SPJIMR’s 1 Year Full Time MBA - PGPM Admissions Open for the Class of 2022; Offers unique Curriculum and International Immersion at Top US B-schools

MBAUniverse.com News Desk |
July 13, 2021
Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan's S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR) has opened admission process for its 1-year PGPM program from February 15 onwards. The Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) is offered to working professionals with a minimum of 5 years of relevant full-time work experience. A Rolling Admission process from March to September 2021 has been developed keeping in mind preferences of working executives
SPJIMR PGPM 1 Year MBA Admissions 2021

Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan's S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), one of India’s top B-schools, has opened admission process for its 1-year PGPM program from February 15, 2021. The Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) is offered to working professionals with a minimum of 5 years of relevant full-time work experience. A Rolling Admission process from March to September 2021 has been developed keeping in mind preferences of working executives. ​Apply for SPJIMR 1 Year MBA now

Before we talk about the PGPM program, let’s review key highlights of the B-school.

SPJIMR, a Top Ranked Internationally Accredited & Ranked B-School
SPJIMR is noted for its unique pedagogic innovations and pioneering programmes, which have helped the institute stand out for its distinctive path in management education. In addition to PGPM, SPJIMR offers highly reputed programmes like the two-year PGDM, Global Management Programme (GMP) and the Fellow Programme in Management (FPM).

SPJIMR joined the league of top global B-schools who are accredited by AACSB International in 2018. SPJIMR is highly ranked by leading International &Indian MBA Rankings:

  • SPJIMR is one of the six Indian business schools to make it to the QS Global MBA rankings for the year 2021. This is the fifth consecutive year that SPJIMR is on this elite list. SPJIMR is part of the 151-200 rankings bracket for the second consecutive year.
  • Ranked 3rd in India and 36th in the world by Financial Times Masters in Management Rankings 2021
  • Ranked No. 1 among private Indian b-schools and 4th in India by Business Today’s BT MRDA B-school Ranking 2020
  • Ranked 2nd in India by Outlook 2020
  • Ranked #4 in India by MBAUniverse.com B-School Ranking 2021
  • Ranked #4 in India by Business Today Rankings 2019
  • Ranked #18 in Govt of India MHRD NIRF Rankings 2020

PGPM - A Career Accelerator
SPJIMR offers a one-year MBA equivalent programme called the Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM) for working professionals. The programme is designed as a ‘Career Accelerator’ for executives with a minimum of five years of work experience.

PGPM is an AICTE approved programme, having a one-year full time, residential component, preceded by a 3 month off campus blended online learning component. As per AICTE rules, on successful completion of the Programme, the participants are awarded a ‘Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Executive)’.

On reviewing the academic rigour, batch profile, placements and other parameters, MBAUniverse.com found that SPJIMR’s 1-year PGPM is at par with the 1 Year MBA programmes offered by ISB Hyderabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Calcutta. Hence, SPJIMR’s PGPM is also referred to as 1 Year MBA programme in this article. A short comparison of SPJIMR with top one-year MBA programmes by IIMs and ISB is below.

SPJIMR PGPM Vs Top 1 Year MBA Programs
Based on the data, one can safely say that SPJIMR PGPM is among the top five one-year MBA programmes offered in India.

Top One Year Program    
Program Fee in Rs.
Placements: Avg Salary in Rs.
Average GMAT Score
IIM Bangalore: Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGP) (Now Renamed - MBA)
IIM Ahmedabad: Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (PGPX)
ISB Hyderabad: Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP)
IIM Calcutta: Post Graduate Programme for Executives (PGPEx) – (Now Renamed MBAEx)
SPJIMR Mumbai: Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM)

Source: MBAUniverse.com Research

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SPJIMR PGPM Admission 2021 Key Facts
This article will cover information in detail with the latest facts:

  1. Key strengths
  2. PGPM placements
  3. Fees
  4. Seats
  5. Eligibility and minimum work experience
  6. Admission process, last date to apply
  7. Programme overview
  8. Comparison with ISB, IIMs

Key strengths:

  • SPJIMR is ranked amongst the top B-schools in India and accredited by AACSBInternational.
  • Program offers International Immersion with top ranked Global Ivy League B-Schools (Cornell University, Michigan State University & University of Texas at Austin) wherein international alumni status is awarded on completion of the immersion.
  • Multiple Specializationsare available inMarketing, Finance, Information Management, Operations & Supply Chain.
  • Strong placements with highest salary at INR 43.06 LPA.
  • Innovative courses like DoCC (Development of Corporate Citizenship), Design Thinking (DT), Critical Thinking and Science of Spirituality are offered to participants.
  • SPJIMR has adopted a practice-oriented approach that gets Industry leaders into the classroom sessions.

With this background, let us check some key facts for the program.

PGPM Placements:
SPJIMR PGPM has consistently recorded excellent placements. The Class of 2019 was no exception. The batch saw participation from 69 companies, including many new companies.

Key highlights of SPJIMR PGPM Placement 2019 are:

  • Average Salary: Rs.18.38 LPA
  • Highest Salary: Rs.43.06 LPA
  • Top Recruiters: Accenture, Adani, Capgemini, Google, Atos Syntel, Swiggy, JDA, Vector Consulting, Udaan, Sapient, PWC, Genpact, HDFC Bank, Johnson & Johnson, HSBC, Mu Sigma, Experian, KPMG, Infosys, IBM, TCS, Mphasis.

Even in the COVID year 2020, the PGPM batch placements witnessed strong interest from leading companies and the average salary was higher than in 2019.

Compared to top IIMs, SPJIMR PGPM fee is highly affordable. PGPM Fees at SPJIMR is Rs. 19,90,000. This fee includes on campus accommodation & International Immersion with SC Johnson School of Business (Cornell University), Eli Broad School of Business (Michigan State University), and McCombs School of Business (University of Texas at Austin). The fee for the class 2022 is under revision.

Seats in PGPM
The approved intake as per AICTE for SPJIMR Mumbai one year PGPM is 180 seats. However, SPJIMR is highly selective in its intake. The current batch size is 130 students.

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Programme Architecture
The programme is targeted at professionals with minimum five years of full-time work experience. The programme offers specialization in Information Management, Operations, Marketing and Finance.

The programme comprises two phases:

  1. Three months Blended Web Learning (Off Campus)
  2. Twelve months full time residential learning (On campus). This will consist of two semesters of six months each.

The PGPM semester-1 focusses on Foundation and General Management courses and non-classroom activities. The semester-2 will concentrate on the specialization based on your interests. International Immersion is an integral part of semester two. It gives candidates an opportunity to pursue advanced courses in the chosen area of specialization with a top global B-school. Post International Immersion, a participant has the option of choosing credit courses from an array of electives which equips him to align the learning with career objectives.

International Immersion with Top Global B-schools
One of the highlights of PGPM program is the three-week long International Immersion module for 100% of the batch. Thisis a constantly updated, tailored curriculum offering an opportunity to pursue advanced courses in a chosen area of super specialization.PGPM students get Alumni Status and Course Credits for their studies at International B-Schools.

Courses are offered for each of the specializations at these top US B-schools:

  • Marketing: Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, New York, USA
  • Information Management: McCombs School of Business, the University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Finance: Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management, New York, USA
  • Operations & Supply Chain: Eli Broad College of Business Michigan State University, USA

SPJIMR One Year PGPM Admissions 2021
Before you go through the SPJIMR one-year PGPM admission process, please note the important dates for admission and application process.

Important dates

1 Year PGPM Admission Activity
Applications Open
February 15, 2021
Last Date to Apply 
August 15, 2021
Application Fee
GMAT/CAT Score submission last date
August 31, 2021
Personal Interviews for shortlisted candidates
From March to September 2021
Final Selection Announcement
Mid September 2021

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Admissions Process for PGPM Class 2022
The admission process for PGPM class 2022 has one important change. SPJIMR will not accept XAT score for PGPM admission 2021. You can apply with CAT and GMAT scores only. SPJIMR has created PGPM admission process keeping in mind the requirements of executives.

Here are the key highlights -

Rolling Admission Process
PGPM offers the facility of rolling admissions. Generally, there is a long waiting period between applying for a B school and hearing back from the B-schools to which you apply as applications are judged after the deadlines. With rolling admissions at SPJIMR, your application will be examined as soon as it is received. The result is that you are likely to hear from SPJIMR much in advance.

Early Offers
Along with rolling admissions, SPJIMR extends early offers to exceptionally bright candidates. This implies that if you are an outstanding candidate, you have an offer letter from PGPM, even before the last date of accepting applications has elapsed. Rolling admissions and early offers help you plan your transition from a full-time job to a B-school smoothly.

Interviews take place throughout the admission cycle, from the month of March to September. In the wake of the current COVID situation interviews will be conducted online.

Step by Step Guide to SPJIMR’sPGPM Admission Process

  • Step-1: Submit online application and pay application fees
  • Step-2: Candidates will be Shortlisted on the basis of the minimum eligibility criteria and details in the application form
  • Step-3: Call for interviews is sent for shortlisted candidates
  • Step-4: Case Study Analysis: Candidates are given a short essay/case to study and note down their points and/or solutions as per their comprehension and understanding of the given essay/case. 
  • Step-5: Personal Interview: Each candidate will go through at least two rounds of interviews in addition to the above. The first round of interview is to understand the link between candidates’s chosen area of specialization and their work experience. The second round of interview is to understand the candidate’s overall fit with the PGPM programme and with SPJIMR’s values and culture. The process seeks to delve in to the candidate’s future goals, personality aspects, and communication skills. 
  • Step-6: Final merit list is declared
  • Step-7: Selected candidates are required to make payment of fees
  • Step-8: Programme commences in early to mid-October

Eligibility Criteria for the Class of 2022
So who is eligible for applying for SPJIMR PGPM? Here are key eligibility criteria.

  1. A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with 50% marks from a recognized university
  2. Minimum 5 years of relevant (full time) work experience as on 1st October, 2021.
  3. Valid CAT or GMAT score (Can be submitted after the interview process)
  4. A consistent academic record

SPJIMR will accept scores for GMAT exam taken between August 15, 2016 and August 15, 2021 or CAT scores for years of 2018/2019 and 2020. SPJIMR does not conduct a separate entrance exam. Admission to PGPM course is through CAT/GMAT. 

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