The CrackVerbal Alumni Meet 2015

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The CrackVerbal Alumni Meet was held on the 28th March ’15 at Hotel Nahar Heritage, Bangalore. There was excitement, fire and thrill that kept all of us waiting for our 12 mighty heroes who came down to address future MBA aspirants.


Our Alumni Group consisted of the following people:

Sreejith (760) – Indian School of Business

Naveen (740)             – Michigan State University

Sumeet (730)             – McGill University

Ajinkya (710)            – Indian School of Business

Swati (700)              – Saïd Business School, Oxford

Vatsal (700)             – Saïd Business School, Oxford

Harsha (750)             – Kenan -Flagler Business School

Paul George (650)     – University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign

Shailika (700)           – Indian School of Business

Apoorva (700)           – Indian School of Business

Garv (750)               – Ross School of Business

All of them come from diverse backgrounds with some of them coming from the dreaded Indian IT male background. They told us about how they conquered the GMAT, sold their story to the B-school and finally secured an MBA admit to their dream School.


The session opened with our first panel – Naveen (Michigan State University), Paul (University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign), Garv (Ross School of Business) & Harsha (Kenan -Flagler Business School)


All of them were engineers with an IT background and so the first question that was thrown to them was on how they managed to differentiate their “typical IT profile” to the B-schools. Paul, one of our panelists had a very unique take towards this question. He emphasized that IT is not the culprit that makes it hard to be different but it is the person and his passion that differentiates each and every one. There has to be some clarity of thought towards how a person feels about his MBA – What he wishes to do, what he wants to learn and if the future after his MBA is aligned with his passion.


So it all boils down to knowing what you need to do in life before you do your MBA!


Moving on, the next question that was thrown to the panel was the number of times that they would advise someone to take the GMAT?


As a majority of them had appeared for the GMAT more than once, they responded that the number of attempts on the GMAT doesn’t matter, it is the score and there is no limit on the number of attempts one should take till the target score is achieved. The pressure, the tension and expectations all lead to a very turbulent feeling while taking the GMAT, so take as many mock tests as possible.



One of the questions that was heavily stressed on was, how can one finance his own MBA? According to our panelists, when it came to taking a loan it is very important to consider not only the tuition fees but also the living costs in the city where you would live.


Though it is tough to get a scholarship at a top B-school, somewhere around the top 20, you would be able to leverage a good amount of scholarship by using your score and your profile.


However, Garv had a very different take on this question. He felt that it was important to focus on the GMAT before even beginning the college selection process because schools would only accept scores in their range. Also, research on the average GMAT score required for Indians at your preferred B-school. And, even if you don’t get any scholarship but feel this is your dream school and your ROI would be greater than your investment. You should take the leap of faith!



The second panel had a lot of ISB admits – Sreejith, Shailika, Apoorva, Ajinkya as well some Global MBA admits Sumeet, Swati, Vatsal, . This panel was hosted by an ISB – Alumnus himself, Al Ameen (also a faculty at CrackVerbal.)


The session started off with an ISB vs. Global B-schools battle between our panellists. They emphasized on why ISB was better while the others took the side of Global B-School. Ajinkya who got into one of the top 2 B-Schools (CEIBS and ISB) in Asia had a unique take on this. After doing some research he concluded that CEIBS has really good placement records only for the local Chinese students. On the other hand ISB offered both diversity and placements for their students.

The Global B-School panel emphasized on the fact how the Said School of Business, Oxford would add value to their resume. After connecting with some alumni, they realized that it is not hard to find a job post your MBA either in the UK or India. Vatsal who had already worked in the UK felt that although placements are hard, it all came down to networking with the right people to get the right job.

Sumeet Singh who got an MBA admit from McGill University said that Canada also has budding B-Schools which offer a lot of placements especially for International Business expansion. He mentioned how McGill has programs dedicated to that particular subject.

Al-Ameen trying to portray Arnab Goswami brought the topic of whether it is easier for a Women to get an admit B-Schools. Is it easier for a woman to get an admit? All the male panelists came out in unison saying “Yes” since they prefer a diverse background!

And as the saying goes, “all good things come to an end” and this last view on B-school diversity, marked the end of the CrackVerbal Alumni meet. All in all this event was eye opening for a lot of students. There was emotion, drama and at the end of it all a pinch of fairy dust that invoked tremendous inspiration to all our MBA aspirants who were present in the room.

Read about our next edition of the same event, the MBA Summit, conducted in April 2016!

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