly underestimated by most Indians, and I know this because I do a fair amount of ding analysis.

Babushka84 I would definitely not recommend winging it but laying out a very specific plan with an admissions consultant. If you're going for the gold you need to have a strategy. Maybe you had a different understanding of that expression?

One other thing, would actually advise you to wait until March and apply for j-term 2018 for best odds. Esp if career switcher/ need internship.

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Hey Farrell,

Thanks a lot for your response and advice.

I am that rare breed of Indian who is not into IT :P, I actually did both my Undergrad and Masters in Marketing, and am not really looking for a drastic career shift. All of my work experience has been in market research, the experience in the Middle East was with TNS which is one of the best known names in the market research industry. I would say I had as much of an impact as someone at a junior level can have, worked on some pretty big accounts with people from diverse backgrounds, got promoted twice in the time I was there. I also do have 3 months of experience teaching English and Math to 10 year old kids at an NGO. I do speak 3 languages including English, however the other 2 are Hindi (national language) and my state/regional language , however most Indians do speak 3 languages so not sure if that counts.

Going to spend a lot of time on my essays and interviews, because I believe that's when the admissions team can really get to know you as a person which would have a big impact on the final decision.

Finally though, my preference is the Singapore campus. Is that generally easier to get into?

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Hi there, you definately should apply. You'll have atleast 4.5 years of experience by matriculation which is fine, you are not IT and your GMAT is solid.
For your GPA, you might want to write about it, then again I am no admissions consultant, but I would absolutely suggest that you get one, as Farrell said, to help your application stand out from the Indian pool.
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Thanks, look forward to any other replies, any suggestions on how I can beef up my application

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Hi guys,

Just about getting together my applications for B-school together now since I've got my GMAT scores in, here's my profile below. Please let me know whether you think I have a chance to get into Insead.

Undergrad GPA (3 year course) : 3.4
Masters in Marketing GPA (16 month program): 2.5 (Yes I know this is extremely low. This program was a twin city program in Singapore and Dubai)
GMAT score: 730
Work experience: 3.5 years . I am Indian, however 2.5 out of those 3.5 years has been in the Middle East with the other year being in India.
Strong extracurriculars - represented my state at tennis, wrote for a sports website for a year etc.
Strong references at work from senior management.

Thanks a lot in advance!


Hi Varun

- Could work, but you will need to highlight key examples of your leadership and how an MBA could help you grow further at this stage, especially given the fact that you have a master's in marketing already (if this was the SPJ Dubai/Singapore MBA, then some more explanation needed; INSEAD is open to applicants looking at a second MBA though). A second MBA might need strong justification here, especially given your continued career path in your current domain.
- ECA is quite decent. Which school did you go to for your undergrad? If this was a top bachelor's program, that can help a bit too. ECA matters for INSEAD (as they do for all schools), but it is not as big a determinant as it would be for some other top schools (say Cornell). Your work profile and experience is key for your app.
- Your international experience in the Middle East will be be helpful, and its really the market insights you have from there + the impact you had that will be a major component of the case you make. The quantitative/qualitative research experience may be useful, but not that much leadership there, at least yet. Although you could decide to apply now, you may perhaps consider waiting for an year to two, moving up to a managerial position, and then taking a call. Your work experience (quality/quantity) is below what INSEAD would look for. If you could look into moving to another international office (not India), that would help too.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.
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varunjog89 wrote:
Hi guys,

Just about getting together my applications for B-school together now since I've got my GMAT scores in, here's my profile below. Please let me know whether you think I have a chance to get into Insead.

Undergrad GPA (3 year course) : 3.4
Masters in Marketing GPA (16 month program): 2.5 (Yes I know this is extremely low. This program was a twin city program in Singapore and Dubai)
GMAT score: 730
Work experience: 3.5 years . I am Indian, however 2.5 out of those 3.5 years has been in the Middle East with the other year being in India.
Strong extracurriculars - represented my state at tennis, wrote for a sports website for a year etc.
Strong references at work from senior management.

Thanks a lot in advance!


Hi Varun

- Could work, but you will need to highlight key examples of your leadership and how an MBA could help you grow further at this stage, especially given the fact that you have a master's in marketing already (if this was the SPJ Dubai/Singapore MBA, then some more explanation needed; INSEAD is open to applicants looking at a second MBA though). A second MBA might need strong justification here, especially given your continued career path in your current domain.
- ECA is quite decent. Which school did you go to for your undergrad? If this was a top bachelor's program, that can help a bit too. ECA matters for INSEAD (as they do for all schools), but it is not as big a determinant as it would be for some other top schools (say Cornell). Your work profile and experience is key for your app.
- Your international experience in the Middle East will be be helpful, and its really the market insights you have from there + the impact you had that will be a major component of the case you make. The quantitative/qualitative research experience may be useful, but not that much leadership there, at least yet. Although you could decide to apply now, you may perhaps consider waiting for an year to two, moving up to a managerial position, and then taking a call. Your work experience (quality/quantity) is below what INSEAD would look for. If you could look into moving to another international office (not India), that would help too.

Hope this helps. Feel free to come back with more queries as needed.

Hi there,

Thanks a lot for your response. k e, I would say I've demonstrated fairly good leadership given the limited work experience I have, I have handled large projects independently plus had two promotions in 2 years while in Dubai (I have senior managers who can write that for me in a reference letter as well). My bachelor's program was a regular program at the University of Pune, so nothing outstanding there. Yes, I did do the SP Jain MGB program, which I'm hoping will also have an impact (international exposure). The main idea of me doing this second MBA is for a career change, would you recommend I mention that?

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Hello,


I am an Indian applicant,with 9+ years of work exp across 2 domains-3 years in IT and 6+ years in Power sector.I have a GMAT score of 680(Q 50,V 31).I work in a leading public sector utility in India.I have some decent points related to my work-ex.I have been a part of one of the important pilot projects of the country.
With my work exp,I plan on applying to 1 year MBA programs.

Where should I take my chances?I will be applying to IIM-A PGPX and IIM-C PGPeX(1 year full time programs).

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varunjog89 wrote:
Hi guys,

Just about getting together my applications for B-school together now since I've got my GMAT scores in, here's my profile below. Please let me know whether you think I have a chance to get into Insead.

Undergrad GPA (3 year course) : 3.4
Masters in Marketing GPA (16 month program): 2.5 (Yes I know this is extremely low. This program was a twin city program in Singapore and Dubai)
GMAT score: 730
Work experience: 3.5 years . I am Indian, however 2.5 out of those 3.5 years has been in the Middle East with the other year being in India.
Strong extracurriculars - represented my state at tennis, wrote for a sports website for a year etc.
Strong references at work from senior management.

Thanks a lot in advance!


Thanks for sharing.

In addition to the advices above, as you are looking for a career change, be sure to present how your background plus an INSEAD MBA would help you get into your desired role.

Regarding chances of admissions at Singapore campus, choice of campus does not affect your admissions chances.

Good to invest time reflecting on how you have progressed, and what motivates you, these have to come through in your essays.

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