The Indian School of Business (ISB) is one of the most sought after destinations for MBA in India. Spread across two campuses located in Hyderabad and Mohali , ISB recently became the 100 th  school in the world to achieve the coveted ‘triple crown’ of Accreditation from the Association of MBAs (AMBA), EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

For its flagship Post-Graduate Program (PGP) in Management, ISB recently conducted its first ever “digital info session” for the prospective applicants. During the session, the admissions and placements teams covered the following key topics:

  • Application Deadlines
  • Application Process Overview
  • PGP Structure for class of 2021

Application Deadlines
There is a slight change in ISB’s application deadlines this year compared to previous years. Until 2019, the application portal went live mid-June with application deadlines being around September 15, December 15 and January 5 for Round 1, Round 2 and Round 3, respectively.

For this year, ISB’s application portal is now live with the following deadlines,

 Cycle 1Cycle-2Cycle-3
Application deadlineSeptember 20, 2020 23:59:00 hrs (IST)January 10, 2021 23:59:00 hrs (IST)March 7, 2021 23:59:00 hrs (IST)
Interview timelines (tentative)Oct 1 to Nov 10
Those shortlisted will be informed FIVE days prior to the interview date
Jan to March 2021
Those shortlisted will be informed FIVE days prior to the interview date
March to May 2021
Those shortlisted will be informed FIVE days prior to the interview date
Final results (including those not shortlisted)December 20, 2020April 10, 2021TBD
Acceptance due date20 days from the offer date10 days from the offer dateTBD
Program fee payment dateMay 05, 2021May 05, 2021TBD
Program commencement for PGP2021-22June 05, 2021 (Tentative)June 05, 2021 (Tentative)June 05, 2021 (Tentative)

ISB closed Round 1 for PGP admissions in September 2020 and Round 2 in January 2021. ISB has announced Round 3 for PGP applications with a deadline of March 7, 2021.

Looking for ISB admissions deadlines for 2021-2022 intake (Class of 2022-2023): click here

ISB Application Process OverviewThere’s 

no change in the application process. ISB will now accept online GMAT scores as well and ensure there is parity in assessment vs offline / center mode.

Modes of Entry : 2+ years of work experience (as on March 31 2021) for regular applicants; deferred admission for early-entry option (<2 years of work experience as on March 31 2021); Young Leaders Program

Qualities sought : Academic credentials; leadership quotient; personal attributes- overall persona

Recommendation & Essays:The application comprises 

two essays focusing on uniqueness and career goals. In addition, one recommendation from someone you’ve worked closely with isWe’ll share detailed blogs and ISB application essay tips on all the above aspects in the coming weeks.

COVID 19 impact on ISB PGP Class of 2021 (current class)Due to covid-19, a number of adjustments have been made to the academic calendar for the current class and few of these changes would continue in the future,

  • Program commencement from 31 st May 2020, instead of the usual mid-April
  • Online O-week (Orientation week), from 31 st May to 15 th June
  • Digital Headstart Module (DHM) for 10 weeks till 30th August 2020. ISB confirmed that this would continue in the future, albeit for a shorter duration
  • AcademicTerm 1 online with four core courses in a digital format
  • Co-Curricular Activities: Student Engagement & Applied Learning (SEAL) activities and sessions such as alumni connect, learning events, etc.
  • Independent Study / Projects: Sessions on JumpStartIndia@ISB, wherein this year the students will share recommendations with to various governments for bounce-back of economy
  • Students will be based on campus from September 1 st onwards with activities such as placements and industry treks starting January 2021 onwards
  • The class will graduate by 31 st May 2021. Hence, we believe that the class of 2022 (2021 intake) could have a DHM in April and May before starting on campus from June 2021

We hope this was helpful. To get expert application consulting from ISB alumni, reach out to us at 

[email protected] .

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