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Increasing complexity in the corporate world is forcing the middle level and senior level executives to search for options that can give them significant edge. A doctoral programme or a Ph.D is the likely answer. But the big question today is “how does one obtain this qualification with a full time corporate job”.

IIM, Lucknow with its history of 30 years has now grown into a fully integrated Global Management School. Responding to the growing needs of industry vis-à-vis existing middle and senior executive talent, IIM Lucknow’s Noida campus has focused on mid career management education.

It has launched several programmes tailer-made for executives who have substantial prior work experience, to prepare them for leadership roles in their organization and profession.

As a part of the mission of Noida campus in November 2012, IIM Lucknow announced the Executive fellow programme in Management (EFPM) for working professionals. The program is uniquely designed to meet learning aspirations of enthusiastic executives and teaching professionals, and will inculcate in them state-of-the-art research skills required for increased understanding of today’s complex business world while continuing to work. This is a doctoral level program and primarily aims at preparing students for career in management research, teaching and consulting.


IIM Lucknow’s a unique doctoral programme – Executive Fellow Programme in Management has been designed with these middle and senior executives from the corporate world in mind. This doctoral programme will help these corporate honchos who are aspiring to gain competency for rigorous research and also create an opportunity for alternate career option.

The objective of the programme at IIML is to prepare the students for careers not only in management research and teaching but also in management practice, consulting, training, and development in a formal setting while continuing to be engaged in their ongoing professions/businesses. The EEFM program is especially structured to meet learning aspirations of enthusiastic and enlightened executives and teaching professionals, and will inculcate in them state-of-the-art research skills required for increased understanding and knowledge of today’s complex business environment.

Specifically, the programme intends to:

Strike an ideal balance between management practice and theory that will give you the power to Advance in senior management, Initiate a consulting practice, and launch an academic career. Encourage research relevant to address contemporary management issues in a rigorous but relevant way. Develop theory and practice of management which addressee’s problems and issues in contemporary business world.

  • Agri-Business Management
  • Business Communication
  • Business Environment
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology & Systems
  • Marketing Management
  • Operations Management
  • Strategic Management
  • Sustainable Management

Eligibility & Criteria

The candidates for the programme should have one of the following qualifications obtained from any of the universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of the Parliament of India or declared to be deemed as a university under Section 3 of UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, or an equivalent qualification from an institution approved by AICTE.

A Masters’ degree or its equivalent in any discipline with minimum 55% aggregate marks (or, its equivalent in terms of CGPA).


A CA, ICWA, CS or equivalent degree with a minimum 55% aggregate marks (for Finance area)

  • All candidates should have a minimum of 55% marks in all their public examinations starting with the secondary level.
  • They should be currently employed in full time job.
  • They should have at least seven years of executive/managerial/academic experience in the relevant area as on 31st May 2018.

Age Limit: Candidates must not be more than 55 years of age as on 31st May, 2018.

Selection Process

Applicants who fulfil above eligibility criteria would be required to have valid test score of CAT/ GRE/ GMAT/ GATE and JRF/NET (UGC/CSIR). Scores of any of these examinations taken during the last two years (i.e., after 01 April, 2016) would be considered valid. Applicants who have already obtained PGDM equivalent degree (PGP/IPMX/WMP) from any IIM or AACSB/AMBA/EQUIS accredited educational Institutes in India and abroad (with a minimum CGPA of 6.0 on a 10.0 point scale) would be exempted from this test score requirement. Applicants who are MBAs from non-accredited educational Institutes but have at least one research publication in a journal of category C and above as per ABDC (Australian Business Deans Council) rating are also exempted from the test score requirement. Applicants who have published research papers before are advised to visit the relevant ABDC webpage (http://www.abdc.edu.au/master-journal-list.php), click Download Master Journal List, check the ratings of the journals in which their research papers are published and, fill the data entry form accordingly.

Candidates having valid test score as mentioned above or PGDM equivalent degree from IIMs or AACSB/AMBA/EQUIS accredited educational Institutes are eligible to apply for 2nd year of EFPM program. *

Candidates, who are appearing for CAT / GRE / GMAT/GATE and JRF/NET (UGC/CSIR), may fill in relevant parts of EFPM application form and provide in EFPM admission application information on these tests.

All application form will be screened by separate screening committees. The candidates short-listed on the basis of their academic record and performance in the competitive examinations mentioned above will be called to any one of IIM Lucknow campuses (Lucknow / Noida) for personal interview in May/june 2018. Successful candidates will receive offers and the program is expected to start by the middle of July 2018.

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The program structure is as academically rigorous as a PhD but is designed for senior, experienced professional managers /teaching professionals – average age 42 (with a range between 31 and 55) – and is highly applicable within your specific sector and career.

The programme has the following components:

  • Mandatory Course work
  • Comprehensive Examination
  • Formulation of thesis proposal for Doctoral level Research
  • Thesis Submission and Defense

At the time of admission, a non-refundable acceptance fee of Rs.50,000/- will be paid by all candidates.

The detailed course fee breakup (excluding the acceptance fee of Rs.50,000/-) across years is provided below:

Year Registration Fee
Year 1 Rs. 2,00,000.00
Year 2 Rs. 1,50,000.00
Year 3 Rs. 1,00,000.00
Year 4 Rs. 1,00,000.00

Thus, for non-exempted candidates who fulfill all the requirements of the program in time, the total course fee works out to be Rs.6,00,000/-. For exempted candidates who join directly to Year 2 of the program, the total course fee works out to be Rs.4,00,000/-, provided they satisfy all the requirements of the programme within the stipulated time.

It may be noted that

  • The above cost does not include boarding & lodging during campus visits. These costs will be recovered from the candidates on the basis of actuals.
  • The above costs also do not include service tax.
  • After Year 4, if all the requirements of the programme are not fulfilled by the candidate, then he/she will pay Rs.50,000 per year as course fee for all subsequent years.
  • EFPM Office
    Indian Institute of Management Lucknow
    Noida Campus,
    B-1, Sec-62, Noida–201307
    Uttar Pradesh, India
    0120-6678408, Fax : 0120-6678506