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Win Guided tour to top MBA bschools and free GMAT prep courses

BeatTheGMAT is launching MEGA-MEGA giveaway challenge. (they call it 1 lacs dollar challenge! You can find more information from the official source
Here’s simple steps to follow:

  1. Login to Beat The GMAT via Facebook. Be sure to click the “Login with Facebook” button on the login page
  2. Click the “Pre-Register” button. When the window opens, make sure to click “Publish” to share with your friends

The Grand Prize is a 1 week, all expense-paid tour of 5 elite business schools – Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Stanford GSB, Haas and one US school of your choice.  Beat The GMAT will pay for everything, including flights from anywhere in the world.
For queries, comment on news announcement page of 100k challenge. Spread the word. & All the best for the contest.

Thomas Cook wing scholarship for GMAT applying abroad

Thomas cook announces a scholarship programme for Indian students wanting to go to abroad for higher studies: The Thomas Cook wings scholarship.
Now here’s what you need to do:

  1. write a 2 page SOP
  2. Mail it to

And how it’ll be done?
Students will have to write a 2 page Statement of Purpose (SOP) and either mail it to or submit it at any Thomas Cook Branch in their city by 30th September 2010. Refer to their official website to locate branch near you; or simply call 18002099100.
I know it’s bit stale news but not too late, you can still apply! There’s plenty of time & I hope you already have rehearsed good SOP. For questions, queries and discussion please visit the Facebook page of Thomas Cook U-Special.
Out of all the received entries, 10 best SOP’s will be shortlisted and those students will be awarded a scholarship worth upto Rs. 35,000/- each. There is also a newly introduced special VISA assistance for students that offers them a smooth travel Experience, catered by Thomas Cook.

Scholarship for GMAT prep and fees, by BeatTheGMAT.

Albeit bit late in posting this information about the on-going scholarship for GMAT studies and fees by, I am glad that I could get time to publish it before its last date.
Just last few days remain of famous, annual Beat The GMAT scholarship. Submit it before 20th May.
You’ve two essay questions as usual
1.> why do you deserve this scholarship (500 words)
2.> Why do you want to go to the Business school (300 words)
and an optional essay
3.> Are there any special circumstances you want us to consider?
Everything is same like earlier scholarships, except prizes, sponsors & the juries. This time around there’ll be NO first or second rank winner but general six winners. As all prizes are more or less has equal value. Prizes include full GMAT registration fees ($250) & a full fledged coaching from one of six sponsors, based on the choice of the applicant.
Sponsors are: Grockit, Kaplan, Knewton, Manhattan GMAT, Princeton Review & Veritas Prep.
Winners will get GMAT registration voucher worth $250. Yes, so all you guys wondering how to avail GMAT coupons or GMAT vouchers, here’s your chance- apply for GMAT scholarship and get it free from BeatTheGMAT!
What are you waiting for?
Submit your Scholarship application before the due date.(20th May 2010)

Have GMAT queries? Ask on forums, get prizes

Participate on forums and get prizes worth thousands of dollars! Yes, you heard it right,  (when I say forums, it got to be BTG) Beat The GMAT has launched the GGG, Giant GMAT Giveaway (that’s what they’re calling it) and top participants on the Beat the gmat forums during next one month, will get a chance to win mega prizes sponsored by GMAT coaching institutes such as ManhattanGMAT, Veritas, Grockit, Knewton, Kaplan etc. So what are you waiting for? start participating on forums, ask question, solve problems, answer queries climb up the ladder-leaderboard & get listed!!
For more details visit the official announcement, & if you’ve further questions, please divert them to the forums. Thank you.

GMAT promo codes, voucher. Whats the fuss?

There’s been a lot of discussion about GMAT vouchers & promotional codes. Everyone seems to be clueless, no one exactly knows what’s this all about, nor they’re getting proper information from the internet. But if it’s on official GMAT website then codes has to be there (somewhere floating around or only for some exclusive bunch of people). The reason for lack of information around the world wide web is this is a recent phenomena. It was not present earlier. Hence the post. 🙂

What is GMAT promotional code & gift voucher?

and where can I get it? How can I get it?
While registering a GMAT date at, when you check payment options you’d find two boxes at the bottom of the screen appear for GMAT promotional code & GMAT voucher.
1.] GMAT gift voucher can be obtained from your university’s financial aid office. You need to express your financial need & provide relevant documents to support what you claim. It’s your financial aid office that decides whether to avail the voucher for you or not. hmm did you mean GMAT fee waiver? [download GMAT Fee waiver programme doc. for more info click ref. GMAC]
GMAT voucher code is available & valid for selected nations or regions. (I’m not sure whether it’s available outside United States…but definitely not valid in EU & Japan) d
Update: You can buy GMAT gift voucher for someone (or for yourself). Once bought, it’ll be valid for 5 years. You cannot claim a refund if you’ve already booked a date and paid exam fees. Please note the published date of the article. (April 2009).
2.] Secondly about GMAT promo code (promotional codes) these are nowhere to be seen. In my theory, if a certain company has partnered with GMAC to offer GMAT promotional code or discount, it should promote the promotional codes well; it should advertise the promotional codes in order to leverage the benefits of the partnership (or whatever.) So, to conclude I dont think there are any promotional codes out there (you do study Critical reasoning, dont you 😉 ). It’s may be the feature added (by web designer) they never used. (I vaguely remember that Kaplan might have such promo codes for their GMAT classes which costs thousands of dollars.)
But it’s a great feature to introduce. If GMAC hasn’t thought of use it yet, they should seriously think about it.

We, at Beat The GMAT, perhaps can use this promo codes for GMAT scholarship winners. I think it’s lot more safer, convenient and direct option to offer GMAT exam fees to winners than giving them ‘e-cash’ through paypal.

PS: [update]  & guess what? I’ve figured out way to avail the GMAT voucher! Yes, apply for BeatTheGMAT scholarship and get GMAT gift voucher for free!

Scholarship for GMAT preparation & MBA application

We are back to scholarship season. I just love this period of the year, I start promoting the scholarship competition & BTG starts receiving applications. This year is no different. Beat The GMAT forums is been doing this since four years and it’s always bigger next year.
This time we’ve doubled the cash price to $500 for each five winners. Manhattan GMAT awards full fledged GMAT course to all winners. (worth $1500 !!) But the prizes from consultation service varies with the rank of the winner. Stacy Blackman Co. is sponsoring consulting for MBA admission & b-school applications.
Rest of the things are the same as usual. Eligibility criteria, application details/format, the essay questions and even the due date! You can verify the details on the official page Beat The GMAT scholarship.
Five winners will be chosen by the panel of Beat The GMAT, Manhattan GMAT & Stacy Blackman Co.
For further information, hints and tips, you can bump this blog back & comment or if you’re member of the forum you can put your queries directly on the 2009 GMAT scholarship forum.
Now that you’re here anyways: let me give you the essay questions of this competition. All the best guys. :thumbsup:
Two/three essay questions:
1. (500 word limit): Why do you deserve this scholarship?
2. (300 word limit): Why do you want to go to business school?
3. (300 word limit) OPTIONAL: Are there any special circumstances you want us to mention? Examples: financial need, major life event etc.

Scholarships & Financial aid for MBA studies

These days I am looking out for all scholarships fellowship and financial aid for MBA studies. As promised earlier I’ll make it available for public & probably host it on beat The GMAT Forums or on

I checked delicious bookmarking tool after quite long time & I am surprised to see the new looks of the site. It’s revamped.

I will check all b-schools website, all blogs. admission consultants blogs, MBA related forums scholarship forums I will gulp whatever information I get. & compile a list of various scholarship fellowship or financial aids available for MBA studies.

Each & all links will be hand-picked. I’ll also a small review about the scholarship or whatever on offering. I think to do this delicious is the best & effective tool. Stay tuned & keep eye on MBA scholarship bookmarks link. haha, right now I have just added my couple of blogs for testing. Soon the it’ll be flooding. (still I’ll make sure to post quality content)

I am bit confuse as to where & how I should publish this information. If you have any opinion please drop me a comment or post a reply at suggestion & feedback thread at BTG forums.

MBA Fast track scholarship by Veritas Prep & Beat the GMAT

This is the last month to submit the scholarsihp application for Beat the
GMAT scholarship. I have talked about it earlier on the other blog
But I think that
was before it renamed to a new title. I want to reiterate if I havent mentioned it somewhere before that the scholarship competition is open for international applicants as well. Anyone can apply: US or non-US applicant.
Check out the details:

Beat The GMAT is an MBA discussion community that exists to help people
achieve success on the GMAT and business school admissions by connecting them to
world-class resources. In this spirit, Beat The GMAT is proud to host the Beat
The GMAT/Veritas Prep MBA Fast Track Scholarship competition, co-sponsored by
Veritas Prep. Thanks to the generous donations made by Veritas Prep, we will be
distributing five scholarship packages valued over $20,000!
The deadline to submit your scholarship application is September 1, 2008.

& let me provide you the requirement. You need to submit two essays & one optional essay.

Essays Responses:
500 word limit – REQUIRED: Why do
you deserve this scholarship?
300 word limit – REQUIRED: Why do you want to go to business school?
300 word
limit – OPTIONAL: Are there any special circumstances you
want us to consider? Examples: financial need (proof of financial need
highly encouraged, e.g. latest pay stub), major life events, etc.

For further details I follow check out the official web page: ( click on the title of this article.)

& if you want any hints click here:

Reliance Stanford GSB scholarship for MBA program

And I have returned to day dreaming. Return to aim WSC (cough! Wharton Stanford Columbia). I had said earlier and mentioned in my description line of the blog as well that I am no more aiming for Stanford GSB. Well! and I had my reasons for that. I know it’s unusual & who doesn’t want to have MBA degree from such prestigious and one of the best b-schools in the world? I assessed myself and realized that I am not a good fit for Stanford GSB culture. I think I don’t deserve it.
But recent news made me think about my decision again. I know again this time I may not be one the firsts who knew about this scholarships’ (/ fellowship ) announcement. So I ask, & who doesn’t want a full-ride for Stanford anyways.
Reliance Industries has announced and The Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship. It’s a FULL RIDE scholarship, meaning your tuition fees will be waived INCLUDING all your other expenses such as living at Stanford university, schooling, boarding, books etc; virtually all expenses associated to applying and attending stanford MBA (so, does that include GMAT fees as well??).
The scholarship is need-based & academics of the applicant will be considered in scrutinizing candidates. But the most emphasis will be given to the applicant’s interest in India and her willingness to work in India post-MBA. The conditions for Reliance Stanford scholarship are: Applicants if given the scholarship have to come to India in 2/3 year post-MBA for at least 2/3 years.
The selection process involves two phases. At first phase 50 candidates will be shortlisted & will be allowed to apply to Stanford University for traditional two year MBA program. Stanford will select at the most five candidates from fifty by their .
There has never been such a huge scholarship for any international applicants earlier. It is obvious to think that it would lead to more applications from Indian origin and hence selection process at Stanford would be tough still. But I think it would not be the case. First of all, Reliance candidates are entirely different pool and Stanford made it sure that they will not allocate more than five seats for fifty selected applicants. And even for Reliance Stanford scholarship applicants’ gang, I think it’s difficult to get through in first fifty. As mentioned in official website the candidates will be short-listed on need-base. It is the kind of bread which is difficult to get in India these days. With all India-shining and raining jobs, the average income of person from 20/30 age group has raised tremendously in a decade. Incidentally these very people want career upgradation, want to excel and hence want to join MBA programs of international stature. And the pool of youth who’s actually financially poor is not even aware of such MBA programs.
Still I hope Reliance will be successful in finding the best candidates in all the terms they demand. The last question stuck in my mind is whether this scholarship is genuine? I mean why should I be happy & so all prospective India MBA aspirants if the scholarship is not for those who genuinely qualify for it? I hope and pray it should all be white and transparent. But wouldn’t it be the scheme of Reliance with hidden interest? …the scheme: to make Indian ministers and bureaucrats happy by offering their sons/daughters an MBA degree from Stanford?
I hope & pray my speculation is absolutely wrong.
To apply for Reliance Dhirubhai fellowship for stanford MBA click here :