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Mr. Policy Player

About Me:

Consultant from India, worked in a Big 4 in the USA as a technology and business strategy consultant for 3 years before moving into a government consulting role where I am helping lawmakers make policy decisions. Pivoting into a VC to identify high impact social enterprises and considering a MPP/MBA program from a top school.


Undergrad School: Vellore Institute of Technology

Undergrad Major: Mechanical Engineering

GPA: 3.7

GMAT: 750

Age: 27,  Ethnicity: Asian or Indian

Other Degree/Certification: Masters in Industrial Engineering - 3.4

School Name: Purdue University

Extracurriculars: Working with agro startups to help create value chains for farmers and scale businesses, Working as a pro-bono consultant in rural India for nonprofit schools aimed at developing educational accessibility in India, Led initiatives around water conservation with a Magsaysay Award winner in India

Work History:

Title: Senior Consultant

Industry: Consulting

Company: Top Firm

Length of Employment: 3 yrs

Title: Government Consultant - Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprise

Industry: Government / Military

Company: Consulting elected lawmakers with policy decisions and developmental goals

Length of Employment: 1 yr

Big Life Wins:

1) Getting selected for the consulting role with the government. 2) Fast-tracked in consulting. 3) Running a successful business (adhesive packaging facility) while pursuing my Masters in Industrial Engineering

Post MBA Goal:

1. Venture Capital – To identify and help scale high impact social enterprises
2. Government consulting – Help research and draft policies that will eventually lead to development


Target School: Harvard

Status: Open


The Experts Rate The Odds At: 10%

  • John A. Byrne, P&Q Founder & Editor-In-Chief | Odds Assessment: 10%

    So it will strike many in admissions as odd that you went from being a Big Four consultant to an internship role in the Indian government. That is not exactly the path the gatekeepers at HBS would be looking for in an ideal MBA candidate. That said, it does make you much more interesting than the typical Indian male engineer which, of course, you are with both an undergraduate degree and a master’s (from Purdue) in engineering. Given your goals, I would seriously consider a public policy degree at Harvard, Berkeley, Georgetown, Duke or Michigan before an MBA at HBS. Your extras, by the way, are terrific and prove to me that you are a person who really cares about others and wants to give …

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The Community Currently Rates The Odds At: 12%

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    Work history not impressive enough for Harvard, especially trying to frame an internship with a lawmaker as legit, high-level policy experience. Goals are also deeply incompatible with an MBA (should go to Princeton or Kennedy school for desired results). The good GMAT score will give a legit shot at Wharton, Chicago or Yale if he can re-work his goals.

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