IIM Kozhikode is first IIM to offer 2 Year Liberal Studies PGP for preparing holistic People Managers; Last date – March 31

MBAUniverse.com News Desk |
March 4, 2020
IIM Kozhikode has launched 2 years full time Post Graduate Program in Liberal Studies & Management (PGP-LSM), an innovative program to prepare future managers by enabling them to acquire emotional, cultural, and creative intelligence. IIMK is the first IIM to offer an MBA in Liberal Studies & Management. Fresh graduates with 50% marks with valid score in CAT 2019 /GRE/GMAT can apply for admission. The last date to apply online is March 31, 2020
IIM Kozhikode MBA in Liberal Studies and Management

One of the top six IIMs, the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) has launched a two year full time innovative Post Graduate Program in Liberal Studies & Management (PGP-LSM). IIM Kozhikode is the first IIM to offer an MBA in Liberal Studies & Management. Applications for admissions to PGP-LSM are open and will be accepted online till March 31, 2020. IIM Kozhikode PGP- LSM Admission 20-22 Batch Apply Now

Announcing the launch of IIMK’s PGP LSM, Prof Debashis Chatterjee, Director IIM Kozhikode said, “The scientific method of teaching and learning alone is not sufficient for preparing future managers. There is a dire need for an alternative form of management education. PGP-LSM is an initiative of IIM Kozhikode to equip the future managers with the earnestness to deal with human beings with equal effectiveness.”

With this vision to innovate and excel in business education, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode has introduced Post Graduate Program in Liberal Studies & Management (PGP-LSM).

PGP LSM Program USPs

  • The program is designed to integrate and equip participants to pursue careers in managerial roles in marketing, human resource management, media, social enterprise, hospitality, healthcare or in other people facing roles. These are the roles that require a holistic perspective and ‘Diversity of thoughts’ which PGP-LSM aims to develop
  • PGP-LSM is a unique offering, with the primary objective to prepare future managers by enabling them to acquire emotional, cultural, and creative intelligence
  • The PGP-LSM is a two-year (six term) full time programme that provides in-depth coverage in terms of lessons from liberal studies and core management principles in the first year followed by advanced courses and electives in the second year.
  • The programme also has a module on International and Rural immersion that the participants need to engage with in term IV (second year).
  • Master’s thesis in term VI (second year) is another unique feature of the course.
  • IIM Kozhikode will also provide assistance for internship and final placements.

PGP-LSM: Career Opportunities
Career opportunities on completion of PGP-LSM program exist in the areas of Business, Social Enterprises, Healthcare, Hospitality, Service Industry among others.

IIM Kozhikode Placements
PGP-LSM Batch classes are yet to commence. IIM Kozhikode will provide assistance in placement for PGP-LSM students. The recent placement 2020 for the flagship PGP batch at IIM Kozhikode has recorded higher salary packages from top recruiters. IIM Kozhikode PGP- LSM Admission 20-22 Batch Apply Now

Placement 2020: Highlights

  • Average salary up by 12%, goes up to Rs.23.08LPA from Rs.20.6 LPA last year
  • Median salary up by 12.4%, increased to Rs.20.8 LPA from 18.5 LPA last year
  • Top 50% of the students bagged an average CTC of 26.69 LPA, a 12.5% increase from the last year
  • Largest batch size of 418 students
  • 5 students opted out of the placement process
  • 22.4% Rise in Number of Recruiters
  • 131 total recruiters
  • 48 new recruiters
  • Top recruiters include Accenture, Amazon, Asian Paints, Bain & Co., Bajaj Auto, BCG, Capgemini,  Cognizant, Deloitte, EY, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, HUL, JPMorgan, Microsoft, Nomura, Pidilite, PwC, Reliance, RPG, Samsung, Sony, TAS, TATA Sky, Tolaram Read More

Fully Residential Program
PGP-LSM at IIM Kozhikode is a completely residential program. Boarding and Lodging will be provided to all the students

PGP-LSM Program fee
The 2 years PGP Liberal Studies & Management program fee is Rs.15,00,000 at IIM Kozhikode.

Important Dates for Admission

Online application opened
5th February, 2020
Last date for submission of application
31st March 2020
Written test/Interviews dates
During April / May 2020
Declaration of results
May / June 2020
Classes commence
July 2020
Course conclude
March 2022

PGP LSM Admission Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must hold a duly recognized bachelor’s degree/post-graduate in any discipline with minimum 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.
  • The applicant must also possess a valid score in CAT 2019 /GRE/ GMAT
  • SC/ST/PWD candidates are allowed a relaxation of 5% in the minimum mandated marks.
  • The candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply. IIM Kozhikode PGP- LSM Admission 20-22 Batch Apply Now

Admission process
IIM Kozhikode will adopt a three-stage selection process for the admissions to PGP-LSM:  Stage-I (Online application), Stage-II (Shortlisting of the candidates), Stage-III (Writing Ability Test and Personal Interview). IIM Kozhikode PGP- LSM Admission 20-22 Batch Apply Now

The three stage admission process consists of following steps:

  • Step 1: Registration of candidates meeting the minimum eligibility criteria
  • Step 2: Shortlisting for Personal Interview (PI), and Writing Task. The IIM Kozhikode faculty committee will review the online applications and a shortlist of candidates in each category will be prepared based on their CAT/GRE/GMAT score, academic performance, work experience and gender diversity score.
  • Step 3: Final Shortlist. The short-listed candidates will have to appear for the Writing Task, followed by a Personal Interview (PI).

WAT & PI Centers in Final Selection
IIM Kozhikode will conduct WAT & PI process in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Kozhikode.

How to Apply for Admission?
Application process is online. The application should be submitted with an application fee of Rs. 2000/- to be paid online along with application submission. IIM Kozhikode PGP- LSM Admission 20-22 Batch Apply Now

PGP LSM Admission

IIM Kozhikode Cut off & Shortlisting Criteria for PGP-LSM
A category wise shortlist will be prepared based on Aggregate Index Score (AIS). The AIS is computed on the basis of performance in the verbal section of entrance exam (CAT/GMAT/GRE), academic performance in class X & XII, work experience and gender diversity score

Minimum Cut offs for Shortlisting
The candidates should meet the following minimum cut off percentile score in CAT 2019, GMAT, GRE  exams

Other Sections

Important Note on Sectional Cut Offs


  1. For those who appeared in CAT 2019, ‘Verbal’ means ‘Verbal Ability and reading Comprehension (VARC)’ section
  2. For those who have taken GMAT/GRE, ‘Verbal’ implies ‘Verbal Reasoning’ Section

Other Sections

  1. For those who appeared in CAT 2019, ‘Other Sections’ include ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA)’ sections
  2. For those who have taken GMAT/GRE, ‘Other sections’ imply ‘Quantitative Reasoning’ Section

5% Weightage to Female Candidates
A weightage of 5% will be awarded to candidates who are either a female or transgender while shortlisting the candidates for the WAT & PI round

IIM Kozhikode joined the family of IIMs in 1996 with its first PGP batch of 42 students in 1997 and has grown over the years with a batch strength of 356 odd students making it the fastest growing management school in the country. IIM Kozhikode has a strong International Exchange Programme for students and faculty with several leading Management Institutes in EU and ASEAN countries like SDA Bacconi, Jonkoping, Sweden, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, ESCAP-EAP, France; University of Queensland, Austria, Victoria University of Wellington among others.

IIM Kozhikode is ranked 8th in the MHRD NIRF 2019 Rankings and 9th in MBAUniverse.com Rankings 2020 among top 100 B-schools in India. Accredited by AMBA, IIM Kozhikode is housed in the most picturesque and oxy-rich campuses in the country. The infrastructure includes air-conditioned classrooms, guest care areas and LAN/WAN connectivity. It is considered as one of the most efficient Institutions in the country.

IIM Kozhikode is led by its Director Dr Debashis Chatterjee, a pioneer in the field of Asian models in leadership. He is credited with transforming IIM Kozhikode from an obscure regional school to an institution of national impact and global recognition.

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