IIM Bangalore Executive MBA Admission Essays


IIM Bangalore requires the applicants to its executive program – EPGP – to write a statement of intent. This statement can be an important revelation to the admission committee and hence the applicants, who are seasoned busy professionals, would benefit by spending time doing introspection. To help you get started, we are sharing some pointers that may help you frame a skeleton and develop your SOP.

Statement of Purpose, word limit- 600 words

This year IIM-B has asked for a crisper SOP, when compared with most schools’ requirement of about 750 words. This encourages you to introspect well, prioratize your content and present it in a coherent manner. A good statement of purpose should effortlessly weave your experiences, achievements, and career goals and highlight your intention to get admitted to IIM Bangalore’s EPGP. This is not a resume, so refrain from restating your professional and academic achievements. Instead, write a narrative which, while chronicling significant accomplishments, focuses more on revealing your personal attributes, strengths such as leadership, team skills and interpersonal skills. You are an experienced professional and the school expects you to clearly state your future career goals, your fit with the program and the role that the program will play in preparing you for aspirations.

While supporting you in your IIMB-EPGP application, we would carefully review your career progress and suggest you ways to highlight your strengths. For a free consultation call, please contact us today.

Official link of IIMB-EPGP for checking eligibility, placements, program details and admission procedures.

Columbia MBA Deadline-Early vs Regular Decision

While applying to Columbia, which deadline should you pick-is the essence of this post.

Every year, the applicants to Columbia Business School have to thoroughly consider whether to apply in the Early Decision or the Regular Round. This year is no different and we are being asked this question by many of our applicants. Thus, we are sharing our views and data from our robust client database of 9 years to help all our applicant friends make an informed decision.

  • Columbia Business School operates on a rolling admissions cycle, which means they read applications in the order in which they receive the application.
  • Early decision is perfect for those know that Columbia is their first choice and they are ready to withdraw their applications from all other schools on their radar. Early Decision applicants, if accepted, need to deposit $6,000 to secure their place within 2-3 weeks of receiving the decision. So, if you are trying to figure things out and are not sure if Columbia is an ideal fit for you, then please apply during the regular decision period.
  • If you decide to go for Regular decision, try to submit by the Fellowship Deadline at the latest – mostly in the first half of January, coinciding with the Round 2 deadlines of most top schools.
  • Going by the numbers at ApexWriters, we have seen in the last six years that the applicants who apply in the Early decision have a slight edge over the ones who apply in the Regular decision round. Columbia-acceptance-rate

    Regardless of the deadline you apply in, it will be advantageous to submit your (best) application as early as possible within each round to both show your commitment towards the school and to have an edge over candidates from a similar demography, country or professional space. The applicant pool will be smaller and you can expect a better visibility when you apply early.

    Official Source –Columbia Business School’s admission link

    Business School Rejection Analysis

    Business School Rejection Analysis and Reapplication


    Warren Buffet (rejected by HBS) and Scott McNealy (Once from HBS and Stanford), co-founder of Sun Microsystems were not spared, you might experience the same. This trek to your dream school is often long and arduous, and the odds are daunting. Stanford GSB turns down 94% of the applicants, MIT and Haas would accept only 14 out of 100 and only half of all who apply to Rotman, actually get in. It would be interesting to see a compilation by Poets and Quants that picks up profiles that got rejected by HBS in round-2 last year.

    Yes, a ding will sting. When you slave for months – filling out ‘n’ application forms, penning down essays, chasing supervisors and professors for recommendation letters, requesting friends for reviewing those essays and shelling out high application fees – only to end up getting rejected! Disbelief and devastation can set in when your friends, even those who scored less, get accepted at more than one university, while you are dinged everywhere.

    So what to do? Either break down, or take a break. Take our words and go with latter to give yourself some time to check and regroup your thoughts and energy. Seek comfort in friends or a long-lost hobby. Moving on, make introspection your priority. A post mortem of your application can reveal much about your aspiration, where all you went wrong, should you reapply to the same program or another, and how to go about it.

    Ask yourself these tough questions, among others:
    1. Are you sure that you want to do an MBA? What are your reasons?
    2. What are you willing to let go to pursue your MBA dream?
    3. Your GMAT falls within the preferred score range?
    4. Do you have, stellar recommendations?
    5. Do you shine out as a leader/team player/initiator or innovator?
    6. Do you work for a renowned company or you have a position of responsibility at a smaller firm?
    7. Do you have the required work experience to benefit the most during your time at b-school?
    8. Did you opt for the right programs?
    9. Were you able to do the best you could while preparing your applications?

    This is also the time to ask yourself if an MBA is a ‘must’ in your scheme of things? Are the best performing CEOs in the business all MBAs? Are successful entrepreneurs MBA graduates or they just spent hundreds of hours perfecting their art like Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg? If you conclude that an MBA is not just the thing for you, your uniqueness, your passion and your success, this is okay. Get going.

    However, if the little voice in your head confirms an MBA dream, know that you should re-apply with the confidence, credentials and conviction of a winner. Re-crafting your MBA application without considering all the reasons for previous rejections can be disastrous. Your MBA admissions partners would be right here with a comprehensive and focused Application Rejection Analysis to analyze each component of your application in detail to ensure that you have an admission committee perspective to your last application.

    Connect with us today to discuss how can we support your Re-application. Schedule your free consultation.

    Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship Application Essay 2015

    Stanford Reliance dhirubhai fellowship application essay 2015-2016

    How do you aspire to shape your country’s future?


    It is one of those essays that test your vision, willingness, leadership and articulation. How do you identify the opportunity to improve the existing and how passionately are you interested in working for India – remain the theme for 2015 essay as well.

    Have a vision and ability to implement it – get supported by Reliance and shine with a GSB MBA – help India’s progression.

    Today, India is possibly changing faster than any Indian ever thought. The political and economic change, the new face of trade, omnipresent entrepreneurship and encouraging laws are just examples. As an Indian citizen, you have had your share of ideas, experiences, bottlenecks and may be frustrations. You must have thought about that magic wand that you could use to improve the present and shape the future of your country for future generations. You may now share that vision of transformation and convince the admission committee that you would be able to see the job through completion. Keep in mind that while evaluating your essay, the committee would like to see your past initiatives and current credentials inline with your vision.

    While preparing your response, meet the challenge of word count head on. Strategically prepare a frame work and crisply cite the message. You may wan to the Highlight your motivation and ability to implement the task, and at the same time keep the reader interested in your write-up.

    As GSB states, they want to develop insightful, principled, and innovative future leaders who will have the opportunity to change the world. They need to see that you are one of them.

    We are already accepting brainstorming, critique and editing for this essay,please contact us if you would like us to help you while you create your application for Stanford Reliance Dhirubhai Fellowship. All the best!

    Harvard MBA Essays 2015 and Writing Tips

    MBA essay question for 2015 application, class of 2018:

    It’s the first day of class at HBS. You are in Aldrich Hall meeting your “section.” This is the group of 90 classmates who will become your close companions in the first-year MBA classroom. Our signature case method participant-based learning model ensures that you will get to know each other very well. The bonds you collectively create throughout this shared experience will be lasting.

    Introduce yourself.

    First impression stays for long, and in this case, will stay with the adcom till decision making. You might want to introspect well and freeze the aspects of your personality that need a mention in your introduction to a possible academic and professional network. You are going to be a special addition to your section at HBS because you have diverse experiences, personal values, skills and motivations. HBS has a past record of admitting professional with that leadership streak and proven accomplishments at work. So, it is going to be a good idea to showcase the high points at work. While doing so, also keep in mind that, for your section mates and future team mates, you are going to be much more than your professional resume. Try to include the personal qualities and interests that can help you get along with them.

    When you click on the video that the adcom wants you to view, you would get into the world of HBS and closely view the case-study method and the synergies between professors and students and learning teams. You would find that in a typical class, you will participate, collaborate and co-facilitate the learning of your fellow students. Your mates in the learning teams will contribute to your understanding of case studies by drawing from their own professional experience during and before the class discussions. It would be great to bring an experience which can showcase your pre-job(presentation, client visit, board room) preparation, ability to mastering the details and giving recommendations, experience of putting yourself in the shoes of the protagonist and taking decisions. Know your metacognitive abilities well.

    This narration is an introduction and hence needs to be broad, clear, crisp. Please try to be informative yet resist bragging about things which are out of the scope for your ‘first impression’ at HBS. How would you remember someone who introduced himself some time ago? – maybe the person was attractive, had experiences or qualities that you admired and made the narration memorable. It’s your turn now.

    In conclusion, please help HBS adcom to find reasons why should you be in the class.

    Read the question prompt again, if you need to, but remember

    1. You want to focus on aspects which you could not showcase much via other sections and components of the HBS application
    2. Stay authentic, because this is not the place to fit in all the super abilities that you want your classmates/adcom to know, a good judgment will prevail
    3. The good and not so good part is, they have not suggested a word limit. However, if you imagine introducing yourself, about two to three minutes would be a good time. Let’s safely assume about 700-1000 words.

    While reviewing your HBS essay, we would read them aloud and get a feel of how they will sound. Would you like to do the same and rehearse?

    Before you start writing the essay, here are two links which you might find useful –

    1. Dee Leopold’s full thoughts on this question at on her blog, Direct from the Director
    2. Dee Leopold’s interview with Poets and Quants. Read more

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