The Programme offers the following type of courses:

  • Core Courses: These are compulsory courses offered in the first year. Most of them offer three credits.
  • Electives: Students have to register for three elective courses, each offering three credits, in the final semester of the first year. They can take up these courses provided they have taken all core courses in the first two terms and have registered for core courses in the third term. In the second year, students need to register for elective courses with a minimum of 45 credits to complete the course. Typically, these are three-credit courses. An elective is offered only if a minimum of 30 students register.
  • The PGP offers 1.5 credit courses (workshop courses and regular courses) depending on students’ interests.
  • Course delivery may use a combination of the following formats:  Lectures, classroom discussions, case studies, individual and group projects, term papers, role plays, student projects, dissertations, business games and films.

Course Outlines

Students will be provided with course outlines of the electives that they have chosen either in printed form or as an intranet post. Every course outline will cover the following:

  • Objectives of the course
  • Pedagogy to be adopted
  • Prerequisites, if any (in case of elective courses)
  • Restrictions, if any (the course committee has to approve elective/workshop courses where registration is less than 30.
  • Session-wise details of topics, required readings, additional readings and assignments
  • Scheme of evaluation and weightages, as well as attendance policy


The Institute uses the concept of credits to define the weightage of a course. Courses offer one, two or three credits depending on the indicated workload. The thumb rule is that a three-credit course involves about 100 hours of work – 30% in the classroom and the rest for preparation and assignments.

Courses and Credits – First year

The first-year students are exposed to basic concepts in the areas of Marketing, Finance, Personnel Management and Human Resources Management, Quantitative methods, Operations and Behavioral Sciences through the 'core courses'. These lay the foundation for all the functional areas of management that help develop problem-solving skills.

During the first year, a student will be required to do 15 core courses and three electives. The term-wise course details are given in the table below:

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Financial Accounting (3)

Competition & Strategy (3)

Business, Government & Society (3)

Quantitative Methods-I (3)

Corporate Finance (3)

Macroeconomics (3)

Managerial Economics (3)

Operations Management (3)

Management Accounting (2)

Managing Organisations (3)

Quantitative Methods-II (3)

Core Elective 1 (3)

Marketing Management (3)

Managing People and Performance in Organisations (3)

Core Elective 2 (3)

Managerial Communication- I (2)

Managerial Communication- II (1)

Core Elective 3 (3)

17 credits

16 credits

17 credits

Summer Internship

Between the end of the first year and the beginning of the second year, all PGP students with less than 34 months of work experience are required to work on a summer internship for a minimum of eight weeks (56 days). The internship is optional for students with at least 34 months of work experience prior to joining the institute. Interns are governed by the following rules:
  • Students are evaluated by the project guide of the respective organizations. A student is required to get a satisfactory rating on the evaluation to complete the programme for award of Diploma.
  • Immediately after the completion of the internship, it is the prime responsibility of the students to submit the filled-in Summer Internship Evaluation Report Form (SIER Form), duly signed by the project guide, to the Career Development Services office (CDS). In case the student receives 'Unsatisfactory' for his performance in the Summer Internship Programme, he is required to take an additional three-credit course to meet the criteria for getting the diploma. If a student embarks on a Summer Internship, but does not complete the required eight weeks, he/she will have to repeat the Summer Project the following year prior to the award of Diploma.
  • Students are required to submit one hard copy and a CD of the project report to the CDS Office within the prescribed deadline, failing which it is deemed that the student has not fulfilled the academic requirement as per the PGP norms. If the project report is confidential in nature, the student has to submit one hard copy of the abridged version of the report along with the letter from the organization confirming that the report is confidential.
  • All summer internship formalities must be completed by the student before arriving on campus for the re-orientation programme.

Courses and Credits – Second Year

IIMB has the distinction of offering the largest number of elective courses, among B schools in India, in the second year of the PGP when students specialize in functional areas of their interest. There is greater emphasis on the application of knowledge gained in the form of projects, group exercises and case discussions. The core Business Policy and Strategy course integrates the learning gained from the basic disciplines taught in the first year. Apart from electives, IIMB also offers language courses based on the interest of students like business Chinese, Spanish, Japanese etc.

The student has to get a minimum of 45 credits in electives in the second year. Electives are usually offered in the following areas:

- Finance & Control

- Marketing

- Corporate Strategy and Policy

- Organizational Behaviour & Human Resources Management

- Production and Operations Management

- Quantitative Methods and Information Systems

- Economic and Social Sciences

  • Credit distribution over the three terms are as follows:


Term 4

Term 5

Term 6









  • An elective course will be withdrawn if registrations are below 30
  • There is a bidding process, co-ordinated by the Academic Council, to select students for elective courses
  • A student has the choice to add or drop a course during the first week

The interactive skills of effective communication, conflict management, negotiation and mobilising individuals towards common goals are the essential ingredients of effective management. Therefore, developing these skills and teamwork is an important facet of the programme.

There is also a strong emphasis on project work. A number of projects are sponsored by the industry and students are required to interact with their managers. On an average, a student graduating from the institute would have carried out 15  projects, usually live, involving industry interaction and support. Students are also encouraged to take up dissertations and work on a project on 'Contemporary Concerns' under faculty guidance.

Course of Independent Study

PGP students have the option to take a maximum of six credits across courses of independent study, such as Contemporary Concerns Study or Dissertation. These courses are guided by faculty and provide students an opportunity to personalize their academic work to pursue their specific areas of interest in depth.