Need your perspective on my profile and advice for me
I am sure you guys must see questions like these by the dozen but I felt like I needed some clarity on this. I feel guilty about asking stupid questions but here it is.
I scored 10 CGPA in 10th. After that in 12th(PCMC) i scored 54 in math and ruined my aggregate bringing it to 79% while all other subjects were in 85s. In UG(BBA, yes i switched from science to commerce) I scored 80% aggregate with distinction. I have ups and downs in my academics, very extreme.
Currently im working at Deloitte USI. Figured some work exp would give value to my profile.
I have to ask you, do you think my 12th % would make it extremely hard to get me through the selections at the top 20 Mba Institutes? I know i shouldn't think of all this and just focus on CAT but i would feel validated if any of you could tell me if you know people with erratic profiles like mine who have made it through or any advice you can give me would be helpful too.
This is a doubt a lot of MBA aspirants have, and there's absolutely no reason to feel bad about it. As you're probably aware, academics do play a major role for selections in a number of B-Schools. That being said, more often than not, a good CAT score combined with an excellent performance in interviews does help a candidate get selected.
Here are a few tips from my end as to how you could go about it:
- You can target specific colleges which do not have any academics related criteria, or at least haven’t mentioned anything explicitly. Yes, colleges like these exist as well. You can go through the selection criteria of the top 20 B Schools and note that there are quite a few of them that give more weightage to CAT and PI than your past academic record.
- The next thing to do is to put in maximum efforts for CAT (or other entrance exams, depending on the B-School you're targeting). What is in the past is done, but this is something where you can still score well.
- Build on your profile. Get good experience at your workplace and have convincing points to talk about during your interview.
- You will undoubtedly be asked about your academic performance during your interviews. Be sure you are prepared for those questions.
Above all, stay positive :) Nothing is too difficult if you set your heart on it.
All the best!