International School of Business & Research (ISBR) GDPI ExperiencesAnisha Mukhija
ISBR Business School (International School of Business & Research) is situated in Electronic City of Bangalore which is set up under the aegis of Bangalore Educational Trust in 1990. ISBR is listed among the Top Business Schools of the Country and approved by AICTE, Ministry of HRD Government of India. The primary motive of the institution is to prepare students for life and establishing them in a leader who is capable to influence the world with their passion and success. Students here are groomed for the Industry exposure with exceptional foundation and a wide variety of specialization in marketing, Finance, HR, IT, Systems, Banking, Insurance, Retail, Health Care Service, Telecom. The Alumni association at ISBR proves highly beneficial during final placements of Students. Below are some GDPI experiences from the existing Batch at ISBR
1. Jovita Devaraj (PGDM 2020-2022)
I was aspiring to pursue my PGDM, when I happen to come across ISBR Business School situated in Bangalore, which is one of the best B-Schools in the State. I was intrigued by their best courses offered by the Expert faculty and Industry Veterans, International Academic partnerships, focus on practical learning, Industry collaboration and exposure, and many other aspects. And I decided to try and be a part of this Institute. I applied for the admission process online and was guided by an admin staff on the various rounds and how to go about in the entire interview process. My interview was scheduled on the Campus itself. I had some prior GDPI experience, so I was not anxious, rather was relaxed for the entire process.
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I reached the Campus and I liked the Infrastructure, the great atmosphere, and also the smiling and welcoming faces of ISBR. This made me feel ready enough to face the Interview process with much confidence. All the students were seated in the Conference hall and we had a brief meeting with the Academic and Program Coordinators and were also introduced to all the courses that ISBR was offering. The staff was very kind and professional and the entire Induction was well coordinated. Post this, the Interview process began which had four rounds altogether, which were the Aptitude Test, Essay writing, Micro presentation, and PI. Since I had qualified for the first round with my CAT score, I was directly given an essay topic on “Is Technology a boon or a curse in the current era?” and I had to write about 500 words on it. And then when everyone was finished, we were sent for our presentation round one by one. It was a micro presentation that I had to present for about 10 minutes on the topic “Is Self-Confidence the key to Success?” My presentation went really well and the Professor too was impressed. After that, we had to wait till everyone else was finished. They moved on with the final PI round. I was sent to a different Conference room again where there was one panelist. I liked my PI experience since the Professor was friendly which helped me to ease into the situation. She spoke to me about me, how I channelize my strengths and weaknesses, my interests, hobbies, etc. I was able to confidently answer her and the constant smile on her face helped me to perform better. The overall experience was great and now waiting anxiously for the results was the hardest part. We were all seated in the Library when they started declaring the results to each of us in person. I was super thrilled and happy to know that I was selected when the Admission Coordinator declared my results. I was excited to embark upon a new journey with ISBR. Never did I regret once choosing this Institute for the next 2 years of my life and the journey has been nothing but amazing and fruitful so far. I am very glad to be here.
2. Doel Bhattacharya (PGDM 2019-21)
I had a great experience while going through the GDPI process at ISBR. The best thing which I liked was warm welcome by the faculty heads and the process went on very smoothly. The process began with my general introduction which emphasized my objective, passion and zeal to pursue this course. The selection process was conducted in four rounds such as:
- ISBR Internal Test comprises aptitude, verbal and logical reasoning
- Essay writing
- Micro presentation
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ISBR Internal test went on for an hour and I could score great in that test. Then 15 minutes were given to me for essay writing. The topic of essay writing was related to cryptocurrency. The micro presentation was conducted by one panelist who was very much impressed by my thoughts on the essay and asked me several questions on that domain. I gave two micro presentations for five minutes each on the impact of social media and the education system of our country. Overall the presentation went on great and I was appreciated by him.
The last round was the PI round which comprises the following questions such as:
- Tell me about yourself
- Why ISBR?
- Aligning personal goal with career objective
- Why PGDM after being a successful software developer at TCS
- Many questions were based on the change of domain
- Career plan for the next five years
- Differentiator pointers or USP
Finally, results were declared within an hour after completion of the selection process. It made me elated and now when I am on the verge of completion of my PGDM, I feel thankful and blessed to be part of the ISBR family. I have learned a lot in two years of this experience, I feel grateful for the constant support which I have received from my honorable Professors who were my guiding light. I would like to enlighten my achievements:
Internationally Certified Competent Leader and Competent Communicator, Toastmasters International
Best Manager Award, National Level Management Fest, CIMS Bengaluru
Presented 6 successful research papers based on HR and Business Analytics at International and National Conferences.
One research paper got published by a reputed journal and the other one got published at IIPM, Bengaluru e-journal Conference Proceedings.
I did four successful internships from TCS iON, IIMB Incubation Cell, Olcademy and Createn.
- HR Strategy Analyst Intern, TCS iON
- Research Intern, IIMB Incubation NSRCEL
- HR Lead Intern, Olcademy
- HR Business Partner, Createn
I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to ISBR Business School, Bengaluru for their constant support and motivation.
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3. Binita Saha (PGDM 2020-2022)
I had my PGDM interview on January 18, 2020, which was held in Kolkata. I still remember the day when I first entered the room for my GDPI session.
The selection process of ISBR was a 4 steps process, starting with an aptitude test followed by essay writing, Micro Presentation, and Personal Interview.
There were almost 18-20 students and after verifying the hard copies of the documents, candidates were asked to sit for the aptitude test. I was not part of aptitude as I had a MAT score of 690 with me which made me eligible directly for the other three processes.
After that each one of us were given different topics to write about within a time span of 15 minutes to check our writing skills. I got “Peer Pressure” as my topic.
It was then followed by a Micro presentation on certain current affairs topics that were provided to us 48 hours prior to the interview. I choose the topic “Man-Made Disaster” for my presentation. The panelist gave me 8 minutes for presenting followed by 2 minutes of QnA.
Later on, we were asked to wait for the Personal Interview. One by one, the members of the group were called in for the interview. Finally, it was my turn. For the PI, there was only one panelist. The panelist started by asking me to introduce myself and my area of interest in the future. The panelist was friendly and helped me to convert my nervousness into excitement and listened to my answers and asked certain clarifying questions from my response.
The result was declared on the same day and I got the call later regarding my admission the next day. And that is how my journey begins with ISBR Business School, Bangalore. I would like to thank ISBR for boosting up my confidence and giving me a lifetime experience.
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4. Krishanu Mukherjee (PGDM 2020 – 2022)
I was very lucky enough to give the offline GDPI interview just before the imposition of nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic which was gripping under its arm all over the world. I was selected through Feb-19 MAT and then started preparing myself accordingly. As we were given the basic idea that what are processes that we have to go through during the day of selection. The GDPI interview held in one of the posh hotel of Park Street, Kolkata. The ambience was awesome and I was little nervous as well although I was fully prepared for the judgement day. My MAT score was fair enough, so I didn’t have to give the Aptitude round, so I have directly gone for the Essay writing round in which the topic name was, “How E-Learning is going to an impact in Indian Education System” which I reckoned have well duly written on my own. Then among the dozens of other candidates, I was the first one who goes for the PI round started with the micro presentation in which the topic was “Work-life Balance”. Then I have to explain each and every slides in a lucid manner and then afterwards there was Q&A session regarding the micro PPT. Then, our esteemed college faculty Prof. Kirron Bindu asked several questions ranging from the current affairs, basic finance terminologies, YES bank NPA fiasco etc. The overall process was about 45 minutes which was breath taking to be honest. Then, the result was announced by my admission councillor in which I was selected. I really wants to thanks my college ISBR, Bengaluru for this wonderful opportunity to pursue my PGDM dream. I hope that I can learn as much as I can within these two years without any fail. Thank You!
5. Pallavi Mahalik (PGDM 2020-2022)
Like every other candidate after my BBA, I was aspiring for PGDM and ISBR BUSINESS SCHOOL was the last stop in my journey of B-school admission process as my brother suggest me to go for it. I had an online selection procedure due to pandemic situation. And all the process was replaced by two process in online that was extempore through video call and one final personal interview with my MAT score.
I am glad that I got the opportunity in the interview process as the faculty who took my interview was very genuine. and the panelist who took my personal interview even was good enough and they make the environment friendly enough to take out that nervousness out of me. And am glad that I got selected in ISBR BUSINESS SCHOOL as the selection process was tough.
In extempore they gave me the topic (COVID -19 pandemic and its impact on service sector) though it is a recent topic so I easily able to clear the round even my personal interview went well as they asked about HR topics. And about my personal interest. even they gave me some situational based question and was judging my perspective.
I would like to say in this pandemic even this college has been instrumental in guiding us starting from orientation program, guest lectures, virtual industrial tour, certification courses, separate mentoring session and all our subject faculty who cooperate with us a lot which was unexpected for me and I am really grateful for it. This pandemic affects us mentally much more than physically but our faculty ensured our mental health not affect us much by constantly being there by our side, clearing all our subject doubts in online platform, giving samples papers for practice before our 1st trimester.
My journey is totally like an adventure and my most favorite session till date is our orientation program where it’s going to bring 360-degree transformation in YOU. Lot of participation in our club events make us feel more confident as we compete with each other and gain more learnings from others, this all are possible for ISBR itself where it has turned online platform gradually into offline and we don’t feel like we are studying online lectures.
I am happy to get such beautiful and peaceful ambience with good faculty. I am glad to be here in ISBR and looking forward for my transformation with real world and real learning.
6. Prajwal Markandey (PGDM 2020-2022)
Due to covid-19 pandemic, the whole interview process was conducted online for me as well along with lots of others.
Instead of group discussion, mini presentation was conducted to check presentation skills along with communication & researching skills of the students.
The interview was conducted by a single panelist who was also one of the most senior faculty at ISBR & it was a one-to-one exchange. At first, I was explained & told everything about ISBR i.e., information about specializations they offer, life at ISBR, their signature mentorship sessions & doubts regarding placements, other facilities etc. were also cleared.
After this, mini presentation took place topics for which were shared prior to this process. I was asked to explain on any of the given topics for 5 mins. Out of all the topic I chose was “Jack Ma”, as he is one of my ideals in the world of business & an inspiration to those who seek to lead from front.
Later to this, Personal interview took place. The interviewer asked questions about my fields of interest, hobbies. Further, they asked which specialization I prefer & why, my long-term goals & what I seek if admitted in ISBR plus where do I see myself after 4 years. There were many other questions based on my UG studies plus some on personal life.
Overall, the whole thing was an extensive process & it covered all aspects about my professional as well as personal life. It was a pretty great experience to be honest as I got an insight about what I should expect in coming years of the Master’s degree.
Presently, I am in the 2nd trimester of PGDM program at ISBR & I am very happy to share that I made the right choice choosing ISBR for pursuing PGDM.