Answers to FAQ and Resources for MBA Applicants

How can you address a gap in education in the MBA application?

How can you address low grades in the MBA application?

When should you start working on the MBA application?

How can you build a successful application for UBC Sauder MBA?

How can you build a successful application for Schulich MBA?

How to choose an MBA program?

How can you present your work experience in the MBA application?

How can you address letter of recommendation in the MBA application?

5 steps to preparing a strong MBA application

Which is the best Executive MBA in India?

ISB vs IIM? Which MBA should you choose?

4 steps to apply successfully to a one year MBA in India

Why pursue a one year MBA in India?


​Has anyone got email for confirmation of admission offer in ISB Cycle 2?

An email for confirmation is sent by ISB on a rolling basis after the interview is over.

How to rectify a mistake done during submission of ISB PGP admission form?

You can write an email to the admissions office specifying the mistake and pointing out the correction. Most of the times they do assist if possible.

What recruiting companies at ISB Hyderabad are offering project management roles which of those companies have great CSR initiatives?

Many of the major IT companies offer project management roles at ISB Hyderabad and they have great CSR initiatives.

Which college is better ISB or St Xaviers?

ISB and St Xaviers are both leaders in a different league of their own. While ISB has a world ranked MBA program, St. Xaviers is renowned for its undergraduate programs. Both institutions are par excellence in the programs they offer.

Does one need to appear for CAT for MBA post 5 years of uninterrupted service?

If you want to apply for MBA after 5 years of work experience you don't need to apply through the CAT. You can apply for the one year MBA programs like the executive MBA options from IIM and ISB.

1st year of MBA is very hectic should one attend extra courses and live projects in the 1st year itself or focus on academics?

There are a lot of opportunities to build your career during a one year MBA course. At the same time, you must set your priorities for what activities will add value to your career goals. At the same time a focus on academics is very important as it is the core of the MBA program.

How many applicants will be selected for stage 2 and 3 of ISB YLP?

There is no doubt that the selection process for ISB YLP is extremely competitive. Given the current situation it is not advisable to predict numbers about selections in stage 2 and stage 3 of ISB YLP. The Covid outbreak has made any prediction quite improbable.


However, a more important question here is how you ensure getting selected for the next stage. If you have been selected to the stage 2 of ISB YLP get prepared for a higher level of competition. Get started to prepare an application strategy.

Can I do MBA my is completed but 2nd year one exam is not cleared can I do MBA?

You might be admitted provisionally, however admission to an MBA will require you to complete your graduation requirements.

I have a low score in graduation and six years of experience in IT. Can I make it to the the ISB or the IIM A,B,C?

The GMAT is a very more important score that can answer your question to quite an extent. This adds value to the academic competence section of the application.

Also your six years of work experience is a huge asset that you must consider in detail. In fact you should first spend time to analyse your work experience and see if you have a profile that suits the requirements of the target school. This will help to determine your chances of admission. Our MBA admission consultants can help you in the process.

What is the actual time which a recommender can take after the deadlines of ISB PGP?

Depending on the application cycle ISB usually gives upto four days to the recommender after the application submission deadline to submit the recommendation.

How many ISB graduates are there in the VC industry?

A lot of ISB graduates are there in the VC industry. For example Mr. Mukul Singhal, Co Founder, Partner at Pravega Ventures is an ISB Class of 2006 alumnus and Ms. Sushma Kaushik​ who is a Partner at Aavishkaar is also an ISB Class of 2006 alumnus.

What are the chances of an engineer with 4 years work experience and with a GMAT score of 620 of getting into ISB?

A GMAT of 620 has a very less possibility of getting accepted by ISB. The competition level of the applicants is extremely high and ISB has a huge pool of applicants every year. Though the profile does matter a lot, but given a GMAT of 620 the chances are really low.

Who is chief guest for graduation ceremony at ISB Hyderabad on 05 Apr 2019?

The Chief Guest on Mohali campus for the graduation ceremony in 2019 was Mr. Hari Bhartia, Founder and Co-Chairman, Jubilant Bhartia Group.

I got 710 marks in gate can I get admission in ISB ?

ISB does not accept the GATE score for its admission process. However if it is a GMAT score of 710, the applicant has a good chance of being selected if the overall profile fits with the school requirements.

Is there any branch of ISB in Gurgaon?

No, there is no branch of ISB in Gurgaon yet. ISB does conduct some classes for the flexible schedule ISB PGPpro program locally at Delhi - NCR, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Mumbai but there is no campus yet in Gurgaon.

When should I write the GMAT for ISB 2023 admission cycle?

A good time to be ready with the GMAT scores would be sometime in mid July, if you have been preparing for quite some time.

Else you can actually take it anytime before the application submission deadline which is usually mid September for the first round of application.

If you take it early you have a chance to retake the test once more with some rework on the preparation before the admission deadlines.

Definitely, you should keep in mind that GMAT is only one part of the application process of ISB.

You should have enough time to prepare your story for the rest of the sections of the ISB application.

The essays which are an integral part of the ISB application are very important to put your story in the right perspective for the admissions team.

Other parts of the application process include preparing your work experience details properly. Working on your SWOT.

This would help you to choose whom to seek a letter of recommendation from.


Once you submit your online application, it is a wait for the interview letter which brings you to the next stage of the admission procedure.

The interview is an interaction which puts a face to your application.

If you are selected after this process , the school will issue an offer for admission and you would have made it to one of the top schools in the country.

How do you feel about completing ISB courses?

ISB courses are an experience par excellence. The faculty is world renowned and the teaching methods are case study based. The class interaction in the ISB courses leads to a transformative experience and industry knowledge.

The deadline for ISB Hyderabad is over can then how to apply?

You would either have to apply in the second round of the same application cycle or you would have to wait till the next cycle of application the coming year.

What is the selection process of ISB for the admits once the interviews are completed?

Once the interviews are completed the school collates the scores of the applicants to select the admits according to the criteria that they have for the evaluation and issue admits on a rolling basis.

What is the future scope for fashion designers if they do executive MBA from ISB Hyderabad?


Executive MBA from ISB Hyderabad prepares professionals for roles in senior management and C Suite roles. For fashion designers it means looking at roles in senior management in leading fashion houses or the retail industry.

Have any admits to executive MBA from ISB review the application process?

Yes, we have shared the executive MBA from ISB review from recent applicants here.

What is the duration of the online executive MBA from ISB?

The duration of the hybrid online executive MBA from ISB, the ISB PGPpro is 18 months while the duration for the online executive MBA from ISB the ISB PGPMAX is 15 months.

What is the average salary after executive MBA from ISB?

The average salary after executive MBA from ISB depends on the previous salary of the applicant. There is no doubt that there is a lot of value addition by the executive MBA at ISB to an individual's career growth however the exponential because of the plethora of opportunities that you can access.

What is special about the 1 year executive MBA from ISB Hyderabad? ​

The ISB PGPpro program is an 18 months long executive MBA from ISB Hyderabad especially designed for working professionals who want to fortify their professionals skills with the global management education curriculum from Indian School of Business.


The ISB PGPpro, the 1 year executive MBA from ISB Hyderabad, assimilates an in depth coverage of business concepts and equips one to deal with business uncertainty and take sound decisions based on available data points as business leaders.


Domain experts gain the tools, skills and global best practices required to build a general perspective of business. Spread over 18 months, the Executive MBA from ISB, PGPpro curriculum covers 24 courses which are divided into 4 categories.


The innovative curriculum is designed in coordination with the partner schools which are some of the leading institutions of the world. This 1 year executive MBA from ISB Hyderabad integrates a corporate global immersion module which incorporates International exposure and top management interaction for the participants.


Additionally, the working professionals would indulge in classroom engagement with professionals from a diverse background and organisation types. This makes this 1 year executive MBA from ISB Hyderabad unique in format, content and opportunity for any graduate.​

How is the ISB PGPPro program different from a regular MBA?

1. ISB PGPpro has an advanced curriculum which prepares mid career professionals to grow in their career towards higher management positions.

2. ISB PGPpro syllabus include courses in managerial economics, operations management, corporate finance, organisational behaviour, global economics and strategy building.

3. The Executive MBA program at ISB is designed to equip professionals with advanced skills in marketing research, negotiation, team management, entrepreneurship, governance and innovation management.

4. ISB PGPpro syllabus provides the essential tool kit for any manager to lead in the global business scenario.

5. In addition to these the Executive MBA from ISB PGPpro also offers elective courses in marketing and finance to help build advanced specialisation for progressive managers.

What are the ISB PGPPro eligibility criteria​?

The eligibility criteria for ISB PGPPro Executive MBA program is as follows:


1. Possess a Bachelor’s Degree

2. The applicant should have bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in any course. The related qualification will be determined by the program’s Admission Committee.

3. Required Work Experience

4. Full-time work experience ranging above 5 years. ​


When are the representatives from top business schools of the world like INSEAD, Carnegie Mellon and others visiting India in the near future?

A firm timeline is quite uncertain due to the current COVID pandemic crisis across the world.

If one university cancelled admission in the middle of the year can he get admission in others university in U.S for M.B.A?

Usually not, you can try with specific universities for transfer of credits.

Is it worthwhile to pursue MSC Management for Business Excellence at Warwick Business School by Indian fresher graduate? ​

Yes, the course opens good career options for students who graduate from there. It also depends on the career goals that the applicant has.


Which coaching institutes help students for getting admission in Ashoka University? ​

Goalisb has a high rate of success in helping students for getting admission in Ashoka University.


I have done MBA in Sales and Marketing I am currently working in pharmaceutical company as a business executive after some years can I get another job in other industry like FMCG or others?

To switch to a different industry you would require sector or industry specific knowledge. You should try to acquire skills and industry knowledge about the FMCG or any other sector you want to shift to and look for an opportunity to demonstrate your skills to facilitate the shift.

Is there attendance criteria is there in FMS Delhi Executive MBA program I am a working professional and certain times go for tour? ​

Yes, there would be. You should discuss about this with the school administration for special permission if you so require.

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