IIM Ahmedabad


PGPX Class of 2017-18
Duration1 Year
Minimum number of work experience required5-7 Years
Opening Online Applications
Closing dates for Applications

R1:12th Sep 2016

R2:15th Nov 2016

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


Following are the basic criteria for the PGPX Application:

A) 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.)

B) Minimum Age of 27 years as on 31st March of the year in which the PGPX programme commences. (E.g. For PGPX 17-18 commencing in April 2017, the candidate should have completed 27 years of age by March 31, 2017, i.e. must be born on or before March 31, 1990.) There is no upper age limit.

C)Valid GMAT score (GMATscores are valid for five years from the test date to the application deadline date of the round in the candidate is appliying. The earliest acceptable GMAT test date for the two rounds are: Round 1- 11 September 2011 and Round 2 -14 November 2011)

To ensure that your scores are sent directly to IIMA, please select “Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad - One Year Post-Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX)”as one of the five programmes to which the GMAT results have to be sent from the menu provided by GMAT before the start of the test.)

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.

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

Selection Process:

The rigorous admission process to choose the sharpest minds in the fray for the PGPX-VII (2013-14) includes:

  • GMAT (scores taken between April 1, 2010 and August 10, 2013) Please visit www.mba.com
  • Leadership profiling
  • Interviews

Candidates must have a Bachelor's Degree or its equivalent to be considered for admission. They must be 27 years or more by the start of the programme (born on or before March 31, 1985).A high intellectual caliber and an entrepreneurial spirit are imperative. Candidates with a wide range of managerial and cultural exposure are especially welcome. The batch aims to have an exciting mix of international and Indian participants

Executives who have a bachelor's degree or equivalent in any discipline and are 27 or above at the start of the programme can apply. Corporate sponsorship is welcome but not essential. Students are selected through a rigorous admissions process that includes GMAT, leadership profiling and personal interview.

IIM Ahmedabad had eliminated GD from its admission process in 2007. Currently the candidates are given 10 mins for writing the essay.
The P.I. is of 20 €“ 25 mins. The questions involved will include lots of details about the subject which the candidate has read in graduation as well as questions related to current affairs.

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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