Indian School of Business Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017
Following up on our post with the 2016-2017 Indian School of Business essays, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants who are targeting the ISB PGP in Management this admissions season. The ISB adcom has streamlined its essay set for this year, yielding only two required essays with some slight modifications compared to last year.
Let’s take a closer look at each of the ISB PGP essays for 2016-2017:
Essay 1: If we were to admit just One more candidate to the Postgraduate Programme (PGP) at the ISB, why should it be you? (400 words max)
This essay puts the onus on applicants to showcase their fit with ISB. Dropping the request for a single accomplishment (personal or professional) from last year’s essay topic, ISB opens the door for broader content. However, given the short word limit of this essay, applicants would do well to develop two, possibly three, hallmarks of their candidacy, as opposed to summarize everything that may already be covered elsewhere in the application. Rich anecdotes that show one’s abilities and impact will make a greater impression on the reader.
In deciding what to cover, we recommend that applicants consider the skill set, personal quality, or values that they most want to highlight. Some candidates might choose to emphasize their ability to drive impressive results and manage a team in meeting an objective, as these skills map onto future professional success in a fairly straightforward way. Meanwhile, other applicants might choose to highlight their integrity and authenticity by discussing a time they championed an unpopular position and influenced a decision-making process. Still others might want to showcase the innovation and resourcefulness involved in starting a new community organization or support group based on a shared need or interest they observed around them. In sum, applicants should first reflect on what they consider to be their greatest ways to add value to the ISB community, and select related accomplishments that enable them to put that contribution forward for consideration.
Effective responses will detail the accomplishment, explaining the larger context and the players involved before taking the reader through a brief step-by-step account of what the applicant did and what the positive outcome was. Applicants should also take care to address what they learned in the conclusion of their response. We recommend taking this one step further by closing the essay with a comment on how these lessons would translate to a contribution to class discussion in one or two specific courses, or to enhancing the offerings of a particular student club at ISB. This will help to signal your familiarity with the program, and strengthen your case for being that one last student that the adcom admits.
Essay 2: Describe your short and long term career plans. How does the PGP fit in with those?(300 words max)
This ISB essay section closes with this fairly straightforward career goals essay. Applicants would do well to sketch out the position they plan to seek immediately after their PGP studies, and to include some information about how they’ve become interested in that role and where they hope it might take them 5-10 years down the road. Of course, the majority of the essay should focus on the ways the PGP in Management from ISB would position them for success, so we recommend that applicants aim to cover their career goals in 100-125 words.
Applicants should then summarize the skills and areas of knowledge that they need to gain in order to accomplish their professional objectives, and provide a detailed treatment of the courses and other programmatic offerings at ISB that will help them to bridge that gap. It’s important to showcase your familiarity with the program in this response, as this will help to illustrate the extent of your interest in the PGP and your understanding of why it’s a good fit for you. If there’s a study abroad opportunity that appeals to you or a student club that organizes an annual conference that’s perfectly aligned with your goals, be sure to mention this. Effective responses to this question will include a good amount of ISB-specific details in this short response. Taking the time to learn about the program — by reviewing the school’s website, speaking with students and alumni, visiting the campus or attending an information session, and reading the Clear Admit School Guide to the Indian School of Business — will pay dividends here.
Essay 3: Please use this space to provide any other information not covered elsewhere in the application that could significantly impact your candidature at ISB.
Note: It is not necessary for you to write this essay. Please use this space only if there is something really significant that you would like us to know.
(200 words max)
The wording of this essay prompt — and the additional note stressing the fact that applicants do not need to respond — signals that this space should be reserved for addressing potential liabilities or concerns in an application, such as a period of unemployment longer than 3 months, poor undergraduate or GMAT performance, or other extenuating circumstances that have influenced your career path or application. Responses should be brief and to the point, providing explanations without making excuses, and calling attention to any mitigating factors or strengths that you wish to highlight in order to alleviate the impact of any liabilities.
Clear Admit Resources
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Schools: Indian School of Business
The ISB applications are now open and the essay topics for admission to Class of 2019 are out. Deviating from previous years, ISB has introduced a change in the essay pattern. There are now only two essays, and the optional essay has now been removed. While the underlying theme for the two essays remains same, it has become more crucial than ever for both first-time applicants and re-applicants to use the word limit optimally to showcase their profile. Here are a few guidelines on how to approach the essays:
ISB Essay 1
If we were to admit just one more candidate to the Postgraduate Programme (PGP) at the ISB, why should it be you? (Max 500 words)
Objective: Simply put, the essay should answer the question ‘Why you?’. The admissions committee expects you to clearly articulate what value-add do you bring to the Class of 2019, both in terms of in-class and beyond class learning.
How to approach:
Look at your resume and identify strengths and attributes that differentiates you from your peers. On the professional side, have you worked successfully in teams? Have you taken initiatives? Were you able to make a business impact? On the extra-curricular side, are you passionate about an activity or a cause? Have you been able to contribute meaningfully to society? ISB, like most top B-schools, looks for candidates with multi-faceted and well-rounded personalities and you should be able to demonstrate these effectively.
The essay should intrigue the reader and make him/her want to know you better. Therefore, each of these attributes should be backed by real-life examples. It is also worthwhile to try and link these with clubs and activities conducted at ISB to demonstrate how exactly you will contribute to the off-classroom learning at ISB.
ISB now gives you an extra 100 words to differentiate yourself. In our viewpoint, this increases the emphasis on the extra-curricular activities and the significance of a well-rounded profile.
Our advice to Reapplicants is that they must use these 100 words to actively address what has improved in their profile since their last attempt.
ISB Essay 2
Describe your short and long term career plans. How does the PGP fit in with those? (Max 300 words)
Objective: This essay requires candidates to answer the ‘Why PGP’ and ‘Why ISB’ question. The essay should clearly articulate where you are in your career trajectory, what are your post MBA goals and how the PGP will help you achieve those goals?
How to approach:
This is a critical question and we have often seen that it can make or break an application. A well-articulated essay should be able to map your current strengths to your post-MBA goals with ISB clearly serving as a bridge.
The right way to approach the essay is to research about future career options and confirm if they are aligned to your strengths, interests and accomplishments. It is often a good idea to talk to alumni to ensure that you are realistic about your goals. While articulating this essay, it is important to show clarity of thought by narrowing down your goals with respect to industry, role and function.
The last part of the essay is about ‘Why PGP’. Researching on the school’s website can help you find course curriculum aspects that can help you plug skill gaps and initiatives such as ELP and club activities that are well-aligned with your goals.
Few general rules:
Keep it concise: Crisp beats wordy, at any B-school and ISB is no exception. If you can say it in fewer words, you make a better impression.
Define impact wherever possible: Wherever possible, certify examples by defining impact, not only quantitatively but also qualitatively.
Personalize, personalize and personalize: The essays should be about you. Read each line carefully to see if it adds value to you as a candidate.
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