AppOne™ – MBA Essay Editing

Applying for an MBA? Here is a Service That will Help You Reach Your DREAM B-school!

Just 6% of applicants who apply to Stanford every year make it. The number for Wharton is not much higher, at 11%. Asian or European schools? NUS about 10%, ISB only around 20%, and HEC Paris, again just around 15%.

Top applicants know that they are already competing with the best, and the low selection ratios just make that harder. The MBA application process: Essays, GMAT scores, recommendations, resume, and multiple short questions, were not enough. Of late, some of these essays / questions may need to be answered on video too.

It is just like racing against the world’s best runners. An excellent coach can make a world of a difference.

We’ve helped over a thousand people now make it to top MBA programs around the world, including American (all programs in the top 50, including Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, et al), European (Oxford, Cambridge, INSEAD, LBS, HEC, and others), Asian (ISB, NUS, NTU, HKUST, and others), and Australian (AGSM and Melbourne) programs. Our blog features select stories from some of these people.

We help top applicants realize their potential, create stunning, stellar applications, and build outstanding careers. Distance is not a criterion – we work with people across the world through emails/Skype conversations/phone calls. We also maintain full-time offices (no ‘virtual only’ models for us), as a serious, top firm. If you are still evaluating whether an MBA is right for you or which programs you should look at, consider our Premium MBA Profile Evaluation service first. If you are ready, scroll down, and let’s get going!

AppOne™ Process


How Does the Process Work?

GyanOne MBA Admissions Consulting

Initial profiling: Great consulting is borne out of great relationships and a warm, comfortable environment. Before we work on your application, we would get to know you – what makes you tick? Every person has a story, and we want to know yours. In fact, so thorough and detailed is this process, that some people have even told us that they developed a better understanding of themselves and their ambitions just through this! It is our avenue to know your achievements, your failures, your motivations, and even your fears and apprehensions. You give us as much detail as you can in this stage.

Brainstorming sessions: Think back upon the time when you have revealed your inner self, had deep discussions, and ‘aha’ moments. They were invariably times when you challenges yourself to think, and came out with your deepest feelings and objectives. That is what a brainstorming session is like. Our most experienced consultants have literally helped thousands (yes, 1000+, and for some, more) candidates achieve their dreams at top-20 MBA programs, and more. They lend their expertise to help you shine. Brainstorming sessions are much more than discussions – they involve a deep dive into every aspect of your application. Be ready to have your assumptions challenged, your stories questioned, and your goals thoroughly scrutinized. These sessions also involve plenty of inputs on your target MBA program, and improving your resume and essays.

GyanOne MBA Admissions Consulting
GyanOne MBA Admissions Consulting

Essay reviews and editing: Let’s take a detour before we answer this question. Which authors are your favorite? Why? As you think about these questions, you will find that most people (including you) are drawn to great content, expressed in a way that makes you go ‘wow!’. Now, back to our application. After the brainstorming sessions, you already have a very clear idea of the content that goes into your application. Now is the time to express it. In this stage, we review your essays over multiple rounds. From stress-testing ideas to checking for clarity in goals, fit with the school, and of course grammar, content, and presentation, the essay reviews take your essays from decent to outstanding. So that when the admissions committee reads them, they go ‘wow!’ too.

Quality checks: Even the best archers sometimes miss! As an accomplished applicant, you have done a great job in creating stellar essays by now, with our guidance. However, like the parts of a well-oiled machine, everything needs to work well together. Are your essays creating impact? Are they addressing the question asked? Are they of the same quality (or higher) as that of previous applicants? We make sure in this stage.

GyanOne MBA Admissions Consulting
GyanOne MBA Admissions Consulting

Resume creation, review, and editing: Guess which part of your application is seen first, even before your essays? Your resume. As a summary of your profile, it is a handy reference for any admissions officer to understand you first. Is it a boring list of points, or does it create interest with every bullet? Is the format okay, and are the points powerful? More than simply being a career and education summary, though, the resume should be an indication of your responsibilities, achievements, and importantly, your potential. That is what we ensure through multiple resume reviews, scanning each letter of the document to ensure that it is as good as it can be. This stage runs in parallel with everything else.

Recommendation strategy and review: Ever asked someone to put in a good word for you to someone else? It’s not the most comfortable feeling the world. As humans, we find asking for a favor difficult, and asking for praise even more difficult! Yet, that is exactly what you must do when asking your bosses for MBA recommendations. We guide you through the process of selecting the right recommenders, approaching them, and securing winning recommendations. This stage too runs in parallel with the resume and essay reviews.

GyanOne MBA Admissions Consulting
GyanOne MBA Admissions Consulting

Wrap up in style: Strike a winning pose before you cross the finish line, and smile, because (for some MBA programs), because you’re on camera! Some MBA applications have short essays, goals statements, and financing statements too. We help you tackle all of these, including video essays. You might need to plan further applications as well. In this stage, we put all queries to rest, so you can cross the finish line with élan.

As a business leader in the future, you will give several interviews. Why not practice now?

MBA interview preparation: We’re joking, but we’re half serious too. You will certainly get there one day, but before you do, you have an admissions interview to clear. At this stage, you decide whether you wish to register for our MBA interview preparation service, which has a 99% record of helping applicants make it to top 20 programs.

Whether it is supporting you in various stages of the application process, or simply working with you to develop your ‘MBA vision’, we act as consultants, counsellors, and mentors at different stages.

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AppOne(TM) Features

Comprehensive service offering, covering everything from brainstorming to essays, resume, recommendations, and scholarship application
Help on bringing out your unique story and fit with the school – all custom and bespoke – no templates!
Creation of a comprehensive strategy to ensure that your essays, resume, recommendation, and goals are all in sync with your target school
You work ONLY with top MBA graduates (MIT/Kellogg/INSEAD/LBS/ISB) who have helped 1000+ top MBA applicants EACH!
Get insights and advice on information sessions, video essays, and alumni connections, and join our top MBA network!

We are very familiar with the traps and falls that a typical applicant encounters in his/her MBA journey. Over the last decade, we have mentored over 5000 successful applicants for admissions to various top MBA programs around the world

Our Folks at Top MBA Programs Around the World

Amit Jain | ISB, IIMC and IIMB

Dont have words Guys!! You guys rock!

Ritika Midha | HEC PARIS

Received the admit from HEC 🙂 Cheers to your Team!

Anoop Francis | IBEAR with Scholarship

Got an admit from IBEAR with 30k scholarship 🙂 Glad about the news! Thank you!

Sayanaditya Biswas | LBS MFin

Glad to inform you that I got an offer from LBS for the FT Masters in Finance program. This would not have been possible without your help

Vikas Gulia | IIMA


Could not have asked for more! Cheers!!

Bharath Ganapathy | Nanyang and McCombs

Admission offer from Nanyang with 20% Scholarship

Divya Siram | LBS, Oxford and Cambridge

Made it to all three top ones!! Thank you so much Rishabh!!!

Snehal Poojari | Ivey and Rotman with Scholarship

Admit offer from Ivey with scholarship of CAD 45K and Rotman with CAD 15k

Vinay Shivakumar | Emory and McCombs with Scholarship

Got in with $20000 Scholarship! Super excited! Want to talk…..Big Kudos!!!!

Arpit Shrivastava | Berkeley Haas EMBA

Accepted into Berkeley Haas. Want to Thank you….

Sreemoyi Sanyal | HEC PARIS

Finally got the call today! Amazing news!!


Got in 🙂 Thanks for all the help.


Thank you GyanOne! Cheers to you

Tanya Bhattacharya | KELLOGG

Also Got Admit from NUS

Pranav Mehrotra | INSEAD

Feeling Thrilled! Thanks a lot!

Sanskriti Mittal | LBS MiM

Also got a Scholarship! Thanks

Harsh Garg | KELLOGG

Admits from Yale and ISB too!


Thank You ! Would love to recommend you..

Sudhir Patamsetti | NYU STERN

Got the offer letter, Appreciate!

Tarun Mehrotra | INSEAD EMBA

Just got a call from INSEAD, finally made it to the Europe cohort starting November 2017. I should thank you for all the assistance provided.

Ramaswami Balaji | INSEAD

Admits from HKUST and ISB too!


Admit from MIT SCM too!

Ashok Pancily | YALE SS

Second Indian to get into prestigiuos..

Aniket Pathak | NYU STERN

Thanks a lot for all the help!

Rakesh Renganathan | IMD

Made it to IMD! Was lovely working…

Veerasekhar Rao | IIMA

Admit from IIM B too!

Chandan Badhan | HEC Paris

Made it to ISB and IIMA too!

Abhinand Madireddy | INSEAD

Thanks a ton! Made it to…

Divya Viveka | COLUMBIA

Big Kudos and Thanks to You!

Anubhav Arora | CEIBS and ISB with Scholarship!

Rishabh, truly appreciate the level of support you’ve extended on each application, i don’t think any other Consultant would have put in so much time and effort, given our timelines. You’re awesome!

Hrishikesh Mahajan | UCLA ANDERSON

Kudos! Aiming for a scholarship…

Divya Mahankali | MCCOMBS

Got through ISB as well!

Avinash Deori | DUKE

Admit from IIMB with scholarship!

Nitin Jain | HKUST

Also got through Boston..

Tushar Khare | ROTMAN

Received 10% scholarship too!

Simardeep Kochar | MCCOMBS

Ohio Fisher and WP Carey with scholarship

Dhruva Bhardwaj | INDIANA KELLEY

Got a Scholarship as well!

Aditi Paliwal | KENAN FLAGLER

Also got Kelley with 50% scholarship!

Arpit Bhatnagar | NANYANG

Admit from CEIBS also!

Akshara Ajith | CEIBS

Very Excited! It was great…

Nikhil Jones | HEC PARIS

Many thanks indeed!

Rajeevaksha DV | TUCK

Tepper and McCombs also cracked!

Ishan Agnihotri | CORNELL

MCCOMBS with Scholarship of USD40k at both!

Prashant Jain | IVEY

USD20K Scholarship too!

Varun Pareek | HEC PARIS

Thank you for your guidance!

Sophie Shilimindri | IMD

All possible because of you!

Rohan Sangari | CORNELL

Waitlised for Scholarship!

Examples of Some Questions We have Tackled (actual questions from successful applicants before they applied)

“I don’t have any awards in extra-curricular activities. How do I showcase my extra-curricular skills?”

“I have two years of work experience while the B-school average is five. How do I make sure that my experience is seen in a positive light?”

“My grades in college weren’t stellar. How do I mention this fact in the application without making it look bad?”

“I am a techie and all I have done in my career so far is code/manage IT projects. How do I create an application that will highlight my own meagre business skills against a large pool of applicants including consultants/i-bankers/sales professionals?”

“I have never led teams in my organization. How do I showcase leadership?”

“I took a year off work because of X reason. How do I explain this on my application?”

“How do I show the experience gained through working for my own family business in my application?”

“I have no real extra-curricular achievements to show. Will it help if I join the neighbourhood social activity club/NGO?”

“Will it help to visit the school once before applying? When should I go?”

All these questions (and others not listed here) are valid. All of them also have a solution. Trust us to find you a solution that is unique and workable, and that works! Our proprietary application support methodologies, AppOne™ and AppOne™ Premium, help you manage the application process in the best possible way. The AppOne™ process is unique in the following aspects:


Q. How exactly does GyanOne help me with my essays / recommendations?

The GyanOne MBA Essay Editing , AppOne™, offers the following benefits:

MBA Essay Editing guidance: We help you draft and write your essays in a manner that conveys all your strengths in the best way possible. Often, the difference between a great essay and a poor one lies in which thoughts you choose to express, and how you choose to structure them. Our review ensures that your essays are brief, yet expressive; professional, yet interesting.

We leave no stone unturned when we review your essays. Our service is thorough, organized, and best-in-class. Our reviewers, besides being top B-school graduates (all of them!), are also highly experienced in evaluating B-school applications. We also have a high success rate in getting our candidates the coveted interview call from top-notch institutions around the world.

Recommendation advice: Another critical aspect of B-school applications is recommendations. Every B-school requires your professional superiors/clients/former bosses to write a recommendation for your application. This recommendation talks about your performance in your professional capacity and your suitability for a top-notch MBA. It sometimes also talks about your career prospects post your MBA. The recommendation serves to validate your application against the opinion of your managers at work. A serious mismatch between the capabilities you express in your application and those endorsed (or not) in your recommendation, can mean the difference between success and failure.

Your recommendation must be written and endorsed by your recommender. However, we do realize that the entire process – from deciding on who to ask for a recommendation, to having the person write your recommendation and send it to the B-school, is difficult. We work with you in making this process smooth – from helping you to identify who to ask, to helping you structure your thoughts in asking the person for a recommendation. The conversation requesting someone for a recommendation can often be awkward. We help you to prepare for that conversation so you can request the recommendation in the most effective manner possible. Thereafter, we encourage you to leave the rest of the process to your recommender(s)

Q. Why are essays important? How do they influence the admission decision?

The single most important factor (after academic considerations) that contributes to application success at B-school is the impression created by the essays you write. As a mandatory part of their admission process, all B-schools require you to write two to three essays on pre-defined topics given by them. Essays are therefore very important for the following reasons:

They help schools evaluate your thinking and views through the opinions you express

They help schools to view your application through your eyes – how you view yourself, what your goals are, how an MBA helps you achieve your goals, and how you can be an asset to the school as an alumnus

They help YOU to refine your thinking – the essays force you to take a closer look at yourself, your application, and your reasons for applying to the particular school

They can help clarify matters left unsaid or incomplete in the rest of the application – some candidates smartly use the essays to convey extraordinary achievements, extra-curricular skills, or family hardships that the rest of the application does not capture. This can often help the Admissions Committee form a more favorable view of your application

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