Indian School of Businesss (ISB) Deadlines, Essays & Analysis (Class of 2012, Starting 2011)

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1. If we were to admit one more student to the class of 2012, make a compelling argument as to why that student should be you? (300 words max)

Analysis: ISB has one of the shorter application sets this year, but this question still makes it a significant challenge, especially if it is your first application. First off, I think it's difficult to promote your professional experience or qualifications, since someone else almost certainly has a similar background. If you do go this route, however, be sure to explain what is unique about your experience and add, if possible, how it can benefit your ISB classmates. I also suggest you don't try to throw everything you've ever done at the admissions committee, for fear of nothing being memorable. Instead, I suggest arranging your most unique activities and accomplishments into clear categories or themes that represent your best and most unique traits (e.g., creativity, initiative, risk-taking, leadership, etc.) - the core elements that define you - explain those themes, reference your experiences, and explain as specifically as possible what those would add to ISB.

2. What are your short term and long term goals? How will the ISB help you achieve the same? (300 words max)

Analysis: Please see: The MBA Goals Essay


3. Please provide additional information, that will significantly affect the consideration of your application to the ISB. (300 words)

Analysis: For most schools I would never say this, but this essay is not optional, given how few and how short the other essays are. It can be used to explain any gaps or weaknesses, but barring that, hopefully you can use it to expand your profile and promote your candidacy through your accomplishments and/or other positive attributes.

Please see: The MBA Optional Essay

(Re-applicant Essay)

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

Analysis: Please see: The MBA Re-applicant Essay