PGPEX is one year residential program for working professionals; this program gives mid-career professionals the ideal platform to augment their existing skill sets as they endeavor to armor themselves for senior and top management roles in the company.
Since 2007, PGPEX has produced alumni who have demonstrated excellence skills in the leadership positions that they have occupied in their companies.
The Class comprises an eclectic mix of youth and experience. Under the guidance of the leading management faculty, a passion for continuous learning synergizes with experiences from diverse backgrounds to create an enriching learning environment.
Learning in the classroom is an equally important. While case discussions enrich the practical experience of unraveling real life business puzzles, informal discussions on varied chapters from thoughtfully chosen adjunct readings broaden individual perspectives

PGPEX Class of 2017-18
Duration 1 Year
Minimum number of work experience required 5 Years
Average year of work experience 8 Years
Average International work experience 14 months
Opening Online Applications 01st July 2017
Closing dates for Applications 22nd October 2017
Average GMAT score 701
Number of Seats 68
Announcement of shortlisted candidates First half of November
Interview of shortlisted candidates Second half of November
Announcement of selected candidates Second half of December
Start of Programme 27th of April 2018

Eligibility Criteria for PGPEX at IIM Calcutta:

  • Executives with graduate degree (minimum 3 years duration in any discipline) or (equivalent qualification from a recognized) University
  • At least 5 years of full time post-qualification managerial/professional work experience
  • A valid GMAT Score (taken within the last 36 months at the time of application)
  • Proficiency in English


  • Emphasis on decision-making and leadership qualities
  • Excellent focus on analytical & problem-solving pedagogy
  • Learning to address and resolve complex issues in a cross-cultural environment
  • Diverse participant mix with experience with global organizations
  • Industry internship or International immersion

Selection Process:

Selection of a candidate is based on his/her Professional Experience, Academic Records, GMAT Score and Personal Interview. In addition to this, candidates are required to submit a statement of purpose (SOP) and recommendations from two referees holding senior managerial positions. These are also taken into consideration in the final selection.

SOP Question 2017-18:

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? (word limit 500 words)

Essays Questions (2014-15):

Statement of Purpose: Why you want to join the programme and what benefit you foresee on completion of the course (300 – 500 words)

Essay 1: Give detailed descriptions of three activities you performed in your workplace in the last five years which will help us assess your abilities and strengths. Use extra sheets if necessary. (300 – 500 words)

Essay 2: Narrate an important/unusual incident of your life when you had to face a very demanding/challenging situation. How did you overcome the situation? What lessons did you learn from this incident? (300 – 500 words)

Essay 3: What are the changes in your profile vis-à-vis previous years? (300 – 500 words) (Only for re-applicants)

Essay 4: Anything else you would like to highlight in support of your application? (300 – 500 words) (Optional Essay)