August Academy's MBA Admissions Blog

School Profile: Indian School of Business Hyderabad (ISB)

Indian School of Business Hyderabad (and Mohali) – a quick overview:

ISB is India’s first global business school.  The Hyderabad campus was inaugurated in 2001, and the Mohali campus was inaugurated in 2010. Today ISB takes in about 900 students a year in its flagship PGP program.  ISB is also home to about 47 permanent faculty and 100+ visiting faculty.  ISB’s visiting faculty hold teaching appointments at some of the most prestigious schools in the world.

Ranking of ISB Hyderabad:

As per the FT global rankings 2017, the Indian School of Business Hyderabad (ISB) is ranked 27th in the world, and first in India – just ahead of IIM Ahmedabad which is ranked 29th best in the world.  More information can be found in our article on the best MBA schools in India.

Various Programmes offered at Indian School of Business Hyderabad:

The degrees offered by ISB are not really called MBA’s (as is the case with most management courses offered by Indian institutes, including the IIM’s).  However, the curriculum mirrors what is normally found in MBA programs at all leading schools from across the world.  The following degrees are offered at ISB Hyderabad:

  1. The Post Graduate Program in Management (also called the PGP) – ISB’s flagship program, which is equivalent to an MBA from other schools.  The PGP in turn offers a regular intake and two special intakes, both of which admit candidates with little to no work experience by require them to spend at least two years in the work force befoworkforceng the programme:
    1. The Early Entry Option – targeted at students who have less than two years of work experience.
    2. The Young Leader’s program – targeted at college students.
  2. The Post Graduate Program in Management for Senior Executives (PGPMAX) – ISB’s Executive MBA equivalent
  3. The Post Graduate Program in Management for Working Professionals (PGPPro) – weekend executive MBA
  4. The Fellow Program in Management (FPM) – equivalent to a Ph. D.
  5. The Post Graduate Program in Management for Family Business (PGP MFAB)

ISB PGP Specialisations:

Students enrolled in ISB’s PGP program can choose from over 80 different electives to specialize in any one of the following six concentrations:

  1. Entrepreneurship
  2. Finance
  3. Information and Technology Management
  4. Operations Management
  5. Marketing
  6. Strategy and Leadership

The Industry specializations offered are:

  1. Healthcare
  2. Manufacturing
  3. Public Policy
  4. Infrastructure

ISB PGP Class Profile:

Summary statistics for ISB’s class of 2018 (across Hyderabad and Mohali campuses) are as follows:

Total number of students: 879

Female students: 31%

Average age: 27 (range: 22 – 44)

GMAT: 600 – 780 (average: 707)

Work Experience: 2 – 23 years (average: 4.6)

Academic Background: Engineers – 70%, Non-engineers – 30%

International passport holders: 18

ISB PGP Employment Statistics:

In the year 2016, 297 companies made 1151 offers to ISB students as per ISB’s career reports webpage.  The average salary was approx. INR 2,200,000 (USD 34,000).  While this number might appear low by global standards, this is a good offer by Indian standards.  Consulting firms made 19% of the offers, followed by e-commerce companies at 16% and IT/ITES companies at 12%.  Comprehensive placement statistics is available here.

ISB PGP Fee Structure:

Tuition and living expenses amount to INR 2,800,000 (approx. USD 43500) – INR 3,000,000 (approx. USD 46,500).  In addition to this, ISB offers several merit, and need-based scholarships.  More details can be found here.

Important Dates:

The deadlines for application are as follows:

Cycle 1: October 15, 2017

Cycle 2: Jan 15, 2018

August Academy’s past ISB success stories:

Several of our students have received offers of admission (including in the early decision rounds, and with scholarships) from ISB.  Some of them have shared their experiences working with us here:

  1. Harini: Semiconductor industry -> ISB
  2. Aditi: Practising Doctor -> ISB
  3. Rishab: IT Industry -> ISB
  4. Sajal: Undergraduate College -> ISB YLP
  5. Product Manager: Payments Industry -> ISB PGPMAX

More resources about ISB Hyderabad from August Academy’s website:

Here’s a series of articles by Vishnu Prasad Ramachandran, an ISB alum, about life at ISB:

  1. Guru Talk: Week 1 at ISB – Drinking from a fire hose!
  2. Guru Talk: Making the most out of Business School
  3. Guru Talk: Student clubs at Business School – what is in it for you?


Leave a Comment