Can This Desi IIT Star Get Into HBS With Only A 770 GMAT

He’s in the most challenging part of the elite MBA applicant pool: An Indian with an engineering undergraduate degree from one of the Indian Institutes of Technology. But unlike the vast majority of those candidates to top business schools, this 26-year-old young professional isn’t working as a software developer. Instead, he’s racked up two promotions into a product management role for a nonprofit dedicated to eradicating poverty by leveraging technology.

More than that, he also co-founded a startup that came up with a mobile solution to ease urban parking and congestion by connecting incoming cars to a fleet of rotating on-street valets in New Delhi and was a manager of business and operations for a Mumbai housing startup where he led a team of more than 50 staffers.

In this Friday with Sandy episode, MBA admissions consultant HBSGuru Sandy Kreisberg assesses his odds of getting into a set of world-class MBA programs: Stanford, Harvard, MIT Sloan, Kellogg, Chicago Booth and INSEAD.

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About The Author

John A. Byrne is the founder and editor-in-chief of C-Change Media, publishers of Poets&Quants and four other higher education websites. He has authored or co-authored more than ten books, including two New York Times bestsellers. John is the former executive editor of Businessweek, editor-in-chief of Businessweek. com, editor-in-chief of Fast Company, and the creator of the first regularly published rankings of business schools. As the co-founder of CentreCourt MBA Festivals, he hopes to meet you at the next MBA event in-person or online.