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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.

On successful completion of the program, the student gets an MBA degree.


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, fourteen 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.

Objectives of the Programme:

  • To develop an understanding of knowledge and skills in key functional areas
  • To integrate and apply business knowledge
  • To develop a global perspective
  • To assimilate diverse knowledge from experienced peer groups
  • To master critical analysis and integrate theory and practice
  • To focus on general management and leadership skills from a senior management perspective

PGP-WE is a two-year program; 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 has 7 visits distributed over 3 months period, approximately. The details of the courses covered are given below:

First Year


(3. 75)



Financial Reporting and Analysis

Operations Management-I 

Quantitative Analysis for Management-II 

Financial Management 

Behavior in Organizations 

Marketing Management-I (1.00)

Management Accounting 

Management Information Systems

Quantitative Analysis for Management-I 

Designing Work Organization 

Human Resource Management 

Marketing Management-II 

Managerial Economics 

Macro-Economic Environment 

Indian Economy

Strategic Management- I



Communication for Management

Operations Management-II

Second Year





Elective -1  

Elective -1 

Quantitative Analysis for Management­ Ill 

Elective -2  

Elective -2 

Strategic Management- II 

Elective -3 

Elective -3 

Legal Aspects in Management 

Elective -4  


International Module*


In parentheses, course credits are mentioned. One credit is equivalent to thirty hours of classroom contact hours.

Total Credits = 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 to meet the 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

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 to 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.

*International Module is subject to revision of academic structure.

Minimum eligibility criteria for applying to PGPWE: 2024 – 26 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. It is mandatory to submit Official Score card/Test Taker copy (if Official Score card is not yet received) along with the application.

      You need to submit the GMAT/GRE score card along with the application form. You should also inform GMAC/ETS. Our GMAT code is J39-VT-47. and GRE Designated Institution (DI) Code is 4988.

    • CAT Score (CAT taken in the year 2021 & 2022 are eligible)
    • GATE Score (GATE taken in the year 2022 & 2023 are eligible)
    • PGPWE Entrance Exam to be conducted in December 2023 (Tentatively) at IIML, Noida Campus;
  • A minimum of 3 years full-time post-qualification (after graduation) work experience as on March 31, 2024.
    Do not include freelance/training/project work done as an integral part of any curricular requirement.
Mode of Exam Offline (At Noida Campus)
Medium of Exam English
Exam Type MCQ
Total Number of Questions 100
Exam Date December 17, 2023 (Tentative)
Duration of Exam 120 Minutes
Number of Sections (I) Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
(II) Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
(III) Quantitative Ability (QA)
  • 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 November 20, 2023;
  • Based on the scores in GMAT/ GRE/CAT/GATE/ PGPWE 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:
      Components Weight
    1 Test Score 30%
    2 Academic and Professional Profile 30%
    4 Writing Ability Test 10%
    5 Personal Interview 30%

The important dates for admission related activities are given below:

Activity Date
Announcement of the Program 01-Sep-23
Last date of submission of completed application 20-Nov-23
PGPWE Entrance Exam 17-Dec-23
Announcement of Shortlisted Candidates# 28-Dec-23
Writing Ability Tests and Personal Interviews 20-Jan-24 and 21-Jan-24
Announcement of Selected Candidates# 15-Feb-24
Last Date of Acceptance and Submission of Acceptance Fee 11-March-24
Induction and commencement of Program April 2024

Note: #Only those candidates who have been shortlisted/selected will be intimated by e- mail, with all the relevant details.

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The fee for PGPWE: 2024 – 2026 is INR 11,00,000 + refundable caution money of INR 10,000 + Alumni membership fee of INR 5,000 + Taxes as per Government of India rules.

The fee would include tuition fee, computing and network fee, library services, books and Instructional resources.

Student shall additionally bear the cost of International Immersion fee including visa, travel, accommodation, and academic expenses for the module on actual basis.

Boarding and lodging expenses during campus visit shall be payable on actual basis at the prevailing rates. Hostel accommodation on twin sharing basis is limited and preference shall be given to outstation candidates.

The payment schedule is as below:

Payment Schedule

Amount to be paid Last date of Payment
INR 70, 000 At the time of acceptance of admission offer.
INR 1,58,000 At the time of registration to the Programme in first week of April 2024
(including caution money Rs. 10000)+ Boarding & Lodging* (As per prevailing rates. Subject to revision.)
INR 1,48,000 At the time of start of Term 2
INR 1,48,000 At the time of start of Term 3
INR 1,48,000 At the time of start of Term 4
INR 1,48,000 At the time of start of Term 5
INR 1,48,000 At the time of start of Term 6
INR 1,47,000 At the time of start of Term 7 (includes Alumni Fee Rs. 5000)

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 7,000/- (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.

For further information, please contact

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International Exposure through Student Exchange Programme

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. The 18th batch of PGPWE visited IESEG School of Management in Paris, France for its international immersion. IESEG School of Management is a post-bac business school in France, established in 1964 in Lille. It ranks 32nd in the Financial Times Masters in Management Ranking and 9th in the best Masters in Management in French Business Schools ranking. The students leveraged IESEG's European identity to add critical insights to the business dimensions of international firms, cross-border mergers, and global workforce management, thereby empowering themselves with the tools needed to explore innovating means to collaborate and grow in a multi-cultural and multinational environment.

PGPWE (WMP) is a unique MBA program designed by IIML, which gave me immense pleasure of learning, a thorough understanding of business, and a deep awakening of my managerial sense and that too without sacrificing my job. Prior to joining PGP-WE, I had certain myths regarding MBA but now I am confident, and I can assert that MBA truly improved my subconscious behaviour and decision-making skills. The rigor of classroom learning enabled me to prioritize the tasks. I must say that this program is the best one which gives the opportunity to apply managerial skills on a Real-time basis. I was the Part of a class which comprised of students across industries, this diversity of class developed my interindustry understanding. As soon as I completed my course, I could switch my role in my own company from engineering to sales, which is more challenging and rewarding. International immersion gave me exposure to cross-border business. Learnings beyond the curriculum are immense. The MBA degree added a big value to my profile. I endorse this program not because I was a part of it but because I feel that this program certainly changed inside and outside me.

- Mayank Gupta, Indian Oil Corporation, PGPWE 2018-2020

I truly loved this unforgettable journey for two years, shaping our minds in the anvil by top-notch professors in the country. Academic and Industry knowledge imparted helps in developing new skills and practice in the work environment parallel. This program has also provided me to understand concepts better with different perspectives of peers from various domains. The pressure exerted on our minds is well crafted and customized to transform us considering both professional and family commitments. I personally felt that my age got reduced by a decade and started feeling quicker and sharper. I can say this, it is a lifetime opportunity that one can get and should not be missed. This has given me a good image & growth opportunity at work due to perseverance and acquired new skill sets. Last but not the least, my burning desire to get associated with the IIM brand came true through the WMP program without compromising my professional journey.

- S.K.Mathu Sudhana, SoftBank Energy, PGPWE 2018-2020

My career started as a software engineer with one of the software gaint, IBM. I wanted to do add more dimensions to my career. After founding two start-ups with regular job, by a wonderful stroke of luck I stumbled upon the course at IIM-L and the decision to join which added multitudes of new dimensions to my professional journey. The course was packed with assignments, quizzes, projects and exams and gave great peer-learning, enhanced time-management skills, etc. The faculty abreast with world-class knowledge ensured to shape us to become global leaders on management with a deep sense of ethics and integrity engraved in our thoughts and actions. Also, the founders of Sookshm and the faculty at IIM-L are really kind to help me lay foundation of my own venture Renascence(An ecosystem solution) and have always been supportive wherever I have been stuck. The institution and my course provided me with the credentials and business acumen to be where I am, and I am highly indebted to it for the same."

- Ashna Mishra, Associate Consultant (Sookshm), Founder (Renascence), WMP 2016-2019

I must say these years brought out the best of me as it was time I learned how much I can stretch my potential. Apart from hectic professional schedule I attended more than 1000 hrs of classrooms in the campus, solved 200+ case studies from Harvard, IVY and Insead and participated in numerous Team projects. I also get the chance to get involved with the IIML community. I launched IIML Magazine - VERTICAL - that has become a regular on the campus. I also won the Hult Prize competition IIML round and runners up in India round. And was fortunate to represent India in DUbai regional round of this prestigious event. After getting inspired from WMP, I am now pursuing an executive PHD from this prestigious Institution. Overall, these years brought me back to campus life after 15 years of professional life and will remain the most memorable one.

- Vishal Goyal, STMicroelectronics, WMP 2016-2019

The Working Managers Program (WMP) has been instrumental in the development of entrepreneurship skills. It was during the course itself that I could establish my software start-up company. IIML is a place of collaboration and growth where classroom learning was supported by team projects and cases-based study. The program provided an edge and instilled useful confidence in doing the business.

- Paritosh Gupta, Agilytics Technologies Pvt Ltd, WMP 2015-2018

The twin campus of IIM Lucknow at Noida has given me an opportunity to pursue my post-graduation without a break from your work, along with mentoring from superab and world-class faculty. The interaction with the batchmates of diverse backgrounds, in and beyond the classrooms, is truly a treasure for lifetime. WMP program is the best choice for getting an MBA degree to utilise your industry experience for better understanding of theoretical concepts and expedite on learning new management skills.

- Charu Gupta, Agilytics Technologies Pvt Ltd, WMP 2015-2018

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

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

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

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

WMP course from the institution -IIM Lucknow needs no more binding commendation. This programme is structured to enable learning from the faculty affiliating with the professionals from different facets of industry, thereby creating an aura in the learning environment. For me it was my long-cherished desire to learn under most esteemed faculty which motivated me to join this programme. Today is the world of changing times, the “S” curve changeover has reduced from 20-year timeframe to 2-3-year time frame, and so is the curriculum of programme that enables passionate individuals to grow along with the learning journey and discover new area of interest in their current job profile. For me this course is not only about completing my formal management education but is also about unlearning and cross learning about viable forces of action across industries. Along with this course I have been groomed in Quality assurance function in manufacturing, consulting, service sectors and I have cherished my whole journey gaining the insights of new trends in once considered “monotonous” field.

- Gunjan Rautela, Larsen & Toubro, WMP 2012-2015

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

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

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

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

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

The WMP at IIML-NC is a world-class management program. The Noida Campus can boast of excellent infrastructure and learned faculty. The curriculum has depth and comprehensively covers all the core streams of management. Being from the government sector, I had very limited exposure to the working of the private sector. The WMP gave me intense exposure to how businesses are run and the challenges they face. Being in a learning environment after a gap of about 18 years brought an exciting change in my routine. Balancing between home, office and WMP gave me an idea of how much more I can achieve in the limited time. The best aspect of WMP is the opportunity to interact and learn from fellow students who come from diverse backgrounds. It was indeed a memorable experience to cherish for a lifetime.

- Sunil Bajpai, Commissioner of Income-tax, WMP 2008 – 2011

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