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    Please review my profile for PhD in business (Fall 2019).

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    I am a 26-year old Indian male national looking to do a PhD from a leading US/European business school in preferably a quantitatively - inclined field. My profile for your reference:

    Class X: 94.00% (ICSE)
    Class XII: 96.25% (ISC), school topper; 100% in Maths.
    - Among the 110 candidates in India (out of 50K) to clear ISI's B.Stat admission test.
    - Ranked 9th in WBJEE (out of 100K)
    - Cleared IITJEE successfully.

    B.E. Electronics & Telecommunication Engineering (Jadavpur University)
    - GPA: 9.0/10
    - GRE: 330/340 (AWA: 5.5/6.0)
    - Among the top 5% of the graduating class
    - Published 1 international journal (SCOPUS indexed) and 9 IEEE/Springer conf papers on bio-
    inspired Machine Learning algorithms.
    - Summer internships: NTU Singapore & a highly ranked tech R&D firm based in India (got a PPO)
    - Got fully funded MS/PhD offers from Georgia Tech, Purdue, UPenn, Penn State, CMU .(rejected all).
    - Scored 99.87% in CAT & 99.97% in XAT = Joined IIM A PGDM.

    Technical skills: C/C++, Java, MATLAB

    GPA: 3.1/4 (top 30%)
    Focus - Finance, Data Science & Strategy


    - Reaction-Diffusion Equations with Applications to Economic Systems [Book chapter] Econophysics and Sociophysics (Springer)

    - An Unbiased Critique of the Fluid Relationship between Happiness and Advertising. (IIM C research conf)

    - An eclectic demystification of Operation Barga (National Law Uni research conf)

    - Towards a model National IPR policy for India (independent SSRN submission), recommended for publication by Noam Chomski.

    Summer Internship: Quant Strategy at a US bulge bracket IB (final interview offer)
    Final placement: With a European bulge bracket IB.

    past 2 years:

    - Cleared both levels of the FRM exam - awaiting certification post completion of relevant work experience.
    - Quant Strategist/Analyst on the Synthetic Equity Trading desk of the bank (specifically, have a good understanding of how Prime Finance as a business works with a fair understanding of smart beta products & thematic/CROCI baskets).
    - Promoted to "Associate" in the first cycle.

    Skills picked up: Excel/VBA, postgreSQL, R, Bloomberg, Eikon Reuters and a whole list of trading risk management systems.

    GMAT: 750 (42 VA + 49 QA), 5/6 AWA & 8/8 IR.

    Could you please help me regarding how I can build my profile and the tracks/concentrations/areas I should apply to in order to get into the best schools? I intend to start in Fall 2019.


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    Re: Please review my profile for PhD in business (Fall 2019).

    Looks like a top profile. As good as any. What is your intended field of study? Strategy?

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