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Candidate:

Mr. M7 Aspirant

About Me:

I am an executive with the Deal Advisory division of a big-four firm in India and hope to apply to the M7 schools this year. I hope to touch upon certain unique aspects of my profile (such as having co-authored a book and having mentored people interested in going vegan) in my applications. I hope to hear your views on my chances at the M7.

Details:

Undergrad School: Christ University, Bangalore (Top-5 for my course, but non-feeder school)

Undergrad Major: Bachelor's in Commerce with honors in finance and investment (3-year degree)

GPA: 3.79 / 4.00

GMAT: 760

Age: 23,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: Cleared two levels of the CFA program

Extracurriculars: Co-authored a novel that was released recently, Active volunteer in the field of animal rights. I personally mentor people across the world on Challenge 22+ (an online initiative started by an Israel-based non-profit group), which is a support group for people transitioning to veganism. I also help organize and participate in animal rights events in the city I live in, Erstwhile member of my University's theater group (won national-level competitions). debate society and business fest team (participated in several national level events)

Work History:

Title: Due Diligence Exec

Industry: Consulting

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 11 mos

Title: Analyst, Deal Advisory (Financial due diligence)

Industry: Consulting

Company: Global

Length of Employment: 1 yr, 10 mos

Big Life Wins:

Managed a project for a large client with minimal supervision from my manager, won the best-research paper award in my university and was selected to present the same at an international conference

Post MBA Goal:

Strategy consulting in the short-term Entrepreneurship or working in corporate strategy (both in the vegan food space) in the long-term

Schools:

Target School: Chicago Booth

Status: Open

Odds:

The Experts Rate The Odds At: 28%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 50%

    Well, a 760 GMAT makes people stand up straight. Add in a Big Four job, which is much harder to get outside the U.S., and you are sitting pretty. The fact that you are not another male Indian engineer is also in your favor. And yes, your poet side is very well represented by your extras, including your novel (I wonder what it’s about), and your involvement in a theater group. The only thing holding you back from HSW is your undergraduate institution which as you point out is not a feeder school. It’s important to perhaps explain why something like that matters to admission officials. It’s largely because you are competing in separate pools with other Big 4 people, bankers, product managers, consultants and …

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  • The MBA Exchange Odds Assessment: 20%

    Hi, this is Deepak Punwani from MBA Exchange. Congratulations on a very good academic record and also you have gained respect from me based on your work to promote veganism. It shows that you have a passion for something bigger than yourself. You have a very interesting profile therefore but your chances can improve dramatically if you can execute well on the following 1) explaining the “why now”. You are on younger side and seem to be doing interesting work in deal advisory team. So Booth would be interested in knowing why you see need for an MBA now and not a year (or two) later. It will be incumbent on you to show that you have learnt a lot in 3 years and have …

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  • mbaMission | Odds Assessment: 15%

    Hello Mr. M7 Aspirant! Thanks for posting. Krista Nannery from mbaMission here.
    If your goal is the M7, my advice to you is to try this year and see what happens but if you’re not successful, wait until you have four years of work experience under your belt. B-schools consider things like “What type of value can this candidate add to the classroom?” And while certainly not impossible to add value at any age, the sheer competitiveness of this process — especially given your background — means that they may feel that you have more to offer in a few years.
    In the meantime, one thing I’d suggest focusing on is gaining international experience. This doesn’t have to be traveling all over the world, but when you …

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