Indian School of Business

Q) I graduated from a tier-2 engineering college. What are my chances for ISB PGP program?

As we had shared in our detailed analysis comparing ISB with IIM-A, and our experience guiding hundreds of applicants through our essay review and consulting service, the PGP program looks favorably to applicants from IIT and those with credible academics (rank holders). That makes your quest to gain attention from the admission team an uphill task. Having said that, I have noticed that experience makes up for many of the deficiencies in academics.

I am assuming that you have the above-average grade (B+), GPA 7/10, or percentage (75%+). Now the admission team might not straightaway reject you, but they are looking for ways to eliminate you. That means you must capture the attention immediately.

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At ISB we value diversity as it enhances both the in-class and out of class learning experience. Tell us how would you contribute to the same? (400 words max)

Even though the school has shared the intention to diversify the class – 35% non-engineering and the same percentage for female, they still prefer candidates with a strong analytic mind. The diversity that ISB expects is within the realms of your functional expertise when it comes to professional experience.

For Technologists, it can be the different programming framework, industries and unique functions that you are supporting.

For Accountants, it could be the diversity of the clients the company is serving or forging partnerships or divesting/merging.

For Consultants, the rotating nature of the project in related industries is evidence of diversity

For Energy professionals, the uniqueness of the operational challenge and the strategic insight into the importance of each performance parameter could shed light into how they think....

Now that you have a summary of the curriculum let us go back to the tips on answering the goals and how ISB PGP would help you achieve them.

ISB PGP Essay Tip#1: Critically look at your career (choices you have made)

Honesty is rarely seen in MBA Application. So it came as a surprise when one of our clients choose to describe the trend India was bucking in placing the vast majority of teenagers into Engineering and Medicine. Instead of passing the blame onto parents, society or peers, he owned up to the mistake and shared how as a young kid, he didn’t know where his talent lied. This is true for the vast majority of applicants.

Only 20-25% of top applicants are actively involved in extra-curricular at school – an essential part of skill discovery and finding where one’s true talent.

ISB PGP Essay Tip#2: Influences behind the...

Essay 2: 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 do you think ISB's PGP can help you in achieving your goals? (300 words max)

As the question suggests, the answer should follow a simple four-step narrative structure:

1) Critically look at your career (choices you have made)
2) Influences behind the choices
3) Goals for the future
4) How ISB PGP would help

The first example is from a Technologist who reflects on his decision to choose Engineering instead of medicine. A mentor’s career is quoted as an inspiration, but he cleverly shares the reasons for not following the exact career path.

The second paragraph narrates the realities of his career and the predictable nature of the problems he solves. The applicant then opens up about an avenue where he truly could apply his problem solving and entrepreneurial thinking for a 500M rural market.

In the final paragraph, the applicant quotes the aspect of the ISB PGP program that he found most useful.

Don’t copy the Sample. Use it only as an inspiration.

Sample ISB PGP –...

The first example is from a Technologist who looks at problems uniquely. This ability to see details others are missing led him to roles that require considerable planning.

Leadership became a natural extension of this skill.

For the in-class and out-of-class learning experience, the applicant’s curiosity and leadership are captured as the foundation on which all his accomplishments began.

Essay: At ISB we value diversity as it enhances both the in-class and out of class learning experience. Tell us how would you contribute to the same? (400 words max)

In the first paragraph, the applicant starts with an interesting event and offers the admission team an insight into his observation skills and interest in understanding the mechanism behind even the mundane behavior.

The second paragraph segues into how detail-orientation have helped him take on roles as a class monitor in school and elected representative in college. The responsibilities in college shed light into the exposure the applicant had as a student in managing the anxieties of students, coordinating with recruiters and appreciating the sacrifices non-profits make in changing societies.

With insight on what leadership meant for the applicant and how it has led him to new experiences, the...

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) was founded in 1967 by the Government of India in collaboration with business visionaries. Today, it has cult status among Indian B-school aspirants and has grown into an EQUIS-Accredited internationally recognized management institution. Indian School of Business (ISB) was founded by a group of eminent industrialists and academicians in association with Kellogg and Wharton. The first student intake was in 2001, and in just a decade, the school is now nipping at the heels of IIMA for the title of India’s best B-school in most international rankings.

As we had shared with our clients in the Detailed Profile Evaluation Service, compare programs on factors that matter: course duration, class size, incoming class profile, admission chances, post-MBA salary, alumni network, post-MBA location, international partners, and course fees....

ISB MBA Placement trends
Indian School of Business (ISB) published the 2014 placement report for the PGP program. Placement for the Class of 2014 has shown a positive trend, after a small slump in 2013. The stabilization of the economy, and student’s willingness to consider sectors beyond the traditional – consulting, banking and IT, has influenced this trend.

Here is the summary of the report:

1) 1.15 offers per student in 2014 against 1.07 offers per student in 2013. The number of offers has increased by 7.9%, and the offers per student increased by .08.

2) Mid-80% of the ISB Class earned an Average Domestic Salary of Rs 1815964 in 2014 against 2013’s Rs 1741081, a 4.3% hike.

3) Industry wise, IT sector, Consulting & Pharma offered the most job offers with 28%, 20%, & 9% of all offers, respectively.

4) Unlike last year when consulting was leading the placements, this year IT/ITES industry has made a resurgence with 28% of all offers.

5) The drop in consulting offers can be attributed to the slide in the companies recruiting from ISB. Compared to 423 companies registered in 2013, only 350 companies, a 17% drop.


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