Post Graduate Program – Business Leadership (PGP BL)

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IIM Kozhikode: Indian Institute of Management

Post Graduate Program – Business Leadership (PGP BL)
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INR 22,50,000
12 Months
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Course Highlights
  • The one year full time residential PGP- Business Leadership at IIM Kozhikode is a Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) programme meant for the candidates with minimum 3 years of quality work experience after graduation. 
  • IIM Kozhikode 1 Year PGP in Business Leadership is a uniquely designed management programme aimed at shaping young graduates into potential business leaders. PGP-BL is specially crafted to combine academic instruction with global exposure, and deep sensitization to critical aspects of leadership and responsible business, fashioned through a development regime that enables personalized learning and reflection.
  • This programme aims to provide industry 'on a platter', well-rounded managers with strong leadership potential - Capable, confident, multi-dimensional, empathetic, mindful and values-centric future leaders who can 'hit the ground running'. The coursework is rigorous and relevant and encourages practical application. At the core, the PGP-BL program will have an academic instruction capsule that will provide young professionals with a condensed/intense dosage of domain knowledge in all the critical and essential aspects of business
  • A global immersion module combines an international business school experience as well as industry exposure in other countries. Partner organizations that will facilitate student working on live in-course or across-term projects, in domains that can also be students' specialization preferences
  • The Program has a capstone module that includes a structured orientation to the key attributes of ethical and responsible business. PGP-BL relies significantly on experiential learning and balancing insights from both practice and research. A module on 'The Practice of Holistic living' provides students the necessary space for reflection and discovery and encourage them to challenge status quo.
  • Live projects, structured as an extended but punctuated engagement, with a panel of partner firms is an integral feature of the program. This will facilitate action research, continued live engagement on managerial problems and help develop stakeholder management skills. Students will engage and grapple with topical and developmental issues such as sustainability and humanistic leadership in a digital era. PGP-BL students will also benefit from a rich exposure to eminent Indian and International faculty and leaders from diverse domains.


  • One year, full-time, residential
  • Two-week International Immersion
  • Focus on experiential and customized learning
  • Immaculately tranquil campus for exemplary learning experience
  • Renowned Faculty



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Admissions Process

Stage 1: Registration of Candidates Meeting the Minimum Eligibility Criteria

In Stage 1, the following minimum eligibility criteria will be applied to all candidates.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates with not less than 50% marks in graduation or post-graduation or CA
  • Minimum 3 years’ relevant* work experience after completion of graduation/CA.
  • GMAT/GRE/CAT score of last 3 years

* Only full time remunerative work experience after graduation will be considered. Part – time/Project/Internship/Articleship/Pre-Graduation will not be considered as work experience.

IIMK PGP-BL code for GMAT is “D3Z-SQ-80” and for GRE is “ETS 4748”. Those students who are applying using the GMAT/GRE codes are required to send the scores directly to IIMK. Your official score report from Pearson/GMAC (for the GMAT) or ETS (for the GRE) will be used for verification.  

All candidates who are fulfilling the above-mentioned minimum eligibility criteria are eligible to register for the IIM Kozhikode PGP-BL programme. The admission process to the PGP-BL programme will be conducted in multiple phases. Only those candidates who have successfully completed the registration process (Stage 1) before due date will be considered for each phase. Please note that this (Stage 1) is a pre- interaction stage and not a call for Personal Interaction.

Stage 2: Submitting Additional Personal Statement

The Stage 2 process applies to all eligible candidates who have successfully completed the registration process in Stage 1.

In keeping with the programme design and vision, among other things, we rely on an intense process of conversational engagement, to identify the final set of participants who are invited to join the programme. As a part of the assessment, the candidate is required to submit an additional personal statement.

Personal Statement:

  • Statement of Goals: PGP-BL Programme has an individual element and a collective learning element. Knowing the candidate’s personal aspirations, both long-term and short-term, will help the Institute to understand the candidate’s career objectives, initiate a conversation and contribute to our design of the learning experience.  
  • Alternative Resume Essay: The details in the PGP-BL application provide a better idea of the candidate’s academic, professional background and accomplishments, their self-assessment and expectations from the programme. In this alternative resume essay we give the opportunity to the candidate to express about the “rest of their story” (what the formal CV may not necessarily project) and present them self as a complete person.

The number of candidates shortlisted for the Personal Interaction would be at the discretion of IIMK.

Stage 3: Shortlist to the Personal Interaction (PI)

The short-listed candidates will have to appear for a Personal Interaction. During the PI process the panel will evaluate each candidate's performance, on the basis of quality and nature of work experience, diversity, leadership qualities, social sensitivity, and multi-dimensionality etc. Strong oral and written communication skills, and ability to think critically will be among the key attributes that the panel will also seek in candidates.

Important Dates
Interview & GD Process
Essay writing | Personal Interview
Seats: 80


Placement 2022

Average Salary: 29,06,000 per annum
Highest Salary: 69,30,000 per annum
Top Recruiters: Accenture, Amazon, KPMG, IBM and Many More

Placement 2021

Average Salary: 24,20,000 per annum
Highest Salary: 46,14,000 per annum
Top Recruiters: Accenture, Amazon, Barclays, Cognizant, CRISIL, Deloitte, EY, IBM, Infosys, Microsoft, Tata Elxsi

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