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Mr. Double Whammy

About Me:

A non-typical Indian applicant, having inculcated values from more than 5 different cultures across India. Relatively young with 4 year post-MBA experience of working in Beverage, heading a team of 4+ direct subordinates and 12+ indirect every year. TaeKwonDo Black Belt and a patron for a school for the underprivileged and autistic individuals.


Undergrad School: Top 3 for Business/Management

Undergrad Major: Business Management in Marketing

GPA: 7.1/10

GMAT: 730

Age: 26,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: PGDM (MiM equivalent)

School Name: Top 15 in India (IIM)

Extracurriculars: Sports enthusiast - especially football and tennis, Movie buff

Work History:

Title: Area Sales Manager

Industry: CPG

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 4 yrs

Big Life Wins:

1) Best-performing ASM in the country
Growth of 157% in sales revenue
Youngest and fastest to get promoted
2) Successfully organised a TEDx event leading a team of future bankers, consultants and marketers
3) Helped autistic and special children become independent

Post MBA Goal:

short term – transition to consulting in cpg/retail practises
long term – use the initial consulting experience to
build into an entrepreneurial venture


Target School: Kellogg

Status: Open

Considering: Chicago Booth, Stanford GSB, Harvard, NYU Stern, INSEAD, IESE


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 6%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 5%

    A second MBA? The fact that you graduated from an IIT MBA program in 2017 makes it highly unlikely that Harvard Business School would accept you. The school will likely assume you failed to get the job you wanted with the first time around and therefore be skeptical of your ability to get the job you want with the second degree. It’s clear to me, however, that you have done very well with the degrees you already have. If your primary goal here is international mobility, you probably would have a much better shot at a European or Asian business school or a U.S. school that is ranked well outside the top ten.

    5 months ago
  • The MBA Exchange | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi Mr. Double Whammy! Sometimes, life just seems unfair. If you hadn’t already gotten your MBA from an IIT MBA program, I’d rate your odds much higher, especially for the schools in your “considering” list. You are clearly very ambitious and excel in most everything you do. Your CPG experience at a top company in India (with much success!) differentiates you from your peers. And, I’d love to know more about your work with the underprivileged – It seems like there’s a lot to unpack there, especially around what drove you to that involvement. Potentially some of the European schools on your list may consider your candidacy, but if not, I’d suggest expanding your list beyond the top 10-15 schools …

    4 months ago Read the full review
  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 5%

    Hi Mr. Double Whammy, this is Kate Richardson, Senior Admissions Consultant. A second MBA at HBS is a tough sell! I’ve seen applicants with MBAs (from India specifically) go on to be admitted to US programs, but they have to broaden their list of target schools, and they typically have above average GMAT scores (like 750). Some schools will prohibit you from applying with an MBA or MBA equivalent, so please double check those restrictions (maybe you have already). I do think your less typical experience in CPG (for an Indian applicant) is helpful and your team management experience is a plus too. Kudos on the fast promotion and impressive sales results! I think you stand better chances at the non-US programs on your list, …

    5 months ago Read the full review
  • Stratus Admissions Counseling | Odds Assessment: 10%

    Hi, it’s Jennifer Jackson from Stratus Admissions. Your challenge is definitely that you already have an MBA so it’s really hard to explain the Why MBA for you. You could explain that it wasn’t as rigorous and you’re still missing the skills you need to reach your career goals, but it’s an uphill slog for sure. You’ve had experience managing people, so that’s definitely a plus, and your extracurriculars are solid. Your GMAT is good and your GPA is fine at a top undergraduate school. HBS gets so many applicants that I don’t see them taking a chance on someone already with an MBA when there are scores of applicants who still need the degree to move forward in their careers. But you have some …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 15%

  • 15% | 1 month ago

  • 20% | 5 months ago

    A pretty solid resume overall, but you will have to identify strong points of differentiation for HBS. For your resume components, make sure you have leadership examples. For your Post MBA goal, refine it and make it more specific beyond mobility. Why do you want to switch to consulting or marketing?
  • 25% | 5 months ago

    One of the biggest issues will be convincing HBS the need for another MBA. You should check if they accept students with an MBA already as I know some schools do not. You have a great background and profile but I think you might need to work hard to convince HBS about the need for another MBA. Good luck!

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