IIM Bangalore (EPGP) One Year MBA

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Updated on
May 9, 2020

The IIM Bangalore EPGP is an intensive full time one-year MBA program programme designed to enhance skills and capabilities essential for responsible positions at senior management levels. Challenging and globally oriented, the objective of this programme is to produce future leaders who can handle the dynamic corporate environment.


This one year MBA (EPGP) at IIM Bangalore is created specifically for professionals with remarkable track records and 5 to 12 years of work experience in a wide range of industries. The EPGP provides students with the same solid foundation in key management concepts and disciplines as a two-year MBA, with similar rigor, range of electives, and grading criteria.  A key advantage of the EPGP is that the course work builds on the diverse and extensive work experience of the students.


IIM Bangalore’s EPGP has been ranked 27 in the FT global ranking of MBA programmes and is the highest ranked programme in India. 

Often Executive MBA is confused with 1 Year MBA. Both are quite different. Read Executive MBA in India

IIM Bangalore inaugurates One-Year MBA 2020-21; Admits 73 students, Average Work-experience is 7 Years 
IIM Bangalore inaugurated its one Year full time MBA (EPGP) batch on May 6, 2020 with 73 students. The inaugural function was held online given the restrictions in place because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the presence of the Chief Guest Preetha Reddy, Executive Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group, India; Rajat Mathur, Principal at Boston Consulting Group (BCG), IIMB-EPGP alumnus, G. Raghuram, Director, IIM Bangalore along with deans and professors.


IIM Bangalore EPGP 2020-21 Batch Profile

  • Female students constitute 10% of the batch. 
  • The average work experience of the Batch is 7 years, with minimum experience of 5 years and a maximum of 11 years 
  • 85% of the students come from engineering background. 
  • Majority of the professionals come from the private sector followed by public sector, government, and NGOs. 
  • The manufacturing sector (14 students) dominates the current batch. The rest are from Engineering (12), Energy (12), IT Products/Services (11), Banking/Finance (4), Defence/Embedded Systems (2), Chemicals/Fertilisers (1), and other industries (17).

Addressing the new batch and sharing insightful lessons, Preetha Reddy said one had to be courageous and ready to face the odds. “Organisations have to be passionate and pioneering. Observing the tough times due to the widespread epidemic, continuous change will be the new normal from now on. We must be resilient, be able to see opportunities in crisis and reinvent ourselves. As participants of the world of business, we must equip ourselves to deal with its VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity) characteristics.”


IIM Bangalore inaugurates One-Year MBA 2019-20; Admits 80 students, Average GMAT is 699, Work-experience is 7.5 Yrs 
IIM Bangalore inaugurated its One-year Full-time Executive Post Graduate Programme (EPGP) batch of 2019-20 on March 27, 2019. A total of 80 executives, with 18 female participants, have been admitted to the program. The average age of the batch is 30 Years. In terms of work experience, the batch average is 7.5 Years. EPGP admits candidates only through GMAT Score. The average GMAT score is 699.


On the occasion, Professor G. Raghuram, Director, IIM Bangalore, congratulated the new batch by saying that they have taken a very wise decision to invest one year to study in a top rated programme. “It is not about changing tracks or boosting your career. The EPGP at IIMB would be a completely transformational journey for you. I would advise you learn fast as the world is changing, so be aligned to the changes and to your goals.” Mr Vikram Utamsingh, Managing Director, Alvarez & Marsal India, was the Chief Guest at the program inauguration ceremony on March 27.

Often Executive MBA is confused with 1 Year MBA. Both are quite different. Read Executive MBA in India

IIM Bangalore EPGP 2019-20 Batch Profile
Here are the highlights of the new batch.

  • Total candidates admitted: 80 students, 62 Male candidates and 18 Females
  • Average Age is 30 Years; Minimum - Age 26; Maximum - Age 41
  • Work Experience Average is 7.5 Years; Minimum - 5.2 years; Maximum Age - 15.6 years
  • GMAT Score Average is 699; Maximum - 770; Minimum - 650
  • 7 have Degrees from IITs; 8 from NITs
  • International Experience is possessed by 29 Students
  • There are 13 candidates from the Public Sector, 61 from Private, four from Government, one from NGO and one is self-employed.

On the occasion, EPGP Chair, Professor R Narayanaswamy, IIMB faculty from the Finance & Accounting area, welcomed the incoming batch and gave an overview of the programme.


Professor G Sabarinathan, Chair, Admissions & Financial Aid, and IIMB faculty in the Finance & Accounting area, shared the batch profile. Prof. Sabarinathan pointed out that in the IIMB EPGP Batch of 2019-2020, there has been an improvement in gender ratio from 21% to 22%, an increase in international work experience from 26% to 36%, PSU/Government sector from 12% to 21%, and engineering from 81% to 86%. There are more students from the finance sector (6%) and energy sector (21%). “We have a class of students from fairly diverse backgrounds. The next one year will be rewarding for all of you and you will emerge as transformed individuals,” he added.


Professor Abhoy K Ojha, Dean, Academic Programmes and IIMB faculty from the Organizational Behavior & Human Resources Management area, briefed the students about the administrative set up of the programme, and discussed the nature of engagement required from the students for this challenging programme. Shruti Sharma, Vice President, Development, Salaam Bombay Foundation and alumna of EPGP Class of 2011, shared her learnings and takeaways from IIMB with Batch XI of EPGP. “The USP of the program is that we all come with experience, which helps us understand problems better and ways to solve them. We start thinking differently and the learning becomes a part of us.”