Here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions answered for prospective students to take a well informed decision.

When does the admission process commence at ISDM?

The admission process for Batch 2023-24 will commence in December 2022. Check our website for timelines and other details.

Why apply early?

Due to the limited number of seats, applicants in Phase 1 will have the early advantage of securing admission at ISDM with the option to defer payment of their tuition fees upto Rs. 3 lakhs.

Who are we looking for?

ISDM is looking for passionate, committed, diverse and driven individuals from various parts of India to join the cohort. To this end, our admission process is designed in a way that allows us to gauge an individual's skills, competencies and passion for the development sector.

What is the fee for the application form?

The application form fee is INR 500.

Does ISDM provide living facility for students?

Currently, ISDM does not have on-campus accommodation facility. However, ISDM provides students with verified accommodation options within a 5 km radius of the campus.

What is the fee structure for ISDM's PG Program in Development Management?

The fee structure at ISDM is as follows:

- The caution deposit is INR 50,000 which is refundable after completion of the course

- The tuition fee for the 1 year program is INR 5 Lakhs (not including living costs). This amount is payable in two tranches of equal amounts during the program.

What is the eligibility criteria for admission at ISDM?

The minimum eligibility criteria is an undergraduate degree in any stream. This includes students in their final year completing their course on or before July, 2022, recent graduates* and working professionals from any domain of work.

*Graduates awaiting their results can also apply and submit their transcript when they receive it.

What is the admission process at ISDM?

The ISDM admission process is divided into 4 stages -

Stage 1: Completion and submission of the online application form (non-evaluative process)

Stage 2: Completion of Online Assessment (evaluative process)

Stage 3: Appearing for the Personal Interview (evaluative process)

Stage 4: Rolling out and acceptance of offer letter

Visit the admission page on our website to learn more about the stages of the admission process.

What constitutes ISDM'S online assessment? And what is its total duration?

The total duration of the online assessment is 1 hour 25 minutes.
It consists of two parts:

Part A – Cognitive Ability & Data Analysis

  • Section I: Logical Ability - (20 minutes).
  • Section II: Quantitative Aptitude - (25 minutes)
  • Section III: Data Interpretation - (15 minutes)

Part B – Verbal Ability

  • Section IV: Verbal Ability & Spoken English - (25 minutes)

How do I log in for the online assessment?

Applicants can log in to the online assessment portal using the credentials provided to them via email.

What if I face a technical glitch during the online assessment?

In case an applicant faces a technical glitch during the test, they are advised to reach out to admissions@isdm.org.in or speak to their assigned counsellor within 24 hours .

For how long will the assessment link be active?

The link for the online assessment will be active for a specific period of time which will be mentioned in a detailed email that will be sent to the applicant prior to the scheduled date of their assessment.

Kindly note that once the assessment is initiated, it must be completed in one attempt.

Will the Personal Interview be conducted in online/offline mode?

The Personal Interview will be conducted online. All the necessary information will be sent to the applicant on their registered e-mail ID, prior to their scheduled interview date.

Do I need to submit my competitive exam scores?

While it isn't mandatory, applicants are encouraged to submit their valid GMAT, GRE, CAT or NMAT scores, in case they have undertaken these exams. The admission panel will take these scores into consideration when evaluating their fit for the program.

Does ISDM offer financial assistance?

ISDM offers a few need-based financial assistance plans on a first-come-first-serve basis. Applicants who have cleared the online assessment (Step 2 of the admission process) will be provided a financial assistance form to be filled with all the necessary details. The final decision rests with the Financial Assistance Committee who will review the submitted forms and decide the provision of assistance accordingly.

I have registered but have not received any further communication. How do I know what is the next step in my application process?

ISDM ensures that at every stage of the admission process, the applicant receives detailed communication about the next stage on their registered e-mail ID. We encourage applicants to regularly check their email inbox, including the spam/promotion folder to make sure that they are not missing any important updates. In case applicants require further assistance, they can always reach out to us at admissions@isdm.org.in.

If I am a fresher, whose references should I provide?

Freshers can provide references from -

1. The organisations where they have recently interned or volunteered

2. Academic references will also be accepted

Will I be notified about the status of my application?

Yes, applicants will receive communication with the latest information regrading the status of their application at all stages during the admission process.

Can I pursue this course while being currently employed?

No, given the rigour and offline nature of the program, students are required to be present in the classroom at all times.

Do I need to have prior experience in the social sector for this course to be beneficial to me?

While it is not essential, prior experience in the social sector is prefered. ISDM welcomes all eligible* applicants to apply for the program.

* Check earlier question for eligibility criteria

Got more on your mind? Contact us at admissions@isdm.org.in. We will answer all your questions.