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ISB Hyderabad 2011-12 Deadlines

Round 1 Round 2
Application Deadline August 30, 2010
23:59:59 Hrs IST
November 30, 2010
23:59:59 Hrs IST
Offer Decision On or before
November 15, 2010
On or before
February 15, 2011
Acceptance Decision 15 days from
the date of offer
15 days from
the date of offer

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Application Deadline

August 30, 2010
23:59:59 Hrs IST

November 30, 2010
23:59:59 Hrs IST

Offer Decision

On or before
November 15, 2010

On or before
February 15, 2011

Acceptance Decision

15 days from
the date of offer

15 days from
the date of offer

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The deadlines for the two rounds of admission are as follows:

Cycle 1
Application Deadline: September 15, 2011
Offer Date: By November 15, 2011

Cycle 2
Application Deadline: November 30, 2011
Offer Date: By February 15, 2012

All deadlines are 23:59:59 Hrs Indian Time.

These deadlines are for Indian passport holders. For international applicants (those holding non-Indian passport), ISB follows a rolling admissions process, the timeframe to apply for which is from April 8, 2011 till January 15, 2012. The application fee for the program is INR 3000 or USD 60. For re-applicants, the application fee is INR 1000.

ISB Essays 2012
There are 3 mandatory essays, as usual and one additional essay for re-applicants. The essay topics for 2011-2012 application have also been published and are as follows:

ISB Essay 1 : Please detail, your two most significant achievements. These could be either professional or personal but relevant to your application to the ISB. (300 words max)

ISB Essay 2 : Where do you see yourself three years after you graduate from the ISB? (300 words max)

ISB Essay 3 : Please provide additional information, that will significantly affect the consideration of your application to the ISB. (300 words max)

All the 3 essays are required essays and exceeding the word limit is strictly not allowed.

NYU Stern Essay Tips

Essay 1 – Professional Aspirations (750 word maximum):

Think about the decisions you have made in your life. Answer the following:
(a) What choices have you made that led you to your current position?
(b) Why pursue an MBA at this point in your life?
(c) What is your career goal upon graduation from NYU Stern? What is your long-term career goal?

This is the standard career goals and why MBA essay.

Though you can be creative with structure but writing chronologically makes sense in this essay. Starting with your career so far and then showing how an MBA would help you get on to the path of your medium and long term goals gives the essay a good structure. Remember that the part (b) is only about an MBA and not about NYU Stern specifically. You have essay 2 to focus on Stern.

In writing about your career so far, it’s important to focus on the options you had at various points in your career and your thought process that led you in your chosen direction. By giving a glimpse into your thought process, you also give the adcom a chance to understand what matters to you and what kind of person you are.

To justify the need for MBA, you can first explain your short, medium, and long term goals and then bring out the current weaknesses in your skill set that hold you from moving effectively towards these goals. Try to give credibility to your career goals through your past academics, extra-curricular or work experience. The final step would be to write the specific touch points of an MBA that will eliminate those weaknesses.

Essay 2 – Your Stern Experience (500 word maximum, double spaced, 12-point font)

We take great care to shape the Stern community with individuals who possess both intellectual and interpersonal strengths. We seek individuals who are highly intelligent, collaborative, and committed to flourishing as Stern leaders.

Please answer the following:

(a) What is your personal experience with the Stern community? Tell us what actions you have taken to learn about us.

(b) Describe what most excites you about Stern from both an academic and extracurricular perspective.

(c) How do you anticipate making your mark on the Stern community? Be specific about the roles you will take on and the impact you hope to achieve.

NYU Stern prides itself on its collaborative and cohesive community. You gel best with a community when you feel strongly about it. Accordingly, while addressing part (a) of this essay, try to show to the adcom that you have made an effort to experience the Stern community and that you’ll fit well in it. Attend Stern admission events, read student blogs, research its website, visit campus if possible and talk to its students, staff and faculty to bring authenticity and credibility to your essay.

Use your response to part (b) to indicate how an MBA specifically from Stern would help you move towards your goals. Mention specific aspects of Stern academic and extracurricular life – Unique courses, faculty research or a specific networking opportunity relevant to your area of interest, any specific professional club, etc. Use your experience with the Stern community to think what about Stern excites you. Writing what you really feel would differentiate you here.

The final part gives you an opportunity to indicate to the adcom how the Stern community would benefit from you. Make a credible case from your past experiences in undergraduate college or in job to demonstrate that the responsibilities you take at Stern would make a difference to the people around you. Keep in mind the emphasis this question places on interpersonal skills and leadership. Once again, your interactions with Stern community would give you a flavor of its campus life and various activities and help you find your own sweet spot between them.

Essay 3 – Personal Expression:
Please describe yourself to your MBA classmates. You may use almost any method to convey your message. Feel free to be creative.

Please be aware that only .doc, .rtf, .xls, and .txt files may be uploaded here. If you submit Essay 3 with your supplementary materials, please include a brief description of it here.

All submissions become part of NYU Stern’s permanent records and cannot be returned for any reason. Please do not submit anything that must be viewed or played electronically (e.g. CDs, DVDs, mp3s, online links), that is perishable (e.g. food), or that has been worn (e.g. used clothing). If you submit a written essay, it should be 500 words maximum, double-spaced, 12-point font.

In the first two essays, you have written about your professional side. However, your MBA classmates, who would spend two years with you under the Stern MBA rigor, would like to know you as a person.

There is no set rule here. But if you just be yourself, you will be able to bring out what’s unique in you. Talk to your friends and understand how they would describe you. If they have to imagine you in graphics, ask what they see. Think what you are passionate about, what you care about, what excites you!

Once you have understood the best description of yourself, unleash your creativity in finding the best way to express it. For a writer, it could well be just creative writing. As much as possible, avoid using presentation slides because Chicago Booth has introduced that format in a similar essay.

Essay 4 – Additional Information: (optional)
Please provide any additional information that you would like to bring to the attention of the Admissions Committee. This may include current or past gaps in employment, further explanation of your undergraduate record or self-reported academic transcript(s), plans to retake the GMAT, GRE and/or TOEFL, or any other relevant information.

If you are unable to submit a recommendation from a current supervisor, you must explain your reason in this essay.

If you are a reapplicant from last year, please explain how your candidacy has improved since your last application.

If you are applying to a dual degree program, please explain your decision to pursue a dual degree.

Stern’s optional essay covers a broad range of issues and is not the standard optional essay. It’s mandatory for you if you fall under any of the three categories specifically mentioned in the question.

If you are a reapplicant, touch briefly on your improvements in all the areas covered in the other three essays, but specifically focus on the weakness that held you back last time. If you received any feedback from the adcom last time, this is the place to use it.

If you don’t fall under any of the three categories mentioned in the question, write this essay only if it either adds something to make your candidature outstanding or provides explanations for any specific weaknesses in your profile, like a gap in work experience, a low undergraduate GPA, etc. But rather than seeking excuses for any such weakness, try to demonstrate a strength that explains and makes up for that weakness.

Also if a weakness can also potentially show up during your MBA at the NYU Stern, give convincing reasons to the adcom how you will not let it show up there.

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Specially intended for working professionals, PGPEX program of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC) is rapidly heading towards popularity for its transparent selection procedure and promising placement opportunity. The application essays can be an excellent way to unfold your academic, professional as well as personal expertise to the admission committee and distinguish yourself from the rush. Find some tips on this year’s essay questions below.

Statement of Purpose: Through this introductory essay the admission committee primarily wants to assess of your keenness and perception towards IIMC PGPEX. You are supposed to cover all the essential and vital queries that you may have possibly encountered on your way towards deciding for the course.

To start with, discuss about your professional involvements till date and then switch smoothly to your short term and long term goals while describing the limitations and benefits of your past or current job. Here, mind your balance of statement. Don’t sound like either too much frustrated or too contented. After that, explain how you think IIMC PGPEX will contribute in achieving your goals and also why you think this is the right time for you to join the course. Carefully refrain from hollow flattering statements; instead try to incorporate fact-based analysis that sounds more realistic and genuine.

IIMC PGPEX Essay 1: Give detailed descriptions of three activities you performed in your workplace in the last five years which will help us assess your abilities and strengths.

IIMC PGPEX Essay 1 Tips: A lot depend on the potential of the activities that you choose to reach closer to the expectation from this question. Your essay should contain proper instances that depict your managerial aptitudes like leadership quality, ability to take impromptu decisions, flexibility, logical thinking process, maturity, and an overall association with global trends. You can fix in your mind on the points to be covered and distribute those among the three incidents that you will pick. If the first incident helps to reveal your leadership quality and flexibility then the second may stress on your maturity and thinking process and the third may focus on some others. Alternatively, without being that much particular, you can focus on all the qualities collectively in each of the incidents.

IIMC PGPEX Essay 2: Narrate an important/unusual incident of your life when you had to face a very demanding/challenging situation. How did you overcome the situation? What lessons did you learn from this incident?

IIMC PGPEX Essay 2 Tips: Your response to harsh conditions, your ability to overcome and your learning from those will be evaluated from this essay. So, again the choice of the situation is very much vital. You can describe something special from your personal life as you have already covered the professional incidents in the previous question. The incident should help to form a concrete idea on your values, character, special skills, leadership quality and others.

Lastly, while describing the incidents make sure that you stress on highlighting the challenge first and then talk about how you strive for solutions and achieve your goal.

IIMC PGPEX Essay 3: (Only for re-applicants) what are the changes in your profile vis-à-vis previous year’s?

IIMC PGPEX Essay 3 Tips: This essay gives a chance to show how critically you can analyse your faults and how competent you are in compensating for those. Discuss the possible weaknesses in your profile last year and write about the constructive methods you have adapted and most importantly how you have practiced them throughout the year. It will look more realistic if you can focus on the details of your initial set backs and fight backs to overcome the weaknesses in your profile.

IIMC PGPEX Essay 4: (Optional) anything else you would like to highlight in support of your application?

IIMC PGPEX Essay 4 Tips: If you think you still have some important aspects of your career or character which have not been exposed through the above essays then this one gives the opportunity to reveal those. But be certain about the fact that you really need to express those. Don’t just attempt it for the sake of attempting; otherwise you may end up irritating the admission committee. It is optional in true sense. However, if you have genuine reasons like clarifying any underperformance or stating any interesting quality of yours then don’t hesitate to talk about it.

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