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Can you please evaulate my profile:

Colleges I am targetting:

1) Top European Colleges in the same bracket as INSEAD

2) Top American Colleges in the same bracked as Wharton

3) Top Asian colleges in the same bracket as ISB and NIS




Bachelor in IT (3 year Degree Course)-55.6%

Work Experience:

3.5 Years in TCS (Worked with Clients like CITIGROUP and GE)

Role: Change Manager and ITIL process expert


a) ITIL foundation

b) ITIL Intermediate

c) SIX SIGMA GREEN Belt awarded by GE

Extra Curriculars:

1) I play the Guitar, have played in a couple of local rock concerts.

2) Mentored final year BTECH students as part of Affirmative action programme by TATA Group. Have been rewarded by the same.

I am planning to give GMAT by the end of this year, I have been scoring 740+ in mocks and expecting my GMAT test results along similar lines. Please evaluate my profile, the thing thats haunting me the most is my academic profile. How would you evaulate my chances in Top Notch MBA colleges? What else do I need to add in my profile to increase my chances? Also, what would be my GPA approx?

  • @mba-help I want to apply next year, so by that time, I w.... 13 Oct '14.
  • Hi Pradeep, Its going to be difficult to predict right no.... 13 Oct '14.
hawk @pradeep1388 42

@mba-help I want to apply next year, so by that time, I will have 5 yrs of total work ex as a Change Manager. Given my present profile, which B schools should i apply to next year? 

MBA Decoder @mba-help 1,596

Hi Pradeep, Its going to be difficult to predict right now where you should apply next year. We will need to know more about you, but before that you will also need a GMAT score. 

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Can you please recommend mba uni's in us and europe with 580 gmat score. The breakup is Q - 49 and Verbal - 23. I really cannot reapply again. Please assist. Thanks every1 in advance

  • Hi @Ankita301! Please mail your CV to info[at]essaysunday.... 25 Sep '14.
ISB mantra @ISBmantra.com 1,546

Hi @Ankita301! Please mail your CV to info[at]essaysunday[dot]com and we will be happy to recommend schools suitable to your profile. It is difficult to suggest based on GMAT only. 

All the Best!

'ISBmantra / EssaySunday Consulting'

I am in the initial stages of planning for an MBA abroad, want to get into Leadership/Strategic positions after MBA.

Need help in shortlisting colleges to aim for, my preference would be one year MBA programs in Europe and North America.

I also am a little skeptic about the job prospects and immigration rules in Europe especially UK, request you to throw some light on it.

My target colleges:
1. INSEAD, France
2. Judge, Cambridge
3. ESMT, Germany
4. MIT Sloan (In case I choose a 2 year MBA)
5. HEC Montreal

My profile:

A CGPA of 7.1/10 from a virtually unknown university in Central India.
Not taken GMAT yet(aiming for a 750), got a 600 in the first MBA.com diagnostic test

Working for Cisco Systems as a Test engineer, total exp 3 years.

Notable extracurriculars in college:
Elected as Vice President of college body.
Founded a Counselling cell for students.

Out of office activities currently:
Part time photographer
Amateur Film maker(2 films in the pipeline right now)
Associated with 3 NGOs.
Won Bangalore chapter of a Global Innovation Challenge last year.

What are the chances on being able to land in the above colleges if I write strong essays and end up with a GMAT score of 720-750?
  • European B Schools would look for diversified roles in te.... 28 May '14.
ivyctor 2010 @ivyctor2010 920
European B Schools would look for diversified roles in terms of having experience with leading teams and managing people. Do elaborate more about your job profile. Yes, a score above 720 and impressive essays would be vital in hearing from those b Schools. Do PM us with your details on your work experience etc to help you better with a choice of schools.

Hi, i am planning to do my mba and applying for Jan 2015 intake..
i am confused between Queen's and Schulich, Canada..
I am from India, IT, 4.5 years exp and 650 gmat..
i would preferrrably want to go to Canada but i am open to other countries where the job market is good and visa is not much of an issue..
i even thought of SDA Bocconi, IESE, IE as well as HEC in European countries..
but i am still having double thoughts on these schools as I have budget constraints along with questions on visa and job prospects in these countries..
can someone help me.. firstly in deciding between Queen's and Schulich.. job prospects after studying from these colleges for an Indian and if possible then tips on how middle class indians handle their finances..

  • thanks @EssaySunday.com .. this does help.. however, alon.... 22 May '14.
  • Hi @nothingsgonnastopme ! Queen's is a 1-year program and.... 22 May '14.
zb mithani @nothingsgonnastopme 11
thanks @EssaySunday.com .. this does help.. however, along with duration of program and work permit.. i even wanted to know which one is more reputed and from where i have more chances to get a job
reg. european colleges like italy and spain.. how difficult would it be to get job around these countries and how is placement there?

Essay Sunday @EssaySunday.com 13
Hi @nothingsgonnastopme ! Queen's is a 1-year program and Schulich is a 2-year program. Along with your preference of the program duration, you may also want to consider that with a 1-year program, you get a 1-yr work-permit post MBA whereas with a 2-year program you get a 3-year work permit post MBA, during which you must apply for a PR. Though both are reputed programs, these differentiators should help you choose.
Spain and Italy you may want to avoid if getting a job is your priority after MBA, but HEC is worth a shot given that it is able to place most Indian students. You may also want to consider Rotterdam School of Management. Though these are competitive programs, but with a strong set of essays, you do have a decent chance.

All the Best!
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I am planning to do my MBA from US, I have got 4 years work exp in IT.
I have got admits from Drexel University - LeBow Business School and UNC Charlotte. Got scholarship from Drexel so tuition fees for both will be same. My main motive is Post MBA job. Need help in making selection and any expert advice.

*I know both schools are not great, but with my score and budget they fit in.
  • Hi @ivyctor2010 thanks for the prompt reply,. 06 Apr '14.
  • @ashs1189 Do comapre both schools on all important parame.... 06 Apr '14.
ashwin sakhardande @ashs1189
Hi @ivyctor2010 thanks for the prompt reply,
ivyctor 2010 @ivyctor2010 920
@ashs1189 Do comapre both schools on all important parameters, which may include
1. Placement records including industry wise split of outgoing class (say your goal is to be into marketing then check %age of class getting placed into marketing profile)
2. Split of incoming class w.r.t. geography they come from, avg. yrs of experience, major in bachelors
3. Post MBA, if you have a target industry in mind, then how far is commercial city from your college, e.g. - NYU being close to Wallstreet, Rotman in financial hub of Toronto allows you to network
4. And most importantly, speak with Alumni
Hope this helps!


I plan on applying for MBA to some European schools for Fall 2015. I'm currently working as a Senior Software Developer at a big software firm, and I'll cross 3 years of work experience by Summer 2015. Can you please advise me on what schools I may have a chance in going though, and where I should aim at applying? I was wondering what my chances in LBS, INSEAD, HEC, etc will be.

Acads - X (86), XII (89), GPA (8.3/10).
GMAT - not taken yet. preparation in full swing.

Decent extra-curriculars in college and merit certifications. Nothing as such in my professional career, but will get good recommendations from my managers.

Thank you.
  • I will definitely look into more schools as you said. Wha.... 24 Mar '14.
  • If you're just looking at European, you should look at a .... 24 Mar '14.
CAT 2013 (first attempt) : 99.2% (98.5, 97.5)  CAT 2014 (second attempt): 99.7% (98.7, 99.6)  
I will definitely look into more schools as you said. What I meant to ask was that is it realistic to apply this schools with 3 years work experience (in summer 2015) and expect a good result? Assuming the essays, recommendations and GMAT go my away. The purpose of this was asking a crude evaluation for a person like me with a slightly above average profile.
Mansie Dewan @MansieDewanConsulting 2,762
If you're just looking at European, you should look at a couple of more schools like SAID, ESADE, IE, RSM etc. Which schools and your chance of getting an admit is purely a matter of which school is a good fit, how well you portray yourself through the admissions application and your GMAT. Good Luck with the preparation and I suggest you give it asap,so that you have time to improve your score, should the need arise.

Hello All ,

I am an electrical engineer at a stage in my life where I have to make a bold decision. I just want my profile evaluated from somebody . I have been an above average student throughout my life but there is nothing spectacular about my achievements .
I will list my records and please someone tell me if I have a shot at either IIM A,B,C or ISB or for that matter any A++ institute.
10th 93.2 % 12th 85.6 % B.Tech 75 % from MAIT ,I.P university
working in a Windmoeller and Hoelscher ,a German company that is a top player in its field (2 years 8 months).I have dealt with german bosses and I can also speak fluent german .My job experience involves travelling to more than 20 countries and being the electrical in charge of the site i.e Commissioning and Service Engineer . It is indeed a high paying job for all the responsibilities involved.
Other achievments: Sun certified Java programmer , CBSE 10th Hindi 0.01 certificate , Good at sports with some certis , School level talent exams , NIIT Aptitute test certificate ..

As I said there is nothing spectacular about me that makes me wonder if I still have a shot at the premier schools .Please reply I am thinking of a turnaround in life ,suddenly I want to perform and compete with the best .
I had appeared for CAT once in 2011 (as a fresher) VA :99.89 DI:39 QA:90 . DI had let me down that time but I dont think I am that bad. If I appear this year I can get that up.

  • hello ..thanks for your review , as i have heard from my .... 20 Mar '14.
  • For the IIMs, your experience is slightly on the lower si.... 20 Mar '14.
Devank Kumar @Devank 106
hello ..thanks for your review , as i have heard from my seniors in IIMs when you pursue a regular PGP there are lots of disadvantages due to age factor .. Many great companies just filter out people without workex ... if a person is too old he will be the last one to be placed .. nonetheless MBA with experience is still considered better ..but it would be nice if one could take the best of both the worlds..
How much experience do you think is perfect ?
secondly , I could do better with some guidance how do I benefit from ivyctor?
ivyctor 2010 @ivyctor2010 920
For the IIMs, your experience is slightly on the lower side. For ISB you will need to target a score of 720 and above in GMAT. Apart from that you will also need well rounded essays. Your acads are good, international exposure and dealing with multicultural teams can give you an edge if you put them well in your essays. In case you need further assistance, please PM us


I'm currently working as a software developer and am keen on pursuing an MBA with a technology specialization. I've already got a 700 on my GMAT (a while back.) + over 5 years experience, and I'm looking to apply for admits in 2015.

Could someone guide to me some the best tech focused MBA Colleges in the world. (apart from MIT.) USA, Europe, etc are all good.

Also, if someone can guide me to careers after an MBA in the technology industry that would be hihgly appreciated.

I graduated from Delhi University in Business Economics last year and started working with an Export House after my degree. I have currently applied at the UCL (MA Comparative Business Economics) and Imperial Business School(Msc Management).These are both 1 years programs
and I'm hopeful that I will be able to secure admission in at least one of them. Now considering that I do get into either and then work for one more year after completing the course, would I have any realistic chances for MBA at B-schools like Wharton, Yale etc? I mean would they even consider my profile if I manage to get a very good GMAT score?


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