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Executive Fellow Programme in Management - Queries

What is Exec-FPM?

The Executive Fellow Programme in Management (Exec-FPM) is a part-time programme and it has been designed to cater to the scholarly needs of working business executives who already have an MBA. The objective of the part-time Executive FPM is to develop prospective scholars for careers not only in management research and teaching but also in management practice, consulting, training, and development.

Where can I get more information about the Executive Fellow Programme in Management?

FPM & Research Office
Circuit House Area (East) (or Post Box No.222)
Jamshedpur 831035
Phone : 91-657-398 3269
Fax : 91-657-2227814
Email :
Website : http://www.xlri.ac.in/academic-programmes/fellow-programme/executive-overview.php

Is it possible to complete the programme on a part-time basis?

Yes. The basic purpose of this programme is precisely that - to cater to the scholarly needs of working business executives who already have an MBA. 5 campus visits of 20 days' duration each, spread over a period of 24 months, are needed to finish the course work; and after that, 3 additional campus visits will normally be needed to finish comprehensive examination, the thesis proposal, and defend the final thesis.

Who should apply? What are the typical backgrounds of doctoral students?

Students interested in pursuing research careers having high scholastic aptitude should apply. Typically students have varied backgrounds.

What are the qualities which XLRI is looking for in applicants to the programme?

We are looking for highly motivated and disciplined candidates with strong academic preparation who exhibit curiosity, desire to learn, and have an inclination towards research.

How will I sustain myself for 4-5 years, if I have a family?

The Exec-FPM students will continue to work with their organizations while pursuing the programme.

Does it help to have an MBA degree before entering the programme?


How do I apply? What is the process of admission to the programme? Where can I get the forms? Can I apply online?

You cannot apply online. Please visit our website, http://www.xlri.ac.in/academic-programmes/fellow-programme/executive-overview.php.

Do I have to take XAT for getting admission in to Exec-FPM?

No. However, you have to appear for an interview.

What are the important deadlines?

Last Date for Applying: January
Interview: March/April
Joining: June

What is the purpose of the interview? What is expected at the interview for XLRI? Does it help if I come prepared with a research proposal?

The purpose of the interview is to gauge the academic preparation of the candidate for the programme. It also gives the candidate an opportunity to find out if the programme meets the requirements of the student. The student is not expected to have prepared any research proposal.

Is separate accommodation for married people available?

Right now there is no provision for such accommodation. Upon availability it can be provided.

Does the programme accept international students?

Yes. The programme accepts international students. The eligibility requirements and course structure are the same as for domestic students.

How selective is XLRI? What are my chances of getting admitted? How many students are admitted each year?

XLRI intends making up to 30 offers each year. More than 400 eligible candidates are expected to apply.

What areas of specialization are offered in the programme?

  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Operations Management
  • Organisational Behavior
  • Personnel Management & Industrial Relations / Human Resource Management
  • Strategic Management

Do you have an option of doing inter-disciplinary research?

Yes. You could specify this at the time of application, though you have to choose one main area of specialization while applying. You could take courses from a variety of areas and choose your thesis topic that cuts across disciplines.

Is the course-work at XLRI very difficult?

The Institute expects high academic rigor and integrity. It has stringent requirements at every stage of the programme. The candidates who are unable to meet the requirements will be asked to leave the programme.

What are the important stages in the programme?

The key stages are:

  • Course work,
  • Comprehensive examination, and
  • Thesis period.

Thus, the Exec-FPM student will be required to complete 10 courses followed by Comprehensive Examination / Proposal Defense / Data Collection / Research and finally Thesis Defense.

Do I apply for a specific area or can I choose my area after getting admission?

You have to apply for a specific area. Area to which you have applied will decide on your suitability for admission. You can change your area of specialization later, under exceptional circumstances.

How much flexibility exists in the programme? Can I change my area of research during my stay at XLRI?

XLRI FPM offers a mix of flexibility and rigidity to the students. Students are allowed to change their chosen area of work during the first year at XLRI, if they fulfil specified criteria. XLRI offers high degree of flexibility in choosing area of research.

How do I choose my research topic?

A research topic requires interest and motivation of student and availability of a suitable guide interested in the area. FPM students form a Thesis Advisory Committee with whom they have to work towards their thesis.

What is the process of getting a scholarship and how much is the amount?

Since the Exec-FPM students are working executives, no scholarship will be offered.

Are doctoral students required to teach?


What support is available for presenting research papers in Indian and international conferences?

The Institute does not provide any support for attending conferences in India and abroad.

How do I find a job after completing my doctoral studies?

A Fellow Programme student is not entitled to the same services of the Students' Placement Bureau as are provided to the postpostgraduate students. However, wherever possible and appropriate, the Institute will provide guidance and help to the students in securing jobs in academic organisations.

How does the programme prepare me for an academic career?

This is achieved through a structure that has proven to be very effective for starting and developing a research and teaching career in management--a structure that comprises course work followed by supervised dissertation research. It forms the minimum requirement for seeking a position in academia. Our FPM-graduates are currently working in some of the best academic institutions in the country.

Is Exec-FPM from XLRI recognized as equivalent to a Ph.D.?

The program is approved by AICTE. And we have applied to AIU for equivalence recognition.

What is the degree / title that I get at the completion of the programme?

You are awarded the title, 'Fellow in Management'.

Is there any flexibility in the structure?

No. The four personal visits to XLRI as specified are mandatory.

Can one be permitted to apply in both PGP and Exec-FPM?

Yes. But in that case one has to write XAT - follow the instructions given at http://www.xlri.edu.

What is the average completion time for Exec-FPM?

The total duration of the program will ordinarily be four years and a maximum of six years. Students failing to complete the requirements within this time period will be deemed to have withdrawn from the Program.