Knowledge of global MBA programs to help MBA applicants highlight their individuality and strengths.

An MBA requires significant planning and effort. Each business school hasa distinct ethos with different application requirements and deadlines. The competition for admissions to leading, global MBA programs is intense. It is particularly difficult for international MBA applicants, whose educational and cultural frame of reference is so different to the institutions they apply to.

Our consultants will work with you every step of the way to offer customized inputs on your MBA applications, helping you gain a better understanding of what the process entails, culture of different business schools and what they look for in a candidate and programs characteristics. Every applicant has a story to tell and we help you dig deep to draw out those stories that will become the foundation of your application.


Ideal if you are looking for end-to-end assistance with your application. Our team-based approach simulates the MBA admissions committee’s process.

Getting to Know You

We start by understanding your professional and personal experiences to help you develop your story, target schools and articulate your goals.

Resume Development

We help you develop a strong business school specific resume that highlights your educational and professional achievements, and leadership qualities.

MBA School/Program Selection

We leverage our professional affiliations and network to help you identify MBA programs where the curriculum and culture are aligned with your goals and qualifications.

Recommendation Strategy

We advise you on choice of recommenders and provide guidelines to help recommenders write impactful letters.

Essay Development

The essay is a distinguishing factor of your application. We will work with you from the initial brainstorming and drafting stages to the final presentation of the different essays required by each program. We help you translate your experiences into impactful messages that truly reflect your strengths.

The Interview

Applicants often underestimate the interview, a crucial step in the admissions decision. After your application is submitted, we will walk you through the interview formats of different MBA programs.

Final Program Selection & Waitlist Strategy

Whether you are confused about which school to attend or how to approach an MBA waitlist, we will guide you through your next steps.


Ideal if you require help with a specific aspect of your application.

Pre-application Strategy

We help applicants understand whether an MBA is appropriate for their career path. After reviewing your background, we help you develop a personalised action plan in preparation for applying to business schools. This includes a comprehensive MBA pre-application preparation booklet.

Interview Preparation

We will walk you through the interview formats of different MBA programs, and conduct school-specific video-recorded mock interviews. Our interview specialist will provide detailed review and written feedback on key areas for improvement.

Ding Analysis

If you have been waitlisted or rejected by an MBA program, our consultants will conduct a comprehensive review of your previous application materials, and highlight factors that need to be addressed to strengthen your candidacy in the future.

Spot Review

Comprehensive review of applications materials for a single MBA program prior to submission. Our reviewers provide extensive feedback on various components of the application such as resume, application form and essays.

Admissions Highlights 2018-19

216+ Applications


650+ essays reviewed


Applied to 40 unique schools in

USA | Canada | UK | Spain | France | Singapore

₹4 CR+

scholarships awarded

Top admissions include

Harvard Business School | Wharton School | Columbia Business School | Chicago Booth |

INSEAD | London Business School | HEC Paris | IE Business School | NUS Singapore | Kellogg School of Management | Michigan Ross

3 out of every 4 applicants

received an interview from their target business schools



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A Focused Goal Won Him Scholarships

A Focused Goal Won Him Scholarships

A Focused Goal Won Him Scholarships

Rahul* came to The Red Pen with a convincing profile. He graduated with a high GPA from IIT Mumbai, earned a GMAT score of 780 and had an accomplished 5+ years of experience in consulting. He had a depth of financial servicing and insurance consulting experience and held numerous leadership roles within his professional career….

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Having grown up in the secure environment of his home in Tamil Nadu in a protective family that did not connect much with the outside world, Ravi was worried that his profile was that of a typical Indian IIT graduate with no extracurricular involvement after college. He felt that this would make it difficult for him to stand out in the competitive MBA application process. After failing to get admitted into the business school of his choice…

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Determination and Passion: The Key to Getting into Stanford Business School

The words etched on a cornerstone in Stanford Graduate School of Business reading, “Dedicated to the things that haven’t happened yet and the people who are about to dream them up,” resonated completely with Vivek’s* career goals. Vivek believed Stanford University would be the perfect place to turn his passion for creating into a successful career, thanks to the university’s excellent faculty, student diversity and the vibrant startup community in the…

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Pursue and Persist: Not Giving up Was the Key to Her Success

Kirti was a music student from a young age, which inculcated some valuable lessons she would take forward with her in both her educational and professional journey. Waking up five times a week at 6.00am for music class taught her discipline and dedication. However, more than anything else, it taught her the importance of teamwork–making beautiful music, she realised, meant each singer and instrumentalist must listen to one another, understand each other’s techniques and play in harmony. It was the value of collaboration that….

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My MBA application journey spanned 3 years and 11 applications (7 without The Red Pen and 4 with The Red Pen). I was only able to get up to the interview stage and could not convert any top schools in the first 2 years, despite having good work experience, a GMAT score of 750 and an undergrad brand (IIT Madras). Finally, thanks to The Red Pen’s structured approach, a great lead consultant and dedicated teams ... Read More for various components of the application, I got interviews with Wharton and LBS and eventually, an admit from LBS.

Since LBS MBA was a re-application for me, The Red Pen advised me on how to showcase the progress I have made since my last application. Another aspect that makes The Red Pen unique is the approach of their lead consultants; they go beyond just editing and reviewing the essays we send. Garima was like my friend and mentor with whom I could bounce off any ideas pertaining to the interview or application process and take her inputs. Garima’s research on the interview format and the interviewer helped me to a great extent in preparing for my interview.

Thank you The Red Pen!

-London Business School, Class of 2020

My background – consulting at BCG for 3 years, former member of Nomura’s corporate strategy team, typical IIT engineer profile, average CGPA (7.7) and GMAT (730) — made me wary about applying to top tier MBA programs. Now, having been admitted to both Haas and Wharton, I really see the benefit of The Red Pen’s structured approach, perspective, services and networks.... Read More

I had heard about The Red Pen from my friend who had a similar profile and had been accepted to Columbia Business School. When I spoke to them, what really stood out for me was how they support candidates at every stage of the application process. Their onboarding session helped me examine loose ends in my thinking and stories and laid a solid foundation for my business school application.

The multiple reviews of my essay drafts by multiple consultants were useful and unique in my experience. We practiced for my interviews with Booth and Haas in Round 1, and Stanford and Wharton in Round 2. Their feedback helped me reflect on my strengths and weaknesses and gave me the confidence to project my opinions during the interview.

My lead consultant put me in touch with an alumnus at Stanford before I started the process and at Booth before my interview. Additionally, I had the opportunity to attend an information session organized by The Red Pen with an admissions officer from Columbia Business School in Mumbai. All of these interactions were invaluable in increasing my understanding of these schools and what they were looking for!

-The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2019

The Red Pen is a very professional set up, with a few key advantages over other consultants. The team at The Red Pen makes a greater effort to understand and work with each applicant’s story, resulting in a more authentic, less cookie-cutter application. The Red Pen takes your essay from good to great by suggesting more interesting approaches to tell your stories. They understand what each school... Read More looks for, and help you tailor your essay accordingly. They also significantly improve the finesse and style of the final product. The team at The Red Pen has deep networks within the MBA community, ie, specialist consultants, alums, current students, university officers, top employers, etc. Applicants can leverage this vast network to improve their application or understand their target schools better.

I’d recommend The Red Pen to candidates who want to take their applications to the next level and gain an extra edge over the competition.

-Columbia Business School, Class of 2019


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