IMT Ghaziabad opens Phase II Applications for PGDM 2017-19: will close on Feb 5 for XAT & on Jan 28 for other test takers

| 06 Jan 2017 0855 IST

IMT Ghaziabad today announced the opening of Phase-II applications for admission to PGDM 2017-19 and proposes to close it on Jan 28 for CAT 2016, CMAT 2017, GMAT and on Feb 5 for XAT 2017 test takers
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Applicants appreciated the qualitative changes that we've brought about in the IMT selection process this year Dr Atish Chattopadhyay Director, IMT Ghaziabad

IMT Ghaziabad, India’s premier management school with a distinct focus on Innovation, Execution and Social Responsibility, today announced the opening of Phase II Applications for the 2017 intake of 2-year Full-time Postgraduate Programmes at Ghaziabad, Nagpur, Dubai and Hyderabad Campuses. The Phase I applications got closed on December 1, 2016 and witnessed a significant increase in the numbers as compared to last year.

The online application portal can be accessed at Applications have opened today on January 5, 2017.

Different closing dates for CAT 2016 & XAT 2017 test takers
IMT application process for applicants with score in CAT 2016; GMAT (taken between January 1, 2013 – March 31, 2017); CMAT 2017 (For IMT Nagpur and Hyderabad only) will close on January 28, 2017.

For applicants with XAT 2017 Scores the last date to apply at IMT Ghaziabad is February 5, 2017.

IMT selection process
Earlier in 2016, IMT had announced a qualitative shift in the selection process for the 2017 intake in order to recruit the ‘IMT-Fit’ candidates. Abbreviated as CT–GE–PI, the new selection process comprises - a Critical Thinking Test (CT); a Group Exercise (GE); and a Personal Interview (PI). The process aims at achieving the best fit with the core IMT values of Innovation, Execution and Social Responsibility while offering admission to the students.

Programmes offered
The above admission process is for the following 2-year Full-time Postgraduate Programmes:

IMT Ghaziabad
Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), AICTE Approved and AACSB Accredited, equivalent to an MBA programme.

IMT Nagpur
Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), AICTE Approved programme

IMT Hyderabad
Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM), AICTE Approved programme

IMT Dubai (UAE)
Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme duly approved by UAE Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR)

PGDM – Dual Country Programme (DCP)
PGDM Dual Country Programme (DCP) is a 2 years full time programme. The year 1 will be at IMT Dubai and Year 2 at IMT Ghaziabad. The programme is AICTE Approved and AACSB Accredited
Applicants can fill the online application form at

Eligibility Criteria
To apply for admission to IMT Ghaziabad, the candidate must be a graduate with 50% or equivalent pass marks and must have appeared in at least one of the following exams CAT (2016), XAT (2017), and GMAT (2013 onwards).

For IMT Nagpur and Hyderabad CMAT 2017 scores are also acceptable. For IMT, Dubai, applicants must have an undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s degree) from an accredited university with a CGPA of 3.0 and above on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent (50%+ overall average). Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take an English Proficiency Test. The minimum required score for TOEFL is 550 (paper-based) and 80 (internet based) or an IELTS band of 6.0.

How to apply
To apply to IMT an applicant must complete the online ‘Application Form’. There is one common Application Form for all four campuses - Ghaziabad, Nagpur, Hyderabad and Dubai. 

On the Application Form the candidate must provide educational qualifications, contact details, etc. After completing the form, the applicant can make payment of application fee of Rs. 2000/- online or by demand draft. 

Selection Process
IMT will shortlist the candidates for the CT–GE–PI based on their best available scores in CAT/XAT/GMAT for IMT Ghaziabad and CAT/XAT/GMAT/CMAT for Nagpur and Hyderabad.
The CT–GE–PI will be conducted in February 2017 at Ghaziabad, Nagpur, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Kolkata.

PI round with 3 components 
IMT has made a very significant change in the selection process of candidates who are “IMT-fit”. The new process is called the Critical Thinking, Group Exercise and Personal Interview (CT-GE-PI) process.

IMT will conduct the CT-GE-PI process in February 2017 for shortlisted candidates from the IMT Common Application form for its final selection process.

Critical Thinking Test (CT)
After arrival and registration of the shortlisted candidates, there will be a 30 minute long Critical Thinking Test, which will evaluate the candidate on three parameters – critical thinking, written communication skills and innovation & creativity.

Group Exercise (GE)
After the critical thinking test, the candidates will be formed into small groups and will perform a Group Exercise. Each group will be given a problem to solve or a task to perform, which they must do together with discussion among group members. This will take approximately 30 minutes and will evaluate the candidate on four parameters – contribution of ideas, leadership potential, interpersonal skills and communication and attitude.

Personal Interview (PI)
After the Group Exercise, each candidate will go through a personal interview of approximately 15 minutes, during which he/she will be evaluated on 4 parameters – domain knowledge (academic orientation), communication skills, versatility, relevance of work experience (if applicable), and values & maturity.

Sample questions for CT-GE
Sample question papers for the CT and GE can be downloaded from

Final Admission offer
The final merit of each candidate will be a cumulative weighted average of the Academic Scores, Performance in CT–GE–PI, Overall Candidate Profile, and Work Experience (if applicable).

Important Dates

Online Common Applications (Phase II) Open

Jan 5, 2017

Applications Close for Applicants with CAT/GMAT/CMAT Scores

Jan 28, 2017

Applications Close for Applicants with XAT Scores

Feb 5, 2017


Feb 2017

Commenting on the Phase II applications and the new selection process, Director, IMT Ghaziabad Dr Atish Chattopadhyay said, “The application numbers from Phase I are very encouraging and show a significant increase compared to previous year. It only reinforces that the applicants appreciated the qualitative changes that we’ve brought about in the IMT selection process this year. I am sure that the new process will be very instrumental in meeting the changing recruiter needs and student expectations while identifying future IMTians who resonate with the core IMT values of Innovation, Execution and Social Responsibility.”

IMT Ghaziabad is one of the premier B schools in the country and has recently been awarded the most prestigious AACSB accreditation. It has been consistency ranked among top 10 by various credible ranking agencies like Business Today, Business World, CRISIL and has extensive and exclusive industry partnerships in the B school arena today.

IMT has 3 other campuses apart from IMT Ghaziabad namely IMT Nagpur, IMT Hyderabad and its international campus at Dubai. The IMT group offers its students the best-in-class management education and industry knowledge. The institute transforms its students into global business leaders who are capable of handling big roles within business, social, economic, political, and cultural contexts.

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