How is an MBA application evaluated?


MBA admissions teams takes into account the applicant's letter of recommendation, academic profile, GMAT score or the GRE score, the work experience and the essays etc to evaluate an application.

Should anyone with not so great academic scores apply to ISB MBA at all?

Yes such applicants can apply. The applicant should work on all the areas of their application to apply to ISB. If you have slightly poor academics you can balance it for the ISB PGP application by focussing on applying through test scores which are close to the average or higher than average of the school averages. Such applicants should also focus on the essays and not leave writing the essays for the last moment. In addition you should consider taking the recommendation letter from a person who would strongly vouch for you. In terms of academic scores from class 10th, class 12th , under graduate degree or post graduate degree (if any) the maximum importance is given to the academic scores achieved by an applicant in the most recent education whether it is undergraduate or post graduate studies.

Will the chances of getting an admit be different if I apply in round 1 or round 2?

Scholarships are available in the earlier rounds of application at ISB. There is no quota or a set percentage of offers they would make in each of the rounds. Over the years, it has been observed that an application to the ISB MBA must be submitted when the application is satisfactorily ready.

If one gets rejected in round 1, can the applicant in round 2 or round 3 in the same year?

For ISB MBA applications, an applicant can only apply in any one round during an application year. Only IIM Ahmedabad Executive MBA applicants can reapply in any of the application rounds in one year.

If an applicant writes the GMAT or the GRE test close to the application deadlines would the application be considered?


In this case the official GMAT or GRE score would reach ISB later than the application deadline. The applicant should write to the ISB admissions team on email and share the screenshot and details of the test date. Once the details are confirmed, the ISB admissions team will decide to consider the application for the specific round.

How are the GRE and the GMAT score evaluated at ISB?

ISB does not convert the GRE score to the GMAT score. Both the scores are evaluated independently for every application.

Is higher work experience considered an advantage at ISB application?

Yes, higher work experience is considered a plus point at ISB application if it adds to the class diversity.

What are the financial aid options for ISB applicants?

ISB offers two categories of scholarships - need based , merit based scholarships. By default every applicant who applies to is given an admit is considered for a merit based scholarship. ISB offers around 40 scholarships ranging from 5 lakhs to full fee waiver…

Need based takes into consideration the entire family income as a basic criteria. Additional essays and documentation are required to apply for these.

In addition to these, ISB admits can opt for scholarships offered by alumni, corporates or board members at ISB. There are special scholarships for NRI applicants who have just moved back to India.

If I have a gap in education or work experience, should I apply to ISB MBA at all?

Yes, you can apply to ISB. You only need to provide an explanation in the application form.

Where do I mention the additional certificates in the ISB MBA application form?

If there is a score or a CGPA awarded for the certificate it can be mentioned in the ISB application form in the education section. If there is no score or CGPA awarded for the certificate, it should be added in the additional education section of the ISB application.

How do I write the work experience section in the ISB MBA application?

The ISB application provides for adding five points each in the roles and responsibilities section and the achievements section. It is worthwhile clarifying here that the reporting managers or the Human resource managers at the applicant's workplace are not contacted by ISB till the applicants is enrolled in the ISB MBA program. 

Who should I choose for my ISB MBA application recommendation letter?

Since ISB PGP accepts only a single recommendation letter, one should ideally choose their reporting managers as their recommenders. Some other possible options are any previous manager, a senior peer, or a client. In case of entrepreneurs the recommendation letter can be taken from a banker, any auditor, a client, a supplier or a business partner. A recommendation letter from an academic referee is not advisable for your ISB MBA application. The recommendation letters need to be submitted before the respective application deadline, however in the past the school had provided additional time for the submission of recommendations. 

Is ISB MBA worth it?

Is ISB MBA worth it is a very common question. Yes, for those who are looking for global knowledge, upgrading themselves for steeping their career graph for the next two or three decades, building the confidence that anything is possible. The ISB MBA is worth it definitely for those who want to  acquire a network which will add value professionally and personally.  

The leadership profile definitely makes ISB MBA worth it. Distinguished professionals from the education industry have chaired as Deans at the institution.

Shri Pramath Sinha: June 2001 to June 2002

Shri Vijay Mahajan: June 2002 to June 2004 

Professor M Rammohan Rao: June 2004 to June 2009

Shri Ajit Rangnekar: January 2009 to December 2015

Professor Rajendra Srivastava: January 2016 to July 1, 2021

Professor Madan Pillutla: July 1, 2021 onwards

ISB Day is celebrated on December 2 every year and in 2020, ISB completed two decades of leadership in education.

  1. ISB Hyderabad has set the benchmark for institutions like the Ashoka University, Plaksha University and  KREA University to transform the education space in India. 

  2. ISB was the first Indian institution that was ranked globally, 

  3. ISB Hyderabad was the first to be accredited by the  AACSB,

  4. ISB Hyderabad was also the first institution in India to host a US President, and

  5. ISB Hyderabad is the first education institution ranked among leading research institutions globally. ISB has surely been a leader in education.

Is ISB good for MBA?​

To answer this question our ISB admission consultants researched the ISB class and industry acceptance numbers. The ISB batch growing consistently signals that the employer perception and the applicant preference has definitely grown over the years. The following numbers catch the vitals in terms of the class size of the ISB MBA, the salary packages offered, the number of offers made by the industries and the number of companies coming to recruit from ISB. The growth definitely indicates the strength of the ISB MBA program.

ISB Class of 2008

80% mean package offered - INR 15,81,296

Approximate ISB Class Size - 422 

Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements- 230

Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 657

ISB Class of 2009

80% mean package offered - INR 14,30,305

Approximate ISB Class Size - 437

Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements - 326

Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 401

ISB Class of 2010

80% Mean package offered - INR 16,12,112

Approximate ISB Class Size - 568

Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements -  346 

Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 541

ISB Class of 2011

80% mean package offered - INR 17,92,715

Approximate ISB Class Size - 569

Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements - 310

Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 661

ISB Class of 2012

80% Mean package offered - INR 18,83,403

Class Size - 574

Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements-  348 

Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 631

ISB  Class of 2014

80% mean package offered - INR 18,15,964

Approximate ISB Class Size - 766

Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements - 350

Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 884

ISB Class of 2015

80% mean package offered -  INR 19,12,444 

Approximate ISB Class Size - 760

Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 987

ISB Class of 2016

80% mean package offered - INR 22,58,273 

Approximate ISB Class Size - 813

Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements -  297 

Total number of offers made in ISB placements -  1151

ISB Class of 2017

80% mean package offered - INR 20,90,211

Approximate ISB Class Size - 903

Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements - 411 

Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 1113

ISB Class of 2018

80% mean package offered - INR 22,13,592

Approximate ISB Class Size -  873

Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements -  375 

Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 1136

ISB Class of 2019

80% mean package offered - INR 25,08,897

Approximate ISB Class Size - 884

Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements - 373

Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 1309

ISB Class of 2020

80% mean package offered - INR 25,71,521

Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements - 434 

Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 1504

The numbers above (researched from past placement reports and ISB official website) demonstrate that ISB MBA has delivered consistent growth for the graduates over the years.

For more questions regarding admission into ISB read here.

Is ISB MBA worth the money?

The answer is yes ISB MBA worth the money for those who look at a long term ROI.

How many seats are generally available for ISB MBA Early Entry Option Candidates?

When applying to the ISB MBA, there is no demarcation of seats. ISB selects the applicants depending on the quality of the application. There is no specific number of seats allotted for round one or round two round three. As and when ISB gets quality applications it ensures admission.

For applying to ISB MBA when should I take the GMAT or the GRE exam?

You can take the exam even on the day of the deadline because you get an official score then and there. So you can provide the unofficial score and report the score officially through the GMAT or the GRE exam portal. Once ISB receives the official scores they are updated. You can apply using an unofficial score also by taking the screenshot of the unofficial report and upload it.

In the ISB MBA application do applicants need to upload pay slips and related documents in the work experience section? ​

The ISB MBA application, there is a document upload section. The mandatory documents to be uploaded are marked with an asterisk mark and for the others it's up to you whether you want to upload or not.

Is GMAT given preference over here GRE for ISB admissions? No, not at all. GMAT is not given any preference over the GRE score. These are two independent scores which are also evaluated independently, usually the GMAT score is converted to the GRE equivalent. That is not the case in ISB. ISB has a separate individual evaluation for GRE and separate for GMAT.

I am married and shall be bring my family to the ISB MBA course. Are there any suitable arrangements at campus for married ISB MBA students? ​

Yes ISB MBA offers accommodation in studio apartments for students with families.

For an ISB MBA applicant what does the quality work experience mean? ​

Quality work experience means if you have worked for example as a software developer and you should know about what your work is and whatever you have mentioned in your work experience section. You should be able to justify and talk about it. This expectation is more or less consistent for all programs at ISB - ISB PGP, ISB YLP, ISB PGPpro, ISB MFAB or the ISB AMPBA.

Is ISB MBA worth it for candidates who have more than 10 years of work experience? ​

ISB has students ranging between two years and 20 years of work experience. From a placement or a career opportunity perspective ISB MBA has a Senior Executive Club for all those students who have more than seven or eight years of experience. Since their aspirations might be a little narrow because they have a lot of experience in terms of the number of years and they may want to climb up the ladder getting into senior leadership kind. To address their career aspirations. ISB MBA has a Senior Executive Club and the Career Advancement Services team works with them individually .

Who should you take a recommendation letter for your ISB MBA application? ​

Get a recommendation from someone who knows you very well because there will be questions asked in the recommendation letter where they will have to provide, transparent and honest feedback about the ISB MBA applicant in terms of the qualities the skill sets which you hold.

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