Isb Essay Analysis Questions

Most Indians aspire to make it to a business school like ISB. Are you one of them? To achieve that goal, you need to write that perfect essay that will impress the AdCom.
 
This sample essay will tell you how to write and how not to write in order to get that prestigious admit.
 

Essay Prompt:

 
If we were to admit just one more student, make a compelling argument as to why that student should be you by describing an (only one) achievement in your personal / professional life that you are most proud of .What did you do that sets you apart from others? What did you learn? (400 words max)
 

Client Profile:

 
– 2 years of experience in the IT industry.
– Post-MBA Short-term goal – Product Management
 

Initial draft:

 
I work as a consultant and my team is involved with internal and external clients. For a project in healthcare domain, under the office of CTO, I was sent as a core java developer to create a remote health monitoring application for elderly patients. On reaching the client team, I discovered that the project was at an incubatory stage with a lot of uncertainty and no clear roadmap to achieve the desired outcome. In this scenario I had to take a leadership role and collaborate with the new team to first settle down on a technological backbone.
 
Second, we collaborated to make design decision and set deadlines to achieve the same. I also had to convince the stakeholders about the roadblocks and challenges faced by the team and also had to set their expectation accordingly by giving compelling arguments. These requirements were out of my profile as a core developer. However, I took a step forward to face these challenges upfront. Although I was the youngest member of the team, I took the complete ownership of the module and apart from talking about the technology I was the one who sat down and implemented the same. As a result of the hard work, the module that I created is now live in hospitals across India with 99 % uptime and the product we developed as a team has earned revenue for the company as it has been accepted by healthcare giants. I was awarded a silver award for this effort along with personal appreciation from the CTO of my company.
 
The above achievement shows my commitment and sense of responsibility for work. It made me understand the full project lifecycle. Also, I grew in confidence and I found myself ready to face any further challenge I was to face in my career ahead.
 
I believe I have gained the ability to envision the final goal and the process required to achieve the same. I also realized that I can make quick decisions based on practical learning. This achievement made me realize that I have the ability to quickly perceive the requirement of leadership roles and I can take a step forward to share such responsibilities. These qualities come naturally to me and I believe this is what that sets me apart.
 
 

Our take on the Initial Draft:

 
I work as a consultant and my team is involved with internal and external clients.
 
A more impactful opening line would benefit this essay. The above line is a little too factual and dry.
 
For a project in healthcare domain, under the office of CTO, I was sent as a core java developer to create a remote health monitoring application for elderly patients. On reaching the client team, I discovered that the project was at an incubatory stage with a lot of uncertainty and no clear roadmap to achieve the desired outcome. In this scenario I had to take a leadership role and collaborate with the new team to first settle down on a technological backbone.
 
The client would do well to explain why he had to assume a leadership role, considering that he was very young at the time. Were there no senior people in the team?
 
Second, we collaborated to make design decision and set deadlines to achieve the same. I also had to convince the stakeholders about the roadblocks and challenges faced by the team and also had to set their expectation accordingly by giving compelling arguments. These requirements were out of my profile as a core developer. However, I took a step forward to face these challenges upfront. Although I was the youngest member of the team, I took the complete ownership of the module and apart from talking about the technology I was the one who sat down and implemented the same.
 
There is some repetition of ideas. The client has mentioned twice that he took ownership though he was actually not required to. The writing needs to be tauter.
 
As a result of the hard work, the module that I created is now live in hospitals across India with 99 % uptime and the product we developed as a team has earned revenue for the company as it has been accepted by healthcare giants. I was awarded a silver award for this effort along with personal appreciation from the CTO of my company.
 
The above achievement shows my commitment and sense of responsibility for work. It made me understand the full project lifecycle. Also, I grew in confidence and I found myself ready to face any further challenge I was to face in my career ahead.
 
I believe I have gained the ability to envision the final goal and the process required to achieve the same.
 
Since this is an ability that is honed over many years and can be improved continuously, it would be better to rephrase ‘I have gained the ability’. As it is now, it sounds a little too grandiose.
 
I also realized that I can make quick decisions based on practical learning. This achievement made me realize that I have the ability to quickly perceive the requirement of leadership roles and I can take a step forward to share such responsibilities.
 
The above sentences could be made a little tighter.
 
These qualities come naturally to me and I believe this is what that sets me apart.
 
Since the question is about what would set the client apart at ISB, the client would do well to mention ISB at this point, and talk about what strengths he brings to the ISB campus.
 
 

Final Cut (after multiple rounds of reviews and drafts):

 
At company ‘X’, I work as a technology consultant for various client-facing projects. I joined this organization fresh out of college and showed promise throughout my training days and initial projects. Hence, in my first year of work, I was handpicked to work directly under the prestigious office of CTO for a CSR initiative in the healthcare domain. The initiative aimed at using technology to facilitate remote health monitoring of elderly patients. When I joined this team, I discovered that the project was at an incubatory stage, with no clear roadmap to achieve the intended outcome. Although the final goal was predetermined by the management, the feasibility of the idea from a technological stand point was still uncertain. In this ambiguous scenario, I assumed an unofficial leadership role and collaborated with the team to settle on a technological backbone. I worked to make design decisions and set deadlines for the same. I also worked to convince the senior management, which included the CTO, about the roadblocks faced by the development team, and thus tempered their expectations.
 
These activities were not part of my responsibilities as a developer. However, that did not deter me from stepping up to fulfill the need of the hour. Although I was the youngest member in the team, I took ownership of one module and was responsible for the entire cycle of its development from ideation till launch. The product we developed exceeded expectations and is now live across hospitals in India. For my hard work and successful delivery, I was awarded a silver award along with a personal note of appreciation from the CTO. This achievement established my reputation in the organization as a committed, reliable professional. More importantly, it set the ground for what I expected from myself in future endeavors. Having proved my mettle at an early stage in my career, my confidence grew by leaps and bounds. I believe that this early display of leadership sets me apart and makes me a worthy member of ISB’s prestigious student pool. I am confident that I can add significant value to ISB by assuming positions of leadership in clubs such as the Consulting and Business in Technology clubs.
 
 


Indian School of Business Essay Topic Analysis 2016-2017

Following up on our post with the 2016-2017 Indian School of Business essays, we wanted to offer some guidance to applicants who are targeting the ISB PGP in Management this admissions season.  The ISB adcom has streamlined its essay set for this year, yielding only two required essays with some slight modifications compared to last year.

Let’s take a closer look at each of the ISB PGP essays for 2016-2017:

Essay 1: If we were to admit just One more candidate to the Postgraduate Programme (PGP) at the ISB, why should it be you? (400 words max)
This essay puts the onus on applicants to showcase their fit with ISB.  Dropping the request for a single accomplishment (personal or professional) from last year’s essay topic, ISB opens the door for broader content.  However, given the short word limit of this essay, applicants would do well to develop two, possibly three, hallmarks of their candidacy, as opposed to summarize everything that may already be covered elsewhere in the application.  Rich anecdotes that show one’s abilities and impact will make a greater impression on the reader.

In deciding what to cover, we recommend that applicants consider the skill set, personal quality, or values that they most want to highlight. Some candidates might choose to emphasize their ability to drive impressive results and manage a team in meeting an objective, as these skills map onto future professional success in a fairly straightforward way. Meanwhile, other applicants might choose to highlight their integrity and authenticity by discussing a time they championed an unpopular position and influenced a decision-making process. Still others might want to showcase the innovation and resourcefulness involved in starting a new community organization or support group based on a shared need or interest they observed around them. In sum, applicants should first reflect on what they consider to be their greatest ways to add value to the ISB community, and select related accomplishments that enable them to put that contribution forward for consideration.

Effective responses will detail the accomplishment, explaining the larger context and the players involved before taking the reader through a brief step-by-step account of what the applicant did and what the positive outcome was. Applicants should also take care to address what they learned in the conclusion of their response. We recommend taking this one step further by closing the essay with a comment on how these lessons would translate to a contribution to class discussion in one or two specific courses, or to enhancing the offerings of a particular student club at ISB. This will help to signal your familiarity with the program, and strengthen your case for being that one last student that the adcom admits.

Essay 2: Describe your short and long term career plans. How does the PGP fit in with those?(300 words max)
This ISB essay section closes with this fairly straightforward career goals essay. Applicants would do well to sketch out the position they plan to seek immediately after their PGP studies, and to include some information about how they’ve become interested in that role and where they hope it might take them 5-10 years down the road. Of course, the majority of the essay should focus on the ways the PGP in Management from ISB would position them for success, so we recommend that applicants aim to cover their career goals in 100-125 words.

Applicants should then summarize the skills and areas of knowledge that they need to gain in order to accomplish their professional objectives, and provide a detailed treatment of the courses and other programmatic offerings at ISB that will help them to bridge that gap. It’s important to showcase your familiarity with the program in this response, as this will help to illustrate the extent of your interest in the PGP and your understanding of why it’s a good fit for you. If there’s a study abroad opportunity that appeals to you or a student club that organizes an annual conference that’s perfectly aligned with your goals, be sure to mention this. Effective responses to this question will include a good amount of ISB-specific details in this short response. Taking the time to learn about the program — by reviewing the school’s website, speaking with students and alumni, visiting the campus or attending an information session, and reading the Clear Admit School Guide to the Indian School of Business — will pay dividends here.

Essay 3: Please use this space to provide any other information not covered elsewhere in the application that could significantly impact your candidature at ISB.
  Note: It is not necessary for you to write this essay. Please use this space only if there is something really significant that you would like us to know. 
(200 words max)
The wording of this essay prompt — and the additional note stressing the fact that applicants do not need to respond — signals that this space should be reserved for addressing potential liabilities or concerns in an application, such as a period of unemployment longer than 3 months, poor undergraduate or GMAT performance, or other extenuating circumstances that have influenced your career path or application. Responses should be brief and to the point, providing explanations without making excuses, and calling attention to any mitigating factors or strengths that you wish to highlight in order to alleviate the impact of any liabilities.

Clear Admit Resources
Thanks for reading our analysis of this year’s ISB MBA essay topics! As you work on your Indian School of Business MBA essays and application, we encourage you to consider all of Clear Admit’s ISB offerings:

 

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