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How to get admission in ISB?

Updated: Mar 18

According to the Financial Times (FT) Global MBA Ranking 2023, the Indian School of Business (ISB) has once again earned the number 1 ranking in India for its PGP. ISB has consistently performed well in these rankings, and it remains the only Indian B-school to be included in the top 50 worldwide, ranking at the 39th position globally and #6 in Asia.

In addition to its strong performance in the MBA rankings, ISB has also been recognized for its research excellence. The institution has been ranked 1st in India and 61 globally for its research output, aligning with its mission to be a research-led management institution. This impressive research ranking is a testament to the high-quality work produced by ISB year after year.

The upcoming ISB admission 2024 deadline is: 21 January 2024

How to get admission in ISB?
How to get admission in ISB?

Sharing the ISB Adcom session with GOALisB held discussing the ISB Admissions process 2024.

For the final and pre final year students the ISB YLP application cycle has been announced for 2024 intake. The stage one deadline coming up for ISB YLP is 22 October 2023.

For those who want to apply to ISB without the GMAT or GRE score submission, they can choose to apply to ISB PGPpro or the ISB PGPMAX.

What are the application deadlines for the ISB PGP 2024-25 and Early Entry Option 2024?

  1. Round 1: September 10, 2023

  2. Round 2: December 10, 2023

  3. Round 3: January 21, 2024

When will the interviews be conducted for each round?

  1. Round 1: September to November, with shortlisted candidates informed 5 days prior.

  2. Round 2: October to February, with shortlisted candidates informed 5 days prior.

  3. Round 3: February to March, with shortlisted candidates informed 5 days prior.

When will the ISB PGP final results be announced?

  1. Round 1: 2nd week of November 2023

  2. Round 2: 3rd week of February 2024

  3. Round 3: 2nd week of March 2024

How much time do I have to accept the ISB PGP offer once it is made?

The acceptance deadline for the ISB PGP offer is roughly as below:

  1. Round 1: 15 days from the offer date.

  2. Round 2: 10 days from the offer date.

  3. Round 3: 5 days from the offer date.

When is the ISB fee payment due?

The ISB fee payment date and the schedule will be specified in your admission offer letter. The tuition waiver and the scholarships will also be mentioned in the admission offer letter itself.

When does the ISB PGP 2024-25 program start?

The ISB PGP program is tentatively set to commence on April 13, 2024, for all rounds.

FAQs for ISB Admission Process

What formats of GMAT/GRE scores are accepted for the application?

  1. ISB accepts both Online and Test center scores for GMAT/GRE.

  2. GMAT Focus Edition and GRE Shortened formats are also acceptable for ISB admissions process.

What is the last date to take the GRE/GMAT for Round 2 applications?

You should take your GRE/GMAT by 10th December to be eligible for Round 2 applications.

Can I upload unofficial GRE/GMAT scores?

Yes, you can upload unofficial scores along with the email confirmation of your exam appointment.

What documents are accepted as proof of income?

  1. For working professionals: Last month's salary slip. If including variable/bonus component, merge this with your offer letter in a single pdf and upload.

  2. For entrepreneurs: Bank statements from the last three months and the latest Income Tax Return (ITR) filed.

  3. For retired parents: No proof of income required. Upload a retirement letter or a self-declaration.

How many recommendation letters are needed by ISB and what is the process?

Only one recommendation letter is required for the ISB admissions process, there is no requirement of uploading a pdf for the same. Once you enter the recommender's details in the application portal an email will automatically be triggered to them for the purpose.

I had submitted all the documents in pdf in round 2 ISB application process and my recommender had also submitted the recommendation, but I recieved an email from the admissions team that the process is incomplete. What do I do?

Due to a certain recent system outage at ISB, some applicants have recieved this information, for the documents see if you have a blank space in the application login, or email it to the admissions team. For the recommendation letter, you can reach out to your recommender to resubmit through the previous link they had recieved from ISB.

ISB Essays 2024 - 25:

  1. Provide an honest portrayal of yourself, emphasizing your strengths and weaknesses. Highlight the key elements that have shaped your personal journey. Give relevant illustrations as needed. (400 words max)

  2. Contemplate two distinct situations—one where you experienced success and another where you faced failure. Delve into the personal and interpersonal lessons you learned from these instances. (400 words max)

  3. Given your previous experience and future aspirations, how do you plan to use the PGP at ISB to fulfil your professional goals? Optional (250 words max)

ISB MBA Eligibility 2024:

This year there are a few important points to note about applying to ISB. Sharing these here:

1. A Bachelor's degree or its equivalent in any field of study.

2. A valid GMAT or GRE score as of the deadline for which you apply.

3. A minimum 24 months of full-time post-qualification work experience by April 08, 2024.

4. ISB MBA admissions will accept both the GMAT and the GMAT Focus Edition scores.

Get assistance with ISB Essays and ISB Interview from our expert ISB admission consultants at GOALisB. You can also whatsapp us at +91 7719497187 for further discussion.

FAQ for re-applicants to ISB MBA 2024 - 25

Who qualifies as a re-applicant for the ISB PGP application process?

A: Only those who had submitted a complete application in the previous years will be considered re-applicants. Simply creating a login ID in previous years without submitting a complete application does not qualify as a re-application. You can submit a new application in each subsequent year if you are a re-applicant.

What are the mandatory steps for ISB re-applicants?

Re-applicants need to create new login credentials for their current application. It is mandatory to disclose the previous year's application reference number and the year of application in the designated boxes provided.

What happens if I fail to disclose details of my previous ISB application?

It is crucial to disclose the details of your previous application.

Do I need to resend my official GMAT/GRE score report to ISB as a re-applicant?

No, if you have previously reported your official GMAT/GRE score and it is still valid as of the deadline date of the application round in which you are applying, there is no need to resend the score report. However, if you have retaken the exam and wish to report your new scores, it is mandatory to send the official score report to ISB. Note: The validity of the GMAT or GRE score should be checked to ensure it meets the deadline date requirements.

Further FAQs on the ISB Admission Process 2024:

I'm a computer science graduate with product analytics experience and want to move to product management. My CGPA is around six. Will getting into ISB be a big uphill fight for me?

Your CGPA of six is not top-tier, but there are ways to compensate for it. A good GMAT score can help. Additionally, highlighting awards, achievements, relevant projects, and certifications can strengthen your application. Low CGPA alone doesn't lead to rejection, but boosting your application score increases your chances of getting an interview invitation.

What is the ISB deferral process?

Candidates who have accepted the offer but face unforeseen circumstances may request a one-year deferral of admission by December 29, 2023. This is subject to review and approval by the relevant authorities based on supporting documents. Approved requests require a deferral deposit by a specified date, which will be adjusted against the total fee payable at enrollment or refunded minus administrative and bank charges upon withdrawal. Deferral requests are not considered once the commitment fee is paid. If your deferral request is approved, you do not need to pay the commitment fee.

What is the ISB commitment fee and its due date?

The total commitment fee is INR 2,36,000. The due date for this fee is January 12, 2024.

I come from a medical background with four years of work experience. What scope can I expect in terms of admissions and placements at ISB?

With a medical background, you have various opportunities. You can explore medical consulting, as well as companies in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors like Apollo, Johnson & Johnson, and Dr. Reddy's. Review the placement reports to see which companies recruit from the medical field. Once you're admitted to ISB, trust the process as placements are well taken care of.

Does the ISB admissions committee read candidate essays before or after shortlisting them for the interview round?

Essays are part of the application and carry weightage. The admissions committee reads the essays along with your profile. It's essential to present a compelling and authentic picture of yourself in the essays. The interviewers, who only have access to your essay and profile, may refer to your essay during the interview. Ensure the information you provide aligns with your actual experiences.

I'm planning to apply to ISB via the Early Entry Option (EEO). I'll complete my work on 5 May, which is around 15-20 days short of the program start. Will I qualify for the 2024 batch or only the PGP-EEO?

If you complete your work on 5 May, you will fall short by at least one month for the regular PGP batch. In such cases, you would typically be considered for the PGP-EEO option. Although not ideal, if you still get selected for ISB through EEO, it shows good planning on your part.

What makes a good profile and what is a safe GMAT score for ISB?

There is no fixed safe GMAT score for ISB. The overall profile matters more. For example, a candidate with rich experience may still get in with a score of 680, while a fresher might need a higher score. Focus on strengthening your profile by showcasing your work, projects, leadership abilities, and other accomplishments. While a high GMAT score is beneficial, it doesn't guarantee admission. The interview process also plays a crucial role.

Next, let's address important steps regarding ISB admission process.

1. Understanding ISB's Admission Criteria:

What is the admission criteria in ISB?

Here are the eligibility criteria for admission to the ISB Post Graduate Programme:

  • Possess an undergraduate or post-graduate degree in any field.

  • Have at least two years of full-time work experience (preferably for regular admission or less than 24 months for Early Entry Option).

  • Submit a valid GMAT/GRE score.

  • If from a non-English speaking country, provide a TOEFL/IELTS score as proof of English language proficiency.

  • All applicants who meet these criteria will be interviewed as part of the selection process.

If you're considering applying to the Indian School of Business (ISB), it's essential to understand the admissions criteria. ISB MBA programs range from ISB YLP , ISB EEO, ISB PGP, ISB Executive MBA like the ISB PGPpro and the ISB PGPMAX, it is important first to select the right program for your profile.

Here are the ten key points that ISB MBA applicants are evaluated on:

1. Academic Credentials: The ISB seeks candidates with a strong academic background, including grades from 12th standard, graduation, post-graduation, and certifications.

2. GMAT scores and GRE scores: GMAT/GRE scores are also considered, but there are no strict "cut off" criteria for academic credentials or test scores.

3. Work Experience: Applicants must have a minimum of two years' full-time work experience (for the PGP regular admissions) and less than 24 months of full-time work experience (for a deferred admission through the Early Entry Option).

4. Leadership Demonstrated: They evaluate leadership potential through past initiatives, responsibilities handled, and career progression.

5. Professional Recommendation: The evaluation includes a professional recommendation that gauges the applicant's leadership potential in a professional setting.

6. Personal Characteristics: ISB seeks applicants who are versatile, well-rounded, and can contribute positively to society.

7. Extracurricular Activities: Extracurricular activities and interests beyond work life are also considered to gain insight into the applicant's personal qualities. 8. Diversity: The school encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds, including work experience, educational background, and nationality, among others.

9. Interview is an integral part of the ISB admission process.

10. Holistic Evaluation: Overall, the ISB seeks applicants who demonstrate a strong potential for academic excellence, leadership, and personal growth. The admissions team reviews each application holistically and selects candidates who have the ability to make a positive impact in their chosen fields.

Understanding the ISB admissions criteria is crucial to prepare a strong application that showcases your potential for academic excellence, leadership, and personal growth. The school seeks applicants who can contribute positively to society and bring diverse perspectives to the class. With the right preparation and a strong application, you could be on your way to a life-changing educational experience at the Indian School of Business.

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What steps can I take to enhance my profile if I receive a high GMAT score and want to apply to top B-schools like ISB Hyderabad?

Once you have confirmed your ISB MBA eligibility you can start with preparing for the application process. If you achieve a good GMAT score and wish to improve your profile for admission to top B-schools such as ISB Hyderabad, it's important to engage in extracurricular activities in addition to having strong academic qualifications. These activities can showcase your leadership skills, teamwork abilities, social responsibility, and demonstrate that you can handle multiple commitments.

1. One option to consider is participating in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives and volunteering opportunities. This is an excellent way to showcase your dedication to social responsibility and your ability to make a positive impact on society. Some organizations that provide these opportunities include CATCHAFIRE, TRANSLATORS WITHOUT BORDERS, UN Volunteers, and EVidyaLoka.

2. Another way to enhance your profile is to participate in probono consulting opportunities, which can enable you to apply your business skills and knowledge to help non-profit organizations and social enterprises.

3. Some organizations that offer such opportunities include Consult for humanity, ValuStrat, TapRoot Plus, CrowdDoing Platform, ToolBox, iVolunteer, and Conjunct Consulting. Participating in extracurricular activities not only strengthens your profile for B-school admissions but also provides valuable learning experiences, networking opportunities, and personal fulfillment. So, be sure to engage in these activities if you get a good GMAT score and want to enhance your chances of getting admitted to a top B-school.

If you are looking at ISB MBA admission or ISB PGP Admission You should know that In ISB's Class of 2024 the Profile of the class is

Average Work Ex.- 4.4 years

Work Ex Range - 2 yrs to 24 yrs

Male-Female Percentage - 40% - 60%

UG Academic Background - 51% Non Engineers- 49% Engineers

Largest Function represented in the class - Consulting (14%) followed by Sales and Marketing (13%) and Finance (13%)

2. Preparing for the GMAT/GRE:

Does ISB accept CAT score?

ISB does not accept the CAT score. Instead ISB accepts the GMAT score or the GRE score as a valid test score for the ISB admission criteria. The CAT score is valid only for the year that the test is written in, however the validity for the GMAT or the GRE score is five years from the date of writing the test.

1. The ISB application can be submitted with the unofficial scores however, the official score report from GMAC or the ETS must be submitted to ISB for a complete application.

GMAT code for submitting scores to ISB : N2D-J5-01

GRE code for submitting scores to ISB : 7892

2. The IR (Integrated Reasoning score from the GMAT report is not considered for the ISB admission criteria.

Does applying in Round 2 impact selection chances to ISB MBA?

Submitting your ISB application in any of the three rounds does not impact the likelihood of securing an admit to ISB MBA.

Does ISB have different selection criteria for Round 2 admissions as compared to Round 1 admissions?

The ISB MBA eligibility criteria are exactly the same for all three ISB application rounds, and there is no relaxation on the requirement of the submission of the GMAT/GRE score.

When should I apply for best results to the ISB MBA Round 1, Round 2, or Round 3?

ISB encourages everyone to apply early as it helps in planning professional commitments and relocation arrangements. However, applying in any cycle does not impact the chances of selection.

What is the number of applicants selected for the ISB interview in each cycle, and what is the selection rate?

ISB has not specified any fixed percentage of students to be selected either for interviews or for final selection.

What is the minimum GMAT score for ISB?

  1. There is no minimum GMAT or GRE score specified by the ISB eligbility criteria.

  2. GMAT score range accepted into ISB: 600 - 780

  3. GRE score range accepted into ISB: 311 - 335

  4. Average GMAT accepted into ISB - 710/720

  5. Average GRE accepted into ISB- 326

Our previous students have provided inputs and tips for preparing for the GMAT/GRE, such as enrolling in a test prep course, taking practice exams, and familiarizing oneself with the test format.

What is the application process for ISB admissions 2024?

ISB has an online application process which requires the applicants to submit:

  1. their Academic history like grades, college etc,

  2. Work profile including job responsibilities, achievements, CTC, Industry etc

  3. Two ISB essays

  4. One recommendation letter

  5. Interview invite upon selection in the application stage.

Can I save and modify my ISB application before submission?

Yes, you can save and modify your ISB application multiple times before submission. Once you have submitted the ISB application, no changes are possible. It is always advisable to download the application pdf 24 hours after you have submitted the ISB application and verify if everything appears correctly as you had submitted. In case there is a discrepancy the applicant must reach out to ISB admissions team and bring this to their notice.

What are the ISB application fees for first-time and re-applicants?

The ISB application fees are as below:

  1. For the first-time applicants the ISB application fees are: R1 - INR 5,000; R2 and R3 - INR 7,500.

  2. For the re-applicants the ISB application fees are: All rounds - INR 2,500.

Writing Effective Essays:

ISB essays are a critical component of the admission process, and the admissions committee uses them to evaluate the applicant's ability to articulate their goals, leadership potential, and fit with the school's culture. The essays also allow applicants to showcase their unique perspectives, experiences, and achievements, and to differentiate themselves from other candidates.

How do I write an ISB essay?

GOALisB Mentor Shruti P discusses ISB essays and how to write impressive essays with GMATClub on Instagram Live.

Tips for Writing ISB Essays:

  1. Understand the essay prompts: The essay prompts for ISB change every year, and it's important to read them carefully and understand the questions being asked. The prompts typically ask for information about your goals, leadership potential, and fit with ISB's culture.

  2. Be specific: ISB essays require applicants to provide specific examples of their experiences and achievements, rather than making general statements. Be sure to provide concrete examples and quantify your accomplishments where possible.

  3. Showcase your uniqueness: ISB is looking for candidates who can contribute to the school's diverse and inclusive community.

  4. Be authentic: It's essential to be authentic and genuine in your essays. Don't try to present a false image of yourself or try to guess what the admissions committee wants to hear.

  5. Grammatical errors, typos, and spelling mistakes can detract from your message and reflect poorly on your attention to detail.

ISB essays are an integral part of the admission process and an opportunity for applicants to showcase their unique perspectives, experiences, and achievements. By following these tips and guidelines, you can write effective essays that demonstrate your fit with ISB's culture and contribute to your admission into the program.

Read more about ISB admission process.

What are the essay topics for ISB?

ISB Essay 1:

Peer Learning is a major building block of PGP at ISB. Help us in understanding how will you be able to add value to the PGP peer group through your personal and professional qualities/capabilities?

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?

ISB Essay 3 (Optional - reapplicant essay) :

How has your profile changed from the time you last applied to the ISB?

What is the goal of the ISB essay?

The Indian School of Business (ISB) places a significant emphasis on peer learning in their Post Graduate Program (PGP), making it an important aspect for applicants to consider when applying. The ISB essay prompt is asking for a reflection on how an applicant's personal and professional qualities and capabilities will enable them to add value to the PGP peer group. This is an opportunity for the applicant to showcase their unique strengths and experiences, and demonstrate their understanding of the value of peer learning in the MBA program.

An effective strategy to approach this ISB essay would be to first analyze the qualities and capabilities that the ISB values in their applicants. These may include:

  • Industry expertise: A diverse range of professional experiences and knowledge in different industries can provide valuable insight and perspective in class discussions and group projects.

  • Leadership experience: Demonstrating experience in leading teams and managing projects can indicate an ability to effectively collaborate and contribute to the peer learning experience.

  • Cultural awareness: Understanding and respecting different perspectives and cultures can contribute to a positive and inclusive learning environment for all classmates.

  • Strong communication and teamwork abilities: Clear and effective communication and the ability to work well in a team are crucial for sharing knowledge and collaborating on group projects.

  • A desire to learn and grow: Being open-minded, receptive to feedback, and actively seeking out opportunities for self-improvement can indicate a commitment to continuous learning and development.

Next, the you should reflect on your personal and professional qualities and capabilities, and how they align with the values listed above. You can include specific examples and anecdotes to illustrate their points. You should also demonstrate their understanding of the importance of peer learning in the MBA program and how your unique strengths and experiences will contribute to the peer learning experience.

It's important to note that the essay should be well-written, clear, and concise. The ISB essay should be tailored to the specific MBA program, it's best to research about ISB and it's program. Also, the essay should demonstrate a strong understanding of the importance of peer learning in MBA education, and how the applicant's unique strengths and experiences will contribute to the peer learning experience at ISB.

Contact an experienced ISB admission consultant for assistance on reviewing and writing impressive essays.

Are scholarships offered in round 3 at ISB PGP 2024?

Yes, ISB offers scholarships in the Round Three application cycle. All the scholarships applicable in ISB PGP Round One and Round Two are also available for Round Three applicants. The only difference is that applicants for Round one admission cycle are eligible for a maximum of 100% of tuition fee waivers. However the maximum tuition fee waivers offered to Round two and Round three applicants are up to 75% of the tuition fee, apart from this the parameters remain the same with respect to scholarships at ISB.

What is the deadline to defer my offer of admission to ISB PGP?

ISB offers admits at different times during the admission cycle. The dates for applying for deferral are specified in the specific offer letter/ email for every individual. There is no common date or deadline for applying for a deferral at ISB PGP.

How can I get into ISB MBA?

Getting into the ISB 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. You also need to be aware of the ISB MBA fees for the process.

What kind of profile is required for ISB application?

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 does the ISB Hyderabad admission process start?

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.

Can I get into ISB without the CAT?

Applying to ISB does not require the submission of a CAT score. The ISB application process requires the GMAT or the GRE score to be submitted along with an online application, essays and a letter of recommendation.

It is difficult to determine which institute is "better" as both the Indian School of Business (ISB) and the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are highly respected institutions in India and have their own unique strengths and characteristics.

The Indian School of Business, also known as ISB, is a private institution of higher education for business that is situated in Hyderabad, Telangana, India. It was established in 2001 and offers a range of postgraduate management programs, including the Postgraduate Programme in Management (PGP), the Postgraduate Programme in Management for Working Professionals (PGPMAX and PGPpro), and the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM).

There are twenty public institutions in India which comprise the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). In the 1960s and 1970s, they were founded with the intention of filling a need for a superior management education in India. Postgraduate Programme in Management (PGPM), Fellow Programme in Management (FPM), and Executive Postgraduate Programme in Management are just some of the graduate management courses available at the IIMs.

Ultimately, the choice of which institute is better for you will depend on your personal goals, interests, and career aspirations. It is important to research both institutes carefully and consider factors such as the curriculum, faculty, location, and alumni network before making a decision. A profile evaluation with an expert at GOALisB can also help in understanding which program will be better for your background.

Q: What are the placement statistics for ISB's Class of 2022?

The Class of 2022 saw an unprecedented number of placements, with a total of 393 companies registering for campus placements and 2072 job offers generated for the class. More than 250 companies were invited to ISB for pre-placement processes, seminars, workshops, and industry treks, which laid the foundation for a successful placement season. Among the top recruiters at ISB were consulting and IT/ITES firms. Female students were offered strategic positions such as Country Head, Country Manager, DGM, EA to CEO, and General Manager by several leading companies. Additionally, over 100 leadership roles were offered to the class by companies across geographies and sectors, and the BFSI sector made a significant comeback, generating almost 12% of the total offers made. Read more about ISB Hyderabad placements and ISB MBA Placement trends over the last few years.

Q: What kind of students make up the Class of 2023 at ISB?

The ISB's Class of 2023 is a diverse group of students hailing from various professional backgrounds, such as Consulting, Finance, Healthcare, Hospitality, Legal Services, Marketing, Technology, Medicine, Merchant Navy, and Defense, among others. With their extensive experience across functions and geographies, these students foster a dynamic atmosphere that facilitates vibrant discussions and an enriching classroom experience. The class size is 843, with women comprising 37% of the cohort. The GMAT mid-80% range is 690-760, with a mean of 720 and a median of 710. The GRE mid-80% range is 322-334, with a mean of 328 and a median of 328.

Q: What kind of industries do ISB MBA graduates typically go into?

ISB MBA graduates typically go into a wide range of industries, including Advt/Media/Comm/PR/Entertainment, Banks/Financial Institutions/Financial Services/Insurance, Conglomerates/Diversified, Consulting & Professional Services, Education/Teaching & Training, FMCG/Retail/E-commerce, Healthcare, IT/ITES/Technology, Manufacturing, Non-Profit/Social Sector, Real Estate/Infrastructure, and Telecommunications/Media. The class of 2022 saw a significant number of placements in the consulting and IT/ITES sectors, and several leading companies offered leadership roles to graduates across geographies and sectors. Additionally, over 18% of ISB alumni are working in international markets. The ISB MBA program also has a focus on emerging markets in India, with recruiters from diverse geographies and emerging cities expressing interest in hiring ISB talent.

Q: What sets the ISB MBA program apart from others?

The MBA program at ISB draws exceptional talent from diverse industries, possessing cross-functional expertise, thereby fostering a classroom environment that is diverse and enriching.The program's focus on leadership development and industry engagement sets it apart, with over 250 companies participating in pre-placement processes, seminars, workshops, and industry treks for the Class of 2022. ISB MBA alumni have taken the lead in diverse industries, including Finance, FMCG, Technology, and many others, in some of the world's leading corporations. Additionally, the program has a focus on emerging markets in India, with recruiters from diverse geographies and emerging cities expressing interest in hiring ISB talent.

Q. 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.

Q. 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.

The GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) is a standardized test used by business schools as part of the admissions process for their MBA and other graduate management programs. A good GMAT score for the Indian School of Business (ISB) will depend on a number of factors, including the competitiveness of the program and the overall strength of the applicant pool. According to data from ISB's website, the median GMAT score for the incoming class of 2021 was 700 - 710. This means that a huge number of the students in the class scored above 700 and half scored below 700.

However, it is important to note that the GMAT score is just one factor that is considered as part of the admissions process at ISB. Other factors, such as work experience, academic performance, and essays, are also taken into account. It is worth noting that the GMAT score is just one aspect of the admissions process at ISB and other business schools. Admissions committees also consider other factors such as work experience, academic performance, and essays. Therefore, it is important to put effort into all aspects of the application process and not just focus on the GMAT score.

Scholarships for R1 ISB Admission process 2022:

AT&T Scholarship - Declaration of work experience in IT/Technology/Media/Communication Industry

Bridge to India Tuition Waiver - Essay Question - Justify why you deserve this Scholarship. (For applicants working abroad for more than 1 year and plan to return to India) (200 words max)

ISB - AIESEC Tuition Waiver - Essay question : Justify why you deserve this Scholarship. Also, provide your contribution to the AIESEC. (This scholarship is for AIESEC alumni) (Upload proof of your association with AIESEC along with Proof of Income for Self in the upload section) (200 words max)

ISB need based waiver - Essay Question: Justify by stressing on the need & your family financial condition (For applicants with household incomes less than INR 12 Lacs) (200 words max)

PGPMAX Co 2012 Scholarship - Essay question: Explain how do you plan to give back to the society? (For applicants working in the social sector only and household income less than INR 12 Lacs.) (200 words max)

Ramesh C. Khanna Nurture India Scholarship - Essay question: Justify why you deserve this Scholarship. (For applicants who are the sole income earners in their family and household income less than INR 12 Lacs). (200 words max)

Let's look at the ISB admission process. Once you are sure that you fulfil the prerequisites for admission into ISB, it's time to look into the detail of what is required for admission to ISB.

  1. Online application form

    1. Details about your educational qualifications

    2. Details on your employment - past and current. The admission process in ISB requires you to submit your achievements and roles in the organisations you have worked for.

    3. ISB admission essays - mostly 2, a third one - the reapplicant essay may be applicable if you are reapplying for admission into ISB.

    4. One recommendation letter

    5. Statement of integrity

    6. Proof of qualifications, GMAT score and work experience

    7. GMAT score or the GRE score

    8. Details of your extracurricular activities and hobbies

Further we have compiled a checklist for MBA admission aspirants to evaluate if they are ready.

Once you have the above ready, it's time to complete the admission process in ISB by submitting the online application. The next part to get the ISB admission is the ISB interview.

An important part of the process for admission to ISB is the application essays. 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 MBA, they should start simultaneously start working on the application. The GMAT score or the GRE exam score is a data point for the ISB MBA applicant which portray the academic potential of the applicant.

Q. How difficult is it to get into ISB?

To build a good profile for admission into ISB the applicant must look into the skills you have upgraded in this while, some popular career options post ISB have been product manager,

supply chain or operations manager, or consulting.

Our ISB admission consulting expert advocates a sound strategy for the application process goes a long way to ensure successful admission into ISB.

Q. How much GMAT score is required for ISB Hyderabad?

There is no ideal GMAT score for ISB Hyderabad as it is not the only criteria to ensure a seat. The ISB MBA application essays play a very crucial role in communicating your credentials in the process for admission in ISB.

Q. What is required for ISB Hyderabad admission?

The campuses whether ISB Hyderabad or ISB Mohali are allotted by the admissions team at the time of offering the admit. Therefore there is no specific requirement which needs to be fulfilled if the applicant wants to get into ISB Hyderabad. The admission in ISB is largely profile based. One has to prove to the ISB admissions team that they have what takes to be there. The ISB MBA application is the presentation that brings forward the personality of the applicant to the ISB Admissions committee with an important constituent being the essays you have submitted to ISB and the interview. ISB Hyderabad admission or admission to ISB Mohali is decided by ISB according to the balance of profiles on both the campuses.

So, according to ISB admission consultant at Goalisb the right time to start working on the ISB MBA essays is the exact moment that you decide to prepare for the ideal GMAT score.

Q. What else should I know when I start the ISB Application Process?

The ISB MBA admission process is almost similar for the ISB MBA, Executive MBA from ISB - ISB PGPpro , the ISB AMPBA or the ISB YLP.

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 GPA does the job and there are others who think that certificates of appreciation from stellar organisations give an extra edge.

It's not just about getting there it's more about what you want to do in life after ISB MBA. ISB MBA application essays change every year.

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. These are all equally important for admission to ISB.

Check with our ISB admission consultants if you have the ripe profile for ISB MBA.

What are the ISB Hyderabad MBA Admission Criteria​?

The ISB PGP MBA course is a fully residential one year programme delivered at both its campuses, ISB Hyderabad and ISB Mohali. The MBA course is delivered over eight terms spread over the year with each term focussing on its wide offering of core and elective subjects.

The criteria for admission into ISB​ are as follows:

1. Minimum 24 months of work experience

2. Bachelors or masters degree

3. Submission of complete application form online

The online application requires the following details for admission to ISB:

1. Academic scores,

2. Employment details,

3. GMAT score or the GRE score,

4. Essays,

5. Recommender information.

The ISB MBA deadlines for are announced by the school every year. The current ISB MBA deadlines are available here.

Q. Is a GMAT score of 720 sufficient for me to get admission to ISB Hyderabad?


Sufficient. Yes. Assured. No. Even the best MBA admissions consulting would like to reassert the importance of your complete application for applying to ISB. There is absolutely no part of the application process for ISB that we suggest can be ignored. You can read here about who gets selected to ISB.


Q. Why was my application to ISB Hyderabad rejected?

The best way to evaluate is to brainstorm. Feel free to share your information with us over a call to discuss.

Q. I was rejected at ISB last time, should I reapply?


Yes. ISB doesn't place any penalty on re application. Best MBA admissions consulting suggest that you have to be very clear with the re applicant essay. We have had a 99% success rate with re-applicants.

Q. What is the best thing about ISB MBA? Why ISB Hyderabad?


One year at ISB Hyderabad and ISB Mohali is an exceptional peer to peer learning environment where one gets to interact with the largest pool of the smartest professionals from different walks of life. Admission to ISB is tough because if admitted you are among the best management students in the country. Read here to decide is ISB worth it?


Q. By when should I give the GMAT for applying to ISB Hyderabad? When to apply for ISB Hyderabad?

Application process for ISB MBA course takes time is what most best MBA admissions consultants always believe. If not more you should at least plan 45-60 days for preparing the application for the admission in ISB. Therefore a first attempt at GMAT by mid July is good option. In this case you can take a second attempt in August if there is an expected score enhancement to secure better chances for ISB admission.

Q. What is the duration of the ISB MBA Program?

The ISB MBA course is a fully residential one year programme delivered at both its campuses, ISB Hyderabad and ISB Mohali. The MBA course is delivered over eight terms spread over the year with each term focussing on its wide offering of core and elective subjects claim the best MBA admissions consulting.

Indian School of Business is well known for developing world business leaders. The curriculum for the ISB PGP MBA course has at its core a strong fundamental education in management set in the Indian economy. This gives the ISB PGP - MBA course an edge of knowing one of the largest emerging economies. This combined with the network of 10000+ alumni, world class faculty ensures that ISB PGP delivers a rigorous, research based, contemporary, global management education programme. This is why ISB admission is not easy. It needs hard work.

What are the ISB PGP application Essays?

ISB MBA course admission process requires submission of an application with 2 essays. There is a third mandatory essay for re applicants. ISB Hyderabad MBA admission criteria requires the essays and the recommendations to evaluate the profile of the applicants as is advised by the best MBA admissions consulting.

ISB essay 2019 relevantly addresses questions about why you? and Why ISB? The ISB essay 2018 also had a topic regarding the goals of the applicants.

Don't wait till you are close to the ISB MBA application deadlines to get the assistance you require.

Does ISB Hyderabad accept CAT scores?

No, ISB Hyderabad only accepts the GMAT score or the GRE scores. The CAT scores are not accepted for ISB admission.

Does ISB Hyderabad offer BBA?

No, ISB Hyderabad, till date does not offer BBA. ISB Hyderabad offers the one year MBA which is a full time masters program and the part time executive MBA programs for working professionals. ISB Hyderabad does not offer undergraduate programs yet.

To get assistance for admission to ISB and the ISB application process connect with out ISB admission consultant, click here.


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