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Tips for writing essays and write-ups required from those shortlisted for interview.

Round Application Deadline
R122 August 2022
R228 October 2022
R312 December 2022

  • Fill out and submit the application form before the above deadlines. The application form asks for details about your education, work expereince, awards and achievements and GMAT/GRE score.
  • Expect the first shortlist a week to 10 days after the above deadlines.
  • The shortlisted candidates are required to submit essays within 3 to 4 days of the shortlist announcement. Essay topics are provided in the email you will receive confirming your shortlist.
  • The shortlist email also contains a date for the interview.

While the essay questions change from year to year, to get a sense of the questions, please refer below to some essay questions from previous years.

2021 Essays

Essay 1: Can you walk us through some challenges you faced in the last three years of your work life? (500 Words)

Essay 2: Tell us what is special about you, which would make you a good addition to the classroom? (500 Words)

Essay 3: What will a management degree bring to you at this stage of your career? (500 Words)

2019 Essays

Essay 1: Describe the most challenging situation you encountered in your career and how you managed it. What were your learnings? (500 words)

EssayLever Tips:

The most challenging situation you encountered is likely to have left you unsuccessful or successful at overcoming it. If you were successful, show what you did and how you grew because of it. If you failed, show what you did, why you failed despite trying your best, and what you could have done differently in hindsight. You would be bringing out your problem solving skills through this essay.

Essay 2: Describe a situation where you demonstrated your leadership abilities. (500 words)

EssayLever Tips:

Recall an experience when you got other to rally around your solution to a problem. The problem may have been something that you had to react to instantly because it landed on you, or it may have been lying dormant and you picked it up and made it a priority for all because you identified the cost of not addressing it. Show how you persuaded others and solved the problem eventually.

2018 Essays

2018 Essays Round 2

If there is one thing you are allowed to change in your present organisation, what would that be? (Write about your last organisation if you are in-between jobs at the moment.)

A change comes about after a problem is identified. So identify a problem, explore possible solutions, and bring out both through your essay response.

What do you and others around you talk frequently about things you would want to change about your organization? Pick one such change you would want to implement, explore the problem the change would address, and possible ways in which you could implement the change.

What is your dream job, post-PGPX?

Logically connect your past experience with your post-IIMA job. Show how your professional strengths, abilities and interests are ideally suited for the career you have chosen. Identify the skills and experiences you need to build up in order to achieve the goals and show how IIMA will help you acquire them.

2018 Essays Round 1

Describe your best day at work

EssayLever Tips:

While describing your typcial day at work show what you like to do, what you are good at, the variety of tasks you undertake or the leadership responsibilities you shoulder. You could also refer to a day at work that you look back findly to: a day on which you achieved a substantial result, when weeks and months of effort created the great result you had strived for. Explore other creative ways to share the kind of information about you that is unique to you and will set you apart from other applicants.

Discuss: Why would you not like to go back to your last organisation.

EssayLever Tips:

This question too offers you the leeway to present your unique circumstances. You can talk about moving out of your comfort zone to explore the newness of a new organization to grow in new ways. You can also show how a new organization, as against your current organization, will help you fulfil your career aspirations.

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2017 Essays

Question 1: Describe a situation where your professional ethics were challenged and how you came to terms with the situation. What did you learn from this? (500 words)>

EssayLever Tips:

Identify a time in your life when you stood up for your principles. When it was lucrative to compromise on what was ethically right, what did you do, what was the result? What did you learn?

Bring out what you thought, felt and did. How did you manage the circumstances that were forcing you to compromise on your ethics?

Show what was the result.

Show what you learned about upholding your ethics.

Question 2: Describe a situation where you failed and how did you deal with this experience. What did you learn from this? (500 words)

EssayLever Tips:

Identify a time when you failed despite trying your best.

Make sure the failure was yours and not someone elses. Bring out a real failure experience.

You can make a strong impact with a failure experience if you come across as someone who is honestly sharing a situation when things didn't turn out the way you wanted.

Show how you introspected after the experience, saw the situation honestly and learned from it.