Yatri Selection Procedure

A rigorous process is in place to select the brightest talent from a large pool of applicants. The idea is to identify youth over 20 years of age, who have the potential to lead change.

Criteria – Abilities, not Marksheets

To select a Yatri, we do not look at exam-results; rather we consider abilities, motivations and values of the candidate. We consider the candidates’ understanding of India’s pressing problems, and the commitment and approach to solving these.

Diversity in Selection

While aiming for the best candidates from all over India, our focus remains on Middle India, and an even geographic spread within India. We also aim for equal representation of male-female candidates. Jagriti Yatra includes upto 40 exceptional international candidates whose global exposure adds to the richness of the Yatra.

The Yatri Composition

Yatris selected for the Yatra can either be a ‘Participant’ or a ‘Facilitator’.


Participants are young candidates above 20 years who want to ‘be the change they want to see’ and have the potential to become entrepreneurs and change-makers.


Facilitators are experienced professionals, over 27 years of age, who are keen to join the movement for Enterprise-led development. They may be entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs or other professionals.

A facilitator plays the dual role of a mentor and coordinator during the Yatra and is assigned a cohort of 6 participants to:

  • Support the participants to make the most of the Yatra by managing individual and collaborative learning
  • Manage the cohort throughout the journey as per the Yatra Mantra (Code of Conduct)
  • Act as a bridge between the participants and the organizing team
Responsibilities of the facilitators require them to be fluent in either English or Hindi languages.


Interested candidates may apply online by filling up the main application form (preferred) or by sending the fully filled application form by post (download here).

The application consists of a series of essay-type questions designed to ascertain your suitability for the Yatra. It is a subjective evaluation of the raw entrepreneurial potential within a candidate by a selection panel of more than 30 experts spread across the globe. Random interviews and reference checks are also conducted to ascertain veracity of candidature.

Facilitators' applications are further evaluated on their professional experience and ability to communicate, coordinate and manage youth. This is usually done through additional information in the form and an informal telephonic interview.

Once your application is selected, further financial details are required if you’re seeking scholarship, to help us identify deserving candidates.

The Application Process

Applicants can apply online on www.jagritiyatra.com (preferred method) or send fully filled application forms by post (download here).

Both online and postal applications are accepted in English and Hindi.

There are no charges for applying. The relevant Yatra fees is applicable only if you’re selected.

Online Application

This is the preferred method of applying for Jagriti Yatra. Start your application by registering on www.jagritiyatra.com/register. You can select your choice of language at the time of registration. Candidates applying in Hindi don’t need any special software or hardware to fill in the form. We have tried to make this as simple as typing in English.

Filling up the application form requires you to think carefully about your answers. For this, if you don’t have easy access to internet, you may note down the questions and work on your application offline. You can come back to type out or copy-paste your final answers in one go.

Paper Application

If you have prepared your answers, you can apply through online system in less than 15 minutes. Only in case you don't have access to an internet connection, should you post your form to our office, in handwritten or typed format.

Though the online application process is preferred, we do accept applications sent by post.

Download Paper Application Form

Contribution Structure

Organising a 2-week train journey with supporting personnel and delivering a rich program with exceptional role models, calls for significant expenditure. The Yatra fee helps us cover these expenses in part.

Candidates with sound financial backgrounds are encouraged to pay the full amount as per chart given below.


Candidates who apply for scholarship are carefully assessed and part or full scholarship are granted to the most deserving.

We aim to support about 300 Yatris (66%) through either part or full scholarship.

Scholarship opportunities are awarded on the basis of their financial need and merit. Online applicants, who are selected, will need to fill up the additional Scholarship Form if they have opted for scholarship in their application. Paper applicants should send this form along with their application form. All the candidates seeking scholarship must submit supporting official income documents.

We also urge selected Yatris to look for alternative sources of scholarship. We have a brief guide to help Yatris in approaching funding sources like trusts, colleges and corporate to raise their own fees.

Jagriti Yatra 2020 Scholarship structure
Scholarship level Till 31st October 2020 1st November 2020 - 15th December 2020
Registration Fee Contribution amount till 31st Oct 2020 Total contribution amount Last date of application Contribution amount post 31st Oct 2020 Total contribution amount Last date of application
Scholarship Level 1 7,000 66,000 73,000 31st Aug 2020 76,000 83,000 30th Nov 2020
Scholarship Level 2 7,000 33,000 40,000 31st Aug 2020 38,000 45,000 30th Nov 2020
Scholarship Level 3 7,000 16,500 23,500 31st Aug 2020 NA
Scholarship Level 4 7,000 Nil 7,000 31st May 2020 NA
International Yatri 2000 USD / 1550 GBP 15th Aug 2020 NA

Key Calendar Dates of Jagriti Yatra 2020

The chances of your selection are higher if you submit your application early because selection of the candidates happens every month on a regular basis.

A list of selected candidates is published on the website. Every month (April onwards) 40-50 candidates will be selected and added to this list.

Last date for cancellations to claim refund 30 November 2020
Confirmed list of Yatris onboard 30 November 2020
Yatra commences 24 December 2020
Yatra Ends 8 January 2021

For more questions, please refere to the FAQ page, or else send your query to selection@jagritiyatra.com

Registrations open for Jagriti Yatra 2020

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