30 Dec 2019 19:11 IST

ISB ranks 16th in Poets & Quants annual B-school survey

INSEAD tops the list for fifth time in a row, followed by London Business School (LBS)

The Indian School of Business (ISB) has been ranked 16th in the Poets & Quants annual survey of the international business schools. It is a composite ranking based on a weighted average of the cumulative rankings of performance on four of the MBA rankings published by The Financial Times, The Economist, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Forbes. These four rankings take into account quantitative and qualitative data that are captured in conducting these major rankings. ISB has moved up 29 places from 45th to 16th.

Prof Rajendra Srivastava, Dean, Indian School of Business, said: “2019 has been a great year for ISB in terms of international recognition and rankings. This ranking by Poets & Quants is the latest feather in our cap. ISB has grown from strength to strength in recent years. The Poets & Quants rankings reflect “balanced” excellence across student placements, their salary increases, alumni performance, faculty growth, and research quality and impact. We look forward to 2020 with optimism and greater vigour.”


This data is captured through means such as surveys of corporate recruiters, MBA graduates, deans and faculty publication records. Student level data such as individual performance statistics of incoming and graduating classes, GMAT scores of entering students and latest salary and employment statistics of alumni are also considered in this composite.

While INSEAD kept a firm grip on the top spot, it was followed by London Business School (LBS), IESE, HEC Paris and IMD for the top five schools. ISB is also one of the few business schools from Asia in the top pecking order. Poets & Quants notes: “Even more surprising, the Indian School of Business shot up 29 places after it picked up rankings for the first time from both Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes and improved on the FT list.”