If we were to admit just one more candidate to the Postgraduate Programme (PGP) at the ISB, why should it be you? (500 words maximum)
Applicants must decide what evidence will best persuade the admissions committee of their worthiness. In my experience, the most compelling essays will share anecdotes that illustrate your leadership. They might also impact and should not simply a list of roles that mirror the application form’s details. For example, about your responsibilities, initiatives, and achievements.
This is your opportunity to explain the “why” (what motivates and drives you) and the “how” (what creativity and interpersonal skills do you apply to make an impact).
And in the end make sure to mention how can you add value to ISB’s class with these qualities. Whether its class discussion, club activities or placements etc etc.
Describe your short and long term career plans. How does the PGP fit in with those? (300 words maximum)
MBA programs ask this question to make sure that your goals are reasonable. Can their program prepare you for them and if your career so far positioned you to achieve them? If the answer to either of these questions is no, then they cannot accept you. You will simply be unhappy when you graduate. Thus one can try to speak with recent graduates about their recruiting experiences and take the initiative to speak with post-MBA professionals with 10 or more years of experience about longer-term career options.
ISB eliminated its optional essay space this year. However, applicants have space on the Education page of the application to explain any gaps during their education.