IIMA PGPX Essays | IIMA PGPX Essays | 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 10 plus years, the PGPX has created a strong name for itself. It has been ranked as high as #11 in the world by the Financial Times full-time MBA rankings, and is currently ranked at #26.

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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. Describe the most challenging situation you encountered in your career and how you managed it? What were your learning’s? (500 words)

IIMA-PGPX Essay 2. Describe a situation where you demonstrated your leadership abilities (500 words)

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 Class Profile

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Around 88% of IIMA’s class 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 must be 27 or older as on March 31, of the next year.

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

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


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IIMA PGPX Interview Preparation




Heavy Electricals / 9 years

Interview Duration40 minutes
Interviewers’ Profile3 panelists

1)  Extempore: Topic was “Inequality is inevitable result of capitalism”.

I though for a minute and started my response. I could not speak much about the topic. Interviewers started bombarding questions for which I did not have much knowledge. One interviewer even said that He is surprised that (my alma matter) does not have any course on economics in all 8 semesters.

In short extempore was a nightmare and I could not collect my thoughts in a timely manner. However, I maintained my calm.

2) When extempore ended, interviews asked question about hobby.

I answered travelling and then he asked last major visit. I answered Turkey and both interviewed started asking about History of Turkey, it’s geographical importance & ongoing role of Turkey in Syria.

I answered every question and interviewer seemed satisfied. Although I did not prepare for this question, My travel research before any trip really helped me.

3) Few questions related to work and application.

I did write strategic planning when I filled application as my area of interest. Interviewer asked me to give 2 examples where I demonstrated strategy and I gave him.

4) Interviewer pointed out my interest in Table tennis while I was in college. He started asking questions about top players in TT. How TT is different from other sports such as Badminton or Tennis.

I could answer every question as I still follow TT.



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