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An Insight into Understanding the Profile of a Typical ISB Candidate

Posted on February 07, 2018

Are you curious to know what will it take to get into ISB?
 
Or maybe you are wondering, “how do I enhance my profile to get an admission to ISB?”
 
Perhaps you want to know the kind of placements offered at ISB? And whether it fits your career goals?
 
Well, fret not.
 
You have come to the right place.
 
In this article, we will dig into data from the ISB Class of 2018 and see what mystery it unravels.
 
We will deep dive into specifics such as what the GMAT scores for the latest batch are, the average work experience the class has, the placement profile, offers rolled out and so on.
 
Interested?
 
Well, let’s get started by answering the top questions most applicants have about the Indian School of Business (ISB)
 
 

1. What are the typical profile requirements of a student to be selected at ISB?

 
Well – there is no one type of person who gets into ISB.
 
Students came from a variety of different profiles and work experiences. There were students from merchant navy, there were dentists, there were army majors who had spent time in Siachen, there were startup founders,…….and the list is endless.
 
There also were people who came from traditional backgrounds: coders and testers in the technology domain, some who had spent years in the manufacturing shop floor, and bankers who spent most of their waking hours looking at balance sheets.
 
ISB will gauge your application profile basis the following parameters:
 
      a) Academic credentials
      b) Leadership potential
      c) Personal Interests
 
To help ease out your research, we have written about this “myth about ISB MBA applications” in detail on our blog!
 
So no matter what your experience level is – chances are that if you have a good story to tell, ISB will listen to you.
 
 

2. What was the average GMAT score in 2018 at ISB?

 
The average GMAT score at ISB increased in 2018 as compared to 2017.
 
Average GMAT score at ISB for the Class of 2018 is 707.
 
The Class of 2017 average GMAT score was 704.
 
So if you really want to get into ISB next year, you need to make sure you work towards a score of above 707.
 
Read this article to understand the real secret behind GMAT scores for ISB.
 
 

3. What was the average GRE score in 2018 at ISB?

 
After ISB started accepting GRE scores last year, this has been a question many students have had.
 
Well, the secret is finally out:
 
The Average GRE score at ISB for the Class of 2018 : 324
 
To score a 324 you probably need about a 165 in Quant and a 160 in Verbal. This corresponds to roughly the 87th percentile in Quant and the 70th percentile in Verbal.
 
Sounds doable? Then perhaps GRE is the test for you!
 
Still thinking? Read our blog on GRE scores for ISB.
 
 

4. How many female candidates were accepted to the ISB class of 2018?

 
The total intake for the 2018 batch was 857, out of which 31% (272 students) were female candidates.
 
Women applying for an MBA at ISB would like to know that in 2017, the class consisted of 30% women, (apparently an increase since 2016).
 

 
Also we estimate that the number of female applicants to ISB is lower than 30% that means (all things being equal) as a female applicant you have higher chances to getting in.
 
 

5. How many years of work experience does a typical ISB student have?

 
In 2018, a majority of 507 students had a work experience between 3- 5 yrs, followed by 270 students who had an experience of 5-10 years. There was just one student from defense background who had more than 20 years of work experience.
 
Here is how the class of 2018 looks:
 

 
This is good news for students having fewer than 2 years of experience and those having substantial work-experience. Also remember, many of those students with 2 years experience could be coming from the ISB YLP intake.
 
For those who are just starting your career – remember that 5% of the ISB class were in the same boat when they applied last year.
 
And those with 10+ years of experience – remember that if the 23 students who made it to ISB last year could do it – so can you!
 
Here’s the work experience breakdown of the 2018 batch:
 

 
 

6. What are the various professional backgrounds that students in ISB class have?

 
When reading this data – beware of confirmation bias.
 
Don’t assume that since 70% of the students at ISB were Engineers – hence ISB prefers Engineers.
 
You couldn’t be further from the truth!
 
Typically a lot more Engineers apply to ISB. We are willing to wager a bet – perhaps 90% of applicants are Engineers!
 
So it is not necessarily an advantage 🙂
 

 
Also to a lot of people asking: if your academic background is average – can you still make it to ISB?
 
The answer is yes.
 
We have worked with students who have had backlogs in their graduation and were still able to make it to ISB.
 
In 2018, if we look at the educational background of the applications, the list was dominated by Engineering graduates. Here are the top 3 undergraduate degrees students at ISB had:
 
    Engineering : 606 students
    Finance & Accounts : 72 students
    BBA/BBM : 51 students
 
The rest were from other backgrounds – Medicine, Media & Communication, Economics, Mathematics & Chartered Accountants.
 
 

7. What are the feeder schools at ISB?

 
Along with the usual suspects the IITs (36) and the NITs (36), VTU has an equal number of students, making it a three way tie for the top position.
 
Next on the list is Manipal University which sent 21 students followed by Sri Ramaswamy Memorial Institute of Science and Technology (SRM), in Chennai which had 8 alums in the ISB class of 2018.
 
There were also students admitted from Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning in Anantapur, Sardar Patel Institute of Technology and St.Xavier’s College (University of Mumbai), Sri Jayachamarajendra College of Engineering in Mysore, Hansraj College in Delhi, Krishna Inst. of Engg. & Technology in Ghaziabad, among other institutions.
 
 

8) What were the job placements in at ISB like?

 
More than 98% of the students who graduated in 2017 claimed to be employed within three months of graduating with a salary bracket between 14 lakhs – 17 lakhs.
 
Remember that salary usually has a performance linked variable component – so not the entire amount would be “take home”.
 
Recruiters from consulting and IT/TES constituted 20% to 21% of the total number of offers rolled out, followed by BFSI, healthcare and pharma.
 
Leadership programs in general at ISB came from companies such as Aditya Birla Group, Axis Bank, Amazon, Bharti Airtel, HCL, HUL and Ashok Leyland among other big players.
 
Recruiting companies for General Management and Strategic Planning roles included:
 
    • Accenture
    • ABG
    • Infosys
    • Lodha
    • HUL
    • P&G
    • Godrej
    • Hero Motocorp
    • Max Healthcare
 
In 2017 too, a majority of the candidates received placement offers from the IT and the consulting industry.
 
In 2018, ISB witnessed a 39% increase in the number of recruiters participating in the current placements season with over 400 companies.
 
Read this article to know more about the typical post MBA careers at ISB.
 
 

9. Has CrackVerbal helped students get into ISB?

 
Sure! We have plenty of students who make it to ISB every year.
 
We helped Sivaprasad score a 750 on his GMAT exam.
 
In his words, “CrackVerbal’s Verbal course helped me in a great way especially their Sentence Correction classes. They’re all about the basics. I only practiced using their given material. I would say their material is the key to my GMAT score”, and he got placed in ISB.
 
Sreejith Ramachandran, who also got into ISB, wrote a detailed debrief about his GMAT experience on our forum. Read it here.
 
If you want to read a few more CrackVerbal student success stories, click here!
 
That’s the GMAT.
 
If you’re looking for MBA admissions, read about Gautham – An Engineer’s journey from NIT to ISB.
 
Or you could read a few more MBA admission success stories, here.
 
Everyone has a different story to say, and we think ISB will listen to each one of you.
 
What you really need is a way to tell this story, in a compelling way.
 
We hope this article helped you understand ISB admissions, placements and profiles.
 
Do let us know if you liked this article, and if you would want to know how we can work together to get you into ISB this year!
 
If you’re applying next year, and need help with building your profile, we’re just a click away 🙂
 

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