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ISB 2015 Essay Analysis by General Education

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Essay 1: If we were to admit just one more student, make a compelling argument as to why that student should be you by describing a (only one) challenging experience you’ve had in your personal / professional life. How were you tested? What did you do that sets you apart from others? What did you learn? (up to 400 words)

Analysis:Candidate should grab this opportunity to highlight a challenging experience. A special mention should be made as to why the applicant thinks that the situation was challenging (e.g. did the situation demand going against certain personality/behavioral traits, values, professional ethics, norms?). The underlying theme of this essay is to see what unique traits a candidate brings to the table by looking at his/her logical yet creative thinking. One should also mention few takeaways from this experience and conclude by talking about how the learning could benefit his/her peer group.

Essay 2: Describe a (only one) defining moment in your personal / professional life when you had to make a risky decision, and explain what you did and why? (up to 300 words)

Analysis:Risk, by its definition, means uncertainty or probability of danger. The candidate should emphasize on a life event where s(he) was exposed to a vulnerability and how s(he)approached this situation. If possible, quantify the risk. One should focus on one's ability to take calculated risks by talking about a well-laid down path. What were the alternatives and which was chosen, how the problem was broken down, what were the milestones/controlling mechanisms put in place and how was the success/failure defined? are some questions that one should be thinking of while writing this essay. Another important aspect that one may like to touch upon is the stakeholder buy-in since risky decisions do involve some bit of convincing others who are directly impacted by its outcome.

Essay 3: What are your post-MBA career plans and how will your past experiences and the Indian School of Business programme contribute to taking you there? (up to 300 words)

Analysis:This essay gives an opportunity to the candidate to define his/her career (short+long) goals and be clear about what s/he is looking to achieve professionally. One should showcase one's long-term planning abilities to achieve his/her career goals and mention about how ISB would fit in the scheme of things (you may like to talk about specific courses/clubs).

Essay 4 Optional: Please use this space to: Explain any career breaks / provide any other information not covered elsewhere in the application that could significantly impact your candidature at ISB. Note: It is not necessary to write this essay. Please use this space only if there is something really significant that you would like us to know. (up to 200 words)

Analysis:If you do attempt to write this essay, then please choose max. of 2 pieces of additional information not highlighted anywhere in the above essays. This information should bring out your versatility

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