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I have a specific query - in the essay on 'significant improvement since last application' please let me know whether I should mention improvement in GMAT score from 640 to 690 ? GMAT nonetheless is a very important parameter, but should I mention it on the essay....please advise.......

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I have a specific query - in the essay on 'significant improvement since last application' please let me know whether I should mention improvement in GMAT score from 640 to 690 ? GMAT nonetheless is a very important parameter, but should I mention it on the essay....please advise.......


This is a relative question which you can answer to the best possibility.
Here's my take:
It depends on your work profile as well. If you have significant improvements from the last time you had applied, then thats a bonus. For example: promotions, achievements (not necessarily professional) - it should portray some initiative along with leadership etc etc.
Yes GMAT is a parameter but going by ISB's average score (around 700-710), it wont be wise to highlight that factor only - you should focus on a holistic application essay showcasing something that differentiates you in the class. Think about it!

If you need anything, I would be happy to help!

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Hey thanks for the reply. Actually besides improving GMAT from 620 to 690, I have also added on my profile. Had a change of assignment - so I will be mentioning that too. Plus been pursuing a distance MBA- PGDRM from SCDL, Pune.

Please let me know if I should mention these 2 points, along with improvement in GMAT......thanks....

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Hey thanks for the reply. Actually besides improving GMAT from 620 to 690, I have also added on my profile. Had a change of assignment - so I will be mentioning that too. Plus been pursuing a distance MBA- PGDRM from SCDL, Pune.

Please let me know if I should mention these 2 points, along with improvement in GMAT......thanks....

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Hi there,

Can anyone please throw some light on how re-application is perceived by adcom in ISB. Is there any disadvantage or advantage associated or it doesn't matter much if you are a re-applicant.

I have a GMAT score of 660. If there is disadvantage in re-applying, i can't afford to apply this year and will then apply next year with possibly a good GMAT score.

It would be great if somebody can post stats around the same.

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Hi congratulations all :)

I am planning to apply to ISB in round 2.
Through your application experience: essays, recommendations, interviews, GMAT score, academics, extra-curricular......

which components you felt are VERY important for the adcom ? Was there any difference between what you perceived to be the most important and what actually is?

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Hi Shiv,

Trust you are doing well and best of luck for your applications.

I am an ISB alum,CO14 and have been assisting applicants get into ISB and other global B schools for the last couple of years. From my personal experience and also from the experience of my clients, there is NO one single component (apart from GMAT), which can be attributed to your profile. The admission committee wants to visualize you from a holistic perspective and hence considers each element. The reason being, while GMAT is tangible and can be easily bench marked, every other component of your application - essays, LORs and things you mention in the form are intangible and hence cannot be directly bench marked.
For ex. assume you have portrayed yourself as a risk taker in your application essays, however, your manager has mentioned that you are very process oriented and methodical. Although both these statements in silos have positive connotations, if you overlap them there will be a disconnect since it is a general notion risk takers don't always follow the protocol. Things like this can make or break your impression in front of the admission committee.

Please feel free to reach out to me at +91-9701215544/arijit.biswas@mbaessayconsultant.com/arijit_biswas89 (Skype Id) anytime between 7pm - 12 am IST on a weekday for a further discussion around this.

Wish you the very best.

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Hi ladybird,

This is wrt to query regarding whether to mention GMAT improvement as part of the reapplication question.

I would strongly urge you to use the space to talk about other components of your profile that have changed in the last 12 months. You can talk about a new role, new client, promotion, a passion you have developed etc. The reason being GMAT improvement is a tangible component, which the admission committee can very well fathom from your application details. So why reiterate the same thing.

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Hi Shiv,

Trust you are doing well and best of luck for your applications.

I am an ISB alum,CO14 and have been assisting applicants get into ISB and other global B schools for the last couple of years. From my personal experience and also from the experience of my clients, there is NO one single component (apart from GMAT), which can be attributed to your profile. The admission committee wants to visualize you from a holistic perspective and hence considers each element. The reason being, while GMAT is tangible and can be easily bench marked, every other component of your application - essays, LORs and things you mention in the form are intangible and hence cannot be directly bench marked.
For ex. assume you have portrayed yourself as a risk taker in your application essays, however, your manager has mentioned that you are very process oriented and methodical. Although both these statements in silos have positive connotations, if you overlap them there will be a disconnect since it is a general notion risk takers don't always follow the protocol. Things like this can make or break your impression in front of the admission committee.

Please feel free to reach out to me at +91-9701215544/arijit.biswas@mbaessayconsultant.com/arijit_biswas89 (Skype Id) anytime between 7pm - 12 am IST on a weekday for a further discussion around this.

Wish you the very best.

Cheers
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Thanks Arijit for your prompt reply.
One more query
Who should be the recommender if its a family business as it is mentioned that recommendation must come from employees or someone in the company who is not an acquaintance ?
What should be done in such a case?


Thanks in advance.

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Made it! :)

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Is there a thread for waitlisted applicants from R1?

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Is there a thread for waitlisted applicants from R1?

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New post 26 Dec 2016, 05:47
Hope everyone is doing well. Approx 20 days left for R2 app submission deadline; How are your essays coming along, guys?

Had some time on this weekend so I did a quick analysis of R1 admission trend in this year... Looks like acceptance rate of R1 has increased quite a bit. Around 17.5% applicants have been admitted to ISB this year in R1; Historically it has been around 14%.

As expected, avg GMAT and WE of admits are higher than those of overall application pool; however, GPA of admits is actually lower. Not sure if it's a reporting bias and ISB really cares less about GPA. Any thoughts?


ISB R1 Stats (GMATClub Users)
Avg GMATAvg GPAWork Experience (in Months)
Overall7013.422.38
Admitted7283.43.66
Denied/Waitlisted6913.432.08



Industry-wise Classification of R1 admits!


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Hi All,

I have a specific query, was looking through the post but could not find the answer.
Presently i am based out of oman. Skype/watapp/other VOIP services does not work as per Oman telecom regulations and during interview period i will not be able to come to India. So does ISB consider a telephonic interview if the case is genuine?

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Hi All,

I have a specific query, was looking through the post but could not find the answer.
Presently i am based out of oman. Skype/watapp/other VOIP services does not work as per Oman telecom regulations and during interview period i will not be able to come to India. So does ISB consider a telephonic interview if the case is genuine?


Usually ISB requires both a voice call + skype video for their skype interviews to ensure that audio is not compromised. In my situation, unfortunately, skype wasn't functioning well (not sure which side had the issue) so they just conducted my interview over the phone. If you notify the adcom when you receive the interview notification, I'm sure they'll arrange for you accordingly.


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Here are some last minute frequently asked questions, that will help you gain clarity regarding your application to ISB in the cycle-2.Image

1.       When is the last date to submit the GMAT/GRE score?

January 15, 2017 is the last date to submit your test scores. If you take the standardised test on January 15, you can directly report it from the Test center. Don’t forget to plug in your scores and submit your application on or before the Deadline.

2.       When should you submit my recommender details?

It is best you give your recommender ample of time to do justice to your evaluation, so do this as soon as possible. You will have to enter their name, phone number and official email address, and an evaluation link will be sent to them.

3.       Who should be your evaluator?

Ideally, your evaluator should be someone who has had a chance to observe your work closely in the recent past. Your evaluator should be familiar with your abilities, areas of improvement etc. Here is a detailed blog on the same. http://blogs.isb.edu/admissionsdirector/2016/09/22/all-about-recommendations/



4.       What if you want to change your evaluator details?

Write to apphelp@isb.edu and request for the change

5.       What is the eligibility for the Need-based scholarships?

The family income should be less that Rs 10 lacs. Family income includes the income/ pension of you father, mother, spouse and any unmarried sibling if any. Income proofs for the same need to be submitted

6.       Do we get merit-based scholarships in Cycle 2?

Yes, we do give out 50% of the merit scholarships in the Cycle 2

7.       What are the scholarships available in Cycle 2 ?

Apart from the need-based and merit-based scholarships, there are corporate scholarships and alumni endowments are given out once you join ISB. Here are more details of the same http://www.isb.edu/pgp/fees-financing/Scholarships/corporate-and-other-scholarships

8.       What is the eligibility for the merit-based scholarships?

Everyone who applies to ISB is by default considered for the merit-based scholarship. The overall application is evaluated for the same – the GMAT, Acads, Quality of Workex and Interview performance all count.

9.       What should we project in the essays?

You can base your essays to highlight your strengths. Here is a blog on what do we look for in a candidate. http://blogs.isb.edu/admissionsdirector/2015/09/22/what-do-we-look-for-in-a-pgp-candidate/

10.   Is being a re-applicant a deterrent?

No, ISB doesn’t differentiate between fresh applicants and re-applicants. If you are a re-applicant, do highlight your achievements from the last time you have applied.



Hope these answers clear your doubts. Do write to pgp@isb.edu should you need more information

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