MBA essay writing tips for Indian MBA Applicants: Part 5

Writing MBA essays is considered by many Indian MBA applicants as the most difficult part of their MBA applications. Jon Frank, founder of Precision Essay, understands the pain areas pretty well as he has helped many Indians get into the best MBA bschools across the world. He concludes his 5-post series on MBA essay tips written specially for Indian applicants.
If you missed the earlier posts, here’s the full series:
MBA Essay Tip #1: Undo the adcom’s preconceptions about India
MBA Essay Tip #2: Don’t be so quick to throw away the tech background.
MBA Essay Tip #3: Focus on SOFT skills. Leadership, not tech.
MBA Essay Tip #4: Be creative. Take Risks.
MBA Essay Tip #5: Don’t kid yourself.

MBA Essay Tips: Part 5

Five (Perhaps Surprising) Things that Indians MUST do in their MBA Applications

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It’s been quite a journey, folks. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been sharing the unique struggles facing Indian MBA applicants and the strategies to overcome ‘em. And there’s just one left to cover. And it’s a biggie.

MBA Essay Tip #5: Don’t kid yourself.

I’m gonna give it to you straight: The numbers are NOT in your favor. Let’s get real here: after the US and China, India has the most MBA applicants every year. That’s a LOT of competition coming from the same demographic. And there are only so many b-school seats to go around, especially in the top-10. You wanna get into b-school? You have to be realistic.

The best piece of advice I can give you is this: Apply to a smart range of schools. No matter how different you think you are, and no matter how strong you think your profile is, you have to give yourself a range. There isn’t space for everyone at the top programs and you gotta give yourself some choices.

If your GMAT score is well below the average at the school you are targeting, pick a different school.
If your work experience is not impressive enough, or if you don’t have ANY leadership background, pick your schools wisely.

Remember, options are aaalways better than NO options. By adding a safety school or two to your list, you aren’t saying that you WILL go to one of those places; you’re only saying that “faced with the reality of going NOWHERE, you would rather at least have the choice to go to one of these places.”

Should you apply to your dream programs? YES. We always tell people to apply to some reach schools. After all, you’re only gonna go to b-school once, so you should 100% aim high. But you should also be strategic, smart and realistic. (After all, you’re applying to business school and those are all qualities of smart business people!) Throw some other schools on that list and give yourself some options.

Applying to business school is a challenge for EVERYONE. Unfortunately, it’s more of a challenge for you. But if you know what you’re doing, and you do it well, you’ll stand out from the crowd and find success.

As I’ve said before, the first step is knowing what you’re facing… and then developing a plan of attack. And it’s never too early to start. MBA applications are a LOT of work and building a strong personal brand takes time.

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Sameer Kamat
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