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 top MBA colleges with 1 year MBA like ISB, IIMs, Master’s Union, XLRI, SPJIMR, MDI, IMI New Delhi, SOIL and other top B-schools, welcome to MBAUniverse.com One Year MBA Channel. In fact more and more top MBA colleges have started offering one year MBA to keep pace with Global MBA programs finding that the number of students opting for one year MBA programs are consistently rising. As such, this 1 year MBA 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 programs.

 

But before reviewing Top 1 Year MBA colleges in India, let us first understand important details about this program – What is one year MBA, What is the difference between 1 Year MBA and Executive MBA, What are the type of colleges offering the program, who should apply for admission, which are the top MBA colleges offering one year MBA in India with fees, placements and admission cycle. Check Table of Contents below:    

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Table of Contents

  1. What is One Year MBA
  2. One Year MBA in India Vs Executive MBA
  3. Type of MBA Colleges Offering 1 Year Full Time MBA
  4. Top 10 One Year MBA Colleges in India
  5. One Year MBA Admission 2023: Application Cycles & Dates
  6. Top One Year MBA Programs offered by IIMs
  7. Top One Year MBA Equivalent Program offered by ISB
  8. Top One Year MBA equivalent PGDM offered by AICTE B-schools & Universities
  9. Comparison of 1 Year MBA Offered by IIMs, ISB, SPJIMR, XLRI: At a glance
  10. Top One Year MBA Programs in India
  11. One Year MBA in Delhi NCR
  12. One Year MBA Admission Process in India
  13. One Year MBA Colleges Fee
  14. Part-time MBA for Working Professionals 

1. What is One Year MBA?
One year MBA is a Globally recognized MBA program. Many of the top B-Schools across the world offer 1 year MBA. One Year MBA is a full-time residential MBA program offered at a fast pace with most of the ingredients of two-year MBA. “IIM Bangalore’s one year full time EPGP program, leading to MBA degree, 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,” says IIM Bangalore.

 

Key Highlights of 1 Year MBA are

  • The program is generally meant for candidates with work experience of 2 to 10 years
  • Freshers are generally not encouraged to apply
  • In most cases, one-year MBA fee is higher than the fees of two-year MBA.

2. One Year MBA in India Vs Executive MBA: Clearing the Confusion
Let’s 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.  

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  2.1 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.

 

After passing of IIM Act 2017, now IIMs have started awarding Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree to the students of their one-year management program on its successful completion instead of the earlier diploma. Given that word ‘Executive’ is part of all 1-year MBA programs by IIMs and other top B-schools. 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. For better understanding, refer to this table below:  

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2.2 One Year MBA Vs Executive MBA: Not the same

Particulars
One Year MBA
Executive MBA
Representative Program
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.

 

3. Type of MBA Colleges Offering 1 Year Full Time MBA
Coming back to One Year MBA in India, good news is that there are plenty of choices. We classify them into three types, below.

 

3.1 One Year MBA Colleges in India: Types of institutions

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

 

4. Top 10 One Year MBA Colleges in India
Top 1 Year MBA Colleges in India with Fees and Placements are:

Top 1 Year MBA college
Program Name
Fee
Placement (Average Salary)
IIM Ahmedabad
Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (MBA-PGPX)
Rs. 31.50 lakhs
Rs. 38.64 LPA
IIM Calcutta
MBA for Executives Programme (MBA-Ex)
Rs. 31.0 lakhs
Rs. 36.79 LPA
ISB Hyderabad/Mohali
Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP)
Rs. 38.97 lakhs
Rs. 34.08 LPA
IIM Bangalore
Master of Business Administration, Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (MBA) (EPGP)
Rs 31.46 lakhs
Rs.31.63 LPA
Masters’ Union
PGP in Technology & Business Management (PGP TBM)
Rs. 21.56 lakhs
Rs 34.07 LPA
IIM Kozhikode
Post Graduate Programme in Business Leadership (PGP-BL)
Rs.22.50 lakhs
Rs. 29.06 LPA
XLRI Jamshedpur
Post Graduate Diploma in General Management (PGDM-GM)
Rs.23.15 lakhs
Rs. 26.56 LPA
MDI Gurgaon
Post Graduate Diploma in Management - Business Management (PGDM-BM)
Rs.16.41 lakhs
Rs.24.46 LPA
Post Graduate Diploma in Management - Public Policy and Management (PGDM-PPM)
Rs. 9.58 lakhs
SPJIMR Mumbai
Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM)
Rs.22.10 lakhs
Rs. 23.58 LPA
IIM Lucknow
International Programme in Management for Executives (IPMX)
Rs.26 Lakhs
Rs. 24.66 LPA
IIM Indore
Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGP)
Rs.22.12 Lakhs
Rs.19.99 LPA
Great Lakes, Chennai
Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM) Admission through CAT/XAT/GMAT/CMAT/NMAT 2022 onwards Rs.21.25 lakhs Rs. 18.10 LPA
IIM Udaipur
MBA in Global Supply Chain Management (GSCM)
Rs.22.60 lakhs
Rs.19.79 LPA
MBA in Digital Enterprise Management (DEM)
Rs.22.60 lakhs
Rs. 21.51 LPA
XIM Bhubaneswar
Executive MBA in Business Management (EMBA-BM)
Rs.15.50 lakhs
Rs. 17.54 LPA
IMT Ghaziabad
Postgraduate Programme In Business Management Executive (PGDM Exp)
Rs.15.00 Lakhs
Rs. 21.37 LPA
IMI New Delhi
Postgraduate Programme In Business Management (PGDM 18-Month (Full-time) 
Rs.12.00 Lakhs
Rs. 18.44 LPA
Great Lakes, Gurgaon
Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM)
Rs.17.75 lakhs
Rs. 15.80 LPA
SOIL Gurgaon
Post Graduate Program In Management - Business Leadership (PGPM - BL)
Rs.15.33 lakhs
Rs. 11 LPA
Post Graduate Program In Management – Human Resources (PGPM – HR)
Rs.13.86 lakhs
Rs. 10.70 LPA

Note: Top 1 Year MBA Colleges In India arranged as per Average Placements

 

5. One Year MBA Admission 2024: Application Cycles & Dates
Most of the top 1 year MBA colleges in India have 2-3 application cycles and last dates for 1 year MBA admission. The session in some Institutes offering One Year MBA In India commences academic session in April/May while in others it commences in July or September/October and the last dates to apply are as per the application cycles. Some of the top MBA colleges with one year MBA increase their application fee for each consecutive application round. To help the candidates to select the relevant academic session, we share below the 1 MBA application dates for admission 2024 separately. Read more.  

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5.1 Top 1 Year MBA colleges in India: Important Dates & Application Fees
Many top 1 year MBA colleges are open with their admission process while in a few the process is closed. Please diarise the important dates to apply for the one year MBA programme in top MBA colleges in India with application fee. Shared below are the important dates for 1 year MBA admission in top B-schools with application fees:

One Year MBA college
Last date to Apply
Application Fee (In Rs.)
IIM Ahmedabad
December 2023
Rs.9000
IIM Calcutta
November 2023
Rs.3000
ISB Hyderabad/Mohali
January 2024
Rs.7500
IIM Bangalore
December 2023
Rs.3000
Masters’ Union
Open
Rs.3000
IIM Kozhikode
November 2023
Rs.3000
XLRI Jamshedpur
Dec 2023 (Through XAT)
Dec 31, 2023 (Through GMAT.GRE)
Rs.2000 (Through XAT)
Rs.2500 (Through GMAT/GRE)
MDI Gurgaon
(Admission 2023)
April 2023
Rs.3000
SPJIMR Mumbai (Admission 2023)
Aug 15, 2023
Rs.1500
IIM Lucknow
January 15, 2024
Rs.5000
IIM Indore
November 15, 2023
Rs.5900
Great Lakes Chennai (Admission 2023)
May 20, 2023
Rs.2000
IMI New Delhi (Admission 2023)
Open
Rs.2200
IIM Udaipur
February 2024
Rs.1000
XIM Bhubaneswar
December 2023
Rs.1600

6. Top One Year MBA Programs offered by IIMs
IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Kozhikode are among the top one year MBA colleges  in India with high return on investment. Shared below are the details on program name, duration, eligibility, Fees, placement, academic session commencement date of 1 years MBA in IIMs

Top IIM offering 1 Year MBA
Duration
Batch Size
Batch Average Work Experience
Eligibility: Minimum Work Experience Required
Fees (Rs Lakhs)
Average Placement (Rs Lakhs per annum)
Month of Program
Commencement
IIM Ahmedabad - PGPX
12 Months
140
8.3 Years
4 years
31.50
38.64
April
IIM Calcutta – MBA Ex
12 Months 
79
 
8.1 Years
5 Years
 
31.00
36.79
 
April 
IIM Bangalore - EPGP
12 Months
75
 
7.4 Years
5 years
31.46
31.63
 
April
 
IIM Kozhikode-PGP BL
12 Months
80
--
3 Years
22.50
29.06
April
IIM Lucknow - IPMX
12 Months
101
8.3 Years
5 Years
26.00
24.66
April
IIM Indore - EPGP
12 Months
 
68
 
8.6 Years
5 Years
 
22.12
19.99
 
April

 

Source: MBAUniverse.com Analysis 

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7. Top One Year MBA Equivalent Program offered by ISB
Indian School of Business (ISB) with campuses at Hyderabad and Mohali is the front runner in offering top one year MBA program in India. Key details on 1 year MBA program duration, eligibility, Fee, placement at ISB are as below:

Program Name
Duration
Average Work Experience of the Batch
Minimum Work Experience Required
Fees
(Rs.in lakhs)
Average Placement (Rs. in lakhs per annum)
Month of Programme Commencement
ISB Hyderabad - PGP
12 Months
4.3 Years
2 Years
38.97
34.08
April

Source: MBAUniverse.com Analysis   

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  8. Top One Year MBA equivalent PGDM offered by AICTE B-schools & Universities
Among the top 1 year MBA colleges in India are included AICTE approved top PGDM institutes offering one year MBA in India. Shared below are some of the top one year MBA colleges in India with program duration, eligibility, Fees, placement and month of session commencement. These are institutes offering one year PGDM which is awarded MBA equivalence and their 1 year MBA in India is in high demand.

B-school - Program Name
Duration
Average Work Experience of the Batch
Minimum Work Experience Required
Fees
(Rs.in Lakhs)
Average Placement
Rs.in lakhs)
Month of Programme Commencement
XLRI Jamshedpur – Ex-PGDM
15 Months
 
6.5 Years
5 Years
23.15
 
26.56
April
MDI Gurgaon – PGDM-BM
15 Months
7.8 Years
5 Years
16.41
24.46
July
SPJIMR Mumbai - PGPM
15 Months
6.7 Years
5 Years
22.10
23.58
January
Great Lakes Chennai, Gurgaon – PGPM,
12 Months
3.4 Years
2 Years
20.75
17.90
June/July
IMI New Delhi - PGDM Executive
18 Months
5 years
5 years
12.00
14.88
June/July
IMT Ghaziabad (PGDM Exp)
18 Months
5+ years
--
15.00
21.37
--
XIM Bhubaneswar (XIMB): EMBA-BM
12 Months
3.5 Years
3 Years   
15.50
17.54
July
SOIL Gurgaon -PGPM-BL; PGPM-HR
12 Months
2 years
2 years
PGPM-BL: 15.33
PGPM-HR:13.86
PGPM-BL:11
PGPM-HR:10.70
August

Source: MBAUniverse.com Analysis

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

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9. Comparison of 1 Year MBA Offered 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
28-32 lakhs
22-23 lakhs
39 lakhs
Average Placements
31-38 lakhs
23-26 lakhs
34.08 lakhs

Note: Data for only 6 institutions mentioned above used

 

10. 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. Read More

 

11. 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 Masters’ Union Gurugram, MDI Gurgaon; IIM Lucknow-Noida campus; IMT Ghaziabad; IMI New Delhi; FORE School of Management New Delhi, LBSIM New Delhi among others. 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
Masters’ Union
PGP in Technology & Business Management (PGP TBM)
No minimum requirement
MDI Gurgaon
Post Graduate Diploma in Management – Business Management (PGDM-BM)
5 Years
IIM Lucknow-Noida Campus
International Programme in Management for Executives (IPMX)
5 Years
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon
Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM)
2 Years
IMT Ghaziabad
PGDM E
5 Years
IMI New Delhi
Ex PGDM
5 Years
FORE School of Management
Executive PGDM (PGPX)
5 Years
SOIL Gurgaon
PGPM-BL; PGPM-HR
2 Years
LBSIM New Delhi
PGDM E
5 Years

12. One Year MBA Admission Process in India
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.

 

13. One Year MBA Colleges Fee
One Year MBA programs by ISB, IIMs, XLRI, SPJIMR, MDI, SOIL 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

 

14. 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