The two-year full-time Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP), rated as the toughest MBA programme in the world to get admission, is the flagship programme of IIMA. Its main objective is to develop young men and women into competent professional managers, capable of working in any sector of organized activity, proceeding leadership and achieving excellence in performance while contributing to the welfare of the larger society. The programme specifically attempts to:

  • Equip students with the required conceptual and interpersonal skills and sense of social purpose for managerial decision-making,
  • Develop leadership capabilities to act as change agents and be a source of motivation in the organizations they work in,
  • Nurture the desire to excel in performance without compromising integrity, honesty and fairness.


IIMA is known for the depth and rigour of the programme. The curriculum, reviewed and revised periodically, remain relevant and contemporary.

PGP Faculty strength

PGP students work experience - Sector wise

PGP cohort, as per work experience



The PGP curriculum is the result of constant innovation and continuous review by the faculty with help from practitioners in industry, alumni and students. The programme offers four types of courses spread across two years viz. foundational, tools and techniques oriented, functional and perspective-building courses.  It also provides opportunities for project courses and courses of independent study during the second year.

The compulsory/ core courses focus on rigorous grounding in the rudiments of every discipline in management and the development of a common foundation of business knowledge and management theory. The core courses consist of 480 sessions (Approx.) encompassing 24 credits (Approx.).

After the first year of programme, students undertake summer training with Institute's corporate partners for a period of eight to nine weeks. The Summer Internship is a powerful source of practical managerial insights, validation of management concepts, and valuable market knowledge.

The elective courses which are offered in the second year of the programme allow students to choose a bouquet of courses that interest them and develop proficiency in the areas of their choice. The elective courses consists of in-class courses (often with project components) offered by different areas, courses of independent study, exchange programmes, and intensive field courses, totalling 19 – 22 credits  (380-440 sessions) over three Terms. Each of the Terms consists of 09 to 12 weeks' duration. Each credit requires a minimum of eighty hours of work.

Types of Courses


Regular Course: This helps a student to learn tools, techniques, skills and concepts primarily through class discussions.


Seminar Course: This provides a specified number of class sessions and time for research to explore the frontiers of knowledge.


Projects: These are designed to suit individual student needs. There are four categories of projects. (1) An Independent Project, (2) Project Course, (3) Course of Independent Study, and (4) Comprehensive Project.

  1. An Independent Project provides an opportunity to apply the tools, techniques, skills and concepts, which a student may have already learnt, to the study of actual problems through field studies, computer based analysis and library research. 
  2. Students can do independent projects (IP) (Non Credit) for up to one per set of two slots. These can be undertaken only with the prior permission of the instructor(s) concerned. The project proposals, duly approved by the guide(s) should be submitted to the PGP Office before the start of slot IX and XI. The IPs would not be taken into account towards meeting the credit requirements in second year and their grades would not be accounted in GPA calculation.  
  3. The Course of Independent Study (CIS) (2 credits) allows exploration of a topic in the student's "area" of interest. It makes possible the integration of several fields of study in searching for the solution to a single problem. It provides valuable experience in the research process such as definition of the problem, search for relevant data, analysis of the data and drawing conclusions. Thus CIS allows for individual initiative, judgment and resourcefulness well beyond what is possible in the regular curriculum.  
  4. The Comprehensive Project (CP) provides an opportunity to learn in a real world context. This provides a vehicle for integration of learning across functions and disciplines. The project must be organization-based, not based entirely on secondary data or library work. It must be multifunctional and multidisciplinary in nature. 


Courses Offered

Compulsory Courses in the First Year (Tentative)


Term 1



Course Acronym

Course Title




Financial Reporting and Analysis




Financial Markets




Human Resource Management-I




Individual Dynamics




Legal Aspects of Business




Managerial Computing












Operations Management-I




Quantitative Methods-1a




Quantitative Methods-1b




Written Analysis and Communication



OB Area



Term 2



Course Acronym

Course Title




Costing and Control Systems




Financial Markets




Human Resource Management II




Interpersonal Group Processes




Transforming Business through Information Technology




Macroeconomics and Policy




Marketing II




Operations Management II




Personal and Corporate Ethics




Quantitative Methods-2




The Social and Cultural Environment of Business




Workshop on Interviews and Presentations


Term 3



Course Acronym

Course Title




Business, Environment and Society




Business Research Methods




Corporate Finance




Government Systems and Policy Process




Internet Enabled Businesses




Managerial Analysis and Communication




Marketing III




Organizational Dynamics




Strategic Management


Flexicore Courses (FC)




Manufacturing Operations Management


Service Operations Management




Managing Work Place Dynamics and Employee Collectives


Talent and Competency Management



Courses Offered in the Second Year (Tentative)

List of Electives Courses in Second year (Area Wise)


1          Business and Intellectual Property

2          Business Government and Law

3          Business Taxation

4          Competence, Capability and Corporate Strategy

5          Entrepreneurship and New Venture Planning

6          Foundations of Strategy Consulting

7          International Business Dispute Resolution

8          Leadership, Vision, Meaning and Reality

9          Managing Diversified Organizations

10        Multinational Company Strategies and International Expansion Choices

11        Strategic Alliances and Valuation of Intellectual Assets

12        Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation

13        Strategy in Emerging Markets

14        Strategy Capstone (Core Course)

            Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship

15        New Technology Application, Design and Business Models

16        Experiencing Live Action of Business

            Centre for Management in Agriculture

17        Shodh Yatra-Off Campus

18        CINE: Understanding Creativity, Innovation, Knowledge, Networks and Entrepreneurship


19        Communicating Corporate Reputation

20        Communication Skills for Team & Leadership Effectiveness

21        Difficult Communication

22        Intercultural Communication Competence

23        Managerial Communication

24        Media and Society: Economics, Politics, Ethics and Technologies for Mass Communication

25        Organizational Communication

26        Persuasive Communication

27        Strategic Communication in the Digital Era

28        Strategic Negotiation Skills-A


29        Economic Development Policy and Growth

30        Economics Of Food Quality

31        Economics of Happiness

32        Economics of Organization

33        Economics of Strategy

34        Game Theory and Applications

35        Hitchhiker's Guide to Business and Economies Across Five Centuries

36        Indian Economy and Society Today

37        Issues in International Finance for Managers

38        Labour Markets in Developing Countries

39        Managerial Econometrics

40        Massive Change: Economics and Finance

41        Monetary Theory and Policy

42        World Economy: Business, Government, and Policy

            Finance and Accounting

43        Financial Modelling

44        Alternative Investments and Hedge Funds

45        Asset Backed Securitization

46        Behavioural Finance

47        Bitcoin and the Blockchain

48        Financial Statement Analysis

49        Financing of Firms

50        Fixed Income Securities

51        Fraud Risk Assessment and Governance Mechanism

52        Futures, Options and Risk Management

53        Management of Financial Institutions

54        Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Restructuring

55        Microfinance Management

56        Modern Investment & Portfolio Management

57        Principles of Transfer Pricing

58        Quantitative & Algorithmic Trading

59        Strategic Perspectives in Banking

60        Structured Products

61        Trading Strategies

62        Valuation of Firms

            Human Resource Management

63        Business & Society

64        Business Turnaround and Organizational Transformation

65        Games People Play: Psychology of HRM

66        Human Resource Management in Service Sector

67        Personal Competencies for International HRM

68        Strategic Choice, Ethics and Morality: Lessons from Bhagavad Gita

            Information Systems

69        Management of Software Project Enterprises

70        Big Data Analytics

71        Consulting in E-Governance: From Vision to Implementation

72        Data Mining and Business Intelligence

73        Data Visualization for Decision Making

74        Digital Inclusion for Development

75        Strategies for Internet Economy


76        Business to Business Marketing

77        Advertising and Sales Promotion Management

78        Consumer Behaviour

79        Customer Based Business Strategies

80        Innovation, Live

81        Managing Customer Value Delivery

82        Managing Digital Business

83        Managing Luxury Business

84        Managing Omni Retail

85        Market Research and Information Systems

86        Marketing Management in the World of High Tech. and Innovation

87        Marketing of Healthcare Products & Services

88        Mobile Marketing Essentials

89        Neuroscience and Consumer Behaviour

90        New Products Creation & Development

91        Pricing

92        Semiotics: Strategies for Media and Brand Communication

93        Strategic Marketing

94        Strategic Models in Marketing

            Organizational Behaviour

95        Managing Complex Dynamics in Organizations

96        Co-creating Organizational Change

97        Contemporary Indian Workplaces: Decent Work and Diversity

98        Explorations in Roles and Identity (Off Campus)

99        Gender Lens on Corporate Policies

100      High Performing Teams: A Journey

101      The Creative Self at Work

            Production and Quantitative Methods

102      Advanced Methods of Data Analysis

103      Bayesian Methods for Data Analysis

104      Business Analytics

105      Coordinating the Crowd

106      Elephants and Cheetahs: Systems, Strategy and Bottlenecks

107      Forecasting Techniques for a Practitioner

108      Managerial Applications of OR (Project Course)

109      Operations Strategy

110      Revenue Management and Dynamic Pricing

111      Statistical Methods in Data Analysis

112      Supply Chain Thinking: Value Creation and Adaptation

113      The Art and Crafts of Decision Making

114      Why Projects Fail? Uncertainty, Complexity and Risk in Projects

            PGP (Others)

115      Bionics

116      Philosophical Foundation of Management

117      Doing Business in India (Only for Exchange)

118      Introduction to India: Culture and Society (Only for Exchange)

119      Contemporary Film Industry: A Business Perspective

            Public Systems Group

120      Business, Environment and Sustainability

121      Aviation Business Strategies

122      Carbon Finance

123      Good Governance & People Living in Poverty

124      Infrastructure Development & Financing

125      Innovations in Managing Urban Transport

126      Intelligent Transportation Systems

127      Investigating Corporate Social Irresponsibility

128      Managing Energy Business

129      Managing Telecom Enterprises

130      Manipulation, Myth-Making and Marketing

131      Participatory Theatre for Development

132      Power and Politics in Organization

133      Public Policy

134      Qualitative Research Methods for Understanding Business and Human Development in a Network Society

135      Rail Transport Planning and Management

136      Social Entrepreneurship: Innovating Social Change

137      Strategic Transformation and Change in the Indian Economy

138      Transformational Social Movements

139      Urban Economy and Business Environment

            Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Education Innovation

140      Gamification, Technology and Learning Motivation

141      Enterprise and Innovation in Education



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