What do we look for in a prospective ISB student?

We are primarily looking at the following attributes in prospective applicants:


1.       Consistent academic record

2.       Clarity of thought in terms of career aspirations and goals

3.       People who have demonstrated attributes of leadership.


Consistent academic record is a good indicator of the applicants ability to take up the rigor of the programme. And to this effect, we look at the school 12th  scores, graduation grades and the GMAT scores. For those who are worried about a not so good academic record, I have only one piece of advice – do well in your GMAT. The school and undergraduate performances are in the past and cannot be changed however what can be changed is the GMAT score. Each applicant should make an assessment of his/her academic performance in relation to that of other applicants ( an applicant may not know who else is applying but certainly knows what his/her position in their respective graduating class was). If one is in the top half of the class an average to above average GMAT score would be good to have but for a person in the bottom half of the class a well above average GMAT score would be desirable.


Career aspirations and goals:  The essential question here is why does the applicant want to do a programme in management. We do look at clarity of thought and purpose in the applicant. We are looking at answers to questions like – where do you see yourself in say 3 years time, why is management education important to achieve the goals you have set yourself, can your current career path lead you to your goals even without management education etc. We certainly are not expecting answers like “I see myself at XXX position in YYY company in the next 5 years time” Such assertion are difficult to make and we do not expect such statements.


Leadership attributes: Our applicant pool can be broadly divided into two categories
1. Who have had sufficient work experience to have had the opportunity to lead people
2. Those who have not yet had the formal role of leading people. How then do we evaluate leadership in these two categories. The first is relatively simple – the role a person does has ample scope to demonstrate the impact of the leadership skills and that should be presented appropriately in the application. It is a lot more difficult for the second category. However all good leaders do have certain traits in common and these can be presented in the application. Leaders take initiative/ look for improved ways of doing things/are creative/encourage team work/are decisive etc. I have listed out only a few of the traits that can be demonstrated without actually having to lead a set of subordinates. Applicants who have no formal leadership role can highlight some of the traits I have mentioned with concrete examples in order to present their case well.


I will be writing more about the application process in subsequent blogs till then all the best.


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130 Responses to What do we look for in a prospective ISB student?

  1. Aditi says:


    Does the articleship period for Chartered Accountants count as Work Experience?
    I have a B.Com degree and am a C.A. with 3 years of the aforesaid experience at a globally established C.A. Firm.


  2. Sayan Kumar says:

    Dear Sir

    I have completed beginner and intermediate levels of Certification in German Language course. Is there any category in the application portal where we can upload the same?


    Sayan Kumar

  3. Rishi says:

    Dear Sir,

    I have MBA in Marketing and finance and currently working. Am I eligible to apply for PGP?

  4. Kunal says:


    GMAT scores in what range are classified as “above average” and “well above average” by the ISB admissions board ?

    Kind Regards

    • admissionsdirector says:

      we do not classify GMAT as above or below avg. our range last year was 600 – 780. the avg of the class was 710.

  5. Mohan Pradeep Y says:

    Dear sir,
    Can we provide the reason for applying to ISB as ‘seeking a career change’ in our essays.
    Does that act as a negative point?

    Mohan Pradeep Y

  6. Pratik says:

    Q1.I have good 10th , 12th score and just average graduation score.Is that a negative point in my profile.
    Q2. I just have 2 yrs work experience but i have shown and hadled leadeship resposibilties through out my educational career.Would that cover my average performance in graduation?
    Q3. In Graduation scores varies according to universities. Is that fact considered?

    • admissionsdirector says:

      1. No. not necessarily. You can make it up by a good GMAT score
      2. Work experience and academic performance are mutually exclusive. one cannot offset the other.
      3. Yes, we do factor in the scores of different universities and normalize them.

  7. Pam says:


    I had work experience of around 3.5 in IT side and now I stopped working (April 2011 is my last date of working) in order to prepare for GMAT and other aspects of application as I’n not getting enough time for to prepare. Does this effect to my application as I’m not working currently??

  8. Nikhil says:

    Is there a “target” or “quota” for selection of candidates from different fields or work?

  9. HARSH says:

    Dear Sir,
    I am an engineer in merchant navy.How isb calculate work experience for us?Is it the seatime or the number of years in this field? I have B tech Marine Engineering degree.


  10. Sandeep kumar says:

    Hi sir,

    I am currently working with dell(contact centre) as a Tech support Executive.
    Does ISB consider contact center experience?

  11. Sandeep kumar says:

    hi sir,

    Thanks for replying.I have one more question in my mind, I know it might be a stupid question but why you dont count full time experience before graduation, Its same as after graduation, just curious to know…

  12. Karan says:

    Hi Sir,

    I am currently awaiting my CA Final (one group) results (cleared 1 group already) and am unemployed (by choice) as had to undergo a surgery due to a fatal accident I met 2 years back and had a broken thigh bone at that time, on bed rest as if for now. The results are out in the third week of july for the same.
    I actually have 4.5 years of work experience under my kitty.
    1 year at Grant Thornton as Management Trainee right after graduation,
    3 years of Articleship experience with Price Waterhouse Coopers and
    4 months at Ernst & Young post articleshp.

    I had a query as to should I work more right now once I am able to or should I take the GMAT straightaway and apply for 2012 session.

    Would appreciate if you could provide me with some clarity on the way forward.

    • admissionsdirector says:

      we do not count Articleship as work experience, so therefore you will have to complete 2 years of exp post clearing CA and then apply to us.

  13. Hi,
    I graduated in Year 2008. In that year I along with 2 more partners started an IT firm. But that could not turn out to be successful and we had to dissolve that firm.
    Then in 2010, I joined an IT company. I have been working in this company for 2 years now.
    My question is, How much Work Ex should I mention in my application? Should I count the 1 year of working in my startup in my total work experience?
    I do not have a formal proof of the startup.

    • admissionsdirector says:

      you should mention the start up exp too if it was full time and after graduation like you have mentioned.

      • Vaibhav Sharma says:

        Thanks for the Reply.
        But my doubt still prevails.
        I was a fresh graduate and very inexperienced in business. All I knew was to provide services and get paid.
        I do not have any IT return filed by the name of the startup and neither I have maintained any books for it.

  14. Hardik says:

    Respected Sir,
    I`m a civil engineer by graduation and was working with Tata Consulting Engineers Ltd. till a while back and that was for 6 months.
    I`ve currently left the job to move to the Social Sector Space which i`ve been wanting to for a long time and so in that direction i`ve been working with the NGO`s and related Organisations. Will that count as relevant full time work experience ?
    I’ve presented my leadership skills in various positions since my School Days and have been consistent in showcasing them even in my Company.
    Kindly Direct.

    Thank You Sir.

  15. Shan says:

    I am Chartered Accountant currently working in a company as part of its global junior leadership program . I do currently handle strategic assignments but the program structure is such that after a year, i would be in charge of a profile that is meant for a pure financial professional (external and internal reporting). Through skill sets acquired so far, I am gradually positioning myself as a full fledged management professional capable of handling strategic assignments on a day to day basis.

    Unfortunately the job market (including my current employer) is not willing to give me such a profile as I believe that it sees me only as a pure finance professional because of my academic background.

    Can i have your opinion on how a MBA from ISB can help me ?

    • admissionsdirector says:

      I would request you to write into pgpadmissions@isb.edu with this request and we will help you connect with a senior placement cell professional who can guide you on opportunities post ISB for CAs.



    please what is the minimum GMAT score that will earn one admission into your post graduate program?

  17. Pritam says:

    Thanks a lot for your help.
    I have had gaps in my academic record. First, I had a year off between XII and college because I started late for applying to universities abroad. The good part is that I was successful in my application. In the meantime, I was actively involved with my family business. I went for my bachelors of science in engineering to the US. During college, I committed a blunder that led to me getting suspended for three quarters just weeks before graduation, post which I went back and finished my undergrad education achieving a GPA of 3.3
    From the grades end, I have had a decent academic record but the grades for 4 courses post suspension are way below the earlier average and that has brought down my GPA. I have a GMAT score of 750 that I’d taken in the last year of college and is still valid. I currently have a total of 2 years of work experience in a leadership role in the family business after my official graduation.

    I have two questions:

    1) What impact would the negative aspect of my academic record have on my application, given that the blunder was committed under circumstantial pressures? I shall explain the same in the Optional Essay, is there a word limit for this essay?

    2) I was working in the family business in a leadership role and was entirely responsible for setting up a new project during the period of suspension, does that count towards work exp?

    Thanks once again for your help!

    • admissionsdirector says:

      1. We do not look at anything application from a negative stand point to start of with. you can use essay number 3 and it has a word limit of 300.
      2. work exp is only full time and it should be after graduation only.

  18. Ahmad Saleem says:

    Dear Sir,

    I graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology, a top ranking private engineering university in Rochester, New York, USA. My university incorporates Co-op work experience within the Bachelors program in which we work full time for companies across the globe in 3-6 month co-op blocks and after 1 year of experience, we are granted our degree. Post-graduation, I have over 1 year of experience in my present company. Having experience of 2+ years, am I eligible to apply to ISB? I went through your blog and I am confused about your definition of work experience, are you looking for post-grad work experience only? In the US, our 1 year co-op experience is counted as professional experience.

    I look forward to your response.


  19. A K Brahma says:


    I just wanted to get an idea of what are you expecting from a candidate in Essay 3. Any such information from your end would be highly welcome.


    • admissionsdirector says:

      anything and eveything that you haven’t covered in your earlier essays and stuff hat you hink deserve a mention from your personal or professional life.

  20. Mujahid says:

    Dear Sir, I worked in an International BPO for 15 months after my Graduation, and did my MBA in Fin and Marketing, now Iam working in a Dredging company, However I wanted to know if you will consider the BPO experience or Not.

    Thank You

  21. Anusha says:

    Dear Sir,

    The score has to be 600 to 700. And this GMAT is conducted for the total score of 800. Please correct me if am wrong.
    As I had registered for GMAT exams in http://www.mba.com. I saw that each month the exams are written. How many times in a year the GMAT exams can be written. Please update me.

    • admissionsdirector says:

      gmat is out of 800. students getting into the batch have had their scores between 600 – 780. you can take the gmat any number of times, its upto you.

  22. Anusha G.K says:

    Dear sir,

    I have one more question.

    I have 5 years of experience. Am I eligible to apply for ISB.

  23. Avinash Rajan says:

    I have done my MBA in marketing…i have 1.5 yrs of experience after MBA and 1 yr of experience in family business after graduation…..IS this amount of experience enough to get into ISB..???and what kind of financial support can one get from the institution ????Can one avail 100% bank loan for the course..??

    • admissionsdirector says:

      as long as your total work exp is a minimum of 2 years and is full time after your graduation, its fine. there are lots of banks which offer loans at good rates. also the school gives you merit and need based scholarships. for more on this log on to http://www.isb.edu/pgp

  24. sharath says:


    Does an individual with an exact score of 600 have a chance in applying to ISB?

  25. Vidisha Hegde says:

    Hi Sir,
    I have a similar query to Pratiks
    My 10th and 12th marks are above 90%.
    My Graduation in Engineering(Mumbai University) is a first class – but an average score.
    Post which i have worked with the corporate strategy team and Power division at Hinduja and subsequently as an energy analyst with KPMG in the consulting wing.
    My GMAT score stands at a 730.
    I was slightly disheartened to hear about the above average GMAT requirement to offset graduation.
    Would i still stand a fair chance to apply to ISB with the above score?

  26. Partha says:

    Hello Mr Admissions Officer

    My wife has got 3 years full time teaching experience and has got excellent academic records. Will her work exp count when she applies for your full time MBA course.

  27. Anmol says:

    Hi Sir/Madam

    Do we have something like a student counsellor who can help us with the admission process?


    • admissionsdirector says:

      you can write to us at pgpadmissions@isb.edu with your background and we will connect you with a current student with near similar background. the subject line for your mail should be – connect with a student.

  28. Anjana says:

    I have a total of 14yrs of experience. I did my engineering in evening college in 2000 while employed. Do you take it account the total yrs of experience or consider the years after BE.

  29. jinish says:

    hi … ill be out of India till december …can i apply in round 3 ……

  30. AKSHAY SHARMA says:

    Dear Sir,
    I have completed my Economics (Hons) programme in may 2011 and now i am working as an Officer (ADMIN) in Asian paints Ltd. Plant materials dept., do ISB will consider my work experience in this field??

    Thanks & Regards


  31. Karishma says:

    Hi Sir,

    I am currently working as a WFM Executive(Full Time – 14 months as of now). Will get a total experience of 2yrs by the time the admissions for the April’12 will start. My 10th and 12th grades are not good , graduation being a little better. Just wanted to know whether I am elligible to apply for the course. I am preparing for GMAT as well.

  32. Ravi Rahul says:

    I have around 14 months experience in IT field and after then i moved on to start my own enterprise.Currently, I have 16 months experience in two different companies i started.A wedding planning agency and photography Company.As a founder and director i also recruited around 40+ people to my venture and now we are generating good revenue as well.My question is here,How does ISB will take my profile now?As a Entrepreneur or IT person?Does this makes my profile distinct?


    • admissionsdirector says:

      In your case, we will consider a work ex of 2.6 years putting together both the IT and the entrepreneurial experiences.

  33. Ronak Tak says:

    If I applied last year with low GMAT score and now this year, I took GMAT again and applied in ISB with new score. So dose my old (last year ) score will be factored in at the time of interview?


  34. Dharmaditya says:

    one can do phD after doing PGP from ISB.( if yes give me the names of the foreign university)
    i have heard that PGP is not equivalent to 2 year MBA

    • Admissions Director says:

      Yes, one may do a PhD after PGP. A number of US universities have accepted our students for PhD programmes in the past. The one-year PGP is in most respects equivalent to a two-year programme.

  35. Manish Rai says:

    Dear Sir
    I am a engineering graduate and MBA in marketing having 5.5 yrs working experience, interested in ISB PGP program.
    But have below average marks in class 10th and 12th so will it make any impact during selection process??
    Can you share the criteria (with weightage) which are considered for final selection.

    I will be grateful to you.

  36. charan says:


    my 10th is 84%, and my 12th is 78%
    B.Tech of 62%.
    completed in 2013
    do i have the chance of applying for the school through early entry option…..?

    • Admissions Director says:

      Since you have graduated in 2013, my recommendation is that you get at least one year of work experience and then apply. You should aim to apply through the Early Entry Option in Jan 2015.

  37. ayush says:

    hi,my acads and work ex is
    ,10th – 45%
    12th – 56%
    engg – 62.88% but not first division
    ms in consultancy management
    work- ex :- 36 months
    iam eligible for isb plzz reply……….

    • Admissions Director says:

      Yes, you do meet all the eligibility criteria to apply to the ISB. You will have to take the GMAT test as well. Whether or not you get selected will depend on how compelling an application you have and also how you stack up with respect to the rest of the application pool.

  38. Sanjoy Saha says:

    I joined a reputed MNC firm in July 2011 right after graduation but was a trainee in the said firm for a few months. Do these months count as work experience ? If not, by the time I get an admission, I should have completed the minimum work exp of 2 years. Does this work out? Also, if I am from a central board (ISC), how are my 12th marks calculated? Is it based on the regulations from the board or an aggregate?

    • Admissions Director says:

      We will count the training if it is part of you employment in the organization. The 12th marks are based on the board certificate provided by you and will include all the subjects you have taken.

  39. Jagdish says:

    I am having some enquiry regarding the admission. I got to know from the website that we should have a Consistent academic record but I don’t have.
    In 10th = 57%
    12th =58%
    B.Tech = 75%
    PGDC =74%.
    Experience = 7 Years (Working in Power Industries)
    GMAT score = 720
    Please tell me whether I am eligible for selection in the interview or not or hope to make in ISB ?????

  40. megha says:

    i have done bsc in maths with honours and msc in mathematics (regular) from delhi university. through out first division in graduation and post graduation . cleared national eligibility test ( for lecturership ) with all India rank 72 and have work experience of teaching in a reputed school for 3 years . my marks in class 12th n 10th are 71 % and 82 % respectively. am i eligible to apply ? if yes , what should be my gmat score to get admission in isb ?

  41. Subha Sen says:

    Dear Admission Officer,

    I am a PhD in Immunology( a specialized field in Biology). I am currently doing postdoctoral research in California. I did my bachelors in Zoology (Hons) in 2002, masters in Biochemistry in 2004. I qualified CSIR-NET, ICMR-NET, WB-SLET in 2004. I had good academic records through out my academic years.
    I need to transit from pure academics to Biotech Industry front.
    I have several queries regarding the application procedures in ISB-PGP.
    1. Will my PhD and postdoctoral research experience ( more than 8 years till date after postgraduation in 2004) be counted as vaild work experience as per the norms of ISB application eligibility?
    2. Since, I will take a non-conventional path to MBA, will I stand a fair chance to get a respectable job in the campus interview process?
    3. I need to take a break from my current work schedule for family-planning. Will this break in my career path affect my application grounds to ISB-PGP?

    Any help of yours will be highly appreciated.

    Thanking you in advance

    Subha Sen, PhD
    Postdoctoral Resarch fellow, BRI
    City of Hope National Medical Center,
    Duarte , CA-91010

  42. ramanandh says:

    i have completed my btech in 5 years . But i have done a job in computer networks in this one year period and so does this come as experience . does the job done before completion of btech comes as an experience

  43. Shishir arora says:

    My 12th marks are 67% from nios board. 84 and 70 in 10th and btech respectively. I have 3 years of experience in hcl and sapient. How does my 12th marks affect my admission into isb?

  44. Saurabh says:

    Dear Sir,
    1.)I have been working with a coaching institute as a Quant/Di faculty. I have a full time work ex of 2 years. Will this work ex fulfils your condition?
    2.) I have a startup in construction field, but can’t show anything in papers regarding that construction work as i haven’t formed any firm or company. Will this be considered as a work ex?


  45. vikas says:

    Dear Sir,
    I have total work ex of 15 years. I am working for a reputed Indian Company as Manager handling key accounts and strategic projects since last 4+ years extensively using skills like financial modeling to derive IRR etc, Techno-Financial evaluation, support in preparation of Bid docs (RFP/RFQ), product planning.

    I have done MBA from IMI (p/t) merit holder, LLB from Faculty of Law, Delhi University (IInd DIV).

    My Graduation is through Correspondance from DU. I am keen to upgrade my skills as i believe an upward movement would require updation in latest management techniques.

    I would like to know your frank opinion on whether my age (37) and my graduation through correspondence could be a barrier in interview process.

    Wish to hear soon from you in this regard.

    Thanks & Best Regards

  46. vikas says:

    I have total work ex of 15 years. I am working for a reputed Indian Company as Manager handling key accounts and strategic projects since last 4+ years extensively using skills like financial modeling to derive IRR etc, Techno-Financial evaluation, support in preparation of Bid docs (RFP/RFQ), product planning.

    I have done MBA from IMI (p/t) merit holder, LLB from Faculty of Law, Delhi University (IInd DIV).

    My Graduation is through Correspondance from DU. I am keen to upgrade my skills as i believe an upward movement would require updation in latest management techniques.

    I would like to know your frank opinion on whether my age (37) and my graduation through correspondence could be a barrier in interview process.

    Wish to hear soon from you in this regard.

    Thanks & Best Regards

  47. Lalith Kumar says:

    I would require suggestions based on my profile as below

    Education :

    SSC – 2000 Pass out – 79%
    10+2 – 2002 Pass out – 66% (I was operated to Kidney 2 days before my exams and wrote all my exams on bed)

    B.Tech (Electrical & Electronics) – 2006 Pass out – JNTU Hyd – 65%
    - Won 1st at 7 National Level Paper Presentations on Topics ranging from Electrical , Electronics and Computer Science
    - Published 2 Papers at International Conferences on Topics related to Rural Development using Technology and Solar Grid’s

    MBA (HR) – 2008 Pass out – ICFAI Business School – 6.75 CGPA on Scale of 10
    - Published various papers and articles in management magazines
    - Editor of college magazine

    Work Experience : (Total Exp – 80 Months Till Date ( 6 Years 8 Months))

    Hitachi Consulting (Aug 2008 – July 2011)
    - Worked on Manufacturing , Life Sciences, Electronics Domains in Oracle Consulting

    Infosys (Aug 2011 – Feb 2014)
    - Worked on Retail Domain Oracle Consulting
    - Travelled UK and European Countries (Netherlands, Spain & Sweden) for 1 Year as part of Oracle Consulting
    - Initiated Green Connect which focuses on Social Innovation

    Accenture (Feb 2014 – Till Date)
    - Handling offshore Consulting Oracle Team in Banking & Financial Domain
    - Initiated Diversity Magazine and heading the Editorial Team which is an Internal Org Magazine

    Entrepreneurship :
    Cloudica Labs (Feb 2015 – Till Date)
    - Founder and Director
    - Received Seed Funding and working on building Cloud Business Products
    Knowledge Avenues ( May 2009 – June 2012)
    - Founder and CEO of this start up which focuses on Knowledge Networking and Educational ERP
    - Won best idea awards from BITS & NMIMS
    - Travelled entire India as part of research with TATA JAGRITI (Dec 2010 – Jan 2011)
    . Research on Middle India (Middle Class segment) – Opportunities in wide and depth areas
    . Attended various conferences and sessions of successful Business models which transformed India

    Free-Lance Consulting
    - Helping and supporting start-ups

    Non-Profit :
    - During my stint as Entrepreneur, we got associated with multiple NGO’s in Hyderabad and used to focus on Education improvement at Slums
    - Part of BOSF (Birds of Same Feathers) – Supporting and counselling Divorce women
    - Actively involved with CSR activities of Hitachi, Infosys and Accenture
    - Initiated Green Connect at Infosys, which brings various engineering college fraternity on single platform to work on Green Initiatives

    - Doing Certification course on International Leadership & Organization Behavior with SDA Bocconi University, Italy
    - Blogger on startups and social issues
    - Selected for 21 days Policy Boot Camp organized by Vision India Foundation in association with Indian School of Business

    Opting for following in MBA and reason:
    Leadership & Change Management , Strategic Innovation and Business Analytics are my key focus areas where i want to explore which in turn would help me to see myself as change agent and angel advisor for startups

    • Admissions Director says:

      Please write to pgp@isb.edu for all your queries. In case you want to have a discussion with us, we shall be happy to schedule a call for you.Thanks

      Warm Regards,
      Team Admissions

  48. Aishwarya Nautiyal says:

    I have done my graduation in B.Sc (IT). after that i cleared WASE (Wipro Academy of Software Excellence) exam and started working with wipro technologies where every weekend we studied for M.S Software Engineering(now changed to M.tech as per UGC nomenclature) through BITS Pilani. it is a work integrated course and as per UGC norms it is a full time degree. now i will be awarded a degree in june and by august i will complete 5 years with wipro working as Senior Project Engineer.
    my concern is if i apply for ISB will i be considered as a post graduate with 5 years of work experience?


    • Admissions Director says:

      Please write to pgp@isb.edu for all your queries. In case you want to have a discussion with us, we shall be happy to schedule a call for you.Thanks

      Warm Regards,
      Team Admissions

  49. Tushar says:

    Hello Sir,
    I am a Comp Sc graguate from NIT.I have got 2 years of exp in Information Technology.
    I am planning to write gmat keeping ISB in mind.
    I just wanted to know if my academic qualifications are good enough to continue my5 preparations for ISB
    I have got 84% in 10th and 75.8% in 12th and a CGPA of 7.75 in college
    I will be happy to hear from you.

    • Admissions Director says:

      Please write to pgp@isb.edu for all your queries. In case you want to have a discussion with us, we shall be happy to schedule a call for you.Thanks

      Warm Regards,
      Team Admissions

  50. Megha says:

    Dear Sir,
    I have a 2.5 years experience in the IT industry. But due to some medical and personal problems I had to quit my job. Am I eligible to apply for PGP.

    Thanks and Regards

    • Admissions Director says:

      Please write to pgp@isb.edu for all your queries. In case you want to have a discussion with us, we shall be happy to schedule a call for you.Thanks

      Warm Regards,
      Team Admissions

  51. Megha says:

    Dear Sir,
    I have an experience of 2.5 years in IT. Due to some medical issue and some personal problems I had to quit my job. Am I still eligible for the PGP in ISB?

  52. Radhika Garimella says:

    Hello Sir,
    I started working from 2008.But i have an education gap 0f 3 years.I was supposed to complete my B.tech in 2008 but completed in 2011.Will it give negative impact in admission to ISB?

  53. Puneet Tewary says:

    Here is the thing, I have an average students profile, with relatively ‘unknown’ college names in my resume,
    My work profile is also not that impressive, although I have good brand names but not anything that can cause ‘pauses’ (2 years and 4 months of experience). My company does not give any letter of recommendations so don’t have any.

    My question is simple – is ISB a distant dream for me ? too far away even to give a try ?

    I hope I get a response.


  54. Vamsi makkena says:

    Hi I have completed my b.tech (Mechanical) in 2006 with 59% 12th class with 78.8% and 10th class with 60%. 10th and 12th in telugu medium.After my graduation started a startup company in IT field. After 3 years due to financial issues handed it over to other management. Now I am a software professional in a reputed MNC. My total experience as a director 3 years and 5 years as a software professional. My question is am I eligible for PGP in ISB.

    • isbadmissions says:

      Dear Vamsi,

      You are eligible to apply for PGP 2016-17 if the medium of instruction in graduation was English.

      Thank You.
      Team Admissions

  55. vaibhav says:

    Respected sir/madam,
    i am a qualified chartered accountant. i am fresher having no work experience expect articleship.
    can i write gmat now for getting into isb?
    i mean what i am thinking is to write gmat first, score good, then gain 2yrs experience and apply for isb! is it a better thought?

    • isbadmissions says:

      Dear Vaibhav,

      Yes, you can take the GMAT now as it is valid for 5 years. You may also like to apply through the Early Entry Option.

      The Early Entry Option (EEO) to ISB’s Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) allows recent graduates with less than 2 years of full-time work experience to secure their admission to ISB.

      The candidate selected will secure a deferred admission and will be eligible to join the PGP upon completing at least 24 months of full-time work experience.

      Thank You.
      Team Admissions

  56. Chandrasekhar Viswanathan says:

    I have completed my engineering in 2009 and i am having 6 years of experience in telecom .

    My academics are average but i have excelled in my organisation and have grown manifolds

    My question , is there a specific or minimum cut off percentage for to be eligible? If yes could you please let me know what is the percentage required? Is it specific to graduation or 12th also?

    • isbadmissions says:

      Dear Chandrasekhar,

      We do not have any particular cut off for academics.

      We consider past academic record in the selection process, however low academic scores can be compensated as you can focus on other parameters and place a strong application.

      Admission to the ISB is based on a holistic evaluation, that comprises of :

      1. Leadership potential

      2. Academic scores.

      3. Personal attributes

      Your application essays, past academic record, GMAT score, employment details and your performance in the interview, if invited, will have to reflect the above parameters, to help us assess your candidature.

      GMAT is just one parameter of the application, which is usually evaluated holistically. The range of GMAT scores accepted in the past has been between 600 and 780.

      Thank You.
      Team Admissions

  57. Aditya Shroff says:

    I have 3.5 years of work experience in a medium sized chartered accountancy audit firm, post completion of my articleship in chartered accountancy, however I am yet to clear my CA Finals.
    Would my work experience be relevant for your consideration.
    I can however manage a good GMAT score.

    • isbadmissions says:

      Dear Aditya,

      Do let us know if you have any other degree apart from CA.

      Please send in your detailed resume to pgp@isb.edu. We will check and respond to the same email.

      Thank You.
      Team Admissions

  58. Shikha Jain says:

    Dear Sir,
    I have done MTech and PhD from IIT Delhi and have 2 year expreince in R&D in an industry. Where I mainly worked on technical core research and have skills of leadership as well. I want to change my career from technical to management and want to attempt for MBA from ISB. I have GMAT score 710. is my qualification fits ate crietria?

    • isbadmissions says:

      Dear Shikha,

      You are eligible to apply for PGP in Management with a PhD.

      The eligibility criteria for applying to ISB are –

      • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

      • A minimum of two years’ full-time work experience. We calculate work ex as of March 31st 2016.

      • A GMAT score.

      Thank You.
      Team Admissions

  59. rahul sharma says:

    I graduated in 2009 and have workex of 4 yrs. I am unemployed for last 2 years. Will my not working be hindrance to my admission at ISB. I have Gmat score of 720.

    • isbadmissions says:

      Dear Rahul,

      Gap in career should not be an hindrance in the selection process, if you are able to justify it in the essays and in the interview,if shortlisted.

      Please write to pgp@isb.edu for any queries/clarifications.

      Thank You.
      Team Admissions

  60. Jiwani says:

    I have completed MTeach (masters in teaching) from IOE,London. I have three years of relevant experience in teaching. Am I eligible to apply as my work experience is related to teaching field ?

  61. sachin jagdale says:

    Dear Sir
    I have completes master in pharmacy and currently work assistant professor at reputed pharmacy college. I am having total 6 years of full time work experience as assistant professor. I m pursuing pH.d. in pharmacy. My query is does my experience of teaching will be considered for admissions at ISB?

  62. ayush aggarwal says:

    Dear sir/madam,

    i have a ba(h)economics from delhi university and there after i did a second level masters in development economics from University of rome. After i came back i tried for civil service but unfortunately could not make it through although i have been teaching aspirants in a institute for the last 6 years..

    will it count as work ex..i have been teaching economics and public policy

    what are the chances of getting in..

    • isbadmissions says:

      Dear Ayush,

      Your job has to be full time, paid and after graduation to be considered as work experience.

      Thank You.
      Team Admissions

  63. Shashank Yadav says:

    Sir,I scored 77% in Xth(2009) ,67% in 12th(2014) and I am currently pursuing BBA.I suffered from insomnia leading to psychosis,and hence I graduated 12th in 2014 which I should have done in 2011.Will this be a hindrance in my application process?.I wish to also know how much weight-age is given to past academic records and how many seats does ISB offer for YLP and Early Entry Option,respectively.

    Thank You

    • isbadmissions says:

      Dear Shashank,

      Gap in education will not be an hindrance in the selection process, however you will have to justify it in the application as well as in the interview, if shortlisted.

      We do not have any particular cut off for academics.

      We consider past academic record in the selection process, however low academic scores can be compensated as you may focus on other parameters and place a strong application.

      Thank You.
      Team Admissions

  64. Abbas Jamil says:

    Dear Sir,

    I have achieved 89% in my 12th exam and have completed my under graduation this year ( May 2015 ) with 72%. I’m currently working for Godrej and Boyce as a sales executive. How many years of work experience do I need before I can apply for the PGP program ? I plan to take the GMAT on the 8th of November’15.
    Do I still have an option to apply for the YLP program ? Which option should I choose. Should I try the YLP or should I wait out and get the required amount of experience ?

    Thank you.

    • isbadmissions says:

      Dear Abbas,

      ISB offers a one year full-time residential Post Graduate Programme in Management.

      You may apply through the Early Entry Option.

      The eligibility criteria for applying to ISB are –

      • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline.

      • A minimum of two years’ full-time work experience. We calculate work ex as of March 31st 2016.

      • A GMAT score.

      The Early Entry Option (EEO) to ISB’s Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) allows recent graduates with less than 2 years of full-time work experience to secure their admission to ISB.

      The candidate selected will secure a deferred admission and will be eligible to join the PGP upon completing at least 24 months of full-time work experience.

      Application Deadlines for PGP/EEO 2016-17

      Round 1
      October 15th 2015

      Round 2
      January 15th, 2016

      Thank You.
      Team Admissions

  65. admissionsdirector says:

    kunal, i would request you to mail your resume of your academic and work done during phd to v_srinath@isb.edu he will help you on this.

  66. Rakesh says:

    Hi Sir,

    I am preparing for GMAT. I have few concerns.
    1) How do frequent switches effect admissions in ISB.
    2) Do company profile matters i.e. working in BIG4 is better than working for small firms or the quality of work matters?
    Please provide your valuable suggestions.
    Thanks in advance,

  67. admissionsdirector says:

    Rakesh – Frequent switches will not affect admission as long as you have a valid reason for it. More than the company profile, it is your job profile and your learnings from it that matter.

  68. Sachin Doshi says:

    Dear Sir,
    I have a few queries regarding admissions process at ISB

    1) I have already done my MBA from Welingkar Institute of Management in 2004. Does that really hamper my prospects of getting into ISB since it would be a second MBA?

    2) During the early stage of my career, i.e. 2006 – 2008, I made frequent switches – mostly related to profile. But in the last organization I have worked for almost 4 1/2 years which indicates that I am willing to stay longer in an organization if it is good in terms of stability of job (I currently work for Axis Bank as an Equity Analyst). Does that hamper my prospects of getting into ISB since in early stages of my career I took frequent switches?

    3) I have almost 8 years of work experience post MBA but my pay package is still low – further, my work experience is not relevant for other firms – so I might need to take a drop to get into other firms and on top of it, it would also mean massive degradation of my profile – I am an under-rated equity fund manager working in the PMS department of Axis Bank ~ I track 50- 80 stocks across sectors but do not track a single sector in depth but have the capabilities to manage an equity fund very easily – but the requirement in the industry is for specialized sector analysts and I am a generalist – so I can’t match the skill sets of an equity analyst who is tracking say banking sector in depth for 4 years. I too track banking but not in depth.

    Further, I am questioned by brokerage houses on why do you want to shift from sell side to buy side and why are you degrading your profile? Even on the buy side the requirement is for specialized sector analysts ?
    There is no requirement for fund manager / Head of Research directly anywhere and I need to move my pay package higher to run my family. Would this hamper my prospects of getting into ISB in anyway ?

  69. isbadmissions says:

    Dear Sachin,

    Please send in your updated resume to pgp@isb.edu

    We will schedule a telephonic counselling sessions with one of the senior member from the admissions team.

    Thank You.
    Team Admissions

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