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ISB MBA

2024 Deadlines for applying to ISB MBA programs:


1. ISB PGPpro: 3 March 2024
2. ISB PGP: 21 January 2024
3. ISB YLP: 31 March 202
4 (Stage 1), 31 August 2024 (Stage 2)
4. ISB PGPMA
X: 17 March 2024
5. ISB MFAB: 21 January 2024

All About the ISB MBA

Is an ISB MBA Worth it?

  1. ISB (Indian School of Business) is a world ranked institution offering a range of MBA programs for young to senior professionals.

  2. ISB MBA graduates achieve a close to 184% hike in the 3 year salary post MBA. ​

  3. According to the FT rankings 2023 ISB MBA ranks second in the world in salary growth with a salary increase of 205%.​

  4. The school provides a wide range of options for professionals with different backgrounds and goals to gain the coveted management education at ISB.

  5. It is an institution that has been around for two decades and has had distinguished professionals chairing as deans.

  6. ISB was the first Indian institution to be ranked globally, accredited by AACSB, and also the first to host a US President.

  7. It has also been ranked among the leading research institutions globally. Who gets selected to ISB?

  8. The growing size of the ISB batch indicates the strength of the ISB MBA program, and the salary packages offered, the number of offers made by the industries, and the number of companies coming to recruit from ISB are also quite impressive.

  9. ISB MBA alumni are now more than 14,500 in number across the world.

  10. The ISB alumni are spread globally across more than 60 countries with at least 500 in CXO roles.

  11. At ISB you can achieve continued learning and connect through 11 Special Interest Groups and 14 alumni chapters.

  12. Global Competitions and Collaborations: ISB's participation in the Schlesinger Global Family Enterprise Case Competition reflects its emphasis on international exposure and practical learning experiences, fostering a global mindset among students.

  13. Public Policy Initiatives: The Bharti Institute of Public Policy's Public Policy Dialogues emphasize ISB's interdisciplinary approach, integrating public policy into business education to address broader socio-economic challenges.

  14. Entrepreneurial Support: The NIDHI Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program at ISB underscores its nurturing of innovation, providing resources and mentorship for budding entrepreneurs to develop and scale their business ideas.

  15. Data Science and AI Focus: Hosting a Data Science Summit with a spotlight on Generative AI indicates ISB's proactive stance in incorporating cutting-edge technology and data science trends into its curriculum.

  16. Leadership and Industry Interaction: The ISB Insights Forum and other leadership summits are platforms for enriching student-industry engagement, facilitating knowledge exchange and networking opportunities with industry leaders.

  17. Sustainability and Green Initiatives: Achieving the Silver Award in Green Practice and Excellence in Energy Efficiency & Sustainability showcases ISB's commitment to sustainable practices and environmental responsibility in its operations and curriculum. These initiatives by ISB in 2023, 2024 highlight its commitment to excellence, innovation, and a comprehensive approach to business education.

Is it hard to get into ISB?

Yes, getting into ISB is definitely hard. If you consider the class profile at ISB you realise that the process selects only the best. 

 

The first challenge is having a competitive profile in terms of leadership skills and work experience. Though the total intake for ISB is around 900 but, the number of admits across years of experience  is not very high.

The second is the test score. The Mid 80% range of the school class test scores are quite competitive even for the GRE and the GMAT test scores. These are some important factors which make it hard to get into ISB.

 

ISB Class of 2023

  1. Class Size 843

  2. Women in ISB Class Profile: 37%

  3. GMAT Mid Range in ISB Class of 2023: 690 - 760

  4. GMAT Mean score for mid 80% ISB Class of 2023: 720

  5. GMAT Median score mid 80%: 710

  6. GRE Mid 80% range: 322 - 334

  7. GRE Mean for the mid 80% range of ISB Class of 2023: 328

  8. GRE Median: 328

  9. Number of admits with more than 8 years in ISB Class profile: 50

  10. Number of admits with 5 to 8 years experience: 224

  11. Number of admits with 3 to 5 years work experience: 358

  12. Number of admits upto 3 years experience: 211 

Why is ISB so costly?

Attracting and maintaining such high-caliber faculty is a significant expense but ensures superior education and insights. There are more reasons which justify the ISB fees:

1. Extensive Career Services: The school offers comprehensive career support, including individual career counseling, workshops, and recruitment drives, adding to operational expenses.

2. Expansive Alumni Network: Managing a large and active alumni network, and organizing events and reunions, also contributes to the overall costs.

3. Supply and Demand: The high demand for ISB's limited program seats contributes to its premium pricing, reflecting the quality and market recognition of its education.

4. R&D Investments: ISB's ongoing investment in research and development ensures that its curriculum is always relevant and at the forefront of business education.

5. Global Partnerships: Collaborations with international universities for exchange programs and joint initiatives add logistical and quality maintenance costs.​

Can I get into ISB without work experience?

You can apply to ISB without work experience, however to join the ISB PGP you need the required work experience. ISB offers deferred admission options like ISB YLP which is how final year students can apply to ISB and the ISB EEO for freshers.

ISB MBA For Applicants Who Are Still Pursuing Undergraduate/ Graduate Studies - ISB YLP

Pre final and final year students just completing their college can apply to the ISB Young Leaders Programme. ISB YLP Program is the deferred entry option for potential leaders who have proven their acumen. ISB YLP graduates can join the ISB MBA after 20 months of work experience. With a limited number of seats the ISB YLP is a competitive program that opens the doors to a global business career. How to apply to ISB YLP?

  1. Next ISB YLP Deadline: 31 August 2023 for Stage 2

  2. ISB Interview schedules start for the ISB YLP program from 15 September 2023.

  3. ISB YLP admission process is conducted in 3 stages.

  4. Stage 1 ISB YLP deadlines due in October and March.

  5. Stage 1 ISB YLP deadlines December and May.

More about ISB YLP

ISB MBA for Freshers with less than two years of work experience - ISB EEO

​Fresher graduates who have not yet completed 24 months of work experience but want to pursue an ISB MBA can apply to the ISB Early Entry Option i.e. the ISB EEO. 

  1. ISB EEO is the deferred admission to the ISB MBA course for graduates with 0 - 2 years of experience.

  2. ISB EEO helps you bridge the gap as a deferred entry program to set a career path to business leadership.

  3. Again with a limited number of seats in the ISB MBA pool, this program is highly competitive. We encourage applicants to start early.

  4. The ISB Early Entry Option applicants apply through the same application form as the ISB PGP applicants.

  5. ISB EEO start their ISB MBA after completing 24 months of work experience till the date the classes are scheduled to start. 

More about ISB EEO / ISB Early Entry Option

What exam do you need to get into ISB?

There are different exams required for admission to different ISB MBA courses. ISB does not accept the CAT score for the admissions process at all. So, you can definitely get into ISB without the CAT score.

 

Therefore, if some asks us Can I get into ISB without CAT? The answer is surely yes, you can get into ISB without the CAT, but you need to write the GMAT or the GRE test.

2024-25 onwards ISB PGP , ISB YLP and ISB EEO admissions process will only accept the in centre test scores. The online test scores or at home test scores will not be accepted.

 

The test score requirement for different ISB MBA programs is as follows:

  1. ISB PGP/ ISB EEO/ ISB YLP : GMAT or GRE Test Score

  2. ISB PGPpro: No Test Score required

  3. ISB PGPMAX : No Test Score Required

  4. ISB MFAB: ISB BAT test

Is ISB MBA 1 year or 2 years?

There are different ISB MBA for professionals at different levels of their career growth.

ISB MBA for 2 years work experience - ISB PGP

ISB MBA is a world ranked program achieving new heights every year. A cutting edge program with a huge applicant pool the ISB MBA has an application process designed to select the best. 

  1. The mean package offered in ISB MBA placements has shown growth over the years. In 2008, the mean package offered was INR 15,81,296, which has increased to INR 34.21 lakhs in 2023. This indicates that the ISB MBA program has gained recognition among employers, and students are getting better salary packages. Check ISB vs IIM.

  2. The number of companies registered for ISB Hyderabad placements has shown fluctuations over the years. However, the trend is upward. The number of companies registered for placements has increased from 230 in 2008 to 222 in 2023.

  3. The total number of offers made during ISB placements has increased from 657 in 2008 to 1578 in 2023. This indicates that more companies are interested in recruiting ISB students, and the quality of students is also increasing.

More about ISB PGP

ISB MBA for working professionals with more than 5 years of work experience - ISB PGPpro

ISB executive MBA is designed for working professionals at different levels of hierarchy in their organisations.  The best one year MBA in India with a flexible schedule is the ISB MBA.

  1. The executive MBA from ISB, ISB PGPpro is designed to catapult mid level professionals to senior management roles.

  2. The admission process doesn't require the submission of a GMAT score or a GRE score.

  3. ISB PGPpro is an ISB Executive MBA with classes on the weekend on four locations across India - NCR, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore.

  4. The upcoming deadline for ISB PGPpro is 30 July 2023. How good is ISB PGPpro?

  5. This is the ISB MBA without the GMAT requirement.

More about ISB PGPpro

ISB MBA for working professionals with more than 10 years of work experience - ISB PGPMAX

The ISB Executive MBA format designed for senior level executives with 10+ years of experience aspiring to become future business leaders is the ISB PGPMAX.  Read in detail about ISB MBA Eligibility.  ISB PGPMAX is the ideal program if you seek a leadership role in the top echelons of the industry. ISB PGPMAX caters to senior level professionals already leading business decision making.

  1. ISB PGPMAX duration: 15 months conducted at Hyderabad and Mohali

  2. ISB PGPMAX ranking in FT EMBA 2022 was 1st in India

  3. ISB PGPMAX ranking in FT EMBA 2022 was 44th worldwide

  4. 2 Internnational immersions - NUS, Wharton

  5. No GMAT or GRE test scores required to be submitted

More about ISB PGPMAX

ISB MBA for Family Business - ISB MFAB

Focussed on bringing up your family business to global heights, ISB MFAB is the ISB MBA for family business professionals. The ISB MFAB helps you with the tools to execute your vision to grow your family business. 

  1. Though the ISB MFAB application does not require the submission of the GMAT or the GRE score the applicants have to write the ISB BAT test for applying to the ISB MFAB programme. 

  2. ISB MFAB Duration: 15 months conducted at ISB Hyderabad and ISB Mohali.

  3. Minimum work experience required is 0 to 5 years

  4. 2 International immersions are conducted during ISB MFAB.

  5. Program Starts August every year

More about ISB MFAB

Does ISB have a 2 year MBA?

No, ISB Offers a full time MBA course which is 1 year in duration. The other MBA courses offered by ISB like the ISB PGPpro is a weekend MBA for professionals which is 18 months in duration. The ISB PGPMAX is 15 months in duration . ISB MFAB is 15 months in duration. So, there is no two year MBA course offered by ISB.

How much does MBA cost in ISB?

1. ISB MBA Fees for ISB YLP, ISB EEO and ISB PGP​

In case of the ISB MBA fees for the YLP, PGP and EEO the fees are as below:

a) Admission fee: INR 3,54,000

b) Commitment fee: INR 2,36,000

c) Remaining fee: INR 32,77,980

2. ISB MBA fees for ISB PGPpro

For the ISB MBA - PGPpro the fees applicable are INR 37,38,180 including the taxes.

3. ISB MBA fees for ISB PGPMAX

For the ISB MBA - PGPMAX the total fee is INR 41,63,000

4. ISB MBA fees for ISB MFAB

For the ISB MFAB program, the Admission fee is INR 3 lacs

The total fee for ISB MBA for family business is INR 41,98,000 excluding taxes.

Get more updates about ISB Admissions 2024.

ISB MBA Class Profile

ISB ranking every year are largely dependent on the class profile and the success graduates receive after the ISB MBA.

ISB Class Profile 2008

  1. 80% mean package offered - INR 15,81,296

  2. Approximate ISB Class Size - 42

  3. Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements- 230

  4. Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 657 ​

ISB Class Profile 2009

  1. 80% mean package offered - INR 14,30,305

  2. Approximate ISB Class Size - 437

  3. Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements - 326

  4. Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 401 ​

ISB Class Profile 2010

  1. 80% Mean package offered - INR 16,12,112

  2. Approximate ISB Class Size - 568

  3. Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements -  346 

  4. Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 541 ​

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ISB Class Profile 2011

  1. 80% mean package offered - INR 17,92,715

  2. Approximate ISB Class Size - 569

  3. Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements - 310

  4. Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 661 ​

ISB Class Profile 2012

  1. 80% Mean package offered - INR 18,83,403

  2. Class Size - 574

  3. Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements-  348 

  4. Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 631 ​

ISB  Class Profile 2014

  1. 80% mean package offered - INR 18,15,964

  2. Approximate ISB Class Size - 766

  3. Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements - 350

  4. Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 884 ​

ISB Class Profile 2015

  1. 80% mean package offered -  INR 19,12,444 

  2. Approximate ISB Class Size - 760

  3. Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 987 ​

ISB Class Profile 2016

  1. 80% mean package offered - INR 22,58,273 

  2. Approximate ISB Class Size - 813

  3. Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements -  297 

  4. Total number of offers made in ISB placements -  1151 ​

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ISB MBA Class Profile

ISB Class of 2017

  1. 80% mean package offered - INR 20,90,211

  2. Approximate ISB Class Size - 903

  3. Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements - 411 

  4. Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 1113 ​

ISB Class Profile  2018

  1. 80% mean package offered - INR 22,13,592

  2. Approximate ISB Class Size -  873

  3. Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements -  375 

  4. Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 1136 ​

ISB Class Profile 2019

  1. 80% mean package offered - INR 25,08,897

  2. Approximate ISB Class Size - 884

  3. Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements - 373

  4. Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 1309 ​

ISB Class Profile 2020

  1. 80% mean package offered - INR 25,71,521

  2. Number of Companies Registered for ISB placements - 434 

  3. Total number of offers made in ISB placements - 1504

ISB Class of 2021

  1. 80% Mean CTC 27,13,055

  2. 80% Median CTC 2700000

  3. Class Size 691

  4. Registered Companies 308

  5. Offers 1195

 

ISB Class of 2022

  1. 80% Mean CTC 32,76,366

  2. 80% Median CTC 31,00,000

  3. Class Size 929

  4. Registered Companies 393

  5. Offers 2072

ISB Class of 2023

 

  1. 80% Mean CTC 34.21

  2. Registered Companies in ISB MBA Placements: 222

  3. Offers: 1578​

ISB Cut Off

What is the ISB Hyderabad cut off for GMAT score?

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. For the ISB MBA class of 2023 the GMAT score ranged from 600 - 780 and the average GMAT score at ISB MBA was 710.

What is the ISB Hyderabad cut off for GRE score?

For the ISB MBA the GRE Score ranged from 313 to 334 with the average GRE score being 328. For the ISB class of 2024 the GRE mid range of 80% of the class has been 322 - 334.

What is the ISB Hyderabad cut off  for age and work experience ?

There is no ISB Hyderabad cut off at the higher end but at the lower end the minimum work experience required is 24 months. For the ISB MBA class of 2024 the range of admits age was 22 to 44 years and the average age of the class was 27 years.

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In terms of work experience range at the ISB MBA class of 2024, it ranged from  2 years work experience to  23 years and the average work experience range was 4.6 years of work experience. 

Is ISB prestigious?

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

 

  1. ISB Hyderabad has set the benchmark for institutions like the Ashoka University, Plaksha University and  KREA University  (Krea is a liberal arts university base out of Chennai) 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 CAT score valid for ISB?

ISB admission process does not accept the CAT score. Only the GMAT score or the GRE scores can be submitted for the ISB admission process.

Is ISB and IBS same?

ISB refers to Indian School of Business with its campus located at Gachibowli, Hyderabad and Mohali. While IBS refers to ICFAI Business School which has campuses across India. These are not the same.

Is ISB better or 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. 

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