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GMAT 2015 – Graduate Management Aptitude Test

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Published since 1851, the founders of the New York Times were Henry Jarvis Raymond and George Jones, who had no previous journalism experience.

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Hi

I need some guidance on my MBA application process. I am in a dilemma about where all to apply. Below are some details of my profile:

10th - 94.2%; 12th - 80.2%

B.E. (Hons.) Electrical and Electronics Engineering from BITS - Pilani, Dubai - CGPA: 7.05/10, First Division

GMAT - 1st attempt (April'13) - Q42, V26, Total: 560, AWA-5, IR-5

2nd attempt (March'14) - Q46, V27, Total: 600, AWA-5, IR-4

3rd attempt (Dec'14) - Q46, V40, Total: 700, AWA-4, IR-7

I do not intend to give another attempt at GMAT.

Experience: I have been working with a top MEP construction company in Dubai as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor for around 3 years 9 months now and will have completed over 4 years by the time I start the session anywhere in 2016.

My job is a techno-commercial role based out of projects and my responsibilities include maintaining the project cash flow and monitoring costs and value throughout the project duration by preparing billing projections / forecasts, cost to completion reports, regular payment applications as per the forecasts, variation claims, etc. This involves regular discussions with the site engineers, operations team along with physical visits to the site to review actual progress. All these projects have been huge projects with project values ranging from 15 Million AED to over 140 Million AED. Projects include hotel cum office building for Oberoi in Dubai, Audi car showroom, district cooling plant, forensic lab building for Dubai Police, Emirates NBD Bank Headquarters, etc.

I also liaise with the Consultants, Clients and other Contractors for commercial issues. Many of these people happen to be from nationalities other than India and other South Asian countries.

I also manage sub-contractors' contracts and have also been training a junior employee under me for almost a year now.

In addition, I prepare extensive project review reports every month which I present to the Top Management that includes the General Manager, Regional Commercial Manager, etc.

I have learnt a lot in the past 4 years and have handled responsibilities usually handled by far more experienced people. I have also moved up the ladder with one promotion from the trainee to the assistant stage fairly fast and have also gathered regular positive feedback and appreciation from my superiors.

I have also interned in a few other companies in UAE but I have not mentioned those here as I feel internships won't lend any weight to the application.

All my experience has been in Dubai with a single company since my graduation after engineering. I have not worked in India or in any other country.

The major reason that I want to an MBA is that I want to move out of the construction industry. While there is money in this industry, it comes with a lot of experience and is a slow process. Moreover, at this stage, I feel I am not learning as much as I used to a couple of years back. As I have done well with whatever has been thrown at me, I need more challenges to sustain myself and enough of that is not happening right now. Also, the construction industry is fairly volatile here with the market booming at times and failing miserably at others, which does not inspire a lot of confidence. Future success in my role involves an interest in and grasp of contractual knowledge, which I am not very much interested in. Currently my job involves dealing with lots of numbers and excel sheets which I love. As my job role is in Operations and I report directly to the Operations Manager, I am looking to use my interest and experience with numbers and working in tight deadlines and in a team, while supplementing it with formal theoretical and working knowledge of management principles and concepts, in General Management / project management roles or Operation roles outside the construction industry. I am keen on moving on to Consulting roles which could also involve travelling, an aspect that is not at all present in my current role.

I do not have extensive extracurricular activities to talk about other than an odd volunteering experience here and there. Most of the activities I took part in happened during school days, several years back. Most recently, I have taken a French language beginner course and have travelled a bit in other middle-east countries (Qatar, Oman) as well.

I was originally planning to apply primarily in ISB, IIM-B (EPGP), IIFT in India. I also thought about applying to Insead, HEC in France, Rotterdam in Netherlands, Mannheim in Germany, NUS,NTU, Insead in Singapore in addition to the Indian colleges. I did not include any colleges from USA in the list as those are very expensive programs and the duration of most programs is 2 years. I would prefer to do a one year MBA but I am also open to doing a 2 year MBA in case I do not get any good one year MBA. I am a bit skeptical of European colleges too but I felt good colleges like Insead and HEC might hold good even in the current not too bright European market.

However, recently I have started wondering whether I am limiting myself by applying only to a few colleges. I cannot wholly bank on ISB or any one college. Some people have suggested that I should consider US colleges too as they are the traditional powerhouses for MBA and they continue to dominate the overall MBA landscape. A quick look at the costs for most decent programs revealed costs to the tune of 85 lakhs to 1 crore INR, which is too much in my case. How do I go about in deciding where to apply? I do not want to limit myself but I feel restricted when I look at such high costs for an MBA. Are the scholarship chances at most US schools realistic in my case?

Any help that can guide me in the right path will be appreciated. I can provide any additional info as well if required at all.

Thank you

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@divyang23 first of all, congratulations for constantly increasing your GMAT score. 

So if you are a serious MBA applicant you should apply to 5-7 b-schools (a mix of aspirational, par and safety).  Since you are also interested in an international MBA, coming up with 5-7 names will not be a challenge. But yes, applying to the correct set of b-schools which fit your academic, social and employment requirements is a necessity. 

There are many US b-schools (if you look beyond the top 20, US News ranking) that will give you some scholarship and maybe even graduate assistantship (a chance to earn a weekly stipend). Therefore don't write a US MBA off completely. 

I will point you to a few blogs that we wrote that address the issues that are bothering you. Take a look:


http://mbadecoder.com/factors-selecting-business-schools/

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The highway from Ipswich to Rodway is currently overcrowded with traffic, which deters potential customers from visiting Rodway's stores. The congestion has gotten so bad that many of the stores in Rodway are struggling to survive. Meanwhile, in Ipswich, the stores are thriving since they widened the road to Martin. Thus, to alleviate congestion and save Rodway's stores, the road between Ipswich and Rodway should be widened.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the argument above?

The construction necessary to widen the road will block an additional lane of traffic, temporarily adding to the congestion. The stores in Rodway are only profitable during the holiday shopping season. Martin is a thriving metropolis whose residents have several times the purchasing power of those of Ipswich. The owners of Rodway's stores are spending their revenue on advertising and marketing rather than on purchasing new merchandise. Martin's stores have only experienced a slight increase in profits since the road from Ipswich was widened.

Which of the following, if true, casts the most doubt on the argument above?

a  The construction necessary to widen the road will block an additional lane of traffic, temporarily adding to the congestion.

b  The stores in Rodway are only profitable during the holiday shopping season.

c  Martin is a thriving metropolis whose residents have several times the purchasing power of those of Ipswich.

d  The owners of Rodway's stores are spending their revenue on advertising and marketing rather than on purchasing new merchandise.

e  Martin's stores have only experienced a slight increase in profits since the road from Ipswich was widened.

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Manhattan Advanced quant e-book PDF free with Test purchase.

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Have Veritas 7 Full length Tests and Kaplan 5 Full length tests.

Manhattan Advanced quant e-book PDF free with Test purchase.

The access is valid for 1 year and is unused. 

The cost for the access is Rs.2000/-. You can first check the tests and pay me later.

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Have Veritas 7 Full length Tests and Kaplan 5 Full length tests.

Manhattan Advanced quant e-book PDF free with Test purchase.

The access is valid for 1 year and is unused. 

The cost for the access is Rs.2000/-. You can first check the tests and pay me later.

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Hey There, I am planning to appear in GMAT by September end. Anyone keen for Grp Studies to pace up there studies, do let me know, Tx  

Ps: Location - Andheri

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Have Veritas 7 Full length Tests and Kaplan 5 Full length tests.

Manhattan Advanced quant e-book PDF free with Test purchase.

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Have Veritas 7 Full length Tests and Kaplan 5 Full length tests.

Manhattan Advanced quant e-book PDF free with Test purchase.

The access is valid for 1 year and is unused. 

The cost for the access is Rs.2000/-. You can first check the tests and pay me later.

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Have Veritas 7 Full length Tests and Kaplan 5 Full length tests.

Manhattan Advanced quant e-book PDF free with Test purchase.

The access is valid for 1 year and is unused. 

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Hi All,

I m having 5+ yrs of programmer experience in IT. I wish to apply for EMBA (Execuive MBA) in NARSEE MONJEE INSTITUTE in MUMBAI..

Will my Experience be considered for EMBA or only managerial experience is required for same???

Thanks in adv.

Regards

Manoj 

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Hello, I am looking for good German institutes accepting MBA admissions without considering GMAT score .Below is my profile- I.T. xprnc of 8 yrs - Business Analyst/Consultant BA/Config Analyst Graduation- Bachelor of Engg(I.T.)-69.2% Class 12 - 70% IELTS 7 band score Kindly let me know good institutes where i can apply without GMAT score ? Thanks!!

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hiii..puys! I have started my preparation days back.. the problem is i cant carry the book to office, so if u have any PDFs please share...........

  • Is there a reason why you want pdfs of books? There are p.... 1d.
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Is there a reason why you want pdfs of books? There are plenty of online resources you can use that are not just pdfs of books. For example, we have a complete video course to help you prepare (and it's 100% free)

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How to start GMAT Prep:

Below are some of the books/materials/resources published by the GMAC (Makers of the GMAT test)

1) Official Guide - 13th Edition (Latest Edition currently).

2) Official Guide 12th Edition - There are almost 70% overlap of questions between OG 13 and OG 12.

3) verbal Edition - 2nd Edition - Supplement of OG 13/12 and contains all the new questions apart from OG 12/13.

4) Quant Edition - 2nd Edition - Supplement for OG 12/13 for Quant section and contains new questions compared to OG 12/13.

5) GMATPrep - Contains two mocks - Mock 1 and Mock3 and it is available for free. It can be downloaded for free from mba.com. You need to register though - Free registration.

6) GMATPrep Question Pack 1 : It is extra set of questions that can be ADDED to existing GMAT Prep software. I will be publishing a separate Review for the same in 1-2 weeks.

7) GMAT Prep Exam Pack 1 : It is an extra set of two mocks - Mock 3 and Mock 4. You need to purchase it from mba.com

8) IR Prep Tool : From August 2012, the pattern of the GMAT exam is changed and they have introduced a new IR (Integrated Reasoning ) section. There are some questions on IR in GMATPrep , GMAT Prep Question Pack 1 and GMAT Prep Exam Pack 1. If you think, the practice is not enough, this can be bought.

How to start the prep:

1) Download GMATPrep from mba.com. Take the 1st Mock. If you want to, you can skip AWA (Analytical Writing Ability) and IR (Integrated Reasoning) sections, but take Quant and Verbal sections together. in actual GMAT, there is break of 8 mins. If you want, you can take a break or you can skip the break. Take 1st mock and see what is your performance is.

2) The software will give you scaled scores in Quant and verbal. Maximum score in both the section is 51. ONLY this scaled scores play a part on your Total SCORE out of 800 and not other scores . More on my post on scoring of GMAT.

3) Based on the score, draw up a study plan and work on the preparation plan. Consult Official Guide or other prep books to see what is the commonly tested concepts in GMAT.

4) When you take a mock next time, make sure you write other sections as well. AWA and IR are equally important.

Any specific questions. Do let me know.

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@sush.shekhar : OG is official Guide to GMAT exam.

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OG12 and OG13? How old is this thread. There have been 2 more editions since then I'd like to add that one should also develop a good study plan. If you're interested, we (at GMAT Prep Now) have a free Learning Guide that ensures that you cover everything that the GMAT tests. Also, our entire video course (over 500 videos) also happens to be free.  

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8 Tips for Visa Application


Studying abroad is a wonderful experience which will change the way you think, and allow you to grow as an individual person in your life. Before you make your dream come true of studying in your dream country USA, the most important step is VISA. The visa application process is the final phase of the higher education process. It is as important as the other parts of the higher education process. It confirms your entry into the US to study at the University of your choice. Without the visa, no matter how much hard work you put into the other parts of the admission process you will not be able to pursue your education. Getting a visa can be a hard nut to crack, but if you are well prepared, this process can go very smoothly. You just have to fill the application form carefully so that you can make your dream come true.

Below are some pointers that can help you to fill up your Visa Application Form:

1. Make sure you have signed wherever required. It is mandatory for everyone above the age of 14 to sign the application form (parents must sign the forms of children below the age of 14)

2. Visa application form should be filled up with a black point pen.

3. Don't leave any box empty; make sure you fill it with NA, NONE or NIL.

4. Mention your current address in full. The address should be of a place where you have been residing for at least six months or more. It may differ from your permanent address mentioned in the passport.

5. Check whether your photograph is attached properly to the form. Using access glue to stick your photograph may spoil the form.

6. The photograph should be 2 x 2 inches or 37 mm x 37 mm, colour or black and white, against a light or plain background. The photograph that you submit for the visa should contain a clear image of your face. Make sure that you look straight at the camera while clicking the picture. The face should be at least 50 per cent of the photo area. The photograph should not be more than six months old. Head coverings and hats are permitted only for religious purposes.

7. Mention your work profile clearly. Describing your occupation specifically is very important; it can be a manager, mechanical engineer, teacher, writer, etc. Don't just mention 'service' or 'business.'

8. Keep all the required documents and their photocopies ready before you proceed further with the process. Keeping all the documents in a proper order in various sets will help you avoid stress in case you are asked to provide extra copies of documents.

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Hi Everyone. I would be really grateful if some of you can evaluate my profile.

Target colleges: MIM @ HEC, ESSEC, LBS, LSE

GMAT: 710

X: 94.4

XII: 89.8

Mechanical Engineering from BITS, 8.31/10

Completed various electives related to finance and business in college. Also taken up courses on coursera.

Internships:

1. Research Lab. did a project in mechanical. Published a research paper in an International journal

2. High impact project at a big pvt. company

Other Achievements/EXTRA currics:

1. Vice president of entrepreneurship cell

2. Secretary of a technical student department

handled teams of 50 students each in both the clubs

3.headed a social service project

4. represented India at ISFIT, Norway

5. Led a 7 member delegation to World economic forum

6. I can code as well. javascript, C

7. Made 2 short films having a social message

8. North India region finalist at Barclay's Case study competition

I am joining a niche consulting firm this year and will have a 1 year experience by the time i join next year to improve my chances of getting a consulting job. (Yes, I want to get into consulting services)

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@CareerDefiners Couple of years seem too much at the moment. Nonetheless, I have also come across Early entry option at Chicago Booth for candidates with fewer than 3 years of work ex. Since you are an alumni (I hope I am talking to Bhavya), would you mind shedding some light on it? Thanks

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@vivu.iitd  Definitely you are talking to a Booth alum One of the good things about Career Definers is that our career experts are alums of various top global schools -> so our clients get customized advise (per school) required for cracking top schools. Now back to Chicago Booth - Early career option is a very good one. However, as you can imagine it is extremely competitive since you are pretty much stacked up against very experience candidates with stellar profiles. In your case to have a decent shot at Early career option you need 750+ GMAT. In addition, bulk of the consulting recruiting at Booth is at Associate level (& companies expect you to have minimum 3 years of full-time work-ex to be eligible). That is the main reason I suggested you to work couple of years (in case you want to apply for global MBA programs). 

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Test of English as a Foreign Language or TOEFL

you can get all useful information and books to study for toefl

https://toefl-ielts-gre.quora.com/

best of luck for you study 

Patience in the mind and Dynamism in action is the right formula 

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Hello...!! I am new here,i just wanted to know your view on HEC-Montreal MBA or any other canadian B school u suggest for my profile. 

Total Exp : Post Grad : 9 yrs hardcore sales & Mark for an MNC (Currently working as Business Development manager).

IELTS : Overall Band 7  / GRE : 293 

Post MBA i wish to work and settle in canada,your views and suggestions will be appreciated..

regards/Lokesh.

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I would like to know your budget.A higher score needs to be targeted .A re-test is suggested. team Manya 

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With 4 years of work experience in Bank. with some certification in Banking industry.

I gave CAT  3 times, Havent touched 90 %ile. Although i converted new IIMs but not joined because I always dreamed of Older IIMs. Should i go For GMAT I am scared whether i able to do it or not because it is Global the competition might be tougher.?

No problem with GMAT scores as quants is little bit easier than CAT, i am scared of application process, How to do it when to do it. ?

I already spent one month for prep, Facing some problem in RCs and SCs (for SCs many people suggested for E-GMAT). 

At this point where three months left for CAT i am confused. Whether i am taking right decision or not. 

Please Guide me

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facing same problm ....people from BJYJUS CLASESS suggestd for gmat...but i am too confused...moreover they are providing gmat coaching through tab....woud it b gud...n wud within this 3 month sab ho jayega.....anybdy experienced pls help

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Hi Both of you.

Its a populous and competitive world! And the competition is always more for Indians, because we are so many! 

So don't fear the competition and think instead of how you can beat it to come out a winner. 

take a GMAT Mock test to get a feel of the test. That way you will make a more informed decision on your next steps. 

I am just uploading a blog on our website (MBA Decoder) which addresses the same issues that you guys have - will send you the link once its online. 

Meanwhile, register for a free mock test:

http://www.mba.com/india/the-gmat-exam/prepare-for-the-gmat-exam/test-prep-materials/free-gmat-prep-software.aspx

Namita Garg

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