Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)

Frequently Asked Questions


Q. Is there a separate entrance exam to join SJIM?
Ans: No. Prospective students need to submit any of the CAT, XAT, or MAT scores. We also accept GMAT, ATMA, and CMAT scores instead.

Q. Is it compulsory to submit my entrance exam scores in my application?
Ans: Yes, you are required to submit your common entrance exam scores as part of your application.

Q. Can I apply if I have not yet taken the MAT?
Ans: If you have not yet taken any entrance exam, you may still apply. If you are offered admission, you must take your MAT in February or May and obtain a score above 550.

Q. What is the cut-off score for the MAT?
Ans: You need to score a minimum of 550 in the MAT.

Q. What is the cut-off score for my under-graduate degree?
Ans: The cut-off is 50% aggregated marks during each year of your under-graduate studies.

Q. What is the cut-off score for the CAT, XAT, CMAT, GMAT, etc?
Ans: There is no fixed cut-off for these exams. However, you are expected to perform well in these because a candidate with a higher score will be given preference.

Q. What can I do if my MAT scores are below the cut-off?
Ans: If your MAT scores are below the cut-off, you can take the MAT exam again to improve your score. The MAT is conducted four times a year, so you have several opportunities to improve your score.

Q. I have written many entrance exams like CAT, MAT, XAT. Which score should I enter in the application form? Which score will you consider for admission?
Ans: Please enter all the scores. This will help us judge consistency in your academic performance. Your best score across the different exams will be considered.

Q. I have the scores of entrance exam taken in the last year. Can I apply with those scores?
Ans: No. You have to apply with the recent entrance scores.

Q. If I have done BSc or BA or BE, can I apply? How difficult will this course be for me if I am not from a business or commerce background?
Ans: Yes, you can apply irrespective of your background. In fact, we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply. Please remember that irrespective of your stream of under-graduate studies, you should have scored at least 60% aggregated marks during each year of your under-graduate studies. The course work in the PGDM program is at the post-graduate level. Therefore, the course material will be equally difficult or easy for students from all backgrounds.

Q. What are the eligibility criteria?
Ans: You need to have a minimum of 550 in the MAT and a minimum of 50% aggregated marks in each of the years of your under-graduate studies. You can find more details about the eligibility criteria by clicking here.

Q. I am in the final year of my studies, can I apply?
Ans: You can apply. But if you are selected, you must clear all your exams before the date of joining.

Q. What if I have a backlog that I have not yet cleared?
Ans: You can still apply for admission, but you must clearly mention the backlog details on your application form and during the personal interview. You will also have to clear the backlog before you start your program at SJIM.

Q. Is there any cut-off for 10 th and 12 th standard marks?
Ans: Admission into the PGDM program is dependent on your marks in your under-graduate studies and on your common test scores (like MAT, CAT, etc). But good performance in your 10 th and 12 th helps to demonstrate consistent academic performance.

Q. What are the eligibility criteria?
Ans: You need to have a minimum of 550 in the MAT and a minimum of 50% aggregated marks in each of the years of your under-graduate studies. You can find more details about the eligibility criteria by clicking here.

Q. If I satisfy all the eligibility criteria, will I be given admission?
Ans: Admission into the PGDM program depends on several factors. You must meet the eligibility criteria and additionally, do well in your written essay and personal interview rounds.

Q. What are my chances of admission?
Ans: SJIM prides itself on running a prestigious PGDM program. If you have a good entrance exam score, consistent academic performance above 60%, and you perform well in your interview, then you have a good chance of admission to SJIM.

Q. Is work experience compulsory? What are my chances of admission if I do not have work experience?
Ans: Work experience is not compulsory, but it is preferable. Many of our students do not have any work experience before joining. Your academic performance and your personal interview will be the primary determinants for your admission.


Q. Is SJIM affiliated to any university?
Ans: St. Joseph’s Institute of Management (SJIM) is an autonomous institute that has been approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Your PGDM degree will be awarded by SJIM, and is approved by the AICTE.

Q. Are SJIM and SJCBA the same institute?
Ans: St. Joseph’s Institute of Management (SJIM) was formerly called St. Joseph’s College of Business Administration (SJCBA). They are the same institute.

Q. Do you offer a PGDM or a MBA? What is the difference?
Ans: We offer a Post Graduate Diploma in Management or PGDM. In India, a PGDM and a MBA are both two-year full-time programs and are thus equivalent to each other. While an MBA is granted by a university or a college affiliated to a university, a PGDM is granted by institutes. The PGDM program at SJIM has been approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and it has given equivalence status of MBA.

Q. Which courses are offered at SJIM?
Ans: We have several courses that are offered as part of the PGDM program. You may browse them by clicking here.

Q. Is the PGDM program a day program or an evening program?
Ans: The PGDM program is a two-year full-time day program.

Q. Can I specialize in my PGDM?
Ans: Yes. We have a dual-specialization at SJIM. You can choose two among four streams of specialization – Finance, Human Resources, Marketing and Operations.

Q. How good are the placements at SJIM? What is the average package?
Ans: SJIM has an excellent placement record for the last 20 years. Many of the top, reputed companies come to the campus for hiring. You can read more about placements by clicking here.

Q. Is there internship during the program? Is it mandatory?
Ans: All students have to do a two-month internship after the completion of third trimester in the month of April and May.

Q. Does the college provide internships?
Ans: Finding internship is primarily student’s responsibility. Whenever the college receives internship requirements from the companies, students may apply for the same.

Q. What is the duration of the PGDM program? How many years is the PGDM program?
Ans: The PGDM program is a 2-year full-time program approved by the AICTE.

Q. What are the college timings?
Ans: Classes in the college are usually held between 8:30am and 5:00pm, from Mondays to Saturdays. However, due to events or scheduling of elective courses or extra classes, these timings can vary.

Q. Where is the college located? How do I get to the college?
Ans: SJIM is located in the heart of Bangalore, just off MG Road. We are reachable by private transport (there is ample basement parking for all students and visitors), bus (brigade road stop), and metro (trinity circle stop). For more details, please click here.

Q. Is there any dress code?
Ans: Since you are joining a post-graduate course in management to become a future manager in an organization, it is expected that you will dress appropriately.

Q. Do the faculty have good experience? How qualified are the faculty?
Ans: SJIM has an excellent faculty body. All faculty have several years of experience and most of them have PhDs from reputed business schools in India and abroad. You can learn more about the faculty at SJIM by clicking here.

Q. Does SJIM have a hostel for boys/girls?
Ans: Yes, SJIM has hostel facilities for both and girls. A new hostel for girls is constructed in the campus itself. Please read more about these facilities by clicking here.

Q. What are the hostel fees?
Ans: You require about Rs 80,000 per year, which includes-boarding and mess fees.

Q. Does the college conduct international immersion programs?
Ans: Yes. The college conducts international immersion programs mostly in the month of June/July. . It is optional. Those who wish to go have to pay for the cost of the program.

Q. How does SJIM compare with other business schools in India?
Ans: SJIM is one of the prestigious business schools of India, and is the oldest business school in Karnataka. SJIM was ranked in the Top-100 Management Schools in the NIRF Rankings, and was one among only four business schools in Bangalore to be ranked by the NIRF. It has been rated A++ by Business India.


Q. What is the fees for the PGDM program?
Ans: The fees for the 2019-21 batch is Rs.3.9 lakh per year for students from Karnataka and Rs.4.0 lakh per year for students from outside Karnataka. These fees can be paid in installments. You can read more details by clicking here.

Q. Can I get refund of the fees?
Ans: Fees once paid will not be refunded even in the case of a student’s failure / termination or withdrawal from the programme, after commencement of the programme. SJIM follows AICTE refund policy with respect to candidates withdrawing from the programme before commencement of the programme.

Q. Does the college offer any scholarships?
Ans: Yes, SJIM offers several scholarships to students. These include General Merit Scholarships, Merit-cum-Means Scholarships, and Fee waiver to economically weaker students.

Q. When can I start applying?
Ans: Applications open on 1 st November. You can apply by clicking here.

Q. Till when are admissions open?
Ans: Depending on several criteria, SJIM may or may not hold multiple rounds of admission. Usually, applications for the first round of admission close in February, while applications for any further round(s) close in March. For exact dates, please refer to the website by clicking here.

Q. Can I defer my admission by a year?
Ans: If you are admitted into the program at SJIM, you are expected to start the program in the same year.

Q. When does the PGDM course start?
Ans: Every year, PGDM classes begin in the first week of June. The exact date will be informed during the admission.


Q. What details do I need to submit as part of my application?
Ans: SJIM uses an online application system. As a part of your application, you will need to provide details related to your background, your past education, your achievements, and so on. You can find the application form by clicking here.

Q. Do I need to upload any documents?
Ans: Yes, you need to upload the following documents as a part of your application - 10 th and 12 th marks cards, Degree marks cards of all semesters, Entrance exam score card, Work experience certificate (if available). You can read more about these requirements by
clicking here.

Q. Can I send my documents by post?
Ans: Yes, you can send in your documents by post instead of uploading them. You can find the list of documents and the postal address by clicking here.

Q. Are there admission interview centers outside Bangalore?
Ans: No. All admission interviews are conducted in the campus itself.

Q. Can I give interview via Skype?
Ans: The college may offer Skype interview facility to the deserving students from North India. If so, it will be announced in the website. Students from South India have to come to the campus for the personal interview.

Q. I have a question that is not answered here. Who do I contact?
Ans: Please contact the Admissions Office via email or phone. Email: or, mobile: 7353749006 or 9972252765.