IIMA PGPX Essays | IIMA PGPX Essays 2017 | IIMA PGPX Application

IIMA PGPX Essays are a critical part of the overall application for the IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA) one-year Post-Graduate Program for Executive (PGPX). Within a span of only 10 years (the program was launched in 2006), the PGPX has created a strong name for itself. It has been ranked as high as #11 in the world (2011) by the Financial Times full-time MBA rankings, and is currently ranked at #26. In the same ranking (FT Ranking 2015), the IIMA PGPX is ranked second in the world for career progression.


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IIMA PGPX Essays and Essay Tips

The IIMA PGPX Essays are an important part of the IIMA PGPX application, but the application itself is structured differently than those of most other schools. Instead of asking for essays in the first stage of the application process, IIMA asks for the essays after the first shortlist has been released. Selected students have around 10-15 days to create the essays and submit them after the shortlist is announced. The essays topics are:

IIMA-PGPX Essay 1. What do you expect to gain from the PGPX course at IIMA? (500 words)

IIMA-PGPX Essay 2. Describe an event that has influenced your life and when you demonstrated leadership qualities. (500 words)


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While these essay topics are not unusual, successful candidates will use them to not just act as explanations but also as differentiators for their applications. For the first essay, a strong understanding of the PGPX program at IIMA is essential. At the same time, a clear statement of your career goals is important too. This intricately ties in with your past – what is your professional experience all about and why are you motivated to apply to the PGPX?

Similarly, the second essay might not seem extremely interesting as a topic, but when used well, it can really add to your application. Most people tend to describe routine work projects as part of this essay, and that is never going to be enough. The essence of this essay is leadership, and that has to be highlighted impactfully. What was the situation? What leadership did you show? Most importantly, what does this say about you? These are all going to be important components of the essay you create.

A final word on content and presentation. While content is king, presentation is queen too. Not only should your essay have the right points, but they must also be very well presented. As a PGPX applicant, you already have years of experience behind you. That should reflect in the maturity of your thinking as well as the presentation of your ideas. Not only can a poorly written essay (even with good content) lead to rejection at the written stage, but it can also cause problems later in the interview.

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IIMA PGPX Deadlines

The IIMA PGPX application for 2017 (PGPX 2017-18) opened in early April 2017.

IIMA PGPX Application Submission DeadlineAugust 29, 2017 (R1)
November 02, 2017 (R2)
Announcement of Shortlisted CandidatesSeptember 14, 2017 (R1)
November 10, 2017 (R2)
Announcement of Essay TopicsSeptember 18, 2017 (R1)
November 13, 2017 (R2)
Submission of EssaysSeptember 30, 2017 (R1)
November 24, 2017 (R2)
Announcement of interview shortlistOctober 7-29, 2017 (R1)
December 02-17, 2017 (R2)
Announcement of resultsNovember 11, 2017 (R1)
Decemebr 30, 2017 (R2)

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IIMA PGPX Class Profile

Average age of IIMA PGPX students32 years 5 months
Median GMAT score of IIMA PGPX students700
IIMA PGPX Class Size (Class of 2015)115 students
Average work experience of IIMA PGPX students8 years 6 months
Average international experience of accepted IIMA PGPX students2 years

Around 88% of IIMA’s current class (Class of 2018) is made up of engineers. 41% of the class comes from the IT industry (the highest contributor). However, students are drawn from more than 15 industries overall. While 3% of the class is made up of international students, 16% of the students in the class resided abroad (outside India) at the time of application.

IIMA PGPX Eligibility and Fees

As stated on the IIMA PGPX website, eligible applicants now need to have a bachelor’s degree, a valid GMAT score obtained over the last 4 years, should have a minimum of 4 years of work experience and must be 27 years of age or older on 31st March of the year of the intake. For example, eligible applicants for the PGPX 2017-18 must be 27 or older as on March 31, 2018.

The fees for the program is currently (2017) INR 24.5 Lakhs (US$ 37,500).

For answers to further commonly asked questions, see the IIMA PGPX FAQ.

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