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Candidate admitted to Yale (MBA 2018)
I was advised to connect with Crack The MBA by a friend from IIT Bombay. From the beginning, Nupur’s approach towards my MBA applications was methodical. We created a schedule and aligned on the same upfront. I understood early on that top schools would not be easy to crack and was diligent in following the schedule. On her end, Nupur was relentless in her efforts. I could see that she was equally invested in my candidacy and applications. I found her feedback to be thorough and insightful. It was not superficial or given with the perspective of ‘checking the box’. This helped me showcase my candidacy in better light.
Crack The MBA was an integral part of my MBA application journey. There are hundreds of decisions to be made at every stage and it was nice to have someone, whose opinion I respected, to run my ideas past and get mentorship from.
Post my successful admission to Yale SOM, I also recommended Crack The MBA to a colleague and friend. He had a similarly spectacular result and also gained admission to a top-10 global MBA program. I emphatically recommend Crack The MBA and Nupur to all MBA applicants.
Candidate admitted to Tuck & Yale (MBA 2019; with scholarship)
I am sure this testimonial is not enough to express my gratitude for Nupur, for her relentless and undying support throughout the application process. Her structured & planned approach, keen attention to detail, and most of all patience is what helped me secure admission into a top 10 MBA program. Right from the time she started understanding my background to helping me prepare for my interviews, Nupur’s guidance and mentorship was unparalleled. Her ability to make me reflect and dig deep through each phase of the process helped me create applications I was proud of. The process of applying to business schools, in my opinion, is extremely overwhelming, however Nupur ensured that I stayed calm and motivated even during times of extreme self-doubt and panic. In fact she believed in me more than I did in myself. I am finally enrolling at a school that is a perfect fit for me and I really could not have done it without her support.
Candidate admitted to Wharton (MBA 2019)
In mid 2015, when I decided that I would require professional help for my MBA applications, I reached out to a few MBA Admissions consultants. Since I didn’t have brands such as IIT/Bain/McK on my CV or a 730+ GMAT score, these consultants showed very little interest in my profile and rather dissuaded me from applying to top-15 US B-schools.
At this point, I was disheartened and had the good fortune to have Crack The MBA’s name suggested by a friend. I talked to Nupur who listened to my entire story with patience, identified strengths and weaknesses, and strategized with me around the best approach to communicate my candidacy to B-schools effectively.
Listening to Nupur’s honest and insightful suggestions and heeding her recommendation, I postponed my applications by one year to work on the weaknesses in my profile. Nupur helped me focus on areas I would need to strengthen over the next few months and helped me come up with an action plan. This helped me focus my efforts.
I had given up on the GMAT, having failed in three previous attempts. But Nupur instilled the confidence in me to give another try, which proved to be a match-winner for us – 770 on the GMAT!
Crack The MBA follows a very structured approach to essay writing and applications. With the help of three kinds of questionnaires, Nupur assisted me in finding my professional and personal story, which went a long way in helping me write winning essays for different essay prompts at my target B-schools.
We iterated over a dozen times not just on the CV and essays but also on B-schools’ application forms, which according to general opinion of my peers, most consultants tend to ignore.
Overall, Nupur is an experienced MBA consultant who is detail-oriented, prompt with feedback and can bring out the best in you.
I would highly recommend Nupur and Crack The MBA to anyone looking to get into a top-10 US or Global B-school.
Candidate admitted to Wharton (MBA 2019; 40% tuition waiver)
In 2016, I decided to apply for a Top 5 B-School. As a part of my research, I spoke to many admission consultants. What was unbelievable to me was that many top consultants put me off the grid and discouraged me from applying to Top 5 without knowing my full story and context. In retrospect, I can’t blame them – I was not your IIT-Consulting/PE/VC candidate and there was no way to box me.
Then came Nupur and I instantly connected with her. She was powerful, passionate, opinionated and patient – exactly the qualities I was looking for in my Ad-con. Over many months she worked with me, she helped me structure my thoughts and sharpen my candidature. She understood my short-term goals and long term ambitions and was heavily invested in my success. We had long discussions and multiple rounds of iterations and she supported me through the ups and downs of the application process.
What separates Nupur for sure is her thorough professionalism and excellent communication skills. I not only secured an admit from Wharton (with a ~40% scholarship on tuition) and a potentially successful career, but also a friend and mentor for life in Nupur.
I wholeheartedly recommend Nupur to anyone targeting a top B-school. You simply cannot go wrong here.
Candidate admitted to Wharton (MBA 2019)
I chose Crack The MBA for my MBA applications as Wharton was my top choice and my senior from IIT-Delhi (who was studying at Wharton) had highly recommended the firm. While making my selection, I had also spoken to another leading MBA admissions consultant who had told me not to apply to Wharton whereas Wharton was my dream school! Whereas, Nupur never dissuaded me from applying to Wharton and was positive about my candidacy. It was important for me that my consultant should believe in me. Finally, Crack The MBA’s comprehensive model was well suited to my requirements.
Nupur is clear in her communications and true to her word. This was helpful for me in dealing with an otherwise ambiguous process; I knew exactly what to expect through our consulting engagement. Through the process, I came to rely on Nupur’s advice, as I felt she did not withhold herself when she disagreed with me (even though that inevitably meant more work for both of us). Therefore, I found her orientation to be centered towards her clients’ interests. The important thing is to follow the process and schedule and Nupur is an excellent mentor.
On couple of occasions, when anxiety was getting the better of me, I found a calming voice in Nupur and she advised me to not overthink and just put in my best efforts.
As a “finance professional”, I would like to describe my experience using financial terminology. I consider the engagement with Crack The MBA to be an excellent ROI! I highly recommend the firm to all MBA applicants. In fact, when some friends read my essays, they were impressed. I think working with Crack The MBA helped me differentiate my candidacy from other Indian Male Engineers.
Since enrolling at Wharton, I have come across several other folks who have applied through Crack The MBA and secured admission into Wharton. I believe CTM specializes in admissions to Wharton. For candidates targeting Wharton and other top programs, I definitely recommend Crack The MBA.
Candidate admitted to Wharton (MBA 2019; 50% tuition waiver)
Nupur and ‘Crack The MBA’ (CTM) was recommended to me by a friend who had availed CTM’s services to resounding success- getting admitted to one of the top b-schools. I went with the recommendation and all said and done, I too secured an admit to my dream school and I strongly believe Nupur played a big role in that.
Two key things that make it work are- Nupur’s immense knowledge about the b-school admissions process and the fact that she is totally invested in her clients’ success. This results in an application process that is thorough, structured and productive. It forces the candidates to ask the right question and results in an in-depth self-introspection exercise.
On essays, resume, and overall application, Nupur is always willing to work on as many number of iterations as it takes to get the best outcome. And each iteration is incredibly detailed and thoughtful. At the end of several iterations, my application was completely transformed and I myself was a lot clearer about my career goals and paths leading up to them.
Having worked and interacted with several other top consultants in India, I can safely say CTM is among the best choices out there. If you want to break into a top 10 school, I recommend CTM and Nupur wholeheartedly!
Candidate admitted to Wharton, Tuck, Ross & ISB (MBA 2018; with scholarship)
I learnt about Crack The MBA from a peer from ITC who had taken CTM’s services. I started the application process later than intended due to an injury with barely two months to go for R2 deadlines. I knew I needed to be diligent and organized to prepare strong applications within this short time period. I loved Nupur’s structured approach where we created a schedule for me for the next two months.
Nupur has a client-centric mindset. While starting, I was intending to enroll for five applications but she told me that it would be better for me to sign-up for four applications, as she felt we could do the best job with that number given our time-frame and her existing workload. I don’t know many service providers who would be eager to undersell their services with a single-minded focus on quality of deliverable vs. business economics.
I felt that Nupur got to know me well through the process, which was great for brainstorming ideas. I found Nupur to be invested in my success and story. Her observations were insightful and helped me connect the dots in a way I might not have been able to as effectively on my own. Nupur was unflinching in her support as we iterated several times on my application materials, especially the essays.
The interview prep was equally crucial and Nupur’s guidance was invaluable for the individual and group interviews. As a side note, recently, while interviewing for internships, I got feedback that my behavioral interviews were mind blowing and inspiring. In that moment, all I could think of was Nupur. Thank you so much Nupur for teaching me so much about expressing myself!
Picking an admissions consultant has become increasingly difficult, especially with the influx of consultants. For people looking for a high-touch consulting model, Crack The MBA is among the best MBA admissions consulting firms with an exceptional work ethic. Go with Crack The MBA! You would consider it to be an excellent decision in your life – just like I do 🙂
Candidate admitted to Duke Fuqua (MBA 2019; with 2/3rd tuition waiver)
After working with Nupur for nearly a year, I can definitely say that it was a tremendous learning opportunity for me and it was not just about getting admits from B-schools. Thinking back about my association with her, I feel that it can be divided into 3 distinct phases. Phase one was self-introspection. It was during this phase that I realized what makes Nupur really unique, as she exceeds her mandate and takes it upon herself to ensure that her clients really understand who they are and what they want from a business degree. I still remember the day when I first had a call scheduled with Nupur. Though it was supposed to be an informal discussion, by the time I had done with the call I felt as if I had taken my first B-school interview. From there on, there was no turning back. Over the next few weeks, with the aid of three innovatively designed questionnaires, Nupur helped me understand more about myself, my interests and my passions. In the process she also came to know about my entire background. Phase two was school selection. Here again Nupur’s expert guidance led me to choose my target schools not just based on their rankings but based on my own expectations and my fit with those schools. Finally came phase three, which involved preparing my entire application. Here Nupur donned the cap of an attorney and helped me present my case in the best possible manner. My entire application journey was both enjoyable and ended in a positive note all thanks to Nupur.
Candidate admitted to Michigan Ross (MBA 2019)
I chose to work with Nupur and Crack The MBA for two reasons: (1) It came highly recommended by a friend who had worked with Nupur and secured successful results after abysmal results with another consulting firm. I am grateful to my friend for recommending Nupur. (2) At an early stage, Nupur helped me clarify my questions and doubts prior to us working together in a way that made me feel that she cared about aspects of the process that mattered to me.
Nupur is extremely professional and committed to preparing high-quality applications. Our conversations helped me realize that I suffered from something called ‘Curse of Knowledge’. In other words, I was unable to visualize a state where someone did not understand my industry / company the way I did. Therefore, I was prone to using technical jargon (having worked with the same firm for 5+ years). To use a cliché, this was just the tip of the iceberg.
By helping me understand myself better, Nupur helped me elevate the overall quality of my applications significantly. I unequivocally and strongly recommend Nupur and Crack The MBA to all prospective students applying to a leading global MBA program.
Candidate admitted to Chicago Booth (MBA 2019)
I worked with Nupur during this application season. I connected with a couple of consultants prior to her, but the first call I had with her gave me assurance, and I felt I was in safe hands. From that first call to the last interview, Nupur provided cogent, actionable feedback that significantly enhanced the content of my application. Consequently, I secured interview calls from 4 of the 5 schools I applied to and subsequently converted one of them. I would wholeheartedly recommend Nupur’s admission consultancy services to anyone who aims to break into a top 10 MBA school.
Candidate admitted to LBS & INSEAD (both with scholarships; MBA 2018)
Before I started working with Nupur, I was at a crossroads – I was confused and unsure about getting an MBA. I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to work with someone, since the MBA application journey is often a very personal one, with deep introspection. After chatting with Nupur, I felt confident that she understood me, and that we would work well together.
Nupur helped me at every stage – We had long discussions about my career, my growth trajectory, my hobbies & interests. Her detailed questionnaire, meant to help her understand me better, infact helped me remember stories that I’d written off as trivial, but ended up being a big part of my application! She also helped me with school selection and prioritization.
After these discussions, the multiple iterations on the essays helped me articulate my story as well as my achievements. What I especially appreciated was her attention to detail – she made me pay attention to subtleties like tone and sentence structure which contributed to a stronger set of essays. Through our conversations, I was able to present my story with a voice that was uniquely my own.
I ultimately received acceptances to both the schools I wanted, and with significant scholarships. It wouldn’t have been possible without Nupur’s support every step of the way.
Candidate admitted to Wharton (MBA 2018)
I had been invited to interview with Wharton and I was speaking with a current student about the interview process. I had been interviewing with other schools but was slightly uncertain about what went into preparing for Wharton’s unique format. My friend recommended me to reach out to Nupur for participating in a mock TBD. Best advice ever! I had checked out to others for a few mock sessions before, but this one had everything I was looking for – an in-person mock with personalized feedback session, and not exorbitantly expensive.
Nupur literally had to fit me in the night (and I mean really late at night) before the last mock she was conducting, and I can’t thank her enough for being so accommodating.
Nupur, a Wharton alum herself, was able to replicate the TBD experience at her premises. After the meticulously recorded session, that you can use to see what went well and what didn’t, she also shared candid feedback at length. Nupur did not shy from setting up another follow-up session because my questions didn’t seem to end in the first feedback call. Most importantly, Nupur was able to make the entire process look real and achievable.
In reality, Wharton is right in suggesting that you just need to be natural as you are in your daily life. However, a mock TBD and 1:1 with Nupur took care of any nerves and was a big boost to the confidence. Her SWOT analyses and tips that may not be too obvious, really made the difference.
Finally, I’d like to add that it was a great way to connect with many fellow interviewees (albeit in different slots) well in advance (during the mock). I’ll be taking these connections with me to Wharton!
Many thanks Nupur for all your guidance.
Wharton MBA Candidate
Class of 2018
Candidate admitted to MIT Sloan and Wharton (MBA 2017)
I first met Nupur at an event in Delhi, After speaking with her in detail about the admissions process and reading testimonials on Crack The MBA’s website, I felt that there was a strong fit (an important factor since one spends months on applications). I liked Nupur’s personalized approach to the application process, which was geared towards bringing out my story in a unique way. We iterated several times on my application materials – till the time we felt that it was perfect. Nupur was always pushing me to make the application better and was eager to iterate more till we had the best possible drafts. In the end, I was thrilled to have admits at multiple top-5 U.S. programs. Nupur played an important role in my interview prep also, directing me to present my thoughts in a structured manner during interviews.
Working with Crack The MBA helped me tell my story in a compelling way. Nupur is highly committed towards clients’ success and I strongly recommend Nupur and Crack The MBA to all MBA applicants, especially those from India.
Candidate admitted to CMU Tepper, McCombs and Georgetown (all with scholarship; MBA 2018)
Last year I had applied to 5 b schools and was rejected from all of them without even an interview call. This year I applied to 7 schools, got an interview call from 6 of them and finally made it through 3 top American B-schools – all with substantial scholarships. The major difference in the two applications was Nupur’s insight into my candidacy. Before begining the actual application process Nupur spent a lot of time in understanding my personal traits which allowed her to bring out the best in me.
I believe Nupur is perhaps the most sincere and detailed oriented person that i have had a chance to work with. Under Nupur’s supervision some of my essays went through 10+ edits. She inspired me to improve my writing by forcing me to introspect. With Nupur’s help, by the end of writing the B school applications, I had come more in tune with my life’s purpose. So workng with Nupur was not just professionally a great idea but has also allowed me to improve on a more personal level.
If there could be something better than Nupur’s feedback on your written essays, it has to be a personal interview session with her. I strongly advise candidates to take Nupur’s mock PI sessions as well.
I want to thanks Nupur once again for her assistance and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.
Candidate admitted to The University of Chicago Booth School (MBA 2018)
I worked with Nupur for 3 applications and was able to secure admission into my top-choice MBA program in the US. She is a consummate professional and a pleasure to work with.
What I particularly liked about working with Nupur was that she did not use a cookie-cutter approach. She helped me reflect on my own experiences and growth trajectory. She drove me to introspect about why I made the choices that I made and what obvious and non-obvious impact did they have on my personal and professional growth. This helped me craft a compelling narrative.
She was also able to maintain complete objectivity throughout the process. Despite multiple iterations, she was able to provide a clinically detached view of how I came across on paper after each iteration. This improved the application incrementally and was rather insightful for me (and put things in perspective).
Never during the process did I feel we were cutting corners or rushing through an application element (despite the sense that time was slipping through our fingers). Every element was well-deliberated, even if this meant she had to be more flexible to accommodate last-minute revisions – this is a testament to her integrity and how invested she is in her clients’ success.
Nupur is highly driven, energetic and meticulous in her support. I recommend her highly and wish her continued success.
Candidate admitted to Duke Fuqua & The Wharton School (MBA 2018)
Though Nupur’s credentials and track record don’t need any introduction from me, what separates Nupur from other consultants is her humility and personal approach towards applications. Before interacting with admissions consultants, I had heard mixed reviews about the whole process. I read the testimonials on Crack The MBA’s website and was impressed by Nupur’s approach. Many of her clients had appreciated her humble and accommodating approach.
The best part was the initial extensive discussions, which started from my childhood days and extended to my current professional life. It won’t be hyperbole if I say that Nupur knows me much better than even some of my family members through those extensive discussions. Those discussions formed a strong foundation enabling her to guide me impeccably through the subjective and behavioral aspects of the admission process.
Coming from the overrepresented pool, I was always worried about my achievements being perceived as commonplace. Nupur guided me towards innovative ways to bring out my strengths and I was super-confident when they were noticed even by the interviewers, as planned in our strategy. I feel I was in control of my interviews using her approach and was able to convert every interview call into a final admit. In fact, I am the only candidate (as validated by LinkedIn Advanced Search) from Infosys India in the past decade to make it to Wharton.
Nupur’s turnaround time, with attention to detail, never let me miss any deadline while ensuring the best quality for my application materials. I believe the most crucial time during admission consulting is the time when mentor and mentee disagree and debate on certain crucial things such as schools to be applied to and the essay content. She was so professional and humble during those times that after giving me a list of pros and cons of my decision, it was left completely to me. And from next day onwards she took responsibility of my journey on even the path, which she wasn’t in favor of. I must say I was so much in awe with her for the way she managed those disagreements.
Nupur always strives for perfection and never shied away from further rounds of mock interviews until she found me fully ready for the final interview. Moreover, she was so accommodating of timings etc. that I never felt stressed before my final interviews. Her mock sessions were so extensive that the real interviews felt much easier. One saying that could summarize the process is, “More you sweat in peace, less you bleed in war”.
My application strategy for R1 & R2 was devised so aptly that I secured admission to my dream school i.e. The Wharton School. I finished the application season with multiple admits to top 15 U.S. MBA programs. Finally, I would say that working with Nupur has been a life-altering experience for me & I highly recommend Crack The MBA to all applicants.
Candidate admitted to Duke Fuqua, Michigan Ross & UCLA (MBA 2018; with 80% scholarship)
I decided to apply to full time MBA programs quite late compared to my peers, and given that I had only 1.5 months to complete 5 solid applications post my GMAT, I knew I couldn’t have done it without guidance. I interacted with a few MBA consultants based in India and abroad, and Nupur was my obvious choice.
The next few weeks saw intense brainstorming, sometimes with her over a call, and sometimes alone through the self-realization guidance she provided. That definitely helped me get complete clarity on questions such as ‘why MBA’ and ‘why now’.
Through numerous iterations on my essays, some of which were completely discarded, Nupur patiently added comments ensuring I refined them enough to bring out my experiences and inspirations. Nupur was always ready to schedule short 15 minute calls to address quick questions or hour-long discussions when I wanted to pick her brain on new ideas.
One of the greatest benefits I got through Nupur was access to people in my preferred domain who had recently graduated from top MBA programs in the US. Talking to people in the industry helped me refine my post-MBA goals and they were also available post the results to help me decide which school to attend.
I applied to 5 top-15 schools in all, of which, I got 3 admits, 2 with scholarship. Nupur was readily available to help me during the final decision making phase and weighing the options. I am not disappointed with the 2 schools I did not get admits for, cause I know I submitted the best applications I could, thanks to Nupur. I would strongly recommend Nupur to anybody applying to US MBA programs, especially if you are based in India. Nupur is a thorough professional with deep understanding of what top business schools look for, and how to overcome the weaknesses of typical Indian applicants.
Candidate admitted to Yale & Darden (MBA 2017; with 50% scholarship)
The MBA application process is quite a wonderful journey, with one reflecting back upon his/her personal and professional experiences as well as giving structure to his/her future career progress and goals. For me, Nupur became an integral part of this journey.
Nupur’s guidance helped me deep dive into my life experiences, while her follow up questions and comments helped me reflect back upon these experiences through different lenses. This helped me understand what I really value, and helped me bring out my right emotions and achievements into the application essays and interviews.
With Nupur, one of the big advantages I felt was her deep understanding of both the Indian and the American school and work environment. As I iteratively went through her comments, I realized how her comments were helping me cover the bridge between how things are expressed in Indian vs. American environment. From my first draft to the final draft, each sentence of my application went through tremendous thought and improvement.
Another thing in which Nupur is absolutely brilliant is Time Management. One of my biggest worries as I sought Nupur’s help for the application process was that I was located in US. However the ten and a half hour time difference never became a stumbling block. Nupur was available as and when I required help. Time Management again become very important when most of my applications had deadlines around same dates. Working with Nupur, I was always confident and comfortable that I would get her feedback with sufficient time at my end.
Post my admit calls, as I am evaluating which school to attend, Nupur is still available with her valuable inputs. It is an absolute pleasure to work with Nupur and I owe a large part of my success to her help.
I recommended CrackTheMBA (Nupur’s firm) to my brother, who too was looking for MBA application guidance, and I now have two success stories to talk about. I would strongly recommend her to anyone seeking guidance for MBA applications, whether they are currently in India or residing in any other place.
Candidate admitted to London Business School (LBS) & INSEAD (MBA 2017)
After conversations with a few leading consultants in the marketplace, I picked Nupur because I felt she had the highest level of integrity. After having worked with her for over six months, I can undoubtedly say that I picked well. In fact, I initially intended on using two consulting firms in parallel, but because of my positive early experience with Nupur, I chose to apply exclusively through Crack The MBA.
I applied to 5 business schools in R1 and got interview calls from 3 schools. It couldn’t have been possible without Nupur’s mentorship. Nupur guided me throughout the application process, right from selection of b-schools to the interview process. Her comprehensive questionnaires led me to introspect deeply and provided a structure for all my essays.
Nupur conducted hour long discussions with me to understand my profile and help me pick life stories for my essay. My essays went through multiple iterations. Her edits were very thorough and thoughtful and brought new perspective in my essays. My final essays were very well rounded and did bring out the best of my experiences.
Nupur conducted many mock interviews until she was sure that I was fully prepared for the interview. I rehearsed almost all possible interview questions beforehand. This prepared me even for the toughest interview.
During the whole process, Nupur was unfailingly patient and very supportive in every way possible. As an example, when I was unsure about appropriate interview attire, Nupur went above and beyond by first connecting me with her friend in fashion for me to seek advice from and then personally helping me pick the right attire for my interviews (an important factor in making a good first impression).
I would enthusiastically recommend Nupur to anyone going through this process. She will make sure that you put your best foot forward.
Candidate admitted to Wharton & Duke Fuqua (MBA 2017)
When I started with my application process, I decided to do it on my own. A couple of weeks down the line, I hadn’t gotten anywhere and I could see myself missing deadlines. That’s when I decided to get Nupur’s help. With less than one month left for the Wharton deadline, Nupur helped me expedite the process of finalizing schools, figuring out my goals, streamlining my resume, and finally iterating through my essays.
Her process made me introspect and build a strong view on what I wanted from my MBA and that helped me make my essays crisper. Even under a time constraint, she ensured I took my time to figure out my schools, goals etc, and put me in touch with many students and alumni to help me do the same.
Nupur is very thorough in her approach and puts in a lot of time and effort into every little detail. My resume and essays went through 10+ iterations in which each word was scrutinized, and I couldn’t have been happier with the end result.
She also organized mock team-based discussions and mock interviews that were especially useful in preparing for the interviews, as they gave me a chance to understand the other side of the table.
Working with Nupur was like having a mentor on-board for bouncing off any ideas and asking all kinds of questions. She was always as excited about deadlines, interviews and results as I was, and made an effort to keep the enthusiasm high through what can be an agonizing process.
I applied to 3 schools, and I didn’t get a single reject. This wouldn’t have happened without Nupur, and I would strongly recommend MBA aspirants to use her guidance to craft their story better.
Candidate admitted to Booth, Fuqua & UNC (MBA 2017; with scholarship)
Nupur was [a] constant guide and an excellent coach during my entire application process. Together we worked on applications to five top 20 US business schools and I received interviews invitations from all five and admission offers from three.
When I approached Nupur in May 2014, I was apprehensive as I do not belong to any of the usual applicant pools: Tech, Finance or Consulting. I worked in manufacturing and was concerned if I Nupur would be able to relate to my work and experiences. But after close to two months of brainstorming and spending not less than 20 hours talking to Nupur about my background, I could confidently say that, after my significant other, Nupur was the person who best knew my experiences and aspirations.
Nupur had a way of improving my essays, not by editing them herself, but by inspiring me to rephrase and clarify what I was trying to say. Therefore, even after undergoing seven to ten iterations, each of my essays still had my writing style and personality intact in them. Having spent six years studying within the US education system, Nupur is well acquainted with the linguistic perceptions and idiosyncrasies in the states. For example, I never knew that an american reading that “I passed out of XYZ college” would probably imagine me being a drunkard.
I thoroughly credit Nupur for the support she has provided, being available as late as 3 AM in the morning, near one of the deadlines and still encouraging me to perfect my essay. Beyond the actual essays, Nupur was a big help in deciding which schools to target and even put me in touch with some of her acquaintances who were alums from my target schools. At every stage of the process, through interview preparation till finally choosing among my admission offers, I have valued Nupur’s objectivity and frank opinion. I am glad that I worked with her and gained a close acquaintance for life.
Candidate admitted to Columbia, Kellogg & NYU Stern (MBA 2016)
In 2012, I applied to 3 top-10 business schools in the world. I got 1 interview call and 0 final admission calls. In 2014, I applied to 4 top-10 business schools in the world. I got all 4 interview calls and 3 final admission calls. The difference? In 2014, Nupur helped me with my applications.
Nupur was strongly recommended to me by a couple of friends who got admitted to great MBA programs themselves. I am so thankful to them, too!
Nupur is methodic, diligent, insightful and ethical. Her approach to the MBA application process is such that it makes you re-discover your innate strengths and weaknesses and present them in a compelling way to admission committees. It begins with a detailed recap of your entire life, grows into identification of key snippets and milestones and culminates into a tightly knit story to claim a spot at your desired B-school.
I couldn’t have been happier with my applications and the results. And I have Nupur to thank for it all. I strongly recommend Nupur and CrackTheMBA to all MBA aspirants.
Candidate admitted to Kellogg MMM, Ross, Cornell & ISB
As a mentor during my B-school application process, Nupur has been the most important factor in my success. Despite being part of an overrepresented candidate pool of Indian male engineers, she helped me in mustering admit offers from five leading global business schools, including Kellogg
From the outset, Nupur formulated a clear road map and provided schedules for completing various aspects of the application. Had it not been for Nupur’s timelines, I would have never met the application deadlines.
During the process she helped me delve into little details and dig out interesting anecdotes and experiences. Such experiences, unearthed with Nupur’s help, were the ones that made the biggest impact.
Being a Wharton graduate herself, Nupur has exceptional knowledge of the application process and the overall B-School experience. She provides vital insights, especially about the aspects that top B-schools look for in an applicant.
I intended to apply to seven schools. After applying to first four schools, I was exhausted and almost gave up. Nupur motivated me, coaxed me and pushed me to keep going. She would keep providing feedback and suggestions until the things I wrote satisfied her benchmarks of merit. It was her dedication and work ethic that inspired me to persevere and improve.
Apart from the application process, Nupur has influenced my overall working style. I have become more methodical and organized. She has imbibed a zeal for the pursuit of excellence. Nupur has helped me introspect and has made me aware of my strengths and weaknesses. I will always be indebted to Nupur for facilitating one of the biggest transitions in my life.
Candidate admitted to INSEAD, Yale & ISB
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I’ve decided to attend INSEAD. Thanks Nupur, couldn’t have done it without your help 🙂
Candidate admitted to Booth & Wharton with 50% scholarship
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Nupur, I’ve made it to Wharton! I wanted to personally call you and thank you for all your help and the late night assistance. I’d like to take you to lunch/dinner when I’m in town next
Candidate admitted to Chicago Booth with 50% scholarship
Business school application process can be grueling. In fact, it won’t be stretch to say that it was one of the most difficult experiences I have had to go through. Yet, the experience was also immensely rewarding and once I got into the groove, actually quite enjoyable. For this, I would give give a lot of credit to Nupur. Working with Nupur was an absolute pleasure and critical to my success.
I greatly benefited from Nupur’s structured approach to the application process. We started with a deep brainstorming session using a comprehensive questionnaire which really helped me articulate my inner motivations, passions and train of thought. This questionnaire provided a base for all my applications.
Nupur’s knowledge of the application process and what the schools look for is exceptional. Working with her was key to putting my best foot forward and presenting my story in the most compelling way.
Helping her clients is almost like a personal mission for Nupur and she is there to support and guide you every step of the way – even at odd hours just before application submission. For this, I have much to thank her and am very grateful and also slightly apologetic.
I believe that Nupur’s greatest strength is the degree of integrity she brings to the process. She has a strong sense of ethics and responsibility towards her clients. She makes sure that the inner writer in you shines through and the admissions committee sees you for the truly wonderful individual that you are.
Candidate admitted to Kellogg, Yale & ISB
Nupur was extremely thorough and professional in her approach. Her insights and suggestions, uncountable review of my profile and application played an extremely crucial role in bringing my applications to the final form. She was always available for discussion even at wee hours and never used to get perturbed even by my silly questions. Nupur not only helped me shape up my thoughts, views and goals, help me bring clarity, quality to my essays and add impact to my applications, was also a great motivator and mentor throughout the application process. I wholeheartedly admit that my success at Kellogg and Yale would not have been possible without her. It was truly a delight to work with her and strongly recommend her to all seeking any sort of a help on B School application process! I am excitedly looking forward to be a part of Kellogg Class of 2016.
Candidate admitted to Ross School at University of Michigan
Thorough, professional, humble and methodological – four adjectives which pretty much sum up Nupur and what differentiates here from most of the consultants in the market today. Having already been through the application process a year before, I was skeptical as to how much value-add would Nupur add to my story and essays. However my fears were dissuaded in my first meeting with Nupur where we went through my entire story including my personal and professional achievements, hobbies, passions and more importantly what was the rationale for some of the decisions I took in my life. Nupur was extremely patient and made sure to question when things did not make sense. Our conversations helped me build a strong framework on what were some of my stories that I wanted to bring out in my applications. Once we got to the essays & applications phase, Nupur was relentless and made sure that number of iterations never deterred us in getting the best application out. On multiple applications we ran into more than 9-10 iterations and there were times when Nupur completely scrapped some drafts and asked me to start from scratch when the stories weren’t coming out. Nupur was stern and her feedback was on-the-face and pointed and that actually pushed me to bring out my 200% and helped me bring out my stories in a coherent and rationale way. During the interview preparation phase her observations were sharp and her pointers were extremely helpful and I am sure they are going to be even in B-school when I interview with firms.
Nupur was always there to motivate and support (and more importantly help me come up with a plan B) when I got my dings and cherish the moment when I got my interview calls and admits. I don’t think I would have been able to crack such a top school without her help and support. I cannot thank her enough and look forward to CracktheMBA get big and help many prospective applicants such as me
Thanks Nupur & CracktheMBA
Candidate admitted to Tepper School at Carnegie Mellon
I worked with Nupur in 2012. I am writing this recommendation now because even after so many months I am using the same material to prepare for my job interviews and to write cover letters.
I was extremely happy with the time she spent with me on my application. She delivered the same consistent results even under hard-pressed deadlines. I could never have done this without her help and I have recommended Nupur to whoever has connected with me for advice on the application process.
Lastly, I believe that Nupur is not only a good editor but also has the best interest of her clients in mind. She makes sure you are up to speed with the process and also helps you out to make the best choices.
Candidate admitted to McDonough at Georgetown University
I was introduced to Nupur by a friend who had engaged her services a year earlier. After my first meeting with Nupur, I walked out with five action points and had a clear direction to head towards. That is perhaps Nupur’s greatest trait – She has extreme clarity of thought. This trait, combined with her professionalism, thoroughness and confidence assures one that they’re in good hands. Nupur is also candid with her feedback and pushes her clients to achieve perfection. Nupur has been instrumental in my journey to business school – from essays to interview prep to post admission advice – and i’m glad i worked with her.
Candidate admitted to Berkeley, Haas
I engaged Nupur to seek professional help with my applications to bring out the uniqueness in my candidacy as I thought that getting professional help would enable me to prove my abilities. I still remember that Nupur told me in an initial communication that the essay-writing process is a highly iterative process and a good essay does not happen overnight. I was able to truly appreciate this thought only after I saw how the final application shaped up. Nupur outright rejected my first set of essays and we had a macro discussion on themes to highlight in my candidacy. She helped me in positioning and differentiation of my candidacy as I was coming from the overrepresented technology background. I don’t know how she managed it, but the essay turnaround time was usually only 24-48 hours. This was very important because she made me feel that I could really depend on her. When needed, she would revert back to me even more rapidly. I could clearly tell the efforts she put to my essays. We went through multiple iterations for each draft of my essay, which really helped bring out the essence in the most effective manner. On receiving the interview invite, I sought Nupur’s professional help. The mock interview sessions with Nupur gave me the confidence that helped me crack the real interview. Going through the process with Nupur helped me gain clarity of thought and also helped me get a lot more out of my MBA experience than I otherwise would have.
Candidate admitted to Yale SOM
Thank you very much for all your help and assistance during the daunting and nerve wracking application process. My admit to Yale School of Management could not have been possible without your constant help, guidance and encouragement to believe in myself through the arduous MBA application process.
Everything from my essay strategy for Yale, inputs on differentiating myself, line of questioning for the mock interviews helped me significantly. There were times when I found your feedback on my writing to be brutal but in hindsight, I can see the impact they made to my candidacy. Your guidance made the difference in my candidacy that helped me Crack The MBA.
Finally, I would like to say thank you for all your help – I really appreciate it. I really could not have done this without you!!
Candidate admitted to Darden School of Business
Nupur knows the admissions process very well at a variety of schools and that was extremely helpful for me in my school selection. Coming from the typical IIM (Indian, IT, Male) background, I knew I needed to set myself apart by effectively communicating my story to the Admissions Committee in order to differentiate myself from the gazillion other candidates who on paper might appear to be similar. I sought Nupur’s help with all aspects of my application including Essays, Resume, Recommendations. One of the biggest challenges I faced was with my writing style. Coming from an IT background, I was more accustomed to using a passive form of writing. Nupur enabled me to overcome my inhibitions and use an active style of writing that noticeably enhanced the quality of my essays. Initially, I found her feedback to be critical and it took me some time to get used to it. Looking back, I think this constructive criticism is exactly what I needed. When I look at my essays from “before” and “after”, I am amazed at the drastic transformation they have gone through. Having a few years of work experience, I had a technical resume, which focused on highlighting the technical aspects of my candidacy. Nupur was able to help me extract meaningful and impactful information from the same to enable me to communicate my achievements from the standpoint of a business resume. Lastly, being a re-applicant, I thought my application was good to go and engaging Nupur was just a feel-good factor for me to get a sign off on my essays. However, I was amazed to see the transformation that my materials actually underwent. Thank you from the core of my heart. Your efforts and partnership in this process are truly appreciated!
Candidate admitted to IESE Business School
Coming from a small-size, privately held, family business without an online presence, I was worried about how AdCom would perceive my candidacy given I did not have a known company to back my candidacy. Moreover, I did not have an understanding of how the business school application process worked and from whatever I read; it seemed like a mini-job in its own right. I was working with two GMAT scores of 640 and 680 and an average GPA in college. I applied to 5 schools in 2010 and was rejected by all. I decided to re-apply and was planning on applying with the same score of 680, but when I approached Nupur for professional help, she insisted on and convinced me to retake the GMAT to get a score above 700. I took the test for the third time and got a 710! As a re-applicant, I felt I could reuse my application for the most part but Nupur disagreed with me and insisted that I let go of my pre-conceived notions and undergo the entire “Introspection” phase as part of the process followed by her organization. I think this was critical as it helped bring a depth into my application, which was earlier missing. I would send to Nupur a draft of an essay that I would think was brilliant and would probably have no changes. It would then come as a great shock to see her shoot it down. Nupur told me upfront to have a thick skin about her feedback as it was only with a view to enhance my application. I think this worked well for me as it set the right expectation and it helped to know that we were both working towards the same goal. Even more delightful is the knowledge that this goal has been achieved and I am going to be attending my dream school in Barcelona!