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Indian School of Business

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Indian School of Business
Average GMAT Score711GMAT Range680 - 750
Total Applicants

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Acceptance Rate

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Class Size774 (Hyderabad: 556 and Mohali: 218)Average Work Experience60 Months
Applicant DeadlinesR1:15-Oct-2016
R2:15-Jan-2017
Decision DatesR1:10-Nov-2016
R2:10-Feb-2017
Length of Program12 MonthsPlacement Information

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ISB Essay Questions 2015-16(for Class of 2017):

Essay 1: If we were to admit just one more student, make a compelling argument as to why that student should be you by describing a (only one) challenging experience you’ve had in your personal / professional life. How were you tested? What did you do that sets you apart from others? What did you learn? (up to 400 words)

Analysis:Candidate should grab this opportunity to highlight a challenging experience. A special mention should be made as to why the applicant thinks that the situation was challenging (e.g. did the situation demand going against certain personality/behavioral traits, values, professional ethics, norms?). The underlying theme of this essay is to see what unique traits a candidate brings to the table by looking at his/her logical yet creative thinking. One should also mention few takeaways from this experience and conclude by talking about how the learning could benefit his/her peer group.

Essay 2: Describe a (only one) defining moment in your personal / professional life when you had to make a risky decision, and explain what you did and why? (up to 300 words)

Analysis:Risk, by its definition, means uncertainty or probability of danger. The candidate should emphasize on a life event where s(he) was exposed to a vulnerability and how s(he)approached this situation. If possible, quantify the risk. One should focus on one's ability to take calculated risks by talking about a well-laid down path. What were the alternatives and which was chosen, how the problem was broken down, what were the milestones/controlling mechanisms put in place and how was the success/failure defined? are some questions that one should be thinking of while writing this essay. Another important aspect that one may like to touch upon is the stakeholder buy-in since risky decisions do involve some bit of convincing others who are directly impacted by its outcome.

Essay 3: What are your post-MBA career plans and how will your past experiences and the Indian School of Business programme contribute to taking you there? (up to 300 words)

Analysis:This essay gives an opportunity to the candidate to define his/her career (short+long) goals and be clear about what s/he is looking to achieve professionally. One should showcase one's long-term planning abilities to achieve his/her career goals and mention about how ISB would fit in the scheme of things (you may like to talk about specific courses/clubs).

Essay 4 Optional: Please use this space to: Explain any career breaks / provide any other information not covered elsewhere in the application that could significantly impact your candidature at ISB. Note: It is not necessary to write this essay. Please use this space only if there is something really significant that you would like us to know. (up to 200 words)

Analysis:If you do attempt to write this essay, then please choose max. of 2 pieces of additional information not highlighted anywhere in the above essays. This information should bring out your versatility.

International Application Deadline - Rolling until January 15, 2015

ISB Essay Question 2014-2015(for Class of 2016):

Essay 1

Innovation or doing things differently it is said is a key to future success. Could you substantiate or negate this idea based on your experience. Please provide examples from your own experience either examples of your own innovation or examples of others whom you have worked with.(300 words max)

Essay 2

Applying to and enrolling in a Business School is an important career decision. Critically look at your career to date, the choices you have made, the key influences behind those choices, your goals for the future and how you expect to benefit from the ISB experience in achieving your goals.(300 words max)

Essay 3

One of the following:

A) This experience completely changed my way of thinking.

OR

B) An instance when you went out of the ordinary to achieve something significant, but in hind sight feel you could have done better.

OR

C) Tell us about your role in a team that made a significant contribution to the organization

OR

D) Contribution to peer learning and engagement with the ISB student body are important aspects of the ISB experience. What contribution do you expect to make in this direction during the one year at ISB. (200 words max)

Essay 4 (Optional)

Please provide additional information, if any, that will significantly affect the consideration of your application to the ISB. (200 words max)

ISB Essay Question 2013-2014(for Class of 2015):

ISB Essay Question and analysis for 2013-14 are as mentioned below:

Essay 1: Attitude, skills and knowledge differentiate people. Elaborate with two examples on how you would differentiate yourself. (300 words max)

Here comes the real challenge from Indian School of Business this year. The admissions committee wants to know the real YOU through this ISB essay question. With increasing number of candidates aspiring to get that coveted certificate, it is becoming increasingly difficult for admissions committee to differentiate between candidates. After accumulating years of experience, there are just three factors that have proved to be differentiators amongst good and bad profiles. Applicants shouldn't find it strange that these criteria are straight coming from the perspective of employability. Any employer worth its salt wants candidates with good attitude, skills and knowledge about business. While most of the candidates can feign attitude and skills, knowledge is a factor that is an indication of learning curve and quality of experience.

To address this essay question, candidates are suggested to keep things simple and keep it in mind that interview is going to be the key behind differentiating chaff from wheat.

An example in the answer to this ISB essay question should focus minimally on how the candidate achieved the outcome or mechanics of the situation, but more on the outcome itself and candidate's position within the situation. Candidate's reaction to the outcome holds the key to impact of the situation and the control over it.

Do get in touch with consultants of Gen-Ed to understand how this essay question can be best answered.Our consultants offer top ISB essay tips for admission.

Essay 2: How does the Indian School of Business PGP tie-in with your career goals? (300 words max)

Same old would be the most common reaction expected for this essay question. Most aspirants commit similar mistakes of getting carried away with their goals and forget that they need to make a connection with highlights of Indian School of Business -PGP. Instead they tie-in (if at all, they remember they have to tie-in) to a generic MBA which clearly shows lack of research about school.

It goes without saying that admissions committee is expecting at least some research done towards their PGP, like attending a roadshow, interacting with current students or at least going through the website content.

Since there is not much to toy around in terms of length of essay, specificity around goals and expectations of PGP usually helps. The goals have to be clearly substantiated with inputs from real life and short term goals. It will be a mistake not to mention the short term goals that clearly align with long term and elaborate candidates focus on career.

Feel free to get in touch with General Education for help on this question.

Essay 3: Pick the most significant achievement (professional or personal) you have had and elaborate on the key learning you took away from it. (300 words max)

This should be an easy one to crack !

While its easy to go on a bragging spree about significant achievements most people have had in their careers, what they essentially find difficult is explaining the key learning from the achievement. Usually, one would see the question related to Failure asking about the key learning, which is probably easier to explain simply because the subject has failed. The question asked works on premise that even if everything went right, there should have been some learning.

To be able to answer this essay question succinctly, a candidates strategy should focus on one achievement without any flowery words that has made significant impact. The story content can be simple, yet the impact can be significant. Successful answers leave an impact that makes the reader come back to the story again and again.

Feel free to connect with General Education on how to write impactful answer for this question.

Essay 4 (Optional): Please provide additional information, if any that will significantly affect the consideration of your application to the ISB. (300words max)

Even though this question is optional, General Education suggests its customers to attempt this question and utilize this space to specifically mention something that other questions could not have covered. The information provided here could be based on an event, a situation or an incident that doesn't necessarily have to be out of this world. In a desperate bid to answer this question, candidates tend to get creative and concoct stories that can be easily caught. While General Education is strictly against this practice, we do encourage candidates to put the information in a positive light such that it improves the positioning of the candidate.

Feel free to get in touch with General Education to improve your positioning Vis-a-Vis this essay question.

ISB Essays Questions2012-2013 (for Class of 2014):

For 2012-13 admissions, the application package consists of two standard essays and a third that allows a candidate to write any information that he or she deems pertinent to his/her candidature for admission to Post Graduate Progamme.

Essay 1 - Please make a strong case to differentiate yourselves from an exceptional set of applicants applying for PGP 2013-14. You could cite personal/ professional achievements to present your case. (300 words max)

Essay 2 - Where do you see yourself three years after you graduate from the ISB? (300 words max)

Essay 3 - Please provide additional information, that will significantly affect the consideration of your application to the ISB. (300 words max)

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ISB Essay Analysis 2012-13

Essay 1 - Please make a strong case to differentiate yourselves from an exceptional set of applicants applying for PGP 2013-14. You could cite personal/ professional achievements to present your case. (300 words max)

This essay requires you to state your USP. In a way, the essay attempts to make the admissions committee's job easier by asking you to put your best foot forward so that they can judge directly from this essay (instead of trawling through your entire package to find out what is unique about you). That said, the adcom will still go through the entire package to see if what you are stating is consistent with other things mentioned in your package and recommendations.

Ideally, your answer to this essay question will be to talk about some quality inherent in your personality that sets you apart. A quality is a good choice because, it is a part of you and will continue to influence your action and results well into the future. Mentioning certain experiences or exposures would come as a second choice since the school can argue that these are contextual and you may not replicate your exceptional performance etc in other circumstances. So stating that you are entrepreneurial or have high levels of perseverance (or some such quality) is preferable to mentioning that you survived the tsunami that hit coastal India by clinging onto the top of a coconut tree (difficult to see how this can be useful in corporate life).

Often, you would have difficulty seeing your own qualities. In case you face this issue, talk to a few good friends and ask them to tell you what they perceive as your outstanding quality at work or at school. Based on the feedback you will be able to narrow down on a quality that you can talk about. In case the best that collectively you come up with is excellent sense of humour, you would need to consider mentioning some event, at least the tsunami episode mentioned earlier. However, if you are mentioning some such event or exposure, you need to focus on learning that you had and which you have since applied in your life. So, if you were to talk about the clinging onto a coconut tree event, you would ideally focus on things like tenacity and learning to survive against all odds etc.

Once the quality or event has been finalized, you can approach the essay in three parts. Ideally, you can find a famous quote to start off the introduction. This quote should be directly related to the quality you are mentioning. Start with the quote and then mention upfront the quality that differentiates you while linking it to the quote. In case the quote sounds too clich'd, simply state the differentiator as an introduction. In the next two paragraphs, mention one event from your professional life and one from your personal life that exemplify your differentiating quality. In case you have no personal life to talk about (typical of many of us who are wedded to our computers), as a second best option, you can mention two events from your professional life. However, mentioning two events from your personal life and not making reference to events in your professional life will be a poor choice.

Essay 2- Where do you see yourself three years after you graduate from the ISB?

(300 words max)

Clear, realistic career goals are a very important part of your ISB admission. Your career goals should be built on your current experience and background. While it is imperative that the role you see yourself in three years after you graduate are realistic, it is also important that the role is ambitious.

The role you see yourself in post graduating from the B School should ideally be in either the same function or the same industry you currently are in. Generally, if you write about a role which involves both function and industry change, the goal might appear unrealistic.

You must detail the industry, level in the organization, key responsibilities, function etc. of your dream role. Explain how your experience/ background coupled with your MBA from the B School will help you achieve your goal. Be sure to convince yourself of the role you see yourself in before attempting this essay. A good way of doing this is to research career paths of people with similar backgrounds to you through professional networking sites or by speaking to ISB alumni.

The content of this essay is likely to be discussed in your interview as well. Therefore the more research you do before writing this essay the better are your chances of success for admissions.Go through the above-mentioned ISB essay tips as they will help you prepare your application.

     
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