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Rajdeep Chimni


Admissions Gateway



Consultant Bio

I am a Kellogg alumnus (2008) with Product Management and Entrepreneurial experience. I served as an Admissions Ambassador while at Kellogg and also as the Secretary of the Kellogg Alumni Association of India.

I have helped 600+ candidates across 20+ countries achieve their dreams of getting into top MBA programs with $20M+ in scholarship. I specialize in helping candidates apply to the top-15 US b-schools, INSEAD and LBS. This year my candidates received 58 admissions to the top-5 US b-schools and a total of $6M+ in scholarships.

I have an approachable style and have no limits to time spent or iterations while coaching. We work to help our candidates not only gain admissions and scholarships but also to set them up for success at b-school.

Company Information

Admissions Gateway is a boutique consulting firm, established in 2007, with a track record of helping 700+ aspirants realize their dream of attending the top-15 US Business schools, LBS and INSEAD. What our clients appreciate most about our engagement model is: ‘living’ the application period with them. Our ‘invested mentoring’ enables candidates to succeed beyond the applications during Business School and beyond. We have a team of 5 consultants from the M7 b-schools and work with a limited number of candidates each year.

Admissions Results:

2017 results: Top-5: 58 admissions, top-10: 113

2016 results: Top-5: 30 admissions, top-10: 94

2015 results: Top-5: 23 admissions, top-10: 84

2017 Highlights:

Harvard/Stanford/Wharton: 32 admissions

Kellogg/Booth: 26 admissions

Columbia/MIT/Tuck: 17 admissions

Ross/Yale/Duke/Darden/Stern etc: 38 admissions

Scholarship Results:

2017 scholarships: Top-20 ~$6M

2016 scholarships: Top-20 ~$4.7M

2015 scholarships: Top-20 ~$3M

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

We have end-to-end 3 school and 5 school packages.

These cover:
– Profile evaluation and building
– Resume building
– Goals and skill gap
– Why MBA
– School selection
– Networking with our alumni at schools
– Essay guidance
– Recommendation tips
– Interview prep
– Scholarship guidance and negotiation

Location: Gurgaon India

Phone: +91 989-989-4443


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  • MBA Admissions Understanding & Industry Knowledge – Tuck & Duke with $$
    10 months ago
    I was in touch with Chimni a year before applying and did my counselor research very thoroughly. I aim to get into consulting with a focus on energy, so I shortlisted schools with strong consulting offerings. The biggest challenge was converting the technical aspects of my work to something that could be consumed by the Adcom and presenting my impactful stories from work which were very technical to a form that could be understood by an Adcom member. Rajdeep helped immensely in creating the stories and then removing the technical jargon from it. Moreover, I was going through a lot of stuff at the personal and professional front, and as a result, I turned my essays drafts very very late - at times, just a few ...
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  • Great Experience - Wharton, Booth & LBS Admits
    10 months ago
    A lot of people from my consulting firm recommended Chimni and Admissions Gateway, and I had a great time working with him. A few things made a big difference to the results I got. 1) It was helpful that Chimni agreed to take me on in May even when I did not have a GMAT score. He was confident in my profile and that was a comforting factor. 2) The resume making process was phenomenal. The specific guidance provided, culling out the strategic-level achievements from the tactical ones, the number of versions Chimni iterated with me on and the transformation that the resume went through was fantastic 3) Goal definition: The goals I wanted to go with were very atypical. Unlike investment banking, impact investing, consulting or social ...
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  • Re-Application Strategy & Resume Building: Kellogg & Booth Admits!
    10 months ago
    Considering that I was reapplying in a short time (R2 2017 - R1 2018), I wanted professional guidance on approaching the admissions process. Chimni was upfront from the beginning about the strengths and weaknesses of my candidature, where I fit among my applicant pool and what I could expect from a counselor and the time and effort I should give in return. He came across as experienced, knowledgeable and realistic; a "blunt but fair" combination that I found particularly useful in the early stages of the application. After going through my applications, we decided to apply to a range of top-5 and top-10 schools. Saying that Rajdeep helped me with my resume would be the understatement of the century. The STAR system was a game-changer for ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Booth 2021 Admit
    10 months ago
    As a re-applicant, I was aware of the complexities of the application process. However, I did not have a good idea of how to structure my application – resume, essays, goals, etc. As a result, my previous applications had been incoherent and inconsistent. A Booth alumn who had worked with Chimni for her applications recommended him. From the first conversation, I knew that he is highly knowledgeable and heavily invested, and treats each application with the same care and detail as if he were making his own application. After talking to friends and reading Admissions Gateway reviews I joined Chimni. The 4 areas in which I benefited were: Resume: Chimni helped me polish my resume, elevating it and giving it a solid structure. He helped me pivot ...
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  • Approachable & Super Dedicated - Wharton ($$), Booth ($$) + LBS!
    10 months ago
    A couple of my friends referred me to Chimni. The initial call was great, I thought he was dedicated and had a great track record. What stood out for me during my experience working with Chimni was professionalism and expertise. He was efficient in helping me brainstorm the elements of my essay and make me think out of the box. Post the initial iterations on essays, I found it difficult to think outside of the box or start afresh. Rajdeep would devote time in helping me come up with new angles in such situations. He was extremely approachable. There was no delay or lag in reviews. Rajdeep was always mindful of the task at hand and ensured timely completion of all parts of the process. I was ...
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  • Makes You Give Your 100% - Columbia, Booth & LBS Admits
    10 months ago
    I heard about Chimni and Admissions Gateway from a colleague at work and was impressed by his track record. Chimni is a pusher. He knows when you’re giving 90% and pushes until you reach your 100%. Chimni did not push his own opinions on me and rather let me figure out my own stories and goals and helped shape them. Chimni helped sculpt each line on my resume to bring out the impact of my experiences. Instead of writing simple job descriptions found in most resumes, he forces you to think about quantifiable results and how your work has made a difference. He is very hands-on and involved in every step of the process and focuses a lot on research and networking with current and ex-students ...
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  • Personal Touch! Great Harvard Interview & Reflection Help, HBS Admit!
    11 months ago
    I worked with Chimni mainly to prepare for my HBS mock interview, based on my friend’s recommendation. Chimni's approach was very different compared to other well-known consultants I worked with. He suggested a lot of input over the phone compared to email, which was the exact style I was looking for. For example: Before the main mock interview with Chimni, I had 2 calls with him just to understand how to prepare for B-school interviews, HBS in particular. Post-interview, I had a call with him to go over the interview and we brainstormed about the HBS post-interview reflection note. And I will again emphasize that most other consultants would just do 1 call and answer other queries over email. For me, this personalized approach was ...
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  • Re-Applicant Admitted To Stern ($$) + $190k Scholarship On All Admits
    11 months ago
    Working with Chimni was quite amazing. Most important was the strategic advice that was given right at the beginning. Before that, I was not projecting my candidature well. By the time I finished my resume I had greater clarity on my strengths and how to project them. The guidance at each step was comprehensive and helped me put my best foot forward. I had a lot of content for my resume and essays but I didn’t know how to put it together cogently and also make it succinct. Chimni’s discussed various examples and frameworks which allowed me to think deeply and bring out only the strategic stuff. Another major hurdle was managing the word count as I had never written such essays. But through iterations, I ...
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  • Personalized Help, Helps Bring Out Your Differentiation – INSEAD + Scholarship
    11 months ago
    I started early, reading blogs on multiple websites such as Poets&Quants and also talked to a lot of current students. I heard great reviews about Chimni so I was excited to work with him. Resume building and conveying my thoughts in the essays were the biggest challenge that I faced coupled with a lack of international experience. I was also in a competitive pool of engineers and had a low GPA to contend with but my GMAT was good. Chimni really helped me think at a high level and visualize the larger picture in terms of my goals and the stories I wanted to showcase. He helped me structure my experience and focus on key traits such as leadership, collaboration, and diversity. Also, he taught me to ...
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    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Kellogg with $120k scholarship (and Columbia with $80k, and Tuck)
    11 months ago
    My fiancee had great things to say about Admissions Gateway and Chimni so it was an easy choice. I was from a great undergrad school with less than a stellar academic record, top-notch consulting experience but not from a firm considered gold standard, private equity experience but not from a global bulge bracket – so the profile touched ‘gold’ yet felt silver. Chimni helped me think through my choices and we decided to apply to the top-7 but include all my dream schools. I had done research on Poets and Quants etc but my discussions with Rajdeep helped me put almost a year of research into frameworks and decisions quickly. Having received 3 admits from 5 schools, I feel the strategy was on target. I had made ...
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