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  • All the business schools have one question in common for the applicants - "Why MBA?"It is be asked either in the application or during the interview. It is be asked either directly like "Why MBA?" or it could be asked indirectly like "Where do you see yourself after 5 years?" But it is always asked for it is very important for a business school to understand ... Read More

  • McKinsey Emerging Scholars

    For all of you soon to be MBA Students interested in consulting, McKinsey has a great opportunity for you. Apply for the McKinsey Emerging Scholars program by May 19th 2016. If you are selected to be a scholar, then you will receive a monetary award, mentorship from McKinsey consultants and an invitation to a celebratory ... Read More

  • Few years back I was a MBA applicant with dreams to secure a coveted place in a reputed business school.It is then I created this blog to share the mistakes I was making and lessons I was learning along the path towards a business school.In fact, I kept the title of this blog as "mistake, lessons, MBA and more..."The entire journey from preparing from ... Read More

  • HBS alum talks about effective altruism and founding and ultimately closing MBAs Across America at TED:

    Casey Gerald speaks at TED2016 – Dream, February 15-19, 2016, Vancouver Convention Center, Vancouver, Canada. Photo: Bret Hartman / TED Casey Gerald’s story begins in an East Texas church on the night of December 31, 1999, as he joined his congregation ... Read More

  • By Libby Koerbel Engaging a room of more than 100 people for two straight hours is no easy task, but the Women’s Business Association (WBA), Professor Victoria Medvec, Dean Sally Blount and an all-star panel of three female alumnae pulled it off. One of the panelists summed it up perfectly afterward when she said, “I […] Read More

  • the speaking life

    by Mukaam on May 1, 2016

    My brain says, "No one should be going through this". 10 years ago, my father suffered from paralysis. I was still in college, my younger sister still in school and my elder sister building her career.  The local doctor didn't put the medicine that could have reversed the stroke. With that, a fate of the family was written.A family of three daughters, ... Read More

  • I have been wanting to put a message out there for companies who have sub-par brand managers, and even worse agencies executing the adverts. I wonder where the concepts of brand maps, concept boards went when I look at these adverts.I also feel bad for the company that puts these ads out, because clearly it doesn't help create the connect they'd wished ... Read More

  • There's been a wide array of reactions on social media about the ban that the Delhi government imposed on surge pricing on Uber and Ola cabs in New Delhi. The Delhi Government did this as part of their on going rule to control vehicular traffic by enforcing the odd-even rule.Now before I put forward my arguments against surge pricing, and talk about ... Read More

  • April 9 is the world IoT Day. The IoT Council and Postscapes jointly agreed to dedicate a day to bring the best minds of IoT together basically to converse, showcase and to propagate the interest in IoT on a global scale. In their own words - " Anyone is free to create an IoT Day event in your local community on April 9th. It doesn’t matter whether ... Read More

  • To begin with the MBA application process each candidate has to go through some basic rules, thus each B- schools have their own standard procedure to obtain students. These includes… GMAT/GRE score and GPA Professional Experience Community Experience Personal Profile Fit for you Formula The GMAT There is no doubt that your GMAT score or […] Read More

  • Living with Dementia

    by Mukaam on April 9, 2016

    A leaking urine bag, thats how i started my Sunday, urine all over the floor. She almost threw up the liquid oatmeal out of her mouth. She could recognize my repeated calling of her name but she couldnt determine where that voice was coming from.Have you ever thought that it is a complex brain function to sense a direction of a voice and turn around ... Read More

  • One of the greatest things about PGPEX-VLM program is its uniqueness in terms of being a joint degree program of 3 of India`s premier institutes -IIM Calcutta, IIT Kanpur and IIT Madras. One benefit that we enjoy is that we are associated for life with these 3 institutes. Yes.. We are officially inducted as alumuni of IIM Calcutta, IIT Kanpur and IIT ... Read More

  • When number of options is huge, it is important to have some tools that will help you with your decision. More often than not prospective students learn about their options through MBA rankings, but that’s only one of the steps, after taking a look at the rankings students need to research each of the schools separately, employment reports, regional ... Read More

  • By the time this week started I already was accepted to Booth, my top 1-2 choice (with Kellogg), so I was quite relaxed and confident.

    First, I received an acceptance from UCLA Anderson, I tried not to visit GMATClub live thread too often and spend most of my day doing usual things (+Tuck Interview), so I they caught me off guard with their call ... Read More

  • Since my last post a lot has happened in terms of my path towards my MBA, so I will summarize these events and bring my blog up to date in 1-2 posts.

    The Dec 14, 2015 week was quite rich on decisions for me as evident from my previous post. But no day during that week was more memorable than Monday, the day of my UCLA decision and Tuck interview. ... Read More

  • Your first task is to define what you are looking for in your MBA, where you see yourself afterwards and how much effort you are willing to put into the program. Before you even start to look at schools, you should ask yourself the following questions:

    Do you want to study abroad or would you prefer to remain in the country where you are ... Read More

  • By Eric Wulf The Kellogg Net Impact Club recently interviewed Megan Kashner ’03, Kellogg’s new director of social impact. Kashner brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the social and non-profit sectors. Kashner is founder and CEO of Benevolent, a non-profit organization that redesigned how people experience the stories of low-income families ... Read More

  • Online courses in general, gives you the opportunity to enhance your career and persue your dreams. Over and above online courses an online courses like online management course makes the same much affordable for the learners. If you a doing a full time job and you cannot attend regular classes, this is the best for you. […] Read More

  • By Kristen Zhou Coming from a background in finance and engineering, I often solve business problems and improve operational performance using hypothesis-based analytical thinking and data analysis. When I was exposed to the design thinking approach for the first time as a MMM student, it struck me how many transformative design innovations have been ... Read More

  • The Key to Business School

    by HBS Accept on February 25, 2016

    In my quest to prepare for business school I recently read a book by three graduates of a top US MBA program. I’m glad I did because Mastering the MBA changed how I’ll measure success at business school. That revelation is the subject of this week’s post. *** By the time you sit down at your first MBA […] Read More

  • The GMAT Prep

    by HBS Accept on February 24, 2016

    A 580 is what I got on my first GMAT practice test. I knew I could do better, actually I knew I HAD to do better if I wanted to get in to any of the schools I was targeting. My question was how would I do that, and the first decision I needed to […] Read More

  • Every year Reaching OUT works with their LGBT MBA Club Affiliates to track changes in terms of LGBT young professionals pursuing their MBAs at any given them.  From this data, it is known that on average, approximately 3% of MBA students identify as out gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or queer. * Click Image For a Larger View […] Read More

  • Sustainability has become an increasingly fashionable concept in management education as business schools seek to respond to growing social criticism of business activities. Unfortunately, much of what passes for sustainability teaching involves co-option of the concept of sustainability within existing neoliberal discourse. So, is teaching sustainability ... Read More

  • School Profile: Duke MBA

    by HBS Accept on February 6, 2016

    Perhaps known best for its men’s basketball team – winners of five national championships, including last year’s  – Duke University is also home to an elite full-time MBA program. Located in Durham, NC, the Fuqua School of Business’ MBA program graduates about 400 students annually. Over the last fifteen years, US News & World ... Read More

  • Ninety-five percent of the Full-Time Class of 2015 received an offer by three months post-graduation, as reported today by Kellogg’s Career Management Center(CMC). Kellogg also saw an increase in acceptances this year — 92 percent of students accepted a full-time offer by three months post-graduation.  Read More

  • By Dean Nordhielm So you just got into business school. Congrats! At this point you still have months before you actually begin classes. That seems like a lot of time, but it’s really not as long as you think, and you’ll have a lot more to do than you think. Here are the things I did […] Read More

  • The Admissions team is all moved in to our beautiful new office, and we hope you can come visit us in person! The Ambassadors campus visit program begins on February 16th, and registration is now open. Interviews for the MFin program started last week, and will continue for the next few weeks. All candidates will […] Read More

  • This article was originally posted on

    Harvard Business School (HBS) invites about 2,000 of its nearly 10,000 applicants to an MBA interview each year. So congrats if you made it this far. About 50% of these 2000 will receive an offer to join the MBA program. Of which, about 90% will accept the MBA admissions invite. What does that ... Read More

  • Okay, so let’s look at the cold, hard facts.

    My GMAT score stayed the same (710)

    My GPA is the same as well (9.03)

    The last time I checked, I was still an Indian engineer

    My work experience moved up from about 19 months to 26 months

    My job title is now “Product Manager” and not the dreaded “Software Engineer” it was ... Read More

  • I started this blog in 2014 and it’s taken till 2016 for me to come full circle.

    After a wait of 517 days  (1 year, 4 months and 29 days, but who’s counting?) since I first started this process, I’m ecstatic to announce that I’m going to be a proud member of the UCLA Anderson Class of 2018.


    Okay, back ... Read More

  • If you are struggling to break 700, check out Jon Taves free eBook to help get you over the finish line.

    EF Essays

    Happy Holidays from EF Essays! To celebrate this time of year, I’ve compiled all of my GMAT posts from the past year into an eBook. Rumor has it that Santa’s most requested gift is learning how to break into the 700 club. Luckily, ... Read More

  • Optimal MBA Application Number

    Many business school applicants wonder how many MBA applications they should submit? In this article, I will discuss the optimal MBA application number based on real data. Deciding on your MBA application number is challenging because the more schools you apply to, the less time you have to spend on each application. ... Read More

  • Every part of your MBA application matters, but applicants have a tendency to underestimate the importance of recommendations. On the surface, recommendations seem like the easiest part of your application. Theoretically, all you need to do is pick two people (often current or former supervisors), ask them to write a recommendation on your behalf, and ... Read More

  • The new times

    by Mukaam on December 17, 2015

    So, my sister got married in most awesome ways ever and my mum is serene these days. Thank you everyone for your lovely messages.Solitude has embraced me again. And i love it. Since last few days I am finding some peace. Someone prayed somewhere. Or healing has begun. I have zest for doing new things now suddenly when I am freed up from the pressure ... Read More

  • Decision week expectations

    by Mba For Tech on December 14, 2015

    This week is most stacked in terms of decision dates; many schools will distribute their results, including some of the ones I applied to:

    UCLA Anderson – it seems that admit calls will be made today (Monday, Dec 14, 2015), while final results will be communicated tomorrow. I am quite confident, my interview was pretty good, and so I think that ... Read More

  • Chicago Booth: accepted!

    by Mba For Tech on December 9, 2015

    Well, guess what? Yep, I was waiting for CST to show 9:00 am to start worrying, but I got so much work to do that I lost track of time and then I got a call on my mobile from a phone number starting with 1 (international code of USA): it was so amazing! I was waiting for the nice lady on the other end of the phone to tell me she is from Chicago Booth ... Read More

  • Strategies on Building Your MBA Application Portfolio

    By Lawrence Linker

    As Founder and Application Coordinator for MBA Link, one of the first things I’m often consulted on is how many schools an applicant should apply to and which ones. This is an extremely important step to get right in the application process, because there is almost no other ... Read More

  • Got an invite to Tuck (November round)! Feels so great! Really love the school and the people there. I spoke with quite a few alums, they were really among the most responsive ones. I especially, appreciated the honesty with which they answered my questions and their patience, as I am someone who gets to the heart of things and don’t like to have ... Read More

  • Every student has a predefined notion about a MBA degree:- hefty packages, good job opportunities, improvement in position and salaries but how many really know the journey of becoming a MBA student? Learning  management jargons, frameworks and business models, analyzing case studies & and eventually hopiing to reach the peak of self-actualization ... Read More

  • First Dings: Wharton and MIT

    by Mba For Tech on November 26, 2015

    Yep, after all of the invites this was a bummer. First I got a ding from Wharton on Nov 3 and then from MIT.

    Well, with MIT I wasn’t really disappointed, because my app was really bad, I didn’t even plan applying, but their question was similar to one of my essays, and I thought: “Why not?”, I didn’t believe that I was ... Read More

  • Low GPA MBA Acceptance Rate Analysis

    Many applicants worry about applying to business school if they have a low GPA. I analyzed the low GPA MBA acceptance rate at the top 25 schools to see what are the realistic chances for applicants with a GPA below 3.0. In my data sample from GMAT Club, less than 3% of applicants had a low GPA, which I defined as ... Read More

  • Most top business schools breed their students for a career in consulting or financial services (which is slowly being displaced by high tech and entrepreneurial opportunities). Entry into both these industries requires rigorous preparation in terms of professional networking skills, resume reviews and interview preparation (not to mention certain passports). Business ... Read More

  • UNC MBA Acceptance Rate Analysis

    Kenan-Flagler is University of North Carolina’s business school. UNC has five programs including a full-time MBA, various executive MBAs and an online MBA program. UNC’s MBA program is currently ranked 18th by US News and World Report. The UNC MBA class of 2017 has an average GMAT of 710 and GPA of 3.4. ... Read More

  • Breathe

    by Mukaam on November 19, 2015

    I am writing from the hospital today. My mom got two seizures this morning. The dementia patients get that in later stage. But we just thought to have her admitted instead of thinking this is the normal course. So the doc chose a different med and conducted more tests.What a life. And what depressing thoughts you get in the hospital. How will she die? ... Read More

  • Chicago Booth Interview

    by Mba For Tech on November 18, 2015

    My first in-person interview! I had an invite pretty early on, but the interview itself took a few weeks to arrange.

    Anyways, I met with a ‘0x alum, who joined MBB after graduation and recently left for another company. The meeting was held in a coffeshop downtown.

    Alumna was very positive, nice and friendly. Really, my best interview, it ... Read More

  • The road within

    by Mukaam on November 17, 2015

    Hello again, I am coming to the blog second time this week. I am on my journey to find myself again. This will be a different journey than last time. This journey does not seek to find happiness but this journey is for me to find myself through this world.I am doing some really great work. Once a dream job, I have it now. Heading a business completely ... Read More

  • Today we are all French

    by Mba For Tech on November 14, 2015

    What a horrible day for the world. In a day like this it’s important to not back up and stand for the values terrorists try to attack. Together we are strong and will not let fear subdue our determination to make the world a better place.

    Stay strong France, stay strong humanity. Read More