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abhimarian
@abhimarian 23
Posted 33m ago
Hello All, Please let me know which colleges should I target. I am open to colleges in India, US and Australia. Following are my profile highlights: * 10th - 83% * 12 - 76% * B.Tech. - 2005 - 65% * PGCBM (2009-2010) \- XLRI, Jamshedpur * 9 years of IT Consulting experience (Indian IT ...


Hello All,

Please let me know which colleges should I target. I am open to colleges in India, US and Australia. Following are my profile highlights:

* 10th - 83%

* 12 - 76%
* B.Tech. - 2005 - 65%

* PGCBM (2009-2010) - XLRI, Jamshedpur

* 9 years of IT Consulting experience (Indian IT majors & now a US firm) - Roles - Programmer, Business Analyst and now Project Manager

  >   5 years in India
  >   4 years in US

Multiple industry certifications including PMP.
Yet to give GMAT.


           

dagdi
ameetavaidya @dagdi 1
Posted 1h ago
i have 79% in ICSE 89% in ISC and 68 in graduation from St Xaviers Kolk BBA let me know the chances for EEO


i have 79% in ICSE 89% in ISC and 68 in graduation from St Xaviers Kolk BBA let me know the chances for EEO

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Llewellyn75
Llewellyn Desouza @Llewellyn75 5.3 k

The School appreciates diversity. So your UG in business administration will help. St. Xavier's Calcutta is a very reputed college so you have pedigree make it count...

Now your selection will depend on the GMAT score you get and the Essays you write.

Try to get a GMAT score of around 720 - 730 with an AWA of 5 or above.

Wish you all the best.

Llewellyn Desouza

Principal Consultant Hash & CMO Felecidade Villa  

ISBmantra.com
ISB mantra @ISBmantra.com 972

Hi @dagdi! 68% in undergrad doesn't sound very encouraging. You will therefore have to add some spark to your application through a strong GMAT. You should target minimum 740-750. Your chances will also depend on the additional internships and certifications you may have taken during your BBA. 

All the Best!

'ISBmantra'

[The code to ISB]

Llewellyn75
Llewellyn Desouza @Llewellyn75 5.3 k
Posted 26 Jun
General Gyan To help you start the application process for a top notch B school like ISB. 1. *Profile Evaluation:* It make absolutely no sense evaluating an incomplete profile. So if you do not have a GMAT score at least go register yourself on the official GMAT website MBA dot Com and sta...

General Gyan To help you start the application process for a top notch B school like ISB.


1. Profile Evaluation: It make absolutely no sense evaluating an incomplete profile. So if you do not have a GMAT score at least go register yourself on the official GMAT website MBA dot Com and start by getting in at least a mock GMAT score to a discussion regarding the profile evaluation. Also ensure you ask very specific questions if you want a personalized evaluation.


2. Academics: Yes a good consistent academic record will help but remember only 12th Standard upwards scores come into play while evaluating the Composite Academic Score or CAS and even your AWA plays a vital role in your selection. Also no there is no conventional 'over the table' mechanism to compensate for a not so good CAS and you cannot register an NGO now or attempt to swim the English Channel after April to impress Team Admissions.


3. Target GMAT Score: The average of the ISB applicant pool is in the range of 710 - 720 but the average of the class at the ISB is seldom below 725 ~ 730 with an AWA of 5 plus. Marketers of ISB often play with these two figures to make ISB attract more applications. Last year only few international (people of non Indian origin) candidates with less than 650 GMAT were interviewed and the 80 % range is 680 to 750. So if you really need a target 730 with an AWA of 5 is a good one to start with and if you cannot go beyond it try get as close to it as possible. Having said that I know at least 3 people with 750 plus GMATs who got Dinged last year and lots of 680 and even one 650 made it.

4. Diverse Background & Extracurricular Activities: No one (not even India's Hockey Captain at the Olympics) ever got into ISB only on the basis of ECAs or a diverse background. Moreover just having good things in your armory does not help. Depicting these through your essays are your best bet to get things moving in the right direction. Also if you are not well prepared at the interview, these things which are naturally seen with a lot of skepticism, come under the scanner and thus if you are writing about philanthropy you better back it up with at least a correct spelling.


5. Work Experience: The average work experience among applicants at the ISB is close to 5 years and around 80 % of the ones selected have a work experience in the range of 3 to 7 years. People with less than 3 years or more than 7 years of work ex usually find it difficult going past the interview. People with less than 2 years of work experience can now apply under the Early Entry Option. Although there is no upper limit to the work experience if you have 10 plus years of experience you should tone down your expectations of an ADMIT to the ISB's PGP. People with all types of work experience are welcome at the ISB and in fact the school encourages diversity but all work ex is counted from after graduation and work ex from before that is not counted but valued. The automatic work ex calculator in the application portal will count work ex up to 1 April 2015 for the Class of 2016.


6. Networking: Not only do you need to network with Alumni of the school but also other ISB community members like staff, current students, faculty, re applicants, fellow applicants and may be even consultants in that order. Social media is a good starting point but remember if you are overbearing you are most probably going to get blocked or shunted from pillar to post. The ISB themselves organize 'infosessions' across various cities and these are a good place not only to get the official line from the Admissions Team but also a superb place for networking. Networking leads to a lot of insider information that is usually not in the public domain however it is also the starting point of all rumors so validate what you hear from others.


7. Professional Help: As always if you can afford it take good quality professional help for GMAT prep, Essays and Interview prep with Mocks. People are shy to acknowledge but a lot of people who have made it over the years did take some kind of paid professional help or the other. A lot of people think it is unethical but let me assure you that it is not like cheating in the exam but more like hiring a good set of coaches to win a medal at the Olympics.


Wish you all the best and hope to see you someday at the ISB.


Llewellyn Desouza

PS: I live for Karma points on PagalGuy and thus if this post has helped you in any way please 'Like.'


Few other posts of mine that may interest you if you are just starting out :


How to start developing the essays? 

http://www.pagalguy.com/gmat/isb-class-of-2016-aspirants-25114081/28035018

What The School Wants from you in the Essays?

http://www.pagalguy.com/gmat/isb-class-of-2016-aspirants-25114081/28016319

So what is a safe score to get shortlisted for the interview? 

http://www.pagalguy.com/gmat/isb-class-of-2016-aspirants-25114081/28023345

This is a re post of an article of mine published earlier that is difficult to find due to the new format.  


@Llewellyn75's post - *How to start developing the essays?*... on PaGaLGuY : The Education Network
@Llewellyn75's post - *How to start developing the essays?*... on PaGaLGuY : The Education Network
Yes the start is usually the toughest and sometimes consumes up to 40 to 50% of the time invested in doing up the MBA essays. Well for starters go back to the basics and understand one thing that this MBA application is also essentially a selection process and there are fundamentally only two aspects to any selection from the recruiter's point of view: 1.

Pagalguy

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Llewellyn75
Llewellyn Desouza @Llewellyn75 5.3 k

@dagdi you may also want to read this before you start your prep.

aabircrazy
aabir @aabircrazy
Posted 16 Jul
Guys who are not part of the Final List whatsapp group please provide your number in comments.

Guys who are not part of the Final List whatsapp group please provide your number in comments.

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  • Plz add me my no- 9437570784.. Me also selected. 6h.
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VVDD
VD D @VVDD
Posted 1d ago
I have one small question. Since it is really well known that SPJ shortlisting is mainly done on profile and level of work-ex, etc , how much weightage will GMAT score have? If I have a profile -> 5.5yrs exp in IT as Senior S/w Engr. in BNP Paribas group, banking domain projects (both retail...


I have one small question. Since it is really well known that SPJ shortlisting is mainly done on profile and level of work-ex, etc , how much weightage will GMAT score have? If I have a profile -> 5.5yrs exp in IT as Senior S/w Engr. in BNP Paribas group, banking domain projects (both retail and corporate), 84% in 10th, 84% in 12th, 75% in B.E , few 3rd position and one 1st position awards for quiz contests in college (intra and inter both) , but 600 in GMAT  ... do you think GMAT will be a big roadblock?

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KGarg123
K Garg @KGarg123 348

they say that all gmat of  650+ falls in one linme for them and between 600-650 in another line. not much weightage as per my understanding..Its more of their rejection criteria than selection. much

more depends on ur clarity of goals,confidence, ur current profile and response on ethical questions.


nb28
nami b @nb28 2
Posted 10h ago
Hi, pls. Evaluate my profile for EPGP program. 10th : 80.8%, 12th: 79.2%, B.Tech from NIT : 8.59 CGPA, 6 years of work experience in Power industry, GMAT score: 690. I am aspiring for 2015-16 batch. With such low GMAT score, what chances I stand?

Hi, pls. Evaluate my profile for EPGP program. 10th : 80.8%, 12th: 79.2%, B.Tech from NIT : 8.59 CGPA, 6 years of work experience in Power industry, GMAT score: 690. I am aspiring for 2015-16 batch. With such low GMAT score, what chances I stand?

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RajivSharmaS
Rajiv Sharma @RajivSharmaS

690 is just a tad below the median score, don't lose your heart. Your academics look above average, and your non IT background is a positive. 

MansieDewanConsulting
Mansie Dewan @MansieDewanConsulting 1.4 k

@nb28 your score is  not THAT low!! If this was your first attempt, I would encourage you to attempt the exam again. You do have until the 29th of August i to submit your application. If you feel you can up your score by 30-40 points within this tim frame, go for it!!  Good Luck and God Bless!!!

nb28
nami b @nb28 2

@MansieDewanConsulting I am really disappointed with my score. I feel i can do better but as per GMAT rules, i can give exam only after 25th August. So by 29th august, i will not have official scores with me. Pls. suggest.

MansieDewanConsulting
Mansie Dewan @MansieDewanConsulting 1.4 k

@nb28 If there is a window b/w 25th and 29th to give your GMAT, book yourself a slot and start filling out the application in tandem. Hopefully, you will have a higher GMAT score which you can report before submitting. If thats not possible, go with the 690 and apply...the 690 does not warrant that you miss applying..Good Luck!

Shiven23
shiven kalelkar @Shiven23 20

@nb28 Hi, If I remember it correct, for the last batch the GMAT scores were in the range 680-760. So your score is definitely not below the range. In case you realistically feel that you could elevate your score to like 720 in a month, you can retake the GMAT. Else apply with current score. In case you are unable to make through because of your GMAT score, it certainly makes sense in giving the exam again. Good Luck!

 

montygenius
Monty G @montygenius 1
Posted 3h ago
Hi, For 1 year full time PGPM program what is the minimum CAT %ile cutoff? I got 85.18%ile in CAT 2013. Can I apply with that?

Hi,

For 1 year full time PGPM program what is the minimum CAT %ile cutoff? I got 85.18%ile in CAT 2013. Can I apply with that?

catchmeaish
aishwarya gautam @catchmeaish
Posted 5d ago
mib or mba ? (from abroad) which 1 is better?

mib or mba ? (from abroad)

which 1 is better?

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ivyctor2010
ivyctor 2010 @ivyctor2010 731

Depends on what kind of a role you are aiming at.. If you are looking for leadership roles, MBA is the path you should follow. MiB is generally for those with less than 2 years of experience who would want career enhancements.

catchmeaish
aishwarya gautam @catchmeaish

I hv no experience... M in final year of my graduation in economics 

ivyctor2010
ivyctor 2010 @ivyctor2010 731

You are eligible for MIB. It is for those with < 2 years of experience.

liaclark11
Lia Clark @liaclark11

if you are lloking for MBA Abroad You may want to know the reviews about HULT 

anupam1608
Anupam Shrivastava @anupam1608 3
Posted 4h ago
Hi, I just want to understand how can I evaluate my profile for PGPX at IIMs. Went through the profiles for the previous batches on IIM A and B sites. Looking at the batch profile at the websites it seems that an average profile from IT industry that qualifies has at least 9-10 years of experienc...

Hi, I just want to understand how can I evaluate my profile for PGPX at IIMs. Went through the profiles for the previous batches on IIM A and B sites. Looking at the batch profile at the websites it seems that an average profile from IT industry that qualifies has at least 9-10 years of experience including at least 2-3 years of international exposure and some experience in leadership/project management. But still not very sure how I can weigh my profile, currently I have 6 years of IT experience mainly as an app developer/support professional, no leadership exp so far. 1 year of international exposure. 10th (89%), 12th (88.8%) both CBSE and B.E (75%) from a state level Engg college. Now I want to understand what further do I need to do in order build up my profile so that I have higher chances of it getting shortlisted. Should I try to addd more international exp and simultaneously try to grow in leadership/project management areas? suggestions please.

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anupam1608
Anupam Shrivastava @anupam1608 3

Adding furtherto my query above, does an ITIL or PMP certficate help? Apart from this, what value is added to a profile if one is involved in some kind of NGO/non-professional leadership/literary work like blogging, proof reading etc.

mba-help
MBA Decoder @mba-help 1.0 k

@anupam1608 - you missed out an important component- what is your GMAT score like? For IIMA, you need to be atleast 27 years of age. Can you please share your age as well.

anupam1608
Anupam Shrivastava @anupam1608 3

Thanks for the reply. Currently I am 28 years of age and I have not taken up GMAT as of now. I have just started thinking of it, but actually I want to first evaluate whether my profile is suitable or I should invest in it for a couple of years to make it stronger. That is why I want to understand that if I want to work on my profile, what exactly I should do. Once I feel I have got a good profile, then I intend to take up GMAT. Please suggest if I am thinking the right way, or I should try to achieve  good GMAT score first and then try to work on profile later.

mba-help
MBA Decoder @mba-help 1.0 k
Posted 5h ago
Kellogg Essay Analysis 2014-15 *1\. Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. Call it what you will … challenges can build character. Describe a challenging experience you've had. How were you tested? What did you learn? (450 words)* Kellogg has always asked about challenging situations or obstacle...

Kellogg Essay Analysis 2014-15

1. Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. Call it what you will … challenges can build character. Describe a challenging experience you've had. How were you tested? What did you learn? (450 words)

Kellogg has always asked about challenging situations or obstacles in their essay lineup. This year, there is a little bit of a twist to it.

“Challenges can build character”!

We completely agree. Challenges bring us face-to-face with adverse situations, those that we are not used to handling. Coping with such situations requires that we step out of our comfort zones and take actions to overcome them. Along the way, we display persistence, our unbending spirit and the ability to bounce back.  Needless to say, your example should embody these traits.

What is the challenging experience that you have had? Go on to describe the event, giving details that make the picture complete- Who were the other people involved? What was your role in the situation vis-à-vis theirs? What were the challenges that you faced? Did they arise from people or processes or both? Most important, how did you overcome them- what steps did you take to navigate your way through the situation?

To answer the cue “how were you tested”,  some reflection is required on why you thought these were challenges in the first place. People view situations differently and your view of this situation will give the reader some idea about what you consider as difficult or easy. Where possible, mention what steps did you decide to take to overcome the situation and why?  This detail is crucial because you are not just describing a one-off situation that required a quick fix;  but you are telling about a time that led to your personal characteristics getting built/enhanced, which would have involved some thoughts, analyses and actions.

A reader who has got involved in your story would wait to know the outcome of your efforts, so do make a mention of it.

End the essay with your takeaways from this experience. What did you learn from this example and if applicable, how did you use that learning in future.

Personal or professional situation- the adcom has not given any specific directions as they have in the next question, so feel free to select a strong example from either sphere that hits the right chords.

2. Leadership requires an ability to collaborate with and motivate others. Describe a professional experience that required you to influence people.  What did this experience teach you about working with others, and how will it make you a better leader? (450 words)

Leadership is an all-pervasive component of the MBA education and influencing or motivating others to achieve a common goal is a quality of an able leader. The adcom has specifically asked for a professional experience where you influenced a person or a team to follow your ideas.

As in the situation of the previous question, your character is strengthened when you face resistance. Chances are that people did not buy into your idea at the first instance and that you had to reason with them, use persuasion, mild authority (in a nice way) or spot early adapters who would become your champions. Typically influencing others requires you to do some groundwork yourself –  you may  need to build a relationship with people to gain their trust, be receptive to their thoughts and ideas, be willing to compromise  and include their perspectives in your plan.  Whatever be your style, make the reader visualize your commitment to your vision, the multiple steps that you took to win people over and the individual's/team's gradual conversion to “aye”sayers.

You are the protagonist of this show, so take adequate credit for your work in influencing the team- don't downplay your role in the situation because that will not show you as a strong leader. On the reverse, over praising your actions can make you sound vain.

The situation would require you to use varying tactics with different people. What did you learn about other people's behavior or about your own style of dealing with them? Did you realize that you were great at reading people and altering your communication strategy accordingly? Or did you realize that you needed to be more accepting of other peoples thoughts?  Whatever your key learnings, make an honest judgment of yourself.  Lastly, how will you use these lessons in the future to become a more effective leader? If there is some component of the Kellogg program that you think will benefit you, then mention it here.

Additional questions:

Re-applicants: Since your previous application, what steps have you taken to strengthen your candidacy? (250 word limit)The Video Essay:

Kellogg had introduced a video essay last year as a way to interact with every applicant.  The video makes your application all the more personable by giving a face to your name- this is pretty much the Kellogg way, a b-school that is known for its collegial environment and for the high value it places on relationships among students and faculty.

The change from last year is that Kellogg has removed one written essay and made that a video essay. So now you have two video questions to answer. We are reprinting their guidelines about the video essay over here:

     
  • After submitting a completed application, each applicant will be asked to complete two video essay questions. One will be about the candidate's interest in Kellogg and the other will be a “getting to know you” type of question.
  • There are 10 practice questions which candidates can complete as many times as they like to get comfortable with the format and technology. The practice questions and experience will simulate the actual video essay experience, so this is meant to be a useful tool and help applicants feel prepared.
  • There is not an opportunity to re-do the answer to the official video essay questions. We encourage applicants to practice so they are comfortable with the format once it is time to complete the official questions.
  • Candidates will have 20 seconds to think about their question and up to 1 minute to give their response.

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Kellogg Essay Analysis 2014-15
1. Resilience. Perseverance. Grit. Call it what you will ... challenges can build character. Describe a challenging experience you've had. How were you tested? What did you learn? (450 words) Kellogg has always asked about challenging situations or obstacles in their essay lineup. This year, there is a little bit of a twist to it.

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j_anant
anant jain @j_anant 11
Posted 1d ago
Guys I have solved quant from og 13 n 12 can some one pls tell me about some more practice material or any online . Pls advise

Guys

I have solved quant from og 13 n 12 can some one pls tell me about some more practice material or any online .

Pls advise

  • Hi Anant, You can practice 10th OG. I have heard that .... 13h.
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perwinsharma
Praveen Sharma @perwinsharma 7

Hi Anant, 

You can practice 10th OG.

I have heard that it's the best OG till date.

radhay
radha lal @radhay
Posted 7h ago
Hi, Do you provide any kind of financial aid? If there is, what is the procedure to apply for scholarship? Is there any eligibility criteria?


Hi,

Do you provide any kind of financial aid? If there is, what is the procedure to apply for scholarship? Is there any eligibility criteria?

  • Hi! S P Jain very selectively offers scholarships/loans .... 6h.
SPJainGlobal
S P Jain School of Global Management Dubai | Singapore | Sydney @SPJainGlobal 1.2 k

Hi!

S P Jain very selectively offers scholarships/loans at low interest rates to meritorious and needy students for which a separate application needs to be put in. Pl visit the following link to know more about the eligibility criteria and process to apply for scholarships. http://www.spjain.org/gmba/scholarships.asp


nb28
nami b @nb28 2
Posted 01 Jul
Hello, i am an IIMC PGPEX 2015-16 aspirant. I have 6 years of work experience in power industry. My acads are: 10th (CBSE) : 80.8%, 12th(CBSE) : 79.2%, B.tech(NIT): 8.5 GPA. I will be writing my GMAT on 24th July. What minimum score should i target? Moreover, i have also started with writing appl...

Hello, i am an IIMC PGPEX 2015-16 aspirant. I have 6 years of work experience in power industry. My acads are: 10th (CBSE) : 80.8%, 12th(CBSE) : 79.2%, B.tech(NIT): 8.5 GPA. I will be writing my GMAT on 24th July. What minimum score should i target? Moreover, i have also started with writing application. Pls. help me understand what exactly IIM selectors look in for in an SoP & recommendation. What things to be highlighted. That will help a lot. Thanks.

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nb28
nami b @nb28 2

Hi, i gave my GMAT today. Got a score of 690. What are my chances with this score?

OfficialGMAT
Official GMAT @OfficialGMAT 1.3 k
Posted 8h ago
Score Reporting Policies Give You Three Things to Think About http://www.mba.com/india/the-gmat-blog-hub/the-official-gmat-blog/2014/june/score-reporting-policies...
Score Reporting Policies Give You Three Things to Think About
Score Reporting Policies Give You Three Things to Think About
As of June 27, 2014, under a new policy, you'll be able to preview your unofficial GMAT scores before deciding whether to accept or cancel your scores. The Graduate Management Admission Council is changing the process to improve the testing experience, and make the process of taking the GMAT easier.

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