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1
What are the eligibility criteria for admission to PGPX?
 
 
Following are the basic criteria for the PGPX 2013-14 starting on 08 April 2013:
 
a
Bachelors Degree or equivalent in any discipline.
 
b
Minimum Age: 27 years at the start of the programme [born on or before March 31, 1986]. There is no upper age limit.
 
c
GMAT (www.mba.com) score obtained between April 1, 2009 and August 10, 2012. To ensure that your scores are sent directly to IIMA, please enter GMAT Code for IIMA PGPX CQQ-RR-60.
 
2
What are the criteria for admission?
 
An admitted candidate should have a
 
a
Good GMAT score
 
b
Good academic record
 
c
Substantial work experience that shows some evidence of a supervisory/managerial role in an organization that he/she has worked for.
 
A clear idea of why he/she prefers IIMA for doing the one year full-time programme and a leadership potential will also help.
 
3
What is 'substantial' work experience?
 
Adhering to a minimum age of 27 years at the start of the programme, a normal graduate should have 6 to 7 years of post qualification, full time work experience. Similarly, a post graduate should have 5 to 6 years of experience. A PhD/MPhil can be evaluated on case to case basis. We do not consider any part-time work experience.
 
4
Is the admission process different for sponsored candidates?
 
No. All candidates, whether sponsored or not, will go through the same PGPX admission process.
 
5
Is there a minimum GMAT score as an eligibility criterion for application?
 
No there is no minimum GMAT score requirement to be eligible to apply. But higher the GMAT score, better the chance of being shortlisted for an interview. Last year the average GMAT score of the selected candidates was 717.
 
6
If I have more than one GMAT score, which will be considered?
 
The highest score amongst the tests taken after April 1, 2009 and on/before August 10, 2012 will be considered for PGPX 2013-14.
 
7
Is it sufficient to submit the application with the test centre score or do you need the official score from Pearson before the last date?
 
We will accept the test centre (unofficial) GMAT score from candidates up to August 10, 2012 which is the deadline for receiving the application forms.
 
Candidates are required to have the official score sent from Pearson to IIMA [CODE: CQQ-RR-60] soon after their submission of scores/application. The application will be considered incomplete unless the GMAT score is received from Pearson.
 
8
Will the IIMA’s Combined Admission Test (CAT) scores be considered?
 
No. We do not take CAT scores for the PGPX.
 
9
What is the minimum marks/grade I should have at the Bachelors' level for me to apply for admission?
 
There is no minimum requirement of Bachelor’s level scores as eligibility to apply. However, selected candidates are likely to have had a consistently good academic record.
 
10
I have already completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Management/MBA and have been working since then. Will this earlier education be considered as a disqualification for the PGPX?
 
No. On the contrary, every educational qualification already achieved will help.
 
11
Should the experience be in a for-profit organization?
 
Not necessary. PGPX helps candidates to take up leadership positions in all kinds of organisations – Corporate, NGOs, Government Services, Armed Forces, etc. Hence we welcome candidates from all backgrounds.
 
12
How would leadership potential be judged?
 
Leadership potential will be judged through application form content, essays and personal interview.
 
13
The profile of the earlier batches is better than mine. Will I be considered for the next PGPX?
 
Profiles can vary from batch to batch. The profile information of earlier batches is the ‘average’ of the batch.
 
14
Is there any reservation for people working outside India?
 
No. However the programme seeks diversity in terms of domestic and international students.
 
15
Is there any reservation for company sponsored candidates?
 
No.
 
16
How many seats are available?
 
For PGPX 2013-14 we plan an intake of 85 students.
 
17
What are the specialisations available for the PGPX?
 
The focus is on leadership positions, strategic training and general management. The programme, however, offers a wide selection of elective courses for those wanting to pick up skills in a particular area.
 
18
Which elective courses are available to the PGPX students?
 
Electives depend on student interest and faculty supply. Our effort is to provide a wide range of electives including on marketing, finance, supply chain management, strategic management and various sectoral areas.  In the past courses in Infrastructure Development and Public Private Partnerships, Hospital Management, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Creativity, Film Industry, International Business, Mergers and Acquisitions, Carbon Finance, E-Governance, Ethics, Fixed Income Markets, Logistics Management, Supply Chain Management, Management of New and Small Firms, Managing Telecom Enterprises, Management of Information Systems, Managing Corporate Reputations, Corporate Governance, Law, Leadership, Customer Analytics, E-Marketing, Education, Energy Businesses, Media and Society, Retailing, Venture Capital and Private Equity have also been offered.
 
19
What degree is offered at the end of the programme?
 
On successful completion, students are given a One Year Post-Graduate Diploma in Management for Executives. This may be considered equivalent to the one year management programmes offered by INSEAD (France), Asian Institute of Management (Philippines), University of Pittsburgh (USA), Cranfield University (UK), Indian School of Business (India) etc.
 
20
How is PGPX different from the existing two year Post Graduate Programme (PGP) at IIMA?
 
While both are full-time (on campus residential) programmes, PGPX – a one year programme compared to the PGP’s two year programme -  is focused on leadership and change agentry at the global level. In terms of core courses there is a focused set of courses under a theme called ‘Preparing for  Management’ (PTM) and since the orientation is to give general management perspective for a  management executive, there is a ‘Capstone’ exercise which is a business game aimed at integration of all that has been learned over the year. To address preparedness for the global arena, an ‘International Immersion Programme’ (IIP) is organized which includes an academic in-class component in a foreign university. Since the participants are mostly married and have substantial work experience, they need to make a ‘disruptive’ shift from a work environment to an academic environment. This is done through an ‘Induction’ segment at the start of the programme.  Also since all the participants have substantial work experience, the ‘Individual Research Project’ (IRP) – an elective course – is an opportunity for reverse learning through crystallizing that experience in an academic environment.
 
21
Would the programme enable students to go for higher studies like PhD?
 
Yes! They are eligible to apply for the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM) at IIM, Ahmedabad, after successful completion of the PGPX, subject to certain academic standards. Some past PGPX alumni have gained admission in the FPM at IIMA. Some have also gone on to do PhD at places such as the HBS.
 
22
What is the International Immersion segment?
 
International Immersion is a two week international segment of PGPX where all students compulsorily go abroad for two weeks of academic study. It exposes the students to an environment different from their "home culture." It helps them understand the macro-economic underpinnings, strengths and weaknesses of the host country from a business perspective. The International Immersion prepares the students to take on challenging assignments anywhere in the new globalised world.
 
Please refer the 'International Immersion' section for more details.
 
23
Will placement/career services be available?
 
We facilitate placements through Placement Services. However this is an activity that is significantly driven by students themselves. Typically placement services are available to all students excepting those who are sponsored by their companies or those who are on Sabbaticals. Click here to know more on placement statistics of PGPX.
 
24
Can you please describe the placement process at IIMA for the PGPX?
 
At IIMA placements are driven by the Student Placement Committee under the supervision of the faculty Placement Chairperson and in co-ordination with the Relationship Manager for PGPX.  The process optimizes the interests of both the students and the companies.
 
The Student Placement Committee undertakes and manages various activities such as the corporate interactions (which take place throughout the year), pre-placement talks, floor management on placement days, etc.
 
There are two main placement activities on campus:
·         Pre-placement Talks/Corporate Presentations: Pre-placement presentations enable organizations to inform students about company’s business, work culture, organizational structure, career, and growth opportunities. Usually it’s a 30-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q&A session.
·         On-Campus Recruiting: Companies are recommended to plan a visit to the IIMA campus for conducting placement interviews and making job offers to suitable student candidates during the placement season. Telephonic and video conferencing (VC) discussions can be conducted prior to campus visit to shortlist suitable candidates. VC facilities are available on campus.
 
Companies interested in conducting recruitment activities at IIMA usually contact a student placement committee member/Relationship Manager for planning and arranging the same.
 
Recruiting organizations are required to provide the final offer details as per the reporting standards followed by IIMA. Details about the same can be sought from a placement committee member
 
IIMA charges recruiting organisations a fee for participating in the recruitment process, and a charge per successful hire.
 
25
My age is significantly above the minimum required for PGPX. Will any company show interest in hiring me after finishing the programme?
 
Most candidates have been placed so far. However this is an activity that is significantly driven by students themselves.
 
26
What is the charge for the application form and its submission? How do I pay the application fee?
 
Application fee of Rs. 5000/- (Rupees Five Thousand Only) is to be paid at the time of registration. This fee, once paid, is not refundable nor adjustable against future applications. However, if the candidate gets selected for the programme, the application fee would be adjusted against the Programme Fee.
 
To pay the application fees please visit our website: http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/programmes/pgpx/pgpx-payments.html
 
 
27
What is the schedule of the admission process for the programme starting on 8th April 2013?
 
The schedule of the admission process is as follows:
 
a
Submission of completely filled-in applications for PGPX 2013-14 by August 10, 2012
 
b
Intimation by PGPX Office to shortlisted candidates by September 15, 2012
 
c
Interviews of shortlisted candidates during September-October, 2012
 
d
Intimation by PGPX Office to selected candidates by October 31, 2012
 
e
Submission by successful candidates of acceptance of offer by November 24, 2012
 
 
 
28
What are the documents required for application?
 
No documents are required to be sent along with the Online Application Form at the time of online submission or separately.
 
These will be asked for to be provided within one week of the intimation of the Interview call.
 
The various documents would be: GMAT score, employment history, academic background, achievements, etc.
 
29
What care should I take while filling in the online application form?
 
Please ensure that all data such as your Date of Birth, Academic Qualifications (Degree Titles, Names of the Institution/University, Grades/Marks) are correctly entered. Similarly you need to remember that the details of all your work experience that you are filling in the online application form will need to be later supported with relevant documentary evidence such as appointment letters, relieving orders, experience certificates, salary slips, etc. Hence please do not mention any part-time work experience or work experience for which you do not have any document to support the same. Please note that the application can be rejected at any stage of the selection process if the data provided in the online application form does not match the information contained in the original documents.
 
30
Will an entrance test be conducted? If so, where and when?
 
IIMA will not conduct any entrance test for the PGPX. Applicants have to submit their GMAT score obtained between April 1, 2009 and August 10, 2012 for those applying for PGPX 2013-14 starting on 8th April 2013.
 
31
Is staying on the institute campus mandatory?
 
Yes, this is a fully residential programme. Accommodation will be available for both single and married students. Much course work and group assignments are involved in the programme due to which it is imperative that the students live on the campus and study and work together.
 
32
What will be the nature of the accommodation?
 a
Single Accommodation:

One room + bath (total built up area: 203 sq ft)
Each room has furniture including single bed with mattress, pillow, bed sheet, blanket (to be subsequently maintained by student), teapoy, computer chair, soft board, wooden cabinet, TV table, single sofa and wardrobe, air conditioner with remote, a mini refrigerator, TV with remote (Cable connection available on payment basis), telephone point with one instrument, internet connection point, drinking water through RO unit in floor pantry, hot water facility is available in the bathroom (through solar heating system), common washing machine facility is also available, wall clock and dressing mirror. Please look up http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/institute/campus/tour/imdc.html for a 360° view of the single room accommodation at the IMDC, New Campus, IIMA.
 
 b
Married Accommodation:

Two rooms + kitchen + bath + balcony(total built up area: 676 sq ft)
Both the rooms are fully furnished with One double bed, one single bed, dining table with four chairs, side tables, wardrobe, TV table, two kitchen storage cabinets in the modular kitchen, two single sofa, center teapoy, wall clock, bathroom mirror, book shelf, shoe rack, dressing mirror, computer unit drawer, table & chair, soft board, chick blinds, bed sheet sets for double and single bed, three pillows, six pillow covers and one blanket each for double and single bed (to be subsequently maintained & laundry charges to be borne by the students), internet connection point, window air conditioner in bed room with remote, refrigerator 180 Ltr, two-burner gas stove and 2 gas cylinder with regulator, TV with remote (Cable connection available on payment basis), telephone point with one instrument, geyser in the bathroom, towel rack, drinking water is available through a contractor on payment basis, electric point and space in the bathroom for personal washing machine (common washing machine is available). Please look up http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/institute/campus/tour/mshs-living-room.html for a 360° view of the living room and http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/institute/campus/tour/mshs-bedroom.html for a 360° view of the bedroom for the Married Students Housing.
 
33
What are the other facilities available to the students in the campus?
 
The various common facilities are as follows:
 
a
Vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals are served in the dining hall. Please look up http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/institute/campus/facilities/food/student-mess.html for information on the food available for the students on campus.
 
 
b
Facilities for indoor/outdoor games and recreation activities are available on subscription basis for self and family. Games such as Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football (Soccer), Hockey, Table Tennis, Tennis and Volleyball are very popular among the student community. Further, fitness conscious students can enroll on payment basis in the air-conditioned gymnasium or go for a jog around the scenic campus. For those who prefer to stay indoors, there is Chess, Carom or Bridge. Please look up at http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/institute/campus/facilities/infrastructure/sports-complex.html for more information.
 
 
c
There is a dispensary on the campus with resident doctors including a Gynecologist
 
 
d
There is also Post Office, a branch of the State Bank of India with ATM facility, AXIS Bank ATM, Cafes, Pharmacy, Provision Stores, etc on the campus.
 
34
How about Network Connectivity?
 
IIMA has one of the best computer and internet networks of the country. High-speed servers, running on a variety of platforms to suit all kinds of requirements, support the entire network. The Institute's network is linked to the Internet via a dedicated leased line enabling round the clock Internet connectivity on the campus. Every classroom has a computer connected to this network that allows faculty to retrieve relevant information from their desktop or the central database. This connectivity helps both the students and the faculty considerably in their research and projects. Students are expected to bring their own lap-tops. Wi-Fi has also been introduced at various places. You can know more about our IT infrastructure at http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/institute/campus/facilities/infrastructure/information-technology-infrastructure.html
 
35 (A)
How about Library Services?
 
With more than 170,000 books, over 41,500 bound volumes of periodicals, over 1,000 subscribed journals, more than 1,800 educational CDs and over 2,000 working papers and dissertations; and more than 70 electronic databases, the Vikram Sarabhai Library is an invaluable resource. It is committed to providing widest possible access to information and this commitment is reflected in the range of services provided by it. Its website http://www.iimahd.ernet.in/library/ is linked to various online databases that are available from any networked PC within the library and the Institute. The library spares no efforts to fulfill its mission by selecting, acquiring, organizing, reserving, maintaining, and providing access to a collection of materials (both print and non-print) and electronic resources that address the interest and needs of the members such as company/industry/country databases, E-journal databases, back files of E-journal databases, legal and other databases, specialized search software and services. The library has also been publishing two quarterly information bulletins since 1998 (a) Current Contents in Management: Marketing and (b) Current Index of Management: Marketing. It has started NICMAN (National Information Centre for Management) Membership in order to help/facilitate business/management related researchers in their research. Recently it has also started documenting research in marketing in the context of emerging economies.
 
35 (B)
Your library looks really great. Can you please share some further information about the various data bases the library subscribes to?
 
Some of the data bases that our library subscribes to are as follows:
 
 
a
Company/Industry/Country Databases
Datamonitor 360, CAPITALINE, CMIE - Alpha, Business Beacon, Capex, EIS, First Source, IAS, IECO, India Harvest, India Trades, M & A, Prowess and SAS, CRISINFAC, Datastream (Incorporating Worldscope), DSI Data Service, EIU Country Reports (Brazil, Russia & China), Euromonitor (GMID), FT.com, FT Archive (1888-2006), Gartner, INDIASTATS, INDICUS (District GDP 2007), Infraline - Coal Sector, Oil & Gas Sector, and Power Sector, Invest India, Insight, ISI Emerging Markets – Asia, NASSCOM, Prime Database, Reuters 3000 Extra Hosted Terminal and Reuters Knowledge, Venture Intelligence.
 
 
b
E-journal Databases
ABI / Inform Complete (2000+ Titles), ACM Digital Library (40+ Titles), EBSCO Academic Search Premier (4500+ Titles), EBSCO Business Source Complete (1200+ Titles), EBSCO Psycarticles (66 Titles), EBSCO Econlit (Abstracts), Elsevier - Business Management & Accounting, Decision Science Economics, Econometrics  Finance & Computer Science (400+ Titles), Emerald Management Extra (170+ Titles), IEEE Electronic Library (IEL), IGI Full-Text (50+ Titles), INFORMS (12 Titles), Indian Journals.com – Business/Economics/Management Package (30 Titles) JSTOR (1300+ Titles), Kluwer - Springer Link (33 Titles), Oxford University Press (86 Titles), Project Muse (296 Titles), Sage (400+ Titles), Taylor and Francis (41 Titles), Wiley-Blackwell (500+ Titles)
 
 
c
Back-Files of E-Journals
Elsevier (Agriculture & Biological Science; Social Science; Pharmacology, Toxicology & Pharmaceutics, Business Management & Accounting, Decision Science Economics, Econometrics and Finance) (550+ Titles), Emerald Management Extra (170+ Titles)
 
 
d
Legal & Other Databases
AIR (All India Reporter) High Court (1965-2010), Criminal Law (1960-2010), Supreme Court (1950-2010), Privy Council (1930-1950), ISI Web of Knowledge (Citation), J-Gate, Papers-Invited, Westlaw (including INDLAW), World Bank E-Library, World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Global Economic Monitor
 
 
e
Specialized Search Software
360 Core A-Z, 360 Federated Search and Remote Login for internal users
 
36
What are the financial implications of the programme?
 
 
a
What is the fee for the programme?
 
 
The fee for PGPX 2014-15 is Indian Rs. 21,50,000. (Approximately equivalent to US$ 39,600 based on exchange rates prevailing on 26th March 2013) This includes, for every student, tuition, books and course materials, library, computing and network charges, placement, alumni, international immersion, and boarding and lodging charges for the period of stay on the campus. The food includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. However, for those students staying in Married Students Housing (MSH) food charges are not included in the Programme Fee. Utilities such as electricity, telephone, laundry, sports/gym subscription are additional and to be paid as per usage charges. Service tax, as applicable, is additional. 
     
  b Can I stay outside the campus? Can I opt out of any facility and pay that much fee less?
    No. All participants have to stay on campus in the accommodation provided only. Participants will have no fee exemption for any component not utilized. (E.g. For those taking a placement holiday or those missing the IIP for any reason will not get any fee refund.)
     
 
c
What is the fee payment mode?
 
 
For PGPX 2014-15 two payment modes are available: 
 
 
 
Mode 1: If paid in lump sum
 
 
Phases
Fee  (INR)
Last Date for Payment
a
First Commitment Fee (non-refundable)
4,95,000
November 29, 2013
b
Second Commitment Fee (non-refundable)
3,00,000
January 15, 2014
c
Balance on Joining the Programme
13,50,000
March 28, 2014
Total
21,50,000
 
 
Mode 2:  If paid in installments
a
First Commitment Fee (non-refundable)
4,95,000
November 29, 2013
b
Second Commitment Fee (non-refundable)
3,00,000
January 15, 2014
c
Balance in four installments
3,70,000
March 28, 2014
3,70,000
June 2, 2014
3,70,000
August 4, 2014
3,70,000
November 3, 2014
Total
22,80,000
 
Additional payments not included in fee structure mentioned above:
  1. Students have to pay caution money of Indian Rs. 25000/- for single accommodation and Rs. 50000/- for MSH to be paid before March 28, 2014. (Approximately equivalent to US$ 490 or 975 respectively based on exchange rates prevailing in April 2012.) This non-interest bearing caution money will be returned within 3 months after the completion of the programme, adjusting for pending recoveries on account of utilities and other services or infrastructure (if any).
  2. Charges for utilities and subscription to the gymnasium and sports complex is as per usage desired, which is extra.
  3. Taxes, if any, will be additional.
 
 
 
 
 c
What about bank loans to finance the programme?
 
 
Normally many nationalised and private banks are interested in offering students loans.
Please click here for the details of loan schemes from banks available for PGPX.
For exact details, please contact the bank/s directly since the interest rates change from time to time.

International students, apart from their own banking sources, can approach bank branches of Indian banks in their countries.
 
d
Does the programme offer scholarships?
 
 
There are no scholarships associated with the Programme Fee. However on completion of the programme, following awards have been given in the past:
 
(i)
Gold Medal for the top ranked student and cash award of Rs.20000/-
 
(ii)
Others from among the top 5% (including the Gold Medalist as mentioned above) will each receive Rs. 20000/-
 
(iii)
All Round Excellence Award instituted by Mr. Arun Duggal based on the criteria such as Academic Excellence, Leadership Qualities, Extracurricular Activities and Popularity. The award is a Certificate and Cash Prize of Rs. 50000/-
 
(iv)
PGPX Social Outreach Award given to an individual or a group of maximum 2 persons. The award is a Certificate and a Cash Prize of Rs. 100000/- (given individually or shared among two persons).
 
37
Can I know a little more about Ahmedabad?
 
Please refer the 'About Ahmedabad' section for details.
 
38
Can I talk to someone at IIMA for further clarifications?
 
Yes, please contact:

Manager, PGPX
(One Year Post-Graduate Programme in Management for Executives)
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad,
New Campus, IMDC Block,
Vastrapur, Ahmedabad – 380015, India
Tel: +91-79-6632 4449  Time to phone Monday to Friday: 9:15 am to 12:45 pm and 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm only. (As per Indian Standard Time GMT + 5:30)
Fax: +91-79-6632 4447
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