The MBA4India Blog

Read about the latest insights and most effective advice about the application process. Our aim is to remove the “noise” around the MBA applications and cut to the chase, presenting information to you in a manner that can easily be applied to your application.

Latest Blog Posts

Consultant Candid Conversation Series #1

We are starting a new series of #candid conversations with individual consultants to get a sneak peek into their personalities and thought processes. Everyone is so much more than just their profile on paper. So here is an attempt to discover the “full selves” of our consultants, starting first with JP.  JP and family in […]

What Oprah and Shakespeare know about MBA applicants

“What are my chances of an admit from school X”? This question rivals the famous query that Oprah Winfrey faces after nearly all her sit-down interviews. In some form or another, everyone turns to her and asks , “Did I do fine?” Even Beyonce and Obama were moved to ask! So, it’s totally understandable that […]

Indian Armed Forces : their march means business !

One of the most fulfilling aspects of our work has been the opportunity to interact with military officers looking to transition to a civilian career via a business degree. From the very first conversation, it is apparent that they are a special class of applicants! Each one of them has excelled in their service to […]

Mastering the “3 C’s” of MBA interviewing: Confidence, Compatibility and Content

There are essential differences in the way every business school interviews its MBA applicants. Some programs rely solely on the admissions staff (e.g. Harvard and MIT), some have only alumni interviewers (Booth, Columbia, INSEAD), some (Kellogg and Haas) use both, and others (Wharton) involve second-year students. Many schools do “blind” interviews (i.e., Stanford and Tuck) […]

The Four Goal Post(s)

Benjamin Franklin very famously said “There are three kinds of people: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those who move.” He may as well have been talking about early or mid-stage professionals thinking of getting a business degree. There are those who are unhappy in their current roles but will not move, […]

I – 9 : An MBA4India proprietary ranking of B schools for Indian applicants

INTRODUCING THE “I-9” BUSINESS SCHOOLS: TOP ROI FOR INDIAN MBA STUDENTS AND GRADS  by Deepak Punwani, Managing Director and Principal Consultant    Members of Wharton India Club   Rankings are, and have always been, a priority within India’s highly competitive academic arena. For primary and secondary school students, final examinations determine individuals’ class rank and […]

Momentum – may it carry you far!

One of the oft repeated conversations we have with MBA prospects is on the need to start early. In general, our view is that the more time one gives oneself in this process (especially as a first time applicant), the stronger the application will be, all else being equal. But we have started to realize […]

Reflections on a decade of guiding MBA applicants from India

I can scarcely believe that it’s been a decade since I formally started advising MBA applicants. After analyzing the process and results of nearly 900 such admissions campaigns, now feels like the right time to share my learnings in hope of providing future b-school candidates from India with added perspective and more positive outcomes. Many […]

Be SMART about your goals

This all-time favorite MBA admissions question comes under many disguises – INSEAD: Discuss your short and long term career aspirations with or without an MBA from INSEAD. Wharton: What do you hope to gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? Cambridge Judge Business School: What are your short and long term career objectives and what skills/characteristics […]