ISB application, Essays for 2013-2014 batch

ISB application for class entering in 2013 ( 2013-14) batch is open now. Here are deadlines

Here are the essay topics

Essay 1: Please make a strong case to differentiate yourself from an exceptional set of applicants applying for PGP 2013-14. You could cite personal/ professional achievements to present your case. ( 300 words max)

Remaining 2 essay topics haven’t changed

Essay 2: Where do you see yourself three years after you graduate from the ISB?(300 words max)

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


ISB has also asked for a 90 second video on “Life to me is…………………..” .

ISB Interview experience 2012

Profile: 4 years Merchant Navy, GMAT : 760

One Word for essay:Prolong
Interview panel consisted of two members definitely not alumni (what I could judge from their age).

Nature of interview was conversational, no grilling, very few cross questions. They just seemed to be trying to gain more information on what i had mentioned in my essays.

Following were the main questions asked:

1.) They begun with some general talk about my job and shipping, hierarchy on a ship and my role.
2.) Next few minutes were devoted to the responsibilities and role I played in my college. This came from my first achievement where i won a gold medal .They wanted to know what all i did that led me bag the medal.
3.) Biggest professional challenge that I have faced. Basically my second achievement.
4.) Skills I’ve developed during my sea-career
5.) What I look to contribute to ISB
6.) Do I know anyone currently studying at ISB ? What has he gained most from ISB(+ive changes that I have noticed) ? What are the biggest challenges he is facing at ISB ?
7.) Very briefly which field I plan to work-in after ISB ?
8.) My dream company? How many it recruits from ISB ? How many shippies it takes?
9.) Any question I wish to ask ?

It was over well under 15 min. It was a relaxed interview. I was never interrupted while answering.

ISB YLP Interview Experience/ Questions

The Interview

The interviews started late. There was a small festival on the day of my interview so the panel arrived late. Interviews lasted an average of 15-20 minutes. Mine was also as long. Since the panel had not read my resume before (or so it seemed), their questions, I guessed, were coming out of notes that another panel had written about my application after having gone through it. They mainly asked me questions from my resume and essays – not much outside of that. They asked me to elaborate on points that I had mentioned in my essays e.g. in one of my essays, I had written about a strong set of ethics that I have and had recounted an incident to support the claim. I was asked to elaborate on that. They asked me how I had balanced college and work with the family business that I had mentioned in my resume. They also asked me why I wanted to study at ISB and why I wanted to study an MBA at all. However, the bulk of the questions were with regard to my future professional plans. In my application, I had highlighted the fact that I want to start my own business straight after college. I had dedicated one whole essay to that. So they asked me a lot of questions with regard to that. They asked me how I would finance the business, how I planned to penetrate the industry and why I thought my business would be a success in the face of stiff competition. No technical questions were asked about the business idea except that I was asked to elaborate in detail about my proposed revenue model. All in all I would say that the interview was very general with no questions that were out of the general set of questions expected. There were two members who interviewed me all in all they were to the point and straight faced but did not appear to want to test me on a stress interview.

The Case Study Analysis

The Case Study was one hour long and it was the same topic for everybody that day. It was slightly mismanaged in the sense that the timings given were not adhered to and you could just walk in anytime and ask to be given the case study. But probably this happened because of the festival since I got to know that other days were organised and absolutely according to schedule. It was a relatively simple Case Study. A case was given wherein a credit card company they said is losing its market to competitors. We were asked to see whether a cut in subscription fee would solve the problem. It was fairly simple and we got about 8 sides of A4 paper to present our analysis.

ISB PGPMAX interview experience/ questions 2011

I attended the PGPMAX interview today. My interview was scheduled at 12:45 PM at Welcome Shereton Hotel, Saket.

When I went for the interview we were asked to write answer to the following question & it seemed to be common for all the candidates.

Q) What is your long term goal and who is the person you will like to become. How do you see yourself achieving that role and what are the skill set you will like to add to achieve that role.Explain the skill set you are looking at ISB to improve?

Apart from this question ranged about the heirachy in the organization, strategy regarding the bidding to remain competitive, Which infrastructure to develop roads or railways, When your boss is not MBA then why do you need MBA, will your company sponsor you & if yes then why they did not give the sponsorship letter before hand, Any question for us.

ISB Interview Experience 2011-2012

ISB Interview 1

Profile : 7 years in Banking Industry, GMAT: 640

Interviewed by Panel-5 having 3 members (1 lady and 2 gentlemen) at Radission Blu Hotel, Delhi on 30-Oct-2011. All appeared to be alumnus of ISB. Although 2 gentlemen tried to grill a bit but the lady always supported and balanced it. Not much of grilling and generally cool interview.

Some of the questions asked during the interview are given below:

Q1) Are you from Delhi?
Q2) You have already done MBA so why again aspiring for second MBA?

Q3) What are your job responsibilities?
Q4) Asked to elaborate more on job responsibilities?

Q5) What are the key challenges you face while performing your job responsibilities?
Q6) Why is your Bank Signature credit card better than other banks?

Q7) What problems you face in handling team?

Q8) Have you faced any problems in a male dominated industry? Give an example and how you handled it?

Q9) Do you have any questions for us?

ISB Interview 2

Profile: 3 Years Energy, GMAT: 730

My interview was in Radisson Blue, Delhi. My interview was scheduled at 10:20 am. As I entered the waiting hall, I was given an essay to write. The topic was “ROAD” and word limit was 50 words. I wrote it and was waiting for my turn. A medium height guy called my name and took me to an adjacent hall. He took my essay and I was surprised he was one of my interviewers. The interviewer panel consists of three guys. First one was a young guy from alumni- Y1. Second was a middle aged prof-M1. And third was the person who took my essay-Y2.

1) Y1: How u doing??

Me: doing fine

2) M2: Tell me about your career progression??

Me: I had a cultivated answer to that. I am n electrical engineer, working in IOCL, Assignments include commissioning and plant operations.

3) Y1 interrupted and asked about my current position??

Me: I told him a lil about plant operations

4) M1 asked to describe a situation where I actively worked upon for efficiency improvement or prevent power failures and explain the group effort and learnings?

Me: I described a situation related to my company

5) Y2: You wrote about sports such as badminton, cricket and chess. Tell me something related to that?

Me: I told him about my cricket captaincy, and medals and awards in sports.

6) Y2: What is Queen’s Gambit?

Me: Its some technique in Chess.. Dunno.

7) Y2: What are opening moves in Chess??

Me: Described the moves but didn’t know the technical words for it.

8) Y2: Tell me difference between Psychedelic n metal (I wrote about my interest in rock music)

Me: I explained him.

9) Favourite Bands??

Me: Told him

10) What is genre of Coldplay?

Me: Alternative Soft

11) You have written u have interest in Biking. We don’t want people who keep on pursuing such activities that hampers their studies??

Me: I explained some some thing abt how I will balance out and prioritise my activities.

12) Y1: Why u want a job in consultancy??

Me: Told him my reasons

13) Which companies??

Me: Mckinsey, KPMG, Booz

14) These companies will take top 10 % of people. It is very difficult to be amongst top??

Me: I eas in top 4% in my class.. Got placement n now ISB-both my choice.

15) ISB have people from different backgrounds. How r u gonna adjust?

Me: Stated some of my strengths and past experiences.

16) Don’t give ur qualities. Explain ur strategy when u join the college.?

Me: I gave them a good story. They bought it.

17) M1: Do u have sth to say abt yesterday metallica concert??

Me: I attended the concert. Explained how it got ruined.

18) Y1: Do u wanna join strategic consultant or engineering consultant?

Me: Strategic consultant. I tried to explain why but he said explanation not required.

19) Y2: Okay herez a situation: We have 2 cities- new ones and we started a new train between them and u are hired as a caterer. How r u gonna decide what % of people will eat veg/ non-veg. Take this pad n paper n put ur assumptions n algorithm. U have 2 minutes!!

Me: Lot of grilling on that. I put some funny remarks. We all laughed. I give my assumptions and solutions. We discussed it for about 3-4 minutes.

The interview ended in 35 minutes. A long one.

ISB Interview 3

Profile: 4 years in Media and Marketing

Before the interview started I needed to write an essay on the word “Extraordinary”. I wrote about ISB’s extraordinary growth story over the years and what an extra ordinary opportunity this was for Indians to get education at par with the west…

Had to wait for more than an hour before the interview started. I was a re-applicant and was therefore expecting a slight delay. I was fortunate enough to have a lot of people around me so we got into a conversation which help reduced our anxiety.

Finally my name was called out and one of the Alums came to escort me to the room. My interview was conducted by the two alums one from the 2002 batch and the other from the 2008 batch. I would like to say that both of them were thorough gentleman in their conduct. However, I did come across a couple of interview panels which were really stressing people out. The same panel was also asking for the essay sheet before you entered the room so that they could evaluate it and question you on that. So my advice for people will be that try not to write anything very controversial and be prepared to defend whatever you write in case asked for it.

1. You have worked on interesting projects.

Asked about one of the projects. Discussed at length on that project. They seemed content.

2. Asked me about another project at length

Started to tell them that I was heading the project. They asked me how exactly I was heading the project and what did I do. The challenges that I came across and the outcome.

Spoke about the challenges that I faced with the projects. The consume insights I gained….

3. One thing that you could achieve in the second project but not in the first and why?

Answered this vey honestly. They seemed content.

4. What is brand ISB to you?

In 11 years ISB has shown great growth and is competing with colleges with a 150 years or more tradition…..Told them how ISB is leveraging India’s growth story. They seemed ok with the answer

5. Asked me you are a reapplicant so tell me about the improvements in your profile.

Told them that I had taken feedback from ISB and told them the areas the feedback session spoke about. Started by elaborating the first aspect and when I was talking about a specific project, they got interested in and continued questioning on that. So explained how I went about the whole thing and also added a couple of other things that I wanted to highlight about my profile. They seemed pretty nice and heard everything that I had to say.

6. Finally asked me if I had any questions?

Told them that I had read an article about ISB increasing its course durations by 6 months and wanted some insight on the same. They told me they had no idea about it.

Before I left they asked me about my weight loss and my experience in Dubai?

Explained everything as passionately as I could.

Finally they told me it was a pleasure meeting you and sorry for the delay. I told them it was a pleasure meeting them too and infact I should thank them for the delay as I got an opportunity to interact with this army man who was very interesting and inspiring. They smiled and I left the room.

ISB Interview 4

Profile: 1 year in Energy Consulting, 1 year as an Entrepreneur

There were three panelists in my interview. The interview lasted for around 30 min and there was a fair bit of cross-questioning and interruption.

The focus was largely on my entrepreneurial ventures – my family business and my environmental venture. There were cross-questions like ‘market size’, entry barriers and they went in depth about both the ventures.

In the end they moved on to diverse questions like ‘how will MBA help me’, ‘my dream company’, ‘my involvement in sports’, ‘my role in placement coordination’ etc. again there was cross-questioning in almost all questions.

As far as my response to the questions is concerned, I think I did average. There was no particular question where I was stuck, though I could have given better replies. I also struggled to bring about all the points because of the cross-questioning and interruptions in between.

So keeping my fingers crossed.

ISB YLP 2011 results

ISB has finally selected 45 applicants for the YLP program through the rigorous 3 stage process. The selected applicants are from the following reputed institutes:

  • BITS – Pilani
  • BITS – Hyderabad
  • BITS – Goa
  • Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology – Kanpur
  • Indian Institute of Technology – Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Technology – Bombay
  • Indian Institute of Technology – Madras
  • Indian Institute of Technology – Roorkee
  • Jadavpur University – Kolkata
  • Lomonosov Moscow State University – Moscow
  • Manipal Institute of Technology – Manipal
  • Nanyang Technological University – Singapore
  • National University of Singapore – Singapore
  • National Institute of Technology – Tiruchirappalli
  • National Institute of Technology – Surathkal
  • St Francis College for Women – Hyderabad
  • St Stephen’s College – New Delhi
  • H R College of Commerce & Economics – Mumbai
  • Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies – New Delhi
  • Shri Ram College of Commerce – New Delhi

Candidates selected into the YLP are required to complete one year and nine months of work experience before they join the ISB’s Post Graduate Programme. During the pre-PGP period, all students will be mentored by ISB faculty and senior management through a structured learning process.

Selection Process
The YLP is a ‘bridge’ programme for pre-final year college students interested in making an early move into leadership positions. Admissions are now open for the next round of YLP. To be considered for admission, an applicant must be in his/her pre-final year of graduation. The selection process has three stages:

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
All applicants are required to submit:

  • All academic details and achievements till date
  • Extra-curricular interests and achievements
  • One essay
  • A 90-second video
  • A one page résumé
  • Application fee of INR 1,000
Candidates shortlisted from Stage 1 will be required to submit:

  • GMAT score
  • Three essays
  • Two evaluations
A final short-list will be announced and all the short-listed candidates will be invited to the ISB campus for the final selection process which will include an interview

ISB YLP Interview Experience/ Questions

My YLP interview experience was as follows.
The interview panel consisted of 2 persons, and the interview was more or less a stress interview, as I entered the room, the first question was shot even before i could sit:
Me : May I come in sir?
Interviewer 1 : Come in and before you sit down, i was going through your essays, and you have written that you had formed the this society in your college, tell me about it.
Interviewer 1 : There is this another project you have mentioned in your resume, give me a concise description of how you did this and what exactly did you do.
Interviewer 2 : (interjected in the middle of my description) What was the outcome of your project?
Give me the details.
Interviewer 2 : What was the outcome?
Interviewer 2 : What are your plans after completing your Engineering?
Interviewer 2 : Give me the specific details of what sub sector in the sector you have mentioned.
Interviewer 2 : Give me names of some companies that deal in this sector.
Interviewer 2 : What plans do you have after you complete your MBA?
Me : I told him about my plans and he seemed satisfied.
Interviewer 1 : Why exactly is this sector lagging behind?
Interviewer 1 : Give me the latest developments in this sector.
Interviewer 1 : What are the limitations of these developments you have mentioned.
Interviewer 2 : I guess that is all we wanted to ask; do you have any questions for us?
Interviewer 1 & 2 both : Best of luck for your application process.
The interview lasted for about 20 minutes and there were people who were chucked out in 8-10 minutes also.

ISB PGPMAX Interview experience/ Questions

There were 2 persons in my panel, and my interview was for 30 mins.

To start with I was given a case study to analyze the feasibility for the company to launch the particular product. After my analysis there were lot of questions such as:

1. Why you think like this.

2. Can you describe it more.

3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of my approach.

4. If I do it like this, then how it is going to affect your strategy.

5. After our analysis do you find any shortcomings in your strategy

After almost 10 min discussion 2nd professor asked me: You want to be first mover in the market or you want to wait for the other players to come and then analyze the risk.

I said I favor 1st mover side and stuck to that despite a lot of counter arguments such as:

  • New to the market
  • Lot of risks – Customer accept it or not.
  • Not a tried n tested strategies.
  • Role of advertising and guiding the users about the product/services.

Honestly it was hard for me to defend my side – but I stuck to it.

Other questions were:

  • Any favorite Indian company and why.
  • What are the type of risks do you think your work has.
  • Do you think after doing this program you can become Vice – President, or if not how this program will help you to become.
  • Out of interest – have you read any management books in the past.
  • What are the changes/Improvement you want to suggest to program co-coordinators, and you can’t say that this program is best in class you have to give at least one suggestion.
  • Finally, Do you have any questions for us. – personally I didn’t asked any question as I have attended there seminar in the past.

ISB application for 2012-2013 session open now

The deadlines for the two rounds of admission are as follows:

Cycle 1
Application Deadline: September 15, 2011
Offer Date: By November 15, 2011

Cycle 2
Application Deadline: November 30, 2011
Offer Date: By February 15, 2012

All deadlines are 23:59:59 Hrs Indian Time.

These deadlines are for Indian passport holders. For international applicants (those holding non-Indian passport), ISB follows a rolling admissions process, the timeframe to apply for which is from April 8, 2011 till January 15, 2012. The application fee for the program is INR 3000 or USD 60. For re-applicants, the application fee is INR 1000.

ISB Essays 2012
There are 3 mandatory essays, as usual and one additional essay for re-applicants. The essay topics for 2011-2012 application have also been published and are as follows:

ISB Essay 1
Please detail, your two most significant achievements. These could be either professional or personal but relevant to your application to the ISB. (300 words max)

ISB Essay 2
Where do you see yourself three years after you graduate from the ISB? (300 words max)

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

All the 3 essays are required essays and exceeding the word limit is strictly not allowed.