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From NIT to ISB – An Engineer’s Journey to an MBA

Posted on March 04, 2014
Gautham ISB

In conversation with Gautham Muthukumar who recently made it to the Indian School of Business. He takes us through his prep methods and application experience.


Congratulations on your admit Gautham! Thanks for taking out the time to speak to us Gautham; what was your profile like before you decided to pursue an MBA?


I did my engineering from NIT,Trichy. I currently work in the Telecommunication industry and my work largely involves building small cells. My profile is that of a regular male Engineer.


What prompted you to take up an MBA program?


One day at my workplace, the India head for my product gave a seminar about the product and its positioning in the market. She shared some of the strategies in place to improve the quality of the product and thus the sales of the product.
This fascinated me and prompted me to have a discussion with her. She explained in detail how a Product Manager works and what his/her roles and responsibilities are. That discussion made me realize that an MBA would help me become a Product Manager and get more involved in the business decisions that surround a product.


How did you go about preparing for the GMAT?


My GMAT preparation took a fairly simple route –  I attended the classes at CrackVerbal after I heard about them on the BeattheGMAT portal. I had attended one of Arun’s demo classes and decided that CrackVerbal would help immensely in my GMAT prep. I merely followed Arun’s tips and saw a radical improvement in my GMAT score.


How did you shortlist B-schools?

I was focused only on Indian School of Business for Round 1. My plan was to apply to other Indian B-schools after the Indian School of Business result. Luckily, it all panned out and I didn’t have to apply to any other schools.

How did you go about the MBA application process?

I attended adMission workshop conducted by crackverbal. That helped me immensely in the complete admission process. From deciding B-schools to writing essays, CV’s adMission workshop was an eye opener.

What was the interview like with the Indian School of Business admissions panel?

The interview was a fantastic experience. I had 3 people in my panel including Ankur Warikoo, head of Groupon, India. It was a great experience interacting with such market leaders. Apart from the regular questions, I was asked questions specific to my profile. The panel was very pleasant and we shared a few laughs. It was a stress-free process.

What are your short-term & long-term goals post your MBA?

Post-MBA, I am looking to work in product management roles in telecommunication industry. In the long term, I want to become CTO for a telecom firm, involving myself in key strategy decisions and driving the revenue for the firm.

What advice would you give to future MBA aspirants?

Writing essays is as exhausting as GMAT. Give ample time to write essays. Do enough soul-searching to understand why you need an MBA. This time spent is an investment as the clarity of goals would help one to perform well at the interview as well.

What was your experience like with CrackVerbal?

Arun is an amazing coach. His classes are not only filled with English fundas, but also with some very cool strategies for GMAT. Applying his strategies guarantees an increase in the GMAT score. Crackverbal’s adMission workshop is an eye opener for anyone who has no clue about MBA admission process.

Any interesting anecdotes from your MBA journey?

I took CV classes in the beginning of 2013 and did not register for GMAT till mid-2013. I kept getting calls from CV asking me to book a date for GMAT. It was purely because of CV that I wrote GMAT on time for ISB R1. CV team never gives up on their lazy students. 🙂
Congratulations once again and we wish you the very best for your future! 
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