Pranav's Journey to a 760 GMAT Score and Admission at ISB

    Indrita Ganguly Indrita Ganguly
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    As they say, if you strive for excellence and put all your dedication, success will definitely be yours. Following a similar path, Pranav paved his way to the flagship ISB’s PGP program with a compact and systematic 2 months GMAT study plan. Heard it right, no 4 to 5 months of drudgery but a focused 2 months.

    ISB, ranking 28th in Financial Time’s MBA ranking is a distant dream for many and Pranav gave his best shot to win his place in the classroom with a whopping GMAT score of 760.

    Let us hear his journey.

    What was your Strategy Behind Scoring so High on GMAT?

    Well, my foremost aim was to make myself a GMAT preparation plan which will have an integrated study plan of a maximum of 2 to 3 months. This is the very reason my GMAT study plan is a steady one that doesn’t rush into the topics or is slow to catch up with the concepts.

    The GMAT exam has 2 main sections - verbal and quantitative but my approach was more verbal-focused. I reside in Delhi and found the Jamboree’s GMAT preparation schedule quite beneficial and therefore, enrolled in it.

    What valuable GMAT Preparation Materials Did you Use?

    Pranav GMAT

    Mine is a quite simplified GMAT preparation with straightway 2 months coaching at Jamboree. At Jamboree, apart from their teaching I practiced around 6 - 7 mock tests. My practice was in sync with the learning, I usually covered the concepts and practiced 1 mock test. This way I completed 3 to 4 mock tests while learning the concepts, and ended with practicing the remaining.

    But my main helper was the official GMAT practice papers from GMAC which has authentic materials to practice from. I focused on simultaneous practicing and problem solving which resulted in high scores. I completed 6 - 7 full-length practice tests which added to my high score.

    It should be noted that I provided most of my focus on GMAT verbal and GMAT quant (more on verbal) and quite less on the AW and IR sections as those are not mentioned in the score report.

    How did you manage your strengths and weaknesses?

    As already mentioned, verbal was my weak part and I kept my study plan verbal-focused therefore. I also put enough effort into the quantitative section and practiced difficult sums. The GMAT verbal section requires a certain amount of logical and analytical ideas, therefore, I practiced more and reviewed my answers.

    Time-management was another thing that kept me on the right track. GMAT is a time-bound exam and reading a passage or finding the answer to a question has to be done within a few minutes’ time. Always keep a track of your time while answering the practice questions.

    I did mistakes and kept on working on the methods to correct them. My focus was to reach my target score by improving the verbal section.

    You would’ve been selected in any of the Ivy Leagues, why did you choose ISB?

    ISB’s program was nothing less than an abroad management degree. ISB’s one year PGP or Post-graduate management program is a total win-win with a duration of only 12 months and the fees being Rs. 35 lacs. There are more to its advantages:

    1. Global touch: ISB has successfully tied up with MIT Sloan School of Management and London Business School and Fletcher’s School at Tuft’s University to boosts its research sphere. Additionally, it has also developed connections with 50+ international business schools for their visiting faculty and exchange program;
    2. Worldclass Faculties: ISB is home to some of the most prolific faculties from over the world who are focused on research and offers leadership;
    3. Cosmopolitan Exposure: As mentioned, ISB has link-ups with 50+ abroad institutes for inbound/outbound trade, visiting faculties, international study trek with innumerable exposure;
    4. Threefold accreditation: ISB is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), and the Association of MBAs (AMBA);
    5. Research-oriented ambiance: ISB is focused on entrepreneurship, technological advancements in commerce, and the programs are inclined towards teaching about the fast emergence of business;
    6. State-of-the-art campus: Both the Hyderabad and Mohali campuses have distinguished campuses set on a separate island offering all the needed amenities;
    7. India Focused: ISB’s one very highlighted aspect is its focus towards India as a developing economy and remedies to develop it;
    8. Talented Alumni: ISB has built a town of alumni with 11,600+ count out of which 500+ working as CXO positions and the other 500+ heading their family businesses or startups;
    9. Uplifting Career Graph: ISB’s 2019 class witnessed, 79% of candidates getting advancement in their designations, and 78.5% witnessed industry shifts and over 65% witnessed both.

    All these reasons gave me more than enough reasons to opt for ISB.



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