PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management)

IILM Institute for Higher Education - Lodhi Road
  • Duration: 2 Year
  • Eligibility: Graduation & appear in any of the management competitive exam CAT/ MAT/ XAT/ GMAT/ CMAT/ ATMA/ NMAT etc.

The IILM PGDM curriculum imbibes the best aspects of courses offered at top business schools around the world. The modules are inspired by the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Wharton Business School, the Harvard Business School and IIM. They aim at combining theory with practical training so that students are capable of turning concepts into decisions, knowledge into action and ideas into change.

The program is delivered in 6 terms; each term spread over 3 calendar months. In the first year of the Program, students imbibe foundation concepts and building blocks of management. Year 1 begins with General Management Perspective which covers a series of courses aimed at diving into complex managerial issues to gain insight into the perspective of a senior manager. The practical experience and detailed feedback from faculty and leadership coaches, is aimed at enhancing the leadership style and developing the managerial skills of students. Term 2 and 3 will focus courses under General management Foundations which will provide the base for Management education in each discipline calibrated to the skills, experience and future goals.

In the second year students can choose their electives from six major areas. IILM’s approach to majors gives our students the flexibility and guidance they need to carve out a unique intellectual experience that is relevant to their specific educational and career goals. In addition to majors, IILM provides “Pathways” to the students who are interested in building expertise in emerging areas and evolving industries.A pathway is an integrated, cross-functional sequence of courses designed to address a particular skill set or industry for which there is active student and recruiter demand. In addition to majors, IILM provides ten divergent pathways namely Data Analytics, Consulting,Growth and Scaling,Entrepreneurship/Start-ups,Social Impact, Investment Banking and Private Equity,Health-care Management,People’s Skills, Market Place and Family Business which are designed to incorporate the desired skills in the students so as to prepare them for emerging industries.

The Global Study programme in the second year provides students the option to choose subjects based on their specialisation. The subject staught during the Global Study programme will be regarded as “Elective” and integrated in the two year PGDM curriculum. Our curriculum provides experiential learning through FIELD(Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development), Career Trek, Leadership Labs and Managerial Skills.

FIELD: This module is divided into 3 parts: FIELD 1 aims at improving the students teamwork and leadership skills. Students understand the dynamics of working in teams and how individual performance affects overall team performance. FIELD 2 reiterates team building skills while instilling problem solving and presentation skills in the students. FIELD 3 works on formulating a business plan in order to make learning more practical and engaging for a micro-business of anew product/service idea.

Career Trek: It requires students to travel to different parts of the country to interact with the various functional heads of reputed organizations,to gain first handunder standing of job skills required for various industries.This enables students to plan their career paths.

Leadership Labs: In this course, participants get a number of opportunities to experience leadership in action and allows participants to reflect on the nature of leadership and discover individual strength and weaknesses as a leader. Here participants get an opportunity to lead a team as well as to be a member of a team led by others. The course is different from other conventional courses since participants learn-by-doing, rather than reading about other leaders. For experiential learning to work student participants need to engage in the activities fully, reflect upon their own and others behaviour, receive and provide constructive feedback. Learning in the course is dependent primarily on participation; the more participants engage themselves, the greater will be the learning and development of capacity to learn from any experience in personal and professional life.

Managerial Skills: This course examines a number of common managerial challenges faced by executives in leadership positions. These challenges are explored using 4 case examples, each asking participants to evaluate a series of situations, develop alternatives for their resolution, and ultimately recommend and implement a course of action from the point of view of the company’s owner/manager. These discussions happen in the context of mid-sized businesses in order to highlight the impact that key decisions and their implementation can have on the broader organization and its goals.

Family Business Managers: Indian business families often find a generalized management education too broad based to address the requirement of their niche areas. They already have an established and, more often, a thriving business model. The IILM PGDM program allows students to study at IILM while continuing to work in their family businesses. IILM offers students the opportunity to convert their ideas into businesses and pursue a full term management program, thus helping them realize their full potential. With the aim of providing unmatched flexibility IILM has introduced the Flexible track into the curriculum for Entrepreneurs and students involved in their Family Business. The flexibility in the curriculum allows students to enhance their skills to lever – age the strengths of family business management and successfully implement practices that drive high performance. The program also provides new direction and helps them expand the family’s existing business.

Internships (Real World Training)

At IILM, Summer Internship Projects (SIP) are taken very seriously and are a major part of the curriculum activity. The students are put through a workshop prior to the summer internship to ensure that they understand the importance and the learning process. The curriculum mandates a 3-month long internship, meant to provide a first-hand experience of the business world. Moving from the classroom to the corporate reality through summer internships makes the students more proficient at handling real life challenges making effective decisions. It will acquaint students with the demands of professional world of work in terms of knowledge, skills and attitude to perform effectively. This short term experience provides a real insight into what it’s actually like working in a particular job or career field.

SIP projects are evaluated by faculty mentors before they are allocated to the students. The faculty mentors also visit companies and interact with the industry mentors on a regular basis to track the progress of the students performance. Students are required to submit fortnightly a progress report to their mentors as a part of their evaluation. Guidance on how to prepare their reports is provided by faculty mentors during students non-working hours. The project is culminated with a presentation by the student before a panel of company representatives and the industry mentor at the company premises or presentation of the same before a panel of faculty and alumni.


The second year offers a choice of a number of electives in a range of areas that provide for specialization. As many as 80 different courses are offered as electives, and fall into one of the following sub-areas:

Economics,Strategy and International Business
OB and HR, Leadership and Negotiations
Communications and New and Social Media
Technology and Operations Management
Finance and Accounting Management
Marketing, Branding and Customer Service
Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Family Business.

  • A wide variety of courses are offered to expose our students to contemporary business topics being a liberal education university.
  • Provides a comprehensive learning experience, to educate the students about global business practices through invited guest speaker talks.
  • Enables our students to be aware of their social responsibility by giving opportunity of 2 weeks internship with an NGO.
  • Mandates 6-8 weeks summer internship / live projects to make the students future prepared and job ready.
  • Open avenues for foreign education through summer school / global trek / student exchange opportunities.

Curriculum at a Glance

Year 1:

Term 1

  • Managerial Skills
  • Managing Groups and Teams
  • Excel Workshop
  • ELS Workshop
  • Financial Accounting
  • Leadership Labs
  • Optimisation and Simulation Modeling
  • Marketing Management
  • Microeconomics
  • FIELD 1 (Field Immersion Experiences for Leadership Development)
  • Career Trek 1

Term 2

  • Strategic Leadership
  • Corporate Finance
  • Finance
  • HRM
  • Information Management
  • Macroeconomics
  • Operations
  • Career Trek 2
  • Spoken Business Communications

Term 3

  • Ethics in Management
  • Data Analysis and Decision Making
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Strategy beyond Markets
  • Legal Aspects of Business
  • Business Research Methods
  • FIELD 2
  • Written Analysis and Communications (WAC)

Year 2:

Area: Economics, International Business and Government

  • Growth and Stabilization in the Global Economy
  • The International Economy
  • The Economics of Internet Search
  • Nations, Politics & Markets
  • Business in the Global Political Environment
  • Building Sustainable Cities & Infrastructure
  • 12 Design ideas that changed the world
  • Health Care Policy, Finance & Economics

Area: Managing Organisations, OB and HR

  • Human Resource Planning and Acquisition
  • Performance Appraisal and capability building
  • Talent Management Strategy
  • Industrial Relations and Labor Laws
  • Managing Change and Transformation
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • HR Analytics (outsourced)
  • Negotiation
  • Power and Influence
  • Building High Performance Culture
  • Redesigning work for 21st Century Managers
  • Leadership and Corporate Accountability

Area: Management

  • Family Enterprise Management
  • Power and Influence
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Change and Transformation
  • Venture Capital and Finance of Innovation
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Business at the base of the Pyramid
  • Innovating in Health Care
  • Create New Venture: from idea to launch
  • International Business Strategy

Area: Marketing

  • Marketing & Electronics Commerce
  • Marketing Channel strategies
  • Retailing
  • Dynamic Marketing Strategy
  • Customer Insights
  • Business at the Base of the Pyramid
  • Market research and Analytics
  • SEO & Google Adwords (GSM)
  • Managing Customer Value
  • Advertising
  • Business Marketing
  • Biomedical Marketing
  • Business of smart connected products (IOT)
  • Customer Acquisition for New Ventures
  • Brand Management

Area: Operations and Logistics

  • Operations Strategy
  • Enabling Technologies
  • Quality Management
  • Business Analytic
  • Understanding Behavior with Big Data
  • Supply Chain Management & Technology
  • Managing Service Operations
  • Data Mining and Business Intelligence
  • Project management
  • E commerce business models and Applications
  • Digital innovations and transformations

Programme Structure

• The Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) at IILM Graduate School of Management caters to the demand of management professionals and prepares its graduating students for challenging careers through an intensive and rigorous curriculum. IILM GSM believes in holistic development of the students and their participation in the education programme, instills into them professionalism, critical thinking, ability to work hard, and take decisions. The Institute also exposes the students to all aspects of management and its various facets like environment protection, human values, social responsibility, information and communication systems and so forth. IILM GSM is a centre of excellence in value based education, training, research and consultancy.

• It is mandatory to undergo three month summer internship with a corporate house after the completion of first year.