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Different types of MBA offered in IIMs

by Manish Gupta 2021-10-09

Different types of MBA offered in IIMs

MBA is the most sought after post graduation course for everyone either bachelor students or working professionals. When you apply to different IIMs, you will get to see many of the different varieties of MBA available to you. Not all are made for you and not all are redundant for you. Let's see some of the chosen types of MBAs in IIMs. 

Post Graduate Program in Management aka PGP

This is where the most of the crowd is going since it has a maximum number of seats. The duration of this course is 2 years and for most of the IIMs  it's a residential program where you will stay within the campus for a whole 2 years with your batchmates. It's a staying and studying program aiming for those who want to build a solid foundation in management from scratch and then apply for campus placements. You can do specialisation in any subject or dual specialisation or even not specialising at all by choosing electives from diverse subjects. The first year remains the same for all while the second year is different depending on the electives taken by the student from fields like finance, marketing, human resources, organisational behavior, supply chain , production, operations, information technology, etc. If you are interested in PGP, Don't forget to check the selection criteria of IIMs for this programme. 

Executive program

Coming with different names like EPGP or PGPX or EMBA, the program is condensed version of flagship PGP but it's only of 1 year duration and made only for working executives who want to raise their position to middle or senior level management.  Different IIMs have different eligibility criteria for CAT/GMAT/GRE scores, minimum age and minimum work experience. 

PGP- FABM (Food and Agri-Business Management) 

This is a sector specific course unique to IIM Ahmedabad, though a similar course is offered in IIM Lucknow also. This course is specifically designed to impart management education needed to run the business of agricultural produce, both at domestic and international level. In the first year, the same courses of PGP are offered, while in the second year, rural and food-related management courses are offered. Also there is a rural immersion program of 20 days where students spend time in rural areas knowing problems at grassroot level and coming out with solutions. Check more details about the IIM Ahmedabad PGP FABM course here

PGP-HRM (Human Resources Management) 

This is a 2 years newly introduced residential course provided by IIM Indore and IIM Ranchi. First year will be the same as for PGP students while the second year will be focussed on human resources allied subjects like talent management, behavioral sciences, analytics, organisational behaviour and all people related aspects. Check officially about IIM Indore PGP-HRM and IIM Ranchi PGP-HRM


This is an integrated program in management offered by IIM Indore. It's total duration is 5 years where after 3 years, students are given an exit option. This is for 12th pass students who don't want to face CAT in their MBA journey. Check more details on the official website

PGP-PPM( Public Policy Management) 

This is a unique course offered by IIM Bangalore, combining general management and public policy. This is ideal for those who want to work in the public sector and formulate plans for various issues arising in administration. PPM graduates are demanded by Ministries, SEBI, TRAI, Railways, NGOs, PSUs and many consulting companies. Government and non-Government participants with a required amount of work experience and valid CAT/GMAT score can apply. Check detailed info of the program here. A similar course is offered by MDI Gurgaon, the details of which can be checked here

Overall, most of the PGP versions offered by IIMs and others often tend to be the same in the first year and most of them are secured by securing a good percentile in CAT. If clearing CAT is your next objective to achieve, put your best in it and make it worth. Acadergy is also here to provide its helping hand for all your doubts and CAT prep resources. We strive hard to make you achieve your objective. Join our ever expanding community now.