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ISB PGP class profile, placement report and notable alumni

The Indian School of Business (ISB) was founded in 2001 with the help from a group of pioneers in MBA education in the western world: the London school of business, MIT Sloan School of Management, the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Northwestern Kellogg School of Management. Since its initiation, the ISB has crossed lap after laps to put India on the map of management education globally. In 2011, ISB inaugurated its second campus at Mohali (besides its first campus at Hyderabad), which aimed to further its vision of shaping global leaders and entrepreneurs for the society.

This article is aimed at providing you with some valuable information for your research related to the class profile and placement reports of ISB’s flagship program – the Post Graduate Program in Management.

Here is an outline of this article:

ISB PGP class profile, placements, notable alumni

Trivia about Indian School of Business

  • The flagship course at the ISB, which is the equivalent of an MBA, is called PGP (post-graduate program in management). Besides their flagship PGP program, ISB offers the following post-graduation programs in management: PGP for working professional, PGP for Senior Executives, PGP in Management for Family Business.
  • The Indian School of Business has two campuses: Hyderabad campus and Mohali campus, with an intake capacity of 600 and 288
  • ISB’s Mohali campus is relatively newer, and it was designed by New York-based firm Perkins Eastman, one of the leading architecture firms in the world.
  • ISB’s Mohali campus meets LEEDS Gold sustainability criteria. The campus is equipped with highly efficient electrical and mechanical units, a rainwater harvesting system, and capable internal lighting infrastructure.

General Information on the Indian School of Business

ISB Hyderabad Campus

Gachibowli, Hyderabad
Telangana – 500 111
Ph +91 40 2300 7000

ISB Mohali Campus

Knowledge City, Sector 81, SAS Nagar,
Punjab – 140 306
Ph +91 172 459 0000

Dean: Rajendra Srivastava

ISB PGP – Class Profile, Eligibility Criteria, Cost of Attendance and Course Curriculum

ISB doesn’t look for students from specific backgrounds while allotting its seat for the Post Graduate Program in Management. At ISB, you will find students from diverse backgrounds. ISB has got one of the leading numbers in terms of intake of female students, students from engineering and non-engineering backgrounds, and students with work experience that can range up to 20 years.  It is usually a rare occurrence in Indian business schools that a 45-year old with more than 20 years of work experience enrolls for a PGP in management. But with ISB, it isn’t so rare.

The infographic below depicts ISB’s class profile for 2020 with statistics about the gender distribution, age, GMAT scores, work experience, and academic background of the students.

ISB PGP class profile 2020

Admissions to ISB PGP: Eligibility Criteria

The admission application process of ISB PGP aims at evaluating the applicants on their academic performance of the past. To check the eligibility of a candidate for the program, the admissions committee at ISB considers the following parameters:

  • GMAT scores (or GRE scores)
  • Post-graduation or certification Scores (if applicable to the candidate)
  • Graduation Scores
  • 12th Grade Scores
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores (for applicants from countries other than India)

The institution maintains that there are no specific cut-off scores for either of these parameters. Besides, to qualify for admission into ISB’s PGP, a candidate must also have at least 24 months of full-time work experience.

For students who have graduated recently and have less than 24-months of full-time work experience, ISB has a deferred admission option. It is called the Early Entry Option. Through this option, ISB allows the students to secure admission into their PGP program for a later period. Once they have worked for at least 24 months in a full-time job, they become eligible to join the PGP at ISB.

ISB PGP Application Deadline

Every year, ISB allots seats to the applicants into its flagship PGP program through different rounds of application. Applying through either of the application rounds does not have any impact on your chances of securing admission into the program. But, it affects your chances of securing the scholarships.

The first-round applicants have better chances of securing scholarships than the ones who apply through the later rounds.

The application deadlines, as well as the application fees for each round, are as follows:

  Application Fee Application Deadline
Cycle 1 INR 5,000 September 20, 2020
Cycle 2 INR 7,500 To be decided

Indian School of Business – Cost of Attendance

For the incoming PGP batch of 2019 – 2020, the fee structure and overall program expenses are as shown in the following tables:

Accommodation For Shared – INR 2,78,000.00

For Studio – INR 4,00,000.00

Tuition Fee 2,350,000.00
Library and Recreation Fee 15,000.00
Alumni Association Membership Deposit 25,000.00
Security Deposit 20,000.00

Moreover, you will be charged with a non-refundable admission fee of INR 2,95,000 (inclusive of 18% GST) at the time of acceptance of the admission offer.

You also need to plan for certain extra expenses, such as the purchase of books and laptops, in-campus meal plans, and other miscellaneous costs. (An estimate of INR 2 Lakhs approximately)

ISB PGP: A little about the Course Curriculum

The ISB’s course curriculum has been formulated, keeping various learning objectives as well as diverse backgrounds of its student base into account. The course calendar is segmented into eight terms in the following manner:

  • Term 1-3: Only Core Courses
  • Term 4: Mix of Core courses and Electives
  • Term 5-8: Only Electives

The first three terms that are dedicated to the core courses comprise of full-time course load of 4-5 subjects each. The fourth term is a cross-over term, during which the students are taught a mix of core subjects and the chosen electives. The core courses aim at equipping the students with strong fundamental knowledge of essential subjects like finance, marketing, operations, strategy-making, and IT management.

Along with the core courses, ISB makes a list of 80 elective subjects available to its students. You can opt for electives based on your field of interest. For specialization in any concentration or industry, you need to complete at least six credits of course work through their electives. They can choose to take up from 17 to 21 of the elective credits.

Student Exchange Programs at ISB

ISB has tie-ups with several leading business schools from all around the globe. It believes in broadening the horizon for the students and teach them to build a global approach. For exchange program opportunities, students are encouraged to choose from a list of 42 partnered business schools, based on their career goals and requirements. Some of the most renowned business schools partnered with ISB for their student exchange programs are:

Moreover, ISB has got an inbound student exchange program through which international exchange students are welcomed to undertake two terms of their course at the ISB campuses.

Besides the outbound and inbound exchange programs, there is an Inter-Campus Exchange program for ISB students. During the third term and the elective terms (5th– 8th Terms), ISB gives its students the opportunity to make inter-campus swaps between ISB Hyderabad campus and ISB Mohali Campus.

ISB PGP placement report

With an integrated placement process set in place at both the campuses, ISB’s placement report has show growth in its employment statistics in recent years. There has been a gradual year-after-year increase in the PGP students’ average salaries during the recent placement seasons. Have a look.

Class of 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Average Salary (in INR) 18,15,964 19,12,444 22,58,273 20,76,383 22,13,592 24,35,915

Along with a steady rise in the average salary, there has been a gradual growth in the number of firms that show their interest in hiring the students passing out of ISB every year. The ISB placement report shown depicts the number of companies that have registered with the placement cell of ISB year after year, and the number of offers made by these companies during the placement seasons:

Class of 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
No. of Firms 350 267 297 411 375 373
No. of Offers Made 884 987 1151 1113 1136 1309

ISB PGP industry-wise placement report

The ISB PGP placement report table shown below depicts the industry-wise distribution of the placements in recent times:

Industry Wise 2014(%) 2015(%) 2016(%) 2017(%) 2018 (%) 2019(%)
IT/ITES 28 9 12 20 13 19
Consulting 20 28 19 21 23 23
E-commerce 9 15 10 8 10 10
Pharma/Biotech/Healthcare/Hospitals 9 8 8 5 6 4
Financial Services (Banks, etc.) 8 8 8 8 5 10
Advertisement/Media/Comm/PR/Entertainment 5 1 2 2 2 2
Infrastructure/ Construction/Real Estate 3 7 5 4 4 2
Manufacturing 3 2 4 4 8 2
Others 3 5 3 5 3 9
FMCG/Retail/Consumer Durables 2 2 4 9 9 5
Oil/Energy/ Petroleum/Minerals 2 1 3 4 3 5
Telecom 2 2 2 1 1
Others 6 12 20 9 13 9

The pie-chart below represents the industry-wise distribution of the ISB PGP placement report 2019. Have a look:

ISB PGP industry-wise placement report 2019

ISB PGP function-wise Placement report

The ISB PGP placement report table shown below depicts the function-wise distribution of placements in recent times:

Function Wise 2014 (%) 2015

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Consulting 24 20 20 18 23 25
General management / Strategic Planning 20 16 17 11 12 17
Product Management 9 10 10 10 15
Sales & Marketing 18 11 18 20 21 14
Finance 8 4 8 8 5 10
Operations 8 8 12 8 9 9
Analytics 1 4 3 6 4 3
Others 19 24 5 14 11 3
Project Management 2 3 2 2 2
Technology 2 2 2 2 1 2
Others 2 1 2

The pie-chart below represents the function-wise distribution of the ISB PGP placement report 2019. Have a look:

ISB PGP function-wise placement report

 ISB Major Recruiting Companies

Close to 370 recruiting companies made more than 1300 employment offers during ISB’s placement season of 2019. The average salary for the jobs secured by the students was INR 25 lakhs (approximately). The image below shows a list of companies that recruited at least three ISB students:

Some other companies that recruited more than three ISB PGP graduates from the class of 2019 are Bain, Reliance Industries, GrabTaxi Holdings, McKinsey, LEK Consulting, HDFC Bank, Microsoft, and Rivigo.

ISB Notable Alumni

ISB PGP Notable Alumni

  • Neeraj Arora, Board of Directors, Vivino
  • Dr. Charu Arora, Senior Product Manager, Reliance Jio Infocom Limited
  • Dr. Dinesh Reddy, Associate Director, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratory
  • Namratha Agarwal, Manager, ZS
  • Viren W Rasquinha, CEO, Olympic Gold Quest
  • Atul Satija, Founder, N/Core, Give
  • Zahabiya Khorakiwala, Managing Director, Wockhardt Hospitals
  • Piyush Shah, Co-Founder, InMobi Group, and CEO, TruFactor
  • Ajith Andhare, COO, Viacom18 Studios
  • Alok Goel, Partner, SAIF Partners, and Ex CEO- FreeCharge

ISB PGP Early Entry Option

You must have at least twenty-four months of full-time work experience to be eligible for admission into ISB’s PGP. However, if you have less than 24 months of full-time work experience, you can still apply for a deferred admission through ISB’ Early Entry Option. The early entry option secures the seat for you and allows you to take admission into the PGP, once you have successfully attained at least 24 months of full-time work experience.

Eligibility Criteria for PGP Early Entry Option

The prerequisites for admission into ISB PGP through the early entry option is more or less the same. You are required to fulfill the following criteria:

  • You must have a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent
  • You must have a valid GMAT or GRE scores (Valid at least till the start of the program)
  • You must have a valid TOEFL/IELTS Score (if the language of the highest degree attained by the candidate is not English)
  • You must have less than 24 months of full-time work experience before March 31, 2021

Note: If you get selected for deferred admission into PGP through the early entry option, you will have to pay the first installment of the admission fee (INR 2,50,000 + service tax) within ten days from the date on which the admission offer is made.

ISB PGP – International Applicants

Besides meeting the essential eligibility criteria for admission into ISB PGP (i.e., having a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, a valid GMAT or GRE scores, TOEFL/IELTS scores and 24 months of full-time work experience), the international applicants are also required to undergo either a face-to-face or an online interview round.

Note: The admission decision for international applicants is taken through a rolling admission process. The students are informed about their selection within six weeks of the application.


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11 thoughts on “ISB PGP class profile, placement report and notable alumni”

  1. Is EPGP at IIM B a better suited course for someone like me who has got 7.5 years of work exp. Since I have got admit from both the schools, your view might be helpful for me.


    1. Hi Debashis,

      Both ISB and IIM-B are great business schools. And since the EPGP is also a 1-year program, it makes it difficult to choose between them. We would suggest taking a look at the class profile and employment reports for both these business schools to judge which aligns with your desired post-MBA career more to make an informed decision.

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