Forum: Application & Admission (4 Comments)

Profile Evaluation

  • Posted by - vaibhav2493 - on 27 October 2013 - 6:38am

    I am a commerce graduate from Calcutta University in India studying in final year of graduation at present. My aggregate percentage for the first 2 years is 66%. It may seem a little low but I must point out that grading in my university is very strict though I am sceptical if that will be taken into consideration while evaluating my profile.

    I have been working in my family business for the past 1 year. It is engaged in Tea plantation, Tea manufacturing and Tea packaging.

    I do not have any internships. I am expecting to score in the range of 650-700 in GMAT.

    The Business schools I am looking to apply to are (in order of priority) :

    1. LSE MIM ( 2 Year programme)
    2. IE Business School
      3 HEC Business School
    3. Esade Business School
    4. Cass Business School
    5. London Business School
    6. Essec Business School

    I cannot send in my applications before January because I will take GMAT in December.

    It would be very kind of you to assess my profile and give me a fair assessment of my chances of making it to one of them. I have listed down the business schools in order of my priority. I would like to point out that I really want to get into LSE so I would like to have a detailed assessment about my chances for LSE, if possible.

    Thanking you,
    Vaibhav Agarwal.

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 10 December 2013 - 12:34am

      Hi there,

      your GMAT is great and above average at HEC. Your academic GPA, however, could be a problem. Make sure that you explain in your application why your percentiles are a very good score, e.g. by explaining that your school is very strict in grading and by self-assessing you (best 5%? best 10%).

      Good luck!

    • Posted by - vaibhav2493 - on 9 December 2013 - 8:48pm

      Thank you for your prompt and detailed reply. I just got my GMAT score and it's 740. Given my profile above, how good are the chances of getting into HEC MiM?

    • Posted by - Thomas Graf - on 28 October 2013 - 1:14pm

      Hi there,

      thank you for your question. Here are some thoughts:

      First, your academic achievements in your undergraduate studies are the most important criterion for highly selective Master in Management programs like the MIM from HEC Paris or London Business School - and likely also from LSE. For these schools, depending on the other applications they receive, hence, you also need to take into account the possibility that they don't invite you for an interview.

      The good news is, however, that admissions officers take into account not only your percentage but also WHERE you achieved your bachelor degree. Ideally, they know whether a specific score at a particularly university belong to the best 5%, 10% or 20%. I do, however, recommend you that you mention such a self-assessment in your application. For instance, by adding something like "best 10%" behind the GPA in your cv. Then the admissions office who reads it sees directly that you belong (or at least say that you belong) to the bets in class.

      Other schools, for instance, IE Business School allows for lower GPA scores if the CV of the applicant has other interesting assets such as interesting internships or extra-curricular activities. This seems to be missing in your cv, if I understand your message right.

      So, what can you do?

      • Again: Put your GPA into context and communicate clearly how good it is (eve though it appears to be low).
      • Try to achieve a high GMAT score (650 would be fine but given many great scores from Indian people try to achieve 700).
      • Write very good essays in your applications.
      • Apply at several schools so that you increase your chances of becoming invited to the interview.

      best wishes

      By Thomas Graf