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General Gyan To help you start the application process for a top notch B school like ISB. 1. *Profile Evaluation:* It make absolutely no sense evaluating an incomplete profile. So if you do not have a GMAT score at least go register yourself on the official GMAT website MBA dot Com and sta...

General Gyan To help you start the application process for a top notch B school like ISB.


1. Profile Evaluation: It make absolutely no sense evaluating an incomplete profile. So if you do not have a GMAT score at least go register yourself on the official GMAT website MBA dot Com and start by getting in at least a mock GMAT score to a discussion regarding the profile evaluation. Also ensure you ask very specific questions if you want a personalized evaluation.


2. Academics: Yes a good consistent academic record will help. Remember 10th Standard upwards scores come into play while evaluating the Composite Academic Score or CAS and even your AWA plays a vital role in your selection. Also no there is no conventional 'over the table' mechanism to compensate for a not so good CAS and you cannot register an NGO now or attempt to swim the English Channel after April to impress Team Admissions.


3. Target GMAT Score: The average of the ISB applicant pool is in the range of 710 - 720 but the average of the class at the ISB is seldom below 725 ~ 730 with an AWA of 5 plus. Marketers of ISB often play with these two figures to make ISB attract more applications. Last year only few international (people of non Indian origin) candidates with less than 650 GMAT were interviewed and the 95 % range is 680 to 760. So if you really need a target 730 with an AWA of 5 is a good one to start with and if you cannot go beyond it try to get as close to it as possible. Having said that I know at least 3 people with 750 plus GMATs who got Dinged last year and lots of 680 and even one 650 made it.

4. Diverse Background & Extracurricular Activities: No one (not even India's Hockey Captain at the Olympics) ever got into ISB only on the basis of ECAs or a diverse background. Moreover just having good things in your armory does not help. Depicting these through your essays are your best bet to get things moving in the right direction. Also if you are not well prepared at the interview, these things which are naturally seen with a lot of skepticism, come under the scanner and thus if you are writing about philanthropy you better back it up with at least a correct spelling.


5. Work Experience: The average work experience among applicants at the ISB is close to 5 years and around 80 % of the ones selected have a work experience in the range of 3 to 7 years. People with less than 3 years or more than 7 years of work ex usually find it difficult going past the interview. People with less than 2 years of work experience can now apply under the Early Entry Option. Although there is no upper limit to the work experience if you have 10 plus years of experience you should tone down your expectations of an ADMIT to the ISB's PGP. People with all types of work experience are welcome at the ISB and in fact the school encourages diversity but all work ex is counted from after graduation and work ex from before that is not counted but valued. The automatic work ex calculator in the application portal will count work ex up to 1 April 2015 for the Class of 2016.


6. Networking: Not only do you need to network with Alumni of the school but also other ISB community members like staff, current students, faculty, re applicants, fellow applicants and may be even consultants in that order. Social media is a good starting point but remember if you are overbearing you are most probably going to get blocked or shunted from pillar to post. The ISB themselves organize 'infosessions' across various cities and these are a good place not only to get the official line from the Admissions Team but also a superb place for networking. Networking leads to a lot of insider information that is usually not in the public domain however it is also the starting point of all rumors so validate what you hear from others.


7. Professional Help: As always if you can afford it take good quality professional help for GMAT prep, Essays and Interview prep with Mocks. People are shy to acknowledge but a lot of people who have made it over the years did take some kind of paid professional help or the other. A lot of people think it is unethical but let me assure you that it is not like cheating in the exam but more like hiring a good set of coaches to win a medal at the Olympics.


Wish you all the best and hope to see you someday at the ISB.

Llewellyn Desouza

Principal Consultant Hash & CMO Felecidade Villa  

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Few other posts of mine that may interest you if you are just starting out :

How to start developing the essays? 

http://www.pagalguy.com/gmat/isb-class-of-2016-aspirants-25114081/28035018

What The School Wants from you in the Essays?

http://www.pagalguy.com/gmat/isb-class-of-2016-aspirants-25114081/28016319

All about the LoRs: 

http://www.pagalguy.com/gmat/isb-class-of-2016-aspirants-25114081/28771153

So what is a safe score to get shortlisted for the interview? 

http://www.pagalguy.com/gmat/isb-class-of-2016-aspirants-25114081/28023345

What are the actual parameters on the basis of which ISB selects candidates? 
http://www.pagalguy.com/gmat/isb-class-of-2016-aspirants-25114081/28660367

So what really happens immediately after we submit the application to the school but before the Essays are read?

http://www.pagalguy.com/gmat/isb-class-of-2016-aspirants-25114081/28712577


This is a re post of an article of mine published earlier.


 


Llewellyn Desouza
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With a lot of experience in helping people make an informed decision about their career, I have but naturally been involved in advising and mentoring candidates applying to the ISB and other premium schools. At # (ya that's the name) you can consult me for your Essays and Interview Prep...

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@Llewellyn75 I never got any useful information on the one word essay on the Internet. What is ISB trying to gauge with that? And why doesn't it just ask us to submit that essay with all the other essays?

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@MH86

You will get the answer to the first question on this link

http://www.pagalguy.com/gmat/isb-class-of-2015-aspirants-25094800/18530791

Now since the school is trying to gauge whether you have yourself written your essays or not, they believe the best way to test this is via a spot test of 'English' just before your interview.

Hope this helps!

Llewellyn Desouza

Principal Consultant Hash & CMO Felecidade Villa  

 

Anyone can tell, what is in the Step 10 of the PGPEX application form?

Anyone can tell, what is in the Step 10 of the PGPEX application form?

Hi Friends!!I have scheduled my GMAT on 27th August, but till date my performance in verbal is very substandard.I am currently giving the Princeton review online test series apart from the OG.Please let me know if anything else can be done to perform better!!Thanks!!

Hi Friends!!I have scheduled my GMAT on 27th August, but till date my performance in verbal is very substandard.I am currently giving the Princeton review online test series apart from the OG.Please let me know if anything else can be done to perform better!!Thanks!!

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Frnds.. Any idea... How much this GMBA costs???

Frnds.. Any idea... 

How much this GMBA costs???

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Hi, I wanted to apply for ISB EEO this year in the second cycle. I am a M.Sc Mathematics student at BITS Pilani, expecting a passing out CGPA of 5.4. Class X: 90% Class XII: 87% I have had 2 startups to my name in the last 3 years. I have interned at Vodafone and also at a startup. I was the...

Hi, I wanted to apply for ISB EEO this year in the second cycle. I am a M.Sc Mathematics student at BITS Pilani, expecting a passing out CGPA of 5.4.

Class X: 90%

Class XII: 87%

 I have had 2 startups to my name in the last 3 years. I have interned at Vodafone and also at a startup. I was the head for the  Sponsorship and Marketing team on Campus and led a team of 60 people raising over 50Lacs in 10 months. Would someone help me evaluate my profile and tell me a GMAT score to target?


Hi All, I'm working in a IT giant as SE but need to explore more. I want to go for MBA parallel to my job. I don't have much idea about Online MBA and its worth to my career. Can anybody please assist me on this. Is it a worth to do Online MBA and what benefits I can have out of it? Thanks

Hi All,

I'm working in a IT giant as SE but need to explore more. I want to go for MBA parallel to my job. I don't have much idea about Online MBA and its worth to my career. Can anybody please assist me on this. Is it a worth to do Online MBA and what benefits I can have out of it?


Thanks

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Hi, what would as a proof of work experience ? Latest salary slip ?

Hi,  what would as a proof of work experience ? Latest salary slip ?

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Kratika Gupta @Kratikag 3

Previous organizations: Relieving letter, service certificate. 

Kratikag
Kratika Gupta @Kratikag 3

Current organization: First and last month's payslip scanned together as a single pdf

Interesting info for Indians applying to...*UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School* Last year the school received 1,494 applications for its 2 year full-time MBA program and 655 candidates were offered an ADMIT of which 278 finally enrolled for the program. 133 people of Indian origin app...

Interesting info for Indians applying to...UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School


Last year the school received 1,494 applications for its 2 year full-time MBA program and 655 candidates were offered an ADMIT of which 278 finally enrolled for the program. 

133 people of Indian origin applied for the same program of which 49 were offered an ADMIT but only 16 enrolled for the program.  

To get an idea of the schools GMAT expectation from Indian candidates please click.


http://www.pagalguy.com/gmat/ask-a-consultant-gmat-gre-only-25062774/28849367

Wish you all the best!

Llewellyn Desouza

Principal Consultant Hash & CMO Felecidade Villa  

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With a lot of experience in helping people make an informed decision about their career, I have but naturally been involved in advising and mentoring candidates applying to the ISB and other premium schools. At # (ya that's the name) you can consult me for your Essays and Interview Prep...

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Is the number x positive? 1) On the number line, 0 is closer to x – 1 than to x. (2) On the number line, 0 is closer to x than to x + 1.

Is the number x positive?

1) On the number line, 0 is closer to x – 1 than to x.

(2) On the number line, 0 is closer to x than to x + 1.


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Guys , I am going through Manhattan CR and i am having a problem with the topic Assumptions and evaluations , i have gone through these two topics twice but still not cleared very much ,,,,,,,,,,so what else should i do for these two topics. These two topics are very important. Pls suggest me ...

Guys ,

I am going through Manhattan  CR and i am having a problem with the topic Assumptions and evaluations , i have gone through these two topics twice but still not cleared very much ,,,,,,,,,,so what else should i do for these two topics. These two topics are very important.

Pls suggest me .....




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Try to identify the premises and the conclusion first.  Once you have done that, see whether the premises logically lead to the conclusion.  If you can post some sample questions in which you struggle, I can provide specific tips.

Hello, We are doing a survey about changing pattern of CAT and its effect on CAT aspirants. A report may be prepared and presented to IIM's so that your CAT experience can be made better. Kindly take out 2 min of your busy schedule to fill up the form by clicking the link below: https://www.sur...

Hello,

We are doing a survey about changing pattern of CAT and its effect on CAT aspirants. A report may be prepared and presented to IIM's so that your CAT experience can be made better. Kindly take out 2 min of your busy schedule to fill up the form by clicking the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VKQ9GSD

Hoping to get of lot of responses.

Thanks,

Mukesh


Hello, We are doing a survey about changing pattern of CAT and its effect on CAT aspirants. A report may be prepared and presented to IIM's so that your CAT experience can be made better. Kindly take out 2 min of your busy schedule to fill up the form by clicking the link below: https://www.sur...

Hello,

We are doing a survey about changing pattern of CAT and its effect on CAT aspirants. A report may be prepared and presented to IIM's so that your CAT experience can be made better. Kindly take out 2 min of your busy schedule to fill up the form by clicking the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VKQ9GSD

Hoping to get of lot of responses.

Thanks,

Mukesh