ISB Admission Procedure

ISB PGP 2022-23 and Early Entry Option 2022 application deadlines announced.


ISB PGP 2022 - 23 Round 1 application submission deadline: September 2021

Interviews to be conducted between October through December 2021

Results for round 1 to be declared in December 2021

ISB Admission Procedure:

ISB admissions process continues for 3 cycles of admission during one application year.

An applicant can apply only once during the admission cycle.

A minimum of 24 months of work experience is mandatory for the ISB admission process.

A valid GMAT or GRE score is prerequisite for the ISB admission procedure.

On average it usually takes around 20 days to 45 days to prepare well for the ISB application process.

ISB admission process requires the applicants to submit the following:

Academic credentials

Work related credentials

2 essays. ISB essay topics for 2022 are:

ISB Essay 1: Describe with examples the most important personal quality that you possess, which significantly enhances your prospects of being successful as a leader? 
(400 words max)

ISB Essay 2: What are your short term and long term career goals? How will Post Graduate Program at ISB assist you in achieving your goals? 
(400 words max)

In case of reapplicants an additional essay is required.

1 letter of recommendation

Extracurricular activities (50 characters per activity)

Awards ( described in 100 characters per award)

Hobbies ( 200 characters per hobby)

Uploads of transcripts, proofs of education records and proofs of work experience records.

Scholarships you can apply through the ISB application form:

Merit-linked tuition waivers requires no separate application.

AT&T Scholarship for those working in the IT/Technology/Media/Communication Industry

Bridge to India Tuition Waiver for applicants of Indian origin with a recent full-time work experience abroad for minimum one year.

​ISB - AIESEC Tuition Waiver 


​ISB need based waiver

​PGPMAX Co 2012 Scholarship - This is a need based scholarship of INR 5 lacs and requires the submission of an essay with the ISB application.

​Ramesh C. Khanna Nurture India Scholarship - This is a need based scholarship of INR 5 lacs and requires the submission of an essay with the ISB application.

Other ISB scholarships which are offered after ISB PGP admits have been offered are:

  • Bajaj Auto Scholar: Merit-based scholarships offered to three ISB PGP students by Bajaj Auto. 

  • Jagannath Arora Scholarship: Sponsored by Mr. Neeraj Arora, ISB PGP Class of 2006 in the name of his father.

  • Visiting faculty Scholarship

  • Shapoorji Pallonji Tuition Grant: Every alternate even year this is a need based tuition waiver awarded on the basis of merit.

  • Aditya Shembekar Scholarship

  • Alumni Endowment Fund Scholarship:  Two merit-based scholarships are awarded under the Alumni Endowment Fund Scholarship every year.

  • Deepak Parayanken Scholarship: Two merit-based scholarships are offered.

  • Lakshya Scholarship for Women: Instituted by Bharat Forge Limited to support a female student of ISB PGP.

Is ISB good for MBA?

ISB Placement data for the class of 2021noted an average accepted CTC at ISB PGP in 2021 - INR 28.29 lakhs. The ISB class of 2021 received 388 offers from consulting firms and a total of 1145 offers. Poets & Quants Integrated Ranking Achieved by ISB:  #16 worldwide. This definitely positions ISB as a leading school for MBA.

Is ISB Better than IIM?

ISB and IIM are leading institutions of world repute. To argue whether ISB is better than IIM would be like comparing equals. However, there might be a very specific discussion with respect to individual profiles applying to the schools with respect to their backgrounds and goals to compare if they are suited to one cohort or the other. 

Is ISB Hyderabad better than IIM? 

is a question that is quite frequently asked and the answer is that both the institutes are stalwarts in delivering World class MBA education in India. Beyond that what you make of the education is upto you. In terms of the course curriculum both the IIM and ISB deliver an internationally enriched curriculum, alumni network, and provide the MBA graduates a sea of opportunities.

How is life after MBA from ISB?

Can freshers get into ISB?

Freshers and pre final year students can apply for ISB MBA through the ISB YLP application. Once admitted they can join ISB MBA once they complete the requisite 24 months of work experience.

Is ISB worth the money?

Of course it is. A lot depends on what you expect from the program and what you have done prior to that. WOur ISB admission consultants have addressed this question wholeheartedly in the article " Is ISB worth the money? "

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What are the selection criteria for ISB admission? How important is the ISB essay?

Admission to ISB has a selective process. Admission in ISB involves selecting quality applicants and the ISB essay plays a very important role in the process.

ISB essays aim at understanding the leadership personality of the applicants. Some people like to refer to ISB essay sample for writing the essays for ISB.​

What is  the ISB PGP Early Entry Option EEO?

Early Entry Option at ISB is a deferred entry program to the ISB PGP program. ISB Hyderabad MBA admission criteria requires an applicant to have 24 months of work experience to be eligible to apply for the ISB MBA admission. Essays for ISB for the EEO application are the same as the essays for the ISB PGP application. However, professionals with less than 24 months of work experience can apply through the Early Entry Option ( ISB EEO) to the ISB PGP for a one year deferred entry to the ISB MBA admission. The ISB MBA application deadlines for the EEO are the same as the regular PGP ISB MBA application deadlines.

To apply for admission to ISB, you need to create a login and a password by visiting the official website of Indian School of Business and then you should follow the procedure as directed. 

What is the weightage of the ISB essay and the GMAT score for getting into ISB MBA?


GMAT score is quite important for the application process for ISB. However, it is not all,  the ISB essay is very important to focus on. Most of our applicants emphasise that had the ISB essay not been so well prepared, they did not stand a chance.. There are numerous rejections every year for high GMAT scorers as they have not been able to present their credentials in an impressive manner, the contribution here is by the ISB essay. The importance of the GMAT score is credible upto a point of basic qualification, but we strongly encourage anyone with a score within the school acceptable norms to apply. There have been a lot of deferrals in the past year, what does it actually imply for those looking at an ISB MBA?But, work hard on your ISB essay. If you are a re-applicant you would have to write an additional essay. Refer our checklist for your MBA application and resource about recommendation letter.


What is the weightage of the ISB interview process and the ISB essay for getting admission into ISB MBA?

The interview process is an important part of admission to ISB. Anyone applying to ISB should be able to proactively discuss their candidature with the interviewers on why they deserve to be a part of the ISB cohort during the ISB interview process.​​​

Our ISB admission consultants have compiled more information for applicants here:

ISB admission blog

Profile building for a one year MBA

Recommendation letters

GMAT Preparation

Checklist for an MBA application

Frequently asked questions about ISB admission process

Is work experience necessary for admission in ISB?

The minimum work experience required for admission in ISB is 24 months. ISB YLP and ISB EEO are deferred MBA options for those with lesser work experience. They can secure a deferred admission to the program to join when they gain the requisite work experience.

What GMAT score is required for ISB?

There is no cutoff GMAT score required for ISB, however a good benchmark would be the range of GMAT scores which have been accepted by the school previously like 600 to 780 depending on the profile of the applicants.

Does ISB give MBA degree?

ISB MBA is an MBA equivalent program. ISB does not award an MBA degree.

How difficult is it to get into ISB?

It is quite difficult to get into ISB. Every aspect of your profile including the academics, GMAT score or the GRE score, the quality of work experience, post MBA goals, extracurricular activities and hobbies are evaluated by ISB to choose the right fit.

How can I get into ISB for MBA?

Getting into ISB for MBA requires you to first qualify for a GMAT score or a GRE score. Once this score is ready, you have to apply through an online form. The online application form requires submission of academic data, work experience related information, 2 or 3 essays, recommendation letters, information about awards and extracurricular activities. Once this form is submitted, the next step is the interview call. Based on all the above information submitted an applicant is chosen for admission by the school.

What kind of profile is required for ISB?

There's no specific answer for a profile which is required for ISB. However evaluating certain benchmarks definitely helps identify a potential applicant. Some criteria for a successful profile at ISB are: 1. Academic potential - a one year MBA is a rigorous course, applicants with substantial academic potential perform well in this environment. 2. Leadership qualities - leading teams, organisations, initiatives is key. 3. Clarity of goals and consistently working towards them.

When can I apply for ISB Hyderabad?

The application cycle for ISB Hyderabad is conducted over 2 or 3 cycles with the first round deadline sometime in mid September and the last cycle deadline usually around January every year. The specific deadlines should be checked for every year from the school application portal.

What is the entrance exam for ISB Hyderabad?

ISB Hyderabad accepts the GMAT score or the GRE score for admission to its full time MBA course.

Is ISB degree valid abroad?

Currently ISB is recognised by World Education Services (WES) only. It is equivalent to the Post Graduate Diploma. This would provide around 7 point lesser than a Master's Degree.

Why ISB MBA is the best option?

ISB MBA is a good option for the following reasons: 1. ISB MBA is a one year MBA, so anybody needs to be out of work just for one year, since it is a course for people with work experience. 2. It is a course for professionals with work experience so the concepts that you learn in the class come to life from the perspectives of different industry professionals. 3. ISB MBA offers International exposure to the students. 4. ISB MBA offers practical learning experiences. 5. ISB as an institution has a deep connect with the industry and brings the industry leaders to campus to connect with students. 6. ISB MBA is proactive with alumni and students offering lifelong learning. 7. International faculty enriches the curriculum making it contemporary. 8. Clubs and activities at ISB are equally engaging. 9. ISB focuses on leadership development of students. 10. ISB sensitises students to upcoming world perspectives through latest electives offered on campus.

How to build a good profile for ISB?

To build a good profile for ISB pay attention to everything that you engage in - whether it is academics, extra curricular activities or work. Growth and leadership qualities are very important for an admit to ISB. At every stage of life and profession one must be fully involved in creating an impact in the society around them. Work on your communication skills, practical knowledge, holistic personality development and build your vision as a world leader if you aspire for ISB.

Sir can u explain the scopes, salaries and difficulties of a MBBS graduate to enter into institutions like ISB and IIM their placement details and type of companies in which they're being placed?

MBBS graduates who pass out from institutions like ISB and IIM look at career options in hospital management, consulting and major pharmaceutical companies. Senior management roles in operations and strategy, marketing and partnership management and even CEO roles are offered to these graduates. It also depends on what prior work experience and expertise have they joined ISB or IIM with. Salaries are nowhere short of the best offered in the industry for sure. Combining your expertise as an MBBS doctor and an MBA from a premium institute in the country definitely positions you to achieve exponential career growth.