It is currently 16 Aug 2017, 10:18

Close

GMAT Club Daily Prep

Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized
for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track
Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice
Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

Close

Request Expert Reply

Confirm Cancel

Events & Promotions

Events & Promotions in June
Open Detailed Calendar

Indian School of Business 2017 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  
Author Message
Expert Post
1 KUDOS received
MBA Admissions Consultant
User avatar
B
Joined: 20 Apr 2003
Posts: 5681

Kudos [?]: 563 [1] , given: 74

Location: Los Angeles CA
Indian School of Business 2017 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 17 May 2016, 01:21
1
This post received
KUDOS
Expert's post
Image


Indian School of Business continues to thrive and improve the career prospects of its graduates. The class of 2015 received 20+% more job offers this year compared to just 2 years ago, with the largest percentage of the class entering the consulting industry (28%) with global firms such as McKinsey, Accenture, A.T. Kearney, and KPMG. The e-commerce industry was the second strongest, with 15% of the class entering this field with companies such as Amazon and Flipcart. For applicants interested in consulting, general management/strategy, and sales/marketing, ISB certainly offers strong career placement upon graduation.

ISB has changed its application essay questions slightly this year, reducing the required essays to just 2 and eliminating their own guidance in how to answer essay 1. No longer are applicants offered an explicit opportunity to describe their risk-taking or exposure to diversity – though applicants may still choose to share one of these in the 200-word optional space.

Here are this year’s questions with my advice in blue:


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)

Last year’s essay prompt started out similarly but then guided applicants to share the personal or professional achievement that they were most proud of to earn that coveted seat in the class. This year, the applicant gets to decide what evidence will best persuade the admissions committee of their worthiness. Frankly, your greatest leadership experience or largest impact are most likely still the ideal way to win the adcom’s attention here.

Essay 2:

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

MBA programs ask this question to make sure that your goals are reasonable: can their program prepare you for them and has your career so far positioned you to achieve them? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then they cannot accept you – you will simply be unhappy when you graduate – so speak with recent graduates about their recruiting experiences and take the initiative to speak with post-MBA professionals with 10 or more years of experience about longer-term career options. In particular, ISB’s recruiting for the finance function has certainly shriveled over the years – down to just 4% of the class in 2015 – so anyone with a mediocre GMAT score and no experience in this field would best not discuss an aspiration in finance.

Essay 3:

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)

It is difficult to believe that 700 words allowed for the required essays is enough to capture who you are and why ISB should admit you. If possible, I recommend using this space to share evidence of your initiative, risk taking, or international experience (bonus points if your story can cover more than one!). And be sure to use all of the characters allowed in the Professional Experience section of the application (since ISB does not even allow a CV upload with your application!): five 100-character lines describing your job responsibilities and – even more important – five 100-character lines describing your initiatives and achievements for each role.

The only comfort in such a short application is that your fellow applicants are just as limited in how much they can share!


Deadlines:

Image


If you would like professional guidance with your ISB PGP application, please consider Accepted’s MBA essay editing and consulting or our application package which includes advising and editing of all of the application materials plus interview coaching.

Image


Jennifer Bloom has been a consultant with Accepted for 17 years and is an expert at crafting application materials that truly differentiate you from the rest of the driven applicant pool. If you would like help with your ISB application, Jennifer can suggest a number of options that work with any budget.

Related Resources:

5 Fatal Flaws to Avoid in Your Application Essays!
Best MBA Programs: A Guide to Selecting the Right One
4 Application Strategy Tips: Stand Out AND Fit In

This article originally appeared on blog.accepted.com.

Applying to a top b-school? The talented folks at Accepted have helped hundreds of applicants get accepted to their dream programs. Whether you are figuring out where apply, writing your application essays, or prepping for your interviews, we are just a call (or click) away.

Contact us, and get matched up with the consultant who will help you get accepted!
_________________

Linda Abraham
Accepted ~ The Premier Admissions Consultancy
310-815-9553

Co-Author of: MBA Admission for Smarties: The No-Nonsense Guide to Acceptance at Top Business Schools

Follow Accepted on Twitter
Friend Accepted on Facebook
Subscribe to Accepted's Blog

Kudos [?]: 563 [1] , given: 74

Manager
Manager
avatar
Joined: 25 Nov 2014
Posts: 142

Kudos [?]: 32 [0], given: 73

WE: Engineering (Manufacturing)
GMAT ToolKit User Reviews Badge
Re: Indian School of Business 2017 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines [#permalink]

Show Tags

New post 05 Sep 2016, 08:23
I'm a re-applicant for the ISB-PGP and request your able advice on some queries regarding the application:

1) Does the Adcomm re-visit our previous application alongside our current application, esp the essays. I ask this because I'm confused whether or not to re-state my achievements etc. which I stated in my earlier application. If they do, I can very well use my current essays to highlight some other important aspects of my profile.

2) In Essay-1 ( Why should ISB choose you?), would it be better if I concentrate on highlighting one single achievement/trait like last year's essay-1 prompt guided us to do or would it be better to make the essay a description of multiple traits and achievements supported with short examples. The trade-off for the second option would be to leave the intricate details of achievements for accommodating more number of traits.

Please address to these queries with your valuable words of advice.

Thanks for reading.

Kudos [?]: 32 [0], given: 73

Re: Indian School of Business 2017 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines   [#permalink] 05 Sep 2016, 08:23
    Similar topics Author Replies Last post
Similar
Topics:
2018 ISB MBA Deadlines (Class of 2019) mihir0710 0 18 Jul 2017, 07:06
Admission - Indian School of Business Ishita23 3 27 Apr 2017, 20:35
3 ISB Application Deadlines for 2016-2017 (Class of 2018) are out ApplyMBAapp 2 31 Aug 2016, 00:23
1 Experts publish their posts in the topic Indian School of Business YLP 2013-Calling all applicants souvik101990 1 16 Feb 2013, 11:59
6 Experts publish their posts in the topic Visiting Indian School of Business souvik101990 20 22 Mar 2013, 04:38
Display posts from previous: Sort by

Indian School of Business 2017 MBA Essay Tips & Deadlines

  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics  


GMAT Club MBA Forum Home| About| Terms and Conditions| GMAT Club Rules| Contact| Sitemap

Powered by phpBB © phpBB Group and phpBB SEO

Kindly note that the GMAT® test is a registered trademark of the Graduate Management Admission Council®, and this site has neither been reviewed nor endorsed by GMAC®.