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Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy & Management


The Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management (PGPPM) is one of the key long-duration programs offered by the IIM Bangalore. This programme aims at strengthening the public policy and managerial skills of future leaders and senior managers from the civil services; and  professionals from social, infrastructure and private sectors. Today, increasingly the boundaries  between the public and private are getting blurred as sectors like infrastructure, utilities and services are opening up. This programme aims at equipping professionals in the Government and Non-Government sector to meet this challenge. It's a unique programme where professionals from Government and from the Non-Government sector learn together in a classroom setting.

For Whom?

The programme targets candidates from:

Government-sponsored participants: All the officers from All India Services, Central Services, and State Civil Services, PSU's in their mid-career.

Non-Government participants: These candidates will be from 'other than government' sectors and it targets Professionals from sectors like NGO'S, International Agencies, Infrastructural, Social, CSR, Consulting and other Service Sectors.


Government-sponsored participants: Group 'A' officers from All India Services, Central Services - organized & non-organized, technical & non-technical, faculty members of State Administrative Training Institutes and also officers of the State Civil Services (SCS) / Non-State Civil Services (Non-SCS) / PSUs with a minimum of 5 years work experience.  

Non- Government participants: Graduate with ideally 5 years of work experience.  Selection is on the basis of CAT/GRE/GMAT for Non-Government-sponsored participants.

Selection Process

Selection of Non-Government / Overseas participants is based on the following criteria:

- Academic background

- CAT 2014/ GMAT or GRE scores between December 01, 2011 and January 31, 2015

- Work experience

- Interest in public systems and/or NGO activities

The selected candidates will be interviewed in Delhi/ Bangalore/ Kolkata. They will be required to  do a case analysis on the day of the interview.

Interviews for overseas candidates will be on Skype/ video conference at a mutually convenient date and time.

Government-sponsored participants have to apply through the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Government of India (GoI), or through their respective employers. An advance copy of the application should be sent to The Administrative Officer (PGPPM), Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. They will be required to  do a case analysis at the time of interview.

About The Programme

The PGPPM was flagged off in 2001 from the Centre for Public Policy (CPP), which was established by IIMB with initial support from Department of Personnel and Training, GOI, and UNDP. PGPPM was started to fill an educational niche in India that brings together public policy and general management skills within a single programme.

It was extended to open candidates in the year 2008. Considerable synergies exist among private and public sectors, and we expect the class room experience to enable cross learning. PGPPM proposes to attract overseas participants from current year, and has added another dimension to the learning experience.

The PGPPM programme has contributed in positioning IIMB's CPP as an important policy think tank. PGPPM students have also initiated new policies and steered policy changes in their roles and have made academic contributions through papers and books based on their dissertation work.

Our Alumni from Government are in the All India and Central Services, Railway Board, Regulatory Authorities like TRAI, FMC, Planning Commission and in other important senior decision making positions in Government and industry.

Programme Structure

The programme provides conceptual, technical and analytical skills in public policy making. The programme will help in appreciating forces shaping the domestic and international environment for public policy. It also enhances soft skills in leadership, decision making, communication, etc.

A key feature of programme is the Comprehensive Policy Memo, which they have to present at the end of their year. The participants will be undertaking a Comprehensive Policy Memo which will help them to specialize in the chosen area in public policy field. The participants will select a department or programme, and conduct an intensive study on a policy issues or management challenges pertaining to it, under the guidance of a faculty. They will initiate the study in Term 3 and submit by the end of Term 4. This will be a key take away for both the participants and the sponsoring organizations.

For further details and procedure for admissions, please email:
Admission info: pgppmadm@iimb.ernet.in