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Frequently Ask Questions

Q.1. What are the different programmes/courses offered at ISB&M& their respective eligibility conditions and fee structure?

Ans: ISB&M offers two-year full time Post Graduate Diploma in Management programmes i.e. PGDM in Marketing, Finance, Human Resource, Logistic and Supply Chain Management, Business Analytics and Media &Communication. All these programmes are approved by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The basic eligibility criteria and fee structure for the categories are as follows:

Programme Recognition No of Seat Eligibility Programme Fee
PGDM ( 2 Years Full time programme ) All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) 360
Marketing : 120
HR: 60
Logistic & Supply China Management: 60
Bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks (for General category) and a minimum of 45% marks (for Reserved Category). With any entrance exam score card CAT, XAT, GMAT, CMAT, ATMA, MAT TuitionFee : 12.8 Lacs for 2 Years
PGDM ( 2 Years Full time programme ) In Media Management All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) 120 Bachelor degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks (for General category) and a minimum of 45% marks (for Reserved Category). With any entrance exam score card CAT, XAT, GMAT, CMAT, ATMA, MAT Tuition Fee :10.8 Lacs for 2 Years

Imp Note:hostel and mess charges are additional.

*Candidates appearing in Final Year Graduation Examination 2024 can also apply. Such candidates will have to produce final year result of Graduation with minimum 50% marks in aggregate on or before 30th September 2024, failing which their provisional admission will be automatically cancelled.

Q.2. What is specialization are being offered in Two Year Full Time Programmes?

Ans: PGDM program provide opportunity for students to undertake specializations in functional areas of Marketing, Finance, Human Resource and Logistic and Supply Chain Management, Business Analytics and Media & Communication Management.

Q.3. What kind of accreditation/approval these programmes at ISB&M have?

Ans: Our PGDM Programmeapproved by the regulatory authority AICTE.

Q.4. Is the course officially recognized by AICTE?

Ans: YES

Q.5. Who are the faculty teaching at ISB&M?

Ans: Learning programme at ISB&M is supported by Highly qualified faculty and accomplished professionals from leading institute, university and corporate world e. g. IITs, IIMs, XLRI, S.P. Jain, JNU, BITS Pilani, MDI, FMS, Delhi University, GIM, TISS and best of institute.

Q.6. What is the difference between MBA & PGDM courses?

Ans: Things expire with the time, and that might be true with the MBA until and unless new life is injected into it. MBA is an old version for those wishing to pursue management studies, a two-year diploma course PGDM, Post Graduate Diploma in Management sounds better. Generally, the PGDM course is far more industry-relevant and practical as far as the job market is concerned.

Q.7. What is PGDM?

Ans: Post Graduate Diploma in Management is AICTE (All India Council of Technical Studies) approved program with a duration of 2 years. Approximately 500 institutions are approved to offer PGDM in India by AICTE. These approved institutions design their own curriculum, upgrade it as and when required, conduct their own examinations and evaluate their own students. Generally, curricula are designed keeping in view the industry demand, so that students can be placed well.

Q.8. What is difference between PGDM and MBA

• PGDM course is run by institutions having total responsibility of selecting students, designing course curriculum, training them, evaluating them and finally placing them. While an MBA, the course is designed by universities and taught by its affiliating colleges. Here is the gap! Students start learning an MBA course like MA in history and with the focus of passing the program. Also, the universities don’t change their syllabus for decades. MBA students during Job interviews find it difficult to answers the questions as the interviewers generally ask the questions on the latest trends. While the PGDM being a single-window program makes the student better skilled and updated with the latest market trends.

• MBA is more theoretical while PGDM is more practical. This also gives an edge to PGDM students while facing job interviews.

• I have been a professor and placement Chair at one of the prominent B-School. We keep on having pool campus drives at college both for PGDM and MBA students of different colleges and universities. In reality, I found approximately 30% of MBA students get selected for the same job where 70% of PGDM students were taken in.

• PGDM is offered by app 500 B Schools while MBA by 5500 Universities and colleges. Less supply of PGDM creates more demand for them.

• A student if wishes can go ahead for Ph.D., or any other course either with PGDM or MBA.

Highest paying jobs after PGDM

PGDM salaries are impacted by various factors like job role, city of job, experience, the type of company etc. Some of the highest-paying jobs for PGDM graduates are:

• Investment Banker – The salaries for investment bankers are very different with different firms, but an average salary initially may range between 8 to 10.8 lakhs per year which can also reach up to 15--21lakhs after few years of experience.

• Project Manager– Project managers’ compensations can be around 18-20 lakh per annum depending upon the city and the company of job.

• Management Consulting- The salaries depend on a variety of factors, yet management consultants may be able to earn between 12-18lakhs per year.

• Business Development Manager – Business Development managers are compensated well. Their average pay ranges at about 12-15 lakhs p.a. However, working with top companies may stretch this figure far beyond.

• Marketing Manager – Some of the best-paid employees are from the Marketing departments. The average salary of marketing managers can be somewhere near 12-15 lakhs with a performance bonus excluded from this figure.

• Business Analyst– Business analysts may be able to bag up to a salary between Rs 6 Lacs to Rs 12 Lacs initially.

PDGM is an incredibly rewarding career option for those who have the perseverance and learning enthusiasm. People with PGDM work to lead others and are at the apex of knowledge in their respective fields. They get high salary slabs


Now that the important differences and similarities between PGDM and MBA have been discussed above, it is the time to analyse which one of the two stands more relevant and beneficial in today’s scenarios.

• PGDM courses follow an industry-oriented curriculum with a more practical approach while MBA is more theoretical in approach.

• PGDM courses are given preference over MBA by various employers within India and abroad, due to the practical insight PGDM courses offer. The classrooms are rigorous and lessons from top industry leaders and management internships are a common feature that readies students for the business environments beforehand.

• Institutes with PGDM, being self-driven, work harder than universities offering MBA degree, to place their students across various companies.

• There are greater job opportunities for PGDM students due to additional and updated skills.

• Autonomous colleges have a cutting-edge syllabus that is updated with times but the universities are not allowed to change the syllabus more often. The world is more transformative than ever today, so the syllabus books and textbooks need to change often.

Q.9. How can one apply to ISB&M ?

Ans: Candidates can apply ONLINE only through the link https://www.isbmadmissionapplication.in/ and need to first register and create an account. For online application submission candidates need to pay application fee through Credit/Debit Card/Net banking.

Q.10. What is the admission process for the two-year full time PGDM Programmes?

Ans: The admission process of the two-year full time PGDM programme is as follows:

Selection procedure is as per AICTE regulations

• Apply Online ISB&M application form

• Profile base Short Listing of candidates for GD&PI process

• Shortlisted students go through the Group discussion and Personal interviews

• Admission Selection Weightage:
While ISB&M, admissions are competitive, our selection criteria revolve around a candidate’s ability to:
1. Cope with demanding environment in ISB&M
2. Candidate’s ability to build career with MNCs and high profile Indian companies.
3. Candidate’s openness and ability to learn new social and cultural habits & values, those professional MNCs, especially seek.
In order to succeed in ISB&M, a candidate must develop learning attitude for a career and imbibe an open minded attitude towards exploring newer experiences & make serious efforts at self-development.

Weightage in selection process:
1. Written Test: 25%
2. Academics: 25%
3. GD&PI: 40%
4. Work Exp: 10%

Q.11. Is there any Sponsored Category? Does the Sponsored Candidate need to send some document?

Ans: No

Q.12. Is there any management quota?

Ans: No, there is no management quota. Admissions take place strictly on the basis of merit.

Q.13. Can the final year Graduation students apply?

Ans: Yes, candidates appearing in the final year examination of graduation in 2024 can apply subject to furnishing the proof of Graduation by September 30,2024. Non-fulfilment if this condition or not scoring 50% marks in graduation, will automatically result in the cancellation of the provisional admission.

Q.14. How to calculate percentage in 10th and 12TH standard?

Ans: Please mention aggregate percentage of marks for all subjects (including optional subjects) irrespective of your Board regulations.

Q.15. How to convert CGPA into percentage?

1. Please follow your University/Institution stated rule for conversion of CGPA into percentage
2. In case your University/Institution does not have any scheme or rule to convert CGPA into percentage, the same can be done by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

Q.16. I have not received any confirmation notifying the receipt of my application. What am I supposed to do?

Ans: If you have not received the payment confirmation e mail, first check your spam/junk folder. If it is not there, you can send an email to admissions@isbm.ac.in stating your ISB&M application no. along with your query and wait for the feedback.

Q.17. If I have made many mistake(s) while applying at ISB&M . Can I make changed later to rectify?

Ans: You can edit your application by logging in to ISB&M Admissions Portal (student dashboard). You will not be able to edit the name, registered email-is & phone number of the candidate, apart from these you can edit other details if the payment of the application form has not been made. You can get the application form edited through admission team also by sending an email on admissions@isbm.ac.in, if the payment has been made.

Q.18. Is there any reservation for MC/SC/ST/OBC/EWS category candidates?

Ans: No

Q.19. When is selection process conducted?

Ans: The selection process is proposed to be conducted in the month of February 2024, at Ahmedabad, Allahabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Chandigarh, Cochin, Delhi, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Indore, Jaipur, Jamshedpur, Kolkata, Kanpur Lucknow,Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Patna, Raipur, Ranchi, Varanasi and. The Management reserves the right to cancel/add any of the outstation venues for the process. However, if there is a change, the candidate will be informed accordingly.

Q.20. What is the early round of selection Process? How is it helpful to the candidates?

Ans: It is a reality that post declaration of the CAT/XAT result, all the top rankedB-Schools start inviting candidates for further selection process. However, to avoid a possible overlapping of the selection process with other B-Schools and also to facilitate the early selection/offer of admission, we propose to conduct an early round of PI process in the month of December, 2021 itself which would be well before the declaration of CAT/XAT result. However, we intend to invite majority of the applicants who apply on or before December 2nd, 2023 based on their profile as judged from:
• Consistency and good past academic performance
• Relevant work experience (if any) that brings value to class room learning

This early stage selection process provides a candidate an opportunity to appear for the process with relative ease.

Candidate need to update their entrance test percentiles (CAT/XAT/GMAT/CMAT/MAT) in the online application form after the same are declared for preparation of final selection list based on merit.

Q.21. How do we submit copies of CAT, XAT, GMAT, CMAT and MAT score?

Ans: You need to update CAT/XAT/GMAT/CMAT/MAT score through student dashboard (ISB&M Admissions Portal) or in admissions@isbm.ac.inafter the same are declared for the preparation of final selection list based on merit. The official score card will be verified and needs to be submitted in case you have got an admission offer.

Q.22. How do I know which scores to submit?

Ans: You can choose to submit more than one score. ISB&M will choose the BEST score based on the eligibility before giving out the Final admission offer.

Q.23. What were the cut-offs (minimum percentile) last year to get a call for the Selection Process?

Ans: The cut-off is not pre-defined. It depends upon the quality & number of applications received and varies from year to year for different courses. Please note, candidates are only shortlisted on the basis of below given scores for further selection process. Final merit is prepared on the basis of different parameters and admission offer is given based on the merit of the candidate.

Q.24. What is the criteria for preparation of merit list at ISB&M for various programmes?

Ans: The merit list for admission is prepared on the basis of past academic profile, CAT/XAT/GMAT/CMAT/MAT score and the performance in selection process. Some additional weightage is also given to the eligible candidates on the basis of their Group discussion and personal interview performance and work experience to bring diversity and inclusiveness in the selection process. The break-up of different weightages for 2024 admission cycle is as follows:

Weightage in selection process:

Academics ( 10th,12th, Graduation) 25%
Group Discussion & Personal Interview 40%
Work Experience 10%

Q.25. How are the ‘shortlisted’ and ‘selected’ candidates informed?

Ans: The shortlisted and selected candidates are informed by emails,SMS and through student

Q.26. When will the selection list be declared and date of beginning of session?

Ans: Final selection list would be declared in February 2nd week 2024.The selected candidates are to deposit the first instalment of tuition fee within the given time frame as mentioned in the offer letter to ensure their admission, failing which the offer is passed on to the wait listed candidates. The fee for boarding & lodging has to be given separately at a later date.

Institute does not entertain any request for extension of the deadline for submission of fee.

Academic session of all the programme is likely to start on June, 2024 (tentative).

Q.27. Is there any arrangement in getting education loan from the Banks?

Ans: Yes, ISB&M has a formal tie-up with some of the leading public sector and private banks of India i.e. IDFC Bank, HDFCCedilla Financial Services Pvt. Ltd, Avanse Financial Services Ltd for providing education loan on priority basis subject to fulfilment of their terms and documentation requirement. We also associate with VidyaLakshmi Portaland WBSCC (West Bengal Students Credit Card). ISB&M is a most preferred in Business Education and almost all banks are extending loans to our admitted candidates. However, Institute has no active role in arranging loan for applicants.

Q.28. How is the alumni network at ISB&M?

Ans: ISB&M alumni network is a pool of over 10150 graduates who are working with prestigious organizations at senior management and executive levels not restricted to India but across the world. The institution could not be prouder to see ISB&Mites running companies, making policies & having a global impact in the business environment. ISB&M has maintained strong relationship with its alumni who plays key role in their recruitment as well as academic processes.

ISB&M Alumni work with 90% of the world’s top 20 most preferred MBA employers like Google, Apple, Amazon, E&Y, Goldman Sachs, KPMG, Deloitte, JP Morgan, Boston Consulting Group, Morgan Stanley, Microsoft, Sony, Johnson & Johnson, and IBM, McKinsey & Company, Bain&Co, Coca-Colato name a few.

Q.29. Is there any scholarship offered at ISB&M ?


Scholarship and Rewards*

The institute has the provision for awarding the following scholarship and rewards to the deserving performers.

Notes. The institute has the provision for awarding the following scholarship and rewards to the deserving performers.

Merit scholarship:

ISB&M awards Rs.1, 50,000 to the TOP 20 students who obtain all of the following:

• 80% in CAT or XAT

• 85% in 10 th Standard

• 85% in 12 th Standard

• 70% of equivalent CGPA in Graduation

• CGPA of 4.5 & Above in 1 st Trimester of PGDM program

Q.30. What are the rules for refund of fee in case of cancellation of admission?

Ans: ISB&M strictly follows AICTE guidelines as applicable on the date of receipt of application for refund of fee in case of admission cancellation.The present AICTE guidelines are as follows:

Q.31. What are the residential facilities and hostel & mess fee?

Ans: All the programmes offered at ISB&M are residential and hence the admitted students are to compulsorily stay in the hostels of the Institute. ISB&M is located in a sprawling, fully wired, Wi-Fi residential campus in Pune. The campus environment is highly conducive to academic learning. The Institute has both on & off campus hostel accommodation with similar facilities. Girl students are provided accommodation in the hostel located in the campus. Rooms are provided on three sharing basis.

The current lodging and boarding charges for the hostel, security deposit and medical insurance which is over and above the tuition fee are as follows:

Lodging (Hostel Rent) : INR 80,000 per year

Boarding (Mess Charges) : INR 48,000 per year

Refundable Security (Hostel fee) : INR 20,000(one time)

Note: Hostel & Mess charges are subject to revision on yearly basis.

Q.32. What are the career development/placement assistance initiatives at ISB&M ?

Ans: This cell is the conciliator between the recruiters and the students. The paramount objective is to deliver well position Campus recruitment program for remarkable value to the recruiters. This division is responsible for handling complete placement procedure and works as an interface between the institute and the corporate world. It aims at providing summers and the final placement by engaging companies which offers great careers & learning.

Q.33. What are other important regulations related with academic/campus life of ISB&M?

Ans: ISB&M expects a very good conduct from the admitted students in academic and campus life. They are expected to observe all the rules and regulations framed from time to time by the Institute. Breach of any of these may render him/her liable for penalty under the rules and/or expulsion from the Institute. For quick reference of the Institute rule, candidates may refer the current student’s Manual Police handbook.

The Institute reserves the right to alter the course content of the programmes, rules and regulations, teaching schedule, fees payable, living charges and/or any other matter pertaining to its working. The Director’s decision will be deemed as final in all such matters.

Q.34. Does ISB&M engage the services of outside agencies/consultants for admission? What is preferred mode for communication?

Ans: No, ISB&M has a completely ethical & transparent admission process. It does not authorize or involve any consultant/agency in its admission process. At no stage and in no way does any individual(s) bear any influence on the process. In case you come across any such situation, please report it back to us by dropping a mail at admissions@isbm.ac.in. We would look into it immediately ensuring a complete confidentiality.

We prefer queries through emails to avoid delay in getting phone lines due to overcrowding and heavy voice traffic. Please send your queries at admissions@isbm.ac.in

The candidate may also contact our admission team, if needed at phone numbers

Tel: 7757029571/ 02035012000

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Q.35. How are the PGDM programs offered by ISB&M different from those offered by other B-schools?

Ans: ISB&M exhibits a cohort of high quality faculty, belonging from top B-schools of the world, who utilizes their top-notch quality background and experiences in forming the academic curriculum of the programme. ISB&M stresses on incessant innovation in their teaching & learning process through Guided Self- Study (GSS) and mentorship tutorial under specified faculty. The unique feature of ISB&M learning programme is development of self-learning orientation or GSS, which is global practice in several A-listed institutes abroad. The motivation is to direct the programme towards enhancing employability and career building and not confined to just attaining an educational degree.

ISB&M Group’s training courses are not only AICTE approved but have been acknowledged for management and executive level employment across industries, globally.

The ISB&M Post-Graduate Programme is ideally suited to graduates who are aiming to develop long term high profile corporate career and wish to seek promising opportunities.

ISB&M envisage its PGDM program as a learning program. The institute considers itself as a community that are defined by three core qualities – inspiring and sharing success, thinking fearlessly and driving total transformation. The learning program @ ISB&M is designed to develop skills, attitude of endurance, independence and rational choice that builds lifelong relationship. Aligning with the three core qualities of ISB&M, the academic learning program through its systems and processes strive to drive transformation among students and develop their vision and ingredient required to achieve it. Academic Learning Program has following characteristics

LEARNING PROGRAMME: Learning Programmeat ISB&M blends concept,theories and information with development of cognitive, social, emotional and leadership competencies. Post Graduate Programme at ISB&M is spread over six trimesters that includes classroom learning, action oriented development and clearly focused culture and values.

TEACHING METHODOLOGY: At ISB&M, multiple teaching methods are used. Lectures, case analysis, group projects, business simulations, management games, live assignments, syndicates etc. form the core of the learning programme. Students are divided into groups of 10- 12 for syndicates and 5-6 for group projects in each course. The programme structure is developed in such a manner that it strikes a perfect balance between conceptual and practical skills. It fosters the development of the following competencies essential for today's competitive environment.

• Professionalism
• Business analytical skills
• Decision making skills
• Positive attitude
• Pro-activeness
• Leadership Skills

Programme structure is developed to balance conceptual and practical skills and abilities. Programme will developed business analysis, problem solving & decision making skills and leadership ability. Programme coverage includes key functional areas of management.

Programme promise great career opportunity, especially, when you are being groomed by very highly quality professionals. Programme emphasizes developing total business orientation in first year and specialization during second year. Through GSS, programme flexibility to study special interest issues and guidance of faculty.Programme focusses on developing logical thinking, databased decision making, personal and professional attitudes and communication ability.

Q.36. Will ISB&M conduct its own admission test this year?

Ans: NO

Q.37. Is medical care available in campus?

Ans: We have medical facility in campus 24 hours.
Doctor Firoj Mohim : 9545648686 (Time 10:00 am to 6:00 pm )
Doctor Deepak Jadhav: 9049110550 (Time 6:00 pm to 10:00 am )

Q.38. Is there a facility to wash my clothes?

Ans: There are common washing machines available in every bathroom.

Q.39. Where is the campus located?

Ans: The campus is located on theSurvey No. 44/1, 44/1/2, Symbiosis Lavale Road, Pashan, Near Dhruv Global School Nande, Pune, Maharashtra 412115

Q.40. How and when can I visit the campus?

Ans: You can visit the campus any day between Monday to Saturday 9:00 Am to 6: PM. You can contact on 7757029571 and drop mail in admissions@isbm.ac.in