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Status: May The Force Be With Me (D-DAY 15 May 2012)
Joined: 06 Jan 2012
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Kudos [?]: 332 [0], given: 16

Location: India
Concentration: General Management, Entrepreneurship
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New post 16 May 2012, 04:33

I just gave the GMAT & was stunned to see a 650 on the screen. Was hoping to nail the test with at least a 700, but alas 650 is what I got to work with now. I want a reality check on where I stand before spending more moolah on the admission procedure & would really like any inputs / feedback that you guys can share

I am planning to major in General Management & Strategy & Operations during my MBA & pursue a career in the strategic consulting / general insurance space for at the most 10 years before I start my own venture in the Hospitality Sector

Citizen : India
Under Grad Degree : Management Studies (BMS) Major : International Finance & Finance
Obtained First Class with Distinction
Placed 1st in Special Studies in Finance, 2nd in International Finance & Quantative Methods in Business at the College Level
Certification :
-> Certified Financial Planner (CFPCM), FPSB
-> AMFI - Association of Mutual Funds, India
-> Advanced Diplomas in General insurance (Licentiate/ Associate Levels) - Insurance Institute of India
-> Certification in Life Insurance (IRDA)

Work Experience :

Currently working as a consultant in Risk Consulting Department within one of the Big 4's - 1.5 years
-> Constantly got accolades from various clients & have got 2 pay hikes
-> Idependently handled assignments from initial stage itself

Worked as a Relationship Manager at a Leading Financial Planning firm in Mumbai - 1.2 years
-> Wrote various articles & helped set-up the Insurance Planning Department within the firm

Independent Financial Adviser - 7 years (approx)
-> Started this practice right out of school (12th Grade) & have recently have given operational control to a friend. The practice has an AUM of INR 30 Million & caters to HNI clientele
-> I have also helped first time entrepreneurs in the financial service sector during their start up phase

Extra Curricular Achievements :

-> Awarded Gold Medal (Presented by Honorable Vice President of India, Shri Mohammed Hamid Ansari in New Delhi), Silver & Bronze Medals, in Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme (IYAP).
-> Awarded the Best Volunteer Certificate in Akansha Art Program, 2009-2010, 2010-2011.
-> Winner of The Maharashtra State Angling Association Fishing Tournament-1996.
-> Written various financial articles for,, IFA Connect & other financial journals.
-> Attended Dale Carnegie – Training for Young Adults (4 Day Workshop).
-> Participated In The Intel International Science Exhibition for Students.
-> Competed in the University of New South Wales, Australia ETC International Competition for Schools from 1998-2001.
-> An active volunteer & member of The NGO Akansha, The Rotract Club of Churchgate & The Rotract Club of Dadar.
-> Active Sailor & life member of the prestigious Colaba Sailing Club & Bombay Sailing Association
I am looking at applying to the following schools this October

Looking forward for your inputs & thanks in advance

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New post 16 May 2012, 18:07
Sounds like you have an interesting story to tell, and one that is frankly a bit different from the "typical" Indian applicant which will help. Certainly your GMAT, while good, is not going to be a standout at those schools, so you will need to emphasize your experience and how it will dovetail nicely into your short term vision to be a consultant. Also how your experience will be valuable to your classmates (unlike say, IT skills, which is generally not as attractive for example). If you have time to take a course and get the GMAT up a bit higher it would help, although you should be able to get in somewhere off your list with what you have now as long as your application is spot on.

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