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Dear Friends,

thinkISB.com, is an ISB alumni startup with a purpose to enable the aspirants to most effectively showcase their skills to the ISB Admissions committee. We engage aspirants at various touchpoints from application to interview stage with individualized need-redressal of fresh as well as reapplicants.

Our focused approach has three cornerstones

Engage

Majority of applicants who do not make it to ISB are lost as they don’t clearly understand why they failed – hence these applicants don’t reapply. We would engage with them by re-evaluating their application and explaining them why they might have missed out.The long drawn and involved process of ISB Application, compared to the process at other business schools in India, deters a lot of deserving candidates from applying to ISB. We plan to reach out to these candidates to make the experience less overwhelming for them.

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ISB Admission criteria differs from admission criteria of other business schools in India. At ISB the holistic application matters rather than a single exam score – Applicants with 770+ GMAT have not made it to ISB while others with 640 GMAT have got admissions. We plan to educate the applicants what it takes to get into ISB

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A number of deserving candidates don’t make it to ISB because they are not able to objectively project their credentials. We aim to enable such candidates to more effectively present their case.ISB prefers multi-dimensional candidates who are good in all dimensions. A lot of applicants while are excellent in some dimensions might not meet the bar in other dimensions. We would provide such applicants a development plan to further strengthen not so strong dimensions of their application.With a

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It is our sincere effort to help the ISB Aspirants in converting their cherised dream to realityPlease visit our website to know which product suits your need.

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ISB has announced its deadlines for 2010-2011 admissions cycle. The deadlines for the two rounds of admission are as follows:

Cycle 1
Application Deadline: August 30, 2010
Offer Date: By November 15, 2010

Cycle 2
Application Deadline: November 30, 2010
Offer Date: By February 15, 2011

All deadlines are 23:59:59 Hrs Indian Time.

These deadlines are for Indian passport holders. For international applicants (those holding non-Indian passport), ISB follows a rolling admissions process, the timeframe to apply for which is from June 1, 2010 till January 15, 2011. The application fee for the program is INR 3000 or USD 60. For re-applicants, the application fee is INR 1000. This is ISB’s own way of encouraging re-applicants to apply again.

Essays
The essay topics for 2010-2011 application have also been published and are as follows:

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)

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

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

All the 3 essays are required essays and exceeding the word limit is strictly not allowed.

Start now
Starting now, you have 3 months and 2 weeks to prepare a strong application. As suggested earlier by thinkisb, you have to get your stuff in place in time and now is the time to start. Keep yourself a comfortable 10 to 12 weeks to work on your essays and working backwards, you should start latest by June. So if you are not done with your GMAT yet, focus on that first and get it done with.

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 19 May 2010, 20:08
Thanks a lot for the information provided here.

I have started a master thread for ISB 2011-12 applicants as well. I'm adding a link to this thread in the ISB 2011-12 applicants thread.
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2010, 00:00
Hi ThinkISB,

I have a very basic question for re-applicants. The essay topics published by ISB this year seems little similar to last year topics - Essay1 is similar to last years Essay1 and Essay2 is partially similar to last years Essay3.

In such a case, does repeating some of the information from last years essay be advisable? Or do you think that would leave bad impression on adcom, since I believe the adcom will have access to both the set of essays.

Please advise.
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 04 Jun 2010, 01:02
Dear bigoyal,

You can definitely repeat some of your spikes from your last year's application. It would not harm you. After all the adcom would look for consistency. You cannot change all your USPs in one year, can you? A lot of focus should go into the re-applicant essay. Get the feedback from the adcom, try to discern what was the problem in you last year's application and show you have done something to improve upon yourself.


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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2010, 01:13
Dear ISB aspirants,

Please find the ISB 2011 essay analysis and guidelines below.

http://www.thinkisb.com/blog/2010/06/04 ... -analysis/

We are open to answering any profile related queries for the application.

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2010, 06:33
Hi ThinkISB,

My GMAT score is 730 (Q50 V40)

Profile
10 yrs Experience in one of the top IT Services company in India
Currently working as Manager/Account Anchor with 12 people reporting to me
I have 5+ years international experience - all in US

Acads : BE(Comp Sci) from a reputed private engg college in Karnataka
75%

ECs: Was a state level Quiz champ in school, nothing significant after that
Was part of the group that won the group singing competition at work. Was also part of a social work group for couple of yrs at workplace.

Please evaluate my profile

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1) Is ISB a good fit considering my Exp. level?
2) What does ISB look for in older applicants?

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 05 Jun 2010, 09:46
Dear techchin,

Here is a brief profile eval:

Analytical Horsepower: Very strong.

A very good GMAT and a good performance during graduation as well.

Work Experience: Fair

A little more detail can help. But I am sure you will have a clear idea of how you will project your career growth using a job role tree (for more detail, please see: http://www.thinkisb.com/blog/2010/05/15 ... -stronger/). 5 years of international experience is definitely a big plus.

Diversity:Average

@ work: Do highlight it as you have done it for 2 years. So there will be a continuity.
@graduation: State level quiz champ is good but is too old.
Lose the singing competition point.


Overall, you are a very fair candidate and I encourage you to apply.

1) Is ISB a good fit considering my Exp. level?
Ans: This depends on what you want to do post MBA. If you tell me this I can reply to this query much better.

2) What does ISB look for in older applicants?
Ans: Leaving aside the general requirements of how unique you are, the adcom would check whether the applicant is clear about what he wants from the MBA, where he wants to go post MBA and why an MBA now. You MUST have compelling reasons for these questions.

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 06 Jun 2010, 10:48
Hi thinkISB,
My name is Akshay. Here is my information.
Look forward to get into ISB for 2011.
Hi thinkISB,
My name is Akshay. My profile is as follows.
Gmat score: To be taken in 2 weeks (Approx score of 650-700)
Education: Bachelors in Biotechnology from Ferris state Univ in michigan (GPA 3.2)
Work exp: About 1.5 yrs after graduation now in a pharmaceutical firm (About 75 people) in New Jersey USA. About a year in analytical research and development and half year in budgeting and forecasting/business development. Currently working in both departments. Make about $50 k a yr. 23 years old.
12th science: 65% (Dint study bc I had a scholarship to go to US)
10th: 82%

Extracurricular: Played tennis for University on full scholarship. Was ranked top 50 in intercollegiate tennis in USA. Was captain of the tennis team and MVP accolades too. Was promoted within 6 months of my job. Hold various responsibilities in the growing company. Coached tennis at various levels. Was assistant coach for the team for six months. Recruiting/scouting consultant for tennis program at Lander University in South Carolina, USA.

I think I have a pretty good chance. What do you think?
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 01:12
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My name is Akshay. Here is my information.
Look forward to get into ISB for 2011.
Hi thinkISB,
My name is Akshay. My profile is as follows.
Gmat score: To be taken in 2 weeks (Approx score of 650-700)
Education: Bachelors in Biotechnology from Ferris state Univ in michigan (GPA 3.2)
Work exp: About 1.5 yrs after graduation now in a pharmaceutical firm (About 75 people) in New Jersey USA. About a year in analytical research and development and half year in budgeting and forecasting/business development. Currently working in both departments. Make about $50 k a yr. 23 years old.
12th science: 65% (Dint study bc I had a scholarship to go to US)
10th: 82%

Extracurricular: Played tennis for University on full scholarship. Was ranked top 50 in intercollegiate tennis in USA. Was captain of the tennis team and MVP accolades too. Was promoted within 6 months of my job. Hold various responsibilities in the growing company. Coached tennis at various levels. Was assistant coach for the team for six months. Recruiting/scouting consultant for tennis program at Lander University in South Carolina, USA.

I think I have a pretty good chance. What do you think?
Thank you for your time



Dear Akshay,

You are correct. You have a very decent profile. Here's a brief eval:
Levels: Very Weak-Weak-Average-Fair-Strong-Very Strong

Analytical Horsepower: Average.
Note: GMAT must be around 700.

Work Ex: Average - Fair
Note: I have limited info here. Although you have lower number of years of experience (because of which it is avg), you have had diverse job responsibilities. Do bring out the biotech research exp with exposure to business aspects. With proper representation of a good growth path this can be converted to fair.

Extra Curriculars: Strong
You need not ask anybody about this. It is very impressive. You have persisted with and achieved a lot in an activity. a definite winner in the extra-curriculars deptt.

I'm sure you will have finer points to highlight other aspects such as leadership and overall diversity.

In sum, you are a 'Fair' candidate and I encourage you to apply.

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 13:29
Hello Think ISB,

Wanted to run through my profile with you, am planning on applying to ISB '11 pool of applicants and was wondering about my chances of admit.

My GMAT score is 710 (Q48 V39)

Profile
5+ yrs Experience in one of the top IT Services company in India
Currently working as Lead with 12 people reporting to me
Worked on a proposal on creating a testing Center Of Excellence for mobile technology for a leading US national bank for our company (something i view as a major achievment)
I have 2 yrs and 8 months years international experience - all in US

Acads : BE(Electrical and Electronics) from SVCE associated to Anna University, Chennai
75%

12th (not sure if even needed, but was asked in the application): 97%

ECs: Not a part of any club and kinda weak since i cannot show any certificates yet. But very strong passion for travelling, photographhy and adventure sports (all of these can be supported by photographs, if thts even valid!! :) ). Worked as liaison for a club in our organization.

Please let me know of what you think about my chances, Overall i think i am pretty ok, but i know my EC's are a bit on the weaker side, kindly suggest any sort of ideas in improving them... i am not sure if thats even possible before the R1 deadline, but am willing to try anything i can.

Thanks for your time.

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 21:26
Friends,
All aspirants should take full benefit of Info session & should resolve their queries with Adcom+ find out whether ISB makes sense for them etc.. here is the complete City-wise schedule: India Locations

shorter list for Hyderabad scheduled sessions (2010)

Hyderabad Friday, June 11, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, June 18, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, June 25, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, July 02, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, July 09, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, July 16, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, July 23, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, July 30, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, August 06, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Sunday, August 15, 2010 11.00
Hyderabad Friday, August 20, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, September 03, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, September 10, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, September 17, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, September 24, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, October 01, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Sunday, October 03, 2010 11.00
Hyderabad Friday, October 08, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, October 15, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, October 22, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, October 29, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, November 05, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, November 12, 2010 18.00
Hyderabad Friday, November 19, 2010 18.00

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2010, 21:36
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Hello Think ISB,

Wanted to run through my profile with you, am planning on applying to ISB '11 pool of applicants and was wondering about my chances of admit.

My GMAT score is 710 (Q48 V39)

Profile
5+ yrs Experience in one of the top IT Services company in India
Currently working as Lead with 12 people reporting to me
Worked on a proposal on creating a testing Center Of Excellence for mobile technology for a leading US national bank for our company (something i view as a major achievment)
I have 2 yrs and 8 months years international experience - all in US

Acads : BE(Electrical and Electronics) from SVCE associated to Anna University, Chennai
75%

12th (not sure if even needed, but was asked in the application): 97%

ECs: Not a part of any club and kinda weak since i cannot show any certificates yet. But very strong passion for travelling, photographhy and adventure sports (all of these can be supported by photographs, if thts even valid!! :) ). Worked as liaison for a club in our organization.

Please let me know of what you think about my chances, Overall i think i am pretty ok, but i know my EC's are a bit on the weaker side, kindly suggest any sort of ideas in improving them... i am not sure if thats even possible before the R1 deadline, but am willing to try anything i can.

Thanks for your time.

Cheers - Arjun



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Please find a brief profile eval,

Levels: Very Weak-Weak-Average-Fair-Strong-Very Strong

Analytical Horsepower: Fair
Note: GMAT is good. The acads that been fairly consistent throughout.

Work Ex: Average
Note: Not much data here. But one thing- be clear about mentioning your growth profile. A team lead in a services company in 5 years is really good. A break up of your job responsibilities, the additions and timelines is required. One more thing- The significant achievement of yours is not coming out well. Start by saying what has happened because of this. The adcom doesn't want to hear that you built this center. Phrase it as: Resulted in......by starting the......

Extra Curriculars: Weak-Average
It may be either of the two based on what you project. Note that you do not need to substantiate every activity with certificates. The passion for travelling, photography etc are great. They must have given you good perspectives in things in life and you definitely must have used them in your professional life as well. It is time to think on that and make this section come out as a winner.

I'm sure you will have finer points to highlight other aspects such as leadership and overall diversity.

Overall, you are in the 'Average-Fair' zone.

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2010, 04:38
Hey thinkISB,
I am from India. Have done my Btech from IIIT-Hyd the univ next to ISB sharing the same boundary wall..
One of the top 10 Technical schools in the country..
Have had the opportunity to work as an intern in Microsoft for three months in Bangalore during my Graduation.
Similarly, i was among the very few students in my univ to get the opportunity to work as an inetrn in Second year as well of my Graduation, in One of the most recognized IT companies in Hyd..
I have a negative point in my profile, that my GPA is not that impressive(7.1/10)

Currently working in Bank of America..with an experience of 18 months after graduation.

Extra Curriculars : Have won many certificates in Sports as i was a part of My Univ Cricket team..
Have also got a certificate of appreciation from the Dir of IIIT-Hyd as i was the part core commitee of Stuents Parliament in my Coll..

Throughout my School life, write from begining i have won certificates in Extra curriculars be it Sports , literature, debates etc..

I am currently a crucial part of the one of the NGOs being run by the BoA in Mumbai..and have also contributed in one of the NGOs in Hyd..

Please let me know of what you think about my chances, as i feel that not so impressive Acads might hinder my chances along with a work ex of 18 mons..+ 2 Internships..

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2010, 04:41
Forgot to Mention that I will be giving my GMAT in Aug..and as per the preparation so far..I am expecting to land up somewhere in the range 720-740!
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2010, 06:46
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Hey thinkISB,
I am from India. Have done my Btech from IIIT-Hyd the univ next to ISB sharing the same boundary wall..
One of the top 10 Technical schools in the country..
Have had the opportunity to work as an intern in Microsoft for three months in Bangalore during my Graduation.
Similarly, i was among the very few students in my univ to get the opportunity to work as an inetrn in Second year as well of my Graduation, in One of the most recognized IT companies in Hyd..
I have a negative point in my profile, that my GPA is not that impressive(7.1/10)

Currently working in Bank of America..with an experience of 18 months after graduation.

Extra Curriculars : Have won many certificates in Sports as i was a part of My Univ Cricket team..
Have also got a certificate of appreciation from the Dir of IIIT-Hyd as i was the part core commitee of Stuents Parliament in my Coll..

Throughout my School life, write from begining i have won certificates in Extra curriculars be it Sports , literature, debates etc..

I am currently a crucial part of the one of the NGOs being run by the BoA in Mumbai..and have also contributed in one of the NGOs in Hyd..

Please let me know of what you think about my chances, as i feel that not so impressive Acads might hinder my chances along with a work ex of 18 mons..+ 2 Internships..

Thanks..
Gaurank



Dear Gaurank,

Here is a brief profile eval:

Analytical Horsepower: Weak-Average.
Note: Since the GPA is a bit low the GMAT HAS to be 730+ taking into consideration that you are a younger candidate.

Work Ex: Weak-Average
Note: The internships will not be counted as full-time work experience. Not much data from the Bank of America experience. You have to have significant achievements here.

Extra Curriculars: Average
A myriad of activities. Figure out 2-3 where you can show that you have been involved in for quite sometime.

Overall, you are in the 'Weak-Average' zone.

TO DO:
Try to focus on your current work experience and draw a growth path for yourself. Do have a look at this article. It may help you. http://www.thinkisb.com/blog/2010/05/15 ... -stronger/

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2010, 07:01
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Please go through our latest blog entry on how to make the best use of the prospective ISB community.

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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2010, 00:29
Hi ThinkISB,

Please evaluate my profile .

Work Experience : 10 years in IT industry in india ( working in Top 3 IT companies ) with 4 years as a managerial experience and 4.5 years international experience in USA .
Degree : BE in Computer Science from reputed state engineering college in North India
GMAT Score : 730-750 ( to be taken in a month )
Academics :
10 : 80% CBSE
12 : 78% AISSCE
College : 68% ( 60-70 % percentile )
Extra Curricular : Sports freak right from school time . Have medals in athletics , was a state level football player , participated in declamation , quiz contests , School Vice captain and House captain .
In college focussed on organizing fetes and handling of stalls for 2 years out of 4 years .
In company , used to be member of cricket team .
Social Activities : Nothing significant , working on this area .

Nationality is not Indian , but studied and worked in india .

Joining ISB for career progression and for opportunity to explore other areas of work in IT Services industry .
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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2010, 21:12
Dear sandydiwan,

Apologies for a delayed response.

Here is a brief profile eval:

Analytical Horsepower: Fair
With a good GMAT you score very well in this section. Note that you are a candidate with 10 years of experience. A 750 GMAT would improve your chances drastically. The 10, +2 and undergraduate marks will have very low weights attached.

Work Ex: Average-Fair
Note: No information for me to deduce anything significant. I do not know anything about your sectoral expertises, growth progression, etc. But I'm sure you'll have a coherent explanation.

Extra Curriculars: Average
Now, the passion for sports should ideally have been represented through further involvements. A state level player is really impressive. I get the feeling that you could have done a lot more after graduation. If you did, mention that. Lose the list of other activities you did at school. They won't matter.

The fact that you are not an Indian Citizen is a definite plus.

Overall, you are in the 'Fair' zone and I would encourage you to apply.


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Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2010, 03:01
Thanks for the input .. I am providing some more details of my work experience for your reference .

I am a technical project manager having managed teams of various sizes , ranging from 2 to 15 at client side to 30 folks in India . My domain is in the area of Media and Telecom .
My career progression has been like this
Developer -> Module Lead - > Project Lead -> Project Manager .

In my most recent project at client end , the client was very hostile and was not very convinced with the idea of outsouring work . But after letting an entry in his area , I along with my team worked bottom up to win the confidence of his team and later on his attitude towards us changed 180 degrees .
I also played the role of business analyst in which I used to interact with the heads of various organizations .

I am also doing pre sales work for getting new work and building teams for new projects .

Also am anchor for some initiatives taken for employee mentoring for the vertical that I am part of .

Hope this helps you in evaluating my work ex better .

Thanks
Sandy
Re: Ask ISB Alumni @ ThinkISB   [#permalink] 10 Jun 2010, 03:01
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