IIM Ahmedabad


PGPX Class of 2018-19
Duration1 Year
Minimum number of work experience required4-7 Years
Opening Online Applications

R1: 25-Apr-2017

R2: 01-Sept-2017

Closing dates for Applications


GMAT Range695-728
No of Seats90 students per intake/batch
Announcements of Interview shortlist10th Oct 2016 & 12th Dec 2016
InterviewsOctober-2017 & December-2017
Intimation of offers
Start of the Programme13th April 2018


PGPX Eligibility Criteria (2018-19):

  • A Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any discipline (Minimum 15 years of study as per the education system in India i.e. KG to 12+2+3 or 4 as the case may be)
  • A graduate should have minimum 4-7 years of full time work experience post qualification
  • A post graduate should have minimum 4-6 years of full time work experience
  • GMAT Score
  • Leadership profiling
  • Personal Interviews

Essays to be submitted by short-listed candidates:The candidates called for Personal Interviews will be required to send a write-up on the following two topics (about 500 words each) within 7 days of the short listing.

  • What do you expect to gain from the PGPX course at IIMA? (500 words)
  • Describe an event that has influenced your life and demonstrated leadership qualities. (500 words)

IIM-Ahmedabad recently asked essay topics:

  • Of all the inventions and discoveries in the world, which one would you have liked to do/ make and why?
  • How social are social networks?
  • Learning to think is the most important learning.
  • It is the Quality of work that matters than quantity of work?
  • The most inspirational person you have ever met.
  • Poverty and economic inequality in India.
  • How should India grow in the next 10 years?
  • Poor condition of health care in India.
  • Ineffective Democracy is better than effective autocracy.
  • What explains the runaway success of Harry Potter books?
  • Preaching without Practice is an unhealthy habit.
  • The most important in life to strive for is personal and professional achievement.
  • Common sense is a result of prejudice before age 18.
  • Allowing people to vote on policy initiatives is the only way to weed out corruption.
  • Sensationalism in media should be censored.
  • There is a deficit of trust between leaders of the world and people.
  • Childhood lost in streets.
  • Things should be as simple as it is but not simpler.
  • Injustice is a threat to the country.

IIM A previously asked essay topics -

  • Yoga - A forgotten ancient notion or eastern repackaging?
  • Whether Chandrayan was money well spent or a unnecessary diversion of our country's resources?
  • Are Gandhian Principles relevant today ?
  • FDI in Indian education system--- boon or bane?
  • Inspite of having a billion people we are not a sports power.
  • Emergence of women in political and economic sectors is an aberration rather than a norm.
  • Is Information Technology a mixed blessing?
  • Our Governance and Political System share a deep mistrust for Entrepreneurship.
  • Business houses should take greater social responsibility.
  • We should conserve and protect our rich monuments.
  • Should Indian Education be thrown open to the Foreign Universities?
  • Child Artistes are an exploited lot.
  • Foreign direct investment will revitalize the education system.
  • Should Nehru's temples of learning remain elitist?
  • Global Warming is a fictitious devil created by scientists.
  • Ethics in today's business is a contradiction.
  • The resurgence of the public sector companies in the current financial slowdown.
  • Is Barack Obama bringing change only to the U.S?
  • NGO's are not given their due recognition in society.
  • Reading Pure science is a waste of time.
  • Gender sensitivity courses should be taught to both male and female.
  • Is democracy the best form of government?
  • It should be made compulsory for Indian Politicians to be fit.
  • Pubs are anti-Indian.
  • Recession is the mother of innovation.
  • Indian Space Programme is an ambition misplaced.
  • Critical evaluation of India's space programme. Whether investment done can be justified or not.
  • Indian politicians need training in communication skills.
  • Globalisation has failed to live upto its promises.
  • India should move from a multi-party to a bi-party system.
  • Should Indian Women Change their surnames after marriages?
  • India's youth should be take the positive aspects of western culture.
  • Both men and women need to gender sensitivity courses.
  • Multiparty system vs Bi party system in India.
  • Industrialization should not happen at the cost of human rights.
  • Existing educational System quells the creativity in children.
  • Professional management is a mere rhetoric in family run businesses.
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