Admissions

Admissions Timeline

Admissions Calendar [2022-2023]

Components Round 1 Round 2 Round 3
Application Open 1-Dec-21
Application Submission Deadline 31-Jan 28-Mar 5-Jun
Quantitative/ Logical Aptitude Test 6-Feb 3-Apr 12-Jun
Invitation for Interview and GD by 18-Feb 15-Apr 24-Jun
Decision Notification by 11-Mar 29-Apr 8-Jul
Security Fee payment deadline 25-Mar 15-May 22-Jul

Application Open: : 1st December, 2021

Round 1 Submission Deadline: 31st January, 2022

As a unique, first of its kind School, ISPP's approach to admissions to our programme reflects our intent to change the paradigm of policy education in the country. We are looking for applicants who have not just demonstrated academic excellence, but found a way to engage with community, society and issues beyond the classroom. We are looking for applicants with an attitude to learn and a drive to bring about change. Our approach to admissions is holistic, in-depth, and looks for interest, aptitude and intent in the applicant.

Admissions Criteria

At the Indian School of Public Policy, we look for applicants who have not just demonstrated academic excellence, but found ways to engage with society, and issues beyond the classroom. Our unique multi-tiered screening process is designed to select outstanding and versatile candidates who reflect the values and ethos of ISPP.

Every year, we take exemplary scholars from across the country to be part of our unique and immersive one-year program in Public Policy, Design and Management. Join our next batch and build your legacy.

ISPP's year-long programme in Public Policy, Design & Management is open to any individual who holds an undergraduate degree from any Indian or Foreign University, regardless of discipline. While work experience in relevant domains is preferred, exceptional candidates without any formal experience would also be considered. Numerical and language proficiency are desired qualifications in a successful applicant.

To apply, applicants must register first and complete ISPP's admissions form after receiving a customized username and password.

Please note: This program is only available to Indian nationals and that ISPP reserves the right to offer and/or revoke admissions and scholarships to applicants at any time.

Admissions Process

Registering and starting the Application Form

An applicant needs to register with a personal email address to start an application form. We recommend using a personal email address and not a school or office-affiliated email.

All communication from ISPP will be sent only to the applicant's registered email address

Register on admissions.ispp.org.in and fill the application form which includes your credentials, along with a statement of purpose (explaining why you want to attend a programme in public policy and why you want to pursue this programme at ISPP).

Quantitative/ Logical Aptitude Test:

Both the quantitative skills and logical aptitude test will consist of 15 questions worth 2 points each to be completed within 30 minutes. You can choose to attempt any one of the two mandatory tests

Group Discussion (GD) & Personal Interview (PI):

The group discussion will be conducted on a particular policy topic which will be announced at the start of the discussion. 4-5 applicants will participate in each group discussion and the session will last for 1 hour. The group will analyse and discuss the policy topic. The applicants will be judged on their critical thinking skills and their ability to analyse issues. In particular, the following parameters will be considered.

Sr. No. Parameter
1. Critical Thinking and Analysis skills
2. Ability to clearly articulate ideas
3. Ability to engage in an informed debate
4. General conduct

The personal interview will be conducted by two panelists. The candidate will be evaluated on the following parameters:

Sr. No. Parameter
1. Interest in Public Policy
2. Fit at ISPP
3. Future plans

Offer: Successful applicants will receive acceptance letters. Successful financial aid applicants will receive financial aid offers.

Financial aid-process

Admissions Related Policies

  • You cannot apply more than once in the entire admissions cycle. Duplicate applications will not be considered and might lead to termination of your candidature.
  • All decisions of the Admissions Committee are final. No request for re-evaluation of your application will be considered.
  • Misrepresentation of facts or any information in this application form would result in cancellation of your candidature or withdrawal of your offer of admission.
  • The admissions process will be followed in its entirety on the basis of the merit of the applicants, and no other informal recommendations from or through any individual(s) will be entertained or considered.

Fee Structure

ISPP's tuition fee for the 2022-23 academic year is INR 800,000 (+ 18% GST).

Our financial grants and bursaries support outstanding candidates with demonstrated excellence both inside and outside the classroom.

Candidates may apply for a scholarship during the application process itself. ISPP also provides assistance in securing educational loans. For more information, please read our brochure.

Kindly note, any decision made by ISPP's financial aid committee is final, binding, and non-negotiable.

Financial Aid-process

Step 1: Applicants self-report their financial situation along with the supporting documents in the financial-aid form available in their respective application account.

Step 2: The financial aid application has to be submitted along with the application form. In case the financial aid application is submitted after the deadline of the admission round in which the applicant has applied, it will not be taken into consideration.

Step 3: The information and the supporting documents submitted by applicants in the financial-aid form is thoroughly reviewed by the Financial-Aid Committee. The Committee may seek additional information and supporting documents from applicants if required.

Step 4: The Financial-Aid Committee assesses the financial-aid applications of applicants and makes a decision.

Please note: All the decisions of the financial-aid committee are non-negotiable. The committee & the institution reserve the right to conduct background verification checks for any candidate at any time before the admission process and/or during the academic year. ISPP also reserves the right to withdraw or modify the financial-aid with a change in financial circumstances of the applicant.

FAQs

1. What are the important Indian School of Public Policy application deadlines?

The admissions cycle for Indian School of Public Policy is split into three cycles. Please view the date and timeline tab above for more.

2. Who is eligible to apply for the ISPP's class of 2023?

ISPP is looking for a diverse, intellectually curious and socially conscious student body, open to a wide variety of career options related to public policy be it in government, corporates or civil society organisations.

The programme is open to anyone who has completed his/her undergraduate studies in any discipline. The programme is open to Indian nationals only. We welcome college graduates from India or abroad, with or without prior public policy experience or education. However, we prefer graduates who have had prior work experience in any field. Applicants are encouraged to apply from across disciplines and career fields. Regardless of past work-experience, present career or choice of discipline at the Bachelors' or Masters' level. While no prior public policy experience or education is expected from applicants, basic quantitative skills and fluency in English is necessary to make the most out of the programme.

3. Can you describe the selection process at ISPP?

The admission process is divided into 3 parts. A quick look at the process is as follows:

1. Registering and starting the Application Form: An applicant needs to register with a personal email address to start an application form. We recommend using a personal email address and not a school or office-affiliated email.

2. Quantitative/ Logical Aptitude Test: Both the quantitative skills and logical aptitude test will consist of 15 questions worth 2 points each to be completed within 30 minutes. You can choose to attempt any one of the two mandatory tests

3. Group Discussion (GD) & Personal Interview (PI): 3. The interview panel might choose to ask you questions based on the details provided in the application form. Please make sure all details provided are verifiable.

4. What should I focus on in the SOP?

While writing the statement of purpose, please focus on- what public policy means to you, how is your academic/professional experiences built into your public policy interests, your career plan in public policy and your motivation to apply to ISPP.

5. Who conducts the interviews?

The interview panel consists of two members: one from the ISPP Community and one prosepective recruiter.

6. Where will the in-person interview take place?

All personal interviews (PIs) for ISPP class of 2023 will be conducted online, owing to the current safety protocols.

7. How should I prepare for my personal interview (PI) and group discussion (GD)?

The group discussion will be conducted on a particular policy topic which will be announced at the start of the discussion. Around 4-5 applicants will participate in each group discussion and the session will last for not more than 1-hour. While the group will analyse and discuss the policy topic, each applicant will be scored on parameters like critical thinking and analytical skills, ability to clearly articulate ideas, ability to engage in an informed debate and general conduct during the course of the discussion.

The personal interview will take 30 minutes and will be conducted by two panellists. The parameters on which each applicant will be judged and scored on are as follows:

  1. Motivation to work in the public policy sector
  2. Interest in public policy
  3. Communication skills

8. If the medium of instruction in my institution was other than English, am I still eligible for the programme?

Yes, you are eligible. However, we expect a certain level of proficiency in the English language so one is able to converse, read and write in English given that the medium of instruction at the ISPP is English.

Additionally, we have a Policy Writing and Communications Lab at ISPP which works closely with the scholars to help them improve their writing and communication skills.

9. What skills, background, or technical experience do I need to be an ISPP scholar?

Even though we prefer graduates who have had prior work experience in any field, we do not expect applicants to possess any specific skills, background or technical experience. Furthermore, our application review process takes a close look at the curricular and extracurricular activities undertaken by the applicant during school and/or college that showcases their excellence in sports; performing or fine arts; science and technology; or, commitment to social service and volunteering. We look for an individual's ability to work well in a collaborative environment, aptitude for leadership, communication skills, humility and adaptability.

10. How do I apply to the Indian School of Public Policy?

  1. Application: Register on admissions.ispp.org.in and fill the application form which includes your credentials along with a statement of purpose (explaining why you want to attend a programme in public policy and why you want to pursue this programme at ISPP).
  2. Quantitative/ Logical Aptitude Test; You can choose to attempt any one of the two mandatory tests. Both the quantitative skills and logical aptitude test will consist of 15 questions worth 2 points each to be completed within 30 minutes.
  3. Group Discussion (GD) & Personal Interview (PI): Those who clear the Test round will be invited to participate in the group discussion and personal interview.
  4. Offer: Successful applicants will receive acceptance letters. Successful financial aid applicants will receive financial aid offers.

11. When does the application process for admission to Indian School of Public Policy start?

The applications open on 1st December, 2021. Kindly refer to the ISPP social media channels and the website's admissions page for further updates.

12. When will I hear from the admissions team about my application?

The status of your application will be communicated to you via an email.

13. Do I have to complete the entire application within one session?

No, you can complete the online application in multiple sessions and have the option to save parts of the application as you proceed. However, the qualitative and quantitative test will have to be taken in one sitting.

14. How do I send in my academic transcripts/mark sheets, other documents and photographs required as part of the application?

In addition to details of the applicant's academic credentials, information about prior work experience, extra- curricular and professional projects, submission of scanned school and university transcripts/marksheet is required, wherever marked(*). Similarly, all photographs and additional documents will need to be uploaded on the portal or when requested. We do not expect you to submit anything by post.

15. Can I re-apply?

Yes, you can re-apply but not within the same academic year. You will have to submit a fresh application in the following year.

16. Do you acknowledge receipt of application by email?

Yes, an automated email will be sent to you upon submission of the application.

17. What is the strength of the ISPP class size?

For the class of 2023, we will select approximately 75 individuals

18. Is the programme at ISPP residential?

No, it is a non residential programme. ISPP will not be providing any residential facilities. However, upon your request, the ISPP team will be happy to assist you/provide recommendations with regard to your accommodation. If more than 10-15 scholars choose to stay in one place, ISPP will provide a shuttle service to campus and back. ISPP will not take any responsibility for the price, contract and/or quality of services provided by the residential facility that the scholars may decide to choose. Each scholar will be expected to sign an individual contract with their agreed residential facility.

19. Is there an option to defer the admission offer?

No, there is no such option. However, the candidate may re-apply in the following academic year.

1. What is the Fee Structure for the Indian School of Public Policy?

Kindly refer to the Fee and Financial Aid section on the admissions page for a clear idea on the fee structure of the programme. The fee is INR 8,00,000/- which includes the tuition cost of the programme. A GST of 18% will be applicable on this amount.

2. Who is eligible to apply for financial aid?

Financial Aid is provided to deserving candidates on merit-cum-means basis. The Financial Aid committee scrutinizes every application on their merit and means to finally decide appropriate aid for deserving candidates.

3. What are the documents required to apply for financial aid?

To apply for financial aid, the required supporting documents are:

    1. Last three months' salary slips for earning members of the family. If they are employed, Income Tax returns for the last two financial years for each earning member will be required.
    2. a) Individual bank account statement for the last one-year for the main salary/income account for each earning member of the family, including the candidate's.b) Statement of financial assets (Fixed Deposits, Mutual Funds).
    3. Income Tax Returns for the last two years for businesses owned by the family members.
    4. Audited financial statements for last one-year for the businesses owned by the family members.
    5. Loan account statement for all loans undertaken by the family members or the business owned by family members.
    6. Annual fees of the previous college attended by the candidate and any scholarship received.
    7. Annual school fees paid for siblings of candidate, if enrolled.
    8. Notes on any major medical expenses borne by the family on a one-time, or annual or monthly-basis.
    9. Allotment document for fixed assets (apartment, land) which mentions the purchase price.

5. If selected, when do I pay for the programme?

  1. 20% of the tuition fees has to be paid before 2 August 2021 (exact details will be communicated at a later date)
  2. 30% of the tuition fees has to be paid by 2 August 2021
  3. 50% of the tuition fees has to be paid by 28 January 2022

6. How do I make the payment?

RTGS, NEFT, IMPS - Mode for Payments