The following essay topic analysis examines the Indian School of Business PGP admissions essays for the 2019-2020 admissions season. You can also review essay topic analyses for other leading MBA programs as well as general Essay Tips to further aid you in developing your admissions essays.
Indian School of Business Essay Topic Analysis 2019-2020
Let’s take a closer look at each prompt.
There will be 900 students in the class of 2021. Why should you be one of them? (400 words max)
This essay puts the onus on applicants to showcase their fit with ISB. 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.
Applicants should first reflect on what they consider to stand out about their candidacy, and select related accomplishments that enable them to put that contribution forward for consideration. In deciding what to cover, we recommend that applicants consider the skill set, personal quality, or values that they most want to highlight. While professional experience is a valid source here, international experience and community involvement could help you stand out. 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.
Applicants should also take care to connect to how their strengths 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 belonging at ISB.
What will you be doing in 2025 and 2030? How will the ISB PGP programme help you to achieve these goals? (400 words max)
While ISB frames this with specific dates, it is a 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 in 2030 and beyond. 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—will pay dividends here.
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