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Executive MBA Programs in India

An EMBA or Executive MBA is a premium, rigorous and accelerated program curated for senior executives with 5-15 years of experience. Executive MBAs have increasingly become popular among the working professional community especially after the pandemic with the course duration being optimal and the ROI increasing post-program. Opportunities for skilled professionals for leadership positions are galore.

Top Executive MBA programs in India:

  • IIM Ahmedabad - Indian Institute of Management

  • ISB - Indian School of Business

  • FMS Delhi - Faculty of Management Studies University of Delhi

  • IIM Calcutta - Indian Institute of Management

  • IIM Indore - Indian Institute of Management

  • IIM Kozhikode - Indian Institute of Management

  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

  • XLRI - Xavier School of Management

  • IMT Ghaziabad - Institute of Management Technology

  • Business Today ' 17

  • International Management Institute, New Delhi

  • Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

  • Christ University, Bangalore

  • JMI New Delhi - Jamia Millia Islamia

  • K J SIM - K J Somaiya Institute of Management

  • SCMHRD Pune - Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development

  • SIMS Pune - Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies

  • DoMS IIT Madras - Department of Management Studies Indian Institute of Technology

  • DSM DTU - Delhi School of Management Delhi Technological University

  • SIBM Pune - Symbiosis Institute of Business Management

  • DMS IIT Delhi - Department of Management Studies Indian Institute of Technology

  • VGSOM IIT Kharagpur - Vinod Gupta School of Management Indian Institute of Technology

  • IIM Tiruchirappalli - Indian Institute of Management

  • SIBM Bangalore - Symbiosis Institute of Business Management

  • IIM Shillong - Indian Institute of Management

Executive MBA Eligibility:

  • Qualifying Exams - GMAT is the main qualifying exam but select institutions also accept GRE or CAT. Limited colleges also conduct their own entrance exam called an Executive Assessment Test. A valid GMAT score of 700+/ CAT percentile of 95+/GRE score of 325+ is expected.

  • Work Experience of 5-15 years (depending on the institute)

  • Minimum 60% marks in aggregate (of all the years/semesters) or 6.00 CGPA on a 10-point scale or equivalent.

  • Recommendations by previous employers

  • Demonstrated ownership-driven tasks in startups or previously employed companies

  • Global Exposure

  • Track record of successful teamwork and leadership

  • CV or Resume along with educational transcripts

  • SOP and Application Essays

Key Highlights of an Executive MBA:

  • Most Executive MBAs are flexible to accommodate working professionals and may have the option to have weekend classes or maybe a full-time 1-year program depending on the institution.

  • Duration - 1 Year (Residential) OR weekend batches (non-residential, can span over 2 years)

  • Fees - ~18 to 40 Lakhs

  • Specialization offered - Operations Management, Marketing Management, Finance Management, Strategy Management, Information Technology Management, and Human Resources Management

  • Top Companies that hire - TCS, Wipro, KPMG, Capgemini, Amazon, Flipkart, Google, Axis Bank, IBM, Accenture, and Cognizant.

Benefits of doing an Executive MBA vs PGDM:

  • Networking Opportunities - With the diverse cohort an Executive MBA offers, the networking opportunities available are immense. Students have met their potential co-founders, mentors, etc. during the course.

  • High ROI - Since the course duration is only 1 year in most cases, the fees is drastically lower than a two year program and the student is able to pay back the student loan faster (if applicable).

  • Boost in salary - Since the alumni of an Executive MBA already come with several years of experience they are often placed in senior leadership positions which means a marginally higher boost in salary is observed.

Salary Insights & Job Opportunities post an Executive MBA:

  • Senior Brand Manager, CEO, Financial Advisor, Sustainability Head, Marketing Head, Category Manager, CTO, Business Head, CFO, Senior Product Manager, etc.

  • The average salary package offered to Executive MBA pass-outs from top Indian B schools is ~36 LPA. Some cohorts saw as much as ~105% jump in their salary post the program.

If you’re an experienced professional looking to fast-track your career with an Executive MBA, the first step is to ace the GMAT or the GRE.

All the best for your preparation journey!


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