One Year MBA Admission Process: Exams, GMAT Scores, Last Date

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July 16, 2021

The one year MBA admission process varies from IIM to IIM and also for other top MBA colleges offering one year MBA with different nomenclatures. However, the eligibility criteria for one year MBA admission among top MBA colleges have one thing in common which is graduation with high percentage of marks as minimum qualification and professional experience after completing graduation.


Top one year MBA entrance exams and the admission process in top MBA colleges like IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, ISB also require a minimum GMAT/GRE score with minimum eligibility of a graduate degree with 50% marks or equivalent along with professional or entrepreneurial experience of 5 years. 

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One year MBA admission procedure starts a little late. In most of the cases, it begins after the flagship 2 years MBA process is closed. Candidates are shortlisted on the basis of the qualifying test score such as GMAT/GRE & the overall profile of the candidate. After short listing the candidates, final selection process comprises various attributes such as personal interview, statement of purpose, written ability test and letter of recommendation which are evaluated before making final admission offer to the programme. 

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

IIMs One Year MBA Admission Process: Overview

  • Step 1: Eligibility: Graduate degree with minimum 4-5 Years of professional work experience.
  • Step 2: GMAT/GRE score. Higher the GMAT/GRE score higher the chances of conversion
  • Step 3: Register on College website for One Year Full time Residential MBA Programme
  • Step 4: Shortlist of the candidates based on the overall profile & entrance test exam score
  • Step 5: Evaluation based on Personal Interview, SOP, Letter of Recommendation etc.
  • Step 6: Final Admission Offer
Exams Accepted
Average GMAT score of the batch
IIM Ahmedabad - PGPX
IIM Bangalore - EPGP
IIM Calcutta – MBA Ex
IIM Indore - EPGP
IIM Lucknow - IPMX
IIM Shillong - PGPEx- MBEE
IIM Kozhikode-PGP-BL 

IIM Ahmedabad PGPX-One Year MBA Admission Process
To fulfill the unmet need of experienced managers, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) launched PGPX, the one-year full time residential programme in management in 2006.

IIM Bangalore EPGP-One Year MBA Admission Process
IIM Bangalore’s EPGP is a one year MBA programme designed for experienced professionals who are ready for senior management positions.

  • A Bachelor’s degree of minimum 15 years of study
  • Minimum 5 years (and preferably less than 12 years) of work experience after completion of graduation
  • A valid GMAT or GRE score of 700+
  • A Statement of Purpose (SOP)
  • Two references (on-line
  • Last date to apply round wise is in August, October and December 2021.
  • Application fee is Rs.3000/- for round 1&2 and Rs.5000 for round 3
  • Personal interview in October & December
  • Final selection in January/February 2022

IIM Calcutta MBA Executive-One year MBA Admission  
The MBA programme for Executives (MBA-Ex ) at IIM Calcutta provides mid-career professionals the ideal platform to augment their existing skill sets

  • A bachelor's degree or equivalent in any discipline
  • At least 5 years of full time post qualification managerial/professional experience.
  • Valid GMAT Score of 700+ (taken within last 36 months of application date)
  • Application last date for 1st round is August, for 2nd round it is October 2021 and for 3rd Round it is January 2022
  • Application fee is Rs.5000 for Round-1; Rs.7500 for Round-2 and Rs.10,000 for Round-3
  • The Personal interview will be held in January 2022
  • Final selection in February/March 2022

IIM Lucknow IPMX – One Year MBA Admission
The International Programme in Management for Executives (IPMX) is designed for mid/senior-level management professionals

  • Bachelor’s degree with 50% marks in any discipline or equivalent
  • GMAT score  of 670+.
  • A minimum of 5 years of full-time post-qualification (after graduation) managerial experience
  • No application fee
  • Application is open from November 2021 to January 2022
  • Finally selected candidates will be informed by email/post

IIM Indore EPGP – One Year MBA Admission
IIM Indore EPGP is specially designed to enhance knowledge, skills and capabilities essential for managing and leading organizations. The programme was accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA) London (UK) in the year July 2016. 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent in any discipline
  • A valid CAT /GMAT score of 650
  • Minimum 5 years of managerial/ entrepreneurial/ professional experience
  • Application process starts in August and closes in December
  • The Personal interviews are held in November and February for different rounds
  • Final selection list is announced in February/March

ISB One Year MBA Admission Process
Admission to ISB Hyderabad PGP requires 24+ months of full time work experience with a valid GMAT/GRE score. If you are having less than 24 month work experience you can take differed admission and block your seat in the PGP program, however you will only be eligible for the program once you have completed 24 months of full time work experience.

Exams Accepted
Average GMAT score of the batch
ISB Hyderabad - PGP

SPJIMR, XLRI, MDI, Great Lakes, One Year MBA Admission Process
Admission to PGDM executive program requires 2-5 years of full-time work experience depending upon the institute. Below is the table highlighting top One Year PGDM executive programs in India.

Exams Accepted
Average GMAT score of the batch
XLRI Jamshedpur – PGDM (GM)
MDI Gurgaon - NMP
Great Lakes Chennai - PGPM

SPJIMR Mumbai PGPM – One Year MBA Admission

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised university
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant (full time) work experience as on December 31
  • A GMAT/CAT/XAT score of 650+
  • A Consistent good academic record

XLRI Jamshedpur Ex-PGDM – One Year MBA Admission

  • Minimum of 3 years Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 5 years of relevant managerial experience
  • Accepted scores are of GMAT and XAT Exams

MDI Gurgaon NMP-One Year MBA Admission

  • The candidates must have 50% marks or equivalent CGPA in both X and XII
  • The candidate must have minimum 3 years Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks
  • A minimum of 5 years of post qualification executive work experience
  • Applicants would be shortlisted for PI round on the basis of CAT scores/ MDI test scores/GMAT scores

Great Lakes Chennai PGPM – One Year MBA Admission

  • A minimum work experience of two years
  • All applicants are required to appear for GMAT/CAT/XAT/CMAT
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Analytical Writing Test, Personal Interview

K J Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai- MBA Executive

  • A minimum work experience of five years
  • All applicants are required to appear for GMAT/CAT/XAT/MAH CET/NMAT
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Candidates to fill candidate profile form and Statement of Purpose (SOP) before Personal Interview
  • Weightage given to Past Academic Record and Outstanding Achievements

FORE School of Management, Delhi – PGDM Executive

  • A minimum work experience of five years
  • All applicants are required to appear for GMAT/CAT/XAT/FORE Admission Test
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline
  • Personal Interview

Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (LBSIM), Delhi

  • A minimum work experience of five years
  • Company sponsored candidates preferred
  • All applicants are required to appear for GMAT/CAT/LBSIM Test
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with 50% Marks
  • Personal Interview

The ACBSP Accredited SDMIMD Mysore is probably the only Management Institute which has not made it mandatory to have work experience to apply for its 1 year PGCM program. Key highlights in admission process are:

  • There is no minimum work experience required for applying to this program.
  • All applicants are required to appear for CAT, MAT, XAT, GMAT, KMAT, NMAT or SDMIMD Admissions Test
  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with 50% Marks
  • Personal Interview
  • Interview on Skype will be permitted upon request
  • Results of the personal interview on the very next day of the interview
  • Admission call letter for the selected students will be sent by email
  • The PGCM Batch commences in August

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