Established in 1949 by forward-thinking Jesuit Fathers, XLRI stands as India’s most ancient business school, with a mission to catalyze transformation within the broader economy and society. Distinguished by its commitment to distinctiveness, the institute consistently endeavors to set itself apart as a unique hub of management education.

Main entrance gate of XLRI Xavier School of Management with the institute's emblem
The grand entrance to XLRI Xavier School of Management welcoming students faculty and visitors

MBA Offered by XLRI 

PGDM(BM) – 2 Years

XLRI offers a two-year full time programme on Business Management, on the completion which, candidates are conferred with Postgraduate diploma in Business Management (PGDBM). This programme is extremely prestigious and is rated as one of the finest of its kind in the country. The alumni of this programme currently occupy very significant positions in various industries, both in India and abroad.

The curriculum lays the foundation for a conceptual and analytical understanding of Indian and international business. XLRI’s BM programme is designed to closely integrate current management theory and practice. The course imparts knowledge and fosters attitudes essential for the growth of students into competent, responsible managers. The course has an evolving programme content and is constantly updated to be in tune with the emerging trends.

PGDM(BM) – 3 Years

XLRI offers a three-year AICTE-approved Evening Post-graduate Diploma Program as a Weekend program from 2017 onwards. The Three-year AICTE approved Weekend Post-graduate Diploma program is uniquely designed and structured to enable working executives and business owners to develop the requisite managerial and business skills and competence for a managerial/ownership role. The program comprises 900 hours of coursework interaction that is spread over three years to accommodate the time constraints of working executives and business owners.

PGDM(GM) – 18 Months

XLRI offers an eighteen-month full-time residential management program PGDM (GM), previously known as GMP. Incoming students having a minimum of five years of experience in varied fields are crystallized into modern corporate warriors imbibed with a human touch. The course enables students to grasp the latest in management theory, broadens perspectives and launches them into new avenues of problem solving. XLRI’s deep commitment to nation-building is demonstrated year on year as the program nurtures socially responsible change agents transforming the business landscape of modern India.

The superlative course structure combined with the substantial work experience of the participants makes them highly sought after by the industry post-graduation.

Panoramic view of XLRI Xavier School of Management campus with lush gardens and main building
A sweeping view of the serene and verdant campus of XLRI Xavier School of Management

Let us dive into the 1-year PGDM offered by XLRI – 

The primary objective of the General PGDM (GM) Programme is to enhance the capabilities and expertise of active managers. By acquainting them with contemporary management trends, tools, and methodologies, the program not only equips participants with additional skill sets but also encourages them to contemplate their past organizational experiences. While the curriculum includes traditional disciplines such as Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Production Management, and Strategic Management, the program places a pivotal emphasis on readying present-day managers for leadership positions. This AICTE-approved, 18-month, full-time course also encompasses a 6-month hands-on training in a specialized functional domain.

XLRI 2024 MBA Eligibility

  • By March 31, 2024, candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least five years of full-time work experience after completion of graduation
  • The ExPGDM Program accepts XAT 2023, GMAT, and GRE scores of December 1, 2018, through December 31, 2023, from applicants.
  • Candidates must be at least 25 years old as of March 31 of the year the PGDM (GM) program begins. 

XLRI PGDM(GM) 2024 MBA Admission Requirements

  • XAT/GMAT or GRE score report (of your highest score if you have taken multiple tests)
  • Academic qualifications (graduation onwards) Employment history (including details of entrepreneurship, if any)
  • Certificates of achievements in sports, arts, extra-curricular activities, etc. at regional, national or international levels
  • Passport details as requested (Please ensure that your passport validity is at least up to April 2022)

*Please note that for certificates that are not printed in English, Hindi, or Gujarati languages, the candidates are requested to submit certified translations of these certificates in the English language.

Apply via GMAT, GRE, or XAT

Requirements for Applicants with the GMAT and GRE:

  • The GMAT and GRE must be taken by all applicants between December 1, 2017, and December 31, 2022.
  • Foreign and NRI applicants registering using XAT 2023 Rs. 5000/
  • Indian candidates registering through XAT 2023 Rs. 2000/- and Rs. 200/- each additional programme 
  • GMAT/GRE fee of Rs. 2500 for Indian candidates [only for PGDM (GM)]
XLRI classroom filled with students during the IdeaKon seminar presentation
An engaging session at the IdeaKon seminar in XLRI where students gather for insights and discussions

XLRI One year MBA Admission Process

Stage 1: Application through GMAT/GRE/XAT scores

Stage 2: Shortlisting Candidates

Stage 3: Interview Process

Stage 4: Result Announcement

Application Deadline for XLRI 2024 intake:

  • XLRI PGDM (GM) – 30 November 2023 through XAT and 31 December 2023, through GMAT/GRE.

The GMP interviews for GMAT candidates will be conducted in multiple rounds.

1st RoundMid- September 2023
2nd RoundMid- October 2023
3rd RoundMid- November 2023
4th RoundMid – December 2023
Final Round for XAT candidatesFirst week of february


Crafting impactful essays is a critical aspect of your application process, allowing the admissions committee to gain insights into your experiences, values, and growth. Let’s delve into each essay prompt and offer guidance on how to approach them effectively:

Essay 1: From your work experience, share your three key achievements in the last three years. Please explain why do you consider them as your greatest achievements? (Maximum 500 words) 

This essay offers a window into your professional accomplishments and how you perceive them. To craft a compelling response:

Strategic Selection: Carefully choose achievements that exhibit your versatility and impact. Highlight diverse skills like leadership, innovation, or collaboration.

Narrative Arc: Structure your response like a narrative. Begin with the challenge you faced, delve into the actions you took, and conclude with the outcomes you achieved.

Significance and Growth: Explain why you consider these achievements the most significant. Reflect on the skills you gained or honed, and how these achievements have shaped your career path.

Essay 2: Please share the most challenging/difficult situation you faced at your previous workplace(s). How did you handle it? What did you learn from that situation? Kindly do not exceed 250 words per question 

This essay probes your problem-solving aptitude and resilience. Here’s how to master it:

Succinct Challenge Outline: Concisely state the challenge you faced. Create a clear image of the obstacle without overwhelming with details.

Resolution Strategy: Describe your approach in a structured manner. Walk through your thought process, decision-making, and collaborative efforts to tackle the challenge.

Epiphany and Adaptation: Detail the lessons you learned from this adversity. Focus on personal growth, adaptability, and how you’d approach similar situations differently.

Essay 3: Please share one mistake from your work experience which really troubled you. Explain why did it happen? What did you learn from that mistake? Kindly do not exceed 250 words per question.

Mistakes are illuminating opportunities. Showcase your maturity through this lens:

Transparent Account: Provide a candid depiction of the mistake. Elaborate on the context, your actions, and the consequences.

Root Cause Analysis: Delve into the factors that contributed to the mistake. Demonstrate self-awareness by discussing misjudgments, gaps in information, or external factors.

Transformation and Insights: Unveil the transformative process post-mistake. Share tangible measures you implemented, highlight personal growth, and detail the insights garnered.

Remember, the essays provide a platform to showcase your unique journey, accomplishments, and growth. Craft each essay with care and authenticity, allowing the admissions committee to get a clear and compelling picture of your professional trajectory.


Structured as a comprehensive academic journey, the MBA program spans seven terms, each varying in duration from 5 to 13 weeks, contingent upon the number of subjects encompassed within each term. Culminating with an examination, every term serves as a unit of study. The initial three terms form the foundational phase, concentrating on instilling fundamental management principles spanning diverse domains.

Within this phase, a curriculum of 15 core courses unfolds, encompassing subjects such as finance, economics, marketing, operations, strategy, business ethics, and sustainable development. This pivotal stage establishes a bedrock of managerial understanding.

The subsequent program terms embrace adaptability, offering a customized trajectory. This flexibility empowers participants to elect approximately 20 distinct courses aligning with their vocational and educational aspirations. XLRI extends an expansive array of over 53 electives, contributing to a diverse and enriching academic experience.

Read more about the curriculum and subjects included here.

Batch Profile

XLRI PGDM (GM) Program's comprehensive statistics including batch size, age, work experience, gender diversity, sector division, and academic background.
An infographic highlighting the key metrics and features of the PGDM GM Program at XLRI

XLRI Fees – PGDM(GM) 2024

If you’re considering the Executive PGDM program at XLRI, it’s essential to understand the financial aspects. Here’s a breakdown of the fees and related information:

Program Fee: The Executive PGDM program fee for the 2020-21 batch is INR 28,00,000 (Twenty-Eight Lacs). This comprehensive fee covers tuition, books, course materials, accommodation, food charges (for residents of SSH), and various service facilities such as the library, computing resources, and networking changes.

Additional Costs: Some costs are separate from the program fee. Students are required to pay caution money: INR 35,000 for single accommodation and INR 70,000 for MSH. This deposit is refundable within three months after program completion, adjusting for any outstanding utility or service charges.

Scholarship Options: XLRI offers scholarship opportunities for Executive PGDM students. Five Interest Waiver Scholarships are available based on merit. These scholarships work as an interest waiver on the bank loan taken by students for the program fee, with a maximum amount of up to 3 Lakhs.

Navigating the financial aspects of pursuing an Executive PGDM at XLRI is crucial for informed decision-making. Keep these factors in mind as you plan your educational journey.


XLRI consistently delivers outstanding placement outcomes for its students, offering a spectrum of roles across diverse sectors. Graduates secure coveted positions in Project Management, Product Management, Consulting, Marketing, Software Technologies, Supply Chain, HR, and more. Renowned companies such as Amazon, Jio, Mahindra & Mahindra, Deloitte, and Accenture, among others, actively recruit from XLRI’s talented pool.

In the recent placement cycle, out of 113 students, 108 engaged in placements, resulting in 103 successful campus placements. This impressive achievement highlights XLRI’s prowess in nurturing and connecting exceptional talent with industry leaders, reaffirming its commitment to producing professionals of the highest caliber.

XLRI PGDM (GM) Program's comprehensive statistics including batch size, age, work experience, gender diversity, sector division, and academic background.
An infographic highlighting the key metrics and features of the PGDM GM Program at XLRI
XLRI ExPGDM Batch of 2021-22 Statistics Infographic with work experience, industry background, previous roles, and top recruiters.
A comprehensive infographic detailing the statistics of XLRIs ExPGDM batch for 2021 2022


How is Executive PGDM different from other programmes of XLRI?

Executive PGDM is a 15-month, full-time residential management programme in general management while the PGDM(BM) and PGDM(HRM) are two-year programmes. The Executive PGDM is designed specifically for professionals with minimum five years of work experience after completion of graduation. The programme provides a foundation in key management concepts and disciplines and builds on students’ existing experience to prepare them for senior management positions.

What are the programme’s objectives?

The course enables students to grasp the latest management theories, broadens perspectives and launches them into new avenues of problem solving. XLRI’s deep commitment to nation building is demonstrated year on year, as the program nurtures socially responsible change agents transforming the business landscape of modern India.

What Degree is offered at the end of Executive PGDM?

On successful completion, students are given a Master of Business Administration degree.

What specialisations do you offer?

The Executive PGDM is a general management programme that prepares students for top managerial roles. However, you can tailor the programme to meet your own needs, and post-program employment aims through a wide range of electives. In this way, you can gain all the essential general management skills and specialise in areas of management necessary for your current and future goals. Details of elective courses can be found on our website.

How does one apply to Executive PGDM at XLRI?

Applicants of Executive PGDM must complete the following steps.

Register your interest by visiting here.

Do you need a Letter of Recommendations / Statement of Purpose / Essays?

Essays and Letters of Recommendation only come after the candidates are shortlisted and not during application submission. Only shortlisted candidates would be asked to submit two essays – the topics of which will be announced along with the shortlisting for personal interviews. However, successful candidates are required to give details of three references.

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