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Rajat mastered the skill of taking standardized tests at an early age by scoring better than 99 percentile on most exams including the CET (Indian equivalent of SAT), GATE (Indian equivalent of GRE including technical GRE), and the GMAT.
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If you take on a task, give it your 200%, or else don’t take that task on at all.
A perfectionist to the core, she gives everything her best without cutting any corners. She was the topper (the absolute topper, not just 99 percentile) in the 12th grade State of Haryana board exam taken by more than 1 million people.
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SJ is a gold medalist from Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) – India’s topmost institute for journalism that is more selective than Harvard Business School.
Neeti has a Verbal score of 98 percentile on the official GMAT and is a certified ESL tutor who graduated in the top percentile of her class in Cambridge University’s CELTA program.
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Japinder is a person who believes in hard work, and in making an effort to stay true to her heart and passion.
In his growing years, Harsh could correlate cricket with any and every sphere of life. It is his this ability of correlating concepts with simple things that makes him a joy as a guide and trainer.
The philosophy SJ lives by is – there is no alternative to hard work. Success comes to those who work for it diligently. Dedicated to anything that she puts her hands on, she is not done till she is done. Her commitment speaks for itself in the outcome of every endeavor she undertakes, be it a professional project or a personal chore.
SJ is a gold medalist from Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) – India’s topmost institute for journalism that is more selective than Harvard Business School. She scored better than 99.5 percentile in the entrance exam, and is the very definition of the term ‘child prodigy’.
She worked as staff reporter and a sub-editor at Hindustan Times (HT) – India’s premier daily. She led various sections in HT City, including party pages, books, arts and the culinary section. A fluent speaker in Hindi, Bengali, and English, she has also been a news anchor for local channels.
SJ joined e-GMAT on August 15, 2011 and single-handedly built the first product – OG Verbal SC Solutions – within the next 4 months. During this time, she also gained the status of most thanked expert on Beat The GMAT and GMAT Club. She has authored more articles on GMAT Sentence Correction and GMAT Reading Comprehension than any other expert.
In her words, she did not realize her creativity as an e-learning expert till she started creating contents for e-GMAT. She makes every presentation, be it a concept or a promotional audio-visual for e-GMAT, a visual treat. “Creating e-learning content has now become a passion”, she says.
When not working on “visual treats”, SJ puts on her apron and prepares culinary delights for her husband. Music is her passion she cannot spend a day without. An amazing dancer, SJ actually regrets leaving her Bharatnatyam training just after six months. But an incurable optimist, she believes that she will finish her training in this lifetime.
Meghna has a PhD in English and has been teaching since 2001. A consistent topper, she won the gold medal for the highest rank in both her higher secondary and college courses. As a Master’s student, she was among twelve writers selected by the British Council for a residential writing workshop with the Booker Prize winner Bernice Rubens. Addicted to academic writing, Meghna is currently working on a book of critical essays on representations of queer identity in film and television.
A UGC-certified lecturer, Meghna started her teaching career at the Department of English at Stella Maris College, where she taught poetry, fiction, philosophy and European Literature. She also co-managed the Writing Centre, wrote a course book on Twentieth Century Literature for Madras University’s distance learning programme, edited the college magazine, and was the staff advisor of the theatre club, for which she directed two student productions. She was instrumental in bringing the Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie to India to be the Department’s writer-in-residence. She went on to work at IITMadras as a guest faculty member at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, where she designed and taught the poetry, fiction and translation studies courses. She is also certified to teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, and has edited fiction and academic books for Oxford University Press, Orient Longman, Katha and other publishing houses.
GMAT Verbal is one of Meghna’s favorite things, because it’s helped her discover a lot of cool stuff about the craft of language and the art of reasoning. She believes that knowledge and skills should constantly evolve, and finds GMAT Verbal the perfect medium through which to hone her language and reasoning skills. At e-GMAT, Meghna is a subject matter expert and enjoys engaging with students and answering their queries. She loves working at e-GMAT because she learns something new every day and gets to hang out with awesome people who also think that the GMAT is really fun.
When not obsessing over the GMAT, Meghna can often be found geeking out over poetry and sci-fi/fantasy. Coffee shops and bookstores are among her favorite haunts. She also enjoys travelling to new places, going to the theatre, watching Supernatural, and hanging out with her cats and dogs.
Neeti is a zealous new addition to our team of Verbal experts at e-GMAT. She lives and breathes the philosophy that one shouldn’t be a bystander to one’s own life and, hence, thrives on overcoming new challenges.
Neeti comes in with a varied educational background. She is an Economics Honors graduate who went on to study TV and Video Production at the prestigious Bournemouth University, UK. As a documentary filmmaker, she discovered very early in her professional life that she was blessed with the gift of making people comfortable in their own skins and that she could channelize this to tell their stories to a larger audience by creating meaningful and thought-provoking messages.
In the midst of directing TV programs, and writing scripts, proposals and synopses for one of India’s finest TV production houses, Neeti discovered her passion for the English language. This is when she was bitten by the bug of teaching the language; she doesn’t wish to recover from it ever. So far, Neeti has coached more than a thousand students for various Indian and American competition exams such as the CLAT, CAT, GMAT, GRE and SAT.
In the scheme of things, working as a Verbal expert at e-GMAT is the perfect destination for which Neeti had been preparing all along. AT e-GMAT she uses her media experience to create online content that cuts across the physical barrier between a teacher and a student. That she has a sectional Verbal score of 44 on the official GMAT and that she is a certified ESL tutor who graduated in the top percentile of her class in Cambridge University’s CELTA program, add just the right amount of authority to her work. As a Verbal expert, Neeti has helped numerous GMAT takers cross the V40 barrier. At e-GMAT, she considers writing articles and responding to student queries, the two biggest perks of her job.
In her time off from work, Neeti loves to watch films and sitcoms. She is totally hooked on to the American sit-com, Modern Family, and she is a die-hard Kevin Costner fan.
In his growing years, Harsh could correlate cricket with any and every sphere of life. It is his this ability of correlating concepts with simple things that makes him a joy as a guide and trainer. He can help people understand processes and break down complex things into easily understandable bits.
Harsh is a post graduate from Indian Institute of Management, Shillong. He aced CAT with a percentile of 99.66 in his first attempt. During his post-graduation, he perceived the subject of finance as his biggest challenge, but with sheer determination he conquered it. Not satisfied with just a major in finance, he cleared all the levels of Chartered Financial Analyst (USA) certification (in his first attempts), considered to be the toughest certification course in the world of finance – with an overall pass rate of ~15%.
“Learn and Help Learn” is the working philosophy of Harsh’s life. Harsh does not shy away from getting his hands dirty if it helps him learn something new. When he himself is not busy learning, he is occupied with helping others learn. In the past, he has trained his students in successfully clearing CFA Levels-I & II. He believes that Mathematics as a concept is an offshoot of nature and is a hidden trait of every human being; it just needs to be enlightened.
When he is free, he loves watching sci-fi movies. Given an opportunity he would love to portray fictional movie characters in real life. Needless to say, he still dreams of making into the Indian Cricket XI and meeting his idol Sachin Tendulkar.
Japinder is a person who believes in hard work, and in making an effort to stay true to her heart and passion.
A graduate from the Indian School of Business, one of the best B-schools in India and among the top 40 schools worldwide, Japinder has been a straight-A student throughout her academic career. She has also scored 760/800 in the GMAT and 1560/1600 in the GRE, both in her first attempts.
An avid reader from her childhood, she dreamt of being a writer one day. She feels proud of making it happen. Her book Vocabulary Advantage has been published by Pearson and teaches difficult English vocabulary creatively- through a combination of stories and etymology.
While writing the book (it took an year and a half), Japinder taught worked part-time at a GRE coaching institute, to stay in touch with the people she was writing her book for. She soon discovered how much she loved teaching! And, she loved experimenting with pedagogical tools- use of dramatics, visual aids, stories and examples from everyday life- to make learning easier for her students. It gave her an immense high to see a student finally light up with understanding of a concept that he had previously struggled with.
This led to her next creative challenge- a GRE coaching institute. From humble beginnings with two students, she achieved rock star status in the local market within two years. The loyalty of her students and the excellent results they achieved still give Japinder an awesome sense of achievement.
After two years of entrepreneurial rollercoaster, Japinder went for an MBA and now post-MBA, she is delighted to be back in the test prep domain with e-GMAT. At e-GMAT, she has the support of a wonderfully accomplished team and technology tools, both of which she had struggled to build at her own venture. She is responsible for developing the Quant course for GMAT students and is loving the comeback of the same rush of thrill and creative excitement that she felt while working on her book and her venture.
Apart from teaching, Japinder is passionate about her daily walks and healthy eating. She also loves to collect research articles on positive psychology and to learn new skills that she previously considered to be challenging (cooking being the latest).
Being a constant learner, Krishna is always eager to learn something new. The Web is his library and he delves into it quite often to quench his thirst for knowledge. Whenever he comes across a relatively new topic, he tries to connect it to whatever he knows.
Krishna is a graduate from BITS Pilani, Hyderabad and has always been a consistent topper in many aptitude exams. His most recent achievements are a 99.90 percentile on the CAT, considered the Indian equivalent of the GMAT and one of the toughest management entrance exams in the World, and a 99.94 percentile on the XAT, one of the toughest management entrance exams in Asia.
He strongly believes in the saying “We are shaped by our thoughts” and says that an individual is molded by his or herthoughts and experiences.
As a Subject matter expert, Krishna leverages his deep understanding of complex mathematical concepts to create effective learning modules that help students achieve their target quant score (attend one of his live sessions to experience the same). He has always believed that every person is equally capable of learning and that it is only the opportunities and surroundings that affect a person’s capacity to learn, and he finds the work environment at e-GMAT conducive and aligned with his goals and aspirations.
He loves playing chess. He also likes Indian mythology and philosophy. In his spare time he watches football (never misses an El Classico), plays FIFA, solves puzzles, reads books and consistently tries to improve his problem solving strategies.
A technologist at heart, Rajat believes that technology, when applied to a well-defined problem, can lead to unbelievable results. He is a firm believer in the mantra that solutions present themselves once we ask the right questions. His love affair with technology started at the age of 10 when he started tinkering with electronics. At 12, Rajat built his first radio receiver using vacuum tubes. At 13, he built a wireless transmitter that had a range of 50 feet.
Rajat mastered the skill of taking standardized tests at an early age by scoring better than 99 percentile on most exams including the CET (the Indian equivalent of the SAT), the GATE (the Indian equivalent of the GRE, including the technical GRE), and the GMAT. Rajat stands out as one of the two students in the country selected by Nokia Research (NRC) Germany for a fully-funded Master’s degree at IIT Delhi and subsequent internship at NRC Germany.
Post MBA (from Babson where he received full fellowship), Rajat was hired by Honeywell as Marketing and Business Development Manager to grow its wireless business. During his 4 years at Honeywell, he helped grow the business from $2M to $25M. In August 2010, Rajat founded e-GMAT with Payal Tandon to fulfill his dream to democratize test prep education by leveraging technology to provide high quality, personalized, and effective education at affordable prices.
At e-GMAT, Rajat takes care of marketing, and setting the direction for the future fusion of learning with technology. Rajat developed the e-GMAT Critical Reasoning course and was a key contributor in the Reading Comprehension and Sentence Correction courses.
Rajat has authored 5 patents. Rajat was an avid cricketer and captained 4 teams. He has also played for the state of Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany. Currently, he is preparing to run a half marathon.
“If you take on a task, give it your 200%, or else don’t take that task on at all”:- this is what Payal often tells her students, her team members, and even her daughter. A perfectionist to the core, she gives everything her best without cutting any corners. No wonder she has been a topper throughout her academics. She was the topper (the absolute topper, not just 99 percentile) in the 12th grade State of Haryana board exam taken by more than 1 million people.
Payal earned her Chemical Engineering from the highly esteemed BITS, Pilani and then moved to the USA to work for Honeywell Defense and Space Systems, where she worked on several strategic projects including managing the multi-million dollar International Space Station program with NASA. In addition to her management roles, she also worked on improving manufacturing processes to build gyroscopes for spacecrafts.
To advance her passion of making learning effective for one and all, Payal left her lucrative career in 2010 to raise her second child – e-GMAT. She is constantly thinking of better ways to impart skills to people – whether it is how to read a passage more efficiently, how to deconstruct a sentence, or how to train other experts. At e-GMAT, Payal oversees curriculum development, expert training, and all operational activities. In a nutshell, she is committed to the success of all e-GMAT-ers.
Payal holds the belief that excellence can be achieved by combining a methodical process with targeted preparation. A staunch believer in Six Sigma Methodology, she stands by the gospel of “doing things right the first time”. The result of this strong belief system: e-GMAT’s 3-step process for Sentence Correction. Yes, she is the brainchild behind the process that has demystified the horror of Sentence Correction for numerous non-natives.
When Payal is not busy raising e-GMAT, she can be seen savoring her time with her daughter Palak. They share a passion for Hindustani classical music and Bollywood dancing. It’s not surprising to hear them sing a melody or see them dancing.
A penchant for learning new things has been Richa’s defining trait and the most important factor affecting her development till date. She has always been curious about knowing all sorts of things ranging from how the moray eel has a second set of pharyngeal jaws in its throat, to details of the top-kill procedure being employed at the Gulf oil spill, and role of ‘colocation’ in high frequency trading. While some of these things may seem irrelevant at face, she believes that they represent a pool of ideas, which have the potential to transform the scenario at hand on application.
A B.Tech from IIT Delhi, and anMBA from IE business school, Richa approaches any problem at hand in a logical and with a first principle approach. She has a rich experience of 5 years, working with Investment Banks like Lehman Brothers and Nomura. She has scored 51 in quant section of GMAT and overall a 750 in her first attempt.
While her vision of the future has constantly evolved, the importance of proper education remained constant. Post her MBA,Richa wanted to foray into education sector and worked as a consultant with an Education start-up before joining e-GMAT. At e-GMAT her role is mainly focused on building quant products ranging from questions to conceptual content.
In her spare time, Richa loves reading autobiographies and indulging into conversations on psychology. She devotes a lot of her time reading works of Freud.