PGDM Working professionals


Difference between regular PGDM and PGDM for working professionals?

Both PGDM and PGDM for Working Professionals are AICTE (Min. of HRD, Govt. of India) approved, 2 year, programs. PGDM is the flagship program of JIMS started in 1993 and is also NBA and AIU accredited, which gives it equivalence to MBA degree awarded by the universities. It is a full time program and minimum eligibility is graduation.

PGDM for Working Professionals program has been introduced this year for working executives, entrepreneurs and those engaged in family businesses. It will be conducted in the hybrid mode with offline classes to be held at JIMS’ campus on Saturdays & Sundays, and few online sessions during week days. It is unique because those enrolling for this program can continue with their existing employment, startup or business.

What is the Fee structure?

Two year fee for the PGDM for WP program is Rs.4 lacs to be paid in four instalments. Two instalments each in the first and second year.

What will be Class Schedule and College timings?

Regular classes shall be held at JIMS, Sector-5, Rohini campus from 9 am – 3 pm, on Saturdays and Sundays. Online contact sessions during some of the weekdays, shall be in the evening for maximum 2 hours

What specializations will be offered in this program?

Specializations offered shall be Marketing, Finance, Human Resources, and Operations & Information Systems. Candidates can choose anyone of these as specialization area.

In the first year, all courses are compulsory, while in second year specialization subjects along with few electives & core courses shall be taught. Electives can be picked up from the remaining specialization areas. However, for any Specialization / Elective, there has to be at least 10 students opting for it 

What is the Eligibility Criteria of the program?

Candidates should be graduate in any discipline with work experience / startup experience after graduation

Will there be any Entrance exam required for admission?


What are the affiliations and approvals for this program?

PGDM for Working Professionals is duly approved by AICTE, Ministry of HRD, Government of India

Placement assistance and package offered?

Program is meant for the Working Professionals, startups or those engaged in family businesses. They may not be opting for placements. However, placement assistance would be provided to those, wishing to enhance their career prospects in other organizations or profiles

Will there be any Internship?

There will be credit based action learning projects during the 2 years of the program. During May – June, after completion of first year of the program, students shall carry on design thinking project. After the last trimester, they shall be doing Business Simulation project through Capstone simulation. Also, they would be working on Case study writing on real life social or industry problems under the guidance of a faculty mentor

Commencement of session?

Session shall commence from 1st September, 2020

Duration of the program?

It is Two year program. Shall begin on 1st September, 2020

How many years of work experience required?

Minimum 2 years of work experience in Corporate, Startups or Family Business, after completion of graduation, is required

Any additional certifications included?


What will be the USPs of this program or why should I do it from JIMS?

USP of the program would be; -   

  • Pursue this course while continuing with your existing profession. You are not required to leave your current job or profession
  • Approved by AICTE. Min.of HRD, Govt. of India
  • Very economical fee structure providing reasonably high ROI
  • Flexibility of class / session timings, as course would be in the Hybrid Style of teaching with a blend of online and offline classes
  • Innovative pedagogy with blend of learning through lectures, case studies, group presentations, simulations, quizzes, assignments and practical projects
  • The program is not restricted to only classroom teaching but also involves application of the theoretical concepts in your existing work
  • A Capstone Project is an integral part of the curriculum
  • JIMS learning management system allows seamless interaction with the faculty and the peers


Any alumni of the previous batches?

This will be the first batch of PGDM for Working Professionals. However, earlier JIMS had PGDM (Part Time) program which was also meant for the working executives and has a rich alumni database. The alumni of that program along with the other programs are now at senior positions in the corporate all over the world. Also, some of alumni have excelled themselves in their own startups and businesses

Will it be the 1st batch?

Yes, it will be the first batch.

However, JIMS had been running a PGDM (PT) program for last over twenty years, which has now discontinued due to change in AICTE regulations

Will the classes be held in evening or Saturday/ Sunday?

On Saturdays and Sundays, classes will be during day time (9am – 3pm). While few online sessions of maximum 2 hours each may be conducted in the evening, during some of the week days

Is attendance mandatory?

Yes. Minimum 75% attendance is required

How much attendance is required, if in case I have important work in my office?

Overall 75% attendance is required in each Trimester. However compensation may be provided for your absence due to field projects, group activities, college events, etc. Due consideration shall be given in case you have important / urgent commitment at your workplace.

Will it be online mode or offline?

Course program would be in the hybrid style of teaching with a blend of online and offline classes

Will I able to do Ph.D. after completing this program

Since it is a new program, it presently does not have NBA or AIU accreditation, which is usually provided after 3 years of the commencement. Though you may not be able to do Ph.D. (degree offered by Universities), you may pursue AICTE approved FPM (Fellowship Program in Management), considered equivalent to Ph.D.

Will this program be valid in abroad or can I apply for job in abroad after completing this program

This program is approved by AICTE, which is body of Government of India. You should be able to apply for jobs abroad. However, in most of the countries, you need to attain an additional certification or pursue a course in those countries before becoming eligible for employment. You shall have to check for the same as rules differ in different countries

Can I apply for teaching job after completion of this course

You have to qualify UGC-NET examination, after the completion of post-graduation degree, to become eligible for the teaching job. You shall have to check the eligible qualification criteria for appearing in UGC-NET, from the UGC official website

What will be the fee installments

Fee would be paid in the following instalments

First – Rs.1,25,000/- + Rs.5000/-;              Second – Rs.75,000/-

Third – Rs.1,25,000/-                                               Fourth – Rs.75,000/-


    What all college facilities I can avail while doing this program?

    You will be the part of the college like any regular student. All the facilities and resources available to other students would also be accessible to you. These include Library, IT lab, Canteen, faculty mentorship, etc. Besides, you can avail placement assistance through our CRMC (Corporate Resource Management Centre) department. After successful completion of the program, you would become member of JIMS Elite, a strong network of over 4500 JIMS’ alumni, spread all over the world in different positons and professions.

    Besides, you would also be participating in the college events, academic and extra-curricular activities, seminars, guest sessions, corporate visits, etc.

    What will be examination pattern?

    Assessment will be both mid-term and end-term. 40% weightage is assigned to mid-term evaluation, which is through assignments, class participation, assignments, projects, Quiz, etc. 60% weightage is assigned to end term final examination, which will be paper-pen based of 3 hours duration. Apart from above, there will be comprehensive viva-voce at the end of first three trimesters. Projects shall be evaluated on the basis of report, presentations and viva-voce

    Will it be trimester or semester wise?

    It will be Trimester based. These would be of roughly 3 months each, duration

    What will be examination schedule?

    After end of each Trimester, end term examinations shall be held. These would be of 3 hours duration and one examination per day shall be conducted

    Will it be called as PGDM part time or full time?

    It is called PGDM for Working Professionals. AICTE no longer recognize the nomenclature such as Part Time, etc.

    Will there be any scholarship offered

    Need based scholarship / financial assistance may be considered by the management.  

    Apart from the curriculum what all exposure will I be provided?

    As mentioned earlier, you would be receiving all those exposures that any other regular student would be getting. You would be availing college facilities, shall be participating in the co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, attending seminars and guest sessions, availing placement assistance, etc. You would be working on Action Learning projects, Design Thinking project and Capstone Business Simulation Project. A faculty mentor would be guiding you throughout the 2 year program

    Is executive MBA and PGDM for working professionals same?

    MBA degree is awarded by the UGC approved universities while PGDM is awarded by AICTE approved colleges. Both are government bodies under Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. PGDM is considered to be more industry oriented, with frequent course upgradation as per the changing business environment. As far as programs are concerned, both are meant for those who can’t leave their existing occupation, but wants to enhance their qualifications, skills and career.