Forum: Application & Admission (4 Comments)

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  • Posted by - Abhijeet - on 3 October 2013 - 8:47am

    I just scored a 710 in my GMAT but my IR scores are pretty horrible 2/8 while the AWA is fine - 4/6.
    I am planning to apply to the MiM programs of the following universities:

    1. London Business School
    2. HEC Paris
    3. ESCP Europe
    4. IE Business School
    5. CASS Business School

    I have also sent my score to SAID business school's MFE program but I guess with this low GMAT score, I may not fare well.
    My CGPA is 8.2/10 till the third year of my engineering studies. The grading in my university is a bit strict. I am currently in the final year.
    I have got decent extra-curricular activities (not brilliant) and have done a 2 month internship at AXIS Bank.

    What are my chances of admission? and what should I do to strengthen my application.

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 4 October 2013 - 3:46pm

      Hi there,

      thank you for your question. A GMAT above 700 is excellent, the 8.2 GPA looks good as well, and the internship at the bank is fine too. I cannot guarantee you the admission because it depends on the quality of other applications as well. But I am confident that at least at some of these schools (more than 1) you will become invited for the interview.

      best wishes

      by Thomas Graf

      • Posted by - Abhijeet - on 7 October 2013 - 6:47pm

        Thank you Thomas,
        You have motivated me to a great extent. What else would you suggest to strengthen my application? Would a winter school on some business issues beneficial? And is it true that one can increase one's chances of admission by applying early to the programs? When should we ideally apply?

        • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 8 October 2013 - 2:14pm

          Hi there,

          thank you for your question. My sole recommendation is: Writing a very good application, particularly taking care of the essays. Secondly, once invited for the interviews, make sure to prepare them well. Most importantly, make sure that you provide a good rationale for why you decided for THAT program type and THAT school; and also, why the school should take YOU (how you can contribute to the success of the program, how the class can profit from you if the school would accept you).

          I understand your other questions but I am afraid that no one will be able to give a good answer for this. ANd the reason is: There is no single answer such as "It is better to apply in March than in June". A general rule of thumb, of course, is: The earlier the better. But who knows, if you may even have better chances at a specific school in a specific year if you apply late, for instance, because many applicants decided spontaneously for a different school? Do it as early as possible - that's my point of view. This will also allow you to make a plan b and apply somewhere else in time, just in case you should not become accepted.

          best wishes

          By Thomas Graf