Can I get into ISB with a 600+ GMAT Score?
A common query and for good reason because while ISB has built itself as a premier B-School, invariably every one has heard of that one students who got in with a 600 GMAT score.
So what is the GMAT Cut-off for ISB?
The intake for ISB Hyderabad is 600 while for Mohali it is 288 taking the total seats to 888.
Getting in may look challenging but there are a lot of myths regarding the GMAT score required to get in – here are the facts.
The average GMAT score for ISB’s Class of 2019: 709
The average GRE score for ISB’s Class of 2019: 326
Does a 600+ GMAT score rule you out for admission to ISB?
While the average scores sound like a huge put-off for those who have a score less than 709, the facts on the ground paint a different story. for those with a GMAT score 600 or more. THE RANGE OF THE GMAT SCORES OF THE CLASS OF 2019 RANGES FROM 600 TO 780.
Composition of ISB’s Class of 2019 & breakdown of GMAT scores
Here is how the current PGP Class looks like
|Age (in Years)|
|Range||600 – 770||600 – 780||600 – 780|
|Range||311 – 335||320 – 333||311 – 335|
|Work Experience (in Years)|
|Range||2 – 12||2 – 13||2 – 13|
|Intl. Passport Holders|
As you can see, the range of scores suggests some with a 600 GMAT score also got admission to the course.
The Flip Side
ISB does not provide a breakdown of how many students got admission at a 600, 610, 620, 630 or a 640 GMAT score nor does it specify how many students got admission at a 700+ GMAT score.
One would assume that the profiles would be stellar, but there is no factual information backing this assumption.
Why B-Schools keep the ‘accepted GMAT range’ wide
A low GMAT attracts more students
Be aware that B-Schools often keep a wide range of GMAT scores to lure aspirants with low GMAT and GRE scores to fill in an application:
Having a low GMAT entry barrier instantly widens the awareness of a B-School since more MBA aspirants start considering the school, recommending it to their friends and family as an option to look at even if they have a low GMAT score.
More applications also mean more application fee for MBA colleges!
Each application brings in more application money. It might seem like a small amount, but considering the overall application volume, the number isn’t small.
More applications makes for a fancy Applicant to Admit Ratio
You may think only you need to beef up your profile for B-Schools. The truth is that B-Schools also needs to constantly up their game to attract the best students.
Having a fancy 10:1 admit ratio is only possible by reducing seats or adding applicants – and the first is of course not an option for B-Schools which are looking to maximize revenue like any other business.
To sum it up, applying to ISB with a 600+ GMAT or similar GRE score is a game of chance – but it is not impossible!