Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

This section provides answers to the questions that are commonly asked by the PGDM applicants. In case you wish to have more details about the admission process kindly contact the admissions office at 969322340
1.What is the total fee for the PGDM Programme?
Programme fee for the PGDM batch 2018-20 is 5.25 lakh. Besides the programme fee students have to pay for the Mess, Hostel, and Books.  
Business Analytics specialization requires additional fees (Rs. 90000) to be paid in three instalments of Rs. 30000 each at the end of Term III, Term IV and Term V. 

2.Is PGDM Programme approved by AICTE?

Yes, the PGDM programme offered by CIMP is approved by AICTE.


3.Is PGDM Programme accredited by NBA?

Yes, the PGDM programme offered by CIMP is accredited by NBA.


4.Is PGDM Programme equivalent to MBA?

Yes, Association of Indian Universities has recognised PGDM Programme offered by CIMP as equivalent to MBA.


5.Is 100 percent placement achieved for the previous batches?

Yes, 100 percent placement is achieved for all the previous 8 batches.


6.What is the average pay and highest pay package per annum for the current and previous batch?

Placement 2016

Average Salary: 5,14,000 per annum

Highest Salary: 9,18,000 per annum

Placement 2017

Average Salary: 5,60,000 per annum

Highest Salary: 9,18,000 per annum


7.Which companies visit CIMP for placements for the current and previous batch?

Top recruiters 2016:

ICICI Bank, HDFC AMC, Tata Advanced Systems Ltd., Jeevika, Yes Bank Ltd., Saija Finance Private Limited, NDDB Dairy Services (Saahaj Milk Producer Company Ltd), NCDEX e Markets Ltd, GIC Housing Finance Ltd., Airtel, Amul, Axis Bank, CSM Technologies, Digital Green, HT Media.


Top recruiters 2017:

Tata Advanced Systems Ltd., Amul, Hindustan Unilever Ltd., Jeevika, ICICI Bank, Bihar State Planning Board, NDDB Dairy Services (Mother Dairy), Asian paints, Berger Paints, Colgate-Palmolive, HDFC AMC, ITC, Bandhan Bank, Airtel, Axis Bank.


8.What is the eligibility criteria for selection in the PGDM Programme?

Any Indian National with 50% aggregate marks in graduation (45% for SC/ST/DA*) can apply. Candidates appearing in the final year of graduation and expecting to complete all the requirements including sitting through the examinations for the award of Degree before 30th June, 2018 may also apply.

Shortlisted candidates will be called for Group Discussion (GD), Personal Interview (PI) and Writing Ability Test (WAT) on their chosen interview centre.


9.What are the qualifying exams for admission to the PGDM programme?

The Institute accept CAT 2017, XAT 2018, and CMAT 2018 scores for admission to two-year full-time residential PGDM programme for the batch 2018-20. Applicants are expected to provide test score for one of these qualifying exams.


10.Can I submit the form without the CAT, XAT or CMAT scores?

Yes, you may submit the form initially without CAT 2017, XAT 2018 or CMAT 2018 scores. But you have to pass one of the exams to be considered eligible for the admission process. Once you have received the score kindly email the score to admission office at


11.What is the process of applying to the qualifying exams - CAT, XAT, and CMAT?

You may visit the following links for details:





Dates of the examinations are as follows:

CAT 2017: 26 November 2017

XAT 2018: 7 January 2018

CMAT 2018: 20 January 2018


12.What is the selection process?

Shortlisting of the candidates will be done on the basis of Test scores (CAT 2017, XAT 2018 and CMAT 2018) and criteria like the previous academic record and relevant work experience.

Shortlisted candidates would be called to attend a Writing Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) & Personal Interview (PI) during March 2018. Applicants will be informed about the GD/PI schedule through emails/phone.

The final merit list would be prepared after considering weighted scores of various components like the Academic record, Test score, Work experience, Performance in Writing Ability Test, Group Discussion & Personal Interview. Final offer of admission would be declared in the first week of April 2018.


The candidates shall be short listed on the basis of the overall rank computed taking into account of the following components:

SI. No.

Table 1(a): Pre GD-PI Assessment



Class 10th Marks



Class 12th Marks



Graduation Marks



Work-Experience Profile (Duration)



CAT(2017), XAT(2018), CMAT(2018)



Table 1(b): Assessment during GD-PI



Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Psychometric Test



Group Discussion (GD)



Personal Interview (PI)



Sports, Extra-Curricular activities, Academic Diversty and Gender Diversity






13.How can I apply for the PGDM Programme?

Application Form and Admission Brochure can be obtained from the Institute by paying Rs. 500/- [Rs. 200/- for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Backward Class (BC) and Differently Abled (DA)* candidates].  The Admission Form will also be available at the counter of CIMP on all working days from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Candidates may submit the Application Forms at the CIMP counter by hand or send the completed Application Forms by post.

Applicants can also apply online on our website ( along with online payment of the application fee.  


14.How can I pay the application fee?

You can pay the application fee by three modes

a) Cash – In case you buy the Application Form at the CIMP counter.

b) Demand Draft (In favour of Chandragupt Institute of Management, Patna) – Send the Demand Draft to CIMP, we will send you the Application form and Brochure by post. Alternatively, you can download the application form from CIMP website and send the application form along with required documents and Demand Draft to CIMP.

c) Online Payment (through master/visa card of any registered bank, Internet Banking) – In case you apply online on our website


15.What specialization are offered by the Institute?

CIMP offers specialisation in Marketing, Finance, and Business Analytics.


16.Do I need to indicate my area of specialisation while applying for the PGDM programme?



17.Are students required to stay in the campus?

PGDM Programme offered by CIMP is a two-year fully residential programme. Students have to stay in the campus during the programme.


18.Is it necessary to have work experience to apply for the PGDM Programme?

No. It is NOT mandatory or a prerequisite to have work experience for PGDM programme. However, work experience after graduation (if any, after B.Tech./B.Sc./B.Com. etc.) will be given weightage while shortlisting students for the PGDM programme. Kindly refer to Question Number 12 for more details.


19.What is the total number of seats available for PGDM Programme?



20.What is the qualifying entrance test score?

As of now there is no cut-off for the test scores.


21.Can I reschedule my Interview date?



22.Can I take admission using sports quota?



23.Will CIMP help students in getting bank loan?

Yes, CIMP will help desirous students in getting education loan from the leading nationalised banks. This will, however, be subject to the ability of the candidate to fulfil the terms & conditions of the respective bank.


24.What are the scholarships available to the students?

CIMP facilitates the education of economically backward students through Tuition Fee Waiver Scheme (TFW) as proposed by AICTE. The proposed scheme will be applicable only to the students having parents’ annual income (from all sources) less than Rs. 8.00 lakhs. 


25.When will the next academic session start?        

Academic session will start in July 2018.


26. How to prepare for WAT, GD, and PI?
Kindly refer to the links given below to have a fair idea about the WAT, GD and PI

27. What is the reservation policy followed by Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna?

The institute follows reservation policy as prescribed by the Government of Bihar for educational institutions. The break-up of reservation policy is as follows:

Scheduled Castes – 16%

Scheduled Tribes – 01%

Extremely Backward Class – 18%

Backward Class – 12%,

Women of Backward Class – 3%. 

Amongst all the categories, 50% of the total seats would be reserved for students who qualify as a Domicile of Bihar (permanent residents only) and 4% of the total seats for Persons with Disability (PWD).



28.How can I get the details of the faculty members teaching in CIMP?

CIMP has a pool of highly qualified and experienced faculty members, most of them being alumni of reputed institutions like IIMs, IRMA, IITs, ISI Calcutta, XLRI and NITIE. The institute also gets mentoring support from an eminent Advisory Council comprising Professors from IIMs and other leading business schools. Visit the faculty profile section on the CIMP website for more details.


For more details you may give a call to 

a.        The admission office: 9693223405

b.       Admission coordinator: 9819843689




* DA also refers to Persons with Disability (PwD)


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