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

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January 16, 2021

(Updated on January 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. Only one Institute Masters’ Union School of Business, Gurugram has not made work experience as mandatory requirement for its one year MBA admission.  

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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 along with minimum eligibility of a graduate degree with 50% marks or equivalent along with professional or entrepreneurial experience of 5 years. One year MBA admission procedure starts a little late most 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 various attributes such as personal interview, statement of purpose, written ability test and letter of recommendation are evaluated for final admission 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 of Personal Interview, SOP, Letter of Recommendation etc.
  • Step 6: Final Shortlist
Exams Accepted
Average GMAT score of the batch
IIM Ahmedabad - PGPX
IIM Bangalore - EPGP
IIM Calcutta - PGPEX
IIM Indore - EPGP
IIM Lucknow - IPMX
IIM Shillong - PGPEx- MBIC

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.

  • A Bachelor's Degree (Minimum 15 years of study)
  • Minimum Age of 25 years
  • A valid GMAT/GRE score of 700+
  • Minimum 4 years of full time work experience
  • Application Fee Rs. 5000/-
  • Application last date November 2019
  • Final selection will be announced in December 2019

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 is December 2019.
  • Application fee Rs.4500/-.
  • Personal interview in October & December
  • Final selection in December 2019

IIM Calcutta PGPEX-One year MBA Admission  
The Post Graduate Programme for Executives (PGPEX ) 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 September 2019 and for 2nd round it is November 2019
  • The Personal interview will be held in November, 2019
  • Final selection in the Last week of November 2018.

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 opens from mid July
  • Finally selected candidates will be informed by email/post by the second week of December.

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 has been 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
  • The Personal interviews are held in November and February for different rounds
  • Final selection list is announced in December 2019

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, Masters’Union One Year MBA Admission ProcessAdmission to PGDM executives program requires 2-5 years of full-time work experience depending upon the institute. However, Masters’ Union also accepts freshers for one year MBA admission. 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)
Great Lakes Chennai - PGPM
Masters’ Union School of Business, Gurugram CAT/GMAT/GRE/NMAT + MU-BAAT  

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 GMP – 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

Masters’ Union School of Business, Gurugram One Year PGP-TBM Admission

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with good academic record
  • Work experience is preferred but is not mandatory after graduation for admission
  • Must have appeared in one of the MBA entrance exams - GMAT/CAT/GRE/NMAT by GMAC
  • All candidates have to appear in mandatory Masters’ Union Business Aptitude and Admission Test (MU-BAAT)
  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an in-person interview with a panel consisting of our eminent Masters
  • The interview process is structured to evaluate the candidates for their communication skills, the ability to learn and un-learn, curiosity and professional focus

K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai-PGDM Executive

  • A minimum work experience of five years
  • All applicants are required to appear for GMAT/CAT/XAT/MAH CET
  • 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

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 to commence in August 2020

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