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.

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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

The process is conducted in three stages, as follows:

ISB YLP admissions stage 1 (Deadline: 27 March 2022) –
Applicants are required to submit details of their academic performance, extra-curricular achievements, a one-page resume. Along with this there is:

Essay 1: Describe a personal incident or achievement which changed you as a person. How did it change your perspective about yourself or others? (300 words max).

ISB YLP admissions stage 2 (Deadline: 31 August 2022) –
Candidates short-listed from stage 1 are required to submit response to another essay, one recommendation, and their GMAT/GRE score.

Essay 2: What’s the first and foremost thing you would like to improve in yourself? How do you plan to do it?

ISB YLP admissions stage 3 (Deadline: Between 31 August and 5 November 2022, on a rolling basis).
In this stage, applicants are invited for a personal interview either online or in person depending upon the geographical location of the applicant. Final result announcement: Rolling offers till the first week of February 2023.


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.

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