Best One Year MBA Programmes in India

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Updated on
January 11, 2023

In the last decade or so, India has seen a revolution of sorts in One Year MBA domain. Realizing the growing requirement for upskilling and re-skilling by industry professionals due to massive changes in the way business is done, many IIMs and other B-schools have launched 1 year MBA Programs.

 

ISB, with campuses in Hyderabad and Mohali, is regarded as a pioneer and one of the best One Year MBA Program in India. Amongst IIMs, the One Year MBA programs offered by IIM Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Calcutta are considered to be amongst the top one year MBA program in India. A 16-month one year MBA equivalent program by Masters’ Union is also considered amongst the best one-year MBA Programs. Many other IIMs like IIM Kozhikode and top B-schools like XLRI too have offer highly regarded one year MBA programs.

 

So, unlike a decade back, today there are plenty of choices if you are looking for the best one year MBA program. But the options must be compared carefully as they offer different degrees and diplomas and the cost varies significantly from 15 lakhs to more than 30 lakhs.

 

List of the best One Year MBA Programs in India by MBAUniverse.com follows. This list of best one year MBA programs is based on these factors: 1) Placements of 1 year MBA Program, 2) Quality of Participants (GMAT Score and Average Work Ex), and 3) Program Fees.   

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Top One-year MBA Programs in India
The list of best one year MBA colleges in India includes the 15 top one year MBA colleges. ISB Hyderabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Ahmedabad and Masters’ Union are the top one-year MBA colleges in India. One Year MBA offered by IIM Kozhikode, and top B-schools like XLRI too feature high on this list.

Sr No
B-school
Programme Name
Programme Fee Rs.
Average Placement Rs.
1
IIM Ahmedabad
Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (MBA-PGPX)
Rs. 31.50 lakhs
Rs. 38.64 LPA
2
IIM Calcutta
MBA for Executives Programme (MBA-Ex)
Rs. 31.0 lakhs
Rs. 36.79 LPA
3
ISB Hyderabad/Mohali
Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP)
Rs. 38.97 lakhs
Rs. 34.08 LPA
4
IIM Bangalore
Master of Business Administration, Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (MBA) (EPGP)
Rs 31.46 lakhs
Rs.31.63 LPA
5
Masters’ Union
PGP in Technology & Business Management (PGP TBM)
Rs. 21.56 lakhs
Rs 33.10 LPA
6
IIM Kozhikode
Post Graduate Programme in Business Leadership (PGP-BL)
Rs.22.50 lakhs
Rs. 29.06 LPA
7
XLRI Jamshedpur
Post Graduate Diploma in General Management (PGDM-GM)
Rs.23.15 lakhs
Rs. 26.56 LPA
8
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
9
SPJIMR Mumbai
Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGPM)
Rs.22.10 lakhs
Rs. 23.58 LPA
10
IIM Lucknow
International Programme in Management for Executives (IPMX)
Rs.26 Lakhs
Rs. 24.66 LPA
11
IIM Indore
Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGP)
Rs.22.12 Lakhs
Rs.19.99 LPA
12
Great Lakes, Chennai
Post Graduate Program in Management (PGPM)
Rs.20.75 lakhs
Rs. 17.9 LPA
13
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
14
XIM Bhubaneswar
Executive MBA in Business Management (EMBA-BM)
Rs.15.50 lakhs
Rs. 17.54 LPA
15
IMT Ghaziabad
Postgraduate Programme In Business Management Executive (PGDM Exp)
Rs.15.00 Lakhs
Rs. 21.37 LPA
16
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

Apart from the above Top 15 B-schools, other top One year MBA programs in India are:

  • IMI New Delhi - Executive Post Graduate Program (Executive PGDM)
  • XIMB – Executive MBA (EMBA)
  • IRMA Anand - Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management-Executive) PGDM (RM-X)
  • FORE – Executive PGDM (PGPX)
  • LBSIM - PGDM Executive
  • SDMIMD Mysore:  Post Graduate Certificate in Management (PGCM)
  • IPE Hyderabad - Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Management

One Year MBA Rankings in India
Unlike Rankings for 2-year MBA programs, a well-accepted ranking for one year MBA program is not available. Only a few reputed publications like Financial Times London release one year MBA Rankings in India. Below are 1 year MBA ranking in India 2021 published by Financial Times. FT MBA Rankings 2022, which ranks post-experience MBA equivalent programs only, has ranked only four one year MBA programs from India. See table 1 below:

 

Top One Year MBA Programs in India as per FT MBA Rankings 2022

B-school
Program
FT Global MBA Rank 2022
India Rank 2022
Indian School of Business
PGP
32
1
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
MBA-EPGP
53
2
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
MBA-PGPX
62
3
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
MBA-Ex
68
4

Source: Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2022

 

It is important to note that FT Global MBA Rankings rank IIM Bangalore’s EPGP, IIM Ahmedabad’s PGPX and IIM Calcutta’s PGPEX program, and NOT their 2-year programs. This is because FT Rankings require compulsory prior work-experience for any program to be ranked in their MBA rankings. While IIMs One Year MBA Programs require compulsory work-experience, it is not a necessary condition for admission to 2 year MBA/PGPM programs. 

 

Best One Year MBA Colleges in India
Going by the one year MBA colleges Ranking in India, the top one year MBA programs in India are: 

 

ISB Hyderabad Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP)
FT Global MBA Rankings 2022 has placed ISB Hyderabad PGP at #32 among Global B-schools. It is the highest one year MBA ranking in India awarded to ISB and makes it the top one year MBA college in India.  

  

IIM Bangalore Master of Business Administration, Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (MBA) (EPGP)
IIM Bangalore’s one-year full-time MBA programme, the Executive Post graduate Programme in Management (EPGP) has claimed the #53 rank in the Financial Times (FT) Global MBA Rankings 2022. IIMB has bagged the second top spot among Indian B-schools in the rankings.

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IIM Ahmedabad Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (MBA-PGPX)
FT Global Rankings have placed IIM Ahmedabad PGPX at 62th position among the top one year MBA programs among global B-schools. It comes #3 in terms of One year MBA ranking in India.

 

IIM Calcutta MBA for Executives Programme (MBA-Ex)
FT Global Rankings have placed IIM Calcutta MBA Executive programme as the 4th best one year MBA in India. The Global one year MBA Ranking for MBA-Ex is #68. 

 

Apart from the four one year MBA program ranked by FT, other top one year MBA programs are offered by Masters’ Union, IIM Kozhikode, SPJIMR, XLRI, MDI, Great Lakes and others.