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Lets get to the point, damn straight!

Here is a list of TODOs an MBA aspirant should keep in mind to submit his/her application successfully:

  1. Keep your essays for the last week or so
  2. Write scholarship essay on the last day before going to office
  3. Scan all documents ย to be uploaded in the evening of the deadline and let the whole office know you are upto something ๐Ÿ˜
  4. Ask the finance guys for the most recent breakup of your salary, on the last day, and then bug him to hurry up
  5. Sleep very less for the last 3-4 days before the deadline
  6. Change your essays drastically one day before the deadline
  7. Call up your Mom and Dad to ask for their income returns, in case you wish to apply for a need based scholarship
  8. ……….. etc …..Keep all things for the last moment ………….. etc …………….




Caution: Now if you wish to follow the above list, you are headed for disaster. To confess, I found myself doing many such things, hence the word “Caution” in the beginning.

Filling up an application form is a daunting task. You want to do that in the best possible way, since you may never get that ‘second chance’ ๐Ÿ˜ ย So plan things accordingly and help yourself by escaping last minute anxieties.

Revert the TODOs in the above list to get a list of GOOD TODOs that an applicant should follow ๐Ÿ™‚

So I’m done with submitting my ISB App for the Class of 2012. ย Frankly, after proof reading essays for (n+1)th time, I just couldn’t take it anymore, hence hit the submit button.

My take on the application process:


Application Process:

  • Damn smooth barring a few hiccups when you need to clear cookies etc to save info. But that’s okay! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • The Admissions Office is very helpful. Prompt email and phone replies.
  • Special Helpline setup – 7am to 12 pm – very helpful.



  • You can find analysis of how to approach the essays in plenty on the web. Just Google.
  • I think it takes time to bring out the best in your personality and decide what needs to be presented. Don’t ignore this fact. It takes time.
  • 300 words is just too few to tell your story, generate interest towards your profile and convince the AdCom to call you for an interview (i/v). So be very choosy what needs to be said. Rather, what needs to be left unsaid. Wow! I love philosophy ๐Ÿ™‚
  • That’s enough I guess! ย ๐Ÿ˜‰


Scholarship Essay:

  • Advisable to submit an essay for a need based scholarship. Even if you don’t get that, what’s the harm?
  • The essay specifically stated to write on the need based part.
  • Merit based scholarships are different from Need based ones – No essays to be submitted for merit based schols – every admit is considered for such schols


I think the most most important important ๐Ÿ™‚ things are summed up above.

Submitted the app at ~ 22:00 hrs. Had Pizza ๐Ÿ™‚


Hope to get that elusive call. Amen!

ISB – The Indian Dream …

Posted: November 23, 2010 in ISB, mba
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… The Indian Dream can be understood in terms of ratio and proportion ๐Ÿ™‚

CAT : IIM :: GMAT : ISB (specifically for Indian MBA applicants)

Every (Lets read this as majority) Indian MBA applicant who writes CAT thinks of securing a seat in one of the IIMs. The same can be safely said for work-ex junta who write GMAT. ISB is one of their default choices.

And why should it not be?

– It’s Indian

– Hassle free (visa/different culture/expenses etc.)

– Asian economy is booming and the world is taking stock. It surely will be a thing of the future. ranked ISB as the 12th best MBA program in the world. That my no means in any dictionary is .. well, it’s awesome!!! ย Did you just sense Barney ๐Ÿ™‚

– Affordable

– 1 yr program – you get back to work quickly

– It’s Indian again. Believe me, this point needed to be repeated. It has its own advantages.

– And a plethora of other reasons.

So here I am … The first school for this season is ISB.

Since I’m an R2 applicant, the deadline for application submission is 30th Nov’2010. Today is 23rd Nov .. so I’m a full week away from the deadline. btw, this may sound like a too much of time at hand, but in reality – it isin’t. Yes, this is not sufficient. Want to try – Visit the website and see the essay questions – 3 essays in all. Now think how much time would you need to write properly, infact very properly – to present your candidature to ISB.

If you are serious, you’ll need time. I’ll leave the rest for you to estimate.

– Finalized the evaluators – one is my Previous Supervisor and one my Current Supervisor. ย A word of caution to all of you out there – Choose your evaluators carefully. He/She should be able to write about you precisely. That can only happen when you’ve worked with him/her for a good amount of time.

Okay, I’m off now .. got to finalize the essays. Looks like I’ve a night-out on the cards today.

PS: Will update on my choices of other schools soon …

Happy Apping … Do share your experience if you happen to be in the same boat.



Update: The last date for submitting recommendations to ISB for your application to be considered in Cycle-2 is 7th Dec’10 and not 30th Nov’10. I inquired the same from the admissions office and have an email stating the same.