IIM Ahmedabad's post graduate programme for executives (PGPX) has witnessed greater diversity in its batch compared to last year. The candidates come from a variety of sectors, right from The Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) to The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), from politics to the voluntary sector to defence. In 2011-12, the share of candidates representing the information technology (IT) and IT-enabled services (ITES) sector was around 50 percent, which has come down to 30 per cent this year. One such candidate, Narayana Singh Rao who managed the IT cell of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the youth wing of the BJP, in Delhi feels an IIM-A education could make him essential to his party. Rao's batch-mate, Jaideep Singh Panwar adds that the quality of education provided by the programme attracts candidates from different sectors. This also explains why Mukul Shastry who has 11 years of experience as a legal officer for RBI opted for the programme. Another example of a “diverse” candidate includes Prasun Bansal, who has had the privilege of working for NASA. Prasun chose the programme to get himself acquainted to the Indian corporate scenario.
Apart from batch diversity, the programme has also observed changes in other parameters. Such as the average age of the candidates, which went down from 34 years to 33 years and 10 months. The average work experience of the batch has come down from 10 years two months to nine years eight months. International work experience, too, witnessed a decline from three years three months to three years. Lastly, the important aspect of gender diversity, too has seen a welcome change. The percentage of woman candidates increased to 15.29 from 12.95 last year.