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A Steady Approach led to a 710 – Hitesh Mishra

Posted on August 01, 2017
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In conversation with Hitesh Mishra who scored a 710 on GMAT (V34, Q51) :

 

Can you tell us something about your background?

 

I graduated from NIT, Rourkela, under the discipline of Mining Engineering. I got placed in Coal India Limited, and I have been working as the Assistant Mining Manager in one of its subsidiaries. I have about 3.5 years of work experience.

 

What was your motivation behind an MBA?

 

There were two reasons that drove me towards an MBA—

1. I plan on starting my own enterprise.

2. I have observed that in Public Sector Enterprises, you are not evaluated on the basis of the amount of work you do. So, what I’m looking to get out of an MBA revolves around the gist of equal pay for equal work.

 

How did you go about your GMAT prep?

 

I started my GMAT prep by taking a mock test where I scored around the 590600 range which made me realize that I needed to focus more on Verbal. I decided to take some time off work to focus exclusively on my prep. After I joined CrackVerbal, mid-way through my prep, I booked my slot to take the GMAT, because I had already decided that I would take it during the second week of November.

 

I solved the entire OG section by section and developed confidence in each section. I then attempted to tackle the OG as a whole, and as I went ahead I created a log sheet where I recorded all the problems I faced on each question.  

 

I availed CrackVerbal’s Verbal only course. I studied for Quant by myself since I already had a strong foundation in math. I used to choose about 20 different questions from the Quant Review and the OG (each section) and practice them every day.

I solved the entire OG section by section and developed confidence in each section. I then attempted to tackle the OG as a whole, and as I went ahead I created a log sheet where I recorded all the problems I faced on each question.  

 

How do you feel CrackVerbal helped with your GMAT prep?

 

CrackVerbal was a perfect mentor when it came to helping me prepare for the GMAT. Though I registered only for their Verbal module, they still gave me seamless support when it came to Quant. They resolved all my doubts related to Quant and even provided me with the advanced documents for Quant.

When it came to CR, CrackVerbal’s classes helped me understand how exactly to identify the right inference of the passage, which enabled me to choose the right answer option. I also used the same method for RC. SC was my weakest section. I would choose the answer option that sounded right to me, and if I got a question correct, it was pure luck. CrackVerbal’s sentence correction module taught me the right ways to tackle these questions. I learned and followed all the techniques they taught me.

The faculty at CrackVerbal are very patient. They answer all your questions and doubts, from the simple ones to the bigger score-changing ones. The support that they provide is completely unparalleled when it comes to preparing for the GMAT.

 

What do you plan to showcase in your application essays?

 

I will showcase my startup that I am planning to kickstart by the time I apply to these colleges. I want to create a network where kids between the age of 14 and 16 are exposed to the limitless opportunities that they have while they are growing up. What I wish to do with this network is to allow them to connect with people who have graduated from top MBA, medical, and engineering colleges so that they are given guidance to reach their future goals.

 

What schools are you planning on targeting?

 

I am planning on applying to colleges with a good program in Operations. My professional experience so far has been in operations. At Coal India Ltd., I have been in various roles ranging from planning to production along with a little bit of financial management. I am looking at Kellogg, Tepper, Yale, and ISB.

 

Do you have any words of wisdom for our MBA Aspirants?

 

1. Be confident when taking prep tests.

2. Be thorough with the concepts before you attempt a prep test.

 

We hope you found Hitesh’s story useful. We would love to hear about the challenges you are facing in your GMAT prep.

 

Leave a comment below and our team of experts will get back with the answers.

 

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