I (male) graduated in 2017 with a 6.66/10 out of 10 from IIT-Bombay (One of the top 2 engineering schools in India) with a dual degree in Chemical Engineering (B.tech and M.tech). (Now I know that the CGPA wouldn't be translated to 4 point scale with a linear correlation factor of 2.5, but it still is low). I have just joined a strategy consulting firm as a business analyst in their Chemical practice. Having assessed the difficulty of GMAT and consulting a few of our alums, I am confident of scoring 735+ if I study hard enough. I also volunteer at a animal welfare NGO(I have read it helps). I want to decide right away if I should pursue an MBA from India or abroad as early as possible and plan accordingly. I have a few questions regarding International programs on which I need more clarity. I would most probably will be applying after getting 2-3 years of work experience. Any suggestions for improving my current profile will help.
What are my chances of getting into a top 15 b-school programs in the world? H/S/W, Colombia, Booth, MIT-Sloan, Yale, LBS or INSEAD for example?. If not, what are the some of the realistic options in the US or the UK or anywhere else? I intend to work in the same respective countries to be able to repay the loans. How can I improve my profile?
If I look from country specific perspective, what countries should I be focusing on if I want to settle there permanently? So far I am looking at Germany, Canada and Australia (although I heard there are some immigration issues at present) but the programs are ranked much lower than US/UK/France. How are Singapore, Ireland, Netherlands, France, New Zealand and Italy in terms of job prospects? I am open to learning any new languages if required. (I have also heard many negative reviews about the Spanish economy).
The main con about pursuing an MBA and working/living in India other than the cut-throat competition is that even though the salaries and raises are high, the quality of life is really really poor. MBAs earn a lot of money to lead a very sub standard quality of life. Your work/life balance goes for a toss. I want to know if the pros of a top International MBA can outweigh all it's cons.
Lastly, thank you for taking the time out to read this (long?) post.
Have a great day!
[Edited by nilayqwerty on Sep 29, 2017]