Program Overview

The Fellow Program in Management is the doctoral program of the International Management Institute (IMI) New Delhi. The program mix involves critical core courses, in-depth and research-based courses related to the domain interest of the candidate, individually pursued self-study courses and at the core lies the topic-of-individual-interest, that ultimately leads to the candidate’s thesis. The FPM scholars are expected to work closely in their areas of interest with the faculty members of IMI to further the existing repository of both theory and practice in the field of business management.The program accepts both full-time students and part-time students.

Fellow Program in Management (FPM)

Program Objective

Program learning objectives for the Fellow Program are as follows

Learning objective 1 : Acquire knowledge in the area of specialisation

Learning objective 1.1: To gain knowledge in general management areas in order to develop a foundation for the area of specialization.

Learning objective 1.2: To gain knowledge in specialized areas relevant to the research to be carried out.

Learning objective 1.3: To develop ability to apply acquired knowledge in order to solve management problems.

Learning objective 2: Acquire analytical and methodological skills required to conduct research

Learning objective 2.1: To develop analytic skills in order to solve research problems

Learning objective 2.2: To develop methodological skills in order to solve research problems

Learning objective 3: Prepare the scholar to communicate effectively

Learning objective 3.1: To be able to collate existing literature in the area of study and articulate research gaps

Learning objective 3.2: To be able to compose research output in the form of original and high quality management research writings.

Learning objective 3.3: To be able to articulate research output through presentations.


The applicant seeking admission to the FPM at IMI New Delhi needs to be fulfilling the following Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Academic qualifications: To be considered for admission to the FPM at IMI New Delhi, the applicant must possess one of the following qualifications:
  •  A Masters’ degree or its equivalent in any discipline with a minimum of 60% aggregate marks. Those in the final year of their post-graduation may also apply.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering with a minimum of 60% marks or equivalent grade point average. Those in the final year of their engineering degree may also apply.


A Bachelor’s degree plus any professional qualification such as CA, ICWA, CS, and CFA with a minimum of 60% aggregate marks.

  1. Universities & Affiliations: The above-mentioned qualifications will be considered valid for admission only if:
    • The obtained qualification is 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 parliament 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.
    • In case the candidate has a PGDM degree from an Indian Institution, the degree must be recognized as equivalent to MBA by Association of Indian Universities (AIU) or approved by AICTE.
    • The degrees of candidates from foreign universities must be recognized by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU).
  1. Additional Criteria for selection for part-time students: The candidate should have completed minimum FIVE years of full-time relevant work experience as an academician or a corporate executive.

Admission Process

  1. Admission form & indication of research interest: The applicant needs to complete the FPM application form. The form must be accompanied by an abstract of 1000-1500 words about the proposed research area/topic. This may be broad based at this juncture but is critical for gauging the applicant’s interest.
  2. Admission test: the candidate must clear any of the following tests
    • Common Admission Test (CAT) held by the IIMs.
    • Additionally, in case the candidate has a valid GMAT/GRE/XAT/NET/GATE/NMAT score; he/she would also be eligible.
    • Please note: the CAT/XAT/GMAT/GRE/NET/GATE/NMAT exam must have been taken on or after 01 January 2018 will be considered valid for admission to the session of 2023.


    • IMI Research Apptitude test: In the event the applicant has not appeared for any of the above exams, the Institute also considers candidates who appear for an IMI Research Aptitude Test.
    • NRIs and foreign candidates, are also required to have a valid CAT/GMAT/GRE/XAT/NET/GATE/NMAT score or appear for the IMI Research Aptitude Test.
  1. Admission Interview: Based on the:

o  Research abstract

o  Scores obtained in CAT/GMAT/GRE/XAT/NET/GATE/NMAT or the IMI Research Aptitude Test

o  Evaluation of past academic performance and

o  Relevant work experience (for Part-time students only)

The eligible candidates are invited for the final Admission Interview round and the final selection/merit list is prepared based on the above process.

The FPM scholars can specialize in one of the following areas:

  1. Economics & Business Environment
  2. Finance & Accounting
  3. Marketing
  4. Organisational Behaviour & Human Resource Management
  5. Operations Management & Quantitative Methods
  6. Strategy & General Management
  7. Information Management & Business Analytics

All FPM scholars are expected to complete the program within FIVE years.


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