INSEAD’s September 2016 Intake Essay Topics, Tips and Deadlines

Now when the online application for INSEAD’s September 2016 Intake is live,  as well as the MBA essays for 2015-2016 have also been released, a most of the aspiring applicants are aggressively seeking for professional advice to make their way to INSEAD.

If you too want answers to your queries such as- what are the essay topics, how to write them, what are the application deadlines etc., here we are to endow you with the detailed information to your related queries.

Here are the deadlines for the September 2016 intake:

  • Round 3 – 13 January 2016
    Round 4 – 24 February 2016

Deadlines for January 2017 Intake

  • Round 1 –02 March 2016
  • Round 2 – 20 April 2016
  • Round 3 – 15 June 2016
  • Round 4 – 27 July 2016

When it comes to take admission in B-School like INSEAD, essay questions act as one of the crucial element in the overall admission process. They provide applicants with a great opportunity to introduce themselves and their achievements to the admissions team and how they fit to the overall programme.

In order to help applicant write strong essays, the admission team at INSEAD has a few pointers for each question.

Check out the essay questions:

Essay 1: Give a candid description of yourself (who are you as a person), stressing the personal characteristics you feel to be your strengths and weaknesses and the main factors which have influenced your personal development, giving examples when necessary. (600 words max.)

Analysis: You need to do a lot of introspection to answer this question. While it’s very significant to address all components of strength and weaknesses and several other major factors that are liable for your individual development. It would be better to focus more on the positive points and less on weaknesses. Since you have to explain it in 600 words only, you can allot 250 words to strengths, 100-150 words to weakness/weaknesses, and 200-250 words to the main factors that have formed your personality.

Essay 2: Describe the achievement of which you are most proud and explain why. In addition, describe a situation where you failed. How did these experiences impact your relationships with others? Comment on what you learned. (400 words max.)

Analysis: In this question you can discusses both your failure and accomplishment in a single essay. You have to reflect the deeper analysis to explicate how your relationships with others have impacted your experience. You have only 400 words to explain your best interest. The accomplishments and failures must tie together into this essay. Mention all the components such as- your learning, challenges, accomplishments, outcome/results etc.

Essay 3: Tell us about an experience where you were significantly impacted by cultural diversity, in a positive or negative way. (300 words max.)

Analysis: Since INSEAD is a highly international and multicultural program, the question is specially designed to determine the cultural sensitivity and ability of a candidate to conduct a business on a global scale. Explain your experiences that have totally changed your life or have resulted in a huge personal growth. You can also mention the struggle that you have gone through throughout the procedure.

Essay 4: Describe all types of extra-professional activities in which you have been or are still involved for a significant amount of time (clubs, sports, music, arts, politics, etc). How are you enriched by these activities? (300 words max.)

Analysis: In order to make your way to INSEAD, it’s very important to focus on the extra-curricular activities to identify the applicant’s ability to contribute.  Through this question, admissions committee members at INSEAD wants to know your additional skills and how you will be able to contribute as an applicant in the class room, and to the life of the community outside the classroom as a student and later as a member of the alumni network. Students who have additional hobbies or interests or something they are passionate about, or have any achievement in the music, arts or sports will take the lead in the student clubs and will be dynamically implicated in the alumni network.

Essay 5 (Optional): Is there anything else that was not covered in your application that you would like to share with the Admissions Committee? (300 words max.)

Analysis: This is an optional essay which you have to wrap up within 300 words and endows you an opportunity to articulate the additional things that you could not mention in other essays.

Best of Luck!