The ISB YLP program

The ISB YLP program, also known as the ISB Young Leaders Program, is a new alternative launched by Indian School of Business in 2011. This allows young achievers – applicants who are still in college – to apply to the ISB PGP (i.e the regular ISB MBA program) and gain their admits before they graduate. The applicants are then required to work for two years, and also attend post which they are granted a place in the ISB PGP class. They graduate from ISB as regular PGP applicants.

What is different about the ISB YLP?

Contrary to popular perception, the ISB YLP is not just different from other options for entry to the PGP in terms of requiring no work experience. It is different along a number of factors:

–  YLP applicants gain their admit before they graduate from college. That is a huge relief – imagine being guaranteed admission to one of the most sought after MBA programs in India before you finish college!

– YLP participants attend four learning weekends at ISB, during each of which they learn from top ISB alumni and teachers. The topics covered during these learning weekends are usually around the basics of management, development of soft skills, learning teamwork, and making the right career choices. Top notch training right at the beginning of your career!

– Successful ISB YLP candidates also get a scholarship of 1 lakh INR. At the start of your career, that is a good percentage of the annual salary you earn!

ISB YLP application process and deadlines 2014

The process is conducted in three stages, as follows:

ISB YLP admissions stage 1: Applicants are required to submit details of their academic performance, extra-curricular achievements, a one-page resume. Along with this there is:

a) A 90-second video on the topic ‘life to me is….’.

b) A 300 word essay that applicants need to complete, the topic for which is: ‘Make a compelling argument as to why you should be selected for this program’.

ISB YLP admissions stage 2: 

Candidates short-listed from stage 1 are required to submit responses to three essays, two recommendations, and their GMAT score. A detailed analysis of ISB YLP stage 2 essays by GyanOne is available on this link.

ISB YLP admissions stage 3: 

In this stage, applicants are invited for a personal interview to the ISB (Mohali / Hyderabad) campus.


GyanOne offers application help and interview preparation for all stages of the ISB YLP application. GyanOne consultants who work on YLP applications are all top ISB alumni themselves. Our success rate with YLP applications is 100%. To begin, get in touch with us today at: info [at] gyanone [dot] com or call us.

ISB YLP Application Deadlines 2014 – 2015

The deadline for YLP stage 1 is March 15, 2014.

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