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Admission Process

The Executive MBA degree for working professionals at IIM Sambalpur offers a unique learning opportunity to carve one’s career path. The programme engages through emerging global trends, international/national interfaces, and transform opportunities to accelerate professional trajectory for achieving strategic top management positions.

The key features of the ExeMBA program are:

  • Online alternate weekend classes
  • Live faculty interaction in hybrid mode
  • Highly diverse students’ profile
  • Established faculty from industry and academia
  • Connect with a vast network of professionals
  • Rigorous and tech-centric curriculum with entrepreneurial orientation


  • Develop entrepreneurial skills to adapt to the ever-changing business environment and apply the concepts of business management
  • Ability to integrate innovative ideas across functional areas to diagnose and solve complex business problems
  • Acquire deeper insights into leadership, sustainability, and digital transformation to act as strong organizational leaders
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Qualification & Work Experience

Candidate should hold a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent percentage.


A minimum 3 years of Post Qualification managerial/ entrepreneurial/ professional experience as on last date of application

Selection Categories

1. Self-financed Candidates

In the case of self-financed candidates fulfilling the minimum eligibility criteria as above shall be called for the PI process. The Executive MBA Admission Committee in consultation with the Competent Authority will decide the number of candidates to be called for PI.

Candidates shall be required to submit a “No Objection Certificate”/ “Consent letter” for pursuing the Executive MBA at IIM Sambalpur from his or her employer.

2. Industry Sponsored Candidates

Industry Sponsored candidates are allowed admission in the Executive MBA Program of IIM Sambalpur. A Sponsored candidate must have been in service of the sponsoring organization for at least two years at the time of admission. The selection of candidates under this category will be primarily based on personal interview. The candidates will be required to submit a letter from the sponsoring company. A candidate selected under this category will have to abide by all the Rules and regulations applicable to student taken under normal category.

Admission Process​

The admission process of IIM Sambalpur consists of:

  • Shortlisting of candidates for Personal Interview (PI) process.
  • Conducting the PI process
  • Preparing the Merit List based on the Admission Criteria and PI process.
Selection Criteria

Shortlist for PI

The Executive MBA Admission Committee in consultation with the Competent Authority will decide the number of candidates to be called for PI.

Personal Interview

Upon being shortlisted, the candidate shall appear for a personal interview in front of the Expert panel. The panel will assess the suitability of the candidates for the programme based on the portfolio of the candidate. Candidate will be especially assessed based on Statement of Purpose (SOP) apart from academic record, professional accomplishments, etc.

Statement of Purpose (SOP)

The candidate should submit a SOP not exceeding 2000 words and should include talk about your career path, interests, professional contributions, goals and the driving force behind pursuing ExeMBA. 

Preparing the merit list

Merit List will be prepared based on Personal Interview, Academic Qualification, Relevant Work Experience and Statement of Purpose (SOP).

IIM Sambalpur reserves the right to modify any part of this document including the various criteria and cut offs mentioned at any time till the actual admission process for the batch is completed.

Any dispute concerning Admission for the Executive MBA 2023 batch would be subject to jurisdiction of the competent courts within the territorial jurisdiction of city of Sambalpur only.