For an essay analysis specific to this year’s essays, check out a blog post that I wrote recently at
I hope those are helpful. I also recommend attending the sessions conducted in Bangalore by ISB admissions. I believe the one for round II will be in 1-2 months. Email admissions at isb dot edu for information about the sessions.
Few general rules:
Keep it concise: Crisp beats wordy, at any B-school and ISB is no exception. If you can say it in fewer words, you make a better impression.
Define impact wherever possible: Wherever possible, certify examples by defining impact, not only quantitatively but also qualitatively.
Personalize, personalize and personalize: The essays should be about you. Read each line carefully to see if it adds value to you as a candidate.
This essay requires you to outline your post MBA plans. Through this essay, ISB is keen to understand, how it will be able to help you further your future aspirations. It’s important to have specific career goals rather than vague ones as specificity increases relatability – Adcom can see the connection between what you want to do and what ISB can offer you. Crucial you demonstrate a logical connection between your future ambitions and your professional journey so far. Make sure you research ISB’s resources and how these resources would be of help to you.
Given the increase in the word limit for the first essay and the fact that ISB has done away with its optional essay this year, you should focus on including 2-3 achievements that are the most compelling and aligned to the core values of ISB. When it comes to choosing which achievements should find their way into your essay, you should ask yourself the following questions –
To answer this question, the best way to start is by making a list of your achievements – these could be from your personal, professional or even academic life. Now step back and look at what is that one trait or ‘theme’ that unifies your most important achievements. Remember to focus on an attribute that will also be valued by ISB such as leadership, communication, collaboration and so on.
The ISB applications are now open and the essay topics for admission to Class of 2019 are out. Deviating from previous years, ISB has introduced a change in the essay pattern. There are now only two essays, and the optional essay has now been removed. While the underlying theme for the two essays remains same, it has become more crucial than ever for both first-time applicants and re-applicants to use the word limit optimally to showcase their profile. Here are a few guidelines on how to approach the essays:
ISB Essay 1
If we were to admit just one more candidate to the Postgraduate Programme (PGP) at the ISB, why should it be you? (Max 500 words)