The Post Graduate Programme or PGP refers to ISB’s full-time one-year residential management programme. The PGP is comparable in rigor and content to a regular two-year full-time MBA programme offered by global business schools.
No, the Post Graduate Programme is similar in rigor and content to a regular two-year full-time MBA programme offered by global business schools.
No, only universities can award a degree in India. ISB PGP is neither a degree nor a diploma.
The concentrations offered can be viewed on our website at learning model
Students get an opportunity to be part of various corporate exposure trips that are either faculty-led or student-led treks. These treks offer valuable experiences where participants interact with different stakeholders and gain comprehensive insights into industries and organizations. There are three categories of study treks available:
I. International: Participants journey to organizations located abroad.
II. Domestic: Participants visit organizations in domestic locations.
III. Social Sector: Participants explore organizations in the government or social sector.
Career Week helps students prepare for their placement interviews. The week comprises a range of workshops aimed at preparing students for both interviews and selecting their career paths during the placement week. These workshops involve engaging with influential leaders from the industry and offering guidance on resume building, among other topics.
The approximate batch size is 900 students. The Class of 2024 comprises 881 students across both the Hyderabad and Mohali campuses.
The eligibility criteria are:
1) Students must possess an undergraduate (Bachelor's Degree)/post-graduate degree in any discipline.
2) A minimum of two years' full-time work experience (for the PGP regular admissions) and less than 24 months of full-time work experience (for a deferred admission through the Early Entry Option) is preferred.
3) A valid GMAT/ GRE score.
4) TOEFL/IELTS score is required for students from countries other than India, where English is not the primary language of instruction
All short-listed applicants will be interviewed as a part of the selection process.
We encourage everyone to apply early as it helps candidates to plan work & relocation arrangements. Nonetheless, submitting an application during either cycle does not significantly affect your likelihood of being selected.
All three rounds have the same eligibility criteria, with no exceptions for GMAT/GRE scores.
The allocation of seats from YLP and EEO routes does not follow a predetermined percentage. It varies based on the specific characteristics and qualifications of the candidates who apply through these routes.
There is no specific minimum score required for the GMAT/GRE. Nevertheless, in the current class, the GMAT scores range from 530 to 780, while the GRE scores range from 319 to 330.
Yes, the applicant has to take the GMAT/GRE and submit the score before sending in the application.
Yes, you can. The application can be submitted along with the test centre/unofficial score report. The official score report from Pearson VUE (GMAT) / ETS (GRE) should reach the Admissions Team within three weeks of application submission.
No, The Integrated Reasoning (IR) scores will not be considered for your application evaluation.
GMAT/GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the date the exam was taken. Please ensure that your score is valid as on the deadline date of the round in which you apply.
The higher score would be considered, provided it is within the validity period of five years.
Once you report the scores, it takes up to three weeks for the official scores to reach us.
You will not be allowed to submit your application without a valid GMAT/GRE score. However, you can submit the application with your test center score report.
No, ISB does not differentiate between GRE and GMAT scores and neither do we convert them.
A TOEFL/IELTS score is required for non-Indian students who did not have English as the primary language of instruction during their undergraduate studies
IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. To know more about IELTS, please visit their official website
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.
No, you can complete the online application in multiple sessions and have the option to save parts of the application as you proceed.
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.
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.
You may scan and upload the documents (photograph, passport, etc.) in the PDF format as part of the application.
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.
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.
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.
ISB doesn't provide individual feedback on applications.
We convey the status of your application online. Do remember to check your application status.
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.
As a part of the admissions process, all shortlisted candidates will be interviewed. There is no group discussion.
There is no fixed percentage of students being called by ISB either for interviews or for admission.
You will be interviewed over telephone & Skype call. You have to call the telephone number given in the interview mail sent to you and connect to the Skype ID given.
Are there different fee structures for Indian and International students?
No, the fee structure is the same for all students.
You may accept the offer made by remitting a non-refundable admission fee of INR 250,000/- plus taxes within the deadline specified in the offer email. If the amount has not been paid within the deadline, it will be assumed that you are not interested in joining the program and the offer will be withdrawn.
No, the Admission fee is part of the Academic fee. On accepting the admission offer, the admit is initially required to pay a non-refundable sum of Rs. 250,000/- plus taxes as admission fee. Please note that the admission fee is non-refundable
I have paid the admission fee but due to unavoidable circumstances, I will not be able to join the program. Will the admission fee be refunded to me?
No, the admission fee once remitted is not refundable.
ISB should receive your acceptance decision within 10 days from the date of the admission offer. For candidates who have been made an offer after being put on the waitlist, need to pay the admission fee by the date mentioned in the offer letter.
You may remit the application fee using any Master/Visa/credit card or through net banking.
No, the acceptance dates are fixed by the Admissions Committee. If the acceptance amount is not received by the due date, it will be assumed that the applicant is not interested in the program and the offer made to the applicant will stand automatically withdrawn.
Financial Aid is provided to students in the form of tuition waivers, scholarships, and loans.
Tuition Waivers & Scholarships: ISB awards both merit and need-based tuition waivers to qualifying applicants ranging from INR 3,00,000 to full tuition. Details of these waivers will be indicated in the admission offer where applicable. The details of the waivers/ scholarships are available on our website. Please visit the link for scholarship details.
Loans: Student loans are available through a few leading financial institutions. Please check the website for details
Tuition waivers are discounts on the tuition fee granted by ISB and communicated in the admission offer while scholarships are generally granted by other organizations and dependent on your performance in the programme.
Yes, ISB offers financial aid to qualifying International students through tuition waivers
The selection criteria usually depend on the organization granting the scholarship. The qualifying process is highly competitive, and the selection criteria vary from year to year.
While there is no application needed for applying for a merit waiver, the applicant must write the essay given in the application form and submit proof of income as detailed in the application.
Once the admission process has been completed, all admitted students will be informed of the loan application deadlines through a separate email.
Yes, applicants are encouraged to get themselves sponsored by their employers.
No, there are no separate admission criteria for such candidates and the regular admission procedure will apply.
No, the fee structure and the selection criteria are universally applicable.
The number varies from year to year. ISB has established partnerships with over 50 esteemed schools across several countries including the U.S., France, South Africa, Israel, Germany, China, Pakistan, South Korea, Singapore, U.K., Canada, Italy, Australia, Spain, Switzerland, Chile, Netherlands, Taiwan, Poland, Thailand, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, and more. This international collaboration brings students from various global schools to the ISB campus, enhancing diversity and fostering a rich peer-learning experience.
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Students go on an exchange programme depending upon the mutual schedules of ISB and the concerned exchanged partner school. This period can range from one to two ISB elective terms, most often terms 7 and 8 although some students do go in terms 5 and 6.
The students are allotted bidding points which they use to bid for their preferred exchange programme.
Each student is allotted an equal number of bidding points. Each term students must apply their points towards particular courses and the highest bidder is enrolled in each course. Normally most students get most of the courses that they bid for.
Most students return during placement week to participate, while others manage their placements from overseas.
Yes, for more details please visit http://www.isb.edu/pgp/international-exchange and http://www.isb.edu/pgp/learning-model/inter-campus-exchange
As ISB's PGP is a one-year programme, a summer internship is not possible. However, ISB offers the Experiential Learning Programme (ELP) to benefit students interested in doing projects while on campus. For more on ELP, please visit http://www.isb.edu/for-organisations/recruit/student-projects/experiential-learning-programme
Placements usually start in the second week of November/December every year. While a few international companies start coming in from October onwards, the placements continue till end of March.
No, ISB does not guarantee placements but every effort is made by the Career Advancement Services (CAS) Office to help students find and secure their ideal career opportunities. However, placements are a function of demand and supply and the CAS helps students manage their career expectations realistically.
The details are on the website under the Placement highlights section. You can also download the Placement Report for this year from the website
Yes, our PGP program enables career shifts across function & industry.
1) As a first step, a student must be clear on what they seek. This comes from personal preferences, aspirations, research etc.
2) When you join our PGP, our Career Advancement Services (CAS) gives you the necessary inputs through workshops, psychometric analysis and one-on-one discussions for furthering your career aspirations. You will work with our L&D (Learning & Development) team so you are able to make informed decisions and prepare for the career you would like to embark upon.
3) The case-study classroom and peer group interactions are also designed so that you can develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make the career transition you desire.
4) It is crucial that the students take ownership of developing the required skills-set when employers come to recruit on campus. It is up to the students to convince the employer finally that they are the best fit for the roles they are applying.
ISB invites faculty to teach a course during a term and they are available on campus throughout the term. Faculty from Wharton, Kellogg, London Business School, Stanford, Chicago, Duke, and Texas among others, have taught at ISB. For more details please visit http://www.isb.edu/faculty-research/faculty/directory
Faculty members are easily accessible to the students, as they stay on campus throughout the term.
ISB neither offers a diploma nor a degree. It is a certificate program for students with experience. Therefore, we have not sought recognition for our Post Graduate Programme in Management from either the AICTE or the UGC. However, ISB's PGP is accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System).
Given the rigour of the course and ISB’s aim to build a small but highly interactive campus community, it is a fully residential programme for all students.
We offer fully serviced studio apartments with a preferential allotment to married students. However, your preferred type of accommodation cannot always be guaranteed, though every reasonable effort is made to address your specific requirements.
Accommodation information can be found at http://www.isb.edu/pgp/campuses
We encourage prospective applicants to visit the campus at Mohali/Hyderabad and have a look at our facilities. Campus tours are organized on Fridays during the office hours (2 pm to 4 pm).
Kindly schedule a confirmed appointment for a mutually convenient slot by emailing your request with a copy of your updated Curriculum Vitae/Resume to Team Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org preferably a week in advance.
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No. ISB doesn't give any reservations or quotas. However, we encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.
Yes, we have a deferral policy in place. However, it is approved only in extenuating situations on a case by case basis.
You may send in a request along with reasons (including supporting documents) by email and it will be referred to the Admissions Committee. A decision will be taken on a case by case basis and communicated to the applicant.
An additional interest-free deposit of INR 250,000/- needs to be remitted within 10 days from the date of deferral being communicated.
No, further deferral will not be possible.
Tuition fee payable is applicable as per the class you will be enrolling for.
The initial admission fee of INR 250,000 is non-refundable under any circumstances. However, the additional deposit is refundable.
Work experience should be full-time. Part-time work experience will not be considered.
While the article-ship will add value to the exposure, it will not be considered as work experience for admission.
Yes, your work experience will be viewed in the context of the responsibilities you have handled.
If this experience is full-time and if you can support this with relevant documents in your application, you can apply. The quality and relevance of your experience in your business will be critical. You will still have to furnish recommendations. Recommendations from your father, friends and family will not be accepted. You should furnish recommendation from people with whom you have a strictly professional interaction such as your clients, vendors etc.
No, as long as you have been awarded a Bachelor's Degree from a recognised university, you are eligible to apply.
ISB would like to admit well-rounded students. Extra-curricular activities add that extra dimension to your personality. In the US, it is routine for people to do community service, which they can mention as an extra-curricular activity in their applications. But Indian conditions are different, so not having done such activities is understandable. However, you may have done things outside your academic pursuits that are worth a mention. Did you tutor a kid anytime, did you organize a festival in your apartment complex, did you volunteer your time in some campaign or raise funds for a cause? If you haven't done anything at all, it's never too late to start. Don't do it just to get your B-school admission, but do what interests you. If you are in the IT area, think of something related to IT that you can do after office hours. How about persuading your company to donate their obsolete computers to charity? The possibilities are endless.
Although most study material is included in the course packs, you will need to buy textbooks for various courses periodically. The expenditure on textbooks for the programme is estimated at INR 15,000 - INR 20,000.
Yes, there are several schools around ISB. More information is available upon request.
There is no restriction in applying to our programme, but you should demonstrate very good reasons in your application for wanting to do the PGP from ISB.
Yes, you will be. However, you will need to obtain a certificate from World Education Services (http://www.wes.org) to the effect that your certificate course is equivalent to a Degree.
The eligibility criterion at ISB requires all students to have an undergraduate degree. If your diploma is equivalent to a degree by the appropriate authorities, it will be acceptable, otherwise not.
We recognise the CABM Credential as an additional qualification and could help with the shortlist for the interview.
The Early Entry Option is a deferred admission offer to the PGP.
The eligibility criteria are:
All short-listed applicants will be interviewed as a part of the selection process
There is no minimum/fixed percentage.
Pre-final and final year undergraduate and post graduate college students are eligible to apply to the YLP. Graduates can apply directly to the PGP.
Yes, students pursuing under graduate, post graduate or integrated programmes (Bachelor's + Master's) of any duration are eligible to apply.
No, a rejection for the YLP has no bearing on your chances of acceptance in the future.
The YLP is an entry route to the PGP at ISB. Placement support is provided to PGP students once they complete the PGP. No placement support is provided to YLP admits prior to their enrolment in the PGP through the YLP.
YLP admits join the PGP cohort without any discrimination.
GMAT or GRE scores are required as a part of the Stage II evaluation process of YLP. You may choose to take either one.
Only one evaluation (recommendation) is required in Stage II of the evaluation process.
The YLP evaluation process is spread across three stages. Each stage requires the candidate to provide additional information. For updated details, please refer to the YLP web pages.
Ideally, your evaluator should be someone who has closely observed your work in the recent past, gaining valuable insights into your abilities, areas of improvement, and overall performance. It is important that your evaluator is well-acquainted with your skills and potential for growth.
To ensure a thorough evaluation, it is advisable to provide your recommender with sufficient time. Therefore, it is recommended to submit your request as early as possible.
You will be required to provide their name, phone number, and official email address, following which an evaluation link will be sent to them.
We only need one LOR.
No template is necessary, and there is no need to email a PDF or send a physical copy. The entire process is conducted online, and your recommender will receive the email.
Email the details to email@example.com. The tech team will do the needful from the backend.
ISB does not distinguish between fresh applicants and re-applicants when considering applications. If you fall into the category of re-applicants, it is important to emphasize your accomplishments since your previous application. Moreover, all reapplicants are eligible for a 50% waiver on the application fee.
There is no need to submit the score to ISB again unless it is for a retest.
Tuition fee waivers will be provided to deserving candidates regardless of the application round, with a minimum of 25% and a maximum of up to 100% being offered.
By default, all applicants to ISB are automatically considered for the merit-based scholarship. The scholarship selection process includes an evaluation of the overall application, which considers factors such as the GMAT/GRE scores, academic background, quality of work experience and performance in the interview.
The scholarship selection criteria typically rely on the organization offering the scholarship. The competition during the qualification process is highly competitive and the specific selection criteria change from year to year.
The total annual family income should not exceed Rs 18 lakhs. This income encompasses the earnings or pensions of yourself, your father, your mother, and your spouse (if applicable). Documentation supporting the income must be provided.
In the scholarship section of the application portal, you must select the appropriate scholarships that allow applicants to submit a separate essay specifically for the need-based scholarship they are applying for.
1) Working Professionals: Last month's salary slip.
2) If you wish to submit the variable/bonus component of CTC, merge the salary slip with an offer letter.
3) Entrepreneurs: Last 3 months’ bank statement, latest ITR filed.
4) Retired Parents: No proof of Income is required. Upload the retirement letter or self-declaration.
All applicants to ISB are automatically eligible for consideration for additional scholarships that are not specifically mentioned on the website. The evaluation process for these scholarships takes into account various factors such as GMAT/GRE scores, academic achievements, quality of work experience, and interview performance.
No, there are parameters based on which scholarships are awarded which include your Academics, Work exp, your Test score, LOR & Essays.