First of all I wanted to make a request that my original name does not appear anywhere you use this.

A little bit about my Background :

My BE mechanical was completed in bangalore. I lost a year after my third year due to too many back Logs. But I was always actively involved in lots of extra curricular activities and had worked professionally in the Music industry.

Also in college level had won lots of state and national level Music competitions and awards. By the time i started my final year I had already lost a year and my percentage was very low at around 51-52%

On deciding to pursue my MS abroad my first task was to clear all my arrears and this I did in the 7th semester. My target was to clear all the subjects and my 7th sem percentage was only around 61. I worked hard on my 8th semester and scored a 805 in my final semester.

In the mean time I had also taken my GRE and TOEFL and scored 1400 and 115 in them.

Here is how my VISA interview in Chennai went :

Me : Good Morning Sir
VO : Good Morning ( I passed all my Documents to him)

VO : So why do you want to study in the US?
ME: Sir I believe that in order to be competitive today international exposure is very important in education and hence I would like to continue my education in the US.

VO : So why FIT?
ME: FIT offered me the exact courses which i wanted. ( Named the specialization I wanted to do ) and also offered me a 4000$ scholarship a year. So I have decided to study at FIT.

VO: So why this particular specialization?
ME: Among all the subjects i studied in my under graduation this was the one which interested me the most and also my Seminar and project in my final year were chosen to further understand the same topic.

He looks through my documents until he sees my Degree certificate which shows my Second Class marks.

VO: So what happened? Why second Class?
Me: Sir during the first three years of my BE , I did not concentrate enough on my studies and was heavily involved in other activities like Music. But on having decided to pursue my MS , I worked hard and scored good marks in my final year and also my GRE and TOEFL.

VO: What do your Parents do?
ME : Told him.

VO : Since you are interested in music will you continue to work in music in the US?
ME: No sir, It is not something which I want to make a profession out of but is my passion and it will always continue to be so.

VO: Your VISA has been approved and will be sent to you in 3 days.
ME: Thank you sir. I smiled at him and walked out happily.


Things which I noticed from my interview,

  1. The way I spoke indicated that I was not overly desperate about the US visa. ( his was because I also had admits from universities in other countries.
  2.  Spoke the truth confidently and without any remorse. ( about my low marks)
  3. There is a certain amount of luck as he did not ask me about my Backlogs at all. ( only about the second class)

Please post it in anyway you want but without indicating my name or email ID.
Hope I was helpful.
Thank you


  1. radha krishna on May 23, 2012 at 3:30 AM

    Hi Friends!

    I am 2010 passout having BTech : 72.6 % but I had 12 back logs when I was in my engineering..I cleared all of them in supplies it self..But what bothers me is even supplies are considered as backlogs ??…or Only areas(means, those subjects which I failed to cleared in supplies and cleared them with the following semister). Ithat case I have 4 backlogs only.
    Please someone clarify this!!
    I also have 2 yrs of expereince till now. Can someone please suggest me what score I should target out of 340 in new paettrn?
    Beacause I am really bothered about my backlogs and unable to concentrate on my preparation.

    • narasimha on May 26, 2012 at 7:09 AM

      hi radha krishna

      if u failed the exam and u cleared it in supply or regular it will sure count as backlog.
      Many VISA counsellers say that if u can convince him(VO) that u got a valid reason for your bacKlogs that will not be a problem.

  2. antarpreet on May 6, 2012 at 3:16 AM

    would a good gre score balance 6 backlogs with a % of about 70 in my ug??

  3. dheeraj on March 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    HI i am giving my xam on may 2012 can i make it through the spring 2012…is it possible

  4. tilak tenneti on March 12, 2012 at 5:29 AM

    hi friends ., i have 14 backlogs in btech planning for spring 2013 ….
    i was depressed during my btech and due to ill health lost out on cgpa i had a cgpa of 9 in the initial years…what is the possible reason that i should give the VO ? please help

  5. Chintan on March 7, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    I have completed BCA (12+3)…want to pursue MS in CS……….
    . I score in GRE , V=139, Q=146, Aw= 1.5
    And in IELTS= 6 Band………… I am applied for two University 1) Monmouth University ,2) Virginia International University…… I got I-20 from both…….But now I want know which university have good Success Rate of F1 visa …….

  6. akhilesh on March 6, 2012 at 8:56 AM


    this akhilesh ,i want to pursue my bachelors degree in US , i applied for four universities kent state university, kansas state university , university of south florida, ohio university ,from the above i got admits to kent and kansas state university…….i heard that f1 visa for bachelors degree will be easily given …sumthing like that is it true…?

  7. sunny on March 3, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    guys.. I’m still a 3rd yr UG student but my backlogs are 6 (out of which 3 are cleared till now).
    Will this remain as an obstacle f0r the VISA by the time I relieve from college..???
    I’m very much tensed about my future and my dream to study in a US university.. !!

  8. Yukti on November 14, 2011 at 2:11 AM

    Hey great job and i think the VO is actually looking at how genuine you are. You answered all your answers truthfully that counts.

  9. hitesh on November 10, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    hey ! my exam of GRE is on 11th of Dec 2011, iam working on my vocab but still iam not gettin’ a confidence, so should i go for some coaching, will it be helpfull as iam left with only one month ??

    • souvik on November 13, 2011 at 4:59 PM

      just study kaplan gre verbal book
      i know it will be helpful

  10. deepak on November 9, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    congrats mr xxxxxx it is totally depends on your trueness along with confiedence more over you performed well thats y you deserve it

    go a head

  11. Deepak on November 9, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    you did work very hard for it man..
    luck favours the brave!!

  12. roland osaji on November 9, 2011 at 4:04 AM

    i really like the your confidential attitude toward ur interview cos is awesome……………….THE GOD THAT MADE FOR YOU SHALL SURELY MAKE FOR ME……………….I THANK THE ALMIGTH FOR HIS FAVOUR AND MERCY UPON UR LIFE……..NICE 1 GUY

  13. Sangeetha on November 8, 2011 at 4:44 AM

    Congrats MR”…………….”, It was not LUCK.
    It was totally based upon ur performnace..


    Go ahead..

  14. krishna on November 7, 2011 at 11:06 PM

    hi frnds. i have applied to 4 uniersities and got admission from 3. i’ve finally choosen university of illinois at spring field. my under grad percent is 61 with 4 backlogs and my GRE is 930.(660,270) awa 2.5 . i didnt get sufficient score in my toefl i got (68).so i have taken IELTS and got 6.5 .

    im planing to take my visa interview in this month so please tell me the areas where i should concentrate on……

    • ram on November 8, 2011 at 12:02 PM

      on low gre low acads and toefl also …..prepare well dnt get tensed ……wat matters is hw well u can convince vo……

  15. gaurav on November 7, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    UG backlog is mainly makes a big deal when VO see some negetive point in your vision to go USA,
    you just said that music is not my profession, thats enough for them, to ensure that this backlog will not continued any more, GRE also keeps good profile…

  16. SHOBANA on November 7, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    U have set an example that being innocent and honest and of course a hard working will always
    pave way for clearing VISA interviews easily……

    U have a long way to go….

    Keep Going..


  17. Ashok G Bhatia on November 7, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Dear you proved” where there is will there is way”congratulations for superb performance in interview.keep it up .

  18. revanth on November 7, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Congratulations!!! The guy who can score 80%, 1400 in GRE, 105 in TOEFL cannot be termed as lucky! he is surely brainy… Keep going bro…

  19. Nuelly O.C on November 7, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    Congrats, i wish to share your blessings too. AMEN!

  20. Projwal.SC on November 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM


    I liked ur innocence and ur testimony is definitely encouraging to us all.. GRE and TOEFL scores are awesome mann….that shows u r having backlogs by choice…. congrats dude….

  21. tanmay on November 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Congrats bro…way to go…

  22. tanmay on November 7, 2011 at 11:50 AM

    Congrats bro… way to go !!

  23. Majid on November 7, 2011 at 11:40 AM

    Yes luck factor always counts.

  24. Jitender on November 7, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    Hi everyone, I have completed my masters in Physics wit first class GPA and was always in little above average list. I also appeared for GRE (1140) and planning to appear for TOEFL. But till now i was not able to fix my goals. There are things thats for sure i want, first i want to be the smartest person in the world, second want to help everyone in need and above all want to have peace in my life. I am an athlete guy and its my passion. i never compete that’s a different story. So please help me how should i set up my goals.

  25. mahesh on November 7, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    ho its great

  26. Guestwriter on November 7, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    I had prepared for around 1 1/2 months for GRE, mainly concentrated on Verbal. Made Flashcards to learn new words and remember them. TOEFL was not a big deal as I just familiarized myself with the pattern and kind of questions which might come.
    And yes I agree that I was lucky. I mentioned it in my post as well. 🙂

  27. preet on November 7, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    congrats dear,
    wish u luck in life.

  28. Pawan on November 7, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Congrats Bro…

    Hard work and dedication always speak out.!! You have set an example…

    All the best for your future.

  29. Ram on November 7, 2011 at 7:35 AM

    1400 and 115 is an amazing score.

  30. vignesh on November 7, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    did ur certificates indicate ur backlogs? and also share ur preparations on GRE and TOEFL? i am doind my Automobile eng. so what exactly is ur specialization? thanks for sharing ur experience.

  31. Megha on November 7, 2011 at 7:02 AM


  32. thNDR dAVE on November 7, 2011 at 7:02 AM

    I DON’T wanna say u…A LUCKY GUY…..
    ….. Ur VIII sem. marks , GRE ,TOEFL & extra curricular activities (in MUSIC) show…..U work hard….& an ambitious guy.

    Remember, if somebody has a high GPA it doesn’t mean , the applicant is brilliant , a future entrepreneur & something like that.

    By the way…..Congrats. MR. ” ………..”

  33. Lee on November 7, 2011 at 4:46 AM

    You just got lucky I must say. For me the number of backlogs was asked. I had 13. And I cleared some of them after my B.Tech while I was working. You are also lucky that he asked for the reason for second class. If my VO had asked reasons for my backlogs, I would have said since I had enough reasons like yours. And last week I heard another rumor that lady VOs are more fincky about backlogs than gents. Not sure whether it is true but in my case it is since all three times I had lady VOs and I was rejected. That’s probably the third reason why you are lucky.

    • GReddy7227 on November 7, 2011 at 9:35 AM

      Dont use the word LUCKY…His hard work paid off,even if the VO asked him about his backlogs,he could have got through because of his Scores and confidence.

  34. Tapan on November 7, 2011 at 4:35 AM

    congrats bro.

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