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Okay! 🙂

So this was my moment! An admit from Krannert School of Management, Purdue University for the Class of 2013 😎


About Scholarship:

A few days later, received a scholarship announcement email from them: 10000K, which was less that I expected! Purdue University also offers Graduate Assistantships, which are quite helpful in offsetting tuition costs but I didn’t get that either. Now the only way left for me was to go the university and then try for GA. I talked to a few students at the school and it seems people do land GAs after landing at the school, too! Good to hear that!



I’ve decided not to take up the offer from Purdue University for the MBA program (Fall 2011). Reasons are purely personal. Purdue is a great university and I got to know so much more about the program & the university. I interacted with many current students and a few alums as well; All of them were just so receptive & friendly.

Let me know if anybody out here wants any help on this school 🙂




Finally, I received an interview invite from Krannert School of Management, Purdue University 😎

They sent an email asking me preferences for an skype interview.  I promptly acknowledged and fixed a date. All set.

Excited I was! Started preparing for the interview. Let me make a list of TODOs for an interview:

  1. Reread your essays – Some people don’t pay much attention to this aspect but I think this is important
  2. Be thorough on why MBA, why now, why this school, post MBA goals – try to provide examples wherever possible
  3. Write answers to the other common questions asked & practice them
  4. Know the school inside out. Very important. Believe me, you’ll feel connected to the school if you learn small things about the school – it’s culture, atmosphere, peer group, clubs, events – cultural & academic, career services, community service etc etc etc. You can talk so much more confidently on things when you know something about it.
  5. Ask a question to your interviewer – People say that is it necessary to ask a question in the end. I think if one has researched the program, there are bound to be questions and you can ask any of them in the interview. You may choose to differ but that’s my point of view. But remember, the answer to your question should not be present on the school’s website 🙂
  6. Mock interviews – Get someone to hold a mock interview or two. Helps a lot to iron out weak links!


And came the I-day! I suited up! Adjusted my webcam! Waiting for the skype call.

And it started ringing ….

– Started with the usual exchange of pleasantries

– The Lady introduced herself

– Asked how’s the weather in Bangalore (Ice breaker!)

– My goals, why MBA, post MBA

– Told about a few clubs @ Krannert whom I may want to join considering my post MBA goals

– Asked about a few experiences @ work

– Any questions?

– Lasted for about 30 mins and a few secs


Simple. That’s all! 🙂

And with these two applications, my app season for a prospective MBA application for Fall 2011 ended.

I’ll briefly mention the reasons why I filled these schools.

NUS Singapore: If you want access to APAC region (Asia-Pacific), NUS is one of the great schools which’ll aid you in that. Located in Singapore, it’ll offer you the best of both worlds (specifically for me, an Indian). No Visa issues unlike the US & Europe. Also, it’s a one year course which can be ideal for people who don’t want to stay away from the job for long.

NUS is a pretty famous brand in Asia; Singapore is a great city to live & work in; I can be home in approx 5 hrs; Singapore is the financial hub of Asia; Many good companies have their offices in the city; NUS MBA is a one year program …..

I think these were good enough reasons for me to apply to NUS.

Krannert School of Management, Purdue University: This school wasn’t in my initial list of schools-to-apply but later, it sneaked in 🙂 Most engineers recognize Purdue University. It’s one of the highly ranked schools for MS in the US. Little do these engineers know that Purdue has a business school – Krannert School of Management which is so highly ranked in Operations Management (even I got to know this late).  According to US News 2012 B school rankings, Purdue MBA is ranked 6th in Operations/Production. Moreover, other factors such as GMAT, exp, post MBA goals matched and I applied.

Whether I could make to any of these schools? Next up….