4 Tips for Indian Applicants

If you are an Indian applying to business school, then you are not alone. In fact, you are so not alone that you’re going to need to put extra effort into making your application stand out from the throngs of other highly qualified Indians applying to top MBA programs.

The following 4 MBA admissions tips will help you differentiate yourself from other Indian applicants, setting you apart from the crowd so that you’re viewed as a unique individual, regardless of where you are from.

1.     Show how your family business experience is far reaching. It’s not uncommon for Indian applicants to have the bulk of their work experience in the family biz. You must show the adcoms how working for ma and pa has been advantageous – you’ve been able to move into a high-responsibility management position faster than if you worked for a huge corporate entity; you’ve dealt with customers face-to-face, done the accounting, upgraded the company’s IT, and handled other aspects of the business, giving you well-rounded experience in all business fields; and you’ve dealt with a unique set of human resource/communication issues that only arise from close-knit, familial work environments. Demonstrate how these skills can be easily transferred to a large international company.

2.     Prove you know more than IT. If you don’t work for your parents, then chances are that you work in Indian’s burgeoning high-tech industry. After all, the “Indian IT male” didn’t become one of the most common MBA applicant stereotypes based on nothing! If you are a high-quant-scoring Indian with IT experience, then you’re going to need to demonstrate other skills and achievements as well, like managing teams of employees, earning promotions, designing company strategy, and boosting your company’s bottom line.

3.     Make your extracurricular activities count. If you are like most Indians, then you are probably involved in several non-work/non-school activities. Highlight how these extracurricular activities or hobbies have contributed to your personal growth. For example, what leadership roles have your taken? Or how have these activities inspired you to think outside the box and implement global change?

4.     Don’t think all b-schools are created equally. B-school is b-school. America is America. Right? Wrong! Don’t just apply to the top 10 or Rank X-Y and assume that they’d all be perfect matches for you. Do your research and apply to those MBA programs that best meet your wants and needs. Not only will you have a better b-school experience at a program that’s better suited for you, but you’ll also have a better chance of getting into your top choice program if you’ve done your research and apply for the right reasons.

Need more tips on how to create an application strategy that highlights your unique qualifications? Check out the resources found on Overrepresented MBA Applicants and Business School Diversity 101 now!

By Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted.com, the premier admissions consultancy and essay editing company that has helped applicants around the world gain admissions to over 450+ top schools since 1994. Linda is also the author of MBA Admission for Smarties.


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