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Executive PGDM [earlier called PGDM (GM)]


In the journey of transformation, XLRI didn't just follow others but opened new vistas of management education. For XLRI, catering to the needs of the aspiring business leaders, industry and the nation is an important guiding philosophy. The teaching methodology empowers students to think beyond the possible, providing the guidance and industry related learning, thereby enabling students to become the future leaders with a human touch.

XLRI offers a fifteen-month full-time residential management program PGDM (General Management), previously known as GMP. Incoming students having a minimum of five years of experience in varied fields like IT/ITeS, Energy/Power, Automobile, Manufacturing etc are crystallized into modern corporate warriors imbibed with a human touch. The course enables students to grasp the latest in management theory, broadens perspectives and launches them into new avenues of problem solving. XLRI's deep commitment to nation building is demonstrated year on year as the program nurtures socially responsible change agents transforming the business landscape of modern India.

This one of the flagship programs offered by XLRI and this program has received various prestigious accreditations including AMBA, AICTE etc. The superlative course structure combined with the substantial work-experience of the participants makes them highly sought after by the industry post-graduation.

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The General Management Program aims at augmenting the skill-sets and competencies of practicing managers. Exposing them to recent trends, tools and techniques in Management would not only provide them with extra skills sets but also help them reflect upon the previous experience of working in organizations. Though the program offers concentration in conventional subjects like Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Marketing, Production Management and Strategic Management but the focus of program is to prepare current managers for the leadership roles. This 15 month, full time AICTE recognized course incorporates a 3-month field based training in a functional area.


Candidates must hold a recognized bachelor's degree of minimum three years duration in any discipline with at least 5 years of managerial/supervisory experience by March 31, 2021. Executive PGDM Programme candidate may choose to apply through XAT 2021, GMAT or GRE score (taken during December 1, 2015 to December 31, 2020).

Selection Criteria

Candidates may apply for more than one programme. Those who apply for multiple programmes may be called for multiple interviews and/or group discussions. The selection criteria for different programmes may differ depending on the nature of the programme. XAT written test will have multiple components and you need to maximize your performance in each of these components. In its pursuit of academic excellence, XLRI actively encourages the students from diverse backgrounds. While preparing the shortlisted candidates for the interview, in addition to XAT performance, we may factor in academic ability and the relevant work experience. Besides performance in the personal interviews (and/or group discussions) we also consider XAT performance, relevant work experience, academic ability, extra-curricular activities etc. while preparing the final list. For candidates who cannot be present physically for the XLRI interviews due to their being out of the country, interviews would be carried out in online mode via Internet only for Executive PGDM.

Note: Candidates may please note that the tentative dates for interviews are likely to be scheduled during February 16 to March 15, 2021.

Stage 01
Applying through GMAT/GRE/XAT Prerequisites for GMAT and GRE Applicants:
  • All GMAT and GRE applicants must take their GMAT and GRE between December 01, 2015 and December 31, 2020
  • Indian candidate registering through XAT 2021 Rs. 1750/- and Rs. 300/- each for every additional programme of XLRI
  • Foreign and NRI candidates registering through XAT 2021 Rs. 5000/- [For one or more programmes(s)]
  • Indian candidate through GMAT / GRE Rs. 2500/- [Only for GMP]
Stage 02
Shortlist of Candidates
  • The names of the GMAT / GRE candidates will be shortlisted by end of January.
  • The names of the XAT candidates will be shortlisted by end of January.
Stage 03
Interview Process
  • The interviews for Ex-PGDM candidates through XAT, GMAT and GRE will be conducted online between mid-February and March 2021.
  • Ex-PGDM Interviews can be conducted over G-talk / Skype for overseas candidates. Candidate needs to get in touch with the admissions office for scheduling the interview online
Stage 04
Result Announcement
  • The short listed candidates will be announced via email along with an offer letter for XLRI-Ex-PGDM by end of March.


Fees and other charges for 15-month Ex-PGDM will be approximately Rs. 20 lakh (or equivalent in $ US) for the academic year 2021 - 2022. Food, electricity and other personal expenses would be charged extra depending on the type of accommodation preferred by the student. Fee may change next session based on the recommendation of Fee Fixation Committee.