Meet The Top First-Year MBAs From India

Sooraj Sitaram

Warwick Business School

Describe yourself in 15 words or less: Easy-going, energetic, curious automotive enthusiast having passion for generating boundless value in Product lifecycle

Hometown: Chennai, India

Fun Fact About Yourself: I can end up being caught unaware in certain situations where later on I have laughed at myself for being so….

Undergraduate School and Major:

Mechanical Engineer

Birla Institute of Technology & Science , Pilani, India

Employers and Job Titles Since Graduation:

Manager – Operations, Sundaram-Clayton Limited, India

Project Manager – Manufacturing Engineering, Larsen & Toubro Technology, India

Describe your biggest accomplishment in your career so far: Generating financial value for customers based in North America, Europe and Mexico by achieving operational excellence using lean manufacturing techniques.

Looking back on your experience, what advice would you give to future business school applicants?

  • Recommend to get minimum 5 years of experience before pursuing a MBA degree.
  • Prepare for the GMAT by taking mock tests with time constraints during practice sessions.
  • Write essays based on your own experience in your personal and professional life to give it authenticity and a feel good factor.
  • During academic interviews, recommend to use the Situation, Task, Action and Result model while describing past achievements/performance.

What led you to choose this program for your full-time MBA?

-Practical aspect of the course (more than 3 industrial connect projects during coursework)

-One Year MBA (short time away from work…..industrial connect projects helps keeping abreast with industry)

– Value for Money

Tell us about your dream job or dream employer at this point in your life? I am passionate about operations as it is core to any business. I wanted to always be part of a complex and dynamic operations/supply chain industry which is highly Innovative. Landing up with a Job in Amazon (recruited on campus at Warwick Business School) has made this dream possible.

What would you like your business school peers to say about you after you graduate from this program?  Simple, Professional and accommodative individual.


    A large fraction of the Indian students who study at B-schools in India, join the programs just after completing their undergrad education. These Indian MBA programs are most likely like the pre-experience Masters in Management degrees offered at places outside India. In the US or Europe, MBA programs expect candidates to acquire a number of years of experience. So going for an MBA in the US, after completing an MBA from India and working a few years in industry does not fall out of place. Moreover, I think that B-schools in the US/ Europe are able to provide the students with more international/ global exposures. Last thing is, the Indian schools lack overall recognition outside of India. The US/EU schools and their parent universities are world renowned.

  • Rajeev

    Wonder why there are folks who already have an MBA and still going to US to get another one!