Chahat Jain—an MIT admit with a 700 on the GMAT
Meet Chahat, who got through to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Sloan School of Management, with a GMAT score of 700.
Could you tell us about yourself?
I graduated in IT from Punjab Engineering College in 2007. I worked in Bangalore with SAP as a software developer. I have also worked as a consultant for Cheerz! Labs.
Why did you decide to do an MBA?
So, I have a bit of part-time entrepreneurial experience. I attended a lot of start-up events along with my friend, during the weekends. Shraddha Sharma, the founder of YourStory, helped out a lot.
I also did not want to restrict myself to the engineering domain. I wanted to explore the business domain. All this helped me make up my mind that a professional degree would be useful when starting something of my own. That’s why the decision to do an MBA.
Could you tell us about your first attempt at writing the GMAT?
My first attempt at the GMAT was in September 2014. To be honest, I struggled with self-study. I only dedicated a month before the test to preparations and wrote only 2 or three mock tests. Quite naturally, I ended up scoring just 650, and I wasn’t happy.
How did CrackVerbal help with your GMAT preparations?
After the first attempt, I went about doing a bit of research online. That is when I came across CrackVerbal. I attended a demo class in Koramangala. I enrolled in January 2015, took the online verbal course, got the material and attended all the classes.
The best part about CrackVerbal is how their study material stands out from the rest. The Verbal guides (Both RC and SC guides) include a lot of tips and tricks to help you crack the section. Their guides are highly structured and I ended up building my strategy based on those guides.
I attempted the GMAT three more times and only on my final attempt I was satisfied with my score of 700.
You attended the ISB interviews twice and this time you got an admit to MIT. How different was your preparation in the case of both?
I appeared for ISB interviews twice. However, I was keener on MIT because it offered Engineering and Management, whereas ISB only offers Management. I felt I had a broader scope of networking and outreach and learn more about management while also focusing on my core skills.
I spoke to a lot of seniors and thanks to my networking on LinkedIn, I made the decision of going ahead with MIT.
How did you go about your application process?
I took CrackVerbal’s help for applying to B-Schools. Gauri and Vasudha were quite helpful. CrackVerbal helped me hone my skills. In a matter of just 15 days, I managed to write a strong MBA application for ISB. The CV faculty was easily accessible—though they’re supposed to do three reviews, they helped me review my essays 4-5 times.
Could you describe the admission process in MIT?
The interview happens through Skype, after which you are waitlisted in around January. The admit letters are doled out mid-April, which you have to accept via email. If you wish to, you can defer the offer for a year, provided you have a valid reason for it. Once you’ve accepted the admit letter, you are mailed a welcome kit, which describes the processes involved before you join the course.
What did you do for your visa applications?
I went about the entire process all by myself. I researched the possible set of questions asked at visa interviews and filled up the application all by myself.
Does MIT offer scholarships?
No, there are no scholarships. You are expected to fund your own studies.
What is the class profile at MIT-Sloan like?
• The average work experience is around 8 years
• There are 105 people in my class. 55 have enrolled in the Masters’ program (which is what I am doing). The remaining 45 are in the Certified program, which is a part-time course.
• About one-third of the Masters’ class comprises of Indians. There are graduates from ISB, IIT and IIM Indore and Calcutta.
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