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July 18, 2008
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Expect who else but the big daddy in India to come up with a 1 year programme like its PGPX.

See the simplicity in their eligibility criteria – all you need is a Bachelors degree and to have lived on this planet for longer than 27 years. It does get detailed further in the FAQs, but the eligibility criteria for ‘application’ remains the same. Remember, its just the criteria for an application, and not an admission !

I absolutely love their FAQs, you can make out from the answers that its IIMA we are talking about.

The jewel in their FAQs is this piece of defining honesty –

“4. Is there a minimum GMAT score?

No. But higher the GMAT score, better the chance of admission. “

Show me any other MBA school which doesn’t dole out the usual ‘we-see-the-overall-application-and-GMAT-is-just-one-aspect’, and the standard ‘a lower GMAT score does not mean exclusion and a stronger score does not mean admission’.

So, who qualifies ? Lets have a look –

“10. What is ‘substantial’ work experience?

Adhering to minimum age of 27 years at the start of the programme, a normal graduate should have 6 to 7 years of post qualification, full time work experience. Similarly, post graduate should have 5 to 6 years of experience. PhD/M.Phil can be evaluated on case to case basis. ”

Lets have a look at the current batch profile –
“PGPX III (2008-09)

The profile of the third batch of 78 students is as follows:

Parameter – Average
GMAT – 728.33 (wow !!) – It has jumped from 695 to 730 in a year !
Total work experience as on August 10, 2007 (months) 118.46
International work experience as on August 10, 2007 (months) 53.62
Age as on March 31, 2008 (years) 33.52”

Out of 78, 43 have a degree in addition to their Bachelors’.

So cut down to 35 who don’t. When in doubt about your chances, have a look at another gem in the FAQs –

“The profile of the first, second and third batch is better than mine. Will I be considered for the next PGPX?

Yes. Profiles can vary from batch to batch. Further, the profile information of PGPX I (2006–07), PGPX II (2007-08) and PGPX III (2008-09) is the ‘average’ of the batch.”

Indeed, what a brilliant way to answer the question. If I look at the batch profile, which, of course, is just the ‘average’, and begin to doubt my chances, I need to be reminded that even the ‘average’ had scared me off !!! If you get what I mean !

So what makes me go ahead and apply to the programme ? Because its IIMA. Needless to say, its the most impressive MBA out there for people with considerable work experience. The platform it provides for senior leadership roles is unmatched in scale & scope.

The programme’s objective – to develop bright, enthusiastic, and aspirational executives into management leaders and change agents in the global arena.  

But I’m applying also because I love the whole application process, which is so different –

  • No application fees
  • Only basic profile information needs to be submitted initially. Essays need to be submitted only if you are selected for the interview. So if in doubt, go ahead and submit the application. You never know how good life can get for you unless you try.
  • No recommendation letters ! Oh, how I wish others could follow the lead..
  • Like I said, I love the FAQs.

I am sure this is the most competitive programme out there. If you think you stand even a faint chance, go ahead and apply. Let IIMA decide for you whether you fit their bill.


Update on 4th Sept, 08 – IIMA decided that I don’t fit the bill. End of story. Reasons – I think due to my lesser years of work ex and Indian IT work exp. High GMAT couldn’t do the trick. Nevertheless, cool process, thumbs up!

16 Comments leave one →
  1. July 19, 2008 1:25 am

    hi ahembeea,

    i’m also applying to iim a. They seem to have a brilliant plan for minimising their efforts and maximising applications at the same time. no essays=> more applications, as well as less work per appilcation.

    I agree that this is going to be the most competitive program in the universe, did you see the figures for last year’s placements? highest domestic salary was 60 lakhs, thats bound to motivate a lot of people not applying for other programs.

    i have been to the campus and met students (pgdm, not pgpex) i know this is where i will be going if selected. what about you?

  2. Mahesh permalink
    July 19, 2008 10:14 pm

    Chanced upon this page. I am a student of PGPX3 and I completely agree with you on the simplicity of the process. Last year, I was not sure if I wanted to do an MBA, but the simple application process was so inviting that I applied (only to this school), and today here I am at IIMA 🙂

    All the best

  3. ahembeea permalink*
    July 21, 2008 10:28 am

    Star – same for me, its the topmost choice.

    Mahesh – thx for leaving a comment. If you chance upon this page again, will love to know your profile and anything helpful that you might want to share with us applicants.

  4. Mahesh permalink
    July 21, 2008 10:41 pm

    I am a IT/Retail guy, 720 GMAT, 8.5 years of work ex in Wipro and a start up, all of these in the retail area.

    In my opinion, a good GMAT score is a must in case your profile is not unique. By that I mean, if you are a regular IT guy with an average GMAT score, you are competing with a huge number of people with similar background. The key is to differentiate yourself from the crowd, may be by aligning to a certain industry, building up certain unique skills etc.


  5. August 13, 2008 11:56 am

    All the best, buddy!

  6. ahembeea permalink*
    August 13, 2008 3:28 pm

    thx Uniqideas. And thats a brave effort you are putting up out there, atb !

  7. buggedbyessays permalink
    August 25, 2008 1:03 am

    absolutely agree with all of you. the IIMA brand is sufficient to lure any Indian…

    So much that I applied with a work ex of 5 years….full 5 years less than the class average but as ahembeaa said – you never know how good life can get:)

    btw the avg of 5 years of international experience points to a predominantly IT background…in which other industry would you have so much global exp and still be in India?

  8. ahembeea permalink*
    August 25, 2008 6:49 am

    Buggedbyessays – bingo! Its got to be IT. And great to know the kind of diversity you came across at the ISB session (6.1!!), is that the kind they are looking for?! Atb for your applications and keep us posted.

  9. Restless permalink
    September 2, 2008 9:35 pm

    I come from a retail/pharma background, teaching,management exp in the US with a Master of Science and 700 GMAT. I was looking for top school in US/EU only, however the simplicity and intelligence of IIMA lured me into applying.

    Talk Authenticity- IIMA is the only school to reveal minimum salary for a PGPX grad 14 lacs. Even Harvard has not dared this yet.

    The Website for sure needs a makeover. If I were not an Indian Citizen and not known abt IIMA I would be discouraged by the website. It can definitely be more aesthetic.

    To those who think IIMA is the best in the world: Business grads do not have to be super-intelligent/nerdy. Regular creative business people can get better results than Einstiens in business. At the end of the end, its business- just common sense. Ability to get alongwith people,lead teams,manage change does not necessarily need genius.

  10. ahembeea permalink*
    September 3, 2008 3:20 pm

    Restless – can’t agree more with you. Plus its a different ball game in India, IIMs don’t need to market themselves.

  11. buggedbyessays permalink
    September 4, 2008 10:44 am

    Couple of my friends got an interview call from IIMA….anyone on this forum who has heard from them?

  12. buggedbyessays permalink
    September 4, 2008 11:23 am

    actually its available on their website….I missed the cut 😦

  13. buggedbyessays permalink
    September 6, 2008 5:08 pm

    anyone on the list who got shortlisted for IIMA?

  14. Restless permalink
    September 8, 2008 10:24 pm

    I got an interview.

  15. buggedbyessays permalink
    September 9, 2008 10:43 am

    Congratulations restless and all others who have got an interview

  16. April 15, 2009 7:48 pm

    Hey, cool tips. Perhaps I’ll buy a glass of beer to the man from that chat who told me to visit your site 🙂

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