Though we’ve written extensively about one year MBA programs in India, it’s been more of individual success stories of folks who’ve got into these colleges. We also published one on the best one year MBA in USA.
However, we didn’t have a single motherhood post on the Indian one year MBA programs, collating all the marquee names to consider.
So, if you’ve just joined the party and wondering if a shorter duration MBA will help you, read on.
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[Editor’s Note: Article updated in August 2021 to reflect the latest data]
Executive Ed | One year MBA in India
Just when you thought that your MBA dreams died long ago along with that decent-but-not-good-enough CAT score, the desi management education Gods decided to open up another avenue – 1 year MBA.
Unlike the 2 year MBA in USA, these Indian MBA courses allow you to complete the degree in half the time. Pretty much like the European MBA courses, minus the Yash Chopra scenery and the exorbitant costs of attending an international MBA.
Read this related post – How much does an MBA Cost in India, USA, Europe.
The 1 year MBA in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad & other cities cater to candidates who are quite different compared to the fresh-faced crowd that makes up the CAT pool.
These 1 year MBA applicants (armed with GMAT scores instead of CAT) are generally 3-10 years older, more experienced, wiser (?)…but as eager as the freshers for a career change or vertical growth.
One year Executive MBA in India – Huh???
Let’s get the terminology straight before moving on. We’ve been saying this for years, but seems like there’s still a lot of work to be done in clarifying this.
A regular full-time one year MBA in India is NOT the same as an Executive MBA in India. It’s not a part-time MBA. And definitely not a distance MBA.
On behalf of the frustrated alumni of such programs, please do not refer to them as one year Executive MBA in India or a 1 year full-time Executive MBA in India or any other creative but completely off-the-mark title.
Read these earlier posts to get the basics right:
Executive Level One year MBA in India Rankings
Though many Indian colleges offer shorter 1 year MBA courses, we’ll list out a few that get discussed more than the others. For reference, we will use the list of schools that have consistently featured on the Financial Times’ Global MBA Rankings list.
IIMA PGPX – Ahmedabad
Ranked at 62 in the Global FT Ranking (2022), IIM Ahmedabad’s PGPX is a top ranking 1 year MBA in India. Here’s an earlier post on it.
ISB – Hyderabad
Another popular MBA that ranks at 32 in the same FT rankings (2022) is the Indian School of Business (ISB, Hyderabad / Mohali). Here are a few posts that’ll give you an insight of how to crack into ISB.
IIMB EPGP – Bangalore
With a ranking of 53, the 1 year MBA in Bangalore is also one of the top contenders. Jefferey shares more on it.
IIMC MBAEx (Formerly PGPex) – Calcutta
Ranked at 68 among the other global MBA greats, IIMC also has a lot to offer, even in the one year MBA category. Here’s more on it.
IIMC PGPex for Executives | IIM Calcutta
Apart from these top ranking 1 year Indian MBA courses, there are others you could check out too. These aren’t ranked by any global publication yet.
XLRI PGDM – General Management
Technically, this is a 15-month program, but we’ll include it here anyway. It was formerly known as GMP, when we published this earlier post – XLRI GMP 1 year MBA.
S. P. Jain (PGP – General Management) – Mumbai
S. P. Jain Mumbai (rebranded as SPJIMR Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan) is probably the only Indian institute to offer two flavours of the 1 year MBA – abroad and in India.
Here’s an article on the Indian course:
One year MBA in Mumbai – Rimjhim’s Executive to Entrepreneur journey
SP Jain School of Global Management is a separate legal entity offering its own set of programs, including the following:
SP Jain Global MBA (GMBA) – Dubai, Singapore, Sydney calling
IIML (IPMX) – Lucknow
The amount of experience in the class, just like IIMA PGPX is among the highest compared to other Indian 1 year MBA programs. Here’s a post on it:
Great Lakes (PGPM) – Chennai
Though this course hasn’t been able to match up to ISB’s rise, the students here have been adding some good memories to their bounty. Check out what Amar had to say about his experience there.
Great Lakes Chennai 1 year MBA (PGPM): Amar gets nostalgic
We’ll wrap this up with a few more posts related to the 1 year Indian MBA format that you might be interested in.