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Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad 2023 - 24

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IIM Ahmedabad Ranking:

 62 position in FT MBA ranking 2022

46 position in the QS Global MBA Rankings: Global 2022

NIRF Rank for IIM Ahmedabad is 1

IIMA PGPX Deadlines 2023 - 24

IIMA PGPX Round 1 : 20 June 2022 to 22 August 2022

IIMA PGPX Round 2 : 5 September 2022 to 28 October 2022

IIMA PGPX Round 3 : 7 November 2022 to 12 December 2022

Executive MBA at IIM Ahmedabad eligibility, fees, placements

Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad Eligibility

  • Minimum work experience of 4 years

  • Minimum age to apply is 25 years

  • Minimum bachelors degree or equivalent in any discipline.

  • Average Age: 31 years

  • Average GMAT : 701

  • Average work experience: 8 years 3 months

  • Average GRE score: 323


Get in touch with an IIM admission consultant at GOALisB for application assistance.

Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad fees

  • Fees for Round 1 application: 

    • INR 5000/-

  • Fees for Round 2 application: 

    • INR 7500/-

  • Fees for Round 3 application:

    • INR 9000/-

  • Executive MBA at IIM Ahmedabad Fees for Single accommodation:

    • INR 30,00,000/-

  • Executive MBA at IIM Ahmedabad fees for Married accommodation:

    • INR 32,00,000/-

Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad Placemenets

  • The placement committee is headed by students.

  • The mean fixed yearly cash component offered during the Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad placements  was INR 26,26,071 in 2021.

  • General management was the highest recruited function, followed by operations, IT, marketing, consulting etc.

Read more details about placements at IIMA PGPX.

Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad Application Process

How can I get into IIMA PGPX?

  1. The admission process for IIMA PGPX is conducted in three rounds.

  2. Applicants can apply to the IIMA PGPX in any of the three rounds.

  3. Submit test scores (GMAT / GRE), essays and personal interviews.

  4. No recommendation letters are required for submitting the Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad application.

  5. Application to IIMA PGPX is a two-stage process. First the applicants submit an online form and they are short-listed for the Personal Interview.

  6. The short-listed candidates are expected to submit essays on specific topics, within the stipulated time period.

  7. Following are the essay topics for the previous application cycle 2022 - 23:

  8. IIMA PGPX Essay 1​ - Can you walk us through some of the challenges you faced in your work life? Please describe how you were able to overcome them. (500 words) ​Or ​Can you walk us through some challenges you faced in the last three years of your work life? (500 words)​

  9. IIMA PGPX Essay 2​ - Tell us what is special about you, which would make you a good addition to the classroom? (500 words)​

  10. IIMA PGPX Essay 3​ - What do the next five years mean to you in terms of your career? (500 words)​ Or What will a management degree bring to you at this stage of your career? (500 words)

  11. The eligibility criteria for the IIMA PGPX selection are enumerated as below:

  1. A Bachelor's Degree or equivalent in any discipline i.e. fulfilling a minimum of 15 years of education.

  2. Minimum age of 25 years as on 31st March 2023.

  3. A valid GMAT/GRE score (GMAT and GRE scores are valid for 5 years)

    IIMA PGPX code for submitting the official GMAT score : CQQ-RR-60

  4. IIMA PGPX code for submitting the official GRE score : 4432/2237

  5. Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad requires a minimum 4 years of full-time work experience after completion of graduation as on March 31, 2023

What is the IIMA PGP Interview?

The interview panel evaluates the candidates on the following parameters:

  1. Work experience

  2. Achievements and progress in career,

  3. Academic focus,

  4. Leadership potential,

  5. Interpersonal skills

  • More Executive MBA from IIM Programs:

  1. Executive MBA from IIM Bangalore: EPGP

  2. Executive MBA from IIM Calcutta: MbaEx

  3. Executive MBA from IIM Lucknow: IPMX

  4. Executive MBA from IIM Kozhikode: PGP-BL

IIMA PGPX application process


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Shruti Mam has been a perfect mentor in my MBA application process. The various brainstorming sessions with her helped me in identifying my strengths and learnings from my past experiences. The personal interest she takes in getting to know once background helps in portraying once true self in the essays. She is always a phone call away to help us in case of any difficulties and goes the extra mile to answer our questions. During the interview preparations, she guides you to prepare for the worst scenario that can unfold on that day and how to handle such situations. Her guidance and mentorship helped me in getting an admit in the IIM A PGPX course and would highly recommend Shruti Mam to anyone who needs help in their MBA applications.

Sandeep Aggarwal IIMA PGPX

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I reached out to Shruti in July’21 to help me with my application for IIM Ahmedabad MBA PGPX and guess what – I made it...!! I had little idea about how to write the application and essays, and that is where Shruti came in. She was an amazing mentor to me throughout my IIMA application journey. She very well knows that what B-schools look for in a candidate’s application. Shruti and I had multiple brainstorming sessions in which she helped me to bring out the best qualities in my profile by carefully reflecting upon my past experiences and and guided me to write them in a structured manner in my essays. Shruti is also a very approachable and flexible person. I remember calling her for discussions at odd hours after wrapping up my office work and she was kind enough to take out time for discussions even on short notice. I strongly recommend her for any of the B-school consultations.

Rahul Malhotra IIMA PGPX

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I contacted Shruti mam for application assistance for ISB and other IIM A/B Executive MBA's Her in-depth subject knowledge and thorough understanding in the domain of MBA admissions helped me to secure a admits from IIM Ahmedabad for PGPX Co23 & IIM Calcutta MBAex Co23
Her persistence & thorough analysis of my profile through several rounds of introspection helped me carve out niche aspects of my profile and put it out with much more confidence during the application
Her ability to strike out a USP in your profile out of simplest of things in unparalleled. I also underwent several rounds of Mock interviews with her and most B schools interviews literally mirrored the mocks. I strongly recommend her for any of the B-school consultations.

FAQ Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad

​How good is the Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad?

Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad is definitely good because of the following 10 reasons:

  1. Rigorous academic focus of IIM Ahmedabad.

  2. Diverse class group comprising professionals from different industries like automobiles, education, aviation, oil and natural gas, defence, IT, IT services, finance, healthcare, consulting, manufacturing, agriculture etc.

  3. Offers career growth to graduates as managers, CXOs, entrepreneurs and industry leaders.

  4. Strong alumni network of 33000 plus at IIM Ahmedabad and the one year program alumni of around 1500 plus.

  5. IIM Ahmedabad ranks in the top business schools in India for full time MBA programs in the QS World University rankings.

  6. In terms of career progression the IIMA PGPX ranks amongst the top 5 programs in the Financial Times.

  7. IIM Ahmedabad is a top tier institute which releases the placement records after audits by an independent agency.

  8. Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad program is designed as a leading program offering general management principles as well as focused domain knowledge.

  9. The IIMA Faculty is accomplished and renowned the world over. There is no doubt that the students gain knowledge from the best.

  10. IIMA PGPX has International tie ups with UBC Sauder, Canada; Warwick Business School, UK; ESCP, Europe; ESADE Business School, Spain; Peking University, China; The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR for the International immersion.

Does Executive MBA have placements?

There are two kinds of Executive MBA programs in India:

  1. Full time Executive MBA - offers placements

  2. Part time or weekend Executive MBA - usually does not offer placements

How are the placements at IIMA PGPX? Does IIM provide placement for Executive MBA?

5 most important aspects of placements at Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad:

  1. Yes, IIM Executive MBA provides placements. IIMA PGPX is ranked amongst the top MBA programs for career progression by FInancial Times.

  2. Placement process is led by the student place com - placement committee with proactive assistance from IIMA placement cell.

  3. Regular workshops, coaching sessions and speaker series are arranged by IIM Ahmedabad to help students prepare for placements.

  4. Top recruiters at IIMA PGPX placements are: Abbott India, AB InBev, Honeywell, Aditya Birla, Adidas, Bank of America, Oracle, PWC, EY, ICICI Bank, Goldman Sachs, Infosys, RPG Group, Gartner, McKinsey, Microsoft etc.

  5. Till 2020 the highest percentage of placements were offered by the ITES sector, followed by Consulting, BFSI, E-commerce, Logistics, Pharmaceutical industries at IIMA PGPX placements.

Here is the function wise percentage of placements at IIMA PGPX over 2019, 2020 and 2021 to help you understand how placements are at IIMA PGPX:

  1. BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - In 2019 - 4.4% , in 2020 - nil and  in 2021 - 7.6%

  2. CONSULTING - In 2019 - 13.16%,  in 2020 - 12.5% and in 2021 - 7.6%

  3. FINANCE - In 2019 - 4.4%, In 2020 - 3.33% and in 2021 - 7.6%

  4. GENERAL MANAGEMENT - In 2019 - 19.3%, in 2020 - 15.83% and in 2021 - 28.57%

  5. MARKETING/ SALES - In 2019 - 13.16%, in 2020 - 20% and in 2021 - 9.24%

  6. OPERATIONS/ SUPPLY CHAIN - In 2019 - 13.16%, in 2020 - 20% and in 2021 - 15.12%

  7. SYSTEM/ IT - In 2019 - 20.18%, in 2020 - 12.5% and in 2021 - 8.4%

  8. STRATEGY - In 2019 - 4.3%, in 2020 - 7.5% and in 2021 - 5.88%

  9. RESEARCH & ADVISORY - In 2019 - 0.88%, in 2020 - 0.83% and in 2021 - nil

  10. HR - In 2019 - Nil. in 2020 - 1.67% and in 2021 - 0.84%


  12. OTHERS like Mergers and acquisitions, CEO office, data analytics - In 2020 - 5.83%

Is GMAT score required for Executive MBA? Is GMAT score required for executive MBA?

Yes, GMAT score is required to be submitted for Executive MBA at IIM admission process. Some Executive MBA programs in India accept admissions without the GMAT or the GRE score like the ISB Executive MBA. Full time programs in Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad, Executive MBA from IIM Bangalore, ISB MBA accept both the GMAT and the GRE score, however Executive MBA from IIM Calcutta accepts only the GMAT score for admissions.

Is CAT valid for executive MBA?

The CAT score is not required for applying to IIMA PGPX or IIMB EPGP or IIMC MBAEX. The CAT score is only accepted as one of the test scores for Executive MBA from IIM Kozhikode PGP-BL, IIM Udaipur, IIM Rohtak, IIM Amritsar Executive MBA programs.

How much GMAT score is required for IIM Ahmedabad?

In the year 2021-22 the average GMAT score for IIM Ahmedabad PGPX was 701. 

The average GRE score in 2021-22 admissions cycle was 323.

What is the cut off for Executive MBA in IIM?

  1. There is no cut off for Executive MBA in IIM for the GMAT or the GRE scores or the grades in education.

  2. The minimum cut off age of application is 25 years as on the 31st March of the year in which the PGPX programme commences.

How difficult is it to get into IIM Executive MBA? Is it easy to get into IIM Executive MBA?

IIM Executive MBA is quite a competitive program. The applicants are selected in three rounds which comprise the application, essays and the interview. None of these is easy to crack. Thorough preparation and hard work helps ace the IIM Executive MBA admission process.

5 reasons why it is difficult to get into IIM Executive MBA:

  1. The batch size is limited which means that the applicants are competing for a very small number of seats in every application round. 

  2. IIM Executive MBA focusses on a diverse cohort intake. This makes the IIM Executive MBA difficult to get into because the intake becomes very selective.

  3. The target GMAT or the GRE scores are tough to crack.

  4. The multi step selection process makes the selection at every step limited.

  5. The interview process at most IIM Executive MBA programs is conducted by the faculty members so the performance bar is set high. 

Does an Executive MBA have the same value as a full time MBA? Which is better PGP or PGPX?

Let's evaluate the Executive MBA - PGPX and the full time MBA - PGP in terms of the 5 main criteria:

  1. Career Progression: The executive MBA from IIM - PGPX and full time MBA programs from IIM - PGP both offer excellent career progression, they are rated among the top business programs in the financial times ranking for Master in Management programs as well as one year MBA programs.

  2. Knowledge: Both the executive MBA at IIM Ahmedabad - PGPX and the full time MBA - PGP award MBA degrees. In terms of knowledge and the curriculum rigorous both the programs are equally superior.

  3. Industry Recognition:  In terms of industry recognition both the Executive MBA from IIM - PGPX and full time MBA - PGP are equally renowned as the institutes are also well known across domains. 

  4. Access to opportunities: Graduates of Executive MBA from IIM - PGPX and full time program from IIM - PGP both get access to opportunities for top tier school graduates. They can apply for opportunities according to their fit with the job descriptions.

  5. Alumni Status: The alumni status awarded to the top tier Executive MBA from IIM program - PGPX and the full time program - PGP students is comparable. 

IIMA PGPX placements
How good is IIMA PGPX?
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GMAT score for IIMA PGPX

Updates from  IIMA PGPX:

1. May 2022 updates from IIMA PGPX:

The 17th cohort of PGPX was welcomed during an inauguration ceremony. The students were welcomed by Professor Errol D'Souza, Director of IIM Ahmedabad, Professor Pradyumana Khokle, Dean (Programs), Professor Viswanath Pingali, Chairperson, PGPX, Executive Committee members, and other academic members.

2. June 2022 update from IIMA PGPX:

Businesses today are facing an upheaval in their paradigm, experiencing rapid expansion, spanning regions, and offering unique solutions. Through its risk capital and company transformation capabilities, private equity is playing a critical role in pushing this expansion. 

Students from the PGPX One-Year Full-Time MBA Class of 2022 have begun their post-MBA journey with Eques Capital, a private equity firm that specialises in business restructuring and acceleration. At Eques, they will be a member of the Strategy & Business Transformation team.

3. April 2022 update from IIMA PGPX:

On April 13, 2022, IIMA PGPX will hold its 57th Annual Convocation.

4. March 2022 update from IIMA PGPX:

Two PGPX teams have advanced to the final six of the "IIMA Endowment Fund 'Best Start-up Pitch' and presented to a distinguished jury of industry and academic luminaries. We congratulate team Hopnob (Parul Vashist and Varun Jhaveri) and team Maati (Ashwini Malaiya, Aryan Singh, and Shivinder Chandok) on their accomplishments and wish them further success.

5. November 2021 update from Executive MBA from IIM Ahmedabad:

In collaboration with Janani, the Healthcare SIG of MBA-PGPX, IIM Ahmedabad. On D2C, Life is delighted to present "Level Up - Season 1."  The MBA-PGPX, IIM Ahmedabad's main yearly case competition is called Level Up. This year, participants will have the opportunity to work on real-world, one-of-a-kind business challenges in the health and wellness industry.

6. October 2021 update from IIMA PGPX:

The action-packed Xpressions '21, the annual PGPX alumni reunion, was held on October 24, 2021, and included events such as: 

Prof. Saral Mukherjee's master class 

2. Networking at a High Rate 

3. Panel discussions with industry experts 

4. Night of Trivia

Does IIM Ahmedabad offer Executive MBA?

Yes, IIM Ahmedabad offers the Executive MBA which is the IIMA PGPX. This is a one year full time residential MBA for professionals with a minimum work experience of 4 years.

When did IIMA PGPX start?

IIMA PGPX was launched in 2006.

Which IIM is best for Executive MBA?

Ascertaining the eligibility is important when one suggests which IIM is best for executive MBA. Once you have confirmed that, it is safe to assume that IIM Executive MBA programs are definitely equipped to address the demands of the Indian Industry. As far as the career growth you can expect a hike in the roles and responsibilities and the opportunities once you have qualified the IIM Executive MBA.

  1. IIM A PGPX ranks 62 in FT MBA 2022 ranking and IIM Ahmedabad ranks 1 according to the NIRF ranking amongst Indian management programs.

  2. IIM B EPGP ranks 53 in the FT MBA 2022 ranking report. According to the NIRF report IIM Bangalore ranks 2 amongst Indian Business schools.

  3. IIM C MBAEX ranks 68 in the FT MBA 2022 ranking report. IIM Calcutta ranks 3 in the NIRF ranking for business schools in India.

Is IIM better or ISB?

IIM and ISB are both leading schools in India offering one Year MBA programs. ISB vs IIM has been discussed in detail in our blog. The two programs have different batch size, class composition, cost of the program etc, due to which the individual preference of any professional towards any programs out of ISB or IIM would be quite different. It is best to connect for a profile evaluation with an expert MBA admission consultant.

Who can pursue Executive MBA?

Executive MBA programs are designed for working professionals or professionals who have substantial work experience. Executive MBA programs differ in format i.e. they can be full time or part time programs. Executive MBA from IIM is a full time program and the ISB Executive MBA programs are weekend/ part time programs.

Is EMBA degree valid?

Validity of the EMBA degree is different for different institutions. It is best to check the accretions of the institution offering the EMBA program to confirm the extent of validity.

What is MBA age limit?

There is no age limit for the MBA programs however, for the sake of class diversity and inclusiveness every business school has a range of age groups they prefer according to the previous class profile or the design of the program content.

Why is IIM Ahmedabad fees so high?

IIM Ahmedabad is a world ranked and a program of repute in India and Asia. Delivering this highly ranked program in a great infrastructure, getting the best faculty together, case studies and the International learning environment for the students does add to the cost of the program at IIM Ahmedabad.

Is IIM Ahmedabad shortlist 2022 out?

Yes, the IIM Ahmedabad shortlists for 2022 have been released. The next cycles for the IIMA PGPX program intake will start in June 2022.

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