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ISB essays 2015 released: PGP essays undergo some changes

The ISB essays 2015 have been released by ISB on May 2, 2015, a little ahead of the usual time each year. For the third year running, ISB has played around with the essay set, changing some of the essays, while retaining the core ones. The ISB essays 2015 might seem like a significant change, but they are really more of the same. GyanOne looks at the essays and provides a brief analysis of each.

ISB essays for the 2015-2016 application (Class of 2017)
Essay 1: If we were to admit just one more student, make a compelling argument as to why that student should be you by describing an (only one) achievement in your personal / professional life that you are most proud of. What did you do that sets you apart from others? What did you learn? (400 words max)

Essay 2: Describe a (only one) defining moment in your personal / professional life when you had to make a risky decision, and explain what you did, why and the outcome?

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Describe a (only one) situation in your personal / professional life when you had to interact with people from diverse backgrounds. How did it affect you and what did you learn? (300 words max)

Essay 3: What are your post ISB career plans and how will your past experiences and the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) contribute to taking you there? (300 words max)

Essay 4 (Optional): Please use this space to explain any career breaks / provide any other information not covered elsewhere in the application that could significantly impact your candidature at ISB. Note: It is not necessary 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)

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I tried to log into the application and access the essays but I cannot access the scholarship essay. Can you also check and confirm?

Also what will be the implications of leaving optional essay blank?

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New post 22 May 2015, 05:58
Hi AakashAggy,

Perhaps you logged in to the application earlier. All essays, including the scholarship essay, are now visible. In case you are not able to access any part of the application, you should reach out to the ISB PGP team directly. Technical issues can happen now and then and you will get complete help from them.

On the optional essay, ISB itself makes it explicit this year that writing it is really optional. In terms of leaving it blank, it is perfectly ok to do so, but before doing that ensure that you have not left any aspect of your profile unaddressed. At the same time, do not repeat information in the optional essay either. In the past, some applicants made the optional essay an addendum to other essays (especially the goals essay), and that is something you should never do. In case you are still unsure on what to use the optional essay for or whether you should use it at all, contact us and we will help.
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