Knowledge of global MBA programs to help MBA applicants highlight their individuality and strengths.

An MBA requires significant planning and effort. Each business school hasa distinct ethos with different application requirements and deadlines. The competition for admissions to leading, global MBA programs is i ntense. It is particularly difficult for international MBA applicants, whose educational and cultural frame of reference is so different to the institutions they apply to.

Our consultants will work with you every step of the way to offer customized inputs on your MBA applications, helping you gain a better understanding of what the process entails, culture of different business schools and what they look for in a candidate and programs charecteristics. Every applicant has a story to tell and we help you dig deep to draw out those stories that will become the foundation of your application.


Ideal if you are looking for end-to-end assistance with your application. Our team-based approach simulates the MBA admissions committee’s process.

Getting to Know You

We start by understanding your professional and personal experiences to help you develop your story, target schools and articulate your goals.

Resume Development

We help you develop a strong business school specific resume that highlights your educational and professional achievements, and leadership qualities.

MBA School/Program Selection

We leverage our professional affiliations and network to help you identify MBA programs where the curriculum and culture are aligned with your goals and qualifications.

Recommendation Strategy

We advise you on choice of recommenders and provide guidelines to help recommenders write impactful letters.

Essay Development

The essay is a distinguishing factor of your application. We will work with you from the initial brainstorming and drafting stages to the final presentation of the different essays required by each program. We help you translate your experiences into impactful messages that truly reflect your strengths.

The Interview

Applicants often underestimate the interview, a crucial step in the admissions decision. After your application is submitted, we will walk you through the interview formats of different MBA programs.

Final Program Selection & Waitlist Strategy

Whether you are confused about which school to attend or how to approach an MBA waitlist, we will guide you through your next steps.


Ideal if you require help with a specific aspect of your application.

Pre-application Strategy

We help applicants understand whether an MBA is appropriate for their career path. After reviewing your background, we help you develop a personalised action plan in preparation for applying to business schools. This includes a comprehensive MBA pre-application preparation booklet.

Interview Preparation

We will walk you through the interview formats of different MBA programs, and conduct school-specific video-recorded mock interviews. Our interview specialist will provide detailed review and written feedback on key areas for improvement.

Ding Analysis

If you have been waitlisted or rejected by an MBA program, our consultants will conduct a comprehensive review of your previous application materials, and highlight factors that need to be addressed to strengthen your candidacy in the future.

Spot Review

Comprehensive review of applications materials for a single MBA program prior to submission. Our reviewers provide extensive feedback on various components of the application such as resume, application form and essays.

Admissions Highlights 2018-19

216+ Applications


650+ essays reviewed


Applied to 40 unique schools in

USA | Canada | UK | Spain | France | Singapore

₹4 CR+

scholarships awarded

Top admissions include

Harvard Business School | Wharton School | Columbia Business School | Chicago Booth |

INSEAD | London Business School | HEC Paris | IE Business School | NUS Singapore | Kellogg School of Management | Michigan Ross

3 out of every 4 applicants

received an interview from their target business schools



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Your 9-step guide to MBA applications

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Applying together to business school gave them a built-in partner

Applying together to business school gave them a built-in partner

Applying together to business school gave them a built-in partner

Growing up in a strict Indian household, Rahul*’s earliest leadership template was to inspire through discipline. However, through the leadership opportunities he had as a part of the student government in college, strong communication and empathy, not punishment, became the hallmarks of his method of heading a team. Moving from consulting with Bain to becoming an investment analyst with Sequoia, his work was consistently team-based and required him to keep evolving his leadership style. A…

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Achieving his dream: MIT’s LGO Program

Achieving his dream: MIT’s LGO Program

Achieving his dream: MIT’s LGO Program

MIT Sloan’s Leaders for Global Operations (LGO) program, which combines the traditional MBA with an MS in Mechanical Engineering, had always been Rahul Nechlani’s dream. While achieving it wasn’t easy, today, Rahul is a first-year MIT Sloan student. The LGO program is uniquely aligned to his goal of leading global operations for a large-scale biopharmaceutical company. The school’s teaching focus, “learning by doing”, mirrors his mantra for learning. Strong academics – he attended IIT and…

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A business school education complemented his work goals

A business school education complemented his work goals

A business school education complemented his work goals

As the child in a military family, I grew up watching my father work hard to make sure the Indian army maintained an even handed approach to civilians in conflict areas, despite the high tensions. Watching him stand up for the disadvantaged affected my own mindset, and it guided my journey to business school. After studying at Tufts University in the US, I wanted to bring my skills and energy back to India, and address…

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Preparation makes for progress, from IIT to HBS

Preparation makes for progress, from IIT to HBS

Preparation makes for progress, from IIT to HBS

As a child fascinated with my family’s companies, I always knew I wanted to be involved in the “business” side. When I was 14, one of my cousins graduated from Harvard Business School (HBS), inspiring me to learn more about business education. Years later when preparing for college, I chose to study engineering at IIT Bombay, because I knew from my research, that a solid foundation in mathematics and analytics could propel my career and…

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From Hamlet to Harvard: How I leveraged my interest in drama on my business journey

From Hamlet to Harvard: How I leveraged my interest in drama on my business journey

From Hamlet to Harvard: How I leveraged my interest in drama on my business journey

Growing up, I was a risk taker in a family of worriers. I learned early that I had to push my parents to allow me to try new things, from playing a new sport to auditioning for a kid’s television show, and so I did, working hard to maintain a schoolwork-extracurricular activity balance. Despite the common attitude in India that things outside of the boundaries of academics are distractions, I was confident that pursuing my…

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After an unsuccessful attempt at applying to business schools the previous year, I chose The Red Pen because of their in-depth knowledge about each school. During my first conversation with Vrinda and Amy, I was very impressed with the way they differentiated one school from the other. This helped me with understanding my fit and I could be better prepared when I started an application. Additionally, The Red Pen... Read More helped me pace my application efforts so that I did not fall short of deadlines. They were frank, very involved and highly approachable. I particularly liked the aspect of multiple people looking at every part of my application; giving me multiple viewpoints, helping me position my story so that I could write my essays effectively.

-Columbia Business School, Class of 2018

I chose to work with The Red Pen because I knew a couple of their former clients and they had great things to say about the MBA team. I was also reassured by the fact that many of your team members had international degrees and had lived worked abroad – I was sure that I would get an in-depth perspective of business schools. TRP was super professional and the process was well organized. The team... Read More was always responsive and were invested in every application. We went through several drafts together, and my lead consultant helped me mould a very personal and hazy story into something that was concise and easy to understand. Also, getting multiple perspectives really helped me out.

-Harvard Business School, Class of 2018

A big thank you to you all. You helped me to understand myself so much better in that initial meeting we had. Frankly, I wasn’t considering Ross in the beginning. And now, it looks like the perfect fit. I’m excited to get in! My conversation with Michael Lippert from Ross adcom was really helpful in learning about the school and building rapport. All the other help during the entire process, with reviews... Read More and information along the way, has also been key to getting over the wire. The calls to discuss my essays, the application reviews and most of all, the confidence boosts a day before the interviews!

-Harvard Business School, Class of 2018


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