ISB MBA – Everything You Need To Know About India’s Top MBA Program


The Master of Business Administration (abbreviated as MBA) has always been one of the sought-after graduate degree courses to bolster your career to greater heights.

Be it a BBA graduate or a graduate of any other field, everyone desires accelerated career growth. And, irrefutably, getting an MBA from a reputed institute is one of the sure-fire ways to attain deft business skills and a lucrative career.

Talking about the top-notch institutes offering the postgraduate management degree, ISB (Indian School of Business) stands out in the list of best B-schools in the world. (Ranked in the Top 50 globally)

Read on to learn more about ISB- MBA and how you can boost your chances of making it to this coveted B-school.

About ISB

The Indian School of Business (ISB) was founded by some of the best minds from the academic and corporate worlds to cater to the leadership needs of the developing Asian economies.

ISB, accredited by AMBA (Association of MBAs), EQUIS (E stands for EFMD which means European Foundation for Management Development, QUIS for Quality Improvement Services) and AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) offers certificates in numerous post-graduate management programmes.

Through its innovative programs, excellent faculty, and thought leadership, the institute is committed to creating global leaders.

ISB has two progressive campuses, one established in Hyderabad in 2001 that has now evolved into a world-class business school and the other in Mohali that was set up in 2012.

Both the campuses provide an idyllic environment for effective learning and provide top-notch facilities and amenities for the students.



The Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) at ISB is an internationally prominent management programme of one-year duration.

The programme is meticulously planned to enhance business management skills through an advanced research-based and globally recognised curriculum taught by the best educators in the world.

By means of this PGP programme, ISB is committed to creating young managers with a multidisciplinary outlook and global exposure.

How to Apply

You can apply to the flagship Post Graduate Programme at ISB through one of the following three modes based on your academic status and work experience.

  1. PGP
  2. EEO (PGP deferred)
  3. YLP (PGP deferred)

To get admission to this premier institute for PGP, you should have a Bachelor’s degree, a valid GMAT or GRE score and a work experience of a minimum of 2 years. If you are a graduate with less than 2 years of experience, candidates can apply with a valid GRE or GMAT score through EEO or Early Entry Option.

If you are in the pre-final or final year of a graduate or post-graduate course with no full-time work experience, you can apply through YLP or Young Leaders Programme by submitting a valid GMAT or GRE score. However, PGP admissions are deferred in both EEO and YLP.

In case the undergraduate instruction language has not been English, the candidate needs to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores too.

Preparing for GRE and GMAT

If ISB is your dream institute, you can get admission into the PGP based on the scores obtained on GRE / GMAT.

Details of GMAT in brief:

For the Graduate Management Admission Test or GMAT, you have to keep in mind that there are 4 sections, namely Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Verbal Reasoning (VR), Integrated Reasoning (IR) and Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA). The total time assigned is 3 hours 7 minutes.

In QR (which assesses mathematical and numerical literacy) there are 31 multiple-choice questions (MCQs). 62 minutes are assigned to this section. In VR (questions regarding comprehension skills and English language proficiency), 65 minutes are allotted to 36 MCQs.

In IR (which checks how data is analysed and interpreted), 12 MCQs need to be completed in 30 minutes. In the AWA section, 1 essay (based on intrusive communication and cognitive skills) is assigned 30 minutes.

Details of GRE in brief:

In the Graduate Record Examination, GRE, you will be examined on Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing. The total duration of the GRE is 3 hours 45 minutes.

The 3 main sections are Quantitative Reasoning (QR), Verbal Reasoning (VR) and Analytical Writing (AW). The computer-based GRE has 2 sections – VR and QR, of 20 multiple choice questions each where 60 and 70 minutes respectively are allotted.

For AW, 60 minutes are assigned to the completion of 2 essays. Breaks in between the sections are provided.

For excelling in these crucial exams, you can resort to credible MBA admissions consulting like that in LilacBuds. For more information, click here.

Admissions Criteria & Timeline

The ISB program prides itself on having a diverse cohort each year. We recommend gaining access to alums who can share more information about their experiences and if your profile matches Adcom’s expectations.

To connect with various alums, you can speak with mentors at LilacBuds or ISB also offers a ‘Connect with an ISB PGP Brand Ambassador.’

Also, as discussed in the previous section, the primary eligibility criteria to apply for the PGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management) at ISB is a bachelor’s degree in any discipline, a valid GMAT or GRE score, and a minimum of 24 months of full-time experience after graduation.

For those with less than 2 years of full-time work experience, there is EEO (Early Entry Option)and for those with no work experience, there is YLP (Young Leaders Programme).

For more details, click here.

Timelines for PGP 2024-25 and EEO 2024 application

The application deadline for Round 1 is September 08, 2024, and the dates for Round 2 and Round 3 are yet to be announced.

For Round 1, the interview is likely to be conducted from October through November, and by the end of November 2024, you would know if you have made it to your dream institute.

Similarly, for Round 2 and Round 3, it will take approximately two months from the application deadline to the result announcement.

Keep coming back to this space for the latest updates on the application timeline.

For YLP, the ISB admission procedure comprises four stages. The stage 1 deadline for YLP admissions 2024 tentatively is March 31st, 2024.

ISB Alumni

There are more than 13,500 alumni of ISB spread across 400+ cities in 60+ countries, among whom 550+ are top leaders (CXO/ C-Suite) and 600+ are entrepreneurs or family business owners.

Some of the noted alumni are Bijai Jayarajan (founder of Loylty Rewardz), Aman Gupta (CEO & Co-founder of Boat), Namrata Brar (Indian-American journalist), Shvetha Jaishankar (Journalist and Author) and Ravinder Singh (author).

ISB Placements

ISB placement records for PGP have been phenomenal right from its inception. The PGP class of 2022 got a whopping 2066 offers and 929 students got placed in 433 reputed companies viz. Deloitte, Novartis, McKinsey & Company, etc.

At ISB, the placement process takes place for about four months. Companies, not only from India but also from abroad, pitch their placement offers to the students.

Interested students submit their ‘expressions of interest (EOI)’ and in return, the suitable candidates are shortlisted and informed through the Career Advancement Services (CAS) team.

After a successful on-campus interview, recruiters might conduct an off-campus interview.

After going through the aforementioned information, if your determination to get into ISB has sky-rocketed, you must resort to credible MBA admissions consulting to improve your chances of selection.

MBA consultants like LilacBuds can help you ace the GMAT/GRE, provide you with dedicated mentors, assist you in creating a standout profile, help you with the application and essays and provide end-to-end guidance.

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