A Successful ISB MBA Application

Most of us wonder what lands an admit letter to an applicant's inbox. Many believe that the GMAT score or the GRE scores are the most important for ISB admission, some wonder if grades do the job and there are others who think that certificates of appreciation from stellar organisations give an extra edge. The best MBA admission consultants in India would suggest that it is you who matters! An MBA application consultant does as much to give you a clarity of the life you envision after ISB or any Ivy league school. It's not just about getting there it's more about what you want to do in life after ISB. ISB application essays change every year however the main theme of the ISB essays is related to leadership potential, lessons learnt from failures, quality and depth of experiences that the applicant has. 

Writing the perfect ISB essays according to an applicant's profile takes around 5-8 edits with a specific focus on the question that is asked in the ISB application. When you start with your essays for ISB make sure that you have collated your work experience comprehensively and taken stock of your achievements and failures.

The best MBA admission consultants in India  have experienced that unless the right fit of the following is established it is almost impossible to get an MBA admission:

Having been involved in MBA admissions consulting in India, GoalISB ISB admissions consulting team is equipped to collate all the essentials into the ISB essays - Past Experiences - Leadership & Communication Capabilities - Post MBA Goals - The school really wants to know what you want to do with your life after ISB - A Vivid and Sincere Application - An Engaging MBA Interview - A Candid Discussion To Show The Applicant's Vision and Why ISB? - How Nothing Else But The ISB MBA & The Indian School of Business can Help Him Fulfil it. Post admission our team helps you with  insights into the life at ISB, and how you should prepare for it.

When to start the MBA application?

It takes ample thought and time to write your ISB essays while you prepare an ISB application. While the applicants are busy preparing to achieve their highest GMAT score for ISB, work on the application should start simultaneously. The GMAT score or the GRE score is a data point for the applicant which helps to decide the 1 year business school programs to apply to. However, in many cases application preparation MBA from ISB takes a back seat while the war with the GMAT score for ISB is on. Given these events, the application does not present the best best profile that the applicant could present. Once you are done with your essays for ISB, the next step is to check the application strategy vis a vis the essays and the complete application.

Leading MBA admissions consultants in India know that there is no ideal GMAT score for ISB as it is not the only criteria to ensure a seat in any esteemed 1 year business school program like the Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad eligibility criteria which does not require any essays to be submitted with the application. The ISB essays play a very crucial role in communicating your eligibility to the admissions team.

The Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad eligibility criteria requires the essays to be submitted once the application has been submitted and found suitable by the admissions team. On the other hand the essays for ISB have to be submitted at the onset with the application. This does not mean that the GMAT score is not important, but the point is that it is not the only important thing for a successful applicant. Especially for ISB application as the admissions process is largely profile based. One has to prove to the ISB admissions team that they have what takes to be at ISB. The ISB application is the presentation that brings forward the personality of the applicant to the ISB Admissions committee with the main constituent being the essays you have submitted to ISB. So, according to us at GoalISB the right time to start working on the ISB essays is the exact moment that you decide to prepare for the ideal GMAT score for ISB. 

MBA Profile Evaluation Process

How does an ISB MBA application review happen, after all?

Let’s understand with respect to a sample profile applying to ISB PGP program how our MBA admissions consultants would respond.

Name: Aniruddha (fictional name and details)

Graduation: BTECH CSE

Grades: Class X - 78% , Class XII - 74%, Graduation - CGPA 7.8

GMAT : 690 Verbal 38 , Quant 47, AWA 4, IR 5

School : Non IIT

Grades Summary:

  • Above average grades, continues on the same grades

  • Quant grades are not strong

  • Non IIT undergrad institution

  • Standard IT education profile

Assessment by MBA admissions consultants:

The GMAT score is below the school average but within range. The grades and the GMAT foretell your academic potential. An MBA from ISB is a rigorous course, and that too heavy on quantitative skills. If your grades do not reflect so much on your academic potential, go a bit further to take special certifications or courses to portray your quantitative analysis skills. It could also help to retake the GMAT to attain a higher quantitative score.

Work Experience: 2 years IT

Career Goals: 

Short term - Program Manager

Long term - CEO

Assessment by our MBA admissions consultants: Quality of work experience adds more value to your candidature than just the number of years spent. This is what differentiates the applicants with the same education and industry background. 

Although the career goals in this case are a bit misplaced. Whatever growth a B School can offer, it does not replace the experience required to perform a certain function. A program manager being one who owns product from conception to release must have ample hands on experience in the market. This is the gap here. 

The first requirement of a B school is that the applicant must have clear goals set out ahead of him. The goals however must incorporate realistic ambitions. This gives the admissions committee a level of confidence about your decision making capabilities and the success you would achieve post MBA.



College: Sports, debates, arts, event management

Internships: International internships, competed at a certain level to get there

Work: CSR leader, Sports club, Toastmasters

Assessment by our MBA admissions consultants: How you spend your leisure time is equally important to the admissions committee. However, the number of activities is not so important as is the impact. The impact you achieve shows the passion you have and how hard you try.  This is what translates into leadership. Specifically, a certificate from a high profile for the number of hours volunteered does not count as much as an impactful work of touching lives by fundraising in the community on a regular basis.