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Ritesh Ranjan- Supply  Chain Management in MIT with 710 on the GMAT

Posted on May 25, 2016

In Conversation with Ritesh Ranjan who bagged an admit to MIT with a 710 on the GMAT…

Can you tell us about your background?
I graduated from VIT in 2007 and joined Cognizant through campus placement. I started my career as a Programmer Analyst Trainee and worked there for about 3 years. Prior to that, I worked in Mphasis for more than 3 years  and since a year I’ve been working in Infosys as Technology Lead.
So that’s 7 long years of working! Why a course in SCM over an MBA?
I always felt I should fast-track my career. I was in a technical field and wanted a change. I knew that in the current field I was working in, I would eventually end up in project management. I wanted admits from Top US B-schools and I got an offer from MIT for the supply chain management course.
MIT has a supply chain network all over the world and they are linked to the University of Zaragoza as well. The opportunity seemed much more exciting than an MBA. The course starts this August and ends in June. It spans  9 months in the University of Zaragoza and it also includes a 1-month project in Sloan School of Management.
How was your experience with GMAT?
The hardest part was the reading comprehension on GMAT Verbal. I somehow managed to do well on Critical Reasoning and Sentence Correction. The guidance from CrackVerbal from the basic concepts to techniques on how to handle each question really helped me. I mastered it and scored a 710.  I used only the CrackVerbal material during my preparation and took a lot of practice tests before the actual exam.
How was the whole application process?
I applied to Duke University, MIT, Tepper, Carnegie Mellon and Ross Business School. While applying for MIT, I had to prepare a video essay for the SCM Course. I felt the course was quite unique and it was a good opportunity, so I went for it.
So what made you stand out in the video essay?
I was pretty honest when it came to my video essays. Although it wasn’t a fairy-tale all the way, I had plenty of material in my present work experience to showcase differently. I used all the topics that were discussed during the essays while applying to other B-schools and visualized that on my video I mainly emphasized o n my work experience.
Since there was no interview process, this was my one and only chance to give it my best shot and stand out.
How did CrackVerbal play a role in your journey?
As I mentioned earlier, after attending GMAT Verbal classes, I had a different perspective towards the questions on the test as I had more clarity on how to attempt each question. CrackVerbal classes definitely makes a difference. They helped me go beyond 700 by polishing my analytical skills.
Would you like to share some advice to other MBA Aspirants out there?
There are 3 things I’d like to share out of personal experience:

  • 1. If you’re preparing for GMAT, you need to be very focused. You should first identify where you’re lagging and then focus more on that particular area to improve your scores.
  • 2. If you’re targeting Top B-schools, do your homework. Make sure you know what the schools are looking for and whether your strengths and weaknesses are the right fit for the school.
  • 3. Before applying, make sure you plan way ahead about your post MBA goals. B-schools don’t always do the magic. You should have clarity on where you want to see yourself after your MBA and work towards it.

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