Interview with IIM Lucknow IPMX Prof. Anita Goyal
In a conversation with IIM Lucknow IPMX professor Dr. Anita Goyal about the admissions process, Noida campus, placements and more.
1. What makes the IIM Lucknow IPMX different from other Indian 1 year MBAs? What are the unique aspects/ highlights of the program?
We are the only IIM with an exclusive campus for our executive program. The IIM Lucknow IPMX is the flagship program of our Noida Campus. We started this in 2005 with the goal of bringing Executive Education to the NCR region. The NCR location helps in better industry interface due to proximity of potential recruiters.
Industry leaders are often invited on campus for interactive talks or workshops with students. Adjunct faculty specialized in different areas is available, if required. As the campus is near a commercial hub, student life is benefited in multiple ways. Executive students’ families find Noida very suitable as schools for kids, markets and offices of spouses are nearby.
The IIM Lucknow IPMX is a 4 term program instead of 6 terms in a year. Hence students get adequate time to learn the concepts in class. We have a strong international immersion module with our partner schools, which gives students a chance to learn of global management practices and appreciate the cultural diversities in managing business.
2. What are the key parameters on which the IIM Lucknow IPMX admissions committee evaluates applicants? What is the weightage given to each of these?
Past work experience, GMAT score, Statement of Purpose (SOP), two recommendation letters, written ability and personal interview. Weightage criteria may change year on year. All components are important.
3. What is a “competitive” GMAT score to gain admission to IIML IPMX?
The IIM Lucknow IPMX admission committee looks at the overall profile of the applicants. The GMAT score is not the only criterion. An average GMAT score with some great work in the past is definitely a strong application and vice versa is also true. Based on past data, a GMAT score of 600+ with strong work experience should make your application competitive.
4. Could you give us some stats related to the current placements for the IPMX? A few top recruiters and hot sectors for jobs?
At IIM Lucknow, we don’t disclose our placement statistics. We have always stressed on our knowledge development. Though we can assure you that our placements are at par with any leading institute in the country.
We maintain strong relationship with the corporate world. Our students have been placed in sectors like manufacturing, IT, consulting, banking, medical, media etc. in the past. Major roles offered are like product manager, program manager, VP, center head, Sr Consultant etc. In executive education each student is unique. Everyone has their own background, hence it’s near impossible to generalize the placement trends for an executive management program.
IPMX recruiters include: Accenture, Amazon, Dabur, Deloitte Consulting, Deutsche Bank, Edelweiss, Fidelity, GE, Goldman Sachs, Google, KPMG, Microsoft, Mindtree, NIIT, Oracle, PwC
5. Any tips or advice you would like to share with aspirants?
Stellar work experience could make up for a below-average GMAT score – so take a chance and apply! There is no application fee except for your effort!
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