PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) Syllabus, Subjects, Electives & Books

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PGDM is 2 year postgraduate course which imparts knowledge and skills of professional business studies and management studies to students and working professionals.

This course can be pursued through regular mode, online mode or through distance education. Admissions are done on the basis of Entrance Exams like CAT, XAT, MAT, among others

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PGDM Syllabus

Postgraduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) syllabus and course curriculum is based on compulsory subjects and elective subjects, which students can choose based on their interests and which industry they want to have a career in Finance, Human Resources, Operations, Marketing and many more.

The below list shows year wise common subjects which many colleges have in their course curriculum. This can be called a model curriculum for PGDM course.

Term I Term II
Organisational Behaviour-I  Financial Management I 
Managerial Accounting and Control - I Macroeconomics 
Business Communication Managerial Accounting and Control –II 
Managerial Economics (Microeconomics)  Marketing Management – I 
Quantitative Techniques – I  Quantitative Techniques – II 
Operations Management –I  Organisational Behaviour-II 
Term III Term IV
Financial Management – II  Strategic Management 
Human Resource Management  Business Environment (Indian and World Economy) 
Management Information System 
Marketing Management– II 
Research Method
Operations Management-II

PGDM Electives

The above mentioned courses are taught almost in all the AICTE colleges. Electives are introduced for the purpose of offering education in relevant industries and sectors based on interest and relevance. 

Check the below table which lists the number of electives that are offered in this course.

Domain Elective Subjects 
Economics International Economics  Export-Import Management & Strategies
International Trade  Advanced Econometric Analysis 
Business Forecasting 
Finance Security Analysis and Portfolio Management International Finance 
Risk & Insurance Management  Merchant Banking & Financial Services 
Corporate Valuation, Merger & Acquisition  Micro-Finance 
Taxation & Tax Planning  Advance Equity Research
Derivatives & Equity Research Retail Banking
Bank Performance Analysis Project Appraisal and Financing 
Financial Engineering  Treasury Management 
Fixed Income Markets Business Analysis and Valuation 
Management Control Systems Strategic Financial Management 
Human Resource Management Organisation Development and Change Building and Leading Effective Teams
Strategic HRM and International Perspective Managerial Excellence 
Negotiations Management
Information System Business Process Re-engineering Enterprise Resource Planning
Business Module for e-commerce Management Software Development 
Data Warehousing & Data Mining  Knowledge Management 
Decision Support System 
Marketing Consumer Behaviour Product and Brand Management
Services Marketing B2B Marketing 
 Sales and Distribution Management New Product Development 
International Marketing Advertising and Sales Promotions
 Managing Marketing Communication Retail Management 
Customer Relationship Management  Rural Marketing
Internet Marketing  Advance Marketing Research 
Operations Management  Project Management Services Operations
 Supply Chain Management Advanced Operations Research
Quantitative Models for Logistics and Transportation Management Advanced Data Analysis 
Strategy Area Merger, Acquisition and Corporate Restructuring Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Finance 
Business Valuation  Competitive Strategy
General Management  IPR Law And Management  International Business

If you want to study a specific domain in details, PGDM offers various specializations in relevant subjects Marketing, Human Resource Management, etc. Check  PGDM Specializations for complete information about these specializations.

PGDM Books & Course Material

Check below table which shows some of the course books which you should study during the PGDM course:

Name of the Book Name of the Author
Essentials of Management: An International Perspective Koontz & Weihrich
Management (Text and Cases) V.S.P. Rao & V Hari Krishna
Contemporary Management Gareth R. Jones & Jennifer M. George
Business Communication Today Bovee, Thill & Chaturvedi
Macroeconomics R. Glenn Hubbard
Operations Management: Theory and Practices Mahadevan
Financial Accounting: A Managerial Emphasis Ashok Banerjee
Organization Behaviour Stephen P. Robbins, Timothy A. Judge & Seema Sanghi
Human Resource Management John Ivancevich
Production and Operations Management E.E. Adam and R.J. Ebert
International Financial Management Thummuluri Siddaiah

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● Top Answer By Rekha Solanki on 02 Nov 21

Ans. If you are not getting admission in top IIMs or reputed B-Schools then Jamia Millia Islamia can be a good option for doing your MBA. If we look at the placements at Jamia, it’s pretty good. The average CTC offered at the university is 7 LPA. Every year around 20-30 companies visit the campus. Like any other institute, the placement cell at Jamia depends on the hard work of the students.  The academics at the university are quite good. There is also good corporate exposure. Faculties are well-experienced. Students get to attend national and international delegation forums. The total course fee for MBA is 2 lakhs. Overall, Jamia Millia Islamia is a good option for doing an MBA. But you should not compare it to IIMs or IITs. Read more
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Ques. How is the MBA placement in Utkal University?

● Top Answer By Kiran Chugh on 02 Nov 21

Ans. You should always prefer a recognized B-School or a reputed college doing your MBA. Utkal University is a reputed university but doing an MBA from there may not be wise. As UU doesn’t offer good placement opportunities. I personally know a few people who completed their MBA from UU. According to them, the university doesn’t offer proper placement opportunities. Also, there are no such internship facilities available. So, you will need to search for jobs through off-campus placements.  Although Utkal University can be a good option for doing UG or PG courses, it is not good for an MBA course. Read more
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Ques. Is it advisable to go for a new IIM like IIM Jammu and do MBA? It is being mentored by IIM Lucknow so will placement be also mentored by them?

● Top Answer By Megha Rohilla on 29 Oct 21

Ans. One of my friends is studying at IIM Jammu. According to him, it is one of the youngest IIMs, though it has not made it into the big leagues, it is still growing every day. Let me share some facts about it. This will give you a clear idea. It is being mentored by IIM Lucknow, it tries to reach their level of education, thus keeping students busy with several activities that will help them grow intellectually and academically. You will also have committees, clubs, intra and inter-college festivals, competitions, etc. to improve holistic development. They have the same faculty from IIM Lucknow except for one or two subjects.  The pedagogy and curriculum are exactly the same as IIM Lucknow. The student crowd is very enthusiastic and competitive.  In terms of the ROI, IIM Jammu is a good option.  The batch size is small and the number of companies visiting the campus is more thus balancing it out. You cannot expect the placements to be the same as the top IIMs. But they are good, being a new institute. IIM Jammu is the only IIM with a foreign immersion program. Categories IIM Jammu Course Fee 14.82 lakh Placement Percentage 80% Highest CTC 24 LPA Average CTC 10 LPA Recruiting Companies Deloitte, HCL, TATA Power, Tech Mahindra, etc. Lastly, it can be assured that the IIM tag will forever be with you. Though mentored by IIM Lucknow the placements won't be at that level, but they won't be disappointing either. If you work hard, securing a job will not be a problem.Read more
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Ques. How is Kalinga University Raipur for an MBA?

● Top Answer By Abanti on 26 Oct 21

Ans. I have a few friends who graduated from Kalinga University Raipur and according to them, it is a decent option for pursuing an MBA.  The faculty of the university is great. They are well-qualified and cooperative. It has a good infrastructure. Students get facilities such as a well-stocked library, good hostel facilities, wi-fi campus, gym, canteen, mess, food zone, etc. The sports facilities on campus are also quite great. Kalinga University has maintained a decent placement record over the years. In the recent campus drive, the average CTC offered at the institute was 2.30 LPA and the highest CTC was 10 LPA.  As a student of Kalinga University Raipur, you will have exposure to companies like Reliance Jio, Nestle, NIBF, Genpact, etc.  They also offer parchment training to help you improve your skills.  So, overall Kalinga University Raipur is a good option for pursuing your MBA.Read more
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Ques. Is it worth studying for an MBA in Karunya University, Coimbatore? How is the placement?

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