IIM Calcutta


PGPEX Class of 2017-18
Duration1 Year
Minimum number of work experience required5 Years
Average year of work experience8 years
Average International work experience14 moths
Opening Online Applications01st July 2017
Closing dates for Applications22nd October 2017
Average GMAT Score701
No of Seats68 students
Announcements of shortlisted candidatesFirst half of November
Interview of shortlisted candidatesSecondhalf of November
Announcements of selected candidatesSecond half of December
Start of the Programme27th April 2018


Eligibility Criteria for PGPEX at IIM Calcutta:

  • Executives with graduate degree (minimum 3 years duration in any discipline) or (equivalent qualification from a recognized) University
  • At least 5 years of full time post-qualification managerial/professional work experience
  • A valid GMAT Score (taken within the last 36 months at the time of application)
  • Proficiency in English


  • Emphasis on decision-making and leadership qualities
  • Excellent focus on analytical & problem-solving pedagogy
  • Learning to address and resolve complex issues in a cross-cultural environment
  • Diverse participant mix with experience with global organizations
  • Industry internship or International immersion

Selection Process:

Selection of a candidate is based on his/her Professional Experience, Academic Records, GMAT Score and Personal Interview. In addition to this, candidates are required to submit a statement of purpose (SOP) and recommendations from two referees holding senior managerial positions. These are also taken into consideration in the final selection.

SOP Question 2017-18:

This should include an objective and clear statement on why you want to join the PGPEX programme?; what qualities, experience and achievements do you have to justify your admission; what types of jobs and at what level do you expect after successful completion of PGPEX? (word limit 500 words)

IIM C previous GD Topics:

  • 2 case studies suggest that enrollment is increasing in Indian schools & that India ranks 2nd from bottom in reading and math abilities. How do you explaining this contradiction.
  • Shopping complexes and malls is a new development in India. Write down its advantages and disadvantages.
  • There have been calls to abolish the death penalty. What are the pros and cons of abolishing capital punishment?
  • Reasons for growing popularity of reality TV shows and television game shows, Discuss.
  • Students are under a lot of pressure to perform well in exams. Do you think the pressure can be reduced by other means of evaluation? Give your suggestions.
  • A recent study has shown the decline in infant mortality rate in girls between 0 and 5 years.
  • Govt. is planning to link wedding expenditure to income statement to facilitate dowry prohibition. What's your view on this?
  • Color and design of building should be controlled vs. should the architects be given freedom to innovate?
  • Is equal education for every child" the recent Indian govt. policy politically motivated? Is it feasible to implement here?
  • Right to education is merely a political slogan; can it be successfully implemented in India?
  • Internet should not be censored or regulated.
  • Can RTE be implemented successfully in India?
  • Biometric glitches are really fear in UID Project?
  • Man cannot stop the natural disasters but can reduce its consequences
  • Numbers of Suicides in Teenage are increasing. Suggest ways to reduce that.
  • Topic education should be free of government control. What are your views?
  • Impact of malls on physical and social aspects of children your view of your preparation.
  • The government is encouraging foreign universities to set up their campuses in India, which cater to urban population. Shouldn€™t it be focusing on rural education?
  • Literary festivals have attracted media attention and huge crowds in the recent times. Do they encourage people to read more, or do people attend them just for the sake of being fashionable?
  • Politicization and commercialization of sports has made merit no longer the sole selection criteria
  • Should capital punishment be abolished?
  • Women in senior managerial position is still deemed improper and society has less faith in women's abilities
  • Are there any other reasons than Tourism why the historical places should be preserved and protected? Give your opinion.
  • Is reading no more a leisure thing? How has the advancement of technology affected the concept of leisure?
  • Privatization of higher education in India .Your views on that.
  • Rise in the number of terrorist activities, your views on possible reasons.
  • A number of b-schools are offering unusual courses like MBA in disaster management. What is your take on it? list out the advantages of such courses.
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