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Mba Essay India

The Indian School of Business PGP program is the best choice for MBA applicants who want to build or advance their careers in India.

Each applicant to the Post Graduate Programme in Management at the Indian School of Business is holistically evaluated on the following parameters: :

• Ø Academic Credentials
• Ø Leadership Potential
• Ø Personal Attributes

ISB Application Deadlines:
Cycle 1
Application Deadline: October 15, 2017
Final Offer Decision: December 05, 2017

Cycle 2
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018
Final Offer Decision: March 5, 2018

Acceptance Date: 10 days from the date of offer.

The essay questions of the PGP program of The Indian School of Business remain unchanged for the admission cycle of 2017-18. Like last year, this year’s applicants will write the two required questions to showcase their candidacy to the Ad Com. The good news is that the word limit of essay 1 has been increased from 400 words to 500 words. But the optional essay has been eliminated this year. However, applicants have space on the Education page of the application to explain any gaps during their education.
With careful planning, and considerable soul searching, you can present an impressive and convincing picture of your candidacy as well as your fit with the school.

Let’s take a look at the essay questions:

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)



Instead of specifically asking about an accomplishment (personal or professional) that distinguishes the applicants from others this question offers the applicants liberty to list more than one accomplishment/ leadership story that would distinguish them from the applicant pool and earn them that coveted one seat at the ISB. With the 500 words limit, you can cover 3-4 differentiators. So your best bet would be to pick your three biggest accomplishments from three different areas – professional, community, and personal life so you can present your well-rounded personality. However, if you cannot boast of any leadership role in community service, you may discuss more than one professional accomplishment where you made an impact.

At ISB, you will be competing with the traditional IT applicant pool, so you may not want to select an accomplishment that demonstrates your role as a team leader in an IT project. Try to distinguish yourself by showcasing your ability to face challenges in other roles e.g. your adaptability to changes in the global world, your talent to convince others of executing your innovative ideas, your courage to take calculated risks that yielded results, and so on.

The ‘how’ part of your accomplishment is as important as the ‘what’ part. So you don’t want to tell the climax of the story in the first sentence itself. Also, make sure that each of your accomplishment stories has these four components: the challenge, the achievement, the outcome/result, the significance. It is important to explain why this accomplishment is meaningful to you in terms of the challenges you overcame, the results you produced, and the lessons you learned.

Please do not begin your story with. “My first accomplishment is” or “my second accomplishment is …” This reads like a laundry list of achievements. In order to paint a cohesive and strong picture of you as a candidate, try to string together your stories/ experiences.

Lastly, and most importantly, be as precise as you can in presenting your stories. With 500 words maximum words allowed, you can use approximately 125-150 words in sharing details of each of your most significant accomplishments.

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



This is a straightforward goals essay about long term and short term goals. Even though the question doesn’t specifically ask you about your career history, I suggest you should discuss it briefly in order to make a logical connection between your past, present, and future. This means your story should connect your past (work-experience, skills), present (your need of an MBA from ISB to achieve your goals), and your future (goals and objectives).

How to organize this essay? Begin your essay with a brief career history and provide details about how you have pursued your career, acquired new skills and progressed along your career path all these years (2-3 sentences). Then go on to describe why you believe that an MBA is the next logical step in your career path NOW? What are those skills that you still lack which you hope to acquire by an MBA? How an MBA will fill the gaps in your career?

Then explain your post MBA and long term goals. Please make sure to demonstrate a logical connection between your short term and long term goals. In other words, explain how you will move from step 1 to step 2 and so on. Make sure that your goals are realistic as well as ambitious. That is, if you aim for a technology or a consulting role, you’ll need to demonstrate that you already possess some skills/experience in that area and are now aiming to enhance those skills. Likewise, if you are a career changer, you should provide evidence as to how your current skill set would facilitate this transition.

Once you have elaborated your goals, explain how an MBA from ISB is your best bet at this time? How it will help you achieve your goals? Please make sure to have a thorough knowledge of PGP program of ISB so you can demonstrate how its resources (curriculum, faculty, clubs, student communities etc.) perfectly match your goals and will bring you closer to your dreams. Finally, you may wrap your essay by adding a sentence about the value you will bring to their program.

Since you have only 300 words to discuss your career history, your career goals and their link to the PGP program of ISB, you need to be extremely precise in presenting your case and make every word count . https://myessayreview.com/essay-tips/bu ... s-is-more/

Please note that ISB’s online application will not accept even one word over the limit of its essays.

You may organize your essay in the following way:

• Brief career history (approximately 60-70 words)
• Short term Long term goals (approximately 90-100 words)
• Connection between ISB’s resources and your goals (approximately 100-140 words)

When choosing your stories, make sure you maintain a balance between your professional and personal stories that showcases your well rounded candidacy.

Good luck on your Round 2 applications J

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Most Indians aspire to make it to a business school like ISB. Are you one of them? To achieve that goal, you need to write that perfect essay that will impress the AdCom.
 
This sample essay will tell you how to write and how not to write in order to get that prestigious admit.
 

Essay Prompt:

 
If we were to admit just one more student, make a compelling argument as to why that student should be you by describing an (only one) achievement in your personal / professional life that you are most proud of .What did you do that sets you apart from others? What did you learn? (400 words max)
 

Client Profile:

 
– 2 years of experience in the IT industry.
– Post-MBA Short-term goal – Product Management
 

Initial draft:

 
I work as a consultant and my team is involved with internal and external clients. For a project in healthcare domain, under the office of CTO, I was sent as a core java developer to create a remote health monitoring application for elderly patients. On reaching the client team, I discovered that the project was at an incubatory stage with a lot of uncertainty and no clear roadmap to achieve the desired outcome. In this scenario I had to take a leadership role and collaborate with the new team to first settle down on a technological backbone.
 
Second, we collaborated to make design decision and set deadlines to achieve the same. I also had to convince the stakeholders about the roadblocks and challenges faced by the team and also had to set their expectation accordingly by giving compelling arguments. These requirements were out of my profile as a core developer. However, I took a step forward to face these challenges upfront. Although I was the youngest member of the team, I took the complete ownership of the module and apart from talking about the technology I was the one who sat down and implemented the same. As a result of the hard work, the module that I created is now live in hospitals across India with 99 % uptime and the product we developed as a team has earned revenue for the company as it has been accepted by healthcare giants. I was awarded a silver award for this effort along with personal appreciation from the CTO of my company.
 
The above achievement shows my commitment and sense of responsibility for work. It made me understand the full project lifecycle. Also, I grew in confidence and I found myself ready to face any further challenge I was to face in my career ahead.
 
I believe I have gained the ability to envision the final goal and the process required to achieve the same. I also realized that I can make quick decisions based on practical learning. This achievement made me realize that I have the ability to quickly perceive the requirement of leadership roles and I can take a step forward to share such responsibilities. These qualities come naturally to me and I believe this is what that sets me apart.
 
 

Our take on the Initial Draft:

 
I work as a consultant and my team is involved with internal and external clients.
 
A more impactful opening line would benefit this essay. The above line is a little too factual and dry.
 
For a project in healthcare domain, under the office of CTO, I was sent as a core java developer to create a remote health monitoring application for elderly patients. On reaching the client team, I discovered that the project was at an incubatory stage with a lot of uncertainty and no clear roadmap to achieve the desired outcome. In this scenario I had to take a leadership role and collaborate with the new team to first settle down on a technological backbone.
 
The client would do well to explain why he had to assume a leadership role, considering that he was very young at the time. Were there no senior people in the team?
 
Second, we collaborated to make design decision and set deadlines to achieve the same. I also had to convince the stakeholders about the roadblocks and challenges faced by the team and also had to set their expectation accordingly by giving compelling arguments. These requirements were out of my profile as a core developer. However, I took a step forward to face these challenges upfront. Although I was the youngest member of the team, I took the complete ownership of the module and apart from talking about the technology I was the one who sat down and implemented the same.
 
There is some repetition of ideas. The client has mentioned twice that he took ownership though he was actually not required to. The writing needs to be tauter.
 
As a result of the hard work, the module that I created is now live in hospitals across India with 99 % uptime and the product we developed as a team has earned revenue for the company as it has been accepted by healthcare giants. I was awarded a silver award for this effort along with personal appreciation from the CTO of my company.
 
The above achievement shows my commitment and sense of responsibility for work. It made me understand the full project lifecycle. Also, I grew in confidence and I found myself ready to face any further challenge I was to face in my career ahead.
 
I believe I have gained the ability to envision the final goal and the process required to achieve the same.
 
Since this is an ability that is honed over many years and can be improved continuously, it would be better to rephrase ‘I have gained the ability’. As it is now, it sounds a little too grandiose.
 
I also realized that I can make quick decisions based on practical learning. This achievement made me realize that I have the ability to quickly perceive the requirement of leadership roles and I can take a step forward to share such responsibilities.
 
The above sentences could be made a little tighter.
 
These qualities come naturally to me and I believe this is what that sets me apart.
 
Since the question is about what would set the client apart at ISB, the client would do well to mention ISB at this point, and talk about what strengths he brings to the ISB campus.
 
 

Final Cut (after multiple rounds of reviews and drafts):

 
At company ‘X’, I work as a technology consultant for various client-facing projects. I joined this organization fresh out of college and showed promise throughout my training days and initial projects. Hence, in my first year of work, I was handpicked to work directly under the prestigious office of CTO for a CSR initiative in the healthcare domain. The initiative aimed at using technology to facilitate remote health monitoring of elderly patients. When I joined this team, I discovered that the project was at an incubatory stage, with no clear roadmap to achieve the intended outcome. Although the final goal was predetermined by the management, the feasibility of the idea from a technological stand point was still uncertain. In this ambiguous scenario, I assumed an unofficial leadership role and collaborated with the team to settle on a technological backbone. I worked to make design decisions and set deadlines for the same. I also worked to convince the senior management, which included the CTO, about the roadblocks faced by the development team, and thus tempered their expectations.
 
These activities were not part of my responsibilities as a developer. However, that did not deter me from stepping up to fulfill the need of the hour. Although I was the youngest member in the team, I took ownership of one module and was responsible for the entire cycle of its development from ideation till launch. The product we developed exceeded expectations and is now live across hospitals in India. For my hard work and successful delivery, I was awarded a silver award along with a personal note of appreciation from the CTO. This achievement established my reputation in the organization as a committed, reliable professional. More importantly, it set the ground for what I expected from myself in future endeavors. Having proved my mettle at an early stage in my career, my confidence grew by leaps and bounds. I believe that this early display of leadership sets me apart and makes me a worthy member of ISB’s prestigious student pool. I am confident that I can add significant value to ISB by assuming positions of leadership in clubs such as the Consulting and Business in Technology clubs.