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Essay Debrief

There will be 900 students in the class of 2021. Why should you be one of them? (400 words max)

As always, I like to start any essay by paraphrasing it. What does the above essay question imply?

Why should ISB select you?
What differentiates you from the rest?
How will you add value to the classroom discussions?

Most of the times just the above exercise helps me get started on the essay. To explain my point further, this is an opportunity for you to highlight your achievements and demonstrate your leadership skills. Try to put your achievements in numbers wherever possible to help the reader understand the impact you’ve made. While there is no specific rule that you should talk ONLY about your professional achievements but it is advisable to stick to that. Unless, you have some really notable achievements in your extracurricular domain (Think National Awards, Batman – if you wish to reveal your identity). You should also hint in your essay about the diversity you will bring in the classroom discussions with your unique experiences. How will your classmates benefit from you being a part of the class?

What will you be doing in 2025 and 2030? How will the ISB PGP programme help you to achieve these goals? (400 words max)

Let’s paraphrase this essay question as well. What does the above essay question imply?

What will you be doing 4 years after you graduate?
What will you be doing 9 years after you graduate?

Seems like ISB is asking you your short-term and long-term goals. Mention your post-MBA goals and keep them short as you would want more words for the second part of this essay. The second part is straight forward.

Why ISB?
Why PGP?

Highlight the unique aspects of ISB’s PGP program that makes it the best fit program for you. Try to align your goals with these unique aspects (Think a particular course, professor or an event). Also, touch upon why have you decided to pursue PGP at this point in your career. Happy Writing.

Apart from the essays above ISB application requires:

  1. One Reference

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