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ISB essay questions 2014-2015

ISB essay questions for class entering in 2014 ( class of 2015) have been released. There are 3 mandatory and 1 optional essays.

Here are the ISB essay questions for 2014-2015 batch

ISB essay question 1: Attitude, skills and knowledge differentiate people. Elaborate with two examples on how you would differentiate yourself. (300 words max)

ISB essay question 2: How does the ISB PGP tie-in with your career goals? (300 words max)

ISB essay question 3: Pick the most significant achievement (professional or personal) you have had and elaborate on the key learning you took away from it. (300 words max)

ISB essay question 4 (optional): Please provide additional information, if any, that will significantly affect the consideration of your application to the ISB. (300 words max)

Note: There is no video required this year.


  1. Akash says:

    What about the video essay? Has it been removed?

  2. Vinay says:

    I had a word with ISB adcom member. Last year most of the applicant submitted the video essay on the date of deadline which they couldn’t upload due to server problem. They were asked to mail the video essay to admission office. So, just to avoid the last moment rush, they’ve removed the video essay.


  3. Rashid Iqbal says:

    Dear Sir,

    I have a question regarding deadline. I will be writing my GMAT by July-end. Which round/cycle should I target for ISB? What if I apply in cycle-2? Kindly help


  4. Neha Bhatt says:

    ISB’s R-1 deadline is Sept-15. So, I believe that you should target R-1 as you would have sufficient time to write essays.


  5. Srikanth says:

    I do agree. R-1 deadline should be within your reach.

  6. Ashok Sachdeva says:

    Hi guys,

    I am Ashok and targeting ISB R-1.Kindly have a look over my profile and suggest my chances.

    10th- 75%
    12th- 86%
    CGPA- 7.75 (NIT)
    Work Exp- 4.5 yrs.
    Industry- Finance
    Post-MBA: Consulting
    Extra-curricular: Captain of Volleyball team. Played at state level. Lead cricket team as well in college. President in college.

    Kindly let me know.


  7. Roopali Pais says:

    Hi Ashok,

    Profile seems fine. Chances will depend on your GMAT scores, application essays and interviews. You must exhibit skills and achievements in essays.


  8. Ahmed says:

    What is the minimum work experience required in applying to business school?

  9. Vijay Guliani says:

    Most of the b-schools ask for 2 yrs. minimum while applying for full-time MBA.

  10. Ahmed says:

    Hi Vijay,

    Thanks for replying. Currently I have 1 yrs. 2 months of work experience. What would you suggest? Am I eligible for ISB & other business schools? Would appreciate your thoughts.


  11. Asha Sukhanad says:

    When to start writing essays for ISB? I will give GMAT by Aug-end.


  12. Sarthak P says:

    Hey Asha,

    Writing essays need lot of effort and time. I personally feel that it takes 15-20 days to complete. Therefor, I would suggest you to target R-2 i.e. after finishing your GMAT.


  13. Manisha Tripathi says:

    R-2 deadline would be advisable.

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