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Inviting all the applicants for ISB 2010-11 programme, please join this thread. You can contribute your thoughts, queries, information, suggestions, comments whatever you feel would be helpful to all the applicants.

Indian School of Business
ISB is a very young school - it was founded to address the shortage of managers with proper management education in South Asia (India to be more specific). The concept of a management school was thought up a bunch of Indian businessmen lead by Rajat Gupta (currently serving as a special advisor on management reforms to the Secretary-General of the UN) in 1996. The focus of the school was to be on aspirants keen on working in India or Indian firms abroad. The first batch of students joined ISB in 2001 and passed out one year later. An executive MBA was soon launched thereafter. Hence it is not a very mature school - not even ten years old!

Institution and Course Structure:
The course itself is one year long and is known for its rigor. Each year is divided into eight terms - each term lasting 5-6 weeks in length. The first four terms are the core terms and have no electives. The second four terms are the elective courses - there are over 70 electives to choose from. As per the information session I attended last year, the number of contact hours at ISB with the teachers/professors was over 700 hours in the full course and can go to 900 hrs depending on the electives chosen.

ISB works on the concept of visiting faculty. The number of permanent faculty is just 30. However, faculty from three schools: Wharton, LBS and Kellogg visit the school for one term and take up courses for the full term (i.e. 5-6 weeks). At anytime there are up to 100 faculty members teaching at ISB. This gives the school the advantage of a world class faculty.

One year Post Graduate Programme in Management

Key Facts (2009-10):
Class Size: 579
Average GMAT: 716
Average Age: 27
Average Work Exp: 5 yrs

Programme Expenses: Approx INR 20, 20,000 (approx USD 42,000)

Admission Pre-requisites:
http://www.isb.edu/pgp/AdmissionPre-requisites.Shtml
What ISB looks for
http://www.isb.edu/pgp/SelectionCriteria.Shtml

Placement Highlights:
http://www.isb.edu/pgp/Placement_Highlights.Shtml

Admission Deadlines:
Cycle 1
Application Deadline: September 15, 2009
Offer Decision On or before November 25, 2009
Acceptance Decision 15 days from the date of offer

Cycle 2
Application Deadline: December 1, 2009
Offer Decision On or before February 15, 2010
Acceptance Decision 15 days from the date of offer

ISB Information Sessions:
The ISB Information Sessions to reach out to all prospective students.
http://www.isb.edu/pgp/IndiaLocations.Shtml

ISB plans to increase its intake. As per a local newspaper, the school intends to increase its intake to 750 students for the full time course by 2015 or so. Hence, the intake can be expected to increase slowly every year.

Current Students Blogs:
http://pulyanithinks.blogspot.com/

Outside ISB:
ISB is located on the outskirts of the capital city of Andhra Pradesh: Hyderabad. It is one of the largest cities of India (comes in the top six). It is the meeting point of the Hindu and Muslim cultures and thus has a cosmopolitan feel to it. Known for its spicy cuisine (biryani anyone?) and is now a rapidly developing city with many software firms like Microsoft, Insosys, Wipro, TCS etc. located there. The campus is located in Gachibowli, Hyderabad. It enjoys the locational advantage of being close to the campuses of Microsoft, Infosys and Wipro.

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Re: Indian School of Business 2010-11 thread [#permalink] New post 13 Oct 2009, 21:43
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I had my interview with ISB adcom yesterday. I just thought in case a brief about it could be helpful to others :)

About Interview
My interview was scheduled at 2:00pm, I reached there at around 1:00 p.m. As soon as I reached the venue, I was given a paper to write a 200 words essay on "Reality TV" and sharp at 2:00, I was called for the interview.
The panel consisted of three members - current student, alumni (I guess) and ISB staff. The questions were usual -
1. Why MBA? Why Now? If not MBA then what?
2. About my analytical skills (from my essays)
3. About my leadership skills (I have mentioned this in my essays) with 2 instances when I have taken initiatives.
4. About one of my ECs from the essay.
5. What is my passion and what makes me angry
6. Where do I see myself 10 yrs from now
7. Any questions from the panel. I asked one, that was very very specific, including figures and facts about ISB. I just wanna show how much study I've done about ISB.

My surprises
1. Interview was short and sweet - around 20-25 mins
2. No grilling and no stress interview. Guys in the panel where really nice.
3. No question about why ISB and no case studies.

My suggestions
1. Be there atleast 1 hr prior to interview, so that you get sufficient time to settle and write your essay.
2. Be prepared for the question Why MBA? Why Now? The panel will try to ask things like one can gain the Management knowledge without MBA as well, e.g. by reading books or attending trainings. So what extra are you going to gain from MBA.
3. Try to relate real life examples with whatever you say in the interview. E.g. If they ask what are your strong/weak points? Be honest, give them couple of examples from your professional or personal life.
4. Be ready with explanation for each and everything from your essays and application.
5. Be honest. Don't say what you think AdCom would like to hear rather say what is true about yourself.
6. Remember, its only you who is going to drive the direction of interview. Its not AdCom. So while giving examples, try to highlight things which you want AdCom to ask you :)

Now I'm waiting for the results with my fingers crossed.
All the best to others who have their interviews scheduled in coming days.
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ISB is a real good bet for anyone considering a good school with reasonable oppurtunity cost and its added advantage of being 1 yr program.

It also has got good placement record.

i have many of my Engg class mates graduted and currently doing their MBA in ISB.
Its one of my preferred school for application
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Here is a link to one of ISB's current student blog. You'll find things like info about ISB, essay analysis, and how this guy made into ISB in his 3rd try :)

http://pulyanithinks.blogspot.com/
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Last year, the acceptance rate was 4% and the class size was 579, so total applicants must have been 14,475, that's assuming the numbers are correct here: international-schools-rankings-class-profiles-and-comparison-83394.html


whoa! I hope that's not true. If the remaining apply for cycle 2, I am doomed !!

4% is under % international, not acceptance rate.
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Some info regarding FT ranking calculations..

http://onwardtomba.blogspot.com/2008/02 ... nking.html

This guy has done a good analysis of the underlying methods employed in calculating the B school rankings. This may be a little against the particular audience of this thread (ISB aspirants), Nevertheless a very good post.

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Hello Frds,

Pardon me if this is not the right thread to place this info. I haven't seen this info on Forum so thought to post about it. ISB Class of 2010 Placement began yesterday and Started with a bang as compare to last year. Seems After Summer Placements ISB is roaring once again...

Have a look at Rediff's business News... Since I am new to this Forum and this is my first post I am not able to put Link as per the Moderator's rule. So can't paste the link but its in Today's Rediff's Business News Section...

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Re: Indian School of Business [#permalink] New post 16 Jun 2009, 16:50
I updated the rankings thread. Great work aval.
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Re: Indian School of Business [#permalink] New post 08 Aug 2009, 19:49
cool and intresting......want to hear more about ISB!
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Re: Indian School of Business [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2009, 07:10
Not much of actions on this forum !!!! I guess there is a good proportion of Indians on gmat club and lot of them must have been working on their applications for ISB.
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Re: Indian School of Business [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2009, 12:03
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http://rankings.ft.com/businessschoolra ... a-rankings

ISB has been ranked 15th among all the international B-Schools


Yes, i think ISB is my best bet. It works well even on the cost perspective.

There are couple of my class mates(Engineering) graduated from ISB and all their feedback are excellent.
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Re: Indian School of Business [#permalink] New post 13 Aug 2009, 23:13
IIM A is better than ISB
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Re: Indian School of Business [#permalink] New post 14 Aug 2009, 12:51
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IIM A is better than ISB


Hi chiank123

you are comparing apple and orange....
IIMA ISB
Target Audience Fresh Graduates Experienced professionals
Peer learning insignificant Most important
Exposure good Excellent
Placements Best Better than the Best
International reputation Good Excellent
Cost Excellent reasonable

I have classmates ( Engineering) graduated from both ISB and IIMs(A,B), they are placed at different levels and their reason to pursue an MBA and take out of MBA are totally different
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Re: Indian School of Business 2010-11 thread [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2009, 04:50
bigoyal wrote:
Inviting all the applicants for ISB 2010-11 programme, please join this thread. You can contribute your thoughts, queries, information, suggestions, comments whatever you feel would be helpful to all the applicants.

One year Post Graduate Programme in Management

Key Facts (2009-10):
Class Size: 579
Average GMAT: 716
Average Age: 27
Average Work Exp: 5 yrs

Programme Expenses: Approx INR 20, 20,000 (approx USD 42,000)

Admission Pre-requisites:
http://www.isb.edu/pgp/AdmissionPre-requisites.Shtml
What ISB looks for
http://www.isb.edu/pgp/SelectionCriteria.Shtml

Placement Highlights:
http://www.isb.edu/pgp/Placement_Highlights.Shtml

Admission Deadlines:
Cycle 1
Application Deadline: September 15, 2009
Offer Decision On or before November 25, 2009
Acceptance Decision 15 days from the date of offer

Cycle 2
Application Deadline: December 1, 2009
Offer Decision On or before February 15, 2010
Acceptance Decision 15 days from the date of offer

ISB Information Sessions:
The ISB Information Sessions to reach out to all prospective students.
http://www.isb.edu/pgp/IndiaLocations.Shtml


Hi

I am planning to apply for the round 2. yet to give my GMAT.

Any tips on the essays or your previous experience of applying to this school is much appreciated.
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Re: Indian School of Business 2010-11 thread [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2009, 05:02
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I am planning to apply for the round 2. yet to give my GMAT.

Any tips on the essays or your previous experience of applying to this school is much appreciated.


I would have loved to help you. Frankly speaking I'm also gonna apply in round 1 (cross-fingered). Though I don't have much ideas right now, and I also have similar question which you are asking. But surely, once done I will share my exp.

Anyway, just listing the essay lists. As I progress I will try to add ideas for each essay. Maybe in case there are others interested in putting up their thoughts.

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)

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)

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 ISB’s one year program. (300 words max)

Essay 4: (Optional) Please provide additional information, if any, that will significantly affect the consideration of your application to the ISB. Please do not repeat information which has already been stated elsewhere in the application. You may use this to clarify any breaks in education/work, inform about any other item which you think has not been covered elsewhere etc. (300 words max)
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Re: Indian School of Business 2010-11 thread [#permalink] New post 21 Aug 2009, 09:54
common guys. There must be many on this forum applying for ISB.
Please join this thread, who knows we may bump into each other in ISB :)
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