PGPM (Post Graduate Program in Management) Syllabus, Subjects, Course Curriculum, Entrance Exam Syllabus, Study Books & Material 2020-2021

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PGPM, or Post Graduate Program in Management, is a management course particularly aimed for working professionals who want to boost their career with this high level master degree qualification. 

Particularly provided by IIMs, these days it is also offered by many private colleges such as MDI Gurgaon, XLRI Jamshedpur, Great Lakes Chennai, etc.

The course curriculum is based on blended learning and gives equal weightage to projects, industry internships and live projects, apart from classroom learning and presentations.

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PGPM Syllabus & Subjects

The syllabus & course curriculum is different for 1 year course and 2 year course. A PGPM course of 1 year duration is usually a professional certificate level course, but a 2 years PGPM course is almost equivalent to an MBA degree.

PGPM course of 2 years duration is divided into terms that have different subjects related to business management such as Business Laws, Financial Accounting, Marketing Management, Competition & Strategy, etc.

In the second year, students can choose elective subjects based on their interest. Although the elective subjects are different in different B-Schools in India, but in IIM Bangalore, IIM Trichy & other IIMs provides electives in fields such as General management, Marketing, Finance, Strategy, etc.

The table below shows some of the common core and elective subjects included in the PGPM syllabus, along with the topics included in them:

PGPM Subjects Topics Included
Financial Accounting & Management Nature and Scope of Financial Management Capital Budgeting
Risk & Insurance Management International Finance 
Taxation & Tax Planning  Financial Engineering 
Merchant Banking & Financial Services Advance Equity Research
Business Communication Theory of Communication Important Parameters in Communication
Customer Relations Customer Behaviour
Reputation Management Consumer Behaviour
Operations Management & Quantitative Techniques Behavioural Dynamics in Service Settings Operations Strategy
Project Management Strategic Sourcing Management
Supply Chain and Logistics Management Decision Analysis for Managers
Business Forecasting Quality Toolkit for Managers
Marketing Management Business Marketing  Digital Marketing
International Marketing Marketing to the Base of the Pyramid Consumers
Retail Management Concepts Sales and Distribution Management
Strategic Marketing in Action Consumer Behaviour
Business Analytics Business Analytics for Decision Making Data Mining for Business Decisions
E-Business and E-Commerce Information Technology Consulting
Managing Software Projects Managing Digital Transformations
Human Resource Management Human Resource Metrics and Analytics Managing Difficult People at Work
Manpower Planning Recruitment and Selection Performance Management
Talent Management Employment Relations Law
Human Resource Planning Industrial Relations Law

PGPM Admissions:

PGPM Entrance Exams Syllabus

Admissions to PGPM course is usually done through entrance exams such as CAT, MAT, CMAT, XAT, GMAT, etc. The minimum PGPM eligibility to take admission is a minimum of 50% at graduation level along with a valid score of the entrance exam that is accepted in the elected college.

Most of the management entrance exams are MCQ based having sections such as Logical reasoning, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension and General Awareness.

The following are the common sections that are common in most of the PGPM entrance exams:

  • Quantitative Ability:

It includes questions from Number System, Sequence, Series and Progression, Arithmetic, Mensuration, Geometry, Probability, Permutation & Combination, Venn Diagram, etc.

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension:

It includes questions from Unseen Passages, Analogies, Antonyms, Contextual usage, Fill in the blanks, Para Jumble, etc.

  • Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation:

It includes questions from Data Sufficiency, Pie Charts, Caselets, Tables, Combination of Graphs, Critical Reasoning, Seating Arrangement, Logical Deduction, Analogies, Binary logics, etc.

  • General Awareness:

This section includes questions from GK syllabus, current affairs, Business & Economy, Who’s who, taxation & duties, Film Awards, Indian Constitution, etc.

PGPM Entrance Exams Books

There are many preparation books and study material that a student can refer to while preparing for the PGPM entrance exams. 

Check the table below:

Name of the Book Name of the Author
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CA Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT Arun Sharma
MAT Study Guide 2020-2021: MAT Exam Prep Review and Practice Test Questions for the Miller Analogies Test Trivium Analogies Exam Prep Team 
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Nishit K. Sinha
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations R.S. Aggarwal
General Knowledge 2020 Arihant Experts
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Nishit K. Sinha
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Ananta Ashisha

Apart from the books mentioned above, there are many books and study material available in the market. There are many free PDF copies as well which are available on the internet.

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