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Dear GMAT Club Members,

I am excited to welcome ThinkISB, a premiere Admissions Consulting company specializing in the Indian School of Business Admissions (ISB), to GMAT Club Forums.
ISB is a very competitive program and I am glad to have ThinkISB consultants offering their help to address questions about admissions, profile evaluation, and ISB program in general. Another strength of ThinkISB, is that it was started by a group of ISB graduates who have gone through the admission and MBA process themselves.

Please join me in welcoming ThinkISB to GMAT Club and do not hesitate to post your ISB questions in this or ISB 2010-2011 thread.

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@riteshbindal

The college name does matter to the adcom. But it is only one of the many sub-criteria to judge a candidate's academic performance and analytical skills. The GMAT score, high school and undergraduate GPAs all contribute to a candidate's Academic performance and analytical skills, again one of the several criteria to judge a candidate (the others being work experience, extra curricular activities and the like.) The weightage attached to these criteria by the adcom is based on what kind of profile a candidate has. A candidate with more number of years of work experience will have less weights attached to his academic performances in college.

Hence, even though an engineer from IIT can have a better objective score than a non-IIT engineer ( note that I'm comparing engineers only) the non-IIT engineer can offset that with a better GMAT score and some spikes in work experience and extra curricular activities.

@mnk

People go for MBAs to make career switches. It is definitely possible. If you are clear about what you want to achieve, ISB can make that happen. For that you are to make a work plan.
1. Get actively engaged in the marketing club at ISB.You will definitely have peers who would already be from that field. Network with them about your plan and through them get in touch with the people in that sector. The industry contact list would be the most important thing you need for this switch.

2. ISB provides for Experiential learning Programmes (ELP), Faculty Initiated Research Programmes (FIRP) and Independent Study Programmes (ISP). Make use of these to study your targeted domain.
3. Lastly gather a few peers who have similar interests and organize informal discussions among yourselves. Peer learning is one of the most important aspects at ISB that would help you immensely. No other B-School in India can provide the depth and breadth of diverse experiences that ISB can.

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Dear GMATClub Members,

It gives us immense pleasure to contribute to this forum and help ISB aspirants throughout their admission process. Please feel free to ask any question related to ISB, the application process, admission criteria, campus life, special initiatives and placements.

We would also be bringing out interesting events and happenings in the school from time to time.

Let us make it a thread with lively discussions!!!

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24 Sep 2009, 21:40
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Let me take this opportunity of posting the first query on this thread related to ISB Interviews.

I read on various blogs that ISB generally gives a word - usually a abstract topic - to write a 100 word essay before starting the interview.

It would be great, if you could please give some insights on. My queries are:
1. What is the significance of this essay in the whole interview process
2. What are the expectations of AdCom from this essay.
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Dear mnk,

1. Make it a point to sit in one of the classes. It will be a great experience to see world class faculty teaching.
2. Look it up in the ISB site about conferences/seminars on retail and plan your visit during that time.
3. Ask your contact at ISB beforehand to get you in touch with the marketing club and meet the people concerned.

Finally, ISB is a great place to chill out and enjoy as a guest. Make the most of the two days you have got there.

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Dear kyugi,

From the limited information that I have on your profile, I'm giving you a preliminary feedback on your profile. ISB generally has 4 evaluation criteria;
1. Acads and analytical skills: You are weak compared to the general applicant pool. Your low GMAT should have been offset by above average acads (60-70%) is just average.
2. Work experience: There is a diversity element provided you can show it properly.
3. Leadership potential: Good quality of client handling. So that's average.
4. Diversity: At work and through extra curriculars. I'm not in a position to comment on it right now. Let's consider it average.

So, except for the acads & analyticals part, which is very weak, the rest of you application is decent enough.

I would say there is a good chance you may be rejected. I am being totally straight forward with you. You have to take the GMAT again and score much higher.

As for your second question, ISB encourages re-applicants.

You are welcome to send us your complete profile information to have a detailed analysis done and get recommendations on what you are to do to improve yourself.

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kyugi wrote:
Hi ThinkISB

I need a profile evaluation.
I have a GMAT score of 620

However am not from the general pool of applicants (IT or Finance)
My 4 yrs of experience is in indian construction industry (not even real-estate) as a business development executive. Am a BE Civil from a premier institute with decent acads(overall 60%, final yr 65%) , strong college extra-curriculars and an average career growth (2 promotions in 4 yrs). I do have some unique projects that I have handled with some high-profile clients as a team lead involving marketing, negotiations and technical inputs.

I want to know if i should apply for round 2 this year, because my discussions with current ISB students and alumni gave me the impression that mostly my application will be rejected at the first glance of my GMAT score. I do plan to give GMAT again however not possible before round 2 deadline.

Please let me know if i stand a chance, or in case am rejected this yr and re-apply next year would that have a negative impact in my application assessment as compared to a fresh application with better gmat score. I do not wish to lose another year.

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Dear hitman4683v1,

The steps that you have described are excellent ones indeed to beef up your profile. I would also like to point out that you have done a fair enough evaluation of your own profile and know what the gaps are. Right now it lacks some very important aspects (client interaction, system perspective) and that makes the work experience weak. But the fact that you want to go into financial analysis is something you can fall back on. So, in fact too much experience of telecom will not be a direct plus. This is something you can say to justify your lack of adequate experience.

As for the GMAT score, you HAVE to get 700+. I would suggest 720 - 740 to be a safe score because of 2 factors:
1. Lack of experience.
2. Financial engineering type of roles ask for excellent analytical skills.

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Dear sam151,

It is different for different schools. ISB adcom doesn't mind. You, however, have no other option. You HAVE to get a good score. It's better to apply with a 740 score with 5 attempts that with a 640 score with 2.

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20 Sep 2009, 02:43
Welcome thinkISB !!!!
I'm sure all the ISB aspirants would be benefited with your presence
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22 Sep 2009, 07:39
welcome ThinkISB!!! great to have you to help us all out !

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Welcome ThinkISB! We are glad to have you here.

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25 Sep 2009, 03:37
The 100 word abstract essay serves the following purposes:

1. The adcom cross-checks the written communication ability of a candidate with the application essays. It also gives them a clear idea whether the candidate has written his essays himself/herself.

2. The adcom checks whether the candidate follows a structured, coherent thought process while penning down his opinions about a topic.

This is all there is to it.

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25 Sep 2009, 09:25
thinkISB wrote:
The 100 word abstract essay serves the following purposes:

1. The adcom cross-checks the written communication ability of a candidate with the application essays. It also gives them a clear idea whether the candidate has written his essays himself/herself.

2. The adcom checks whether the candidate follows a structured, coherent thought process while penning down his opinions about a topic.

This is all there is to it.

Hi thinkISB,
Thanks a lot for the quick reply on this. I was just wondering, what if the candidate doesn't have any idea on the word. An examples I can collect from web is the word "Fathom". Frankly speaking I don't have any idea on what this word mean.

So, by any chance do we have a life line, may be asking for a hint from the panel or calling up a friend
I guess I'm not asking too much.
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25 Sep 2009, 11:06
Dear bigoyal,

More often than not the adcom will choose topics that are easily comprehended. However, if you are not clear about a topic, you can always ask the panel for clarification.

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25 Sep 2009, 11:47
Hi ThinkISB,

I have heard that college name matters a lot in getting admission in ISB. A person from IIT or any other top indian college gets advantage over another person with non IIT background.
Is it true?

Also, how much weightage does GMAT has over college name (If college name takes some weightage)?

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25 Sep 2009, 20:29
hi! its simply great to hv ISB veterans to help us out !
I have question around career options available after ISB. For someone who has spent 2-3 years in high tech industry and wanting to switch to consumer marketing is ISB a good option? Does the one year course help in specializing...?

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27 Sep 2009, 08:49
great.. Thanks for your response..I will get in touch with ISB students soon

I will be visiting ISB and staying on campus for a couple of days in October.. Any suggestions on how/what I can do there to understand the school/students, network etc..???

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28 Sep 2009, 01:16
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Dear bigoyal,

More often than not the adcom will choose topics that are easily comprehended. However, if you are not clear about a topic, you can always ask the panel for clarification.

Thanks a lot thinkISB, that's a relief to me.
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29 Sep 2009, 04:02
great !! thanks so much !! will do that..

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15 Oct 2009, 07:16
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Dear mnk,

1. Make it a point to sit in one of the classes. It will be a great experience to see world class faculty teaching.
2. Look it up in the ISB site about conferences/seminars on retail and plan your visit during that time.
3. Ask your contact at ISB beforehand to get you in touch with the marketing club and meet the people concerned.

Finally, ISB is a great place to chill out and enjoy as a guest. Make the most of the two days you have got there.

Hi Think ISB

Great having you here. I have collected some information regarding ISB & Entrepreneurship in ISB through my classmates (who are Alumni of or currently going to ISB).
1) I got information regarding PaEV program, netimpact club, Entrepreneurship club,Wadhwani Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and also about few graduates who chose this path

I am keen on Entrepreneurship in Social Sector. To be specific I am starting a company which will provide consulting to corporate/companies to achieve their social goals, network corporates and NGOs and also provide ground level services for their CSR goal/activities.

Do you have more information to justify my fit to ISB in these lines apart from the info i got from my friends
you help is much appreciated

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