IIM A – PGPX: The MBA for Working Professionals

IIM Ahmedabad recently announced a major change in the selection process of PGPX – one of the most popular Executive program for working professionals. In this blog, authored by Vaishali Madhavan (Chief Admission Consultant, IMS), get to know everything about the IIMA PGPX program.


Are you a working professional who will complete four years of post-graduation work experience in March 2018? Will you be at least 27 years old by March 31, 2018? Is a 2-year MBA program becoming too arduous, given your work experience and opportunity cost involved?

If the answer to all these questions is yes, you get to study at one of the best management schools in India – the Indian Institute of Management Ahmadabad for its very prestigious PGPX program.

IIM Ahmadabad’s PGPX serves as an excellent alternative for you because of the following criteria:

  • Rankings: The IIM A PGPX has over the years, been one of the highest ranked Indian MBA program on the Financial Times Global MBA rankings. This year it comes in at #29 overall and it is ranked at #3 for enhancing a student’s career progression
  • International Immersion Component: Students are immersed in two intensive weeks of academics in an international location.
  • Career growth: The PGPX has been consistently ranked amongst the top two in Career Progress by the FT Global MBA Rankings since its debut. The ‘Which MBA’ rankings of the Economist magazine placed IIMAs career service the best in the world in 2015.
  • Opportunity cost: The IIM A PGPX is a one year program and hence it yields a better return in the long term. Furthermore, the IIM A PGPX provides a 105% salary increase with 91% of the class placed within three months of graduation. With a cohort size of 90 , the PGPX has above 800 alumni in top management across various sectors around the world.


What will you study at the IIM A PGPX?

The one year IIM A PGPX has a general management focus, including an emphasis on managing teams across borders and cultures. It has an international project (called International Immersion) besides teaching content drawn from many countries.

The programme follows a six-segment course structure, each segment seamlessly joined to the next. The segments are :

Induction: Spread over two and a half days, it gives the students a chance to get familiar with the infrastructure, co-curricular and extra- curricular activities, while tuning into the programme content and the IIMA method of learning. It also helps the student to understand the self while making the transition to the PGPX and the future.

Building Blocks: The core segment gives the students a rigorous grounding in the fundamentals of management. It crystallizes and enhances their basic conceptual and analytical knowledge, pre-disposing them for managerial effectiveness.

Preparing for Top Management: This segment, which is the differentiating element of the PGPX, further develops the students’ skills, enabling them to better understand and envision the dynamics within complex management problems. It also prepares them for visionary leadership, being change agents and playing a role at the top.

International Immersion: This segment equips students with understanding of macro-level dynamics and unfamiliar economic environment in a foreign country.

Electives: The students are offered a wide range of elective courses including on marketing, finance, supply chain management, strategic management and various sectoral areas. As part of the ‘electives’ segment, students can opt for an Individual Research Project (IRP).

Capstone: A finale as an encapsulation of the learning experience, this segment provides an opportunity to integrate learning from the entire programme, reflect on one’s own experience as an executive and understand what it means to work in large, multidisciplinary teams facing tough deadlines.


Some of the top recruiters of the 2016 intake include Accenture, Airtel, Amazon, Ericsson, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Virtusa, Zensa, Eli Lilly, DRL, Genpact, L & T, Manipal Group, Persistent Systems, Pune City Connect, SAP and VBHC.


Sectors Median Salary in INR
BFSI 24,50,000
Engineering/Tech 26,00,000
IT 23,55,000
Pharma/Healthcare 24, 00,000
Telecom 22,12,502
Others 23,00,000

The median salary across functions is as follows:

Functions Median Salary in INR
Consulting 25,51,500
Finance 24,46,500
General Management 23,00,000
Marketing/ Sales 22, 00,000
Operations/Supply Chain 24,50,000
Systems/IT 24,50,000
Others 22,07.550

How do you apply for the IIM A PGPX?

The table below gives the application schedule of the program. You will need a GMAT/GRE score to apply.

Event Round-1 Round-2
Application window opens on April 25, 2017 (10.00 am) Sept 01, 2017 (10.00 am)
Application fee INR 5,000 INR 7,500
Application deadline Aug 29, 2017 (11.59 pm) Nov 02, 2017 (11.59 pm)
Shortlisting announcements Sept 14, 2017 Nov 10, 2017
Essay topics announcements Sept 18, 2017 Nov 13, 2017
Essay submission deadline Sept 30, 2017 Nov 24, 2017
Interviews venues & dates: Delhi Oct 07-08, 2017 Dec 02-03, 2017
Ahmedabad Oct 14-15, 2017 Dec 09-10, 2017
Bangalore Oct 28-29, 2017 Dec 16-17, 2017
London and Newark To be announced To be announced
Final selection announcements Nov 11, 2017 Dec 30, 2017

To know more about the IIM A PGPX and how to create a successful application for it – contact your nearest IMS center or write to us on consulting@imsindia.com

Good Luck!

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