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Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGP)
ABOUT THE PROGRAMME
The Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management (EPGP) is a one-year full time residential programme designed for experienced professionals. The programme is accredited by Association of MBAs (AMBA) London (UK). The programme aims to add to the knowledge and skills of the participants so as to develop them for senior level roles. The international module of this programme further enhances the exposure to global environment and develops the ability to work in cross – cultural environment.
Is EPGP a compressed form of PGP programme?
Yes. If the frame of reference is a two-year MBA programme, then EPGP is very similar to a one year MBA programme.
How is EPGP different from the two year PGP programme?
While PGP is a two years MBA programme that requires the candidates to have a valid CAT score for application; the EPGP is a one-year post graduate programme for experienced professionals and requires the candidates to have a valid GMAT score as well as a minimum of five years of work / professional / entrepreneurial experience. EPGP programme has been designed keeping in mind the following:
- The courses can leverage the experience of the participants.
- The courses are aligned with the industry concentration identified for the programme.
- The core courses provide a general management perspective at an elevated pitch compared to the PGP programme.
Is this a full time residential programme?
Yes, EPGP is a full time residential programme with an International module, which requires the candidates to visit one of the top global B-schools.
Is the International module compulsory or is it optional?
The International module is a compulsory module for all the participants.
What diploma will awarded at the end of the programme?
After the successful completion of the programme, a candidate will receive Executive Post Graduate Diploma in Management.
What is the admission process of this programme?
Applicants are supposed to fill up the online application form and attach the required documents and furnishing the details of application processing fee deposited in the form of online bank transfer (Rs.5,900/- including GST for Indian nationals and US $ 118 including GST for foreign nationals). After initial screening, all the candidates short-listed for personal interview will be informed through e-mail. Subsequent to the interview process, Provisional Admission Offers are posted on the Institute website and selected candidates will also be informed through post & email. In order to accept the Provisional Admission offer, a candidate has to submit a letter of acceptance along with the commitment fee of Rs.1,00,000/- plus applicable tax within the stipulated time as mentioned in the offer letter.
How are the applicants short-listed for the interview?
Short-listing of candidates for the interview will be done on the basis of GMAT score and/or any other criteria as decided by the admission committee for that academic year.
Can a candidate apply multiple times in a year for the EPGP course starting that year?
Irrespective of multiple rounds of admission process, a candidate is eligible to apply only once in any one of the rounds during the year. Violation of this will amount to cancellation of application.
What are the eligibility criteria for applying to this programme?
The Candidate must have –
- Minimum marks of 50% in Bachelor’s Degree or its equivalent in any discipline. A candidate having 50% marks in Bachelor’s Degree in distance education mode from an UGC approved university is also eligible.
- A valid GMAT score. The score submitted should have been obtained within 05 years on the date of submission of application. For example, a candidate submitting application on 10 October 2018, should have taken the GMAT test between 11 October 2013 to 10 October 2018.
- Minimum 5 years of managerial/ entrepreneurial/ professional experience after graduation as on the date of submission of application.
Is there any age limit for joining this programme?
There is no upper age limit for joining this programme.
Can I take the GMAT exam after 31st December and submit the scores on receipt?
No. You need to have a GMAT (valid) score at the time of application.
What is the minimum GMAT score required to apply for EPGP?
The admissions committee decides the cut off every year.
How about sectional cut offs in GMAT?
Currently, only the overall cut off is considered.
What is the weightage given for GMAT ?
GMAT score is one of the many data points considered. Given the emphasis on diversity, nature of work experience, educational background, statement of purpose, sponsorship status (sabbatical/industry sponsored) all these play an important role in the selection of candidates.
What is the minimum work experience required?
Five years of professional or entrepreneurial experience or a combination of the both adding up to five years after graduation as on the date of submission of application
Is experience such as (a) article-ship for CA’s (b) part time work experience while pursuing graduation considered?
Work experience after graduation is considered as valid. So part-time work experience as a student, article-ship etc. are not counted as work experience.
Which are the Interview Centers?
* Candidates residing abroad, who are unable to attend the interview in India are only eligible for interview through SKYPE.
Whether the boarding and lodging is charged for 12 months period?
The boarding and lodging charges are for that period of stay on campus.
Are the participants supposed to vacate the accommodation during International Immersion programme?
Yes, the students have to vacate the residential facility during International Immersion programme.
Is it possible for someone to retain the room during International Immersion programme?
No. However in case of some extraordinary situation, the facility can be extended on chargeable basis based on the approval of competent authority.
What are the Fee details of this programme?
The programme fee is Rs.20,00,000/- + Applicable tax for Indian Nationals (Indian passport holders) and US $49,950 + applicable tax for Foreign Nationals (Foreign passport holders).
Is this fee refundable?
This fee as well as the application-processing fee is non-refundable post registrations in the programmeme.
What does this fee include?
This fee includes tuition fee, the cost of course material (cases and readings), access to library facilities, computer network charges in campus, lodging and boarding (at Indore) excluding the International Immersion duration, academic inputs for international immersion, etc.
Is the fee for international module included in this?
For the International Module, the tuition fee is included in the above-mentioned fee. All other expenses towards travel, visa, boarding, lodging etc. have to be borne by the candidates. The approximate cost towards boarding and lodging for international immersion is Rs.3,50,000/- (Rupees Three lakh fifty thousand only). The expenditure break up of visa fee is as follows:
- DS-2019 Form Processing Fee (This fee is from the McCombs Business School, UT International Office for students travelling in J1 Visa) : US$150 per participant
- SEVIS Fee (before you apply for a visa to enter the United States as a student or exchange visitor, you need to pay the I-901 Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee : US$180 per participant.
- VISA Fee (Non-refundable fee of US$150) for anyone seeking a nonimmigrant (such as a tourist or a student) visa, who enters the country for a temporary stay for the United States.
What is the commitment fee for this programme and when is it to be paid?
A commitment fee* of Rs.1,00,000/- (Rupees One lakh only) plus applicable tax has to be paid at the time of accepting the provisional admission offer issued to the selected candidates within the stipulated time period or date, else the selection is liable to be cancelled.
Is there an upper limit for number of years of work experience, beyond which the application may not be considered?
Not really. Even though the minimum eligibility is five years, the median experience for the previous two batches has been more than 80 months.
Can I come on a sabbatical?
Certainly. We encourage the participants to take a sabbatical for the programme.
My experience is predominantly in a Public Sector Unit (PSU). Can I apply?
Certainly. We have had participants from both central as well as state PSU’s. To name a few, NTPC, Engineers India, BHEL, HPCL, BSNL,HAL and so on.
I have a very unique background. Can I apply?
In fact, people with unique backgrounds add to the richness of the programme. We significantly value diversity, as it enhances the learning experience. In the recent past, we have had participants with very unique backgrounds such as;
- Wedding planning
- Officers from Indian Army with experience in counter insurgency
- Hotel management graduate with F&B experience
- Marine engineer
- Officers from Indian Air force and Navy
- Doctor, etc.
Normally engineers with IT / ITES background form a significant part of such post experience programmes. How about EPGP?
That is true. Large number of applicants fall in this category. However non IT engineers with experience in core industries do account for a sizable number of applicants.
Is the EPGP offered in Mumbai?
As of now, EPGP is offered only at Indore campus.
Will the accommodation for the course participants provided by the institute or the candidates have to make their own arrangement for the same?
The institute shall provide suitable accommodation for all the selected candidates only for the part of the programme conducted and for corresponding durations in Indore.
I am a local candidate; can I stay at my residence and come for the classes from there?
No. EPGP is a full time residential course and all the candidates are required to stay on campus.
Can family members of the candidates come and visit them in the campus?
Yes, members of the family can visit the candidates but accommodation for family members may be provided subject to availability and hostel rules in this regard.
What are the other facilities available inside the campus?
The campus has all the necessary amenities available inside like – Students Mess, Eating joints, Gymnasiums, Tennis court, Swimming pool, Theatre, Grocery shop, Fruit and Vegetable shop, Tailor shop, Post Office, Bank, ATMs etc. The Institute also has its own shuttle bus service to Indore city and back. A dedicated Medical Centre with ambulance facility is also available.
Can I come on sabbatical and still sit for a campus interview?
It depends on what terms have been decided between you and your previous employer. It will be a candidate’s responsibility to ensure there is no ambiguity over the contract between the candidate and his/her employer.
What is the nature of medical certificate required? Is there any format?
The medical certificate should be from a doctor not below the rank of an Assistant Civil Surgeon/Deputy Director/Assistant Medical Superintendent. The doctor is expected to certify to your fitness taking into consideration of your eyesight, hearing, speech, chronic ailments and other factors, which may impair your ability to undertake a course in management. While no format is prescribed, you can use the following “ I have examined Mr./Ms………………………………………… and find him/her fit to undertake a one year executive post graduate programme in management at IIM Indore. I have checked his/her speech, hearing, eyesight, chronic ailments and general physical condition and am unable to find any physical infirmities / defects which will affect his/her ability to undertake the course”.