Indian IT Males/Females; Profiles which made into B-Schools

read that as: Typical Indian IT Profiles which made it to top b-schools Hi Puys, For a while I wanted to understand how the other typical Indian applicants (IT Pool) made it through to their dream b-schools. What separates them from the rest o…

read that as: Typical Indian IT Profiles which made it to top b-schools
Hi Puys,
For a while I wanted to understand how the other typical Indian applicants (IT Pool) made it through to their dream b-schools. What separates them from the rest of us mortals and what did they do differently?
It would be great if PG junta can share their profiles and strategies which got them their coveted admit.
We are looking for:
Puys who got a confirmed admit from Top 20-30 B-schools (world over)
Puys from IT background. (Typical engineering, IT,etc. but not really picky here)
When you are sharing, please follow this order to help us better assimilate.
Your background:
ex. Engineering in IIT, in IT with Wipro for 5years, last position held was a Project Lead.
Your GMAT
ex. score was 690 (48Q 41V), first attempt
What separates you from the herd?
ex. Worked in Nigeria training the local government on the application we developed for Shell. Started an NGO, to help autistic kids, etc.
How did you portray your professional experience to ad-com?

This would really help us mortals out, divine beings! Please, please, please share!!

Wow ..a good one :)
I am also looking to understand this.
Lot of people keep telling me that if you are in Indian IT, it is tough to get into a good B school.
So people who have been there, done that, plz pour in your views.

I always searched individual threads here on PG for profiles of people who got into international B schools with and Indian IT male tag !!

Finally , a very helpful thread for people like me ..

Hoping to get many posts and info here..

PS - I am a final year Engineering(Computer Science) student.Interested in an international MBA.

great thread..
i look forward to get some insight about typical indian IT male with 3-4 yr exp, getting into top 10-20 bscools, with gmat around 670-700..

pls share your profile and help us 😃

We all seem to be waiting for someone to come along an help us...
any ideas how we can get some brillant but lazy/overworked Puys to post their answers???

Hi Everyone
I am also excited to see some responses over here since I also belong to the same league
Puys please pour your comments

Hi all,

I m also from the same category..:grin: and really looking forward to replies in this thread....

@ Puys (who have already hit the bull's eye) : plzz help....

this a really helpfull thread... PUYS pls reply and help us out i am also waiting for a reply....

Seems like I'll be the first one to kickstart the response.

My Background:

- Computer Science Engineering
- Worked for Big-4 IT consulting for several years.
- My GMAT was pathetic for an IT/Indian/Male

My Strategy:

- Spent a lot of time getting the mix of schools right. Didn't apply to the usual suspects (Harvard, Stanford etc). Chose those that matched my profile and future aspirations.

- Didn't hide my background or my work in the IT field.

- Just highlighted the fact that I was knowledgeable about multiple industries, highlighted my leadership success stories, my team-leading experiences, my international work.

- Spent a hell-of-a-lot of time on my essays. Tweaked them, tore them apart, built it up all over again till I was satisfied that it did justice to my profile and presented it in the best light without bending the facts.

- Submitted my apps and prayed like crazy, hoping I'd get an interview call. Had several mock interviews to ensure the general questions as well as the odd ones don't take me unawares.

Result:

- Got into all the schools that I applied to. I chose Cambridge.

- Got a double scholarship from Cambridge. Also got a scholarship from another school.

- After the MBA, switched careers and moved from IT into Strategy / Mergers & Acquisitions

Structure your strategy well and you have every chance to get into the school of your choice.

Good luck.

@martianon earth

Its really good to see the first response to much awaited thread. You have provided info in brief. It would be great if you tell more about your profile and your GMAT score.

I m too an IT guy serving top IT company and having more than 3 years of experience. So your info would be of great help to me...

@MartianOnEarth: Thanks a ton, buddy!
well.... other divas..... get a move on an post!!

@MartianOnEarth,

What was your total IT experience when you applied? Were you into technical stuff?

You seem to suggest that it all depends on how we package and sell ourselves through essays and interviews. If emphasized properly then IT experience also has a lot of value.

Is that right?

Good One Martian!
We all need to follow our own strategy to leave the industry/function if you feel u dont belong there ...

I am surprised why not many are posting here . Maybe this thread should not be in GMAT discussions but in general or Intl MBA section ..

I am one of the many aspirants wanting to leave IT foothold in complete sense. .. Technically i am no longer there (started from It programmer to working in manufacturing factory in middle of nowhere in finance/IT/Service function (erp business domain) but still there are traces of IT management ( like a chemical lolz)

aspiring to move across all divisons in life .( life is all about experiencing everything 😃 )

short term ambition : want to work in consulting( management and strat consulting space)
any puys in in this area ?

Cheers
silentcacophony

@MartianOnEarth,

What was your total IT experience when you applied? Were you into technical stuff?

You seem to suggest that it all depends on how we package and sell ourselves through essays and interviews. If emphasized properly then IT experience also has a lot of value.

Is that right?

>> What was your total IT experience when you applied?
8 yrs

>> Were you into technical stuff?
Absolutely. The regular stuff. Nothing extraordinary.

>> You seem to suggest that it all depends on how we package and sell ourselves through essays and interviews. If emphasized properly then IT experience also has a lot of value. Is that right?

I strongly believe so, sir. IT is just another industry - like retail, manufacturing, financial services, healthcare. So what's applicable to other industries is applicable in IT as well. Just that there are so many of us out there (from IT), the effort we need is a wee bit more than the others.
Good One Martian!
We all need to follow our own strategy to leave the industry/function if you feel u dont belong there ...

I am surprised why not many are posting here . Maybe this thread should not be in GMAT discussions but in general or Intl MBA section ..

I am one of the many aspirants wanting to leave IT foothold in complete sense. .. Technically i am no longer there (started from It programmer to working in manufacturing factory in middle of nowhere in finance/IT/Service function (erp business domain) but still there are traces of IT management ( like a chemical lolz)

aspiring to move across all divisons in life .( life is all about experiencing everything 😃 )

short term ambition : want to work in consulting( management and strat consulting space)
any puys in in this area ?

Cheers
silentcacophony

Silentcacophony:

Nice to bump into you yet again. Been a long time.

Your profile isn't like the regular IT guy. So you'd have more to differentiate your profile from the others. I'm sure your last trip (you know which one I'm talking about) will give you loads of good stuff to talk about.
Silentcacophony:
Your profile isn't like the regular IT guy. So you'd have more to differentiate your profile from the others. I'm sure your last trip (you know which one I'm talking about) will give you loads of good stuff to talk about.

Dint get you this part . differentiate more ? pls enligthen . And yes ur rite abt that though 😃 .. definately one of the things to talk abt ...

PS: I see ur increasing price up in few days .. Good going!!

Cheers
silentcacophony
@silentcacophony
>> Dint get you this part . differentiate more ? pls enligthen

Like you said, you aren't a pure technical guy now. You understand both sides of the story - technical and functional. Also, ERP is more about business and less about cutting-edge technology. So, in your essays, focus on the business aspects.

>> PS: I see ur increasing price up in few days .. Good going!!

Thanks, buddy. Didn't realise the report was going to be received so well.
It addresses the first point in my original post - the one that talks about the criticality of the evaluating ones profile and school shortlisting process. Free advice is always welcome. But I realised people on these forums (at least the serious ones) are willing to shell out a few bucks if they see real value in it.

Feeble attempts to bump the thread visibility and attract more gyan from PG junta!
Thanks again to: silentcacophony and MartinOnEarth

Hope this feed continues.. good topic that deserves recognition !!!