Saturday, 21 December 2013

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

5 Tips to Improve Your Score on the GMAT

Any friends studying for a standardized test these days?  Whether you’re studying for the LSAT, GMAT, GRE or the SAT, these general tips may be helpful on your second attempt. 
“ As a B-School applicant, you just finished a grueling four-hour test. What are you going to do now?”
“I’m going to…take it again!”
Well, that wasn’t the answer everyone was expecting. However, retaking the GMAT is a reality for many test-takers. Some simply feel they could have done better than they did, others need a certain target score to get into a particular school that they have not yet reached. In fact, students are often encouraged to initially sign up for two tests, hoping that a scheduled second test will take some pressure off of them the first time, ultimately leading to better scores.
If you have a solid reason to take the exam again, get the test date locked down as soon as you can. You have to wait 31 calendar days before retaking the GMAT, but in the interest of keeping your knowledge fresh, you shouldn’t schedule your retake too far after that time.
So, you’ve got a month or so before another test day, and you need a plan. It’s time to figure out what to do so that this extra effort expended will not go to waste.

1. Review your initial test day experience immediately.

As much as you probably don’t want to relive an experience that you possibly found about as fun as dental surgery, an immediate debrief is a necessary evil. As soon as possible, go back over your entire test day experience and take notes.
  • Remember your physical condition. If you were sleepy, felt hungry, or were uncomfortable in any other way, these circumstances could very well have messed up your score. Thankfully, they can all be fixed for your retake.
  • Remember conditions of the room. Things like temperature and noise can also affect you negatively, and you can be better prepared for them next time.
  • Remember your actual test-taking. Timing and concentration during long reading passages are examples of important concepts that should be always incorporated into your preparation. Did you have problems with these the first time?
  • Remember the test content. There may have been specific concepts, vocabulary, or problem types that were vague or unknown to you and that, to your dismay, popped up repeatedly. Jot them down so you can work on them, since it’s likely that they are important and you will see them again.

2.   Take a short break.

Once you’ve immediately recapped the day, it’s time to shake it off and move forward with the lessons you’ve learned. It’s important to give your mind a little bit of time off and put some distance between you and the first test.

3. Address your weaknesses.

When you analyze your test day experience, look at the items that you saw consistently and didn’t feel confident approaching. Hit those hard by doing drills and in-format questions until they are no longer a problem.

4. Shore up your strengths.

Don’t let the things that you are good at fall by the wayside. Instead, keep them fresh by continuing to work on them while simultaneously reviewing the more challenging material as well. And, in all question cases (but particularly when you’re trying to keep your good skills fresh), go over both correct and incorrect answer choices. You may have answered the question right, but was there a faster way to do it? Is there any lesson shown in the wrong answers that you could use regarding eliminating wrong answers in the future?

5. Work on time management.

Time management is a big problem for most test-takers, so don’t neglect it. You’ve got to improve how quickly you get correct answers and how much time to spend on questions before giving up on them or guessing. Once you have concepts down, complete timed problem sets and exercises as soon as possible.

6. Change it up.

The results of your first test were clearly subpar for you, so perhaps your method of test preparation needs to be changed. If you keep preparing the same way you did before, how will you ever increase your score? Einstein famously described insanity as performing the same task over and over and hoping for a different result. To avoid GMAT “insanity,” change the method somehow – get a GMAT tutor, use a different test prep book publisher, do a better job simulating the real test day experience when you do practice tests – really commit to working on the test everyday and not just sporadically. Shake up your learning and pump up your score!
It’s important to be very honest with yourself when analyzing your first test day experience. Only you can really know if you really were absolutely committed to the process and if you truly grasped what you kept saying you understood. Make some truthful assessments, change your preparation appropriately, approach test day with the confidence that comes from experience, and you’ll be well on your way to an improved score.
Source BeattheGMAT

Monday, 12 August 2013

Choosing the specializations for Masters Abroad!!

Have you always wondered about the how , why and where of pursuing a specialization during your Master's degree abroad

Here are some guidelines to be followed 

It is great to have opportunities around us and make the most of them when they arrive; you need to find out whether you are going to be at the helm of change or at the tail-end of it.
Are you someone who recognizes the potential of a field and pursues it or are you someone who focuses only on a secure job and a good pay packet?
Why Specialize?
       A deeper insight in one particular sub-discipline
       An edge for a job opening
What is the sunrise sector today may not be tomorrow, if you have chosen the straight & narrow path? Where do you go then? Do you have it in you? What will be the area of opportunity ten years later?

Do note:

The course that you choose to apply for will depend on your qualification, electives taken, related projects, seminars, papers presented, industrial training, internship and / or related work experience and your career goal.

Next in the series .. Interdisciplinary Courses - MIS , MEM , MS Mgmt etc.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

My Own RC tips for GMAT

GMAT RC tests you on 4 passages with about 14- 16 questions i.e 30% of the verbal section. Most students find this section quite time consuming and boring. In such a situation, though the section is scoring once you gain insights into these simple tips outlined below, it can slow you down on the test if you do not use the right approach.
   As the name suggests, Reading comprehension is reading the given passage, understanding it and answering the questions that follow, sounds simple we have done it since our school days. Why then does this simple exercise bog you down - most complain “I don’t understand what I’m reading”, this can be main reason why you just tend to lose interest, most of the RC passages are attempted through guesswork which can go against your score.  How then does one develop this interest in reading, as a human nature we read what we like or understand, hence what is very important is building familiarity with the topics or the subject matter that is tested.
 As for GMAT, we can draw a list of subjects that are tested of you as a test taker:
       US History
·         Life Sciences
·         Minority related topics like women issues or Native Americans
·         Business related topic based on economics ,finance etc

So we have one part of the puzzle here, can reading such topics help then - subscribe to American publications of news – Washington post, national geographic etc does help here.
What else can help here – Categorisation of the passages that I read will be next tip:
Typically, passages are broadly classified as (for the purpose of RC)
·         Narrative/Descriptive
·         Factual
·         Assertive
·         Argumentative

Is it possible to draw some correlation between the 2 points discussed above subjects and the type of passages , you sure can ..
We can easily link the subject to the type of passage –for e.g History passages typically tend to be either factual or narrative or Life science passages are mostly factual
 this is not a rule but it can be used as a tip – as you solve more RC’s you will be able pull in more such correlations

What can help next – wouldn’t it plain and simple if someone just gave out the types of questions that would appear on the RC section. Here’s a hint , you very can find out these yourself

From the above tips – we can easily link the 3rd aspect i.e the types of questions but before we  get there
Let us look at the anatomy of any passage in general , what do you find 3 main parts:
Introduction --à Body  à Conclusion
Or in technical jargon   Main point , Scope and the Tone of the passage

So , while reading the passage If you can identify these 3 aspects then you are almost there since most questions on RC revolve around these 3 aspects .  When you read the passage however vague the subject at hand , look for these 3 pointers and you are sure to have hit the jackpot on your answers to the RC questions .

NOW the big finale , let us link all the three tips we discussed above
Yes , it was that simple , you can draw your own list of types of question s from the above equation
  For e.g  HISTORY Passage -  FACTUAL – types of questions will be more on the scope i.e direct data type of questions like  “ as per line 8 what is meant by “   
Like wise use your judgement and as you solve more and more RC’s try and figure out how you correlate these above 3 tips .

Last but not the least , attempting RC’s needs you to have good speed techniques .

Having built familiarity with the subjects helps greatly as suggested in the first tip.

Next use the 3 S’ technique Scan , Skip and Skim  .

SCAN – Give the passage one read , a must do – it is worth the time
SKIP  It is best to skip unnecessary details especially in descriptive /narrative passages
SKIM  for the 3 things – Main point ( first 2-3 lines) , Scope ( bandwidth of the passage )and Tone ( last few lines in the conclusion)

Use these strategies and watch your score on the RC section acing !!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

GMAT Test Takers for EMBA

Top of Form
The GMAT™ has long been used to give business schools valuable insight into a candidate’s suitability for an MBA degree, but it isn’t a requirement for all programs. Today, more and more admissions committees are looking at other evaluation tools for measuring their candidates’ potential. So, for those EMBAs that no longer require the GMAT™, what are program directors looking at instead?
What is the GMAT™?
If you are only just getting acquainted with the term GMAT™, it might help to get an understanding of what the acronym stands for. The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT™) is a three and a half hour test (four with optional breaks included) that assesses a business school candidate on four key areas: Analytical Writing, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal skills. Tasks involved include analyzing an argument, multi-source reasoning and graphics interpretation, data sufficiency and problem solving, reading comprehension, critical reasoning and sentence correction. As Frank Crooks, Director of the Executive MBA at John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, says: “the GMAT™helps us assess a candidate’s ability to deal with quantitative subjects and their aptitude for writing exams.”
According to Jane Delbene, Director of Marketing for the Graduate Management Admission Council, (GMAC), the organization that owns the GMAT™, the test was specifically designed to help business schools assess and select qualified candidates wishing to attend graduate business and management programs. “Admissions teams meet an astounding number of impressive and accomplished professionals every day, but not all will have what it takes to succeed in the classroom. That’s where the GMAT™ comes into play,” Delbene says. “The GMAT™ measures a candidate’s higher-order reasoning skills, which includes analytical and critical reasoning. These are paramount to success in the business world and the business school environment. So, regardless of your age, background and experience, which are factors that cannot be objectively assessed, the GMAT™ is a reliable and extremely precise indicator to schools that an individual has what it takes to be successful on a program.”
Additionally, Delbene says the GMAT™ is an important tool for business schools to compare students around the world using the same evaluation. “This also assures students their cohort has been consistently and objectively selected using a standardised measurement tool,” she says. For Executive MBA candidates who have been out of the academic world for some time, Delbene adds that taking the GMAT™ is valuable practice and almost a crash course to help students prepare for what lies ahead.
Value for schools
At The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, all applicants must submit a GMAT™ score (no minimum score is required) as part of their application unless granted a waiver. “GMAT™ scores provide the admissions committee with information about an applicant’s ability to succeed in an academically rigorous program,” explains Bernie Zanck Bernie Zanck, Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the Executive MBA Program - Europe, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business. “We look at all aspects of a candidate’s background, knowledge and experience. Senior level managers, usually with 12 or more years of management experience may be granted an exemption from the GMAT™ requirement. Examples might include CEOs, Managing Directors, CFOs, and Division Heads. 
“A waiver may also be considered for a candidate whose work experience and training indicate a high level of quantitative and analytical skill and an ability to apply those skills to a rigorous and analytical MBA program,” Zanck says. “Examples might include: Treasurer or Chief Accounting Officer, or a CFA, or a candidate possessing another advanced degree or diploma in a quantitative field. The criteria above are not meant to be exhaustive and candidates who believe they are able to provide evidence of a similar quality not listed are encouraged to speak to an admissions representative,” he says.
At the University of Pittsburgh, Katz Graduate School of Business, GMAT™ scores are required for some candidates applying to the Executive MBA Worldwide Program, including those with less than 10 years of professional work experience or with an undergraduate degree in an area with little quantitative coursework.
“GMAT™ scores are one of the many different tools we use to evaluate candidates,” explains Assistant Dean, William T. Valenta, Jr. “Compared with other evaluation tools, GMAT™ scores give us a fairly good indication of a candidate’s academic ability. After all, they will be completing a rigorous program based upon master’s level coursework. Additionally, the GMAT™ is another opportunity for the best qualified candidates to separate themselves from  the competition.”
A holistic approach
While the GMAT™ provides these three schools with valuable insight into a candidate’s suitability for their Executive MBA programs, many other business schools around the globe no longer use the test as a measure for success. So what do they look for instead? IE Business School is just one of the schools who no longer require a GMAT™ score of their candidates. “The emphasis during the admissions process is on the professional experience of each candidate,” says Natalie Beamer, Admissions Assistant for Premium EMBA Programs. “We focus on building classes of students who have outstanding career development, an interest in entrepreneurship, excellent intrapersonal skills and strong objectives with leadership potential,” she says.
The GMAT™ isn’t usually part of the selection process at the University of Ottawa’s Telfer School of Management either. “The Telfer Executive MBA program focuses on creating a cohort of talented individuals who will both actively contribute to and benefit f rom the Telfer learning environment,” says program Director, Sophia Leong. “We do this by judiciously evaluating candidates based on business talent, personal ambition and organizational responsibility. We follow a rigorous selection process that brings together the best possible group of candidates who will foster a high impact, practical and relevant experience. We use case studies as well as other evaluation techniques to ascertain the potential candidate’s candidacy. This has allowed us to open the door to a broader range of Executive MBA candidates who have the experience and capacity to do the program.”
At the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, EMBA candidates are evaluated on a variety of components including transcripts, work experience, letters of recommendation and the admission interview but the GMAT™ is not a requirement.
“Although the W. P. Carey School of Business recognizes the value of standardized testing in the admissions process, we feel the breadth and depth of experience that our applicants bring to the table can be measured in multiple ways,” says Ruthie Pyles, Director of Admissions and Recruitment for MBA programs.
"Taking a holistic approach, the committee will not only evaluate the academic strengths of the applicant, but will also determine the synergies between the applicant and the strengths and culture of the program. Our executive cohort is extremely diverse, and it would be difficult to predict if adding this one component would significantly affect that diversity,” Pyles says.
The holistic approach is also favoured by the admissions committee at Athabasca University “There really isn’t one key indicator we use to predict whether or not an applicant will be a good fit,” says Deborah Hurst, Associate Dean for the Faculty of Business and Program Director of the Executive MBA. "Significant management experience is what we’re looking for and we also focus on ensuring our students are at a stage in their careers where they can truly apply what they are doing back to their own workplaces. We don’ t just want student s to learn the theory of leadership; we want them to be leading teams and organizations as they learn. The GMAT™ can be a good indicator of a student’s ability to learn at a master’s level, but it ’s not a solid indicator for these other experiences.”
Alternative testing
At one of the top business schools in the world, the GMAT™ has been replaced with an in-house test. Candidates applying to INSEAD’s Executive MBA program no longer need to present a GMAT™ score (although scores are still accepted), but rather the results of the INSEAD EMBA test.

Offerend through testprep company Prep-Zone, the test retains key elements from the GMAT's multiple-choice quantitative and verbal sections while introducing a mini-case analysis delivered via a 30-minute presentation. Prep-Zone co-founder and INSEAD alum Mícheál Collins says the test was designed to better align with the skills needed of the business school’s EMBA program. “We realized that to properly gauge the preparedness of a candidate, their sense of business should be tested as well as their cognitive st rengths. Hence we added the case presentation to the test and removed the essay writing part,” he explains. The INSEAD EMBA test is administered regularly on each campus and is combined with a panel interview.

Source: TopMBA

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

5 Ways Not Lose Your Sanity While Studying for the GMAT

Every person’s “GMAT story” is unique.

1. Taking a Class

I’ve read in storybooks that some people scored a 700 right off the bat on their diagnostic test without ever cracking a book. I’ve heard of others who simply read GMAT books and prepared on their own and got the score they desired. For the vast majority of us humans, a GMAT preparation class is necessary for one simple reason: it helps you to structure your studying and stick to a designated plan, complete with a weekly check-in with a brilliant instructor to guide you and answer your study questions. Not to mention, if you are in line with all the other competitive MBA candidate hopefuls, you will be inspired to stay current on the homework assignments in order to be relatively stable when called upon in class or showing your answers on practice questions. Overall, the MBA class is a safe space to make mistakes, practice mental math and re-learn 7th grade math concepts (remember those isosceles triangles?), improve your grammar, and accomplish the core task at hand: surviving the GMAT.

2. Timing

Taking the GMAT is kind of like having a child, there is no “perfect time” to do it. There will always be a major project or proposal at work, vacations you want to take, and unpredictable life events that steal our attention. No matter what, if you are studying correctly for the GMAT, you will be setting aside a significant amount of your time on a weekly basis to give all you have to the GMAT. For me personally, I chose Saturday classes because my regular work week was too unpredictable for me to commit to an evening class. My Saturday class became my ritual every week, and as best as possible, I adhered to the syllabus in order to tackle GMAT studying in chunks, rather than cramming or dragging it out for longer than necessary. I devoted 15-20 hours per week to study quant most mornings before work, and study verbal several evenings during the week. I took the weekend to take practice tests or do long problem sets, as well as sit in on my weekly class. If I had time during my lunch break, I would even listen in to online study session webinars that my test preparation company provided. All in all, breaking up my studying into multiple times throughout the day helped me concentrate in smaller doses rather than studying 4 or 6 hours straight and losing focus.

3. Controlling Your Emotions

The GMAT nearly “got to me” on several occasions. Whether from exhaustion or frustration or sheer sadness at the riddance of my normal social life, there were many times that I found myself in tears after a bad practice test or studying a certain topic multiple times only to find myself stillmissing questions on problem sets. As an A-student all of my life who was used to studying hard before tests and performing well, the GMAT really threw me a curve ball with its adaptive test methodology. There were several practice tests, for example, where I was in the 75-80% percentile range on quant through question 30, and then would miss 5 of the last 7 questions to end up in the 30% range. On my first official GMAT test, I scored 110 points lower than my last practice test—110 points. I quite literally almost blacked out in the testing center when I saw my score. However, despite these experiences, I had to force myself to get back on the horse, continue studying, and achieve my goal which I knew was within reach.

4. Your Support Network

The people you surround yourself with during GMAT studying are extremely important to your overall sanity and long-term test success. There are three types of support you need:
  1. People who care about your GMAT success—These are your friends who understand your goals and level of commitment. They may be taking the test at the same time or have taken it before. Your parents most likely fall into this category. They want you to succeed, understand your frustrations, encourage you, and tell you to keep going when you want to quit.
  2. People who could care less about your GMAT success—These people are the ones who encourage you to go away for a beach trip in the middle of your study sprint and want you to go out on Saturday nights instead of staying in and studying. It is wise to politely decline their text message, email, and phone invitations about 80% of the time. The other 20% of the time, you should go out with them for your own personal wellbeing. Being around people whose face would not change if you told them you got a 300 or an 800 score can be liberating.
  3. People who you do not know but commiserate with you and the GMAT—These individuals are strangers who you can find on the world wide web. I referenced many study support sites, mainly the blog, to hear honest GMAT stories and struggles from people all over the world taking the test. There are inspiring stories with titles such as “From 450 to 780,” and ones less positive but that are real and let you know you are not alone in your frustrations.

5. Take Time to Celebrate

Your GMAT studying process is designed for you to reach your goal score. While you are on your way to that ultimate success, you should reward yourself by celebrating the small stuff. If you finally nail your timing on quant in a problem set, take an evening off to get together with friends. When you first score in your goal range on a practice test, treat yourself to a pedicure or great meal out. And finally, have something really freaking fantastic lined up for you at the finish line. My first test, which as mentioned did not go so well, at least resulted in a big group dinner right afterwards so that I was with my support network. The day after my second test, which was a personal success, I took off on a vacation to Israel, Jordan, Greece, and Turkey. These were things I could look forward to throughout my GMAT journey. Celebrating your short-term and long-term achievements along your study route will definitely help keep your mind in check.
Good luck studying!
Source: Beat the Gmat

Saturday, 15 June 2013

To retake or not to retake the GMAT ? That is the question.

Friday, 14 June 2013

GRE Study Plan

GRE preparation Plan

First step – GRE mock on Powerprep
To gauge your strengths and weakness , Next

Register for the test, you will get a free copy of the Official Guide
Complete this book to get a good hold on concepts for the GRE test

Move to GRE Guide for practice questions in different sections, if you cannot crack these go back to concepts,

Once you are confident , the move on to full length tests from and

Another good resource  which has 4 full length tests:

The key here is to have a proper schedule in place based on your strengths and weaknesses .
Dedicate about 2-3 hours per day for GRE study for the next 3 months , you would be geared enough for a  high score, a competitive score for most engineers is 320/340. 
Ideal time to take the test is by August /September 2013 for Fall 2014 intake.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Critical Reasoning Questions – Not Settling for Second Best!

Critical Reasoning Questions are all about distractions. One is supposed to not only trace the logic behind the task but also to see through the author’s sneaky plan of leading the great minds struggling with the GMAT astray. Therefore, cracking a Critical Reasoning question can resemble an attempt to go through King Minos’ labyrinth with the difference being that those scoring well on the GMAT are equipped with USEFUL techniques and strategies instead of Ariadne’s thread.
A typical CR question may have from one to three answer choices going beyond the question’s scope and their elimination can be a matter of seconds. However, having eliminated the obvious we find ourselves with that uncomfortable problem of having to choose between seemingly tasty alternatives. The dilemma is made even more frustrating with the realization that such choices make or break our GMAT scores!
To survive in this hostile environment it is crucial to know your enemy – to understand how distractors work. They are commonly referred to as trap-answer choices and their elimination is never automatic; a good distractor seems plausible in some way. The question structure also renders more than one answer appealing. Consider this question:
Two farmers, who never left their farms their whole lives, were looking at their dogs and observed that all their border collies were black and white. The border collies were the only things that the farmers ever saw as a mix of black and white. Farmer Gil luckily but correctly observed that if something is a border collie then it must be black and white. Farmer Geva then remarked that if something is not black and white, then it is not a border collie.
The argument is flawed primarily because Farmer Geva:
A. fails to realize that there are other dog breeds apart from border collies
B. fails to realize that being black and white is a necessary but insufficient condition to be called a border collie
C. lacks sufficient information on which to base the condition for being a border collie
D. only observes one type of phenomenon – border collies and their color
E. demonstrates only limited knowledge about the world outside
Before approaching this question, we need to determine its type. The question stem tells us that this is an Argument Flaw question; what is the inherent flaw in the argument’s conclusion or its underlying assumption?
In this argument, the first three sentences are the premises, citing facts. Sentence 4 is the conclusion, as it demonstrates an opinion based on the premises:
Premise A: Two farmers, who had never left their farms, saw that their border collies were black and white.
Premise B: Both farmers had never seen other things that were black and white apart from the dogs.
Premise C: Farmer Gil: all border collies must be black and white.

Conclusion: If something is not black and white, it is not a border collie.
Fairly easily, we can eliminate answers A, D and E.
Answer A is incorrect because it assumes too much – that Farmer Geva is unaware of other breeds. Even if this were true, would this make the argument stronger? Is this really the flaw? Not really, as the argument only needs to deal with one dog breed.
Alternatively, choice D criticizes the argument for considering only one phenomenon. However, this is not a flaw as the argument only deals with one type.
Finally, answer E can also be easily rejected. It mirrors what the premises already state – that they had never left their farms and knew no other dog types except border collies; therefore, this answer choice does not illustrate the flaw.
It is clear that the toss-up will be between B and C: both answer choices relate to the scope we defined. Then which is the best answer choice? Which is the correct answer choice and which is the nasty distractor?
At this point we must pause and compare the two answer choices more carefully:
(B) fails to realize that being black and white is a necessary but not a sufficient condition to be called a border collie
(C) lacks sufficient information on which to base the condition for being a border collie
The two statements seem similar, but there are microscopic differences. According to answer B, going on the information of Farmer Gil that all border collies are black and white, Farmer Geva supposes that this is enough for a border collie to be called as such, wrongly assuming that only color delineates what a border collie is, whereas there may be other conditions which make border collies what they are.
Answer C, on the other hand, suggests that Farmer Geva lacks sufficient information to be able to define what a border collie is. Clearly this is not the case – the premises state that Farmer Gil correctly points out that all border collies are black and white and also, as one of the conditions for being a border collie (i.e. being black and white) is a premise, then such factual data is considered correct.
Once we isolate this difference, it becomes easier to judge which answer choice is best: Answer C makes a claim that contradicts the premises, whereas answer B correctly indicates a flaw in Farmer Geva’s reasoning.
The correct answer choice is B.
Take home lesson

Remember that GMAT questions often yield to the scheme of 3 + 1 + 1. Three relatively easy eliminations, a distractor and a correct answer choice. Find the three quickly, and then pause for a microscopic look at the last two. Do your best to choose the best, and not the second best answer choice.

Source: BeattheGMAT

Friday, 3 May 2013

Excerpts:2013 Visa Interview Mumbai Counsellate

Name: Nazm Bilochpura
Degree: Chartered Accountancy, Bachelors in Computer Applications

 Work Exp/Company Name: 2 years work ex. Companies :- Lancers Army Schools Trust, Estrela  hotels and resorts

GRE/GMAT & TOEFL /IELTS  scores : GMAT - 680, Toefl- 103

 Program Applied to : MBA

 Universities applied to : Babson, Oxford, will apply to LBS


 Admits /Interview Calls received so far  (specify names)- Babson, Oxford

 Scholarships if any USD : $15,000

Interviewer - Goodmorning ! Give me your I-20 and passport.
Me - Goodmorning Sir (Remember to wish cheerfully and confidently)

Interviewer - So going to Babson eh ? Which course are you going to do there?
Me - Yes. I'm going for my Masters in Business & Management

Interviewer - Ok, and what have you done in your education ?
Me - I'm a CA, and have also done my Bachelors in Computer Applications

Interviewer - When did you finish your last degree ?
Me - By Jan 2012

Interviewer - What did you do after that ?
Me - I was working in my family business, etc.... (I described my work)

Interviewer - And what was your salary there?
Me - My reply. ( I mentioned current salary only)

Interviewer - Good. So Who's going to pay for your education? 
Me - My employers are sponsoring me. I work for my family owned partnership firm, so they are taking care of my expenses.

Interviewer - What is your firm's Turnover ? or its profits.
Me - T.O this year has been ........, and profits have been.......... I have their latest ITRs with me. (but he didn't check them)

Interviewer - and what are your parents' share of profits from the firm
Me - (I fumbled here.... But gave an honest answer). Umm, my dad's share is XYZ I'm not very sure of my mother's share.Basically,the firmt's paying, with support from my Dad.

Interviewer - Hmm... and where else did you apply for admission ? and what happened there?
Me - Oxford and LBS. I got through Oxford, but things didn't materialize. Haven't heard from LBS so far. So I decided to go in for Babson. I'm getting a scholarship from Babson, so thats contributed to my decision

Interviewer - Great. So now, You can collect your passport.
Me - Collect my passport ? Now? (They said that to my Brother last time when his visa got rejected. They return passports immediately then !)

Interviewer - (Smiles) Collect it after 4-5 days. Your visa's been approved :)