Advice For Indian Applicants To U.S. Business Schools


2. Highlight Your Non-IT Strengths. If you don’t work for your family company, then there’s a good chance that you work in India’s booming high-tech industry. And if that’s you, then you probably have high quant scores and loads of technical experience. But do you have management experience? Have you ever managed a team successfully to complete a non-technical project? How are your strategy skills? What ELSE can you do? You don’t want to be Indian IT Applicant #7432. Make sure your other skills, strengths, and talents shine.

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3. Bulk Up on Extra Extracurriculars. Another way to steer clear of the Indian IT Applicant stereotype is to highlight your non-work/non-school activities. Have you taken any leadership positions in these activities? How have these activities contributed to your goals, promoted personal growth, or helped you think outside the box or develop new ideas? Don’t just list your activities, but explain how they’ve shaped who you are today.

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1. Maximize On Your Family Biz. It’s fairly common that Indian applicants will have a significant portion of their work experience (if not all) in the family business. Show the adcom that your work for mom and dad has been highly advantageous. The details will be important here. Your exposure to and experience with the various aspects of the family business – your management position, your responsibilities, your customer dealings, the accounting you’ve done, etc. – have provided you with a very well-rounded experience across all business fields, more than had you worked at a large corporation. Demonstrate that, as well as the fact that all of these skills can easily be transferred to a larger international company, and you will have made quite the solid case.

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Are you an Indian applying to a top MBA program? Well then get ready to put some extra effort into making your application stand out. Indians are one of the largest demographics applying to business school, and – unfortunately for you – they’re often highly qualified, with lots of work experience and high stats.

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4. Choose Your Program Wisely. It’s safe to say that Harvard is a pretty great school, but that doesn’t mean that it’s the best program for you. This, obviously, applies to all of the top programs. Don’t assume that all top MBA programs in the U.S. are schools you should aim for. Do your research and apply only to those b-schools that best support your goals and meet your needs. Not only will you have a happier and more productive educational experience, but you’ll also increase your chances of getting into your top choice program if you aim for schools that are the best fit for YOU.

So let’s get right to work. What can you do to differentiate yourself from other Indian applicants? What can you do to show that you’re unique and special, even though you come from this crowded subgroup?

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