THE YOUNG LEADERS PROGRAMME (YLP) at the Indian School of Business (ISB) is a much sought after programme that will help undergraduate students gain guaranteed admission into the prestigious Post Graduate Programme(PGP) at ISB while they are still in the pre-final year of undergraduate degree. The admission is contingent upon completion of a minimum of one year and nine months of work experience after under graduation.
The YLP candidates gets to interact with students and alums from different professional and educational backgrounds, learn from distinguished resident and international faculty and go through research based contemporary programs.

The Key Aspects of ISB YLP are:

  • Learning Sessions by Industry leaders and world-class ISB faculty.
  • Mentorship by senior ISB experts to help the admits navigate their career path.
  • Guaranteed Admission to ISB’s one year flagship PGP programme during the pre-final undergraduate year contingent upon completion of one year and nine months of work experience.
  • Four intensive YLP learning weekends at ISB campus during his/her work tenure with a six month gap between each learning weekend.
  • Network Opportunities with a group of  like-minded high achievers such as other YLP admits, ISB students and alumni.
  • YLP Scholarship of Rs. 1 Lakh will be provided to all YLP admits, in addition to the existing need, merit and corporate scholarships which all PGP students contest for.

Academics Calendar for 2017-18:

Round 1 deadlines March 25, 2017
Round 1 short-list announcement
Round 2 deadline August 31, 2017
Round 2 short-list announcement
Final selection process on campus September 15 – October 15, 2017
Admission offers November 15, 2017

ISB YLP Application & interview preparation service price

Package Separate
 I Stage 9,500  9,500
 II Stage 13,000 15,000
One mock Comprehensive 7,500 11,000
 Total 30,000 35,500

ISB YLP Application Process:

To be considered for admission, an applicant must be in his/her pre-final year of graduation.
Every will have to go through three stages of selection process before he/she is selected. The screening process will require the candidate to submit online applications. Candidates shortlisted in round 1 will be required to submit their GMAT scores in round 2 and appear for an on-campus selection process in round 3.

Stage 1 Requirements:

  • Academic information
  • Extra-curricular information
  • One Essay. Topic will be provided in the essay section.

ISB YLP Stage 1 Essay for 2016:

Essay 1: Write about an incident or set of incidents in your life that had the most profound influence on you. While writing this essay briefly mention the incident and the impact it has had on your life. (300 words max)

OR

Essay 2: How would you describe yourself as a person and what are the two qualities / skills / attributes that you wish to further develop in yourself through the ISB Young Leaders Programme? (300 words max)

  • Scanned copies in 150 or 200 in a PDF format of the following:
    • PDF Scan of Recent passport size color photograph in 200 or 300
    • All Academic mark sheets and certificate/s (as of the year completed)
    • Signed statement of integrity (copy the text provided on to a word document, print, sign and scan)
    • One page resume
    • Student identity card
      Those short-listed candidates in Stage-1 will go through the Stage-2 application.

Stage 2 Requirements:

    • Two Essays. Topics will be provided in essay section.

ISB YLP Stage 2 Essays for 2016:

Essay 1: Tell us about your short term and long term goals and your plans to achieve them. (300 words max)

This essay is a critical one and is invariably part of the application process for any global business school program. What the question is really asking is, ‘Why do you want to do an MBA?’

We suggest an approach that tells the story in a natural manner. The essay can be split into three paragraphs. The first paragraph should talk about what is your passion and vision. It should also spell out your short term and long term goals (which must match your passion and vision – you cannot claim that you are passionate about travelling and have a vision of being a travel author and then state your short term and long term goal to be an investment banker). This first paragraph sets up the context.

The second paragraph should lead with information on what you have done till date in order to achieve your short and long term goals (courses taken, education, experience, skills developed, etc.). Then talk about what are the gaps that are currently causing you a shortfall and stopping you from achieving your goals – list out the most important gaps in a very broad manner.

In the third and final paragraph, talk about how the PGP from ISB would help you substantially cover the shortfall and set you up for short and long term success and achievement of your goals. As far as possible, try and do a one to one match between the gaps mentioned in the second para and the support provided by the PGP.

As you can see, the first paragraph sets our your goals very clearly in the context of your passion and vision. The second paragraph provides signals that you have been taken concrete steps towards these goals and that you are a serious candidate. Finally, the third paragraph shows the fit between what you need and what the PGP can provide, making you an ideal candidate.

Essay 2 :Please provide additional information, that could affect the consideration of your application to the ISB. (300 words max)

There is some confusion regarding whether to use this space or not. We hold the view that this is valuable space provided by the school and should definitely be used as long as you have something worthwhile to share (and not a laundry list of minor things!). This space can be used as follows –

  •  If you have low scores or any other aberrations in your profile and you have a genuine explanation for the same, you can use this space to talk about that
  • If you have a hobby, interest, other activities or some unique experience, you can talk about that here. Note that you should not simply write about the activity or hobby itself, but should put efforts to talk about how you are a changed and developed person because of it
  •  This space can also be a great opportunity to talk about your qualities or skills that do not fit anywhere else in the application. Provide examples of situations where you have leveraged these qualities and skills and try and talk about how these skills or qualities will help you in your career

This space should not be used to repeat information already provided elsewhere in the application. You should also not put down 4 – 5 things that you want to bring to their notice. It is best to talk about 1 theme (qualities or hobbies or skills) and have a couple of sub-points in that, with a total of 3 paragraphs. Finally, this space should also not be used to plead for an admission – it just does not work that way.

  • Two evaluations / recommendations in the prescribed format will available on the application.
  • Scanned copies in 150 or 200 in a PDF format of the following:
    • Passport (Main page that shows the number, name, DOB and citizenship)
    • GMAT Score
    • TOEFL Score, if available.

Stage 3 Requirements:

Interview: Applicants based in India will be interviewed personally on the ISB Campus and those from overseas locations will be interviewed over telephone/Skype.


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