"I am an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School in New York. I would be spending my summer with global management consulting firm Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company). I was raised in New Delhi but spent the past 11 years in various parts of India and the US. I am an engineer by training and started my professional journey in B2B sales at Philips, where I formulated and executed on a $2.5M business roadmap for an underperforming sales territory, supervising a team of 15 people and managing relationships with 10+ high-value accounts.

After spending 3 years at Philips, I joined the Young India Fellowship (YIF), a highly selective one-year Liberal Arts Program delivered in partnerships with UPenn, Yale and a few others, to broaden my skill set. By working on a year-long education program in rural India as a part of YIF, I learned about the challenges and opportunities in Indian education, and got particularly interested in the role of private sector in it. 

This brought me to FSG, a Boston based impact consulting firm that focusses on market-based solutions for social change. Here, I was the Chief of Staff, providing executive and strategic support to the MD on some key firm-wide initiatives. Later, I transitioned to Program Associate for FSG’s $16M initiative to improve quality of education in the 300K private schools in India."


  • 1

    On GMAT and MBA

    • Introduction

    • Aayush’s journey to Columbia

    • The first attempt at MBA applications and GMAT experience

    • Learning from giving the GMAT four times

    • The second attempt at MBA applications

    • Application components

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    • Post-MBA plans

    • Application timelines

    • On Visa

    • Whats FSG like? How did you get in? What did you learn?

    • Finding motivation on your worst day while preparing for GMAT

    • Writing about Post-MBA Plans

    • Deciding where not to apply

    • What is the most exciting about thing about receiving your acceptance

    • On consultants and scholarships