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The Working Managers' Programme

PGPWE At its NOIDA campus, IIM Lucknow offers a two-year Post-Graduate Programme in Management for Working Executives (PGPWE), previously known as Working Managers' Programme (WMP). The PGPWE is a uniquely designed program for working executives, entrepreneurs and professionals, who desire to enhance their managerial knowledge and skills through formal management education while continuing to work full time in their ongoing professions/businesses.

The program is structured to meet the learning needs and methodologies in such a way that one can continue to work and engage in formal education simultaneously. The program maintains the high standards and rigor as in all postgraduate programs in management at IIM Lucknow. It aims at developing strong conceptual fundamentals and skills required to manage businesses of the future. The PGPWE helps to inculcate leadership amongst participants, and foster the development of change agents to take top roles in the global business arena.

After the inception of PGPWE in 2005, thirteen batches are graduated. PGPWE alumni today are serving with distinction in senior business positions across the globe and playing the influential roles in their organizations.

On successful completion of the programme, the students get Post-Graduate Diploma in Management For Working Executives.

The specific objectives of the program are to enable the executives to:

  • Comprehend the meaning of socio-economic, technological and ecological environment of modern societies and their characteristic values;

  • Acquire the prevailing state-of-art knowledge and skills in the functional areas of management;

  • Develop analytical and innovative foresight to gauge change holistically, and to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of business systems;

  • Value societal well-being and the responsibility of corporate citizens.

PGP-WE is a two-year programme; the first year consists of four terms and the second year consists of three terms. Students come to IIM Lucknow, NOIDA Campus on Friday afternoon and go back on Sunday afternoon, every alternative weekend. Each term, leaving Term-5, has 7 visits distributed over 3 months' period, approximately; Term-5 has 5 campus visits on alternate weekends and a two-week International Module. For PGPWE: 2020 – 22, the classes will commence from the first week of April 2020. The details of the courses covered are given below:

First Year
(3.75 Credit)
(3.75 Credit)
Term – III
(4.0 Credit)
Term – IV
(4.0 Credit)
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Marketing Management-I(1.00)  Quantitative Analysis for Management-II (1.00)  Financial Management 
Managerial Economics (1.00) 
Macro-Economic Environment (1.00) Management Accounting 
Management Information Systems
Quantitative Analysis for Management-I 
Operations Management-I 
Human Resource Management 
Marketing Management-II 
Behaviour in Organizations 
Designing Work Organization 
International Business Environment
Strategic Management – I 
    Communication for Management
Operations Management-II
Second Year
Term-V(3.50 Credit)
(2.5 Credit + International Module [1 Credit])
Term – VI (4 Credit)
(4 Credit + Dissertation)
Term – VII (3 Cr + 2Credit)
(3 Credit + 2 Credit of Dissertation)
Strategic Management – II
Four electives + Dissertation
(Progress Report and Presentation)
Three electives + Dissertation
(Final Report and Presentation)
Legal Aspects in Management
Quantitative Analysis for Management-III
WMP-I Batch (2019- 21) Term – IV
Duration Jan – May 20
Visit: 1 31 Jan – 2 Feb 2020
Visit: 2 14 – 16 Feb , 2020
Visit: 3 28 , 29 Feb & 1 Mar, 2020
Visit: 4 13 – 15 Mar, 2020
Visit: 5 27 – 29 Mar, 2020
Visit: 6 10 – 12 Apr, 2020
Visit: 7 24 – 26, Apr 2020
Visit: 8 8 – 10 May, 2020

In parenthesis, course credits are mentioned. 1 credit is equivalent to 30 hours of classroom contact hours.

Total Credit = 28.00 (Core = 18.00, Elective = 7.00, Dissertation =2.00 and International Module = 1.00)

A wide basket of elective courses from all functional areas are offered in order to meet specific career goals of the students. The functional areas are:

  • Decision Sciences
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Business Environment (Economics)
  • Marketing Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resources
  • Operations Management
  • Information Technology and Systems
  • Strategy Management
  • Communication
  • General Management

International Module

A two-week immersive experience at one of the leading business schools in Europe adds to the content of the program. The International Module is designed to enhance cross-cultural experience and broaden the understanding of global management challenges, where a deeper insight is obtained about business procedures in overseas markets. The International Module comprises academic courses, workshops, industry visits and interactions with industry leaders.

Time to Complete the Programme

In the normal course, the program is completed in two years. However, students who fail to meet the prescribed minimum attendance or academic standards due to extenuating circumstances may be allowed two more continuous years if the PGP-WE Committee recommends so, and can complete the Programme in a total of four years (maximum overall duration).

Student Advisory Services and Corporate Interface Events

The Student Advisory Services helps prepare candidates meet career goals and aspirations. The advisors would guide students on the choice of electives, events, and networking opportunities. Such assistance will help participants to springboard their careers and add substantial value to the organizations where they work.

Minimum eligibility criteria for applying to PGPWE: 2021 – 23 are as below:

  • Executives with Bachelor’s degree in any discipline or an equivalent academic pursuit (i.e., 10+2+3), with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA;
  • Score of any one of the following tests:
    • Valid GMAT/GRE score, the score must be valid till last date of application;
    • CAT / XAT / GATE score for the test taken in year 2019 onward;
    • PGPWE Entrance Exam to be conducted in January 2021 at IIML, Noida Campus;
  • A minimum of 3 years full-time post-qualification (after graduation) work experience as on March 31, 2021.
  • Candidate fills and submit the application form online Application Form and upload the scanned copies of the documents in support of the attainments mentioned in Eligibility Criteria;
  • Completed Application Form must be submitted by December 15, 2020;
  • Based on the scores in GMAT/ CAT/ XAT/ GATE/ PGP-WE Entrance Exam, candidates are shortlisted for Writing Ability Test and Personal Interview;
  • After Writing Ability Test & Personal Interview are done, final score is calculated using following components:
    Test Score: 30%
    Academic and Professional Profile: 30%
    Writing Ability Test: 10%
    Personal Interview: 30%

The important dates for admission related activities are given below:

Activity Date
Announcement of the Program September 18, 2020
Last date of submission of completed application December 15, 2020
PGPWE Entrance Exam January 09, 2021 (Tentative)
Announcement of Shortlisted Candidates January 15, 2021
Writing Ability Tests and Personal Interviews January 30, 2021 and January 31, 2021
Announcement of Selected Candidates February 05, 2021
Last Date of Acceptance and Submission of Acceptance Fee 28 February, 2021
Induction and commencement of Program April, 2021

PGPWE has a general management focus. However, you have a choice of elective courses from which you could develop deeper understanding of various academic areas.

This is a 1-2 weeks’ immersive experience at one of the leading business schools in Europe adds to the content of the program. The International Module is designed to enhance cross-cultural experience and broaden the understanding of global management challenges, where a deeper insight is obtained about business procedures in overseas markets. The International Module comprises academic courses, workshops, industry visits and interactions with industry leaders.

For the 2021-23 session, the first phase of application procedure will start on September 21, 2020 and the last date for submitting your online application will be December 15, 2020. Only Online submission is allowed. Application form fee is INR 1000 (Non-refundable) through an Online mode.

Please ensure that all data such as your Date of Birth, academic qualifications (degree titles, duration names of the institution/university, grades/marks, GMAT/GRE scores etc.) and work experience are correctly entered. Please remember that all the details mentioned in the online application form will have to be supported by relevant documents later. The admission (if offered) will automatically stand cancelled if the data you enter and the data on the documents are found to be different

  • Duly filled-in application form along with application fee (Non-refundable) of INR 1000.
  • A copy of the candidate’s GMAT/CAT/XAT/GATE/GRE score card, the score must be valid till last date of application. (if you are applying through PGPWE Entrance Exam, you need not to submit any score card);
  • A recent, recognizable photograph (4.5cm × 3.5cm) should be uploaded by the candidate in the online application form
  • Combined scanned PDF of High School Marks Sheet and Certificate.
  • Combined scanned PDF of Intermediate Marks Sheet and Certificate.
  • Combined scanned PDF of all Graduation Marks Sheets and Degree.
  • Combined scanned PDF of all Post Graduation Marks Sheets and Degree.
  • Combined scanned PDF of all Experience, reliving letter and First and last salary slips.

PGPWE students represent a diverse group of participants. Successful candidates include those who have worked in the private sector, public sector, government departments, and NGOs (among others), and represent various professions including medicine, architecture, engineering, defense, civil service and entrepreneurship. Past and current students have academic training in various disciplines including science, commerce and the humanities.

The total number of seats available for PGPWE 2021-2023 is 65, approximately.

No, there is no upper age limit for applying to the program

We do not specify a minimum GMAT/CAT/XAT/GATE/GRE/PGPWE score. The GMAT/CAT/XAT/GATE/GRE/PGPWE score is one of the criteria for evaluating a candidate. Some other criteria of evaluation include personal interview, professional experience, and leadership role, among many others.

Yes. However, you have to provide the official score card later through GMAC, if you get selected.

You need to submit the GMAT/CAT/XAT/GATE/GRE score card along with the Application Form. You should also inform GMAC. The code for IIM Lucknow is J 39-VT-47.

  • Valid GMAT/GRE score, the score must be valid till last date of application.
  • CAT / XAT / GATE score for the test taken in year 2019 onward.
  • PGPWE Entrance Exam to be conducted in January 2021 at IIML, Noida Campus

We encourage sponsored candidates. Though, we do not have any reserved seats for such candidates.

The selection process and eligibility criteria are mentioned under ADMISSION tab on PGPWE page of IIM Lucknow website.

No. The participants are required to have a minimum of 3 years of under-graduate study after 12 years of school education and the graduation should be from a recognized university or equivalent.

The participants are considered bonafide students of IIM Lucknow and will enjoy similar privileges, including alumni status.

By 24th December 2020 (tentatively), we would send an invite for the entrance exam.

YES, the exam would be similar to the CAT.

You may send the scanned copies of the documents. WAT and PI may be conducted online. If you get selected, you have to show the original documents at the time of registration in the program

Teleconferencing/Videoconferencing facility would be provided to the shortlisted Overseas candidates for Interview process (subject to conditions) by considering Time, location and logistics situations.

No. A minimum cut-off score of GMAT/CAT/XAT/GATE/GRE/PGPWE will be decided. Candidates will be called for WAT and PI based on that minimum cut-off score.

In case you have been selected we will inform you by email by the 4th week of February.

Any request of deferment of admission to the next year will be considered in VERY EXCEPTIONAL circumstances. A final decision on such request will be taken after the program is started.

Students are provided accommodation in hostel in double occupancy rooms. Rooms are furnished and have adequate storage facilities as well as Wi-Fi network.

The IIML NOIDA Campus is located on 20-acres of land in Sector 62, NOIDA. The Campus has a stateof-the-art library, computer centre, classroom block, hostels, Wi-Fi network, and facilities for indoor and outdoor games. The Campus is in close proximity to commercial complexes, corporate offices, markets and is accessible to the NCR (National Capital Region) area.

The total cost is mentioned under Fee tab on PGPWE page of IIM Lucknow website.

The State Bank of India has provided education loan facility to our past as well as current PGPWE batches. IIML does not process any education loan facility directly or indirectly through any bank. The loan application process is between the candidate and the bank. The Institute plays no role either on behalf of the bank, or on behalf of the student.

For further information, please contact

  • Admissions Office
    Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, NOIDA Campus,
    B-1, Sector-62, Institutional Area, NOIDA 201 307 (UP) INDIA
    +91-120-6678481, 6678402

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The fee for PGPWE: 2021 – 2023 is INR 13,55,000 + refundable caution money of INR 5,000 + Alumni membership fee of INR 5,000 + Convocation fee INR 5,000 + Taxes as per Government of India rules.

The fee includes tuition fee, computing and networking, library services, books, and instructional resources, boarding and lodging during campus visits, and visa, travel, accommodation and academic expenses for the international module

Note that you will not be able to make any changes to the Application once it is submitted. You may like to “Preview” the application very carefully once it is completed before submitting it. The System will allow you to “Preview” the application multiple times before you “Submit” it.

Payment Schedule :

Amount to be paid

Last date of Payment

INR 75, 000

At the time of acceptance of admission offer in second week of March, 2021

INR 80, 000

At the time of registration to the Programme in first week of April 2021 (includes Students activities/ events fee, alumni membership fee, caution money also)

INR 1,35,000

At the time of inception of Term 2

INR 1,35,000

At the time of inception of Term 3

INR 3,35,000

At the time of inception of Term 4 (includes half of international module fee also)

INR 3,35,000

At the time of inception of Term 5 (includes half of international module fee also)

INR 1,35,000

At the time of inception of Term 6

INR 1,40,000

At the time of inception of Term 7 (includes convocation fee)

(The fee does not include any taxes. Taxes will be applicable as per Government of India rules) One may opt out of the campus accommodation facility (this includes nigh stays and all meals) during your campus visits. In that case, one will have to pay INR 14,000 less in each of the last 7 installments, after the payment of Acceptance fee of INR 75,000. At the time of giving offer of admission to an applicant, a last date of withdrawal will also be announced. Any withdrawal from the programme by that date will attract INR 7,500/- (plus taxes as per Government of India rules) as processing fee and the remaining amount will be refunded. If the withdrawal request comes after the date of withdrawal, no money will be refunded. After joining the programme, all paid fee installment amounts are non- refundable.

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Awadhesh Kumar Jha "WMP course of IIML provided me the framework for taking a very reasoned and informed decision. It helped me understand the fundamentals of managerial issues, the process and means of their resolution, and understand its implication of decision in business. The learning during WMP course helped me tide over any crisis with aplomb. I recommend this course strongly to working managers as this is one of the good course available in the country which helps you develop the art of getting into the issues and finding an appropriate solution within the available constraints."

Awadhesh Kumar Jha, Fortum India Private Limited, WMP 2009 – 2012

Arnab Bhattacharya "I always wanted to contribute in building value delivering consumer facing online products. However, belonging to a pure technology & software background, my perspective and scope for contribution were limited to primarily design and implementation of products. WMP course from IIM Lucknow helped me significantly in having an overall understanding of business mechanics, how to be deeply empathetic to customer needs and think of products considering various stakeholders. On completion of the course, I could successfully make a switch to online product management role and am now working with one of the fastest growing startup in US fashion industry."

Arnab Bhattacharya,, Gwynniebee India Pvt. Ltd. WMP 2009 – 2012

Dr. Priti Nanda "For me the benefits of WMP go much beyond the learnings. It was an opportunity for me to study with my better half, a dream come true for both of us. Despite having spent 16 years together we did not know each other's SWOT so well which we now know and appreciate in just an additional 2.25 years at WMP together. With the learnings and experience of WMP I got an opportunity to explore my professional potential in a very dynamic industry, healthcare. I am currently responsible for associating doctors in different specialties with Nova and working closely with the M&A team in assessing new partners for Nova Specialty Surgery and Nova Infertility set up. I am enjoying exploring this new opportunity and WMP has opened up tremendous opportunities for me to be a significant contributor in whichever company I work with."

Dr. Priti Nanda, Founder, Mediskool health services Pvt Ltd
WMP 2010 – 2013

Chander Shekhar Sibal "WMP Programme gave me vision to understand complete 360 Degree View of Business. Before joining WMP, I was doing my job in routine fashion in Sales and Modality. This programme helped me horn my skills in Finance, Marketing, Strategy, SCM and Organisation Structure. I started correlating things in my day to day job. I started getting better attention from my customers and inside the company as it increased my analytical capability. This also helped me get job of Sales Director as I edged past many candidates due to skills acquired from WMP. Overall WMP gave me self-confidence to face the business world."

Chander Shekhar Sibal, Fujifilm India Private Limited, WMP 2010 – 2013

Pankaj Bhadana "The WMP program helped me gain intensive knowledge in business areas like finance, strategy and marketing which otherwise would have taken me several years to achieve. The laborious efforts put in by the professors, interactive and eye-opening classroom discussions and the overall rigor of the WMP program helped lay a strong foundation for me to succeed in the corporate world. Prior to this program, I believe I had reached a glass ceiling from a career growth perspective in the techno-managerial role that I was in. However, I was successfully able to implement my learning through the WMP course for identifying and making good use of opportunities that helped me get into a senior leadership role. I would highly recommend this program to anyone desirous enough to grow their management careers – it's worth the overall investment provided one also puts in the efforts to make the most out of it!"

Pankaj Bhadana, Maven Wave Partners, WMP 2009 – 2012

Mohit Garg "WMP program has not only helped me to look the world through a different perspective but has also instilled confidence and gave great networking opportunities with colleagues, professors and visiting guest faculties. After some time in the professional life it is in the human nature to conform to certain repetitiveness and to stagnate in a comfort zone. This limited my disposition for learning and new skill acquisition. WMP program forced me to get out of my comfort zone, deal with the latest issues, apply the management techniques and constantly challenge myself and my approaches. Gaining knowledge in various fields helped in correlating the things while working in corporate world. I would highly recommend this program for the working managers to hone their skills in management to become future global leaders"

Mohit Garg, Philips India Limited, WMP 2013 – 2016

Nitin Choudhary"WMP has been instrumental in the development of not only my leadership skills but also in evaluating other skills as well. It's a place of collaboration and growth where classroom learning was supplemented by case studies discussion with professors and learning from industry recognized outside professionals. The overall experience of doing WMP was priceless and intellectual where the interaction with batch-mates of cross-wide industry was exhilarating. This program gave me an edge and sets apart from other industry candidates."

Nitin Choudhary, NEC Technologies India Pvt Ltd. WMP 2013 – 2016

Puneet Jain "A WMP class is a great example of diversity from Managing Directors & Presidents of organizations to Sales & HR Heads to CAs & Doctors. We all under one roof brought in our wisdom and worked as a group to help each other to learn and succeed in a rigorous journey. While, trying to balance my IIM life with office & family life, I was finding it a bit difficult but the teaching style of Professors recharged me, motivated me, inspired me and rejuvenated the hunger of learning in me once again. I have not only learnt Management from IIML but also learnt many other things which were not in curriculum, which is much more important for me to lead a happy and respectable life."

Puneet Jain, WMP 2013 – 2016

Dipesh Jain "Being a Chartered Accountant, I always wanted to expand my knowledge horizon beyond finance & accounts and had been exploring options for a reputed management course. WMP came out to be a perfect fit with the World class faculty, rigour of IIM and flexibility for a working professional. This unique mix of subjects provided in-depth understanding of multiple domains viz. marketing, strategy, human resource, IT, etc. The course also provided immense opportunities of peer learning and networking. Overall, the 27 months WMP ordeal is a lifetime achievement and would help me attain success both professionally and personally."

Dipesh Jain, WMP 2013 – 2016

  • Admissions Office
    Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, Noida Campus
    B-1, Sector-62, Institutional Area
    Noida 201 307 (UP) INDIA