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MBA Decoder is a specialist MBA admissions consultancy that has helped applicants get into the top global b-schools, including ISB. We'd like to offer you our expertise in MBA admissions and our knowledge about ISB by answering your questions related to admission at ISB.

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MBA Decoder is a specialist MBA admissions consultancy that has helped applicants get into the top global b-schools, including ISB. We'd like to offer you our expertise in MBA admissions and our knowledge about ISB by answering your questions related to admission at ISB.

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By what date will we get our feedback from ISB Admission team.
I have requested them two days back.
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New post 08 May 2015, 01:54
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MBADecoder wrote:
MBA Decoder is a specialist MBA admissions consultancy that has helped applicants get into the top global b-schools, including ISB. We'd like to offer you our expertise in MBA admissions and our knowledge about ISB by answering your questions related to admission at ISB.

So, feel free to shoot across your queries.



By what date will we get our feedback from ISB Admission team.
I have requested them two days back.



Hi Vivek,

Nice to have you open the thread.

The feedbacks start rolling sometime in May-June. This time ISB is giving a more detailed feedback as compared to what they have given in the past years. So you may have to wait a little longer than usual.

We can have a quick look at your application and provide you feedback.
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Hi Namita, would appreciate if your could look into my profile for ISB.
Test Date Verbal Quantitative Total Analytical Writing Integrated Reasoning
GMAT-3: 28 April 2015 34 / 71% 49 / 79% 680 / 84% 6.0 / 92% 5 / 52%
GMAT-2: 19 July 2012 35 / 76% 47 / 68% 680 / 84% 5.0 / 60% 2 / 12%
Gmat-1 : 09 May 2012 27 / 46% 47 / 68% 610 / 64% 5.0 / 60% ~ / ~

EDUCATION:

• Bachelors in Technology in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, 2008 batch (CGPA-7.48)
• 10th from St. Joseph’s Convent School (86.16%)

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Working with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation limited as Senior Operations and Maintenance Engineer since August, 2008.

Certifications: I am a Certified Petroleum Manager, completed 1 year company sponsored (one of the 20 pipeline officers nominated by our CFD) course by Indian School of Petroleum.


• Representing a team of 100-120 Officers, for ensuring smooth functioning of day-to-day operations & maintenance of the plants/equipments.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

• Awarded BEST PERFORMER OF THE YEAR-OPERATIONS for HPCL’s Mundra Delhi Pipeline for year 2010-2011.

• Consistently rated as an excellent performer in multi disciplines throughout the service tenure.

• Actively participated in the college fests; specifically designed & formulated a WIRELESS ROBOT for a competition at IIT Roorkee.

Looking to hear from you soon.

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Hi Namita, would appreciate if your could look into my profile for ISB.
Test Date Verbal Quantitative Total Analytical Writing Integrated Reasoning
GMAT-3: 28 April 2015 34 / 71% 49 / 79% 680 / 84% 6.0 / 92% 5 / 52%
GMAT-2: 19 July 2012 35 / 76% 47 / 68% 680 / 84% 5.0 / 60% 2 / 12%
Gmat-1 : 09 May 2012 27 / 46% 47 / 68% 610 / 64% 5.0 / 60% ~ / ~

EDUCATION:

• Bachelors in Technology in Instrumentation and Control Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar, 2008 batch (CGPA-7.48)
• 10th from St. Joseph’s Convent School (86.16%)

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Working with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation limited as Senior Operations and Maintenance Engineer since August, 2008.

Certifications: I am a Certified Petroleum Manager, completed 1 year company sponsored (one of the 20 pipeline officers nominated by our CFD) course by Indian School of Petroleum.


• Representing a team of 100-120 Officers, for ensuring smooth functioning of day-to-day operations & maintenance of the plants/equipments.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

• Awarded BEST PERFORMER OF THE YEAR-OPERATIONS for HPCL’s Mundra Delhi Pipeline for year 2010-2011.

• Consistently rated as an excellent performer in multi disciplines throughout the service tenure.

• Actively participated in the college fests; specifically designed & formulated a WIRELESS ROBOT for a competition at IIT Roorkee.

Looking to hear from you soon.

Thanks


Hi Sahil,


You would have about 7 years of work experience by the time you apply to business schools (Oct). That's a little high, but it does not put you at any disadvantage. Here are a few things that will matter:
1. Academic score and GMAT- The undergrad scores and the GMAT are both average. You have already taken GMAT 3 times, therefore I would not advise you to attempt it a fourth time (specially for ISB).

2. Leadership capability- is an important criterion for an older candidate like you. Demonstrate how you have taken control over difficult situations, handled teams and team dynamics, and led people to make an impact on your organization.

3. Career growth- How has your career progressed? What are your career goals and how will doing an MBA help you achieve them?

You have missed out the description of extra curricular activities alongside your work. from your writing "excellent performer in multi disciplines throughout the service tenure", I assume you have some commendable experience in this category as well. Do highlight this in the applications.
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10th: 86%

12th: 83.4%

GRADUATION
B.Tech. in Computer Science from IP University, Delhi with an aggregate score of 72.6% (First Class)

GMAT: 740

WORK-EX:
Working with Samvardhana Motherson Group (SMG) (World’s 5th largest group) for past 2 years as a Software Engineer. Involved in different roles for 2 years. Was a JAVA developer for the first 12 months and worked on a project related to automobile industry wherein we tracked all the activities of major automobile players (like Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen etc.) and their manufacturing plants. In this project I proposed a module which involved scanning of invoices, of which I proposed the algorithm, to potentially reduce the effort at customer’s side. This brought a business of 60.2 Million INR to organization. Received Star Performer of the Year award for the initiative taken.
In lieu to this initiative taken, after 1 year in the organization, I was shifted to Business Intelligence Team to use the critical data like revenue; budget etc. of the organization to track down the lacuna’s to suggest possible changes to be made for organization’s benefit. Working under this team, I proposed the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) which shall mitigate the re-work done in few teams in the organization. Upon review it was implemented in the organization. I inked down the proposed SDLC and got it converted in form of a research paper, published in a prestigious journal.

Total Work-Ex at the time of ISB 2016-17 application will be 2 years 8 months.

OVERSEAS EXPERIENCE
Went with project leader and other team members for installation and demo of the project to the client for duration of 3 months in Hungry during my tenure as a JAVA developer in initial 12 months

ENTREPRENEURSHIP EXPERIENCE
In last year of under-graduation, founded a tech company along with 2 friends, to develop websites and applications ranging from android to ecommerce website. The company is registered in the name of www[dot]crebertech[dot]com. The company generated a revenue around INR 1 lakh. Currently serving as the business head in the startup.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR
I have categorized extra-curricular into following categories.
Scholastic Achievements:
• Have 5 research papers being the 1st author published in prestigious journals with a high impact factor. For one of the research paper published, was selected as a reviewer at the same journal (Science Alert) where mostly doctorate and post-doctorate professors are selected.
• Was selected to represent my school in a competition of Mathematics and English conducted by University of New South Wales.
• Winner of 3 state awards in technical events conducted at Delhi College of Engineering (DCE). Runner-Up in 4 technical events conducted at Delhi College of Engineering.
Dramatics
• Winner in 1 competition and runner up in other organized in IGIT.
• Played Football at National Level. Represented Delhi and scored a hat trick and helped team to reach semi-finals. Was also adjudicated Man-of-the-tournament by sports head of IIT during an intra-college football tournament in my college.
• Organized literary events during college fests in the year 2011-2012-2013. Recoded higher participation with each successive year.
Debating and Literacy
• Winner of 3 State level debate competitions organized at Delhi College of Engineering.
• Winner of 3 State level extempore competitions organized at Delhi College of Engineering.
• Winner of 3 State level essay competitions organized at Delhi College of Engineering and 1 essay event organized in my college.
• Contributed to college and school magazines and remained an active blooger in my organization monthly newsletter.
Social Initiative
• Involved with an NGO for past 3 years. Working as a treasurer now. During my time I organized events to raise fund for the NGO and used the same money to prevent cow smuggling and prevent slaughtering of cows in the small villages of Haryana.
• A short 3 months internship at AIESEC under the program Iccha, to help slum children identify the basic cause of malaise. Helped them identify major pollutants and areas acting as a breeding ground of mosquitoes. Drafted a survey on the area visited and was adopted as a blue print by the local residents to palliate the waste.
• Worked for 5 months at Children Home, Delhi Government foster home to orphan kids. Provided pedagogy to students and was involved in various teaching drives organized at foster home during those 5 moths.
• Active member of CSR committee of my organization. Awarded for an active role in donation and social drives.

My target schools are Yale, Booth, Ross, Anderson, Tuck, Stern, Hass, Insead, Kellogg, ISB, Stanford GSB, LBS, Tepper and Johnson. Is it too ambitious or can I count some of them as moderate ? if yes, which one ?
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10th: 86%

12th: 83.4%

GRADUATION
B.Tech. in Computer Science from IP University, Delhi with an aggregate score of 72.6% (First Class)

GMAT: 740

WORK-EX:
Working with Samvardhana Motherson Group (SMG) (World’s 5th largest group) for past 2 years as a Software Engineer. Involved in different roles for 2 years. Was a JAVA developer for the first 12 months and worked on a project related to automobile industry wherein we tracked all the activities of major automobile players (like Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen etc.) and their manufacturing plants. In this project I proposed a module which involved scanning of invoices, of which I proposed the algorithm, to potentially reduce the effort at customer’s side. This brought a business of 60.2 Million INR to organization. Received Star Performer of the Year award for the initiative taken.
In lieu to this initiative taken, after 1 year in the organization, I was shifted to Business Intelligence Team to use the critical data like revenue; budget etc. of the organization to track down the lacuna’s to suggest possible changes to be made for organization’s benefit. Working under this team, I proposed the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) which shall mitigate the re-work done in few teams in the organization. Upon review it was implemented in the organization. I inked down the proposed SDLC and got it converted in form of a research paper, published in a prestigious journal.

Total Work-Ex at the time of ISB 2016-17 application will be 2 years 8 months.

OVERSEAS EXPERIENCE
Went with project leader and other team members for installation and demo of the project to the client for duration of 3 months in Hungry during my tenure as a JAVA developer in initial 12 months

ENTREPRENEURSHIP EXPERIENCE
In last year of under-graduation, founded a tech company along with 2 friends, to develop websites and applications ranging from android to ecommerce website. The company is registered in the name of www[dot]crebertech[dot]com. The company generated a revenue around INR 1 lakh. Currently serving as the business head in the startup.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR
I have categorized extra-curricular into following categories.
Scholastic Achievements:
• Have 5 research papers being the 1st author published in prestigious journals with a high impact factor. For one of the research paper published, was selected as a reviewer at the same journal (Science Alert) where mostly doctorate and post-doctorate professors are selected.
• Was selected to represent my school in a competition of Mathematics and English conducted by University of New South Wales.
• Winner of 3 state awards in technical events conducted at Delhi College of Engineering (DCE). Runner-Up in 4 technical events conducted at Delhi College of Engineering.
Dramatics
• Winner in 1 competition and runner up in other organized in IGIT.
• Played Football at National Level. Represented Delhi and scored a hat trick and helped team to reach semi-finals. Was also adjudicated Man-of-the-tournament by sports head of IIT during an intra-college football tournament in my college.
• Organized literary events during college fests in the year 2011-2012-2013. Recoded higher participation with each successive year.
Debating and Literacy
• Winner of 3 State level debate competitions organized at Delhi College of Engineering.
• Winner of 3 State level extempore competitions organized at Delhi College of Engineering.
• Winner of 3 State level essay competitions organized at Delhi College of Engineering and 1 essay event organized in my college.
• Contributed to college and school magazines and remained an active blooger in my organization monthly newsletter.
Social Initiative
• Involved with an NGO for past 3 years. Working as a treasurer now. During my time I organized events to raise fund for the NGO and used the same money to prevent cow smuggling and prevent slaughtering of cows in the small villages of Haryana.
• A short 3 months internship at AIESEC under the program Iccha, to help slum children identify the basic cause of malaise. Helped them identify major pollutants and areas acting as a breeding ground of mosquitoes. Drafted a survey on the area visited and was adopted as a blue print by the local residents to palliate the waste.
• Worked for 5 months at Children Home, Delhi Government foster home to orphan kids. Provided pedagogy to students and was involved in various teaching drives organized at foster home during those 5 moths.
• Active member of CSR committee of my organization. Awarded for an active role in donation and social drives.

My target schools are Yale, Booth, Ross, Anderson, Tuck, Stern, Hass, Insead, Kellogg, ISB, Stanford GSB, LBS, Tepper and Johnson. Is it too ambitious or can I count some of them as moderate ? if yes, which one ?
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Hi Vipul,

Overall, very interesting experiences. I like the fact that at various occasions you have gone out and taken initiative to improve processes (both work related examples) and do new things (prevention of cow smuggling). The entrepreneurial experience is also good.

ISB should definitely be a choice for this year.

I assume that your work experience will be 2y8m by October 2015? Or do you mean by April 2016, when the ISB session commences? In case of the former, you will be a little younger for the American b-schools.

Also Vipul, what are your career goals? What do you want to do after getting a business degree?
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Hi MBADecoder. Currently working as a consultant, I want to continue my career in the same field. Gain a comprehensive and more insights of top level strategy and planning and then later down time start my own consultancy along with an NGO.

My work-ex would be 2yrs8months by March 2016. Do you think I have a long shot at b schools in the range 10-30 in US ?
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Hi MBADecoder. Currently working as a consultant, I want to continue my career in the same field. Gain a comprehensive and more insights of top level strategy and planning and then later down time start my own consultancy along with an NGO.

My work-ex would be 2yrs8months by March 2016. Do you think I have a long shot at b schools in the range 10-30 in US ?



Vipul, my guess is that you are an IT consultant.
I think you are good to apply to ISB this year. For the American b-schools, I would prefer that you wait another year. This will give you the chance to really beef up your profile and be competitive at all your target b-schools. I don't mean that you have to go out of your way to "beef up" your profile A good career progression, like the one that you have now and continued involvement in extra curricular activities should be sufficient.

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School is cool. But which B-school is the coolest for you?

If you are just getting started with the MBA application process, this is a question that could be tormenting you like none other. Which 5-7 b-schools should I apply to? If you have trawled any admissions related forums, you would already have picked up buzz words like “fit” when collating your “target b-schools” list.

Essentially this means how well do you fit into these b-schools’ environment. Will the teaching method suit your learning needs? Will you thrive in a small class size and a college town environment? Will you perform better if the programs emphasize on hand-on learning as opposed to theoretical learning? Do you have any geographic preferences for the post- MBA job?

These are just some of the questions you can ask yourself.

We always recommend applicants to conduct a primary research by reaching out to the stakeholders- students, business school representatives and alumni. The insights you get from these resources will not only bring clarity about your “fit” with business schools, but also help you write more convincing essays explaining the same.

Here are some ways that you should use to conduct your research:

1. Campus Visit– Every B-school encourages you to visit its campus. There is nothing like sitting through a case study class at Harvard or Darden to understand whether you like the case method and can live with it for two years (500+ case studies). You can attend a class, workshops, open houses to really get a feel for the school, besides getting a tour of the campus.
Some b-schools such as Tuck, Kellogg and UNC Kenan Flagler give you the option clubbing your interview with the on-campus visit.

2. Register for online events – Attending school hosted webinars and chat sessions is among the simplest ways to get to know b-schools. Most have a school briefing followed by a Q&A round, where school representatives will answer your questions. The topic of discussion could be general MBA admissions queries or specific to a department (e.g. marketing) or an industry (e.g. private equity). Chicago Booth for instance regularly hosts regular online chats while Wharton has a long list of archived webinars uploaded on their website. Previous Booth chats are also available for your reading.

3. Register for off line events– Just like the online chats, almost every school out there hosts coffee chats, receptions and . These are small events held regionally by alums or student ambassadors. Hearing the experiences of these people is as close to the MBA experience you will get before joining it yourself. You may be so impressed by the story of one alum during this session, that you may upgrade the school on top of your target list.

Wharton has Summer Coffee chats, Haas has the Winter Break Coffee and Tuck simply has Tuck Coffee. Yale hosts Summer Socials where current students travel across the world for information sessions on the SOM.

Booth’s Chicago Conversation aims to get the applicants interested in a specific industry together in a city where that industry thrives. Industry experts and alumni join the discussion and share their perspectives. Past conversations have included ‘Infrastructure’ in Dubai, ‘Media Entertainment and Technology’ in Los Angeles and Entrepreneurship in Asia at Hong Kong.

The top b-schools also conduct tours across the major cities of the world, where some visiting members from the admissions team make their presentation.
Take note that these events can sometimes accommodate only a small number of people, so book your slot as soon as the registrations open. Never miss these!

4. MBA fairs : These fairs, held at major cities across the world, give participating b-schools and applicants a chance to congregate under one roof. Many business schools do not undertake individual tours, but do come as part of the tour. Some tours to watch out for are The MBA Tour, QS World MBA Tour and Access MBA’s One-to-One MBA event. Some events available exclusively to US applicants are the Forte Forum and Inside the MBA.

5. Subscribe to mailers from b-schools’ admissions teams and set Google Alerts.

6. Read blogs and watch vlogs– There is a wealth of information you will find in the blog section of every b-school. Blogs can be written by a number of people- the admissions team, faculty, students and also the Director of admissions. At Booth, you will hear from the admissions team through the Booth Insider. The Admissions Director at Ross, Soojin Kwon, and Dee Leopold, Admission’s Director at Harvard have their regularly updated blogs. Sarah Neher, Director of Admissions at Darden, gives application advice through her video blog. Infact a lot of crucial information about the admission process such as the deadlines, the essays or the interview process are first revealed by the admission directors, on their blogs. Stay tuned to these!

Kellogg’s blog which is called The Inside Perspective is shared by both the admissions team and students. Wharton’s student blog is called the Student Diaries, whereas Fuqua’s informative blog is called the Duke MBA blog.
Every b-school that you could want to apply to will have atleast a few students blogging their experiences- read them and become informed.

7. You can also reach out to b-school students and alumni through Linked In.

8. Admissions Ambassadors: Many b-schools have second year students designated as ambassadors that you can directly email to. Wharton calls them Admissions Fellows and UCLA calls them Admissions Ambassador Corps; at Ross and Columbia Business School, they are simply called student ambassadors. MIT has the MBA Ambassadors Program where current students host sessions during the spring semester. According to Wharton, the Admission Fellows play a key role in the admissions process by conducting on-campus information sessions where they provide their perspective on the Wharton experience.

9. Videos and podcasts: Many b-schools have regularly updated YouTube channels. Stern has a “Day in Life of a Stern MBA” series and virtual tours of the campus and surrounding areas.

10. Interactive platforms: B-schools like Ross and Columbia Business School have superbly interactive features such as Ross’ “What interests you” prompt. Once you select the career path that interests you (such as entrepreneurship, consulting, technology etc.) you are guided to the next page which lists out information about the school’s resources in that career path. For example, if you select consulting, you will find employment figures, companies that hire in consulting, specific curricula, related clubs and even students you can contact to figure out more – and all this information is on one page!

CBS has a very interesting concept- Notes to the next class. Students and alumni can add small notes about their experiences on various subjects such as academics, student life, career, admissions, orientation, graduation and many more. Although, there are several informative notes and quotes from alumni who graduated between 1900 and 2010, it was a pleasant surprise to see a note on teamwork from an alum who graduated in the class of 1971.

11. Don’t underestimate the good ol’ way of reaching out to your friend’s friend who had been to business school two years ago. Your network built from college mates and work colleagues is just as important.
In today’s time and age, its difficult to not conduct any research before applying . With 11 ways to deploy laid out before you, you can no longer be short of ideas.
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Submitting an Application That Shows Maturity

“Making the best use of my resources and circumstances always is my passion. It helped me get several opportunities to display my personality as a self-starter, team player and multi-tasker.

After engineering, I got a job in IT which was a new field for me; I decided to give it my best. My resolution led me to be among the top three performers in our batch. While working in IT, getting certified on the skills is a major achievement. I was awarded with certificates on my skills and also on new technologies”.

Every year, we get several essays like this one, which go on a never ending, mindless banter! Can this essay impress? Not really!

The essay not only does not impress, but also tells another thing about the applicant: that his ideas and thoughts lack maturity. He does not have the ability to analyze a situation and serve the reader information after assimilating and filtering it. The result is a salvo of thoughts flying in all directions, but making no impression at all.

Why does your maturity level matter to a business school?

Because, the level of discussion in an MBA class is of very high quality. You will have students with as much as ten years of work experience. How is the level of discussion that you engage in, adding to their experience? What are others getting to learn from you during class and project discussions? Unless the insights that you have drawn from your work are of high quality, there is little knowledge that you will contribute to the class. And this is also likely to get reflected in your essays.

Even if you do write solid essays with help from friends, family or admissions consultants, the interview can be another place where you can give yourself away. Many of the MBA interviews have behavioral questions that test you on specific experiences. If you are asked what was your biggest achievement, and your answer revolves around earning an IT certification, it will not be a very powerful example. Rejection could be on the cards!

The good thing is that you can work on your professional maturity. Become aware of what you speak and how you speak on a day-to-day basis. Make your communication with people around you more meaningful. And when you write your essays for the business schools, give better insights than the example above.
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Top Eight Reasons to do an MBA

Are you at a stage in your career where you are clueless as to what the next stage should be? Need a boost but unsure about how to get it? You might not know it yet, but an MBA might be the answer, if any of the following problems bother you:

1. You have hit the glass ceiling: Despite all the hullabaloo about gender equality in the workplace, most women feel the presence of a glass ceiling that restricts their further growth. Fortunately B-schools are aware of this and are making concerted efforts to correct the gender gap on campus. Once you get in, there are diversity groups such as “Women in Business” almost on every campus that will create a supportive community to make your MBA experience fruitful.

2. You are stuck in a rut: You have had a steep learning curve in your job but the growth has slowed down now. Even if you stay on for another year, there would be the same agenda points, same clients, same operations. You’re itching to take up new challenges, diversify, learn and play in a bigger arena, but can’t find the right opportunity. An MBA will expose you to a range of professional opportunities and help you broaden your horizon.

3. You need Skills 2.0: You are ready to move into a higher managerial position, but need a different skill set to justify your next position. The best MBA programs are designed for just that. They’ll smoothen the transition from functional to managerial and equip you with an upgraded repertoire of skills need to fuel the next stage of your professional growth.

4. Your first MBA came with an expiry date: You completed an MBA in the early part of your career and took what you got. Although you’ve got valuable work experience now, yet you are ready for better opportunities that require higher managerial skills. A second MBA from a top college can be the best key to opening shut doors.

5. An MBA is your mandatory path to growth: If you’re working in an industry such as consulting or banking where an MBA is required for career progression beyond a certain point, not getting one is probably not an option.

6. You want to re-align your career: Many people are already finished with their bachelors’ and are two years into a job by the time they begin to understand their own preferences, strengths and weaknesses and the possibilities ahead. At this point, many look to change profile or switch companies, but some wish to move to a different industry altogether. Depending upon what you have in mind, an MBA is a foolproof way to re-align yourself in a new direction.

7. You are a Philomath: You love to study! You are a CPA and FRM already and have taken 10 MOOC certifications in the past two years. Yes, studying perennially is your thing. Go ahead and apply for the MBA, only just be sure to convince the b-schools that your learnings will be put to test in a real world business scenario. Shortly put, you will go back to work and not another course.

8. You are start-up material but need some grooming: You may have launched a start-up which never really take off. Or maybe you’re fed up of working for someone else and dream of starting your own company. Or maybe you’ve got an idea which you want to refine and are looking for like-minded partners for your venture. In all cases, joining a good MBA program will be a good bet. Over the recent years, entrepreneurship has gained a lot of traction at business schools, and they are going all out to give you the right ecosystem to start your venture. And you’re sure to come across some very talented people on the same wavelength as you.

So, as we said, these are some of the most common reasons given by applicants for pursuing MBA. If one or more of them strike a chord with you, you know the path you have to take.
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Hello,

I intend to apply to ISB in R2 this year. Please evaluate my profile for the same. The details are as mentioned below.

I have taken the GMAT thrice, last in Dec’15 when I scored 680 [Q 47, V 37, IR 6, AWA 5.5]. In my previous two attempts in Sep’15 and Nov’14 I had scored 600 [Q 49, V 23, IR 5, AWA 5] and 610 [Q 45, V 28, IR 5, AWA 5] respectively.

I will have completed 7 years [2009 – 16] of work experience in Mar’16. Throughout these 7 yrs I have worked in two infrastructure development companies in a project management role for construction projects. For the first two years I was in a hydro electric power plant construction project in Sikkim and for the remaining period I worked in a metro railway viaduct & stations construction project in Kolkata.

My academic qualifications are briefly mentioned below

Class X - ICSE 2000 - 89.83%

Class XII - ISC 2002 - 81.33%

B. Tech (Civil Engg.) – NIT Surat [2003 – 07]– CGPA 8.16 / 10

PGPACM – NICMAR, Pune [2007 – 09] – CPI 8.16 / 10

Right after my graduation, I have done post graduation in Advanced Construction Management, which is a course especially designed for project management in the construction industry and is not comparable to any other MBA course.

Also, I was the lead author (there were 2 co-authors) of an article regarding application of Analytical Hierarchy Process (AHP) in construction project selection that was published in ‘DECISION’ the IIMC Journal (Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta) in 2011.

I presented technical papers in some Technical Festivals during at IIT Roorkee, NIT Trichy, and in my own college NIT Surat.

Also I was event coordinator in one of the events during our college Techfest.

During my tenure in my first company, I had taken up a few CSR initiatives for the company.

Apart from this I was enthusiastic in playing cricket and football and represented my hostel / class / company in some small tournaments.

As is obvious from the above, I don’t have much ECA to speak of. Also, there is a one year gap after my Class XII boards, when I prepared for competitive examinations. Will these two factors be a major drawback in my application? Will the article that I published work as an advantage ?

Also, please give your views on my overall profile.

Also, please suggest which other B-schools may be targeted with this GMAT score and profile.
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ESSAY ANALYSIS FOR IIMA PGPX ESSAYS

Essay 1 : Describe a situation where your professional ethics were challenged and how you came to terms with the situation. What did you learn from this? (Max up to 500 Words.)

We are glad that IIMA has traditionally ditched the regular SoP or the career goals essay to ask two behavioral questions. There is scope for applicants to reveal so much about themselves through such questions. The focus is on analysis and introspection of the values that matter to you and why. And ofcourse, how far are you willing to go to uphold them. This has to be followed with your reasoning for your actions- leaving this section out can make your essay limp and unrevealing, and will be the differentiator between the successful applications and the unsuccessful ones. Ultimately, every situation teaches you something, and this learning is important in every b-school essay.

We suggest the STAR approach for building this essay:

1. What was the situation?
2. What was the ethical challenge?
3. What were your values that were challenged?
4. What were your thoughts at that time? What dilemma did you face in going this way or that way? What risk would you take in either situation?
5. Eventually what actions did you take and why? 6. What was the outcome?
7. What did you learn out of this situation (about yourself and about handling such situations)?
8. (Optional) If placed in a similar situation once again, how would you react?

Once again, we will emphasize on the reasoning for your response to the situation and the learning you derived from the situation. In terms of space distribution, keep about 40-50% of the essay for these two important elements. Mean editing will be a key to successful writing.

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Essay 2 : Describe a situation where you failed and how did you deal with this experience. What did you learn from this?
(Max up to 500 Words.)


In our experience of helping MBA applicants, failure essays are more difficult to write as compared to the achievement essays. They require a lot more introspection, analysis and ofcourse the ability to accept, that yes, I was wrong. And we mean, accept it truly. TRULY! Many a times when we are brainstorming with applicants, we hear lame failure stories, such as issues due to prioritizing tasks, failing because they love to take additional work. Its difficult to offer any real insights in such stories and after 3+ years of work experience, they begin to sound like your experiences lacked any depth at all.

So when you are brainstorming for essay ideas, go beyond the most obvious stories (like the ones mentioned above). Think of a time when you really slipped up. Your project could have suffered, it could have led to negative consequences – that’s okay, so long as you learned a major lesson and preferably, got a chance to implement your learnings in your future assignments.

Now, there is one caveat to selecting stories – you definitely don’t want to offer stories which will make the admissions committee doubt your capabilities. For instance, doing something so drastically wrong that you were asked to leave the organization, or maybe doing something ethically wrong.

We suggest the following structure for this essay:
1. What was the situation
2. What actions did you take?
3. How did you fail? Why did you fail?
4. What was the impact of the failure?
5. Could you salvage the situation? If yes, how?
6. What was your analysis of the failure?
7. What did you learn out of this situation?
8. What actions did you take to improve?
9. If you already had the chance, how did you do a similar thing better the next time? If not, how would you do something similar better the next time?
10. (Optional): Is there some IIMA program feature that you will leverage to improve further?

Your essay may not require each one of the steps mentioned above, so pick out the ones that most matter in your storytelling. And we will reiterate the most important tip: let the focus of your essay be on analysis and self improvement. A common error in such essays is to utilize 60% of the space in explaining the situation.

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Our Analysis of the Common Recommendations Questions:

Q1.Please provide a brief description of your interaction with the applicant and if applicable, applicants role in your organization. (Maximum word count: 50 words)
 How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity have you known her/ him?
 Brief description of applicant’s role in your organization
 How often do you interact with the applicant?

Q2. How does applicant’s performance compare to that of other well-qualified individuals in similar roles? Please provide a specific example (Eg what are the applicants principal strengths). (Maximum word count: 500 words)
 Give a brief overview of the applicant’s performance.
 On what criteria would you rate her performance better than her peers’ and why? Pick 2-4 of the applicant’s qualities where she is better than her peers.
 Give examples to support each quality that you mention. Give the situation, the challenges, the actions taken by the applicant and the results achieved

Q3. Describe the most important piece of constructive feedback you have given the applicant. Please detail the circumstances and the applicant’s response. (Maximum word count: 500 words)

 A constructive feedback is one which helps the applicant improve.
 However, the applicant must be open to receiving feedback and improving herself, in order for it to be constructive.
 Narrate an incident, where the applicant, with her best intentions, did something wrong or had a weakness which you pointed out to her.
 How did she react to the feedback you shared with her? What was your feedback?
 What actions did she take to correct herself?
 How did she improve after working upon the feedback?
 You could quote another example to show how she performed in a similar situation after she worked upon your feedback

Q4. Is there anything else we should know?
 Is there anything else you can add about the applicant? This could be several things- we will mention some of them here:
o leadership capability that will benefit the school,
o why an MBA makes sense given the applicants’ goals,
o career goals could need an explanation and endorsement,
o Leadership in extra-curricular activities at work.
o If there is some weakness in the applicant’s profile, and its pertinent for the recommender to address it ( you will not know about her college grades or life before she joined your organization, so use your judgment here)
o Support for your decision to apply to b-school and how the applicant could contribute there.
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