First Year would be pursued together with other PGDM students, covering all the basic courses in management. For promotion to second year student must have a minimum average grade of B- (B minus). However, in the area of specialization, overall minimum grade of B– (B minus) would have to be obtained.
In 2nd Year the students would pursue courses related to their area of specialization. This would include 4 FPM area core courses and 2 electives (FPM courses) from chosen area.
On successful completion of second year students would need to undergo a Comprehensive Examination administered by the respective areas. The structure of the comprehensive exam is to be decided by the respective areas.
On the successful completion of comprehensive examination, the candidate is required to form a Thesis Advisory Committee (TAC) for guidance towards the final thesis. Under the guidance of TAC, the student would be required to develop a research proposal and defend it in an open forum comprising faculty and other doctoral students. Thereafter, on completion of research aims and objectives, the candidate would inform the Chairperson (FPM & Research) of the same. Chairperson (FPM & Research) in consultation with TAC would recommend a Thesis Evaluation Committee (TEC) for the evaluation of the research work. The candidate would then be required to present a public seminar on research findings. The candidate is then evaluated by the TEC in an oral defense. After successfully defending the final thesis candidate is awarded the title of “Fellow of the International Management Institute, New Delhi”. (For details, please refer to Handbook of Information for FPM students.)
Students are expected to complete the programme within four years. However, under special circumstances extension of one more year may be granted without any financial aid.
Exemption from first year courses may be given to candidates who have completed PGDM/MBA from an institute appearing in the top 15 institutes as per the ratings of credible agencies such as Outlook, Business Today, and Business World for at least once in the last three years. Additionally, any IIM which has produced at least 10 batches of PGDM students are also eligible for such exemption. Moreover, PGDM/MBA should not have been completed more than 5 years ago from the date the candidate is seeking admission to FPM.
Candidates having specialized degree such as PGDM (HR), PGDM (Banking & Insurance), PGDM (Retail) or PGDM (Marketing) may be considered for exemption from specific courses based on the recommendation by the concerned area.