The Indian School of Business (ISB) has consolidated its position as the School of choice in India for management studies. Competition to get into the one-year Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) was intense this year with the school seeing a 28% increase in applications compared to the previous year.
The school has admitted record number of students to the PGP Class of 2017 across its two campuses in Hyderabad and Mohali making it the largest class at any management school in India offering a one-year programme. ISB’s PGP has seen the fastest growth over the years from a class size of just 128 students in 2002 to 905 now.
Announcing the successful closure of the admissions cycle and on-boarding of students for the Class of 2017, Dishan Kamdar, Deputy Dean, Programmes at ISB said, “ISB continues to attract the best of experienced professionals from across the world wanting to join the flagship programme to improve their growth prospects. As a result our selectivity ratio is comparable to that of top global B-Schools giving us the choice of diverse profiles. The increase in the number of applications this year is testimony to the strong ISB brand and the world class education and learning we impart.”
Over the last one year, ISB has focused efforts to engage more closely with prospective applicants. The increased interest from potential students was also a result of the Master Class series ahead of the admissions season led by ISB faculty and one-on-one interaction opportunities with alumni that allowed aspirants to get a first-hand experience of the quality of teaching and learning available at ISB.
Interest for admission into ISB also increased on account of a strong placements season earlier in the year with the Class of 2016, which graduated in April, receiving a record 1149 offers. The students witnessed an increase of 128% in their pay packages on average when compared to what they were drawing before joining ISB.
Consolidating on its strong position, ISB has now announced the following new initiatives to expand its outreach efforts to tap a larger talent pool and further enhance diversity in its classroom.
- ISB to accept GRE scores for Class of 2018: ISB has decided to start accepting GRE scores as a part of its Admissions criteria applicable for those who wish to join the Class of 2018 (academic year 2017-18). This will allow ISB to further strengthen the diversity in the PGP and attract aspirants from pure sciences and liberal arts. It is also in line global best practices. GRE scores are accepted by 23 of the top 30* global B-Schools. (* as per FT Global MBA rankings 2016)
- To expand international outreach to Africa and ASEAN: ISB plans to expand its international connect to attract potential students from Africa and the ASEAN region, as a part of its larger strategy to enhance the international diversity. ISB sees these countries as an untapped talent pool that has the potential to contribute to the leadership needs of emerging economies and the world.