One Year MBA in India: Colleges, Courses, Fees, Admissions

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If you are a working professional and looking for accurate information about One Year MBA programs offered by IIMs, ISB, XLRI, SPJIMR, Master’s Union and other top B-schools, welcome to MBAUniverse.com One Year MBA Channel. This channel presents Rankings, Fee, Placements, Admission criteria with application process for One Year MBA in India. We also clarify the difference between ‘One Year MBA’ Vs ‘Executive MBA’ in India. Both are NOT the same type of MBA programmes! 

 

1 Year MBA Admission 2022: Important Dates
Most of the top B-schools are open with their one year admission process 2022 and their session commences soon. Many top MBA colleges with 1 year MBA programmes like IIMs, ISB among others have announced their application process for one year MBA admission 2022. To help the candidates to select the relevant academic session, we share below the 1 MBA application dates for admission 2022 separately.  

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Masters’ Union PGP-TBM Admission Open SOIL Gurgaon PGPM & PGDM Admission 2022
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Top MBA colleges Open with 1 Year MBA Admission 2022: Important dates
Shared below are the important dates for 1 year MBA admission 2022 in top B-schools where application process is open:

One Year MBA college
Last date to Apply
Application Fee (In Rs.)
ISB Hyderabad/Mohali
January 30, 2022
Rs.7500
SPJIMR Mumbai
August 15, 2022
Rs.1500
Masters’ Union, Gurugram
January 23, 2022
Rs.2000
K J Somaiya, Institute of Management, Mumbai
July 30, 2022
Rs.2850
Great Lakes Institute of Management Feb 10, 2022 Rs. 2000
FORE School of Management, New Delhi
July 31, 2022
Rs.1416
LBSIM New Delhi
July 31, 2022
Rs.1250
SOIL Gurgaon
Open
Rs.2000
SDMIMD Mysore  
July 31, 2022
Rs.  500

Top MBA colleges 1 Year MBA admission 2022: Important dates
Please note the important dates to apply for the one year MBA programme 2022 in top MBA colleges in India with application fee, before we discuss and delve deep in differentiating between one year MBA and executive MBA:

One Year MBA college
Last date to Apply
Application Fee (In Rs.)
ISB Hyderabad
Jan 30, 2022
Rs.7500
 
IIM Ahmedabad
Aug 20, 2022
Rs.5000
IIM Bangalore
Aug 20, 2022
Rs.3000
IIM Calcutta
Aug 30, 2022
Rs.2000
IIM Lucknow
Coming Soon
No Application Fee
IIM Kozhikode
April 30, 2022  
Rs.3000
IIM Indore
Coming Soon
Rs.5900
XLRI Jamshedpur
Dec 10, 2021 (Through XAT); Dec 31, 2021 (Through GRE/GMAT)
Rs.1800+300
Masters’ Union
January 23, 2022
Rs.2000
MDI Gurgaon
January 2022
Rs.3000
IMI New Delhi
February 2022
Rs. 2596/-
Great lakes Institute of Management, Chennai
January 5, 2022
Rs. 2000
IIM Udaipur
February 2, 2022
Rs.1000
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB)  
December 20, 2021
Rs.1600

One Year MBA in India Vs Executive MBA: Clear the Confusion
Let’s first understand the difference between One Year MBA and Executive MBA (EMBA). In US, Europe, China and Singapore EMBA is generally a modular, part-time program offered for senior executives who don’t wish to leave their well-paying full-time jobs for earning MBA credentials. Executive MBA in India.

 

Coming to India, there is some unwarranted confusion between these two programs. To clear the air, some historical perspective is useful. 

 

In 2001, like many European MBA programs, ISB Hyderabad launched its one-year full-time residential MBA equivalent program called Post Graduate Program (PGP). This required a mandatory work-experience of a few years, and thus aimed exclusively as working managers. Following its success, in 2006, IIM Ahmedabad launched its ‘Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives’, its one-year, full-time, residential programs popularly known as PGPX. IIM Calcutta too launched its ‘Post Graduate Programme for Executives’ or ‘PGPEX’. In 2009, IIM Bangalore launched ‘Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management’ or ‘EPGP’. Both IIMC’s PGPEX and IIMB’s EPGP were one-year, full-time, residential MBA Equivalent programs.  

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After passing of IIM Act 2017, now some of the IIMs have started awarding Master of Business Administration degree to the students of their one year programme on its successful completion instead of earlier diploma.  

 

Given that word ‘Executive’ is part of virtually all 1-year MBA programs by IIMs, media and general public started calling these One Year MBA equivalent programs as Executive MBAs. Clearly, the one-year residential MBA programs by IIMs are NOT modular EMBA programs as known globally.  

 

This confusion was perhaps further compounded when AICTE, the management education regulator in India, permitted PGDM B-schools to offer ‘Executive PGDM’ – also a full-time residential 15-months MBA equivalent program. So XLRI offered PGDM (General Management) and MDI offered National management Programme and so on – all leading to ‘Executive PGDM’ or PGDM Executive. Today more than 25 B-schools are offering this program in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and other cities.  

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Masters’ Union PGP-TBM Admission Open SOIL Gurgaon PGPM & PGDM Admission 2022
Great Lakes PGPM & PGDM Admissions 2022 SDA Bocconi Mumbai 2 year IMB Admission 2022

 

For better understanding and to close this debate, refer to this table below: 

 

1 Year MBA Vs EMBA are Not the same

Particulars
One Year MBA
Executive MBA
MBA colleges for Example
ISB’s PGP or IIMA’s PGPX
ISB’s PGPMAX
Full Time
Yes
No
Residential
Yes
No
Duration
12-15 months
Varies from 15 months to 36 months
Minimum Work Ex Required
5 Years for IIMs, 2 Years for ISB/Great Lakes
Much higher, generally 10-15 years
Admission
GMAT/GRE required. Rigorous process.
Profile based. GMAT generally not required
Fee compared to 2-yr program
High
Much Higher
Placement Assistance
Yes
No

Source: MBAUniverse.com Analysis

 

Above table clarifies the difference between the two programs. With this clarification, let’s move forward to understand more about full time One Year MBA in India. (For those who will not like to leave their full-time jobs but looking for good managerial qualifications, refer to links for some good part-time program options.) Coming back to One Year MBA in India, good news is that there are plenty of choices. We classify them into three types, below. 


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One Year MBA: Types of institutions

  • One Year MBA by IIMs including IIMA, IIMB, IIMC and others 
  • ‘Executive PGDM’ offered by AICTE approved top B-schools like XLRI, MDI, SPJIMR, Great Lakes and others
  • One Year MBA equivalent program offered by ISB, SOIL and others

While all these three One Year MBAs may appear same, one closer analysis, you will notice many differences due to the positioning and target-audience of these programs.

 

Let’s review three types of One Year MBA programs in detail.

 

Top One Year MBA offered by IIMs

Institution
Duration
Batch Size
Batch Average Work Experience
Minimum Work Experience Required
Fees (Rs Lakhs)
Average Placement (Rs Lakhs)
Month of Programme Commencement
IIM Ahmedabad - PGPX
12 Months
140
8.3 Years
4 years
28,00,000
33,36,247
April
IIM Bangalore - EPGP
12 Months
75
 
7.42 Years
5 years
27,50,000
29,88,000
 
April
 
IIM Calcutta – MBA Ex
12 Months
 
79
 
8.1 Years
5 Years
 
27,00,000
28,75,000
 
April
 
IIM Indore - EPGP
12 Months
 
68
 
8.6 Years
5 Years
 
20,10,000
20,65,000
 
April
 
IIM Lucknow - IPMX
12 Months
101
8.3 Years
5 Years
23,50,000
-
April
IIM Kozhikode-PGP BL
12 months
80
--
3 Years
22,50,000
24,20,000
April

Source: MBAUniverse.com Analysis

Read more about One Year MBA offered by IIMs

 

One Year MBA equivalent program offered by ISB

B-school - Program Name
Duration
Average Work Experience of the Batch
Minimum Work Experience Required
Fees
Average Placement
Month of Programme Commencement
ISB Hyderabad - PGP
12 Months
4.3 Years
2 Years
35,99,000
24,36,000
April
Masters’ Union School of Business, Gurugram-PGP-TBM 16 Months 4 Years 0-8 Years 20,00,000 29,12,000 May

Source: MBAUniverse.com Analysis   

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Top One Year MBA equivalent PGDM Executive offered by AICTE B-schools & Universities

B-school - Program Name
Duration
Average Work Experience of the Batch
Minimum Work Experience Required
Fees
Average Placement
Month of Programme Commencement
SPJIMR Mumbai - PGPM
15 Months
6.7 Years
5 Years
20,50,000
19,50,500
January
XLRI Jamshedpur – Ex-PGDM
15 Months
 
6.5 Years
5 Years
20,00,000
 
18,00,000
 
April
MDI Gurgaon - NMP
15 Months
7.8 Years
5 Years
15,35,000
19,00,000
February/March
Great Lakes Chennai, Gurgaon – PGPM,
12 Months
3.4 Years
2 Years
1925000
13,63,000
May
IMI New Delhi
15 Months
--
5 Years
12,00,000
--
April
K J Somaiya, Institute of Management Mumbai- Eeecutive-MBA
15 Months
-
5 Years
  8,17,290
  9,43,000
September
FORE School of Management, Delhi
15 Months
-
5 Years
12,00,000
--
August
LBSIM, New Delhi
15 Months
 
5 Years
  5,70,000
--
July/August
XIM Bhubaneswar (XIMB): EMBA-BM
12 Months
3.5 Years
3 Years   
16,21,000
NA 
July
SDMIMD Mysore - PGCM
15 Months
1.6 Year
None
5,90,000
NA
August
SOIL Gurgaon
12 Months
2 years
2 years
15,03,000
10,70,000
August

Source: MBAUniverse.com Analysis

Read more about One Year MBA offered by AICTE B-schools & Universities.

 

Comparison of 1 Year MBAs by IIMs, ISB, SPJIMR, XLRI: At a glance
To summarize the difference between these three different types of one year MBA, check this table below.

 1 Year MBA colleges
IIMA, IIMB, IIMC
XLRI, SPJIMR
ISB
Program Duration
12 months
15 months
12 months
Minimum Work Ex Required
4-5 Years
5 Years
2 Years
Average Batch Work Experience
7.8 Years
6.55 Years
4.3 Years
Average GMAT
690-710
650-700
709
Fee
27-28 lakhs
20-21 lakhs
36 lakhs
Average Placements
28-33 lakhs
18-20 lakhs
24.36 lakhs

Note: Data for only 6 institutions mentioned above used for data in table

 

Top One Year MBA Programs in India
Which are top One Year MBA programs in India? If you are looking for the best one year MBA, please note that these 1 year MBA programs in India are offered by the one year MBA colleges in India as well as other top MBA colleges. The top one year MBA programs offered by ISB (1 year MBA is the flagship programme at ISB), IIMs, XLRI, Masters’ Union are the examples of some of the best one year MBA programmes in India. Globally, these are only 1 year MBA programme rankings done by top international agencies. Although out of 3500 MBA colleges in India, most of them offer one year MBA courses but looking with the perspective of choosing the top one year MBA.. Read More

 

One Year MBA in Delhi NCR
One year MBA in Delhi NCR is offered by many top MBA colleges. Some of the top Management Institutes offering one year MBA in Delhi NCR include MDI Gurgaon; IIM Lucknow-Noida campus; IMT Ghaziabad; IMI New Delhi; FORE School of Management New Delhi, LBSIM New Delhi among others.  

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Great Lakes PGPM & PGDM Admissions 2022 SDA Bocconi Mumbai 2 year IMB Admission 2022

 

A list of the best institutes offering one year MBA in Delhi NCR is shared below:

Institutes Offering One Year MBA in Delhi NCR
Name of One Year MBA Programme in Delhi NCR
Minimum Work Experience Required for Admission
MDI Gurgaon
National Management Programme (NMP)
5 Years
IIM Lucknow-Noida Campus
International Programme in Management for Executives (IPMX)
5 Years
Masters’ Union School of Business, Gurugram PGP in Technology & Business Management (PGP-TBM) 0-8 Years
IMT Ghaziabad
PGDM E
5 Years
IMI New Delhi
Ex PGDM
5 Years
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon
Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM)
2 Years
FORE School of Management
Executive PGDM (PGPX)
5 Years
LBSIM New Delhi
PGDM E
5 Years

One Year MBA Admission Process
The admission process for one-year full-time residential MBA in India requires minimum eligibility of a graduate degree along with professional or entrepreneurial experience of 5 years. Candidates are shortlisted on the basis of the qualifying test score such as GMAT/GRE & the overall profile of the candidate. After short listing various attributes such as personal interview, statement of purpose, written ability test and letter of recommendation are evaluated for final admission to the programme. Read more.

 

One Year MBA Colleges Fee
One Year MBA programs by ISB, IIMs, XLRI, SPJIMR, MDI, Masters’ Union and other top B-schools are aimed at working professionals with 2-10 years of work experience. As 1 year MBA programs are full time residential programs with curriculum at par with 2 year MBA, the faculty associated with these programs is top notch.. Read more about One Year MBA Fee

 

Part-time MBA for Working Professionals 
While we have covered full time one-year MBA programs above, there are some of the best Part-time MBA options also. Check below

  1. 3 Year Part-time MBA/PGDM Executive Programs by PGDM B-schools or by Universities: Many B-schools and Universities offer these three-year part-time programs in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai and other cities.  Read more. 
  2. Distance MBA: Read all about Distance MBA programs in India. Read More