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ISB Essays 2023 – 2024 Admissions Process

ISB Essays and Admissions Process 2023 – 2024

ISB essays play a very important role in the overall MBA application process to the Indian school of Business (ISB Hyderabad). Whether you are targetting the more recent ISB Mohali campus, the admissions process is the same. Admissions committee members from ISB use these essays to evaluate who you are and what you can bring to the class that’ll graduate from one of the two campuses.

However, before you start working on your ISB essays, take a step back to create a basic game-plan. Start off with a helicopter view and then drill down into specifics.

Give the Admissions Committee the assurance that you’ve done your homework before writing the essays, and you’ve got a headstart in making a good impression.

For starters, pick up a copy of Beyond the MBA Hype. It’s not about ISB, but it’ll give you a solid grounding on what (not) to expect from a MBA in India and abroad and get your expectations in check.

Once you’ve got an idea of how GMAT based MBA programs work, then move on to the ISB MBA admissions process.

ISB MBA blog posts

We’ve shared several ISB articles in the section below. Start off by reading them to learn more about what happens at ISB that doesn’t get discussed much – including applications, life at ISB (in the classroom and outside) and placements.

All about ISB Hyderabad MBA

How the ISB admission process works

ISB MBA admission with full scholarship

Life at ISB Mohali Campus: Orientation and Studies

ISB Mohali Campus Placements: The story before employment reports are published

How the consulting recruitment cycle works on campus at ISB

ISB Admissions Round 1 vs Round 2 deadlines (Tips from the official ISB Admissions Committee)

ISB Admission with scholarship in third attempt

ISB Hyderabad admission with low GMAT score of 610

International MBA program vs Indian MBA (read ISB Hyderabad)

ISB Hyderabad Placements: MBA jobs at the Indian School of Business

From GMAT score for ISB Hyderabad to interview: Bodhi’s success story

Indian School of Business (ISB) – MBA Application Success Stories

ISB YLP Young Leaders Program
Get a free profile evaluation for ISB and free admissions advice on our ISB Hyderabad forum

ISB MBA deadlines and dates

The official site has a calendar that lists the details of ISB MBA deadlines and dates for Round 1 / Round 2. These typically fall in mid-October and mid-Jan.

Applying in the first round makes you eligible to win a full scholarships. If you miss it, don’t worry, you still have the chance to get merit and need based (partial) scholarships in Round 2 as well.

The admissions calendar is broken down into the last date to submit the ISB application, date by which the admissions team will announce the results and by when you are expected to accept the offer.

The page also explains the process if you do not hold an Indian passport.

Click here to see the official admissions calendar: ISB site.

Tips to write ISB Essays

Irrespective of the number of essays and their wording that may change from year to year, ISB essay topics generally revolve around:

  • What you’ve done before the MBA (and why it’s important)
  • What you want to do after the MBA (and how ISB can help you get to your career goals)

Or to simply things even further:

  • Why should we select you when there are so many strong candidates falling over backwards to get into ISB?

Important: These aren’t real questions. For the precise topics in any year that you plan to apply in, check the ISB website rather than relying on external sites which often contain dated information.

While a lot of websites list ISB essays and tips to crack them, it’s best that you visit the official site to look at the overall application first.

How to write ISB essays

We’ll cover the general tips that would be helpful not just for ISB essays, but for other MBA applications as well (since the basic principles don’t change).

  1. Don’t look at ISB essays in isolation and (incorrectly) assume that the tips and sample ISB essays shared on other sites will help you write your own application.
  2. For example, here’s an old one written by a software engineer in Bangalore that you can check out

    Too many applicants have fallen in the trap of using ISB essay templates downloaded as PDF or Word Documents from across the web and making minor tweaks to them.

    The admission officers at ISB are experts in reviewing applications and sniffing out the good original ones from those who’ve tried to take shortcuts.

  3. Spend time to understand ISB, not just from a procedural standpoint, but also from a cultural angle.
  4. This will convince you whether ISB fits well with your personality and aspirations (and vice versa). The ISB blogs we shared earlier should help you do that to some extent.

  5. Talk to current students and alumni, if you can.
  6. They’ll have a lot of information that we can’t possibly be compressed into small articles.

  7. Be honest in your approach.
  8. Think about your overall positioning strategy first. And then start writing your ISB essays keeping in mind that your storyline has to extend beyond essays to the other application pieces i.e. resume, recommendation and interviews.


Our ISB MBA Success Stories

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