Over the years, MBA Decoder has helped applicants get into MBA, MS, eMBA and part-time MBA programs. We have also helped applicants gain admits to specialized programs such as the Young India Fellowship. We believe that wherever there is an essay/SoP to be written or a resume to be enhanced, we can provide assistance and help you succeed. This is what our applicants have said about us:
Eli Broad, Michigan State University, 2016:
Scouting through the numerous free counselling sessions with many much-hyped admission experts had left me all the more confused, not just about schools and the larger-than-life people who get into them, but also about my own reasons for joining the mad race that is MBA admissions. However, my first interaction with Namita turned out to be very different indeed. In about an hour, we covered everything- my background, my past life experiences, my post-MBA goals and my reasons for having them, the bright spots and the pitfalls in my profile. This somehow solidified my decision to go ahead with her in the process.
As a first step, Namita had me fill up an extremely detailed sheet that saw me spending a long time looking inwards, something I feel helped me take better decisions. Then began the real essays and resume reviews. I have always been a voracious reader and I felt I could write well, until Namita saw and I realised the obvious flaws. Through a series of brutally honest reviews, I reckoned that my writing was more lyrical than business-like. Never satisfied with my initial few drafts, Namita spent loads of hours beating them into shape, straightening my thought process through detailed written reviews and innumerable phone calls. Thanks to her efforts, my essays came out crisp, containing only the calculated, chosen words that carried maximum impact in telling the story across.
Six months of painstaking efforts, sleepless nights,dejection, staring-into-space, writing-essays-at-work-and-at-the-cafe-alike later, success sprang into life. An admission from ISB, a full-tuition scholarship from Michigan State’s Broad and Carlson, interview invite from Owen (I didn’t interview) etc etc. All of this would not have been possible without Namita’s personal efforts to see that I came out better and stronger on the other side, never limiting her generosity in the time she spent on my essays, never for once not taking my calls even at late nights to clarify a comment and always being the elder-sister-with-much-tough-love person you need to have if you’re looking to go beyond the usual run-of-the-mill admission expert.
I would really, really recommend her services with my highest recommendation (and profound respect!)
Multiple Admits with Scholarships, 2016:
I came across many consultants who told me that, with their help, I can get into top 15 schools, sounds good. Namita didn’t. Namita was very realistic with me during the process. She took a detailed approach to help me understand my strengths and weaknesses and helped me frame my story in a way that put me in the best light. Namita is excellent at figuring out the best and putting it in a concise and powerful way.
I applied to 5 schools and got interview calls from all of them. Final Result: Admitted to 3/5 (with good scholarship from all three) and waitlisted in other 2.
I am extremely pleased with how the entire MBA application process went and how Namita helped me at every step, and I would highly recommend MBADecoder to MBA applicants.
Multiple Admits, with Scholarships, 2016:
ISB, Georgia Tech, Minnesota Carlson, Wash U – Olin, Maryland Smith, UC Davis, SMU Cox and so on are some of my admits after taking help from Namita (MBADecoder). I started my MBA journey in Dec 2014 and started applying to schools in Jan 2015. I decided not to take help of any admission consultants, but I was not able to convert any admits. This is when I started looking for admission consultants. I found many consultants but none of them offered what I was looking for. I was not satisfied with any of them. Just when I was about to give up on hiring a consultant, I got a call from Namita and we spoke about my requirements, my profile and what I need to do to get an admit. We talked for about an hour. This was all I needed to take help of Namita and make the payment. Namita takes a personal interest in your application- essays, resume and so on. She is very persistent on bringing the best answers for the questions asked irrespective of the number essay reviews that has to be done. She is very straightforward which is something I liked the most. I had a very good experience and I thank Namita for all her help
Oxford and ISB, 2016:
I have followed a non-linear career path, so I wanted to put my case with someone who has experience of handling candidates from diverse backgrounds.
During preliminary research I found that MBA Decoder has a strong founding team with graduates from LBS, Booth & ISB. So I undertook its free profile evaluation service. Insightful analysis provided by Namita made me to stick with MBA Decoder.
I had availed her services in March so I had ample amount of time with me. Like a good doctor who carefully tries to understand the root cause of ailments through multiple diagnostic checkups before suggesting any remedy, she helped me to revisit important life events, discover my strengths and weaknesses and solidify my career goals in a very structured manner through her unique review template.
After the diagnostics were over, she was astute in grasping my case & gave solid suggestions for presenting my application. She also helped me in finalizing B-schools based on my strengths and career goals.
Together we decided to apply to Yale, Oxford and ISB. She has impressive connections in B-Schools across the world. She helped me to connect with 20+ people who are already through the application process.
Yale was my first application and despite her repeated suggestions to change some key points in my application, I didn’t budge and as a result I got rejected. After the first rejection (that I feel is due to my insistence on presenting application in a certain manner), she and her team doubled their efforts in helping me to improve my application. Because of the efforts MBADecoder team, I got shortlisted for both Oxford-SBS and ISB and from coming April; I would be a part of Co2017 of ISB.
From day one, Namita took co-ownership of my application; she acted like an elder sister & even scolded me whenever I had lost focus during the application cycle. She had spent as many sleepless nights as myself, if not more for giving suggestions for improving my application.
As a testimony to her professionalism and commitment I would like to mention that early during my application cycle she met an accident and broke her arm. She did not tell this to me so that I do not get even the slightest thought to procrastinate and shift my applications to the second round. She worked doggedly with one hand and made sure that my applications are submitted before the deadline. And it was after all the submissions were over she told me about her hand condition.
I would definitely recommend her to someone who is seeking assistance anywhere in the admission process. But remember that her feedbacks on your essays would be brutally honest; if the essay is worth crap she would say so and would make YOU to work hard on it. She will not act as a ghost writer and will lambaste you if you show slack during the admission cycle, because then you would be ruining not only yours but also her application.
Your essays,interviews and recommendations depict the real you and having someone with a rich experience in this field work as closely and sincerely towards your application as you would definitely provides an edge. Namita has been that someone for me. Just when you think you have written your best, she comes up with so many aspects which you might not have thought of in the first place. She always encourages the applicants to stretch that extra mile. Her working approach not only helps in adding uniqueness to your essays but also provides clarity of thought to the applicant which is a huge add on for the interview round as well. I am truly grateful to her for all her guidance throughout my application process and help me make my way through Indian School Of Business.
IIM Calcutta, PGPEX
When I decided to apply for an MBA, my younger brother (who had secured an admit into Georgia Tech earlier) suggested that I should definitely opt for her application services. My GMAT score was not too great, and I needed a good application to pull it off.
At this point, Namita’s application services came to my rescue. She provided me with an in-depth feedback which helped me fine tune my career goals and articulate my professional achievements with ease. Her detailed grilling, critical evaluation of my essays, and the constant urge for betterment all helped me immensely in building my application. She’s a true professional and strives for continuous improvement. There was a time when I was fagged out, but she kept on pushing me to improve. That paid off in the end and I secured an admit into IIM Calcutta with a relatively low GMAT score.
I personally rate her application services to be one of the best available and would highly recommend her to anyone who aspires to get an MBA, be it India or abroad
ISB, Leadership Program in Infrastructure Management, 2016
I got an opportunity to work with MBA Decoder while applying to ISB for the Infrastructure Management Programme.
While working with MBA Decoder, I was able to identify my strengths and got clarity of my goals. They guided me to really identify myself before even I wrote my essays. I have seen that MBA Decoder team wants a candidate to really succeed. I remember numerous occasions where Namita went above and beyond to help me out.
Quality of time spent on my essays is highly appreciable, because I wanted my essays to be reviewed several times but I gave her very short span of time. She strongly emphasized on knowing my story, being self-aware and knowing how I am unique in what I bring to the table and Namita has the knack of beating it out of you.
Her questions on my drafts really made me think deep and pull out genuine honest thoughts in my essays, instead of bland, politically correct essays.
Followed by submitting my application, I got selected for my interview with ISB.
Finally, the results have started pouring in recently and I have got through the admission process.
But none of this would have been possible if Namita hadn’t been able to pull out the best in me.
Duke, Fuqua. (Withdrew interview invites from Darden and UCLA after Duke admit) , 2015:
When I had my first conversation with MBA Decoder I knew right away that this was exactly what I was looking for, someone who was actually optimistic that I could get into a top B-school. While I myself wasn’t quite sure about where I stood among the pool of candidates MBA Decoder gave me the confidence,which I needed to work on my applications effectively.
We spent a huge amount of time on filling out the template and this was a great way to initiate my thought process. While I was somewhat worried about writing about my work, which was quite unconventional, in generic terms without using jargons, they made it look like cakewalk. I was constantly pushed to bring out more impactful experiences from my professional and personal life and I’m sure I would have never been able to recall those events had I not been pushed to do so. We spent a considerable amount of time on the content and the structure of the essays until we had the best draft in front of us. In fact the repeated reviews helped me prepare for the interview even before submitting my applications. Gaurav’s excellent advice during the mock interview ensured a great performance in the actual interview.
I’m thrilled to have been accepted to Duke University, Fuqua School of Business. I’m grateful to MBA Decoder for their help and I highly recommend them to all B-school applicants.
After finding MBA Decoder on Pagalguy, one phone conversation with Namita was all I needed to decide that I wanted them to guide me with my application to ISB. The best part about the service from MBA Decoder was that they connected me to all the right people who made me understand the admission process better and understand my strengths and weaknesses. Within the first few weeks of signing up for their services, I had a much better picture of what I needed to highlight from my profile to maximize my chances of getting a shortlist. Once I got shortlisted, their mock interviews helped me get into the right mindset and put my best foot forward in the actual interviews.
I would recommend their services to anyone who is looking for a competent group of people to help field a competitive application to any business school, particularly ISB. Their approach of focusing on understanding the applicant’s profile first helped enormously in my case and I am sure they will be an excellent choice if you are looking for help with your business school applications.
Namita provides a very involved, detail-oriented, systematic and personalized MBA applications consulting service. Her genuineness and ‘looking beyond the obvious’ approach is evident. She takes personal interest in her client’s overall professional development to ensure that the client completes the application keeping long term objective in mind. She goes deep into your profile, giving you detailed and continuous feedback, with her constant ‘trashing’ and ‘thrashing’ making you think harder to bring out your best in essays and other modules, in time. Her connects in various schools help you get first-hand advice efficiently and effectively. I would highly recommend her services!
HKU MBA, 2015:
My decision to go with MBA Decoder was based on their active participation on MBA forums and more importantly on the connection I formed with Namita. Namita took interest in understanding my professional background and extracurricular engagements and encouraged me to focus on my career goals. She guided me on what experiences I could leverage for a business school application, which was a key factor I was unclear about.
Each experience with MBA Decoder was personal, focused and extremely satisfactory. The inputs and suggestions Namita provided during the essay editing prompted me to think in a more structured way and thus make my story more impactful.
The mock interview session was extremely well conducted. Gaurav asked me all the relevant questions during the interview. Most valuable was his feedback- he evaluated my answers and provided suggestions on how to improve on those. After working on these aspects, I felt confident and well prepared for my real interview, which went really well!
I am so glad that I chose MBA Decoder. I realized there were many questions, doubts and discussions which crop up during the admissions process and you need advice that you can trust. I found Namita to be very accessible and supportive while brainstorming on all my queries.
It was very rewarding to get an admit from HKU and I thank MBA Decoder for being a valuable part of my journey! I would highly recommend the services offered by MBA Decoder to all MBA aspirants!
MSc in Supply Chain, Georgia Tech, 2015:
I used MBA Decoder’s services for application to MS programs. I was already familiar with Namita’s work and wanted someone with a professional approach towards my case. As expected, Namita helped in immensely in profile evaluation and projecting my essays in the right light. I must say that she kept pushing for perfection, even when I thought that we were already there. This helped fine-tune many portions of my application which ultimately resulted in an admits from top universities.
Again,thanks for your undivided attention Namita. Wishing you the best for your future assignments.
Warwick Business School & ESCP (Europe) eMBA, 2015:
Namita is perfect blend of style and substance when it comes to preparing essays and correcting stories for top class B-schools. She is one stop solution for serious MBA aspirants who seek breakthrough into MBA programs. MBA Decoder is my best choice since she helped me win 50% scholarship in Warwick EMBA and got selected for ESCP EMBA. She is just straight forward and tough but incredibly strong with content. Absolute no false promises and hidden overhead charges. I recommend her for any non native MBA aspirants looking for MBA schools globally.
Chicago Booth admit, 2014:
I got in touch with Namita when I started considering applying to business school. Her help with school selection and application content was invaluable in getting me admitted to UC Booth.
NYU Stern Admit, 2014:
I found MBA decoder on PagalGuy forum and was immediately attracted to their unique strategy. As I do not have strong writing skills, I needed one-on-one care from a professional consultant. I also needed someone who could assist me with all aspects of the application by focusing on my best stories. I did not want to limit the reviews, for I knew that placing restrictions on my essays reviews/edits would not have brought out their true intent. I was so right, because my NYU personal expression essay went through more than seven edits before we finally agreed to convert it to a creative presentation. The other essays were also reviewed/edited more than four times.
Namita is empathetic and established a meaningful relationship with me. She listened deeply to my thoughts, perspectives, motivations, and values and strategized my essays to bring out the underlying messages from my life experiences. She is easily accessible and gave appropriate time to my phone calls. All my discussions with her have been mind-openers. During our conversations I used to get very focused on my own messages, but she instantly connected with my emotional signals and impacted my thoughts to best position my messages.
Both Namita and Sachin performed thorough research of the school and encouraged me to attend info sessions. Comprehending the school culture, they helped me brainstorm my goals and why NYU essays. Namita gave me mini-deadlines and I must say that we got a lot done in a short duration. The last week was very critical for both of us. My personal expression presentation was still not finalized and she had to help her other candidates with ISB deadline. She kept her calm and gave me ideas to break my presentation down, making it more captivating. I am extremely pleased with her promptness and timely feedback.
While NYU is still releasing its decision, I got my acceptance in a month’s time. I am extremely grateful to MBA Decoder for their help in my selection. Their depth of knowledge and breadth of experience transformed my average profile to a compelling one.
I would highly recommend MBA Decoder to anyone who is serious about breaking into his/her dream school. I could not have done it without you!
HEC Paris & Yale SOM admit, 2014:
I took the services of MBA Decoder for my applications to HEC Paris and Yale SOM. The phone sessions / Email exchanges with Namita and Sachin were effective and to the point. Their template organized all the information at one place and covered every aspect of the process. Namita was assertive with her deadlines and made sure I delivered on time. I recommend MBA Decoder to all prospective applicants.
ISB & IIMC admit, 2014:
What stood out to me while working with MBA Decoder was their template. Filling this helped me to collate all the important information about myself in one document and helped me understand my profile in depth. The MBA Decoder team and I kept referring to this template throughout the essay writing and interview process, and this totally justified the considerable time we had spent on it initially.
I was very impressed with their attention to detail. Through constant discussions, they helped me figure out many instances which added depth to my profile. They also discussed my career options with me at length, thereby helping me bring clarity to this critical aspect of the application .
My mock interview with Sachin was an eye opener. He asked me a lot of tough questions with a line of cross questioning. At the end he gave me a detailed feedback on my performance and advised me on how I should improve my answers. The result was that I was very well prepared when I gave the real interviews.
Overall it was a great experience – MBA Decoder handled the application very professionally, and the turn around time to revert to queries was very less.
Kellogg eMBA admit, 2013:
I consulted MBA Decoder for my application to Kellogg’s EMBA program. They have up-to-date and latest information about B-School admissions of major schools around the globe. This shows up when you talk to them and also reflects in successful admissions they had in past.
When I started working with them for my essay, I was asked to jot down the points I wanted to highlight. Note that I was remote, so we used email, phone call etc for communication. They were very professional, clean communication and focused on end goal. They have enough experience and backed by great homework, they know exactly what admission committee will be looking for to guide you write essay. They bring out information about you which you may not think significant, however can play big role in forming your essay. At the end my essay had all the information I wanted to capture and presented in a very appealing manner and apt for B-School application. Best part is, you will get confidence that it’s your essay written by you. For me this was a game changer when I was preparing for my interview.
UNC Kenen Flagler & ISB admit, 2014:
I worked with MBA decoder on my applications for few schools. The best thing about Namita and Sachin which I personally appreciate the most, is that not only they gave their best on my applications but they also pushed me to work more hard and in more creative ways. That really made the difference on my applications. Namita has an excellent understanding of the cultures of various B schools, which in the end can be instrumental in making an application successful. I will wholeheartedly recommend MBA Decoder services to all the prospective MBA aspirants.
CMU Tepper admit, 2012:
Coming from a pool of India IT, I was apprehensive about proving my distinction to the ad-com with bunch of essays. With the personal profiling sheet of MBA decoder, I was quickly able to get a panoramic view of all my personal and professional achievements and identify relevant stories for applications. MBA decoder brought quality to my applications by helping me customize the stories according to each essay.
ISB Admit, 2014:
I am glad that I consulted MBA Decoder team for my application for ISB. Their experience, professionalism and dedication are highly commendable. But what touched me most was the sheer personal interest from Namita and Sachin to help me out even with my career goals. I felt that they helped me rediscover myself. I would strongly recommend MBA Decoder to potential B-School applicants.
Queen’s Admit, 2013:
My experience of working with MBADecoder team was really great .Their creative ideas and expertise helped me in developing an outstanding application. The insights on schools which they gave helped me to identify the schools which are perfect for my career goals . From identifying my story to presenting it on paper , they offered a personalized service which kept me motivated throughout the admissions process….
I shall recommend MBA Decoder to anyone who is targeting an MBA from a top school
ISB Admit, 2013:
So you know you have it in you but have trouble putting it across? Well MBA Decoder is exactly what you are looking for! The highly motivated, talented and professional team at MBA decoder can help you realize your hidden potential, strengths and weaknesses which are vital for writing any B school essay. It was a pleasure working with MBA Decoder and I would highly recommend their services to anyone looking for cost effective and expert advice on MBA applications.
INSEAD & ISB admit, 2012:
I started working with MBA Decoder for my applications and was pleasantly surprised right from the day we started.
Namita insisted on starting the process with brainstorming of every element of my candidacy. We also charted and agreed upon a clear road-map with every step of essays review and the application process. Though she helped me visualize everything that would stand out in my profile, she never went to actual essay drafting – which is highly professional.
I also interacted with Sachin from the MBA Decoder team, who brought in a critical big picture perspective, given his top-tier MBA school experience.
My final essays turned out significantly different from my first drafts and thanks to Namita and her team, they worked in my favour. I was shortlisted for ISB interview and later admitted to the school.
I recommend the MBA Decoder team to everyone who is looking for admission consulting beyond just cosmetic essay reviews.
Singapore Management University (SMU) Admit, 2012:
I consulted MBA Decoder for my applications and I am glad I did!
They are experienced, guide you in the right direction and help you build right application strategies. They operate in an extremely professional manner and provide key inputs to form a strong application package. I would surely recommend their support for one who seeks simple and clear guidance to get into a B-school.
Queen’s admit, 2012:
MBA Decoder really helped transform my essays 180 degrees. When I compared my final application to what I had written, I could see a well written story rather than chunks of information. The step by step process suggested by them, such as identifying key skills, strengths, weaknesses and tying them to various events of my life helped me to put more information on the paper than I imagined. Their guidance and ability to keep probing for more detailed information really helped shape my essays. Last but not the least, their creative ways of representing personal stories is the key to the entire application.
Sloan Fellowship, LBS admit, 2012:
I have had an excellent experience with MBA Decoder and strongly recommend it to potential B-School applicants. Apart from their experience, professionalism and dedication, what helped me most was the personalized touch to my application. I found a marked difference in what I had written initially and the final outcome. Based on changes suggested by MBA Decoder, my final application was much better and effective.
Another point which I found very useful was the advice and inputs provided by the MBA Decoder team at every step of the application which at times ran beyond the scope of originally agreed work and which is difficult to get from anywhere else.
ISB Admit, 2011:
The inputs that you provided were really helpful. The feedback on my essays also helped me with the thought process to come up with additional points. I was quite happy with the final outcome.
Considering that I had approached you with very little time on hand, the prompt replies helped a lot in finishing my application on time and without too much last minute stress”.
IIM Admit, 2011:
I chose MBA Decoder because of your informative postings on PagalGuy. I did not want to invest my money with any fly-by-night essay writer or someone without any management exposure to write my essays. During the application process I liked the way I was asked to highlight relevant experience in my essays. I had initially identified some experiences which were outrightly rejected and instead I was asked to highlight leadership experience. So I was more than happy when I got a call from ISB.