I was an Indian re-applicant with almost double the average work experience - needless to say it was not going to be easy to get into my dream school. I chose an expensive consultant in the US but since I was not completely happy with the amount of time he gave me, I contacted Amrit to help me.
Amrit is really good at fleshing out your story and making sure that there is a clear logical flow to what you want to say. If I said this is my goal or I want to take xyz course in my essay, he would make sure I have articulated why that makes sense and how it all ties together. He also showed me how to show the university that I understand their program well and that I am a good fit, something he can do only because he knows the schools well.
That said, the part where Amrit truly shines is in bringing you to life on your resume! (which, by the way, is just as important as the essays). I cannot stop gushing over how good my resume turned out after working with him (mind you, I had already finished working on it with my previous consultant but after Amrit was done with it, it became a masterpiece I was in love with). Even now when I re-read my resume, I smile to myself because it makes me feel so good about myself! I am sure my resume made me stand out during the application process and I would not have been able to make it nearly as good without Amrit.
You want to work with someone who is, at the end of the day, a nice person with a congenial personality - someone who will get on a call as many times as you want and take the time to help you. A lot of consultants do one call to tell you about the school and then switch to email exchanges but you want a consultant like Amrit who will give you as many calls as you like so that you can understand how to make your essays/resume perfect. Amrit has that right mix - he can tell you in a very straightforward manner which part of your application is not good enough but he will do it in way that is not rude or negative. It is for all these reasons I know that I can count on him even after I get to college
I reached out to Amrit after a terrible round 1, feeling extremely dejected. I had no MBA network and was clueless about the application process and desperately needed a guide. However, what I got was much more! A confidante, mentor and cheerleader who despite my average scores, non-IIT engineering background and non-traditional work experience never discouraged me from applying to the top M7s.
Amrit had an extremely systematic approach which helped immensely as I was in parallel trying to take the GRE again. He was also a big proponent of being authentic every step of the day which led me to produce essays that I was truly proud of, upping my confidence for every application. He brought out connections right from my childhood that I did not even know existed until we brainstormed and put pen to paper.
Through this process Amrit not only coached me on how to approach the crazy application process better, but also taught me how to portray myself in the best way - a life skill I know I can use forever. I got into 2 of the 4 schools I worked with him (Booth, Tuck) with scholarship and was waitlisted at the 3rd (Stanford). I truly believe this would not have been possible without his help. Do not think too much! Get on board with Amrit!
I began my application-prep with little knowledge of the process and was looking for a consultant who could give it to me straight and bring out the best in me. After my first call with Amrit, I was more than convinced that I'd made the right choice!
Amrit has a deep knowledge of what each school is looking for and an uncanny knack of effecting deeper introspection. His extremely friendly nature and incisive questioning style created a comfortable space for me to introspect and helped me build intensely personal applications.
Amrit has a truly international background, and this helps him neutralize country-specific idiosyncrasies that may have been overlooked by another consultant - evidenced by the several "moments of truth" during our conversations.
Whether it was the 3 am calls or several rounds of interview prep, Amrit went above and beyond to bring out the best in me. I was often left pleasantly surprised to find myself exceeding even my own expectations!
I see Amrit as more than just an admissions consultant. He is a life coach who helped me become more self-aware, and thereby tell my story with more conviction. Lastly, Amrit helped me realize my long-term aspiration of going to Kellogg. However, I will carry the lessons learnt while working with him for life.
With Amrit, what you get is more than just a consultant. Given his experience in life coaching, working across a number of industries and being a Booth alum himself, he adds an extremely unique and diverse perspective to the application process.
During the essay process, unlike most other consultants, Amrit is happy to give all the time needed to perfect the essay drafts, version after version. Few people get it right in the first few times, but for someone like me who needed more help, Amrit proved to be a great choice.
Amrit helped me a lot for the interview prep, especially for the HBS interview. With his breadth of experience, he was able to conduct mock interviews which were extremely similar to the actual ones.
If I had to sum up my experience with Amrit – it’s like working with a thorough professional who knows what to do to get the best out of you. The more candid, honest, and thorough/diligent you are, the higher your chances of sure results.
I went to Amrit at the beginning of the round 2 season after a terrible experience with a significantly inexpensive and relatively unknown alternative. I hadn’t researched the MBA application process well and skimping on cost was the first mistake I made. Amrit is quality and hence the cost is justified. I wouldn’t change a thing about it.
Amrit is really great to talk to, easy-going and casual and the process does not feel taxing and formal. He is available regularly, has a very well-oiled workflow that works for many different types of candidates and will help you get into the groove of the MBA application process even as you hit the ground running.
A very important part of the MBA applications is standing out as a personable and authentic individual. Most people applying from a hyper-competitive country like India have fantastic jobs, 99%-percentile GMATs, and incredible international experience. Here, it becomes important to bring out an authentic story (or personable character) through the essays and this is where Amrit shines. I learned early on that the more I opened up to him and exhaustively discussed all possible life backgrounds and stories, the more personalized, moving, and powerful examples we were able to build to really craft a strong essay.
Amrit has been really accessible throughout the process and I’ve never had an occasion where I wished he was less busy/made more time for the queries that I had. I had plenty of queries, doubts, impostor syndrome attacks, and whatnot – but he was patient and empathetic throughout. At the end of the process, I’d made a friend and he even came to watch my band play when he visited Bangalore.
I’d highly recommend Amrit for a US MBA application process, he’s genuinely good and is guaranteed to get the best out of you and help your application stand out in the most authentic manner possible.
I came from a banking background, with a prior India-MBA degree. I thus had many considerations when I decided to apply to blue-blooded B-schools in the US. Backed by few references, I reached out to Amrit, and it took me just about half an hour of discussion with him to decide that he’d be the best coach for me. I explained my prevarications to him, including my honest reasons behind pursuing the degree, my generic background in the Indian application pool, and my lack of experience in the co-curricular space.
Surprisingly, of all the consultants I spoke with, Amrit was the only one who lent a patient ear and gave me his honest opinions, and even a potential road map, even without any commitments from my side
What differentiates him from other consultants is not just his pedigree, but his ability to have the bigger picture in mind, and his willingness to always pull you back if you start to drift. He understood the vacancies in my application and pushed me to think about my entire life, both professional and personal. The most outstanding aspect about him is that during the process, he becomes more of a friend than a coach, and kicks you to push yourself when needed, especially when the process grows tiresome. His eagerness to revert with newer suggestions, and coaxing me to dig out achievements which I didn’t think mattered were what lent superiority to my applications, and I’m very thankful to him.
Lastly, he understands the importance of process more than the results, and I remember being contacted by him when I got dinged from some of my dream schools, and his words of encouragement about my effort were the only reason I had the courage to push myself again with the same energy. He turned my personal anecdotes of failures into stories that impressed the admissions teams of multiple schools. During the entire process, I evolved into someone who understood better the best reasons for a management degree.
I would recommend Amrit to anyone who thinks an honest consultant can make your application better. You can definitely trust him to make your application the best version of yourself.
With 2 months to go for R1 deadlines, I started looking for US MBA admissions consultants. By speaking to a few MBA admits/students within my circle, I realized that I wanted to work with an admissions consultant who was:
a) Honest about my chances of getting accepted to a top US B-school
b) Genuinely interested in understanding my background and perspectives
c) Going to critique my viewpoints while encouraging me to bring out the most unique stories
d) Responsive in essay edits and available for quick sync-ups throughout the process
I had heard about Amrit from a few colleagues – they described him not only as a great consultant but also as a mentor who even helped them prepare for B-school life after getting admitted. After speaking to several consultants, I was very clear that I wanted to partner with Amrit in this comprehensive process.
Amrit’s approach to the application process is very structured – he broke it down into weekly sub-components (resume, goals, essays, video submissions) while being very particular about the quality of output.
He provided valuable feedback on my essays, critiquing my thinking and ultimately bringing out the reasons why I felt my story was unique. By encouraging me to dig deeper, Amrit pushed me towards becoming a better storyteller in my applications.
His willingness to always make time for quick discussions/essay edits and his ability to act as a sounding board whenever I was stuck, was instrumental in shaping up my applications well ahead of deadlines.
I received 2 interview calls in R1. His structured interview preparation was pivotal. Finally heading to Kellogg this year 🙂
To anyone who is wanting to crack the top US B-school admissions and enjoys working through a structured process – I definitely recommend partnering with Amrit!
Working with Amrit has been a great experience! I enrolled with him in late October 2020 for a competitive application season. To my delight, I received interview invites from two (Kellogg, Wharton) out of the three schools I applied to and converted one – Wharton!
Amrit’s stress on forming a goal statement early on pushed me to introspect, and his probing assisted me in condensing vague ideas and articulating them into more concrete plans. Further, he emphasized on speaking with several students and alumni, and he pushed me to action this, helping carve a well-rounded and thoroughly researched application! With well-drafted samples and his focus on impact in reviewing each line item, he assisted in transforming my resume into a much more compelling document.
Amrit is very approachable on call. Nine times out of ten, I could book his time within 24 hrs. This way of working was not only convenient but allowed me to build a rapport and express myself more freely, ultimately helping us land at the best anecdotes for essays. Having worked with several applicants over the years, he brings an ability to identify what works for which school adcom and what doesn’t. Additionally, his brutally honest line-by-line feedback on several iterations helped take the clarity and logical flow of essays to the next level.
In mock interviews and TBD’s, Amrit’s support helped me present a more polished and confident version of myself. Amrit has a friendly and humorous demeanor to top it off, making the entire application process more bearable and less grueling. I certainly recommend partnering with Amrit for your b-school applications and trust him to get you across the line!
I am Amrit’s repeat customer! When I decided to apply to B-Schools for the 2nd time I was sure that I wanted to work with Amrit. It is important to build a rapport with your counselor, who can not only understand your story but is also able to embellish it. Amrit’s stellar pedigree puts him in a favorable position to provide such guidance.
He has a structured approach with the aim to stick to the prompt received from schools. He will not approve of half-baked materials even in his busiest season. You benefit from multiple iterations of the draft without losing any time because of his ultra-quick response time. Unlike other counselors, once you have signed with Amrit the conversation is never transactional. You work as a team with Amrit acting as a perfect sounding-board of ideas. The entire application process is more streamlined as he helps across editing resume, essays, LORs and preparing for interviews.
I strongly recommend Amrit to keep you motivated, relaxed and on-schedule for the MBA application process.
The MBA application can be a daunting journey, but with Amrit´s help it felt much more manageable. At the end I have received offers from all four schools I applied to and even a few scholarships, and it would not have been possible without Amrit´s insights.
As an experienced consultant, Amrit has a very methodical approach: we first started by completing reworking my resume, and only after crafting a solid narrative for my professional experiences did we start to brainstorm the essays, mission statements and overarching application packages. I was a bit of a slacker, and at times it was hard for me to juggle between the applications, a full time job, and other priorities in life. But Amrit constantly encouraged me to push through. By dicing the tasks into smaller, more digestible steps, he kept me on track with the progress without overwhelming my schedule.
Amrit also stands out from other admission consultants in that he is extremely personable and easy to talk to. Working with him feels like talking to a friend. The conversations were very natural, sometimes jest-riddled, but always insightful. By going through my experiences, and sometimes challenging me to craft my stories in a different perspective, he helped me find a voice that really let my personality shine through in the applications. And this was one crucial element in my applications that I could not have otherwise incorporated had I flown solo.
I started thinking about applying for my MBA in late October 2018 when it was getting close for Round 2. With a 710 GMAT and absolutely no knowledge of the application process, I was super nervous that I'd even make it in time. Quite serendipitously, I stumbled upon Amrit's website. Reading through all his past client experiences, their selection records, and after an intro chat, I was convinced that I wanted to start working asap with this super cool, motivating and funny mentor.
His first piece of advice for me - Improve my GMAT (considering I'm from an ultra- competitive pool). With under a month's concerted effort and his advice on studying strategies, I improved to a 740 in mid-Nov '18. Phew, what a relief! The very same day, we kick-started our engagement in a structured, time-calculated schedule.
Amrit's world-class pedigree (Cornell | Booth | McKinsey), his invaluable experience, and his dedication towards your goals combine to give you an unbeatable application experience. We sent in solid apps to five leading US schools, of which I received two interview calls - Booth, Darden and an admit from Darden with Full Scholarship! Yayy!
Amrit works with you each step of the process, reviewing every line of the draft with razor- sharp insights. The outcome is a perfect deliverable that narrates your story better than you ever could yourself. Still, the highlight for me is that even under the tightest deadlines, I could approach him and take his feedback on the smallest of application items with ease. I think his unwavering commitment to our mission of realizing our max potential is what sets him apart. My advice - Forget any constraints, Amrit is a champion mentor and a friend. Trust him to get you through! :-)
Amrit was fantastic to work with!
As a repeat applicant, I knew the pain of rejection. I met Amrit at an admissions event and saw the immense value he could add through my application process. A few things really stood out during my interaction with Amrit:
1. Amrit was genuinely interested in getting to know me. He understood what I wanted in terms of my career (sometimes better than I did) and was immensely helping in storyboarding and articulating a coherent application.
2. Amrit’s response time was under 24 hours. This really helped me fine tune my applications with multiple iterations. Amrit was very pointed with his feedback, and pushed me to turn out the best application I possibly could.
3. Amrit went way beyond what he had to do professionally. On the night of a tight deadline, he knew I was stressed out and was available for me throughout on phone, email and WhatsApp.
Amrit is incredibly easy to talk to so much fun to work with! With his help, I applied to 5 schools, secured interviews from 4 and got admitted to 3 of them.
I am a re-applicant and there was no doubt in my mind that I would be working with Amrit again through the process. The application process was very fun and easy-going experience driven by few key factors that Amrit brings to the table –
1. He brings out your story: Amrit knows how to look at various elements of your profile and life experiences to bring out the right hook that will resonate with the ad-coms. This will be a rigorous and collaborative process where sometimes Amrit will not shy away from negating your ideas and sometimes he will bring out ideas that you would not be able to conceptualize standalone. What I really liked was that the ‘story’ process never ends – he will not end it at your goals but also push to bring it out in the interview, experience-based essays etc. On one occasion, he helped me come up with what I would contribute the schools by stitching my work experience, goals and extra-curriculars all in one.
2. He is a one-man army: Amrit helps you through the entire process – from goals to the application form to the interview. He knows all aspects of your application and thus can stich it together very well. However, he will never give a go-ahead to any material unless he is completely satisfied with it. Doesn’t matter how many iterations have taken place, or how busy he is, he will always push to bring the material to best possible version. He will also adapt to your working style/time schedule to the extent feasible. Amrit has helped me bang out an application in 4 days when I was overburdened with work and has also pushed me to take more time to reflect when something wasn’t clicking/ the application was too complex.
3. He is a perfect blend of friend and advisor: No questions are stupid, and there is nothing he won’t help with. Additionally, working with him is fun! He ensures that you don’t feel the burden of the tedious application and makes it an easy and fun exercise. He also brings a lot of experience to the table in terms of exposure to different industries and his own MBA stint. (for one application, I referred to his essay for inspiration for a prompt). PS: he was my second call (after dad) when I got my admit into my priority 1 school.
All in all, I would recommend Amrit. My outcome – 7 applications, 2 admits with some scholarships, 1 other admit and 2 waitlists and I am very excited to join Ross this fall.