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MBA in Agri-Business Jobs, Syllabus and Scope

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MBA in Agri-Business is one of the fastest- growing sectors to be in, both as an entrepreneur and a professional. The course is related to the business of crop cultivation, food production and the various related business concepts in agriculture. The curriculum explores the whole range of agronomic products grown in India, their importance and needs. The course attempts to understand and innovate ways and means to protect and preserve agrarian sources, and also focuses on their related objectives and effectiveness in commercial operations, besides conducting constant research in farm- maintenance.

MBA in Agri-Business is a 2-year course, following the basic rules of a course in management and consisting of 4 semesters.

In India, the course is offered at an average annual fee ranging between INR 3 to 8 Lacs, however, the fee varies according to difference in institutes providing the course.

As a basic criterion of eligibility, to pursue this course the candidate needs to have attained a basic qualification of graduation in Agriculture or allied fields, from a recognized institute of higher learning. The next step in the procedure is to qualify any of CAT, MAT, XAT etc. A college may also have its own admission procedure on the State level.

The average annual starting salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of MBA in Agri-Business ranges between INR 2 to 10 Lacs, depending on the reputation of the college and skills of the post- graduating candidate.

Job positions in the country like Farm Appraiser, Agricultural Policy Analyst, Farm Manager, Quality Controller etc. are offered to successful postgraduates of the course.

MBA in Agri-Business: Course Highlights

Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Name of the course Master of Business Administration in Agri-Business
Course Level Post Graduate/ Professional Degree
Duration 2 years, full time
Stream Agriculture Management
Examination Type Semester System
Eligibility Graduation from any stream with at least 50% marks in aggregate
Admission Process Based on counselling sessions after clearing Entrance Tests (CAT/ MAT) or direct admission in some cases
Average Course Fee INR 3 to 8 Lacs
Average Starting Salary INR 2 to 10 Lacs
Top recruiting Companies All of the Agriculture Industry

MBA in Agri-Business: Course Duration

This course comprises 4 semesters, with 2 semesters covered in each year of this 2- year long course.

MBA in Agri-Business: What is it About?

With India being ranked 2nd in the world in agricultural and farm output, this course promises a good career scope for pursuers of the discipline. This course has all the kind of links with the area like agriculture input, agriculture processing, agriculture production, agriculture marketing and manufacture. This course also covers a range of aspects of economics besides broader sectors of management like Finance, including lending, commodity training, micro finance, supply chain management, taxation, marketing, and essentially, rural marketing. The course involves concepts of production, marketing and trading of agriculture- related products.

MBA in Agri-Business: Who Should Opt?

Candidates with a flair for all the agriculture as an academic field and interest in exploring and resolving agriculture and farmer- related grievances in the Indian farm landscape may opt for this specialization. The course is ideally suited for candidates driven to causing positive changes through research and practical application in the   agricultural scene of the country.

Top Institutes Offering MBA In Agri-Business

Some of the leading institutes in the country offering the course are listed in the table below along with their locations and respective fees charged by them.

Name Of College City Average Annual Fees
International Agri-Business Management Institute Anand (Gujrat) INR 5 Lac
Institute of Agri-Business Management Bikaner INR 3 Lac
College of Agri-Business Management Pantnagar INR 6 Lac
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad INR 10 +
Symbiosis Institute of International Business Hinjewadi INR 6 Lac
National Institute of Agriculture Extension Management Hyderabad INR 5 Lac
Indian Institute of Management Lucknow INR 6- 7 Lac

Eligibility for MBA In Agri-Business

Candidates wishing to apply for MBA in Agri-Business are needed to meet the following minimum criteria of eligibility:

  • A minimum aggregate score of 50% at the level of graduation, completed from a recognized institute of higher learning.
  • Graduation with agriculture or allied farming as main subject.
  • Candidates waiting for their final year graduation results are welcome too.

MBA in Agri-Business: Admission Process

Candidates need to pass any of the relevant entrance exams conducted for admission to the course, followed by rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview in the final stages. The main entrance exams held for the course are CAT, MAT, XAT, CMAT etc.

CAT Common Aptitude Test
MAT Management Aptitude Test
XAT Xavier Aptitude Test
CMAT Common Management Admission Test

MBA in Agri-Business: DIPLOMA

There are colleges in the country which provide a 1- year diploma course in the discipline.

MBA in Agri-Business: Career Prospects

There is a number of options open in terms of career to successful postgraduates of the program, some of which are listed here.

  • Candidates may either go employment in any of private and government relevant industry.
  • Candidates interested in further studies in the discipline may go for Ph. D.
  • Candidates may also choose the field of academia and go for teaching the subject in universities and colleges.
  • Often, candidates go for dual degrees in the same course.

Career opportunities for postgraduates of the course are mostly offered in the agricultural industry. The average annual salary package of candidates entering the industry as freshers is INR 2 to 6 Lacs.

Listed below are some of the top recruiting industries/ companies that hire successful postgraduates of the course.

  • Food production companies
  • Farming Industry
  • Public and Private Sector
  • Marketing Industry
  • Retail Industry

Tabulated below are some of the most popular job positions offered after MBA in Agri-Business. Also listed are the corresponding job descriptions and the salaries offered for each role.

MBA in Agri-Business

Job Profile Description Average Annual Salary
Farm Appraiser Responsible for assessing the value of a farm, its employees and facilities. They spring into action when the farm is mortgaged, sold, insured, developed. INR 4 Lac
Agriculture Policy Analyst Responsible for developing and analysing policies that affect agriculture business INR 3-4 Lac
Market analyst Responsible for analysing the financial condition of the agri-business economic market INR 6 Lac
Financer Responsible for providing financial assistance for agri-businesses, such as matching crop suppliers with farms INR 6 Lac
Quality Controller Responsible for focussing on improving the output and quality of a farm’s production. INR 5 Lac
Marketing Head Responsible for leading marketing strategy of a firm, building awareness and buzz. INR 7 Lac
Bio compost sales head Responsible for creating awareness amongst local customers and driving sales- promotional activities. INR 5 Lac
Relationship manager Responsible for dealing with individual retail customers and advising them on various banking and financial products and services offered by the bank, and catering to the corporate clients like SME's or large corporations. INR 4-10 Lac
Operation Manager Responsible for improving the operational systems, processes and policies in support of organization mission- specifically better management reporting, information flow of management, business process and organizational planning. INR 4-5 Lac

MBA in Agri-Business: Course Description

The course is evenly divided across 4 semesters covered in 2 years, and a semester- wise breakup of the course is tabulated here:

  • Management Principles & Values 
  • Accounting & Financial Analysis Financial Management for Agri Business
  • Quantitative Techniques
  • Managerial Economics
  • Environment & Agri Business Management Marketing
  • Organizational Behaviour & Ethos
  • Financial Management for Agri Business
  • Agribusiness & Rural Marketing
  • Research Methods in Agri Business Management
  • Production & Operations Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Business Law and Ethics
  • Entrepreneurship & Project Management Computer Application and MIS
  • Practical Training (8 weeks)
  • Strategic Management
  • Seminar in Agribusiness Management
  • Dissertation
  • Viva Voice


  • Materials Management
  • Seed Production and Technology
  • Fertilizer Technology & Management
  • Agro Chemical & Technology Management
  • Materials Management
  • Seed Production Technology
  • Management of Bio-Tech Industries
  • Management of Floriculture & Landscaping
  • Material Management
  • Technology Management for Livestock Products
  • Feed Business Management
  • Poultry and Hatchery Management
  • Materials Management
  • Technology Management for Livestock Products
  • Food Technology & Processing Management
  • Fruit Production & Post Harvest Management


Candidates enrolled to this program also undergo practical training sessions. The training periods typically last for a minimum of 8 weeks at a reputed organization and industrial training is done in the relevant subject. All students upon the completion of their 2nd semester are required to go for such training. Stipends depend upon the policies of the concerned organization. Some training/ internships are paid and some are unpaid.

Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Agribusiness) Fee Structure in India

23.80 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES13.34 L  (Maximum Fee)
1.83 L (Average Fee)
83.50 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES10.80 L (Maximum Fee)
2.73 L (Average Fee)

Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Agribusiness) Fee Structure By state


2.20 L
1.18 LPrivate COLLEGES10.80 L
3.10 L


2.87 L
83.50 KPrivate COLLEGES4.29 L
1.87 L

Uttar Pradesh

1.31 L
1 LPrivate COLLEGES3.67 L
2.24 L

Madhya Pradesh

1.24 L
97 KPrivate COLLEGES3.05 L
1.76 L


1.34 L
5 LPrivate COLLEGES7.59 L
6.23 L


8.21 L
3.80 LPrivate COLLEGES5.25 L
4.56 L


45.44 K
1.90 LPrivate COLLEGES2.58 L
2.28 L


72.11 K
1.70 LPrivate COLLEGES6.95 L
3.19 L


1.38 L
1.23 LPrivate COLLEGES2.62 L
1.97 L


Oct 17, 2019
I'm a student of a private university 'career point university'. Am I eligible for ABM in any iim ?

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