ISB Reapplicant Chances – Can They Succeed the Second Time Round?

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Strategy for ISB reapplicants

Applying to ISB once again? Its not simply a matter of rearranging your essays, or ‘giving it another shot’. Successful ISB reapplicants take a hard look at what they could not succeed in doing the previous year, and try and fix the problems.

Understanding ISB and one’s own profile is critical, but so is making sure that the quality of your next application leaves nothing to doubt. Here are the stories of some applicants who surmounted the reapplication challenge successfully.



Working in the banking sector, Tripesh was a reapplicant to ISB in 2015. He had a work experience of two years at The Smart Cube as an analyst and two years at American Express, as a manager, before he decided to pursue management education.

After not being able to make it to ISB once, Tripesh spent time understanding the factors on which he could improve further. He volunteered for and was selected for a prestigious assignment.

He sought feedback from ISB, and worked with GyanOne to interpret it and ensure that his next application reflected his considerable strengths.

He improved his GMAT score in his retake and submitted a strong application to ISB in R1, though right towards the fag end. Tripesh is finally now studying at ISB and is enjoying every bit of it.

Priyankar Basu


Priyankar, a bright engineer from the Indian Navratna company, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), also made it to ISB as a reapplicant.

A graduate from Jadavpur University, Priyankar had a strong academic background, and also had various leadership experiences under his belt. However, Priyankar needed a deeper understanding of ISB and how the school could help him achieve his dreams.

An MBA is not always the most obvious career option for public sector professionals, and post-MBA options are somewhat specialized for them too.

This is where GyanOne brainstorming sessions helped Priyankar see how the tremendous value he had added for his employer could be an asset for him too. At the same time, Priyankar researched his target industry thoroughly, mapping his skills to future expectations and ISB, and created a much stronger application.

He then prepared for his interview with GyanOne, and ensured that his interview left nothing to chance. Finally, the email which Priyankar had waited for, for two years, arrived! Priyankar had made it to ISB.


Udit Thamman had close to 4 years of experience in Bechtel India, managing Petrochemical, Power, and Infrastructural projects. However, while his professional profile was excellent, his extra-curricular activities were not.

Yet, Udit had enough leadership and achievements in his profile that they weren’t needed! Sometimes, what reapplicants require is simply the faith to believe in themselves, and motivation to work towards submitting a stronger application.

Working with GyanOne, Udit saw how his strengths by far outnumbered his weaknesses, and how he could this time focus on them to build a better application. The interview call received, Udit left no stone unturned to prepare for the interview.

This is a hallmark of all top applicants, not just successful reapplicants – they are always prepared. It is this preparation that led Udit to his final goal.

And so are so many more stories…we will continue this series soon.


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One Response to “ISB Reapplicant Chances – Can They Succeed the Second Time Round?”

  • R. Soumya / / Reply

    I would like to speak to you. I am reapplicant to ISB. Last year I was called for the interview and was not selected. My mobile no. 92465-45038. R. Soumya

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