Admission/Application FAQs

1In which round should I apply?
We strongly advise that applicants apply in round one unless they have some pressing reason that makes them unable to do so. The benefits to applying in round one are numerous. Right off the bat, it demonstrates your seriousness and passion for that particular school. MBA admissions data reveals that international students have higher acceptance rates in round one, and applying in the first round can improve your chances for a scholarship. When you apply in round two you are competing against other applicants for fewer seats, and you will be compared to students who have already been admitted. In round three you will face the same challenges, only amplified, so for your best chance, rounds one and two are the way to go, with round one best for the most competitive schools on your list.
2How much does the GMAT matter?
he GMAT is a critical component of the application, and it’s often the first parameter that the MBA admissions committee looks at in an application. However it’s not the only criteria for being a successful applicant. The GMAT is intended to help the admissions committee assess your ability to thrive in business school. So a high score certainly can help make you a competitive applicant, but, in the end, it cannot compensate for a weak application or guarantee you admission. Likewise, a score on the lower end of the business school’s desired spectrum or average doesn’t mean you have no chance at being accepted, if the rest of your application demonstrates your strengths and fit for the program.
3How important are the things I do outside of work/school?
While you might think that the only thing that matters is your professional life and academic record, business schools are actually trying to learn everything about you as a person and assess your fit for their MBA program. Business school is social and network-oriented, and programs are looking for passionate dynamic applicants who bring energy and diverse life experiences to their campuses. The activities that you pursue outside of school and work highlight your leadership and other character traits and demonstrate your passions in life. MBA programs are interested in your college extracurricular participation as well as any activities you have done since joining the professional world. Anything you were involved with prior to college should not be included in your application.
4Should I quit my job to focus on my MBA applications?
We hear this question all the time, and our answer is always, NO! Please DO NOT quit your job before or during the application cycle. It will give you a gap in your career progression, which schools do not look upon favorably. As a rule, it is not advisable to leave your job for any reason during the application period (sick relative, soul searching, wedding planning, etc.). Besides the fact that quitting your job may leave you in an awkward position to ask for recommendations from your last employers, it will also demonstrate your inability to multitask, which reflects negatively on you. You want to be able to highlight your stellar skills at balancing your work and personal life – showcasing another of your strengths.
5When should I begin working on my applications if I am applying in round 1?
As early as possible! We can’t emphasize this enough. Applicants all over the world find this process challenging and time consuming; they need to complete many drafts of everything from their resume to essays to recommendation pointers before they are ready for submission. We suggest you give yourself six months to complete the entire process so you have ample time to research your schools, think about your goals, flesh out your stories and write your essays, fine tune your resume, solicit your recommendations and, when the forms are released, work on the forms. The process for each school is in depth and time consuming and if you are planning to apply to 3-5 schools (or more), six months will give you sufficient time to think through and complete each application.

TATHAASTU Admission/Applications FAQs

1I have some doubts related to my prep. Should I wait until the next class, or is there a way to contact you meanwhile?
Our Academics team is based in India and someone is available every day of the week. So, if you have any doubts, you can mail, call, or meet us anytime!
2Can I discuss my questions with other students during the week?
We are the ONLY test prep company in India with an exclusive discussion forum, where our Academics team answers every question posted. We are at 20,000 posts & counting!
3I missed my classes last week. How do I catch up?
No problem! You can come down to our center to watch the recording of the classes you missed. This way, you can catch up easily before the next class happens.
4My course with Tathaastu is complete. But now that I am preparing on my own, I feel under-confident in one topic. Can I attend that class again?
Why not? Just talk to our Support team to understand the current class schedule. When the particular topic is taught next, you can attend the class.
5My classes with Tathaastu are over. Now I have some doubts. What do I do?
What can you not do? For conceptual doubts, write to our Academics team. They will help clear your doubts over email or phone. For doubts on specific questions, put up your questions on our discussion forum. Our Academics team answers every question posed there. For doubts regarding additional sessions & online sessions, contact the Support team for a schedule of upcoming support sessions. You will also be sent an invite to every session that is relevant to you.
6Can you keep me informed about any workshops/MBA sessions that you may conduct?
As a student, you get Free access to a number of GMAT & MBA sessions & workshops by our experts, B-school alumni & Admission Committee members.
7I have already gone through the basics but my practice test scores are low. How will CrackVerbal help me?
If your scores are not going up then we are told, as per Indian education system, that we need to practice harder. Isn’t that what we saw in the guy who topped in school and college – that he burned the midnight oil? So we hit the books even more intensely only to realize we have hit a “plateau” and it is very, very frustrating to be “stuck” at an average 650 to 690 score.

The problem here is not with practice – the problem is that you have an underlying technique that is flawed. So the more you practice the better you are getting at that flawed technique. In fact you are getting BETTER AT BEING BAD. The only way to improve scores is to use the right technique – practice will only help hone it. We help you think with a fresh perspective and work with you to come out of your ‘mold’.
8What are the credentials of the faculty teaching at Tathaastu?
The most important part of any training institute is the faculty – the facilitators who work with you during your classroom sessions. Not only do we choose them through a very difficult selection process, we also make them go through rigorous training. The unique aspect of our faculty is that they are not just your class trainers but because they are successful leaders in their professional life – people who can talk about their times in the corporate world, and about life in general.
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