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I got into 3 top IIMs despite low CGPA: GMAT MBA after PSU Bank PO job

Many assume that their chances of getting into top business schools like the Indian Institutes of Management will plummet if they haven’t worked in a private sector company, or if they have a low GPA. That’s not true. The admissions process for one-year MBA programs offered by IIMs follow the same approach adopted by international … Read more


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MBA after physiotherapy: Doctors declared him unfit for education, but he proved them wrong

For medical professionals (doctors, dentists) who wish to transition to the corporate side, we’ve published several articles. But we haven’t covered anything on getting an MBA after physiotherapy. Dr Robert Sandeep Madduri’s success story is a special one to add to our repository. That’s because his academic capabilities were written off by doctors when he … Read more


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What’s a good executive assessment (EA) score for top executive MBA?

The Executive Assessment (EA), or the mini-GMAT as many call it, is increasingly being used by business schools for their executive MBA programs. If you aren’t aware of it, read more about it here: Executive Assessment: Format, syllabus, exam fees, preparation What’s a good executive assessment (EA) score for top executive MBA? According to many … Read more


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Can a high GMAT score make up for low GPA?

Is the GMAT score more important than the GPA? Can a high GMAT score make up for low GPA, no international experience, no extracurricular activities? Well, in some cases and to some extent it can. A high GMAT score can be attractive for programs looking to raise their average GMAT score. Karthik, a mechanical engineer … Read more


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MiM after BCom: How I got into London Business School, ESSEC and ESADE with 690 GMAT

When you don’t have enough experience for a full-time MBA, what would you choose – MiM or Deferred MBA – after completing your bachelors degree? Kolkata lad, Mridul Agarwal, graduated in commerce from the well-known St Xavier’s College in Kolkata. Coming from a family business background (and planning to head back to it), he wasn’t … Read more


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Why MBA after chemical engineering from IIT Bombay

IIT Bombay is the best engineering college in India. Sure, you may have other favorites depending on how you slice the stats, but IITB would still figure close to the top in any credible engineering college ranking. You could build your career purely on the foundation of a top IIT degree. Why do IIT grads … Read more


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How to get into IIMA PGPX after being rejected: MBA after 35

Higher age, low graduation grades and an over-represented profile can be liabilities while applying to elite bschools. And Avinash Kaparekar put a tick mark on all of them. But that’s not the only challenge he was facing. Getting rejected can take a big toll on the confidence level, while working on MBA applications all over … Read more


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INSEAD admit with low GPA in engineering degree

Ishan Kawley has an engineering degree in Electrical & Electronics and works in finance. He explains the steps he took to overcome his below average GPA. And how his experience with bulge bracket banks such as Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase helped. He also explains why he chose to hire an MBA consultant, though he’s … Read more


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How I got into an Ivy League university as an older student from a small town in India

The ambition to get into the world’s best universities isn’t limited to the metros. A lot of MBA applicants who reach out to us for help, hail from tier-2 and tier-3 cities. While the small-town label has no bearing on their strength as an MBA applicant, some of their concerns are universal – such as … Read more


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Low GRE scorer gets MBA admit with full scholarship worth $125,000 after 15 rejections

Thug life is when you walk into a top university with a cool $125K in scholarship despite a low GRE score, low undergrad GPA, being a reapplicant…and 15 soul-crushing rejections! But where do you pin the blame after getting all those rejections from MS and MBA programs alike? The obvious culprit was a below average … Read more


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Low GPA Success Stories

The genius Tagore may have hated formal schooling and even chastised the concept of examinations, but for the rest, education has had a pretty rigid framework. You get into school, you go to classes, you appear for examinations and you find religion when it is time for you to see your results. And the more … Read more


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How career counselling helped me get into ISB despite poor academics

Shirin Bansal doesn’t shy away from expressing his views online. In fact, it is this very trait that got him a job with one of the hottest online startups in India. But there was still a lot going on in his mind due to which he felt it would help to take up formal career … Read more