Embarking on a journey towards career advancement requires a strong foundation, and ISB’s Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) serves as the gateway to success. Designed as a comprehensive, one-year, flagship management program, the PGP equips aspiring professionals with the skills, knowledge, and network necessary to thrive in today’s dynamic business landscape. The school has announced the deadlines for ISB admissions into the flagship PGP for the class 2024-2025, i.e. for the application season 2023-2024.

The ISB PGP Round 1 deadline, set for September 10, 2023, signifies the first milestone on your transformative path. The deadlines for Round 2 and Round 3 are yet to be announced. However, we anticipate them to fall in December 2023 and January 2024, respectively, based on previous application cycles.

ISB is ranked among the top business schools in the world. Established in 2001, ISB has campuses in Hyderabad and Mohali, attracting talented individuals from various professional backgrounds. These include business, engineering, medicine, journalism, defence and more. The PGP at ISB is the flagship program of the school that equips students with the knowledge, skills, and networks required to excel in the dynamic and competitive business landscape. The college follows the principle of ” one school, two campuses” , thus making the experience at par at both the Hyderabad and Mohali campuses.

 Programme Overview

The Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) at ISB is a globally top-ranked, one-year management programme. Regarded among the best B-Schools in the world, ISB exposes future business leaders to multidisciplinary perspectives and global best practices in various fields. The programme is designed to enhance business management skills with cutting-edge research and a widely acclaimed curriculum taught by the best faculty in the world for those who want to transform their careers by expanding their existing thought process and refining their goals and objectives. This one-year programme seamlessly allows the professionals to take a break in the middle of their careers.It is triply accredited with AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB, making it the youngest B school in the country to reach this milestone.

Here is something you should know if you are aiming for admission to ISB:


– A valid GMAT or GRE score

– A bachelor’s degree in any discipline

– Minimum 24 months of full-time work experience after graduation.

Note: Candidates with less than 24 months of work experience can still apply to PGP through two other modes of entry.

– Young Leaders Programme (YLP) – This route is for high-calibre, final and pre-final year college students. The next deadline for YLP is 16th October 2023 (forms are yet to open). 

– Early Entry Option (EEO) – Candidates with less than 2 years of work experience can apply via this route, the deadline for this remains the same ie; 10th September 2023.


To apply to ISB’s PGP (Post Graduate Programme), you need to complete the application form, which consists of several sections. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply:

Personal Details: Fill in your personal information accurately, including your name, contact details, and relevant background information.

Academics: Additionally, provide details of your educational background, including Class X, XII, graduation, and post-graduation if applicable. Mention any additional certifications or courses you have completed. Be sure to include relevant information such as your university name, degree, and academic achievements.

Work Experience: Highlight your work experience, including job responsibilities, initiatives you have taken, and notable achievements. Emphasise the relevance of your roles to the MBA program and demonstrate the impact you have made in your professional career.

Awards & Activities: List any awards, honours, or significant achievements you have received, both in your professional and personal life. Additionally, mention your hobbies and extracurricular activities that showcase your interests and passions. Ensure that your hobbies are relevant and genuinely pursued, as they may be discussed during the interview process.

GMAT/GRE Test Score: Provide a valid GMAT or GRE score, as ISB requires these test scores for admission. Take the test before submitting your application and ensure that your scores will be valid as of the deadline date for the round in which you apply. If necessary, ISB may grant an extension for score submission, typically observed in Round 1 in previous years. Aim for a competitive GMAT score that aligns with ISB’s admission requirements- the range of GMAT in the current class is 600 to 780 and the range of GRE is 311 to 335, with the average GMAT being 711 and GRE is 327.

Application Essays: Pay careful attention to the application essays as they are a crucial component of your application. Use these essays to articulate your career goals, explain why you are pursuing an MBA, and demonstrate how the PGP at ISB will help you achieve those goals. Highlight the unique value you can bring to the ISB community. Expect questions related to your essays during the interview process, as they are thoroughly evaluated.

You can check out this year’s essay topics and our analysis of the same here.

Recommendation or Evaluation: Provide details of a recommender or evaluator who can provide an authentic assessment of your abilities and character. This could be your reporting manager, previous manager, senior colleague, client, business partner, supplier, professor, or anyone who has worked closely with you. Focus on the quality of the recommendation rather than solely considering the seniority of the recommender’s designation. Having both quality and seniority can strengthen your application.

Finally, ensure that you complete all sections of the application form accurately and thoughtfully. Take the time to review your application before submission, ensuring it represents your qualifications, achievements, and aspirations effectively.


Each candidate applying to the PGP (Post Graduate Programme) at ISB is holistically evaluated based on the following parameters:

– Academic Excellence: The candidate’s academic performance is assessed, including their grades, the reputation of the institution they attended, and any additional certifications or courses they have completed. Admissions committees look for a strong academic foundation to ensure the candidate can handle the rigor of the program.

– Work Experience: Additionally, the candidate’s professional background and work experience are carefully evaluated. The duration and quality of work experience, as well as the impact made in previous roles, are considered. Admissions committees assess the candidate’s ability to contribute to classroom discussions and bring practical insights to the program.

– Leadership Potential: Moreover, ISB seeks candidates who have demonstrated leadership potential or qualities. This could be through formal leadership roles, such as team lead or manager, or through informal leadership experiences. The candidate’s ability to inspire and motivate others, make effective decisions, and drive positive change is considered.

– Diversity and Inclusion: In addition, ISB values diversity in its student body, and candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Admissions committees assess the candidate’s unique experiences, perspectives, and cultural diversity. This helps create a dynamic and inclusive learning environment.

– Communication and Interpersonal Skills: Effective communication skills, both verbal and written, are important for success in the program and beyond. Admissions committees evaluate the candidate’s ability to articulate their thoughts, ideas, and aspirations clearly. Strong interpersonal skills, including teamwork and collaboration, are also assessed.

– Personal Achievements and Extracurricular Activities: The candidate’s personal achievements, awards, and participation in extracurricular activities are considered. These showcase the candidate’s well-roundedness, interests, and passions outside of academics and work. Admissions committees seek candidates who have demonstrated commitment, initiative, and excellence beyond their professional lives.

– Goals and Motivation: The candidate’s career goals and motivation for pursuing an MBA are thoroughly evaluated. Admissions committees seek candidates who have a clear sense of purpose, well-defined career goals, and a strong rationale for why they believe the PGP at ISB is the right fit for their aspirations.

– Fit with ISB’s Values and Culture: ISB has a unique culture and set of values, including a focus on teamwork, collaboration, and making a positive impact. Admissions committees assess whether the candidate’s values align with those of the institution. They look for individuals who will thrive in ISB’s collaborative and supportive environment.

Overall, it’s important to note that these parameters are considered collectively, and no single parameter is the deal maker / breaker. ISB strives to build a diverse and talented cohort, and each candidate is evaluated based on their individual strengths, potential, and fit with the program.


When it comes to applying to the Indian School of Business (ISB), prospective applicants often wonder which round offers the best chances of admission and scholarship opportunities. While ISB explicitly states that there is no significant difference in the chances of selection between rounds, there are certain factors that make Round 1 particularly advantageous. This subsection explores the considerations for choosing the right round to apply to ISB, with a focus on maximising scholarship opportunities and receiving timely results.

Scholarship Opportunities:

Again, one factor to consider when deciding which round to apply to ISB is the availability of scholarships. Full tuition fee waivers, which can significantly alleviate the financial burden of the program, are exclusively offered to Round 1 applicants. Additionally, 50% of all merit and need-based waivers are allocated to Round 1 candidates. Therefore, if securing a scholarship is a priority for you, applying in Round 1 increases your chances of obtaining substantial financial assistance.

Timely Results:

Another advantage of applying in Round 1 is the promptness of result announcements. Compared to applicants from later rounds, Round 1 candidates receive their admission decisions much sooner. This can provide a clear advantage in terms of planning and making informed decisions regarding other potential academic or professional opportunities. By applying in Round 1, you gain an early understanding of your admission status, allowing you to adjust your future plans accordingly.


When applying to the Indian School of Business (ISB), it’s essential to develop a well-thought-out strategy to increase your chances of success. Here are some valuable tips to guide you through the application process:

Understand the requirements: Begin by thoroughly understanding the application requirements and criteria set by ISB. Familiarize yourself with the eligibility criteria, prerequisites, and the components of the application, such as essays, recommendation letters, and standardized test scores.

Start early: Importantly, give yourself ample time to complete the application process. Starting early allows you to gather all the necessary documents, reflect on your experiences, and craft a compelling application that highlights your strengths and achievements.

Reflect on your goals: Before drafting your essays or preparing for interviews, take time to reflect on your career goals, aspirations, and how pursuing an MBA at ISB aligns with your vision. Consider your past experiences, skills, and future objectives, and articulate them clearly in your application. 

Showcase your uniqueness: Importantly, differentiate yourself from other applicants by highlighting your unique qualities, experiences, and perspectives. Demonstrate how you can contribute to the ISB community, emphasizing your diverse background, leadership skills, and notable achievements.

Craft compelling essays: The essay portion of the application is an opportunity to showcase your personality, motivations, and experiences. Ensure that your essays are well-structured, authentic, and aligned with the specific prompts provided. Use concrete examples and stories to support your claims and demonstrate your suitability for the program.

Based on our analysis of previous years’ ISB Essay questions, we know that ISB Essays typically revolve around 4 aspects

ASPECT 1 – Why should ISB choose you?
ASPECT 2 – What are the leadership qualities you possess which will help you become a future leader?
ASPECT 3 – What are your career plans after ISB?
ASPECT 4 – Why ISB? (based on your career goals)

We have a separate article on how exactly to write the essays here. You may want to go through it, as well. While the blog is from the 2022-23 application cycle of ISB, the broad approach/scope of the two essays for the current application cycle remains very similar.

Secure strong recommendations: Select recommenders who can provide a detailed and objective assessment of your abilities, character, and potential. It is crucial to choose individuals who can speak to your professional achievements and personal qualities effectively. Provide your recommenders with ample time and guidance to craft persuasive recommendation letters.

Prepare for the interview: If shortlisted, be prepared for an interview with ISB. Research commonly asked interview questions, practise your responses, and showcase your knowledge about ISB’s program and values. Additionally, be ready to discuss your career goals, leadership experiences, and how an MBA from ISB can contribute to your professional growth.

Demonstrate your fit with ISB: Show a genuine interest in ISB by attending information sessions, webinars, or campus visits (if feasible). Familiarise yourself with the curriculum, clubs, and initiatives offered by ISB. Highlight specific aspects of ISB that resonate with your goals and explain how you plan to contribute to the community.

Polish your resume: Ensure your resume is well-structured, concise, and tailored to highlight your key accomplishments, skills, and experiences relevant to the MBA program. Emphasise your career progression, leadership roles, and noteworthy achievements.

Seek feedback and proofread: Before submitting your application, seek feedback from trusted mentors, friends, or family members. They can provide valuable insights and help identify any areas for improvement. Additionally, meticulously proofread your application to eliminate any grammatical or typographical errors. You can also contact us at [email protected] to get assistance from ISB Alumni and experts who can help you.

Lastly, remember that the application process is an opportunity to present your best self and convince the admissions committee that you are an ideal candidate for ISB. By following these tips and developing a well-rounded application strategy, you can maximise your chances of securing admission to ISB’s esteemed MBA program. Good luck!


Q. Where do I get a copy of the application form?

A. ISB’s entire application process is available online and therefore, no printed copy of the form is available/accepted. You will need access to an internet-enabled computer to apply to the program. You will also need to scan some documents to be uploaded and will need access to a scanner. You may know more and access the ISB application portal here: https://www.isb.edu/en/study-isb/post-graduate-programmes/pgp-management/admissions.html


Q. Does the entire application need to be completed within one session?

A. No, you can complete the online application in multiple sessions and have the option to save parts of the application as you proceed.

Q. Which deadline is better to apply – Cycle 1 or Cycle 2?

A. We encourage everyone to apply early as it helps candidates to plan work & relocation arrangements. However, applying in either cycle doesn’t have any material impact on your chances of selection.

Q. What percentage of seats are offered in each of the deadlines?

A. About 50% of the seats are made available in each cycle. ?However, the number of offers we make is at the discretion of the school.

Q. Do I also need to submit a printed copy of the application form once I have submitted it online?

A. No?

Q. How do I send in my academic transcripts/mark sheets, other documents, and photographs required as part of the application?

A. You may scan and upload the documents (photograph, passport, etc.) in the PDF format as part of the application.

Q. How will the evaluators submit their recommendation forms?

A. Evaluators can submit the evaluation/recommendation in the online mode.

Online evaluation requires you to update the evaluator’s current official email ID in your online application form.However, if your evaluator does not have an official email  ID, the personal email ID will be accepted. We will forward a questionnaire to your evaluator as a web link, which he/she would have to fill and submit online.Re-applicants also need to fill in the evaluator details afresh.

Q. How will ISB verify my transcripts/documents?

A. At the time of joining the programme, you will need to bring all the original documents with which we will verify the photocopies/scans with these originals. 

In addition, we also undertake background verification through an external vendor, once the offer is accepted by the applicant.

Q. Can I reapply?

A. Yes, you can reapply. Please note that you cannot reapply within the same academic year. You have to submit a fresh online application along with the application fee and essays next year.

Q. Can I request for feedback on my previous application?

A. ISB doesn’t provide individual feedback on applications.

Q.Do you acknowledge receipt of the application by mail?

A. We convey the status of your application online. Do remember to check your application status.

Q. How do I submit a resume as a part of the application?

A. There is no need for submitting a separate resume.The online application module will generate a resume in the required format with the details you have filled as part of the application. It includes your Academic details, Employment details (along with responsibilities/achievements) and awards & activities.

Note: The author is an ISB alumnus.

You can get help with your ISB applications from ISB Alumni at Strategy4GMAT. To discuss your profile and receive application assistance for MBA programs, you can email us at [email protected] / call us on +91 8808553552 / 9990493487 

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