Indian School of Business (ISB) – “Differentiate Yourself From Competition/Achievements” Essay

PLEASE NOTE THAT WORDING FOR THIS TOPIC HAS CHANGED ACROSS THE YEARS BUT THE REQUIRED CONTENT STRATEGY IS MORE OR LESS SIMILAR:

Please give three reasons why ISB should admit you into the class of 2010. These reasons should ideally differentiate you from your competition. 

As a 10-year-old, I once stood third in annual solo dance competition at School. While the success did bring in a feeling of elation, my father who has always been a go-getter remarked “You should now aim for #1. Keep aiming higher and always be among the best of the best in whatever you do”. I have lived by the statement ever since. As a student, I have excelled in State-level (H.S.C, Rank 40th), University level (M.Com, Rank 2nd) and All-India level (C.A, Rank 47th) examinations. As a finance professional, I started from elementary taxation and accounting roles and now actuate more than US$ 10 Million of corporate fundings for clients at ABC. Awarded twice at work, I have also excelled in other spheres – in social service (Rotary Organization) and in extra-curriculars.

Focus and leadership are among the key ingredients of my psyche. As a teenager, I realized my passion for the world of finance and aimed for a strong foundation therein. As an article (intern) pursuing an M.Com and a C.A, I brought in my first set of business results when I managed to bring in 35 Lac+ in savings to clients. I have continually gained from the focus in financial services thereafter – moving year after year into higher end consulting areas. In my first employment as an article, I was the first ever to lead “fresher-interns” within 3 months of joining. I now mentor a team of 6 analysts and more than 20 sales managers that service more than 75 large corporations’ (clients’) debt financing requirements.

Furthermore, my rich understanding of financial statements, taxation, and audit will enable me contribute to the value-addition driven culture at ISB. Right from the nuances of ledger entries, book-keeping to analyzing complex business ideas and company financials, my success at being “eagle-eyed” – to fathom the big picture with a sight on the finest of details, qualifies my entry for ISB’s world of Business.

 

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