Interested in ISB? Indian School of Business MBA Admissions Q&A This Thursday!


Indian School of BusinessAre you considering applying to the Indian School of Business? Do you have questions about this top Indian MBA program’s admissions process or curriculum? If so, you won’t want to miss Accepted’s upcoming Q&A on Thursday, August 4, 2011 at 8:00 AM PT/11:00 AM ET/8:30 PM IST with Associate Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Hima Bindu. During this interactive chat, you will learn the how, the when, and the why of applying to the ISB. Come prepared with questions about the ISB’s curriculum, student life, the experience in India for non-Indians, scholarship opportunities for international applicants, and more—Hima Bindu has the answers at her fingertips and is excited to share her extensive knowledge with you.

Register now to reserve your spot for the ISB’s MBA Q&A.

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MBA Admissions News Roundup


  • MBA Crystal Ball recently interviewed founder, Linda Abraham, on admissions and how to choose the right business school.  MBA applicants who are interested should read the informative interview here.
  • 2012 MBA applicants should definitely look at US News’s article on financial aid options.  Tuition for some of the top programs can swell to over $100,000, and having to pay that amount is never an easy pill to swallow.  The article suggests that you research the resources your target program offers for merit-based or need-based scholarships.  The programs may also help with loans or lines of credit, especially for international students. Finally, the article urges students to also examine general sites like FastWeb, Peterson’s, and FinAid.
  • The Financial Times announced that London Business School has received a gift of about £10 million from the Deloitte accounting firm.  This is the largest gift ever given to the school, and it will go to sponsor a research center in innovation and entrepreneurship over the span of 10 years.  Most of the money will go towards research funding, but it will also help create a new core course in entrepreneurship, which will hopefully also increase the study of entrepreneurship amongst LBS MBA students.
  • Zoom Interviews has launched a new area on its site to help students prepare for job interviews. This section provides videos with expert interviewers and gives great advice for students about to enter the job market.
  • The Indian School of Business (ISB) announced that it will increase the size of its class from 560 to 770 when its new campus in Mohali is commissioned next year. ~ Helping You Write Your Best

Indian School of Business Essay Questions, Deadlines, and Tips

The 2013 ISB tips are now available.  Click here to check them out.

This Indian School of Business PGP Application tip post is one of a series of posts providing application and essay advice for applicants to top graduate business programs around the world. Check out the entire 2012 MBA Application Tips series for more valuable application essay advice. 

ISB’s instructions and question are in black below; my comments and tips are in blue:

Indian School of Business

The Indian School of Business has become one of the strongest graduate business programs in Asia: it ranks 13th in the Financial Times’ MBA rankings – only one Asian program surpasses it according to FT, more than 98% of its graduates secure job offers within 3 months of graduating, and the salaries those graduates receive are high – 187% above their pre-ISB earnings![i] Competition for seats in this esteemed program is intense, especially among native Indians.


The Admissions Office recently released the application deadlines and questions for the 2012-2013 academic year. Two of the three questions are new, and my recommendations are in blue beneath each question.


Essay 1


Please detail your two most significant achievements. These could be either professional or personal but relevant to your application to the ISB. (300 words max)


Unlike most other graduate business programs that allow applicants to exceed their word limits by up to 10% without penalty, the ISB application will not allow even one additional word! Three-hundred words to describe 2 accomplishments is going to be a tight fit. I highly recommend focusing on accomplishments that not many other applicants are going to be describing – a team-leader role in a traditional IT consulting gig is probably not going to catch the admissions office’s attention. However, you can detail the unique challenges you faced and how you overcame them. Do not make the mistake of just listing awards you received as your achievements: you need to explain what you did to earn that recognition.


Essay 2


Where do you see yourself three years after you graduate from the ISB? (300 words max)


ISB’s Admissions Director has listed “Clarity of thought in terms of career aspirations and goals” as one of the three most important qualities sought in the ISB application. This essay is your opportunity to show that you possess that clarity. If entrepreneurship is in your future, it should really appear in your past as well. If you aim for a technology or consulting role, you’ll need to demonstrate that you know what qualities you will need to succeed in these and bring some proof as to your readiness for this career. You do not need an exact map of your future, but you do need to reveal a thought process, reasoning, and evidence of your ability to reach your MBA goals.  


Essay 3


Please provide additional information, that will significantly affect the consideration of your application to the ISB. (300 words max)


The open-ended nature of this question causes infinite hand-wringing, but it should really be viewed as a gift: here is your opportunity to share whatever makes you special, whatever you are most proud of. This response could be from your work, community service, education, or travels, so take some time to reflect and perhaps even ask your friends, relatives, or mentors their thoughts on what differentiates you. Then, go the extra step of sharing how this quality or event has shaped your past and will influence your future at ISB and beyond.


ISB eliminated its former optional essay, so applicants have only these three required 900 words to prove their worthiness to this top Asian graduate business program.


Key Application & Decision Dates


This year’s Cycle 1 deadline for Indian applicants allows two additional weeks over last year’s:


Particulars Cycle 1 Cycle 2
Application Deadline September 15, 2011
23:59:59 Hrs Indian Time   
November 30, 2011
23:59:59 Hrs Indian Time         
Offer Decision On or before
November 15, 2011
On or before
February 15, 2012
**Acceptance Decision 15 days from
the date of offer
15 days from
the date of offer



International applicants are granted much more time to submit their applications: ISB conducts rolling admissions for them until January 15th, and liberal scholarships have been awarded to international applicants who choose to attend the program.

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ISB Announces Exciting Undergrad Essay Contest!


We recently received an email from the Indian School of Business (ISB) announcing an essay completion for undergraduates. To enter, undergraduate students must submit a 300 word essay, along with a copy of his or her school ID and a recent transcript to by May 25th, 2011. The subject line of the email should read “Experience India Contest Participation.”

The essay question is:

What is your vision about India 10 years from now?

Five winners will be selected who will be awarded a three-day trip to the Indian School of Business, India (including flight expenses).

Good luck! ~ Helping You Write Your Best

Wharton Expands to India


A recent Economic Times article discusses the Wharton School‘s recent plan to expand its presence in India, in either Mumbai or Delhi in the next 1.5 years.

Currently, the Wharton School, along with Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, are the Indian School of Business’s associate schools, which means that the top b-school already has some programming set up and running in India. The 1.5-year plan will not just expand Wharton’s presence in India, but will make the school’s presence more widely known.

“Our students are already coming to India. The difficulty is that the world does not know Wharton is in India,” says Thomas Robertson, Wharton’s dean.

Do you want to go global with your MBA? Download Internationalizing the MBA, a free special report, to explore the increasingly global canvas of leading MBA programs in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. ~ Helping You Write Your Best