The following essay topic analysis examines the Indian School of Business PGP admissions essays for the 2020-2021 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 2020-2021
Let’s take a closer look at each prompt.
Describe with examples the most important personal quality that you possess, which significantly enhances your prospects of being successful as a leader? (400 words max)
Given the short word limit of this essay, applicants would do well to develop two, possibly three, descriptive anecdotes about their candidacy, as opposed to summarize everything that may already be covered elsewhere in the application. Rich anecdotes that showcase one’s personal strength and leadership abilities 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. While professional experience is a valid source here, international experience and community involvement could help you stand out.
There is a simple exercise that can help you pare down your choice of qualities. Try the following:
- Write down the 10 to 15 most important events, accomplishments, interests, or experiences in your life. Include the good, the bad, the astounding, the ugly, etc.
- Look at the list you have generated and try to determine the characteristic that unifies the important events, interests, and ideas in your life. How have you dedicated your time? What matters most to you? What is the most impressive point that the adcom should know about? What is a common theme that emerges? Does anything stand out in relation to leadership?
- Select one or two items from the list that best support a given prompt and use them to define your approach and kick off the drafting process for the essay.
What are your short term and long term career goals? How will Post Graduate Program at ISB assist you in achieving your goals? (400 words max)
This is a 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 how it will lead naturally to their long-term goal. 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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