IIMC MBAEX essays, deadlines, and class profile

The IIMC MBAEX essays and statement of purpose constitute the most important part of the IIM Calcutta (IIMC) Post Graduate Program for Executives (MBAEX) admissions process. This one year MBA equivalent program for executives offered by IIM Calcutta is very popular, and offers excellent education as well as placements. This page provides a brief overview and some tips and advice for the IIMC essays, while also listing down the latest deadlines and class profile. 

IIMC MBAEX Essays - current topics

  • Statement of Purpose: This should include an objective and clear statement on why you want to join the PGPEX programme?; what qualities, experience and achievements do you have to justify your admission; what types of jobs and at what level do you expect after successful completion of PGPEX? (500 words)
  • Optional essay: Anything else you would like to highlight in support of your application (Word limit 300 words)

IIM Calcutta MBAEX essay tips and advice

  • IIMC PGPEX Statement of Purpose (SOP): The IIMC PGPEX SOP is meant to be a statement of the larger vision and goals that the applicant hopes to achieve through the PGPEX program. You should focus on their professional experience, why they seek an MBA, and how IIMC can help. Future career goals are also important, together with explaining how you hope to achieve them. Keep in mind that this is the ‘core’ answer that IIMC is looking at, and it forms the core of your candidature, so this is the single most important essay as part of the application at IIMC.
  • IIMC PGPEX optional essay: This is an optional essay, so do not feel the compulsion to use it, but do not also leave this blank if some aspects of your candidacy remain unaddressed. Career gaps, poor academic performance, unusual work appraisals, and frequent job changes all fall into this category, but are of course not an exhaustive listing of things you could mention.

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IIMC MBAEX application deadlines 2022-23

The admission process to the MBAEx programme of IIM Calcutta will be a three round one with the following dates: (Please note that a candidate can apply only once in a single academic year)

 Application Stages  Dates – First Round  Dates – Second Round  Dates – Third Round
Dates for Applying Online June 30, 2021 –
August 30, 2021
August 31, 2021 –
October 31, 2021
November 1, 2021 –
January 1, 2022
Submission of duly
completed application form
August 30, 2021 October 31, 2021 January 1, 2022
Announcement of
short-listed candidates
September 10, 2021 November 10, 2021 January 8, 2022
Interview of short listed
September 11-12, 2021 November 19-21, 2021 January 14-16, 2022
Announcement of selected
September 27, 2021 November 27, 2021 February 5,2022
Last date of acceptance and
payment of commitment fees
To be announced To be announced To be announced
Registration for students
– 16th Batch
To be announced
Commencement of the programme
for the 16th Batch
To be announced

NB: This year as an exception scores of GMAT online exams are valid for MBAEx

IIMC MBAEX fees and costs

The program cost for 2021-22 will be INR 27,00,000. This includes tuition fees, cost of study material, accommodation and cost of study tours organised by IIMC.

Another very interesting part of the program is that Airfare, visa and medical insurance charges for overseas study tours will be borne by IIMC itself. However, students will have to bear the expenses for food, personal travel, electricity, cable TV, other utility and misc., expenses and any other expenses of personal nature during their stay in the campus or abroad. This is an outstanding option given by IIMC to its students. For most other MBA programs, schools do not cover the cost of studying abroad, and depend on students to pay extra for it. For those looking for global exposure during their stay at IIMC, this is an excellent opportunity to get it along with outstanding education at IIM Calcutta.

IIM Calcutta MBAEX Class Profile

For the MBAEx 2022 class profile is as follows:

Total number of students graduating 79
Average GMAT score for IIMC MBAEx 685
Average work experience for IIMC MBAEx 8 years 3 months (99 months)

IIMC MBAEX Eligibility

  • A bachelor’s degree (minimum 10+2+3 years of formal education) or equivalent in any discipline
  • At least 5 years of full time post qualification managerial/professional experience as on March 31, 2022.
  • Valid GMAT Score (taken within the last 36 months of application date).

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Glimpse of our IIM Calcutta Interview Prep Process

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– Why MBA?


– Questions on numerical ability (converting Indian units like lakhs into Western units like billions quickly)

– Questions on issues of general awareness (at the time, these covered interest rates, disruptions in Parliament, the GST bill, and reservations for women)


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