IIM Kashipur’s Executive Fellow Programme in Management (EFPM) is a non-residential doctoral programme designed for senior executives working in business, government and social sectors and interested in pursuing research in the field of management.

The objectives of the programme are: To encourage scholars to carry out research in the field of management, leading to publication in internationally reputed research journals and finding solutions to real-world management problems. To equip scholars with necessary understanding and skills to identify and research on complex issues in the field of management.

To develop expertise among prospective scholars for careers in management research and teaching and thereby to address the shortage of high-quality management faculty in the country. 

For the academic year 2019-20, no vacancies are available for admission, the office will notify for next year admission in the due course.

The programme is split into two phases.

Phase I: Course Work & Comprehensive Examination
Phase II: Thesis

The first phase of the programme consists of coursework spread across three terms and is conducted at IIM Kashipur campus.​

Term I July 2018 to October, 2018
Term II November 2018 to February 2019
Term III March 2019 to June 2019

Residency Requirement:

In each term, candidates will have to make two visits of 8 days’ duration. Combining preceding and succeeding weekends, candidates would need to take one work-week off for each campus visit.

Comprehensive Examination:

While each course will have its own evaluation, at the end of all course work, a scholar will have to take a comprehensive examination (CE). Successful completion of CE marks the end of Phase I of the programme.

Phase II

The second phase of the programme consists of Thesis work. It involves the following three stages: (i) development of thesis proposal culminating in proposal defense; (ii) thesis development – this will involve a half-yearly progress report presentation and a pre-thesis presentation before submission of the thesis; and (iii) thesis submission culminating in examination of thesis by external examiners. In addition, the EFPM programme also requires publication of at least two research papers in reputed journals to demonstrate scholarly competencies of the candidate.


The thesis should be submitted within 4 years from the date of registration, which may be extended by another one year subject to merits of the case and favorable review of work progress by the Research Committee.

Programme Fees

The total fee of the programme will be Rs. 5.5 Lakhs over the 4 year period from the date of registration. The fee for the first year is Rs. 2.0 Lakhs, for second year Rs 1.5 Lakh and Rs. 1 Lakh for each of the following two years. The first year fee is to be payable at the time of the confirmation of the admission. In subsequent years fee is payable in the first week of July.

In case a scholar fails to submit the thesis work within stipulated four years from the date of the registration for the course and is given an extension by the EFPM Committee, there will be additional fee payable at the start of the fifth year.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidates for the programme should have one of the following qualifications obtained 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 recognized and approved by AICTE/AIU:
    • A master's degree in any discipline with at least 60% marks or equivalent grade point average with a Bachelor's degree / equivalent qualification after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) (OR)
    • Five year integrated Master’s Degree Programme in any discipline with at least 60% marks, obtained after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent (OR)
    • A professional qualification like CA, ICWA, CS with at least 60% marks or equivalent grade point average (OR)
    • 4 years / 8 semester bachelor's degree (B.E./B.Tech./B. Arch. etc.) with at least 60% marks or equivalent grade point average.


  • Minimum 7 years of managerial/executive work experience is required.
  • Maximum Age limit of 55 years as per application submission deadline.

Areas of Specialization Offered

  • Operations Management and Decision Sciences (Operations Research/Statistics)
  • Organizational Behavior and HRM
  • Marketing
  • Business Policy and Strategy
  • Finance
  • Information Technology & Systems
  • Economics and Business Environment
  • Business Communication

A prospective candidate will have an option to apply to maximum two areas of specialization in the same application form. The selection process for the two areas will be independent of each other and will be conducted separately.

Selection Process

  • The total evaluation process for prospective candidates will involve 200 marks. The weightage for the written test part (either through IIM Kashipur administered Research Aptitude Test – RAT or through any of the standard tests like CAT/GMAT/GRE/GATE/UGC-JRF, provided any of these standard tests has been taken within preceding two years period at the time of the application) and the personal interview part will be equal (100 marks each). For alumni of full-time two-year PGP from IIMs, written test scores are not required..
  • The RAT will be conducted on 15 April 2018 at IIM Kashipur. RAT will consist of two sections and will involve a total of 100 marks.

    RAT will consist of two sections and will involve a total of 100 marks.

    Section 1 (the quantitative part) of RAT involving 50 marks, will be applicable for all applicants appearing for this test and will be conducted on Aprail 15, 2018 morning. It will involve a multiple choice question test of 60 minute duration and will have three parts with scope of coverage in:

    a. Quantitative Aptitude (covering interpretation of data and mapping and analysis of data)
    b. Logical Reasoning (covering analogies, alphabet series, number series, arguments, deductive & inductive research, Venn diagram)
    c. Research Aptitude (covering basic statistics including meaning and characteristics of research, type of research, methods of research, analysis & tools for data analysis and quantitative & qualitative research)

    Candidates scoring at least 20 marks in Section A will appear in Section 2 of the test. This will be conducted in the afternoon on the same day.

    Section 2 will involve the analysis of a management case. It will be specific to the chosen area of research of the candidate. The objective of the test is to evaluate candidate’s ability to assimilate and communicate relevant knowledge and insights by correlating the same with real life practices in the areas of management.

  • Institute may fix separate minimum cut-off score for candidates applying on the basis of their scores in standard tests other than RAT.
  • The RAT will be conducted on 15 April 2018 at IIM Kashipur. RAT will consist of two sections and will involve a total of 100 marks.


Candidates seeking admission to the programme are required to submit an online application at doctoraladmission.iimkashipur.ac.in.The printed copy of filled application form along with necessary documents should reach the Admission Office, IIM Kashipur, Bazpur Road, Kashipur, Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand -244713 on or before 15th March, 2018 through Speed/Registered Post only.

A fee of Rs. 2000/- (if applying for 1 area) or Rs. 3000/- (if applying for 2 areas) payable for application process. You may transfer the money in Institute’s account through NEFT. The required details are as follows:

Beneficiary Name : Indian Institute of Management Kashipur
Beneficiary A/c No : 005394600000021
A/c Type : Saving bank account
IFSC Code : YESB0000053
Beneficiary Bank : Yes Bank Ltd
Bank Address : 257, Ramnagar road, Kashipur, Udham Singh Nagar, Uttarakhand-244713.

Alternatively, you may send a bank draft of Rs 2000/- (if applying for 1 area) or Rs. 3000/- (if applying for 2 areas) issued in favour of “Indian Institute of Management, Kashipur” payable at Kashipur (Uttarakhand) along with your printed application form. For any query related to application process you may please contact –


Dr. Vinay Sharma
Administrative Officer (Admissions)
Indian Institute of Management Kashipur
Kundeshwari, Kashipur- 244713
District- Udham Singh Nagar
Uttarakhand- India.
M: +91 96755 33302