The Post Graduate Program in Management for Executives (PGPX) was introduced by IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA) in 2006 and has become one of the top one-year MBA programs in India. The program is known for its academic rigor and student-driven pedagogy. With a focus on international experience, the program attracts top talent from across the globe from diverse cultures, profiles and geographies.
The IIMA PGPX is one of the few programs in India where the majority of the class has over 8 years of work experience and hence, it becomes the top choice for experienced executives. While the PGPX is ranked at 62 in the 2022 FT Global MBA Rankings, it received a lot of interest for its 2021-22 admissions cycle last year.
IIMA PGPX recently announced its admissions process and deadlines for the 2022 (2023 intake), i.e. the IIMA PGPX Class of 2024. Given below are the details. To read about the 2023-2024 IIMA PGPX deadlines, read our latest blog here.
IIMA PGPX Deadlines
Known for having application deadlines earlier than other schools, IIM A opened the application portal on June 20. While broadly the deadlines remain the same, the key difference vs 2021-22 application season is the mode of interview. While it was only zoom interviews last year, IIM A has announced in-person PGPX interviews for the 2022-23 admissions cycle. The table below summarizes the deadlines for the 2022-2023 application season:
|`||Round 1||Round 2||Round 3|
|Stage 1: Application & Shortlist|
|Application Open||June 20, 2022||Sep 5, 2022||Nov 7, 2022|
|Application Close||Aug 22, 2022||Oct 28, 2022||Dec 12, 2022|
|Shortlist||Aug 30, 2022||Nov 9, 2022||Dec 21, 2022|
|Essay Submission||Aug 30-Sep 4, 2022||Nov 9-13, 2022||Dec 21-28, 2022|
|Stage 2: Personal Interviews*|
|Ahmedabad & Delhi||Sept 10-11, 2022||Nov 19-20, 2022||Jan 7-8, 2023|
|Mumbai & Hyderabad||Sept 17-18, 2022||Nov 26-27, 2022||Jan 21-22, 2023|
|Bangalore & Kolkata||Sept 24-25, 2022||Dec 3-4, 2022||Jan 28-29, 2023|
|Overseas (Zoom)||Sept 24-25, 2022||Dec 3-4, 2022||Jan 28-29, 2023|
|New York||–||Nov 19-20, 2022|
|Offers & Waitlist||Oct 17, 2022||Dec 20, 2022||Feb 15, 2023|
|* All dates are subject to change, if required. Only shortlisted candidates will be informed by e-mail, with all relevant details.|
IIMA PGPX Eligibility
· A Bachelor’s degree / equivalent in any discipline (minimum 15 years of study as per India’s education system, i.e. 10+2+3 or 4 as the case may be)
· Minimum age of 25 as on March 31, 2023
· A valid GMAT/GRE score, i.e. exam should be taken within 5 years of the application deadline date of each round. For the 2022 / 2023 admissions, the earliest acceptable GMAT/GRE dates are August 23, 2017 for Round 1, October 29, 2017 for Round 2, and December 13, 2017 for Round 3
· Minimum 4 years of full-time work experience after completion of graduation on March 31, 2023
IIMA PGPX Admissions Process
IIMA PGPX’s admissions process is slightly different from the other MBA programs across the globe. It consists of two stages:
1) Stage 1
a) A fairly detailed application form which contains details about the candidate’s current & past job responsibilities and achievements, education, certifications and details of international work experience, if applicable.
b) Once shortlisted based on the above, the candidates are required to submit 3 essays on specific topics (which change for each round) within 3 to 5 days
a) The shortlisted candidates (based on 1a above) are also interviewed by a panel of IIMA faculty members where the focus is on professional background, quality of experience, career progression, leadership potential and knowledge of the environment around us
Based on the stage 1 and stage 2 performance, the results would be announced within 15- 30 days after the interview.
You may like to read our previous blog post on IIM A PGPX interview questions and tips.
Even though the essay topics aren’t announced until the shortlist is out, it is important to have basic frameworks and introspection in place as soon as you submit the application. While the questions may change, the topics range around the two basic questions, i.e. ‘why you?’ and ‘why IIMA PGPX?’.
We’ll share more details around how to approach each stage of the IIMA PGPX admissions process in subsequent blogs / videos.
Feel free to reach out to us on [email protected] in case of any questions.
The author is an IIMA PGPX alumnus. Views are personal.