ISB YLP 2023

You are eligible to apply for ISB Young Leaders Program if you are in your last year of graduate or undergraduate education.

Are ISB 2022 results out?

ISB 2022 results for round 1 selection will be out by mid of November 2022.

How do I get to ISB YLP?

Steps to apply for ISB YLP 2023:

  1. Submit an online application, academic information, one essay, and the application fee by one of the two deadlines: Round 1: October 15, 2022; Round 2: March 26, 2023

  2. The Stage 1 outcomes for the two rounds can be anticipated on 10 December 2022 and 12 May 2023, respectively.

  3. The shortlisted candidates advance to round two.

  4. For the second round, applicants must submit a GMAT or GRE score, another essay, and a recommendation form by August 31, 2023.

  5. The shortlisted candidates of ISB YLP stage 2 are anticipated between 31 August 2022 and 15 September 2022.

  6. The interview is the third step. It is anticipated that the interviews will occur between 15 September 2022 and 30 November 2022.

  7. Following these steps, admissions will be granted.

  8. Accepted students can enrol in the ISB MBA after twenty months of work experience.

Can an applicant who has applied to ISB YLP 2022 in the final year of my undergraduate studies and have already got interviewed; apply to the ISB Early Entry Option?

Yes, the applicant apply to the ISB Early Entry option as a fresh applicant.  They are not considered as re-applicants.

Can an applicant to the ISB YLP 2022, currently in the second year, now apply to the ISB YLP 2023 also? 

Yes, the applicants who are in their pre final or final year of undergraduate studies and have already applied to ISB YLP 2022 and been interviewed, can also apply to the ISB YLP 2023 stage 1, due on 15 October, 2022.

ISB YLP 2022 fees, application, eligibility 

ISB YLP 2022

ISB YLP 2023 Stage 1 application submission deadline: 15 October 2022

ISB YLP 2022 Stage 2 shortlist announcement: 10 May 2022


ISB YLP 2022 Stage 2 application deadline: 31 August 2022 


ISB YLP 2022 Stage 3 shortlists for interview: September 15, 2022 – November 30, 2022

ISB YLP 2022 admit announcements: Rolling basis from Nov 15, 2022 to Feb, 2023


ISB YLP eligibility

Any student pursuing any bachelors or masters course in their pre-final or the final year of studies can apply for ISB YLP.

Students pursuing any out of undergraduate or postgraduate degree can apply.

To apply to stage 2 an applicant must have submitted ISB YLP stage 1 application.

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ISB YLP Application

Stage 1 ISB YLP application requires submission of one essay.

Describe an event or accomplishment that became a turning point in your life?  How did it change your perspective about yourself and others?  

Stage 2 ISB YLP application 2022 requires 1 more essay, 1 recommendation letter and GMAT/ GRE score submission.


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ISB YLP 2022

ISB YLP 2022 Stage 3 Interview Tentative Dates

Programme                                    Interview Dates                                Interview City

ISB YLP 2022 Stage 3                                       September 24th, 2022 Saturday                                     Bangalore

ISB YLP 2022 Stage 3                                       September 24th, 2022 Saturday                                     New Delhi

ISB YLP 2022 Stage 3                                       September 25th, 2022 Sunday                                         Mumbai

ISB YLP 2022 Stage 3                                       September 25th, 2022 Sunday                                         Hyderabad

ISB YLP 2022 Stage 3                                       November 5th, 2022 Saturday                                         Online

ISB YLP Stage 2 Submission of Test Scores

  1. School Code for Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT): N2D-J5-99

  2. School Code for Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 9047

  3. School Code for Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 7891

ISB YLP - Young leaders program is the deferred MBA program offered by Indian School of Business, Hyderabad for pre final and final year students to join ISB MBA after 2 years of work experience. ISB YLP gives you a guaranteed admission to the FT World ranked ISB MBA program.

Updates from ISB YLP July 2022:

Interested in securing an ISB MBA seat before you graduate? ISB's Young Leaders Programme (YLP) is currently accepting applications. Help your classmates and yourself find your way to ISB YLP. Improve your leadership skills at India's top business school. Applications are now being accepted.

July 2022 ISB MBA Updates:

  1. Ashutosh Dabral, CPO, Tata CLiQ, gave the keynote talk at the ISB ProductConclave in July 2022 and shared lessons learned from his experiences as a product manager. The conference brought together titans from a variety of industries to engage in conversations about developing ground-breaking products for the Indian ecosystem and product innovation to meet evolving consumer needs.

  2. UK Minister of State Nigel Adams, High Commissioner Alex Ellis, and Deputy High Commissioner Dr. Andrew Fleming were guests at ISB Hyderabad in 2022. The Minister and his delegation met with ISB students and I-Venture at ISB entrepreneurs during their visit.

June 2022 updates from ISB

Catalyst, the Max Institute of Healthcare Management at ISB's annual healthcare and pharma innovation meet, brought together industry leaders, healthcare alumni, and students to explore the newest problems and developments in the healthcare business.

June 2022 updates from ISB:

PM Modi paid a visit to the ISB Hyderabad campus for the 20th anniversary festivities and to deliver the PGP Class of 2022 graduation address.

Why ISB?

  1. In addition ISB offers 42 different exchange programmes with some of the best management schools around the world.

  2. According to the Global FT MBA Rankings, 2021 ISB is the number one in India, number five in Asia, and number 23, globally. 

  3. ISB ranks number three globally in terms of salary growth. In terms of the salary growth graduates get a 173% increase post ISB. 

  4. In terms of research productivity, according to the American Marketing Association, ISBs research productivity is number one in Asia and number 44 globally, in supply chain management. 

  5. ISB ranks number one in India and top 100 globally. 

  6. Bloomberg also ranks ISB as number one in India, and number five, in the Asia Pacific region.

  7. The alumni network at ISB is vast with more than 12,500 students, out of which more than 550 alumni have already progressed to the CXOs, ie. the top decision making roles.

  8. ISB has more than 600 alumni engaged in startups and entrepreneurship and their family business with five unicorns.

  9. ISB alumni are currently spread across 60 different countries and 400 different cities.

How are the placements at ISB?

There are two major reasons that people choose to do an MBA -

1. To fast track their career in their current sector or

2. To move to a completely different function and a completely different industry.


ISB graduates have successfully achieved both. According to Class of 2021 placement reports:

  1. Approximately 65% ISB graduates have shifted both functions and industry and

  2. Close to 80% of the people have shifted either industry or function.

  3. Approximately 9% ISB graduates from the class of 2021 joined leadership roles and

  4. 83% transitioned into lateral roles.

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Can a fresher apply to ISB?


What are the deferred MBA programs across the world?

There are many options to pursue a deferred MBA across the world. The list of the schools are as below:

  1. HBS 2+2

  2. Stanford GSB Deferred Admission

  3. Wharton MBA Advance Access Program

  4. Yale SOM Silver Scholars Program

  5. Chicago Booth Scholars Program

  6. UVA Darden Future year admissions

  7. MIT Sloan MBA Early Admission Program

  8. Columbia Business School Deferred Enrollment program

  9. Berkeley Haas Accelerated Access

  10. Carnegie Mellon Tepper Future Business Leaders

  11. Kellogg Future Leaders

  12. IESE – Young Talent Path

  13. Emory Goizueta Early Admission

  14. University of Minnesota Carlson

  15. NYU Stern Berkley Scholars

  16. Ivey Advanced Entry Scholars MBA Program

  17. ISB YLP (Young Leaders Program)


ISB YLP is a deferred MBA i.e. it is a different entry point to the main ISB PGP program where freshers can secure a guaranteed admit to enter the ISB MBA program once they have completed 20 months of work experience.

Does YLP need work experience?

ISB YLP applicants can either be in their final year or pre final year of education (undergraduate program or graduate program) provided they have no work experience. The ISB YLP applicants must not have ​any work experience however they can start their MBA at ISB once they have completed 20 months of work experience.

How many seats are there in ISB YLP?

There is no clear number given for the number of admits rolled out for ISB YLP, however it has been observed that around 80-90 students in a batch comprise ISB YLP admits.

Does ISB have a two year MBA?

ISB does not offer a two year MBA program. It offers only a one year MBA program i.e. the ISB PGP. The ISB Executive MBA program ISB PGPpro and ISB PGPMAX are 18 months and 15 months in duration as they are part time/ weekend schedule programs.

Are YLP results out?

The results for Stage 1 shortlisting for ISB YLP 2022 are expected to be released 10 May 2022 onwards .

Is IIM better or ISB?

ISB and IIM are both leading business schools in India. Which is better totally depends on the preferences of the applicants. In terms of options available for freshers  in India ISB YLP vs IIM has some clear differences:

1. ISB YLP is a deferred MBA admit which means that the student begins the MBA education after having gained 20 months of work experience. IIM on the other hand offers an MBA program which they can start right after graduating.

2. ISB MBA is a one year MBA program so it definitely gets done one year earlier than the 2 year MBA at IIM.

3. ISB MBA does not offer a summer internship period which is offered at IIM 2 year MBA programs.

4. ISB MBA accepts the GMAT score or the GRE score while the IIM 2 year MBA accepts the CAT score for the admissions process.

Is GMAT 700 enough for ISB?

Yes, We have had numerous admits at GMAT 700 however the overall profile of the applicant is extremely important to be successful in the application process. Along with the GMAT score, ISB pays attention to the academic profile, extra curricular and leadership initiatives, essays, reference letters, and interview.

What GMAT score is required for ISB YLP?

A GMAT score close to the school average of 710 or above is a good GMAT score

to apply to ISB YLP.  There is no minimum cut off for the GMAT score to apply to ISB. The previous range of GMAT scores admitted to ISB has been 600 to 780.

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How is the ISB YLP different from ISB PGP?

ISB YLP is ISB Young Leaders Program which is only a different entry mode into the ISB PGP programme. The ISB YLP is not a separate programme altogether. ISB YLP offers a pathway for students in their undergraduate colleges to get into the ISB PGP even before they graduate.

How is the ISB YLP unique?

There are 3 aspects to the ISB YLP that makes it unique for applicants.


The first is the learning weekends where all of the college students will come on to ISB campus for three separate learning weekends. ISB YLP admits sit in the classes, network with current students, have a glimpse of the MBA experience and gain insights about the recent developments in the industry.


Second important aspect is the 20 months of work experience. ISB YLP is a deferred admission because admits get admitted when they apply but they join only after completing 20 months of full time work experience. During the 20 months ISB organises knowledge sessions, webinars with industry leaders, faculty and ISB alumni.


Third, the ISB YLP is a Trisep programme, which brings together a cohort of people from three different universities, one, ISB and two other internationally top ranked programmes. In the past, NUS Singapore and Tsinghua University, China have participated in this program.


The learning model at ISB YLP is designed to enable the students to ace as leaders in their professional work before they start the actual ISB PGP. Learning weekends are regularly scheduled for the selected students for a full fledged overview of the ISB experience.


The learning weekend sessions open the gates to understanding the requirements of an MBA course and opportunities to explore the career options available in the corporate world. There is a specific focus on the enhancement of communication skills and communication skills during the ISB YLP.


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This is in other words comparing the one year vs two year MBA program.


In India students who are in the final year of their graduation have the option of opting for the two year MBA admission through the CAT/ XAT/ MAT etc examinations or they can opt for the ISB YLP which gives them a guaranteed admit to the ISB one year MBA.

How is ISB YLP different from IIM? Is ISB better or IIM?

Top 3 differences between ISB YLP and IIM are as follows:

  1. ISB graduates get back to work in one year rather than two. This also means that apart from the time, effort, other opportunity costs you also lose one year’s salary when you opt for a two year MBA.

  2. Total number of contact hours: The classroom learning in a two year MBA programme comes to around 730 contact hours. While at ISB MBA the number of contact hours amount to around 640. In all there is roughly a difference of 80 hours in terms of contact hours between a one year and a two year MBA which is not very substantial. In other words during a two year MBA the contact hours come to around 14 while at the one year MBA at ISB the contact hours are 12 months. Therefore the one year MBA at ISB has more or less the same program but completed in a shorter timeframe.

  3. Another difference is in terms of the class composition. In the two year MBA programs a majority of the class comprises freshers, while at the ISB one year MBA program the class comprises professionals with an experience range from 2 years to 20 years.

If I am admitted to ISB YLP when do I join ISB?

Once the offer letter is sent to an applicant they have to first accept the offer. This is a confirmation that after completing 20 months of work experience the applicant will join the ISB program.


Is it compulsory to join ISB after 20 months if I am admitted to ISB YLP?

It's not compulsory to join after 20 months. They also have the option to join ISB after 32 months by opting for one more year of deferred admission. Therefore ISB YLP admits get a maximum 32 months in which they have to complete 20 months of work before they join the ISB MBA.

What is the profile of an ISB YLP applicant?

1. Someone who has demonstrated leadership potential in college.

2. Driven to a high performance in academics.

3. Has a 360 degree well rounded personality and is as sensitised to the issues around him as he is academically strong.

4. Indian School of Business believes that future business leaders have a strong extra curricular profile and contribute to the surrounding environment holistically.

5. An ideal ISB applicant has a clarity of his future goals and has a plan of how he will achieve those.

6. Last but not the least the successful ISB YLP applicant would be one who is a class apart in whatever he does. A step ahead of the group is where you would see the ISB YLP admits.

How to prepare for the ISB YLP application?

The process of ISB YLP application starts with a detailed profile evaluation by an experienced professional who can give insights into a right strategy for application. It is very important that the ISB YLP applicant has a sound strategy and is well versed with his strengths and weaknesses.


Write succinct clear honest essays for your ISB YLP application. Tell your story. It hardly helps to work with templates to write the essays for any school.

Don't wait for the last day to prepare for the ISB interview. Preparing for a behavioural interview as is conducted by ISB is a continuous process, so start early.

ISB YLP essay 2021 Stage 1


Describe a personal incident or achievement which changed you as a person? How did it change your perspective about yourself and others?


ISB YLP ESSAY 2021 Stage 2


Tell us about one goal which you want to achieve in your life going forward. How do you plan to reach closer to your goal/ achieve it?


ISB YLP 2020 Application


ISB YLP Essay 2020 - STAGE 1

Describe an event or accomplishment that became a turning point in your life? How did it change your perspective about yourself and others?


ISB YLP Essay 2020 - STAGE 2​

What’s the first and foremost thing you would like to improve in yourself? How do you plan to do it? (word limit 300 words)

ISB YLP 2019 Application


ISB YLP Essay 2019 - STAGE 1

What more will you like ISB to know about your candidature?

ISB YLP Essay 2019 - STAGE 2

In today’s world, learning and unlearning are equally important. Demonstrate with specific examples the instances where you have unlearned in order to learn something.

ISB YLP 2018 Application

ISB YLP Essay 2018 - STAGE 1

Option 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)

Option 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)

ISB YLP Essay 2018 STAGE 2

How do you see your career developing and how will ISB help you achieve your goals?

​ The best way to address the ISB YLP essays is to start with a drawing board to map out your career trajectory and the activities small or big you have been involved with. The ISB YLP essays have a very clear focus on addressing the fit of the applicant with the school.


Get in touch with an ISB admission consultant at GOALisB for assistance with any stage of the ISB YLP admission process.

What is the lowest score for ISB - YLP for girls?

The school does not declare the lowest score for ISB YLP for girls. The average scores of the class is always known. A reasonable thought is that the lowest score for ISB YLP would be closer to the lower limit of the range published by the school. Since it is a profile based admission, the score is not the only criteria.

I would like to know which course in ISB can an MDS postgraduate dental doctor is eligible to do?

There are many options of courses that an MDS postgraduate dental doctor can do at ISB. First you can consider the ISB MBA - PGP program which is a full time MBA spanning over one year. Second, you can opt for the ISB PGPpro or the ISB PGPMAX depending on your career experience. Third, you can consider the advanced certificate program in healthcare management.

How do I get a data science job in Europe after ISB?

You can get a data science job in Europe after ISB by considering the options available on campus when you graduate, you can also approach the lateral job openings on the alumni network for the same. Equipped with an ISB MBA you can also apply to direct International openings in data science to a company of your choice.

ISB vs Warwick?

ISB is a leading MBA school located in Hyderabad and Mohali in India. The total batch intake for the class ranges between 700 - 900 students across both campuses.


Warwick is an MBA school located in London. The full time MBA course has a duration of 12 months, starting in September. The course has 8 core modules and 4 elective modules with a fees of £39,950. Typical number of students is 116 within an age range of 24-39 years.