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Which schools should I target?

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Joined: 26 Nov 2013
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Location: India
GMAT 1: 700 Q49 V36
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New post 06 Dec 2013, 01:20

Can you please help me in identifying the schools that I should target based on my profile and career goals? I plan to start my MBA in Fall 2014 and will be applying in the second round for most schools.

Gender - Male
Age - 26
Nationality - Indian

Educational Qualification
Bachelor's of Commerce (Banking & Insurance), University of Mumbai
Year of Graduation: 2008
Results: 78.50% on 100 (Have not converted to GPA because India does not have a standardized result format)

CFA Charter holder
CFA Institute, USA
Was awarded the charter in September 2013

Work Experience
Total Work Experience: 5 years 11 months
Full time: 4 years 6 months
Part time: 1 year 5 months

• Over 4 years of full-time experience in equities & interest rates trading and investment banking
• Focused on trading assets & derivatives with an inclination towards technical analysis
• Efficient in trade execution, tracking economic data and risk management

My first two and half years (part-time + full-time) were with a boutique investment banking firm focused on Private Equity and debt syndication and placement of funds. My job involved preparation of information memorandums & financial models for clients and presentation of these opportunities to investors. After that I moved to mid-sized broking firm to pursue security trading. I worked as a Trader in their capital markets division focusing on intra-day jobbing and arbitrage. My last job was with a multinational bank as an Assistant Trader on their Interest Rate Derivatives trading desk for two and half years.

Extra-curricular Activities
• Long distance runner. Ran Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon (21 kms) 2007-2013
• Elected class representative for a year during my undergraduate degree
• Participated in a number of debates and entrepreneurship related inter-college events
• Motorbike enthusiast. Been a part of motorbiking expeditions to the mountainous terrains of North India
• Trekking, travelling, reading, yoga & music

Total Score: 700 (89%ile)
Quant: 49 (81%ile)
Verbal: 36 (80%ile)

Post MBA goals
Short term: Consulting (Financial Services division of a top tier firm)
Long term: Entrepreneurial

I have already applied to INSEAD (France / Singapore) and ISB (India). Please suggest other schools in Asia and United States that I could apply to. Are schools like INSEAD, LBS, Harvard and Stanford within my reach?

Do let me know if you need any further information to evaluate my profile.

Thank you for your support.

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New post 09 Dec 2013, 20:37
Hi there,

Thanks for your post.

As I see it, you have the following strengths going for you:

-solid investment banking/work experience & quant skills
-respectable GMAT, solid academics
-unique interests and involvements
-banking & commerce experience as opposed to IT, helps differentiate among many Indian applicants (though keep in mind there are a ton of investment banking applicants generally ;) )

Potential weaknesses or challenges:

-demonstrating more than just the quant/commerce/banking skill (since that is relatively common among MBA applicants). In other words-- working on showcasing how you are unique in a competitive admissions environment.
-showing more people skills, communication skills, etc.


-examples of leadership? Makes a big difference to these top programs you've mentioned
-more about what you are looking for in a school (see our free download at ... ram-E-Book on choosing schools)

In terms of your chances, I would say simply because there are so many strong and unique applicants out there, the schools you mentioned are likely all reach schools. It doesn't mean they are out of reach, with very compelling essays, and there are no glaring weaknesses keeping you out per se, it's just very competitive and schools are looking for individuals who each bring something unique to the class. So if you definitely want to gain acceptance, you could add a couple of schools outside the top 5 or so in the rankings; maybe look at Darden, Duke, even NYU or Anderson for better chances but think about what you are looking for in a school. Let us know if we can help further.

Good luck!

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