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ISB [Indian School of Business] PGP

ISB The ISB, Indian School of Business, with campuses at Hyderabad and Mohali, has seen exceptional success in a very short time for its flagship Post Graduate Programme (PGP) in Management. Though we had predicted a jump in its ranking, ISB went on to exceed our expectations by leaping into Financial Times top 15 global business school rankings. Given its Indian location and the high number of Indian MBA aspirants, the ISB has an exceptionally low applicant v/s intake ratio - and is extremely competitive. The combined PGP class strength has increased to around 770: approximately 210 at the new Mohali campus and 560 at Hyderabad.

ISB PGP Class Profile The ISB Post Graduate Programme (PGP) Class of 2014 had 774 students, 75% male and 25% female. The mean age was 27 but mainly ranged between 25 to 31. GMAT scores mainly ranged from 680-750 but averaged out at 710. Years of experience remained at an average of 5 and mainly ranged from 2.8 to 7.5 years. Engineers formed a whopping 74% of the class. International admits made up only 1.7% of the intake (half of lat year's), which is still an area of concern for the ISB.

ISB PGP Application Deadlines 2016-2017 Domestic applicants: Cycle 1 (15 Oct 2016), Cycle 2 (15 Jan 2017)  International applicants: Rolling until January 15, 2017

ISB PGP Application Essays 2016-2017    ISB PGP Essays Tips

This year's essay topics are designed to help us discover more about you as an individual, your ability to learn, your career goals, and how we can help you achieve them. Amongst other things, your responses will be evaluated for depth of analysis and the unique perspective you bring to the issue. You will not be able to submit the application if you exceed the word limit.

ISB PGP Essay 1. If we were to admit just one more candidate to the Postgraduate Programme (PGP) at the ISB, why should it be you? (400 words max)

ISB PGP Essay 2. Describe your short and long term career plans. How does the PGP fit in with those? (300 words max)

ISB PGP Essay 3 (Optional): Please use this space to provide any other information not covered elsewhere in the application that could significantly impact your candidature at ISB. Note: It is not necessary for you to write this essay. Please use this space only if there is something really significant that you would like us to know. (200 words max) 

ISB PGP Reapplicant Essay. How has your profile changed from the time you last applied to the ISB? (300 words max)

Essay archives from past years

   

ISB MBA Application Essays 2015-2016

ISB MBA Application Essays 2014-2015

ISB MBA Application Essays 2013-2014

ISB MBA Application Essays 2011-2012

ISB MBA Application Essays 2010-2011

ISB MBA Application Essays 2009-2010

ISB MBA Application Essays 2008-2009

ISB MBA Application Essays 2007-2008

ISB MBA Application Essays 2006-2007

   

ISB PGP Application Essays 2015-2016

ISB PGP 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 an (only one) achievement in your personal / professional life that you are most proud of. What did you do that sets you apart from others? What did you learn?(400 words max)

ISB PGP Essay 2. Answer ONE of the following: (300 words max)

- Describe a defining moment in your personal / professional life when you had to make a risky decision, and explain what you did, why and the outcome? 
or
- Describe a situation in your personal / professional life when you had to interact with people from diverse backgrounds. How did it affect you and what did you learn?

ISB PGP Essay 3. What are your post ISB career plans and how will your past experiences and the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) contribute to taking you there? (300 words max)

ISB PGP 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 PGP Reapplicant Essay. How has your profile changed from the time you last applied to the ISB? (300 words max)

ISB PGP Application Essays 2014-2015

ISB 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)

ISB 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)

ISB Essay 3: Answer ONE of the following essays

If you are unsure which of these four essays you should attempt, we suggest going with the one for which you have a strong story and which helps present you as a well-rounded candidate.

Essay 3A: This experience completely changed my way of thinking. (200 words)

Essay 3B: An instance when you went out of the ordinary to achieve something significant, but in hind sight feel you could have done better. (200 words)

Essay 3C: Tell us about your role in a team that made a significant contribution to the organization (200 words)

Essay 3D: 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)

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

ISB Reapplicant Essay: How has your profile changed from the time you last applied to the ISB? (300 words)

ISB MBA Application Essays and Tips 2013-2014

ISB Essay 1: Attitude, skills and knowledge differentiate people. Elaborate with two examples on how you would differentiate yourself from other applicants to the PGP.  (300 words max)

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

ISB 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)

ISB Reapplicant Essay: How has your profile changed from the time you last applied to the ISB? (300 words)

ISB Scholarship Essay [Optional]: Why do you think that the ISB Scholarship Committee should consider you for scholarship? (300 words max)

ISB PGP Application Essays 2011-2012

ISB Essay 1: Please detail your two most significant achievements. These could be either professional or personal but relevant to your application to the ISB. (300 words max)

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

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

ISB Reapplicant Essay: How has your profile changed from the time you last applied to the ISB? (300 words)

ISB PGP Application Essays 2010-2011

ISB Essay 1: If we were to admit one more student to the class of 2012, make a compelling argument as to why that student should be you? (300 words max)

ISB Essay 2: What are your short term and long term goals? How will the ISB help you achieve the same? (300 words max)

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

ISB Reapplicant Essay: How has your profile changed from the time you last applied to the ISB?

ISB PGP Application Essays 2009-2010

ISB Essay 1: Give 3 reasons as to why you should be selected to the class of 2011. These reasons should ideally differentiate you from the applicant pool and should be backed with some data. (300 words max)

ISB Essay 2: Describe a challenging assignment you have handled (at work or outside) to date. What were the challenges and how did you handle them. What were the personal learnings you derived from this assignment. (300 words max)

ISB Essay 3: Briefly assess your career progression till date along with your assessment of your future career goals. Discuss how your career goals will be met by the ISBís one year program. (300 words max)

ISB Optional Essay: Please provide additional information, if any, that will significantly affect the consideration of your application to the ISB.

ISB Reapplicant Essay: How has your profile changed from the time you last applied to the ISB? (300 words max)

ISB PGP Application Essays 2008-2009

ISB Essay 1: Please give three reasons why ISB should admit you into the class of 2010. These reasons should ideally differentiate you from your competition. (300 words max)

ISB Essay 2: You are contesting the election to be the President of the ISB Student Body. Write a speech you will deliver to the student body on why they should elect you as the President? (300 words max)

ISB Essay 3: CASE: You have been appointed to head the team to build a dam across the River Zumba. Success in this project is critical for your company and would earn you a promotion. Failure would mean that your company would be bankrupt and will take along with it, its investors and its employees. Building a dam across the river would result in deforestation of a portion of the rainforests and would mean relocation of the tribals and destabilization of wild life at Zumba. There is resistance from environmental groups against your project. You are meeting the head of the resistance movement in one hour wherein you would have to explain your decision. Describe what you would do and why? (You will be evaluated on the creativity and practicality of your solution). (300 words max)

ISB Optional Essay: Please provide additional information, if any, that will significantly affect the consideration of your application to the ISB.

ISB Scholarship Essay: Why do you think that the ISB Scholarship Committee should consider you for scholarship? (300 words max)

ISB PGP Application Essays 2007-2008

ISB Essay 1: The ISB culture stresses on a diverse mix of students; life at the ISB is a unique experience for the students. How will your candidature contribute to this culture at the ISB? (300 words max)

ISB Essay 2: A million dollars or knighthood: what would you choose and why? (300 words max)

ISB Essay 3: You have a new manager who has just joined your organisation. As a part of the handover, the outgoing manager is describing each person reporting to him. How do you think the outgoing manager will describe you to the incoming manager? (300 words max)

ISB Optional Essay: Please provide additional information, if any, that will significantly affect the consideration of your application to the ISB.

ISB Scholarship Essay: Why do you think that the ISB Scholarship Committee should consider you for scholarship? (300 words max) 

ISB PGP Application Essays 2006-2007

ISB Essay 1: What, in your opinion, makes you distinct from other applicants to ISB? How will that add value to other students and ISB? (300 words max)

ISB Essay 2: What are the three things about yourself that you would like to change? Why? (300 words max)

ISB Essay 3: You are applying to your dream job after ISB. Please prepare a cover letter accompanying your CV. (300 words max)

ISB Essay 4: You are part of a team which has been assigned a project with a tight deadline that is not extendible. One of the team members fails to deliver on the part of the project assigned to him at the fag end of the project despite his assurance. All the other members of the team have performed flawlessly and completed their parts. There is no way that the project can now be completed even if all the team members provide their utmost help. Appropriate punishment has now to be meted out by the management. The team member is willing to own up his shortcoming and shoulder the responsibility. Should all the team members share the responsibility for failure equally or should they allow that particular team member to get all the blame and punishment? Take a firm position on the issue and support your stand with relevant arguments. (300 words max)

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

ISB Scholarship Essay: Why do you think that the ISB Scholarship Committee should consider you for scholarship? (300 words max)

           
           
 

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