FAQs ON THE PROGRAMME

What is The Economic Times Young Leaders Programme?

The Economic Times Young Leaders Programme is a platform for recognizing and rewarding India's bright young talent. This initiative is meant to encourage, identify and nurture promising future business leaders of India Inc.

How does The Economic Times Young Leaders Programme work?

The Programme is divided into 4 Phases.

  • Phase 1 - Online personality test that can be completed at your home or office
  • Phase 2 - Verbal, numerical and personality online test completed at your home or office
  • Phase 3 – Online verification test and Group assessment sessions (group tasks & role plays)
  • Phase 4 - CEO interviews

A shortlist at the end of every phase determines the candidates who will move forward. A list of The Economic Times Young Leaders is attained at the end of assessments across four phases.

Why should I participate in The Economic Times Young Leaders Programme?
  • Networking with the country's best young managerial talent;
  • Self-discovery of your own leadership strengths basis industry-endorsed standards;
  • Meeting with some of India's blue-chip CEOs; and
  • Featuring in the coveted The Economic Times Young Leaders ranking, thus gaining recognition as one of India's top talent
What are the eligibility criteria for the programme?
  • You should be in the age band of 26 to 32 years (D.O.B. range between and including 4 May 1985 to 4 May 1991)
  • You must be a resident Indian national working as an employee in the corporate sector in India.
How can I participate in The Economic Times Young Leaders Programme?

The Programme is open to participants from all industries. You can participate in either of the two ways:

  • Individual Capacity - To Register click here
  • Corporate Nomination - Request your Human Resource colleague to contact us at brandet@timesgroup.com. Your participation will need to be endorsed formally by the company.
What happens in each phase of the programme?

Phase 1: Online Test - Take the test online from home or office

  • Register on this website (click here).
  • You will receive a One Time Password on your phone which has to be used to complete your registration.
  • Once registration is completed, a User ID & Password will be e-mailed to you. This will be required to take the test.
  • Complete the simple, multiple-option test. You will be informed once the test has been completed.
  • There will be a score-based shortlisting and qualified participants will move to the next phase.
  • You will receive an e-mail informing you if you have made it to the next phase or not.

Phase 2: Online Test – Take the test from home or office

  • Once you log on to the test website, you will be asked to take three tests. The first two tests are analytical and verbal ability tests. The time limit for completing both tests is approximately 45 minutes, after which the session will expire. You can take this test only once. You will not be allowed to repeat this test.
  • The third test is a personality assessment. The time limit for completing this test is approximately 30 minutes. You can take this test only once. You will not be allowed to repeat this test.
  • You will be informed once the tests have been completed.
  • There will be a score-based shortlisting and qualified participants will move to the next round.
  • You will receive an e-mail informing you if you have moved to the next phase or not.

Phase 3: Online test and On-ground Assessments

  • This phase will be conducted at pre-determined cities across the country.
  • You will have to take the online verification test of approximately 10 minutes during the on-ground assessment.
  • For the on-ground assessment, you will be part of a group of eight-ten people and will be evaluated through a series of assessments like group tasks, role plays, etc.
  • The duration of each group assessment is four hours.
  • There will be a score-based shortlisting and qualified participants will move to the next round.
  • You will receive an e-mail informing you if you have moved to the next phase or not.

Phase 4: Interviews

  • Candidates who successfully complete phase 3 will be asked to give a personal interview. The interview will be conducted by a senior industry leader.
  • This phase will be conducted at pre-determined cities across the country, based on where the CEO panel resides.
  • An email /SMS will be sent to you informing you of the time, date and venue of the interview. We request you to be at the venue at least 30 minutes before the scheduled time of interview.
  • Participants will be required to submit relevant documentation as and when requested during the relevant phases of the program.
How will participants be assessed through the course of the programme?

There are 9 leadership competencies that have been selected basis inputs from our panel of CEOs and CEB's assessment framework. These leadership competencies have been arrived at keeping in mind the age group of the participants (26 to 32 years).

  • Adapting and responding to change
  • Analysis
  • Deciding and initiating action
  • Delivering results and meeting customer expectations
  • Entrepreneurial and commercial thinking
  • Formulating strategies and concepts
  • Leading and supervising
  • Relating and networking
  • Working with people
What are the important information areas regarding the tests and assessments?
  • The tests and assessments are only for individuals, and not teams.
  • Online tests which are based on personality do not have any right or wrong answers. The verbal & numerical tests will by their very nature have an answer which is right or wrong.
  • There is no negative marking in any of the phases. However, in the case of online tests, scores will improve with increased number of correctly answered questions.
  • There is no maximum or minimum cut-off. The top scorers in each phase will move forward to the next phase.
  • Answers once submitted cannot be changed.
  • The deadline for the tests and assessments cannot be extended under any circumstance.
  • Individual scores at each phase will not be revealed. We will inform all participants that qualify to the next phase.
  • In the event of a tie, all participants tied at that score will move to the next phase.
  • Test Duration:
    • 1. Phase 1: Short Personality assessment: Not timed (Approx. time taken: 15 minutes)
    • 2. Phase 2: Business Reasoning Tests:
      • Verbal Ability Assessment – Timed - 19 minutes
      • Numerical Ability Assessment – Timed - 25 minutes
      • Personality Assessment - Not timed (Approx. time: 30 minutes)
    • 3. Phase 3: On-ground Assessment - Approx. 4 hours
    • 4. Phase 4: Interview with CEOs: 30-45 minutes
What are the costs associated with the Programme?

There is no cost for participating in The Economic Times Young Leaders programme. However at every phase in the program, you will be required to make your own travel and stay arrangements, and pay for the same.

If my system hangs, will I have to start all over again?

In Phase 1 and Phase 2, the test stays active till you complete it. If the test stops mid-way for any reason, it will resume from where you left off last.

Phase 1 Important Pointers
  • Please note that participants will not receive a report after taking the Phase 1 test.
  • After you have completed taking the test, we will publish the shortlist on the website and inform shortlisted candidates on the email address and/or mobile number mentioned in the registration form.
  • Please do visit the website frequently to check for updates.

If you have any further questions regarding The Economic Times Young Leaders programme, please email us at etyoungleaders@timesgroup.in

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Who should I contact in case of any queries?

All programme and result related queries should be mailed to etyoungleaders@timesgroup.in. Please do not direct any programme or result related queries to the CEB