"Targeted preparation based on practice tests is the key to XLRI," says Krishnan, XLRI, GMP Student

 | October 19,2010 02:13 pm IST

Krishnan Subramanian pursuing General Management Program (batch 2011) at XLRI, Jamshedpur, shares his experiences on pre-MBA preparations.

 

Q.

Can you tell us something about yourself and your pre-MBA qualifications and work-experience?
I have a Bachelors degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Kerala and Masters in Computer Aided Engineering Design from University of Strathclyde in UK. Prior to starting MBA studies, I was working in technology and management roles in consulting and IT sectors in the US for about 16 years.

 

Q. Tell us something about your life before and beyond MBA.
I am married. My wife and I have three beautiful children. Prior to MBA I was pretty well settled and actively pursuing tennis and music interests.

 

Q. So when did you decide to go for MBA?
In last couple of years I found my career stagnating for variety of reasons including personal limitations and the recessionary economy. I felt that MBA study would build a solid grounding on business functions.

 

Q. Will an MBA degree add on to your existing career plan or did you decide to switch/start a career in management?
I hope to leverage my consulting and IT experience. I expect the MBA study to help me transition from tactical operations roles to take on strategic responsibilities in the corporate world.

 

Q. Which MBA Institutes and Programmes you identified for your MBA?
Initially I considered part time programs and got accepted at Drexel, Villanova, Rutgers and waitlisted at NYU Stern. Subsequently I applied for 1 year MBA at IIM-A, IIM-B, ISB and XLRI. I got interviewed at IIM-B and XLRI and got accepted at XLRI.

 

Q. Your present B-school and programme. Also specify your Batch.
XLRI - GMP

 

Pre-MBA Preparation:

Q. What was your first step to start preparation for getting into the B-school of your choice?
I prepared using GMAC Book and could only get average score in GMAT in the first try.

 

Q. When did you start your preparation?
I started in Apr 2009 and prepared for a month using the GMAC book for the first try. Subsequently I took the Kaplan classroom course and improved my GMAT score in Nov 2009.

 

Q. How many months and how many hours daily did you devote for preparation of entrance exams?
I prepared for 5 months. Due to work and family commitments I could study 1-2 hours on week days and additional 4 hours on weekends.

 

Q. Did you take up some coaching institute or you believed in self-study?
Kaplan classroom course

 

Q. What was your experience with coaching?
It was effective – because of the material and the instructor.

 

Q. What are the other books and tests that you used for your MBA preparation, besides the study material provided by you coaching institute?
Princeton Review Book

 

Q. Can you tell us which your favorite books were - books that you used for preparing for entrance, books for self-development, and books for pure relaxation?
Case in Point – Marc Cosentino

 

Q. What were your strongest and your weakest areas while preparing for MBA?
Stronger in Quantitative
Weak in Critical Thinking

 

Q. Some tips which you used for mastering Quantitative Aptitude, Reading Comprehension, etc.
Lots of targeted preparation based on practice tests

 

Q. How much time did you put for MBA preparation everyday? In case you were working, how did you manage this preparation while working full time?
I prepared for 4 months. Due to work and family commitments I could study 1-2 hours on week days and additional 4 hours on weekends.

 

Q. Which all Entrance Exams & B-schools you applied to?
GMAT
Initially I considered part time programs and got accepted at Drexel, Villanova, Rutgers and waitlisted at NYU Stern. Subsequently I applied for 1 year MBA at IIM-A, IIM-B, ISB and XLRI. I got interviewed at IIM-B and XLRI and got accepted at XLRI.


Q. Your present B-school and programme. What made you opt for this particular institute and programme?
It’s a Top-five school and program with a good reputation for academic excellence.

 

Q. What procedures your school has for admission to its MBA program?
GMAT / XAT followed by interview.

 

Q. What is the range of score for students who are admitted in your B-school?
GMAT 630-770

 

Q. What was your score?
640

 

Q. Give some handy tips regarding the MBA written tests that would be of great help to MBA aspirants.
Lots of targeted preparation based on practice tests.

 

 To Read Interview experience of Krishnan visit  Interview at XLRI : Hitting the bull's eye

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