ISB Essays Tips and suggestions, deadlines, when to apply

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Essay Writing Tips and Application Deadlines

Round Application Deadline
R115 October 2017
R215 January 2018

Essay 1: If we were to admit just one more candidate to the Postgraduate Programme (PGP) at the ISB, why should it be you? (500 words max)

EssayLever Tips:

What have you done in your life and career that makes you an ideal candidate for admission to ISB? Write your unique story here. You would have already shared information about your academic and professional background through the application. You don't need to repeat it here. Write instead about why you think you will make a good ISB student and a successful business leader in the future. Refer to an incident in the past that highlights your leadership traits. Highlight abilities and traits that make you good at what you do.

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Essay 2: Describe your short and long term career plans. How does the PGP fit in with those?(300 words max)

EssayLever Tips:

Get as specific as you can get while describing your post-ISB goals - which industry, what role, what level, why? How do you know this is what you want to do? Why do you need the ISB program to achieve your goals?

Make your goals realistic. After working in technology roles for five years, the goal to work in the field of corporate finance might seem unrealistic to the admissions committee.

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Essay 3: (Optional) 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)

EssayLever Tips:

Don't write this essay unless you have something significant to share which you couldn't share through the other essays. Don't summarize your application and waste the time of the admissions committee.

Address any significant shortcomings in your application through this essay. Make sure you address the shortcoming. Many applicants end up highlighting the shortcoming.

More tips about writing the ISB essays:

1. Stick to the word limits. The online application will not accept a word more. In fact it will count hyphenated words as two words.

2. Fill your application form before you write the essays. You will know what information you have already shared through the application so you won't repeat it in the essays.

3. Rarely should objective information be shared through the essays. That should go in the application form. That you studied at IIT, worked at IBM, the admissions committee would get to know through the application form. You don't need to reemphasize them in the essays.

4. If you do not have community experience, don't be compelled to create a fictitious involvement in an NGO or make false claims about educating your domestic help's child. ISB will not get impressed by these statements. They want to see your leadership potential through these involvements, which you may find difficult to cook up if you haven't been through them. So resist the temptation to do so. Focus instead on showing who you are and what you have done. Be assured by the fact that a large number of successful applicants at ISB do not have significant community experience.

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Important note regarding choosing the right ISB deadline.

There are two deadlines - Round 1 deadline is 15 October 2017 and round 2 deadline is 15 January 2018. What is significant though is the date by when you need to decide to accept the offer of admission from ISB. Round 1 deadline is ideal for you if ISB is your first choice school. But if you are not decided and may want to hear from other schools in India or abroad before deciding to go with ISB, you are better off applying in round 2. If you apply Round 1 you need to accept the offer for admission by third week of December by when hardly any other schools would have released their decisions on your application. You can of course accept the ISB application and let it go if you get selected at another school but this strategy will set you poorer by the non refundable admission fee you would need to pay to confirm your admission at ISB. Therefore, choose the round to apply wisely.

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