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Management consultant at Big3 (McKinsey/Bain/BCG); The “h” in “consulting” stands for happiness :)

It’s been a tough couple of weeks in India and we want you to know that the Management Consultant wishes well for you and your families. But until we come out of this crisis, I hope you take care of yourself and stay indoors.

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Management Consulting and Product Management are two hot career paths among fresh graduates. Some of you might be confused about which path to choose.

One of my friends who was working as a Management Consultant with me recently moved to Product Management at a Series A startup. So I thought it would be interesting to get her experience to help folks who might be interested in consulting or PM or working at a startup. Over to her.

After spending around 2.5 years fresh out of college in Management Consulting at McKinsey/BCG/Bain, I recently joined a Series A high growth startup…


At any MBA school, Management Consulting and Product Management are two hot career paths. Some of you might be confused about which path to choose. This interesting article helps understand these careers closely: Click here

Based on the suggestions I received from a few readers, I want to share a few interview experiences. I spoke with a few people who got admits into ISB (Indian School of Business) recently and collected their interview experiences. Over this article, I will share some common questions and interview experiences relevant to anyone planning to apply at ISB.

ISB Hyderabad campus

Firstly, the typical questions asked during…


After the lockdown began and schools began closing down. Every school started virtual classes. Given kids do not have anything else to do (no matter how sad this situation is), there has been great traction towards EdTech. EdTech startups have seen phenomenal growth and some of them have secured a great deal of funding. Some of them even became “Unicorns” & “Decacorns”.

To understand the size of India’s massive K-12 EdTech space, check out: https://themanagementconsultant.medium.com/education-technology-edtech-market-in-india-guesstimate-9b05256b19d1
It includes the estimate of K12 market size with a guesstimate exercise.

But the more I look at these startups, the more disappointed I get…


During the lockdown, you would’ve observed your mother shopping for Sarees/Kurtis through a Whatsapp group? Did you also come across furniture stores selling office chairs (for WFH) through Instagram/Whatsapp?

Was this common in India before a year or so? No.. Now, this new mode of buying and selling goods through social media platforms (Instagram, FB stores, Whatsapp, etc.) is called “Social commerce”. There are a lot of startups that are trying to help such social merchants (Meesho Official, BulBul, etc.) set up an online store. Social commerce in India is in a nascent stage.

For another interesting case on India’s…


This is my attempt to make the guesstimate more product/company-centric. (On the request by Shubham Kumar)

Bumble reached 2M+ users in India in Dec 2019. But just within the next 6 months, it doubled to 4M+ users in India. Let us try to understand Bumble’s penetration in the online dating market.

But first, let me give some information on the online dating industry in India.

Several mobile dating apps have taken off in this segment in the past few years, but very few are actually making any significant revenues. …


Most of the online guesstimates you find are driven through assumptions and are very structured. But that may not be the case in your interview. So I am sharing an unstructured one.

During the lockdown, you would’ve observed your mother shopping for Sarees/Kurtis through a Whatsapp group? Was this common in India before a year or so? No.. Now, this new mode of buying and selling goods through social media platforms (Instagram, FB stores, Whatsapp, etc.) is called “Social commerce”. For understanding the evolving social commerce landscape in India and an interesting guesstimate, check out: https://themanagementconsultant.medium.com/social-commerce-the-next-frontier-of-online-commerce-market-sizing-ad3ad68e0da9

Problem Statement: Guesstimate the…


After a long hesitation, this is my first post on Medium.com.

As I am interested in making this account a resource for “unfortunate souls” (just kidding) preparing for non-tech job interviews or planning to get into management consulting, I want to start by guesstimating the number of such poor souls in India :P

Management Consulting and Product Management are two hot career paths among fresh graduates. Some of you might be confused about which path to choose. This interesting article helps understand these careers closely: https://themanagementconsultant.medium.com/my-journey-as-a-consultant-at-a-big-firm-vs-pm-at-a-series-a-startup-2897957ac232

But before we get into working on the guesstimate, I would like to give…

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