One Year MBA In India

Why a one year MBA in India?

1. Shorter duration of the one year MBA in India has a lesser opportunity cost.

2. ROI benefit for mid level to senior level professionals.

3. Access to network

4. Adds brand and credibility

5. Learning from the class cohort.

What are the different one year MBA programs in India?

There are mainly two categories:

1. Full time one year MBA in India by ISB and IIM

2. Flexible Schedule EMBA or the one year distance MBA programs in India

Not sure where you fit? Check the resources on our website or connect with us.

IIM vs ISB is a common query. Click here to read more on how IIM compares to ISB.

What are the top one year MBA programs India offers?

From all the one year MBA programs India offers here are some that offer competitive value:

  1. ISB PGP one year MBA

  2. ISB PGPpro course

  3. ISB PGPMAX Executive MBA course

  4. ISB MFAB for Family Business Leaders

  5. IIM Ahmedabad Executive MBA - PGPX

  6. IIM Bangalore Executive MBA - EPGP

  7. IIM Calcutta Executive MBA - MBAEX

  8. IIM Lucknow Executive MBA - IPMX

  9. IIM Udaipur GSCM Executive MBA

  10. IIM Indore Executive MBA

  11. IIM Ranchi

  12. IIM Kozhikode Executive MBA

  13. SPJAIN Executive MBA course

  14. XLRI Executive MBA course

  15. NMIMS Executive MBA course

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Can a fresher apply to a one year MBA in India?

Yes, if you have recently graduated or are in the final year of graduation you can apply to a one year MBA in India through the ISB YLP process. ISB YLP is a deferred MBA program for fresher graduates. Deferred MBA programs have gained importance in the recent years as the value of doing an MBA post some years of work experience has gained traction. Through a deferred MBA admission, an applicant can secure admission to a top MBA course and join the class after completing 2 to 5 years of experience depending on the business school policies. These are highly competitive programs -

What if I have only one year of experience. Which one year MBA in India can I apply to?

For applicants with one year experience, currently there is only one of the MBA programs India offers - the ISB EEO. ISB EEO is the Indian School of Business Early Entry Option. The ISB EEO allows graduates with lesser experience to apply to the ISB MBA program, thus they can join the ISB MBA class when they complete two years of work experience. ISB MFAB is a program on family business management concepts by ISB Hyderabad.

I am confused now. What exactly is the eligibility of the one year MBA in India?​

You can choose a course depending on which experience range you fall under:

  1. No experience - apply for the Deferred MBA option - ISB YLP

  2. Less than 2 years of experience - apply for the Deferred MBA option - ISB EEO

  3. 2 + years of experience but less than 4 years of work experience - apply to ISB PGP MBA

  4. 4 years of experience but not completed 5 years of work experience - apply to ISB PGP MBA & IIM Ahmedabad PGPX

  5. 5 years of work experience and more - apply to any of the ISB PGP MBA, IIM Executive MBA, XLRI Executive MBA, SPJAIN Executive MBA, ISB PGPpro or ISB PGPMAX.  For more FAQs on Executive MBA from IIM click here.  Have a low GPA? Click here to read application strategies for you. Read here about executive MBA programs from ISB. Some FAQ on ISB MBA application process and FAQ on Executive MBA from IIM are available here for prospective applicants.

|    CLICK HERE if you are about to graduate |  CLICK HERE if you have 2 - 4 yrs work ex |

| CLICK HERE and CLICK HERE  if you have worked for 4 years + |

| CLICK HERE if you are looking for a flexible schedule MBA |

What else is required for the eligibility for one year MBA in India?

Except for the minimum years of experience, every school has a different perspective and expectation from the class cohort. One important component of the eligibility for one year MBA in India is the qualifying test.


Most programs require the GMAT score with the exception of the flexible schedule programs offered by ISB -

  1. The ISB PGPpro and



These are two programs which currently do not require the submission of the GRE or the GMAT score. Read here to know what you can expect from an online MBA.

Basically the eligibility for one year MBA in India for the full time programs definitely includes the GMAT or the GRE score to be submitted by the applicants. Letters of recommendation are an important part of your MBA application process.

Are there any other specialised courses except for one year MBA programs in India?

Depending on your career goals there are many other niche programs which offer you the benefits of :

  1. Advanced study in a specialised field,

  2. A curated curriculum to suit your needs and

  3. A selective peer network.

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Some of these niche programs except for the one year MBA programs in India are:

  1. ISB AMPBA - Advanced management program in business analytics

  2. ISB MFAB - ISB MBA in family business

  3. ISB PGPMAX - ISB Executive MBA for applicants with 10 - 25 years experience

How do I know whether I qualify for the institutes offering one year MBA in India?

Good question. That's why we are here. After assisting many students with their journey to a one year MBA program in India we have compiled different ways we can help you get there, depending on what stage of the application process you are. 

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How I aced my IIM Executive MBA admission journey?

Interviewing our admit to IIMB Executive MBA we enquired about the key points in the process and insights for other applicants:

Q1 Please discuss your profile briefly.

I am primarily responsible for subsurface operations in an offshore field in a PSU. As part of the job, I am also responsible for planning and execution along with implementation of development projects in the field. This also involves assessing techno-economic viability of the same.  I am also responsible for projections, budgeting, resource planning in operation of oil and gas fields. In that regard, I am involved in Short, Mid and Long term projections estimation of oil and gas fields.


Q2 How did  you shortlist the schools to apply to? What were the key points that you were looking for? What resources did you refer to while making the decision for an Executive MBA from IIM.

Primary reasons to shortlist the Executive MBA from IIM:

1. Ranking and Brand Value

2. Location

3. Kind of resources available and courses in the course

4. Cost of the course and possible returns 


Resources I usually referred to:

1. mbaMission

2. GMATclub

3. Networking with seniors and peers

4. Financial Times ranking (and methodology).


Q3 What do you think was the most important decision you took during your application process? And Why?

The most important decision was to stick to premier Indian schools while applying to ISB and Executive MBA from IIM. Primary reason for the same was the course methodology and ranking along with the costs involved. Foreign courses tend to be more expensive.  In this regard I also decided that I don't want to settle abroad.


Q4 What was the most challenging part of submitting your application to different schools? Please discuss how you handled these? Any pointers for future applicants?

The most difficult part was preparing the right pointers for the essays and profile preparation. Even though I knew what I had done, to capture it in the succinct manner top B-schools desire was a challenge.  For future applicants: The application process to ISB and Executive MBA from IIM is not a one man show. Your application will definitely not be complete if you finish it without discussing the points. Talk to friends, family, peers, seniors or a consultant while finalising.


Q5 What was the interview experience like? 

I had given only 2 interviews in my life before B-school interviews got lined up. So I did feel a bit handicapped in that regard and I referred the ample resources available in the public domain regarding that.  I also took help of Goalisb in that regard.  In my opinion, It is better to not feel too well prepared for the interview. I realized that most of the interviews are stress interviews and if standard answers are given during the stress situations, one loses out in standing out. Handling stress situations must a bit extempore and that shows ingenuity to the interviewees also


Q6 What are some myths that every applicant must leave behind before they start the application process?

It is a myth if you think that your profile is not really up to the mark.  The school selection criterion whether ISB or Executive MBA from IIM are a mix of GMAT, profile, essays, how the application has been prepared, extra-curricular and also interviews.


Q7 Any suggestions for future applicants as you have been there, done that successfully!

Be confident of your decision to do an MBA. As a current convert, I really feel I should have been more confident in handling situations during the finalisation and application process.  Click here for resources on GMAT verbal strategies on Modifiers, Gerunds and participles and   word pairs.  Ready to apply? Get a checklist for your MBA application and MBA interview preparation.  Looking for courses in MBA without the GMAT or the CAT, check this resource.

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