Road To B-School

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Adarsh Khandelwal
Adarsh Khandelwal

Adarsh Khandelwal
Co-founder, Collegify

The essays need to be well thought out and written. Remember, an engrossing essay gets more eyeballs and attention. Adarsh Khandelwal, Co-founder, Collegify shares his views with ENN.

After successfully clearing the test of GMAT, one wishes to get into a top B school. 

Preparation of a strong application is crucial for getting selected into a good college. It is an elaborate and complex process and therefore, most students have limited and/or incomplete understanding of what it entails: choosing the right college, filling out forms, choosing the right programme, work experience requirement, community service involvement, and of course, writing the college admission essay.

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The essays are meant to reflect aspects of the applicant which is beyond the general transcripts and certificates. An interesting but meaningful life experience might get that edge for his admission. The essays need to be well thought out and written. Remember, an engrossing essay of yours gets more eyeballs and attention from the admission officers and, if lucky, an interview call, too.

As we know that the interviewers try to confuse candidates with strange questions to test their patience and confidence. Prepare yourself to answer those silly questions. Every business school has different policies. To put together a flawless college application, one must follow a structured process. Your university application will count up to 30% towards your admission in a dream college. Make that extra effort to ensure that your application is organized and that the minutest details are taken care of.

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At the outset, it is important to narrow down on the colleges that interest you and decide on prospective majors and degrees. Ideally, apply to between five to eight colleges. This will ensure a higher probability of admission/acceptance. The cost of application can vary from $30 to $100. While some colleges do not charge at all, the average application fee is $50.

The best time to start the college application process is about 15-18 months before the intended year of entry. A prospective student should start preparing for the host of standardized tests including the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, AP’s and English Proficiency tests such as the IELTS or TOEFL. This test is an integral part of the college admission process but its importance is often overemphasized. While none of the schools have a minimum score requirement, neither does a high score guarantee admissions nor does an average score reduce admission chances. This is exemplified by the experiences of Jash Mahipal from The International School, Bangalore (SAT- 1970) and Shantam Jain from St James’ School, Kolkata (SAT-2190) who, with very moderate academic records and average SAT scores, made it to the University of California, Berkeley and Los Angeles respectively. Their stories rupture the myth that very high standardized tests scores are required to secure a place in the top universities.

The Common Application form is also an application procedure that numerous colleges subscribe to.

High School Transcripts 

The letters of recommendation from teachers and school counselors must accompany 

  • SAT-I scores, which most colleges require as a common standard for measuring a student’s ability to do college-level work. SAT-2, depends on the university one is applying to.
  • Essays and/or Statement of Purpose: This can be the deciding factor for acceptance/admission. These offer you an opportunity to express your uniqueness.
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores, which most colleges require from an international applicant.

Deciding to study abroad is definitely not an easy choice, but is an opportunity to avail the chance of growing both personally and professionally. Within the Indian framework, there are only a handful of top Management institutes that provide a holistic education required at Business School.

B School Facts

  • Percentage of candidates rejected at top 20 B-schools with a 750 GMAT score: 18.3% (Globally); 39.4% (Indian)
  • Percentage of candidates at top 20 B-schools with a 600-650 GMAT score:  29.6% (Globally); 7.4% (Indian)
  • Percentage of candidates rejected after B-school interviews at top 20 B-schools: 27.3% (Globally); 42.5% (Indian)

An MBA from a prestigious business school opens up doors to exciting opportunities in the industry of your choices across the world. The different specializations offered by the US B-schools are Marketing, International Business, Corporate Strategy, Operations Management, Finance, Accounting, etc.

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