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
No Course Acronym Course Title
1 FRA Financial Reporting and Analysis
2 FM Financial Markets
3 HRM-I Human Resource Management-I
4 ID Individual Dynamics
5 LAB Legal Aspects of Business
6 MC Managerial Computing
7 ME Microeconomics
8 MKT-I Marketing-I
9 OM-I Operations Management-I
10 QM-1a Quantitative Methods-IA
11 QM-1b Quantitative Methods-IB
12 WAC Written Analysis and Communication
13 OB Area Induction


Term 2
No Course Acronym Course Title
1 CCS Costing and Control Systems
2 FM Financial Markets
3 HRM-II Human Resource Management II
4 IGP Interpersonal Group and Processes
5 TBIT Transforming Business through Information Technology
6 MEP Macroeconomics and Policy
7 MKT-II Marketing II
8 OM-II Operations Management II
9 PCE Personal and Corporate Ethics
10 QM-2 Quantitative Methods-2
11 SCEB The Social and Cultural Environment of Business
12 WIP Workshop on Interviews and Presentations


Term 3
No Course Acronym Course Title
1 BES Business, Environment and Sustainability
2 BRM Business Research Methods
3 CF Corporate Finance
4 GSP Government Systems and Policy Process
5 IEB Internet-Enabled Businesses
6 MAC Managerial Analysis and Communication 
7 MKT Marketing III
8 ODY Organizational Dynamics
9 SM Strategic Management
Flexicore Courses (FC)
10 MOM Manufacturing Operations Management
SOM Service Operations Management
11 SHRM Strategic Human Resource Management
TCM Talent and Competency Management


Courses Offered in the Second Year (Tentative)

List of Electives Courses in Second year (Area Wise) based on offerings in the past 5 years.

No Course Acronym Course Name
1 SC Strategy Capstone (Core Course)
2 BNLL(A) Business Negligence, Liability and Law-A
3 BNLL(B) Business Negligence, Liability and Law-B
4 BT Business Taxation
5 CCCS Competence, Capability and Competitive Strategy
6 CPSF Consulting and Professional Service Firms
7 LVMR(A) Leadership: Vision, Meaning and Reality-A
8 LVMR(B) Leadership: Vision, Meaning and Reality-B
9 BGL Business Government and Law
10 BT Business Taxation
11 ETA Entrepreneurial Thought & Action
12 FBL Frontiers of Business Law
13 IBDR International Business Dispute Resolution
14 MYM Mysteries in Management
15 RTNGB Reimagining Telecom & Next Generation Businesses 
16 SEM Strategy in Emerging Markets
17 BT Business Taxation
18 DSDT Digital Strategy and Digital Transformation
19 LVMR Leadership: Vision, Meaning and Reality
20 MCSIEC Multinational Company Strategies and International Expansion Choices
Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship
21 NTADBM New Technology Application, Design and Business Models
Centre for Management in Agriculture
22 SY Shodh Yatra - Off Campus
23 CINE CINE: Understanding Creativity, Innovation, Knowledge, Networks and Entrepreneurship
24 CCR(A) Communicating Corporate Reputation-A
25 CCR(B) Communicating Corporate Reputation-B
26 CST(A) Communication Skills for Team & Leadership Effectiveness-A
27 CST(B) Communication Skills for Team & Leadership Effectiveness-B
28 DC(A) Difficult Communication-A
29 DC(B) Difficult Communication-B
30 IC Intercultural Communication
31 OC Organizational Communication
32 PC Persuasive Communication
33 SNS(A) Strategic Negotiation Skills-A
34 SNS(B) Strategic Negotiation Skills-B
35 EPETMC(A) Media and Society: Economics, Politics, Ethics and Technologies for Mass Communication-A
36 EPETMC(B) Media and Society: Economics, Politics, Ethics and Technologies for Mass Communication-B
37 MC(A) Managerial Communication-A
38 MC(B) Managerial Communication-B
39 SCDE(A) Strategic Communication in the Digital Era-A
40 SCDE(B) Strategic Communication in the Digital Era-B
41 EoO Economics of Organization
42 GFT Global Finance and Trade
43 GTA Game Theory and Applications
44 MEM Managerial Econometrics
45 MTP Monetary Theory and Policy
46 HITCH Hitchhiker's Guide to Business and Economies Across Five Centuries
47 IEST Indian Economy and Society Today
48 REM Real Estate Management
49 BEE(A) Behavioral and Experimental Economics-A
50 BEE(B) Behavioral and Experimental Economics-B
51 EDPG Economic Development Policy and Growth
52 EFQ Economics Of Food Quality
53 GRFS Governance and Regulation in the Financial Sector
54 GTA(A) Game Theory and Applications-A
55 GTA(B) Game Theory and Applications-B
56 HITCH(A) Hitchhiker's Guide to Business and Economies Across Five Centuries-A
57 HITCH(B) Hitchhiker's Guide to Business and Economies Across Five Centuries-B
58 WEBGP World Economy: Business, Government, and Policy
59 EoS Economics of Strategy
60 EMBI Economics and Management of Biopharmaceutical Industry
61 IPBD Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Big Data
Finance and Accounting
62 FIS Fixed Income Securities
63 FORM Futures, Options and Risk Management
64 FSA Financial Statement Analysis
65 MIPM Modern Investment & Portfolio Management
66 SPB Strategic Perspectives in Banking
67 VoF Valuation of Firms 
68 AVI Applied Value Investing 
69 BB Bitcoin and the Blockchain
70 CG Corporate Governance 
71 FoF Financing of Firms 
72 FSA Financial Statement Analysis
73 MACR Mergers, Acquisitions & Corporate Restructuring 
74 MFM Microfinance Management
75 QAT Quantitative & Algorithmic Trading
76 SCF Stochastic Calculus in Finance
77 VoF Valuation of Firms 
78 AI Alternative Investments 
79 BF Behavioural Finance
80 BSGR Black Swans and Gray Rhinos: Managing under Financial Crises
81 PTP Principles of Transfer Pricing
82 UEPC Unlisted Equities & Patient Capital
 Human Resource Management
83 BS Business and Society 
84 GPP(A) Games People Play: Psychology of HRM-A
85 GPP(B) Games People Play: Psychology of HRM-B
86 PCIH Personal Competencies for International HRM
87 HRMSS Human Resource Management in Service Sector
88 MCEO Making of a CEO
89 MHCP Managing Human Capital in Projects
90 UBG Understanding Bhagavad Gita: Managerial Perspective
Information Systems
91 DMBI Data Mining and Business Intelligence
92 SIE Strategies for Internet Economy
93 SMIS Strategic Management of Information Systems
94 BDA Big Data Analytics
95 DVDM Data Visualization for Decision Making
96 BDA Big Data Analytics
97 MSPE Management of Software Projects and Enterprise 
98 PPIDI Public Policy for Inclusive Development of India
99 B2B Business to Business Marketing
100 DM Digital Marketing
101 MCVD Managing Customer Value Delivery
102 MME Mobile Marketing Essentials
103 SBM Strategic Brand Management
104 UNG Understanding the New Gold: Digitalization, Fintech and Associated Technology, Regulation and Adoption
105 DBBD Driving Better Business Decisions Through Superior Customer Insights and Sensemaking
106 INL Innovation, Live
107 ML Marketing Luxury
108 NCB Neuroscience and Consumer Behaviour
109 MRB Managing Retail Business
110 SMBC Semiotics: Strategies for Media and Brand Communication
111 CBBS Customer Based Business Strategies
112 CB Consumer Behaviour
113 DMCDM Descriptive Models of Consumer Decision Making
114 MMW Marketing Management in the World of High Tech. and Innovation 
115 MRIS (A) Market Research and Information Systems-A
116 MRIS (B) Market Research and Information Systems-B
117 PCG Pricing
118 SM(C) Strategic Marketing-C
119 SMM Strategic Models in Marketing 
Organizational Behaviour
120 CIW Contemporary Indian Workplaces: Decent Work and Diversity 
121 ERI(A) Explorations in Role and Identity - Off Campus
122 CSW(A) The Creative Self at Work-A
123 CSW(B) The Creative Self at Work-B
124 ERI(B) Explorations in Roles and Identity-B - Off Campus
125 ITES Inner Theatre: An Encounter with Self 
126 NS(A) Negotiation Strategies-A
127 NS(B) Negotiation Strategies-B
128 HPT High Performing Teams: A Journey
Production and Quantitative Methods
129 AMDA Advanced Methods of Data Analysis
130 EC(A) Elephants and Cheetahs: Systems, Strategy and Bottlenecks-A
131 EC(B) Elephants and Cheetahs: Systems, Strategy and Bottlenecks-B
132 MAOR Managerial Applications of OR
133 OS Operations Strategy
134 SCT Supply Chain Thinking: Value Creation and Adaptation
135 UCR Why Projects Fail? Uncertainty, Complexity and Risk in Projects
136 WwN Working with Networks
137 AMMMD Advanced Mathematical Modeling for Managerial Decisions
138 EC Elephants and Cheetahs: Systems, Strategy and Bottlenecks 
139 SCM Supply Chain Management
140 SMDA Statistical Methods in Data Analysis
141 ACD The Art and Crafts of Decision Making
142 BA Business Analytics
143 BMDA Bayesian Methods for Data Analysis
144 CTC Coordinating the Crowd
PGP (Others)
145 BIO Bionics
146 PFM(A) Philosophical Foundation of Management-A
147 PFM(B) Philosophical Foundation of Management-B
148 DBI Doing Business in India (Only for Exchange)
149 IHC India: History and Culture (Only for Exchange)
150 CFI Contemporary Film Industry: A Business Perspective
Public Systems Group
151 IDF Infrastructure Development & Financing
152 QRMUBHDNS Qualitative Research Methods for Understanding Business and Human Development in a Network Society
153 RTPM Rail Transport Planning and Management
154 TSM Transformational Social Movement
155 CaF  Carbon Finance
156 GGPLP Good Governance & People Living in Poverty
157 IMUT Innovations in Managing Urban Transport
158 ITS Intelligent Transportation Systems (15 session + FV)
159 MMMkt Manipulation, Myth-Making  and Marketing 
160 MVE The Philosophical Underpinnings of Public Policy: Morals, Values, and Ethics
161 PP Public Policy
162 PTfD Participatory Theater for Development
163 SEISC Social Entrepreneurship: Innovating Social Change
164 EBPD Experiments for Business and Policy Decision-making
165 MEnB(A) Managing Energy Businesses-A
166 MEnB(B) Managing Energy Businesses-B
167 URBAN Urban Economy and Business Environment
168 PPO Power and Politics in Organization
169 ICSI Investigating Corporate Social Irresponsibility
Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Education Innovation
170 SGCISE Second Generation Challenges in Indian School Education
171 EIE Enterprise and Innovation in Education



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