One Year MBA / MBA for Executives / PGP-DL at ISDM Noida | Accreditation | Ranking | Class Profile | Eligibility Criteria | Admission Process | Fees | Course Structure | Placements

  • Name of the B-School: Indian School of Development Management
  • Name of the course: One Year MBA /Post-Graduate Program in Development Leadership(PGP-DL)

Course overview

  • Course Duration: One Year
  • Course Type: Full Time, Residential
  • Course Start date: N/A
  • Location: Noida, UP, India


As per the B-School, the Post Graduate Programme in Development Leadership offered by ISDM is not accredited by UGC or AICTE and a Certificate would be provided by ISDM on successful completion of the same.



What is One Year MBA at ISDM ?

According to the B-School, The Post-Graduate Programme in Development Leadership (PGP-DL) is aimed at developing professional, socially-aware, deeply sensitive, reflective managers and leaders for the full spectrum of organisations in the Development Sector including voluntary organisations, corporate social responsibility entities, social enterprises, not-for-profit NGOs and Companies, funding organisations, social impact investors, etc. Therefore, the curriculum has been carefully designed to provide students with relevant knowledge, its contextual application, critical-thinking, problem solving skills while promoting the importance of collaboration and value-based decision-making.

Class profile




Admission process

As per the B School, the application process is as follows:

Step 1: Apply online

Click on the ‘Start your Application button’ on our website

Complete the Personal details form (Form 1) -on completion of Form 1, you will receive an email with the link to Form 2.

Complete form 2 by answering two questions about your Professional Journey into the Social sector; fill References and Scholarship requirement details.

This completes your application to the program

Step 2: Telephone Interview

After the B-School receives your completed Online Application, they will connect with shortlisted applicants on the telephone at a mutually convenient time. If selected, you will be called for a personal interview and written test.

Step 3: Personal Interview and Written Test

The purpose of the interview and online written test is to understand your analytical ability as well as your ability to synthesize, gauge empathy, and to understand your motivations.

You will take the online test before coming for your interview. Interviews will be conducted across all major locations.

Dates and deadlines

Application RoundStart DateClosing DateDecision notification ByApplication Deadline
Phase 11-Nov-1922-Dec-1925-Jan-203-Feb-20
Phase 223-Dec-199-Feb-206-Mar-2013-Mar-20
Phase 310-Feb-2029-Mar-2019-Apr-2027-Apr-20
Phase 430-Mar-2017-May-202-Jun-209-Jun-20
Phase 518-May-2021-Jun-207-Jul-2012-Jul-20


Fee & Scholarship

According to the B-School Fee structure for 2020-21 is as follows:

The tuition fees for the 1-year program is Rs 5,00,000. (Rupees Five Lakhs). Additionally, students need to cover their living expenses (accommodation, food, transport) during the program including the 2-month residency in Term 7. The institution would take care of the basic expenses during the ‘Realising India’ program in Term 3.


As per ISDM, they are committed to making world-class education affordable for students from all walks of life. With this in mind, we have scholarships to cover the majority of their students.

In case students genuinely need the scholarship, they can specify the same while filling the online application form. Students applying for these scholarships will be required to submit appropriate income and asset-related documents before they come for their face to face interview.

Scholarships are based on merit cum need and will be provided on a first come first serve basis. So do apply in early to avail of the scholarships.

Living Expenses Grant

The B-School understands that some students would need financial support to cover their living expenses. They will consider providing financial support for living expenses on a needs basis. This is over and above the tuition scholarship.

Caution Deposit

A Caution Deposit of Rs 25,000/- (Rupees Twenty Five Thousand only) is to be paid by all students along with the acceptance of admission offer. This will be refunded on successful completion of the course.

Course Structure

As per the B-School, PGP-DL is a one-year rigorous academic and field experience. There are 8 terms which include 6 Class Room Terms and 2 Field Terms. The Field Terms include 2 weeks of structured field immersion in a district in India called Realising India, 7 weeks of residency with a partner organization to work on real development sector organization problems.

The curriculum is divided into three broad phases –

  • Context to Mission
  • Mission to Organization
  • Organization to Impact.

The first phase sets the context to the development sector. Students are exposed to various perspectives on development and also gain a good understanding of the environment within which the development organizations operate – social, political, historical, economic, etc. The next phase is focused on the development of capabilities of students on various aspects of organizational functioning in the development sector. To be able to achieve their goals and visions, organizations need to become more mindful and systematic about every aspect of their organization’s functioning – mission, resources, people, processes, structures, learning etc. The final phase focuses on using the knowledge and appreciation of working across key functions of the organization to have better impact, scalability and sustainability of development organizations.


2018 saw the ISDM’s first batch of students undergo the placement process.

All students participated in the process and were placed.

The placement process saw enormous interest from the Development sector. We had about 100 organizations that floated about 250 roles for a batch of 57 students.

It was a proof of concept- the recognition of the value that ISDM offers. It also was validation for the fact that the demand for development managers and leaders exceeds supply.

Diversity was another salient feature of the placement process- be it the age range of students (21-38 years) to the kind of organizations that showed interest.

Our students were placed in diverse organizations such as International and national NGOs, Corporate and social foundations, Social enterprises, CSR entities, Social Consulting organizations, funding agencies etc.

The average salary for the batch was 7.1 lakhs p.a. whereas the maximum remuneration packages were in the range 11- 13 lakhs. The average salary for the freshers (0-1 years of work experience) in the batch was in the range of 4.5-6

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