FAQ - Post Graduate Programme In Management

What is the PGP?

The Post Graduate Programme or PGP refers to ISB’s full-time one-year residential management programme. The PGP is comparable in rigor and content to a regular two-year full-time MBA programme offered by global business schools.

Is the PGP similar to the Executive MBA programmes offered by several business schools?

No The Post Graduate Programme is similar in rigor and content to a regular two-year full-time MBA programme offered by global business schools

Does the PGP award an MBA degree?

No. In india only universities can award a degree. The ISB PGP is neither a degree nor a diploma

What are the concentrations being offered in the PGP?

The concentrations offered can be viewed on our website athttp://www.isb.edu/pgp/learning-model

How many students will be admitted for PGP?

For the Class of 2018, we had a total of 879 enrolled into the programme – 604 in Hyderabad and 275 in Mohali

Admissions Criteria

What is the criterion for admission to the ISB Post Graduate Programme?

The eligibility criteria is:

  • Students must possess an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree in any discipline

  • A minimum of two years' full-time work experience (for the PGP regular admissions) and less than 24 months of full time work experience (for a deferred admission through the Early Entry Option) is preferred.

  • A valid GMAT / GRE score

  • TOEFL/IELTS score is required for students from countries other than India, where English is not the primary language of instruction

All short-listed applicants will be interviewed as a part of the selection process


Is there a cut-off score for the GMAT / GRE at the ISB?

Although there are no cut-off scores for GMAT or GRE, the range of GMAT in the current class is 600 to 780 and the range of GRE is 303 to 335

Is it mandatory to take the GMAT / GRE before applying to the ISB?

Yes it is. The applicant has to take the GMAT / GRE and submit the score before sending in the application.

Can I apply with a Test Centre score report of the GMAT / GRE?

Yes, you can. The application can be submitted along with the test Centre/unofficial score report. The official score report from Pearson VUE (GMAT) / ETS (GRE) should reach the ISB Admissions Team within three weeks of application submission.

Does ISB require the IR score for evaluation?

No, The Integrated Reasoning (IR) scores will not be considered for your application evaluation.

What is the validity period for a GMAT / GRE score?

GMAT / GRE scores are valid for 5 years. The score needs to be valid on the day of your enrolment in the ISB PGP Class.

If I submit more than one GMAT / GRE score, which score will be considered by the ISB?

The higher score would be considered, provided it is within the validity period of five years.

How long does it take for the Official GMAT / GRE scores to reach ISB?

Once you send the scores, It takes up to three weeks for the official scores to reach us.

Will I be considered for the deadline if I send my GMAT / GRE scores later?

You will not be allowed to submit your application without a valid GMAT / GRE score. However, you can submit the application with your test centre score report.

Can the GMAT / GRE requirement be waived under exceptional circumstances?


English Proficiency Requirements

Does ISB require a test to prove proficiency in English?

A TOEFL/IELTS score is required for non-Indian students who did not have English as the primary language of instruction during their undergraduate studies.

Where would we get more information about TOEFL?

Please visit their official web sitewww.toefl.org or write totoefl@ets.org

What is the IELTS?

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. To know more about IELTS please visit their official website http://www ielts.org

Application Process

Where do I get a copy of the application form?

The ISB’s entire application process is available online and therefore no printed copy of the form is available /accepted. You will therefore need access to an internet enabled computer to apply to the programme. You will also need to scan some documents to be uploaded and will therefore need access to a scanner.

Does the entire application need to be completed within one session?

No. You can complete the online application in multiple sessions and have the option to save parts of the application as you proceed.

Which deadline is better to apply - Cycle 1 or Cycle 2?

We encourage everyone to apply early as it helps candidates to plan work & relocation arrangements. However, applying in either cycles doesn't have any implication on your chances of selection.

What percentage of seats are offered in each of the deadlines?

About 50% of the seats are made available in each cycle. However, the number of offers made is at the discretion of the School.

Do I also need to submit a printed copy of the application form once I have submitted it online?


How do I send in my academic transcripts/mark sheets, other documents and photographs required as part of the application?

You may scan and upload the documents (photograph, passport, etc.) in PDF format as part of the application.

How will the evaluator submit their recommendation forms?

Evaluator can submit their evaluation/ recommendation in the online mode.

Online evaluation requires you to update the evaluator’s current official email ID in your online application form. However if your evaluator does not have an official email id the personal email id will be accepted. We will forward a questionnaire to your evaluator as a web link, which he/she would have to fill and submit online. Re-applicants also need to fill in the evaluator details afresh.

How will the ISB verify my transcripts/documents?

At the time of joining the programme, you will need to bring all the original documents with which we will verify the photocopies/scans with these originals.

In addition, we also undertake background verification through an external vendor, once the offer is accepted.

Can I reapply?

Yes. You can reapply. Please note that you cannot reapply within the same academic year. You have to submit a fresh online application along with the application fee and essays.
Do you acknowledge receipt of application by mail?

We convey the status of your application online. Do remember to check your application status.

How do I submit a resume as a part of the application?

There is no need for submitting a separate resume. The online application module will generate a resume in the required format with the details you have filled as part of the application. It includes your Academic details, Employment details (along with responsibilities/achievements) and awards & activities.


Do you have a GD/Personal Interview as part of the admission criteria?

As a part of the admission process, all short listed candidates will be interviewed. There is no group discussion

How many applicants are called for interview in each cycle and how many selected?

There is no fixed percentage of students being called by the ISB either for interviews or for admission.

What will be the mode of my interview if I am overseas at the time of interview?

You will be interviewed over telephone & Skype call. You have to call the telephone number given in the interview mail sent to you and connect to the skype id given.


Are there different fee structures for Indian and International students?

No, the fee structure is the same for all students.

How do I accept the offer of admission?

You may accept the offer made by remitting a non-refundable admission fee of INR 250,000 Plus taxes within the deadline specified in the offer mail. If the amount has not been paid within the deadline, it will be assumed that you are not interested in joining the programme and the offer will be withdrawn.

Is the admission fee separate from the overall academic fee?

No, the Admission fee is part of the Academic fee. On accepting the Admission offer, the admit is initially required to pay a non-refundable sum of Rs. 250,000/- plus taxes as Admission fee. Please note that the admission fee is non-refundable.

I have paid the admission fee but due to unavoidable circumstances I will not be able to join the programme. Will the admission fee be refunded to me?

No. The admission fee once remitted is non-refundable.

How much time do I have to accept or decline an admission offer?

The ISB should receive your acceptance decision within 10 days from the date of the admission offer. For candidates who have been made an offer after being put on the waitlist, need to pay the admissions fees by the date mentioned in the offer letter.

How can I pay the application fee?

You may remit the application fee using any Master/Visa/credit card or through net banking.

Can the admission offer acceptance date be extended?

No. The acceptance dates are fixed by the Admissions Committee. If the acceptance amount is not received by the due date it will be assumed that the applicant is not interested in the programme and the offer made to the applicant will stand automatically withdrawn.

Financial Aid

I fulfil the eligibility criteria but cannot afford the full tuition fee. Can the ISB help?

Financial Aid is provided to students in the form of tuition waivers, scholarships and loans.

Tuition Waivers & Scholarships: The ISB awards both merit and need based tuition waivers to qualifying applicants ranging from INR 3,00,000 to full tuition. Details of these waivers will be indicated in the admission offer where applicable. The details of the waivers/ scholarships are available on our website. Please visit thelink for scholarship details. http://www.isb.edu/pgp/fees-financing/Scholarships

Loans: Student loans are available through a few leading financial institutions. Please check thewebsite for details. http://www.isb.edu/pgp/fees-financing/loans

What is the difference between tuition waivers and scholarships?

Tuition waivers are discounts on the tuition fee granted by the ISB and communicated in the admission offer while scholarships are generally granted by other organisations and dependent on your performance in the programme.

Does the ISB offer financial aid to International students?

Yes, ISB offers financial aid to qualifying International students through tuition waivers.

What kinds of profiles usually get selected for scholarships?

The selection criteria usually depend on the organisation granting the scholarship. The qualifying process is highly competitive and the selection criteria vary from year to year.

How can an applicant apply for a tuition waiver?

While there is no application needed for applying for a merit waiver, the applicant has to write the required essay given in the application form and submit proof of income as detailed in the application.

When can one apply for an educational loan?

Once the admission process has been completed, all admitted students will be informed of the loan application deadlines through a separate mail.


Can I get a sponsorship from the company where I am working?

Yes. Applicants are encouraged to get themselves sponsored by their employers.

Are there any other criteria to be fulfilled by the applicant for getting sponsorship from their employer?

No, there are no separate admission criteria for such candidates and the regular admission procedure will apply.

Is there a different fee structure for sponsored students?

No. The fee structure and the selection criteria are universally applicable.

Exchange Programme

How many students normally go on Exchange Programmes?

The number varies from year to year. Globally 45 business schools currently participate in the ISB Exchange Network. Please check the website for the updated information

When do students go on Exchange Programmes?

Students go on an exchange programmes depending upon the mutual schedules of the ISB and the concerned exchanged partner school; this period can range from one to two ISB elective terms, most often terms 7 and 8 although some students do go in terms 5 & 6.

What are the selection criteria for the Exchange Programmes?

The students are allotted bidding points which they use to bid for their preferred exchange programme.

How does the bidding process work?

Each student is allotted an equal number of bidding points. Each term students must apply their points towards particular courses and the highest bidder is enrolled in each course. Normally most students get a majority of the courses that they bid for.

How do people manage possible time-clashes between the placement season and the Exchange Programme?

Most students return during placement week to participate, while others manage their placements from overseas.

Will all students admitted be allowed to participate in the exchange programmes?

Yes. For more details please visithttp://www.isb.edu/pgp/international-exchange-programmes/exchange-network


Is there a summer internship at the ISB? If yes, how does it work?

As The ISB has a one year Post Graduate programme, a summer internship is not possible. However, the ISB offers the Experiential Learning Programme (ELP) to benefit students interested in doing projects while on campus. For more on ELP please visithttp://www.isb.edu/for-organisations/recruit/student-projects/experiential-learning-programme


When do the Placements start?

Placements normally start in the second week of November/ December every year. While a few international companies start coming in from October onwards, The Placements continue till end of March

Does the ISB guarantee placements? What are the placements for graduates of the ISB PGP likely to be?

No. The ISB does not guarantee placements but every effort is made by the Career Advancement Services (CAS) Office to help students find and secure their ideal career opportunities. However, placements are a function of demand and supply and the CAS helps students manage their career expectations realistically.

How was the placement scenario this year? Which are the companies that recruited this year? What was the average salary offered?

The details for the placement on the website

Does ISB’s PGP enable career shifts across function & industry?

Yes, our PGP programme enables career shifts across function & industry.

  • First step is student has to be clear on what they seek. This comes through personal preferences, aspirations, research etc.

  • When you join our PGP, our Career Advancement Services (CAS) gives you the necessary inputs through workshops, psychometric analysis and one-on-one discussions for furthering your career aspirations. You will work with our L&D (Learning & Development) team so you are able to make informed decisions & prepare for the career you would like to embark upon.

  • The case-study classroom and peer group interactions are also designed so that you can develop the skills and knowledge necessary to make the career transition you desire.

  • It is crucial that the student take ownership for developing the required skills-set when employers come to recruit on campus. It is up to the student to convince the employer finally that they are the best fit for the roles they are applying.


What is the role of visiting faculty at the ISB?

The ISB invites faculty to teach a course during a term and they are available on campus throughout the term. Faculty from Wharton, Kellogg, London Business School, Stanford, Chicago, Duke, and Texas among others, have taught at the ISB. For more details please visithttp://www.isb.edu/faculty-research/faculty/directory

How accessible are the faculty to the students?

During the course of the term, Faculty stays on the campus and hence can be reached out to.


Does AICTE/UGC recognise the ISB’s Post Graduation Programme in Management?

The ISB neither offers a diploma nor a degree. It is a certificate programme for students with experience. Therefore, we have not sought recognition for our Post Graduate Programme in Management from either the AICTE or the UGC. However, ISB's PGP is accredited by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and EQUIS (EFMD Quality Improvement System)

Infrastructure & Facilities

Are all students required to live on campus?

Given the rigor of the course and The ISB’s aim to build a small but highly interactive campus community, it is a fully residential programme for all PGP students.

Do you provide accommodation for married students?

We offer fully serviced studio apartment with preferential allotment to married students. However, your preferred type of accommodation cannot always be guaranteed, though every reasonable effort is made to address your specific requirements.

What all is provided in the accommodation?

Accommodation information can be found inhttp://www.isb.edu/pgp/campuses

What is the procedure to visit the campus?

We encourage prospective applicants to visit the campus at Mohali / Hyderabad and have a look at our facilities. Campus tours are organized on Fridays during the office hours (2pm to 4pm,)

Kindly schedule a confirmed appointment for a mutually convenient slot by mailing your request with a copy of your updated Curriculum Vitae/Resume to Team Admissions at pgp@isb.edu preferably a week in advance.

What are the facilities provided on campus?

The ISB provides the following facilities:

  • Subway, SipZ, Country oven and TFNK in Hyderabad, Juju’s Café and CCD in Mohali

  • Canteen serviced by Green Park in Hyderabad and Sarovar in Mohali

  • ICICI Bank in Hyderabad and Indian Bank in Mohali Campus.

  • ICICI and SBI ATMs in Hyderabad and Indian Bank ATM in Mohali Campus.

  • A full-fledged Post Office in Hyderabad

  • Daily Needs store- Sampoorna in Hyderabad and MORE in Mohali

  • Infirmary – Branch of Care in Hyderabad and Max Wellness Centre in Mohali

  • Recreation Centre – Equipped with Squash, Swimming pool, basketball ground, Tennis, Table

  • Tennis, Gymnasium, Toddler’s room etc.

  • House Keeping

  • Washing machines in addition to laundry service

  • Please check the web site for further informationhttp://www.isb.edu/about-isb/campuses


Do you have any quotas for NRI'S/SC/ST/BC?

No. We do not. However, the ISB encourages applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds.

Will Indian and foreign applicants be evaluated on the same basis?



Do you have a deferral policy in the ISB?

Yes, we have a deferral policy in place. However, it is approved only in extenuating situations on a case to case basis.

I have been offered Admission into PGP. However, I would like to defer my admission to the following year. How can I do that?

You may send in a request along with reasons (including supporting documents) by email. A decision will be taken on a case to case basis and communicated to the applicant.

Is there an additional fee applicable, if I wish to defer my admission?

An additional interest free deposit of INR 250,000 need to be remitted within 10 days from the date deferral has been communicated. The additional deposit will be adjusted to the tuition fee payable in the year of your enrolment.

Can the deferred admission be deferred for a further year?

No, further deferral will not be possible.

What would be the tuition applicable to me, if I wish to defer my admission?

Tuition fee payable is as applicable to the class you will be enrolling for

Will the admission fee/additional deposit be refundable, if I fail to join the programme, even after getting my admission deferred?

The initial admission fee of INR 250,000 Plus taxes paid is non-refundable under any circumstances. However, the additional deposit is refundable.


Will part-time work experience be considered?

Work experience should be full-time. Part-time work experience will not be considered.

Is CA article-ship considered as work experience?

While the article-ship will add value to the application, it will not be considered as work experience for admission. CA article-ship is part of the CA Program hence it is not considered as work experience.

Will Army service be considered as work experience?

Yes, your work experience will be viewed in the context of the responsibilities you have handled.

I have worked in my family owned business for the past three years – will this experience be considered?

If this experience is full-time and if you can support this with relevant documents in your application, you can apply. The quality and relevance of your experience in your business will be critical. You will still have to furnish recommendation. Recommendation from your father, friends and family will not be accepted. You should furnish recommendation from people with whom you have a strictly professional interaction like your clients, vendors etc.

Do I need 16 years of formal education?

No, as long as you have been awarded a Bachelor's Degree from a recognised university, you are eligible to apply

How important are extra-curricular activities in the application?

The ISB would like to admit well-rounded students. Extra-curricular activities add that extra dimension to your personality. In the US it is routine for people to do community service, which they can mention as an extra-curricular activity in their applications. But Indian conditions are different, so not having done such activities is understandable. However, if you look deep down, you may find some things that you may have been doing. Did you tutor a kid anytime, did you organize a festival in your apartment complex, did you volunteer your time in some campaign or raise funds for some cause, etc.? If you haven't done anything at all, it's never too late to start. Don't do it just to get your B-school admission, but do what interests you. If you are in the IT area, think of something related to IT that you can do after office hours. How about persuading your company to donate their obsolete computers to charity? The possibilities are endless.

Will I need to buy text books?

Although most study material is included in the course packs, periodically you will need to buy text books for various courses. The expenditure on e-books for the programme is estimated at INR 25,000.

Are there any schools for children in the vicinity of the ISB?

Yes. There are a number of schools around the ISB. More information is available upon request.

Having done an MBA, am I eligible for the ISB programme?

There is no restriction in applying to our Programme but you should demonstrate very good reasons in your application for wanting to do the PGP from the ISB.

I hold a Master Mariner’s competency certificate. Will I be eligible for applying to the ISB?

Yes, you will be. However, you will need to obtain a certificate from World Education Services (http://www.wes.org) to the effect that your certificate course is equivalent of a Bachelor’s Degree.

I have completed a three year diploma course but do not have an under-graduate degree. Am I eligible for the ISB Programme?

The eligibility criterion at the ISB requires all students to have an undergraduate degree. If your diploma is considered to be equivalent to a degree by the appropriate authorities then it will be acceptable otherwise not.

I have a CABM certification in addition to an Undergrad degree. Is this going to be an added advantage in my application to the ISB?

We recognise the CABM Credential as an additional qualification and could help with the shortlist for the interview.

Early Entry Option

What is the Early Entry Option?

TheEarly Entry Option is deferred admission offer to the ISB PGP.

What is the criterion for admission to the Early Entry Option?

The eligibility criteria are:

  • Students must possess an undergraduate (Bachelor's Degree) in any discipline

  • Less than 24 months of post qualification work experience by March 31 of the enrolling year

  • A validGMAT / GREscore

  • TOEFL/IELTS score is required for students from countries other than India, where English is not the primary language of instruction

All short-listed applicants will be interviewed as a part of the selection process

What percentage of seats are offered through EEO?

  • There is no minimum / fixed percentage.