Vikram Shah

Founder

Vikram Shah Consulting

Mumbai

India

Net Promoter Score: 9

Consultant Bio

I am a marketer, a storyteller, a writer, a coach and a consultant. My experience spans advertising, public relations, marketing, sales, management consulting, running a family business, investing and since 2009, full-time MBA Admissions Consulting.

What’s different about what I offer?

As a marketing professional, I spend a lot of time in getting to know you, identifying your differentiators, positioning you and coaching you on how to tell your story in an engaging manner. That means unlimited essay edits. Hours and hours of interview training. Brutally honest feedback. A constant push for you to do better and better.  I’m very accommodating when it comes to a client’s schedule, easily accessible and usually respond within 24 hours.

Company Information

I founded Vikram Shah Consulting in 2009. Since then I’ve helped hundreds of candidates get into top schools and win scholarships. My team doesn’t just comprise of former MBA graduates, it also comprises of professional writers, editors and storytellers, all with a marketing background.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

Full service packages:
1 School: $4400; add additional schools @ $1400 per school
3 Schools $6400; add additional schools @ $1200 per school
5 Schools: $8000; add additional schools @ $800 per school

The full-service package includes (unlimited hours and edits):
Constructing your resume
School selection based on your goals, ambitions
Identifying your USPs
Defining your post-MBA goals
Drafting and editing essays
Managing letters of recommendation
Form review
Interview training
Waitlist strategies
Scholarship negotiation
General consultation

Location: Mumbai India

Phone: +91 9833-096568

Email: mba@vikramshah.com

Website: https://vikramshahconsulting.com/

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  • Direct, Customized, & Highly Effective
    3 weeks ago
    My experience with Vikram and his team during the MBA application process was exceptional. I reached out to Vikram with high aspirations and absolutely no exam-score, but rather than being dismissive, he remained patient through the process and motivated me to get to a score that would increase my chances for success. His professionalism, expertise, and commitment to my success were evident from the start. Vikram's guidance strengthened my candidacy and equipped me with valuable skills that I apply in my career till date. One unique aspect that caught my attention was the coaching model that Vikram adopted, placing an additional consultant on each application. This not only brought in diverse perspectives, but also ensured quality deliverables. Vikram and team provided direct feedback and accommodated my ...
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    Class of 2026 Admit
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  • Honest Mentor & Encouraging Coach
    4 weeks ago
    I reached out to Vikram in late October. He was recommended to me by a friend and colleague who had got an admit at Wharton the previous year. Among other admission consultants, I found his methodologies and pricing transparent and structured. Recognizing that my background as an Indian male engineer placed me in an overrepresented applicant pool for MBA programs especially as I had a humble GMAT score of 720. Despite that, Vikram approached my case with candor and unwavering encouragement. I took the full package and got his guidance on every aspect of my application journey. He and Mitrabina meticulously helped me put together my goals coherently, and refine my resume, and essays. I got frank and actionable feedback which was crucial since there was very ...
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    Class of 2026 Admit
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  • Best & Most Hands-On Consultant!
    1 month ago
    I had the best experience working with Vikram and his team member Mitrabina. They were extremely hands-on with my application from the beginning, very thorough and detail-oriented, and kept pushing me to dig deeper into my life journey/ stories until I arrived at the best points to bring up in the essays. Each part of the application - resume, essays, form questions, LOR - went through at least 4-6 rounds of edits, until they AND I were happy with every single word in there. Both Vikram and Mitra were available at all times of the day and night for any questions or to further rework the application. After the application, they were equally focused on converting the interview, and did multiple reviews of my answers, mock ...
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    Prapti Patel
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Best Admission Consultant
    1 year ago
    Working with Vikram Shah Consulting was truly an exceptional experience. I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Vikram and Aarti, who have not only been incredibly knowledgeable and professional, but also supportive and patient throughout the entire application process. Vikram and Aarti provided me with personalized guidance every step of the way, helping me craft a strong resume, brainstorm and refine my essay topics, and prepare for my interviews. They have an in-depth understanding of what MBA admissions committees are looking for, and their insights and advice were invaluable in helping me present my best self to the schools I was applying to. I appreciated their flexibility and willingness to work with me on a timeline that fit my needs, and I ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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  • The Game-Changer: How Vikram Helped Me Achieve My MBA Dreams
    1 year ago
    My journey of MBA had started with Vikram when he was straightforward about my GMAT score not being enough and the need to have a better score for a shot at top B-schools. I recently had the pleasure of working with Vikram, and I have to say, it was one of the best decisions I've ever made for my career. As someone considering applying to business school, I knew I needed help navigating the complex admissions process, and that's where Vikram came in. Vikram is incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and supportive. He took the time to really understand my life story, career goals, and unique strengths and weaknesses and then worked with me to develop a tailored application strategy that showcased my best self. Finally, and most importantly, Vikram ...
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    Zahid Shamim Mohammed
    MBA Class of 2025 Admit
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  • A True Partner For Your MBA Application Journey!
    1 year ago
    Vikram is a complete package when it comes to business school applications. Once you partner with him, he is completely involved EVERY single step of the way right from college selection to helping out with post-admit logistics. For me, the stand-out is the absolute dedication that Vikram commits to your application journey. He is extremely accommodating of your needs - may it be getting on a call every time you need it, editing essays until the both of you are satisfied, or tweaking working methods to suit you. Speaking of on-the-job skills, Vikram is a master at succinct, impactful writing. The clarity of thought that he induces, his writing process, resume writing and interview techniques will benefit you far, far beyond your MBA applications. ...
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    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend
    1 year ago
    - Vikram is very direct and insightful. He gave me very precise feedback and made me work toward my weak points. - Even though I was not confident about applying to my dream schools, Vikram always told me that I should believe in my application and deliver my best. - It was always Vikram or Ajey who were following up with me on my application and they have a very quick turnaround time when it comes to reviewing the drafts.
    Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Prompt & Personalized Consulting Service
    2 years ago
    With my busy schedule, I needed a consultant who would keep me on track and I needed someone who would let me explore my story instead of just populating a template. I did not know it at the beginning but Vikram checked both requirements perfectly. I approached Vikram after a bad experience in Round 1 with another consulting firm. My dream schools were pending for Round 2 and given my Round 1 applications, Vikram offered me a fixed fee plan. I was a bit apprehensive about his commitment v/s incentive fee applicants particularly closer to the deadlines. However, from the moment we started working until the applications were submitted, not once did I feel any lack of intent from Vikram. There were times when I fell ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Definitely Recommend. Great Application Journey With Vikram
    2 years ago
    I am glad to have chosen Vikram for helping me out in my entire application process. I always knew Vikram would be the right person as my sister had also consulted him for her MBA process. Vikram's structured approach for writing Essays or CVs, helped me save a lot of time and also the number of edits required. He helped me in detail to make my CV very short and crisp, yet impactful. His personalized approach is what makes him different from all others. Right from knowing my story in detail, to asking me questions that make me think in depth, which brainstorms further for getting the best version of myself in the Statement of Purpose. His honest and blunt feedback/suggestions are what I appreciate ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Vikram Shah - The Best Guide To The Best B-Schools
    2 years ago
    I had spoken to several admission consultants to see what was best suited for me. Given my background and GMAT score, many of them enticed me with top B-schools that were 'easily' achievable. When I first spoke with Vikram, I was taken aback. He was the only one who wanted to know me in depth before talking about top B-schools. He elaborated on the factors I should be giving thought to before blindly choosing a school by the ranks. His honest, detailed, and non-sugar-coated feedback on the initial assessment was an eye-opener and I immediately knew whom I would choose. His structured process and intriguing questions helped me introspect and transform my simple stories into ones that were more appealing. Under Vikram's mentorship, I have ...
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    Abhishek Lath
    MBA Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Vikram Got Me To My Dream School!
    2 years ago
    I am extremely grateful to Vikram for helping me get an admit to my dream school- Kellogg school of management. During the application process, I found that he was always there to help me, and at times went out of the way to do so. I work in an early-stage startup and many a time left MBA applications to the last minute because of work pressure, but Vikram's determination to get me through made him work late nights and at the last hours to get my applications submitted. I also found that Vikram's structured approach to writing essays helped me save time and reduce the number of edits. Vikram is also genuine, which helped me take practical decisions during B-school shortlisting. Lastly, I have also realized ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • I Would Recommend Vikram To Anyone Who Wishes To Join Top B-School
    2 years ago
    I talked to several consultants before I decided to work with Vikram. I chose Vikram because I felt that he truly understands what the top B school wants, and I am glad to have made that choice. He gave me confidence in my strengths but didn’t sugarcoat the feedback. The thing that I liked the most was that he helped me build a story through which I can highlight my strengths while allowing me to present my true self to the admission committees. I remember how he helped me with interviews by identifying my problem areas and helping me practice to overcome my weaknesses. It was largely because of the structured approach that he follows in the admission process that I am joining NYU Stern ...
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    Munish Bansal
    MBA Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Elaborate, Determined & Transparent! Drives Value In Applications
    2 years ago
    I consulted Vikram early in my B-school application process. He has pushed me beyond boundaries throughout the journey, motivating me to score higher on GMAT, shortlisting the right schools, and improving each draft to secure admission to LBS. He is a blunt and confident guy who is genuinely interested in improving your application and not in selling his consultation by hook or crook. Vikram spent a lot of time on my story, gave me directions, helped me with introspection, self-access my goals, and articulated what was within before preparing every application. I believe that my decision to choose Vikram as a consultant through this journey has been an excellent investment for the future.
    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Vikram's Mentoring Helps Beyond MBA As Well
    2 years ago
    Worth every penny. I spoke to around 15-18 consultants before finalizing Vikram for my MBA journey start. Being blunt, honest, non-pleaser and working towards the application as his own are some of the qualities that positions Vikram differently, rather better than the other pool of consultants. Vikram spent a lot of time on my story, gave me directions, helped me with introspection, self-access my goals and articulate what's within before preparing every single application. Well, I was lucky enough to get one application free of cost along with his package of 5 school applications. The way he taught me behavioral rounds helped me not only secure an MBA seat but also pioneered my interview for a job in the US making me one of the ...
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    Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Personalized & Meticulous Approach To 5/5 Admits
    2 years ago
    As an applicant with fewer than average years of work experience and a non-premium undergrad in a heavily represented pool, I was unsure of my standing. Working with Vikram helped me look beyond these ‘hard statistics’ and focus on building a strong holistic application. His unique approach to start off with a ‘life history’ document helped me reflect on and identify milestones in my journey, gain a fresh perspective on my strengths and goals and tell an authentic story through my applications. Vikram’s feedback was always prompt, detailed, and truly impactful. He is deeply involved end to end from school shortlisting, resume building, and applications to interview preparation. Made possible due to efficient communication, quick turnaround time, and high availability. Through his guidance, I ...
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    Class of 2024 Admit
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  • Highly Recommend! Admitted To 3/3 Schools
    2 years ago
    I began working with Vikram soon after writing my GRE and what a journey it has been! Accepted into all the three one-year programs that I applied to including Kellogg School of Management, I owe it to his tailored approach, eye for detail, and straight talk. Be it vetting essays, pushing me to commit to deadlines much in advance, anticipating the busy schedules of recommenders so as to get everything together on time, Vikram came through on all aspects as a 10/10 mentor. He prepped me for all three interviews as well with extensive mocks along with detailed feedback, highlighting my strengths and giving me the confidence to play on them. He inspires you to give your best! I strongly recommend him and his team ...
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    Pallavi Srivastava
    MBA Class of 2023 Admit
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  • Vikram is Well Informed, Systematic & Thorough. Highly Recommend!
    4 years ago
    Vikram played a big role in my successful selection at London Business School. Coming from an atypical background and no informal guidance from peers and seniors, I was unsure of my approach to the applications. However, Vikram took the time to understand my requirements from the MBA and based on my interest areas, helped me shortlist B schools. Beyond the rankings, I found Vikram to be very well informed about the current offerings of different schools, pros, cons, location, and overall focus areas of the school. While preparing the application for the selected B Schools, Vikram not only proofread my essays tailoring to different school requirements but also guided me on writing style and frameworks that one must learn and follow in business essay writing. ...
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    Ruchi Agarwal
    MBA Class of 2021 Admit
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  • Structured Process With Lots of Attention To Detail
    4 years ago
    Vikram is honest about your chances and has a fee structure tied to your success, both of which are quite rare. He is truly invested in helping you succeed. I decided to apply to INSEAD a little late and first spoke with Vikram five weeks before the deadline for the round. A month is a short time to create a good application however I felt we were able to create a good application. If you are dedicated and willing to put in the effort, Vikram’s turnaround time for providing suggestions or his availability will not be a limiting factor. Communicating with him is efficient and he made sure we go through multiple drafts until we felt satisfied with each essay. I lived in another country ...
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    Class of 2019 Admit
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  • Recommend Vikram Shah for B-School Application
    4 years ago
    I had an amazing experience working with Vikram Shah for my MBA application process. Below are a few things that stood out for me: 1. Learning about me: Vikram did put a lot of effort to learn about me - he asked me to document both personal and professional experience in-depth and that helped him in understanding my strengths and weakness and know me as a person. 2. Honesty & right assessment: I remember my first phone interaction with him and he directly stated what universities look for, what was lacking in my profile, and the realistic target (surprisingly I ended up at Darden, the one he shared during our first call). Throughout the process, he would be brutally honest and would tell you directly if he ...
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    Abhinav Pachauri
    MBA Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Dedicated Consultant. Highly recommended!
    4 years ago
    Vikram tries to get a thorough understanding of the client's aspirations and recommends the best way to go forward. Unlimited edits in a crunch time helped me improve my applications. His crucial and brutally honest feedback and relentless push in interview coaching not only helps one get an admit but also polishes one's presentation. I reached out to Vikram only two months before application deadlines and he directed all efforts in bringing me up to speed. I was sold on Vikram's commitment to quality.
    Class of 2020 Admit
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  • Vikram Shah is One of The Best For Top B-Schools. Highly Recommend!
    4 years ago
    Vikram is definitely the best MBA admission consultant in India. He is personally involved at every stage of your application with a unique "Life-Story" based approach for essays. He is someone who will make you realize your strengths and weaknesses during the application process. He brings in a wealth of knowledge and experience about every top MBA program and ensures that you find programs that fit your profile and post MBA goals. If you are ready to put in the effort, appreciate the honest feedback, and ready to put your head down for b-school applications, you cannot get a better person to help you!
    Vinayak Poddar
    MBA Class of 2018 Admit
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  • Vikram is Always There For You
    4 years ago
    I was very late to the party. I had given my GMAT in October. I wanted to apply to 4 M7 schools and LBS and was adamant to make it into the class of 2022. When I started working on my applications, I had done almost zero research into the programs or schools. I had no clue what an application looked like. Vikram started with a quick evaluation of my profile, gave me a realistic picture and we decided to apply to 2 M7 schools, LBS and Ross. After deciding on the target schools, Vikram over-hauled my resume. His insights were very valuable in refining my statement of purpose. During our brainstorming session through his inputs I could leverage my experience in the oil ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Great Application Journey with Vikram - Highly Recommend!
    4 years ago
    Working with Vikram was one of the best decisions I made during my MBA application process. We worked on my applications to 5 US B-schools and I ended up receiving interview invitations from 4 of them. I have now decided to enroll with Kellogg School of Management for their 2Y MBA program. Vikram’s personalized approach is what helps set him apart from other consultants. Before starting the applications he would get to know your entire career path and life story, asking pointed questions that help bring out your strengths as an applicant. My biggest fear about the applications was getting lost in a crowd of equally excellent candidates but these personalized questions resulted in us identifying stories that helped me stand out. Vikram is also extremely ...
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    Class of 2022 Admit
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  • Strongly Recommend Vikram for B-School Applications
    4 years ago
    I hold Vikram in high regard as an MBA consultant. His strategy, advise and experience was instrumental in getting admission into a top MBA program in the US. We worked together on applications to 5 US business schools and he guided me through each step of the process. He helped me create and fine-tune an impactful CV and through numerous discussions, Vikram enabled me to identify certain professional and personal stories that would later form the base to my essays. Vikram understands that every client is different and works with the applicant to showcase his/her best qualities. He is also aware of the nuances of what each college looks for and values in candidates and has designed a robust process to tackle the interviews. Personally, I ...
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