Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development

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Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development (PRDRD) is a 1 year course that focusses on training learners to become equipped professionals in the field of Rural Development. The program involves complete know-how and research that covers all aspects of Rural Development.

The course is structured in a way that integrated knowledge of how to plan strategies for development and management of rural areas and their implementation is provided to the students. For students, who have a zeal to work in Rural Cooperatives and Development Organizations, this is the right course.

The approximate tuition fee of Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development is approximately 1.6 lakhs for General category and 1.5 lakhs for SC/ST.

Students participating in this course get well placed in Local, National and International Cooperatives, NGOs, development organizations and Funding Agencies.

What is Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development (PRDRD) about?

Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development is all about making students aware of the different domains that need assistance in Rural Development so as to formulate and evaluate better functioning of the rural areas and providing better amenities to the habitats of those areas.

The program aims at imparting knowledge on technical skills required for managerial support and anticipation of Rural progress.

PRDRD also takes the topics like socio-economics, governance, project planning and management, financial management into account.

Developing in house rural organizations and enterprises by making strategies to acquire funds is also taught in Post Graduate Diploma program in Rural Development.

PGDRD is recognized as equivalent to Master’s degree in Rural Management by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and is approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).


The duration of this course is 1 year (2 semesters), in some colleges there is one semester more which is the training or internship period.

Who should opt for Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development?

India being a country of villages and farmers, there is a need to develop a large part of the country as yet, which in turn would contribute to nation’s development. So, this course is for everyone who is concerned about nation’s growth and the rural community.

Anyone who possesses leadership skills, ability to handle masses and a friendly attitude can opt for this course.

What do you learn?

Students are taught to interact with the beneficiaries and local administration in order to get approval for their project, prepared for the betterment of the rural community. In addition, they are also taught to make presentations that have relevant research and facts to present to the agencies that would provide funds for the progression of their projects.

Students learn about the issues and their causes that need to be resolved which include making the rural areas sustainable.

Spontaneous and dynamic ways are to be introduced every now and then in this field, to earn more and more profits that this program also provides training for.

The main objectives of the program are making students aware of the concepts, approaches and opportunities of sustainable development. In addition knowledge about the human and natural/ non- natural resources and their sustainable use is also an integral part of the course structure.

High skills to develop and implement projects is also a main objective covered in this course.

Where to study?

There are a number of colleges that offer Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development. Some of the top colleges in India are:

·        National Institute of Rural Development, NIRD, Hyderabad 

·        Centre for Distance Education University of Hyderabad, CDEUH, Hyderabad 

·        HDF School of Management, HDFSM 

·        Mahatma Gandhi Antarrashtriya Hindi Vishwavidyalaya, MGAHV, Wardha 

·        Aastha Institute of Management and Technology

·        Dibrugarh University

Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development : 9 answered questions


Ques. Which college is better for a rural management course, IRM Jaipur or the KIIT School of Rural Management?

● Top Answer By Admin on 15 Jul 21

Ans. One of my friends is an alumnus of KIIT School of Rural Management. So, I am going to share the details as per his experience. MBA (RM): The MBA (RM) program is divided into four semesters and field segments. The fee and placements information is given below. Fee INR 7.59 Lakhs Average Package INR 6.75 LPA Highest Package INR 8 LPA Placement Percentage 100% Field Segments: There are three Field Segments spread across these four semesters: Action Research Segment Case Study Research Segment Management Trainee Segment Here, you get to work every two months with different organizations on multiple ranges of projects. These segments give practical exposure to the actual challenging environment outside books and classrooms. After the program, students feel confident and have hands-on experience that many don’t possess. The organizations that visit on campus for field segments and final segments are Bank of Baroda, Myntra, Axis Bank, AP Moller – Maersk, Agribusiness Systems International, Ambuja Cement Foundation, L&T Finance, Lupin Ltd, PepsiCo, CABI, DuPont Pioneer, IndusInd Bank, Tata Chemicals, UNICEF, Edelweiss Financial Services, FCI, and more. The institute has a legacy of students known for their hard work and dedication in their respective organizations.Read more
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Ques. I've got two options, TAPMI PGDM and IRMA PRM. What should I choose?

● Top Answer By Dummy test on 19 May 21

Ans. If you are interested in working with the organizations that work for the rural sector and are engaged with rural communities, then choose IRMA PRM.  IRMA: IRMA is very much interested and concerned in the development and management of the rural communities and this perspective makes it different from other colleges.  Choosing IRMA PRM doesn't only mean that you have to work in the rural sector. There are various kinds of job roles available in this field. You can choose to work in sales in sectors like diaries and for agricultural products.  You can work in the finance sectors like Microfinance and Agrifinance.  There are also various organizations like HDFC Bank, Yes Bank, Fullerton that come to campus for interviews and recruit students for various job roles.  Apart from these, some rural agricultural businesses and rural marketing organizations also recruit students from this college.  TAPMI: The MBA at TAPMI is just a general MBA that has a more traditional approach. Also, TAPMI has a great campus.  Here’s a brief highlight of 2021 placements at the institutes. Parameters  IRMA PRM  TAPMI Average CTC 10.76 LPA 11 LPA Highest CTC 19 LPA 25 LPA Hence, choosing for IRMA PRM will be a better choice as there are various kinds of job roles related to the rural and agricultural sector and also has less competition than courses like general MBA and PGDM.Read more
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Ques. Is it worth investing 11 lacs in Rural Management from XIMB? Can the amount be recovered after 2-3 years of placement?

● Top Answer By Admin on 20 Apr 21

Ans. XIMB-RM lands under the umbrella of XUB, the brand. Xavier University, Bhubaneswar is ranked tenth among the Top 50 Private State Universities in India by the Outlook ICARE University Ranking 2020. Winning Status: Apart from the general business management program, it is worth investing the fee of INR 11 Lakhs in the rural management program. Reasons: There is an increase in the scope of this field because of change in the socioeconomic factors and government policies on rural upliftment. The rate of recovering the ROI on the performance of the students in the campus placements. The placement figures are below. Average Salary INR 8 LPA Average of Top 50% INR 9.33 LPA Average of Top 20% INR 10.84 LPA Average of Top 10% INR 12.65 LPA Highest Salary (Domestic) INR 15 LPA The placement is in different fields covering, NGOs, banks, consulting firms, and FMCG companies. Therefore, it depends upon the student’s area of interest. It is possible to repay the loans in approximately a year and a half. The brownie points of joining the RM program are that there are nearly around five thousand management professionals in competition to five lakh HR & BM professionals. The amount invested in the institute can be quickly recovered before two years of the job after the course, but only if the student is inclined towards the branch. There are lucrative growth prospects in RM that is higher than any other branch. The reason being, the way the government is trying to develop rural India.Read more
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Ques. Has the course of Rural Management at XIMB deteriorated?

● Top Answer By Komal Yadav on 20 Apr 21

Ans. Xavier Institute of Rural Management which is also a part of XIMB Bhubaneswar offers MBA in rural management program. This program gives the student a MBA Plus orientation along with a regular MBA program. This program offers practical exposure to the rural management along with the classroom programs. There are flagship programs like gramotsavam which are conducted every year by the college. In this event the students get exposure to villages and this helps them to develop their communication and marketing skills while speaking with rural people. The performance of this program can be evaluated from the placement reports of 2018 and 2020. Particulars Placement report of 2018 Placement report of 2020 Highest salary offered 13.75 LPA. 13.20 LPA. Average salary 7.67 LPA. 7.78 LPA. Median annual compensation 7.40 LPA. 7.50 LPA. Average annual compensation of the top 20% of the batch 10.05 LPA. 10.85 LPA Average annual compensation of the top 50% of the batch 8.70 LPA. 9.33 LPA. Number of participating recruiters 33 35 It can be seen from the above comparison of placement reports that overall the performance in placement of 2020 has been better as compared to the placements of 2018. Although the highest salary has been little less as compared to 2018 but overall the performance was good. New recruiters were also added as well. Healthcare sectors in placements were also added. BFSI and financial inclusion sectors offered the highest salaries and showed a 41.44% rise in the total numbers of offers being made.Read more
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Ques. Is rural management from XIMB - 3 years work experience with TCS worth it?

● Top Answer By Dhruv Kaushik on 20 Apr 21

Ans. Firstly, it is important to understand what management means to you. Yes, just like People going to Microsoft or Google post-Engineering were passionate about coding/computers vis-a-vis those who opted for say a TCS/Wipro. Therefore, if a Management education is an escape route from the monotonous coding life, do not go for this degree. Simply because after a few years of working, you might find yourself in a regretful situation. Now coming to XIMB, Bhubaneswar as a college, these are the key highlights. The colleges have an impeccable infrastructure. The faculty is great. Great campus culture Good placements However, check the following reasons why you should not go for the Rural Management course. The Rural Management course requires a lot of fieldwork and expedition which won’t suffice the basic ROI model. The course is shifted to the other campus which is situated in a suburban area. This is a huge downfall as you might be curtailed from important facilities and infrastructure. Placement may not be that great, having invested 13 lacs as the course fee itself. With mediocre placement records, this might not be a good return on your investment. With a 3 year experience in TCS and a continuous C band, the salary you have now will be more or less equal to what you might get after placements. Hence, it won’t make a huge difference. Undoubtedly, the scope for courses like Rural Management is limited, that’s why most people who acquire an RM degree go for corporate jobs at last. Categories Rural Management in XIMB Course Fee 13.80 lakh Highest CTC 13.2 LPA Average CTC 9 LPA Overall, if you are very much into the management sector, go for courses like MBA and other PGDM courses instead of Rural Management. Limited scope, extensive fieldwork, mediocre placements is not a good return when you pay such a high fee. Hence, choose wisely.Read more
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Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development Fee Structure in India

2 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES1.45 L  (Maximum Fee)
30.89 K (Average Fee)
2.40 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES40 K (Maximum Fee)
16.82 K (Average Fee)


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Exam Structure :

Examonation is in four semesters whereas each exam takes around 10 day to be completed. The examination are based on the course structure. Placement opportunity in the college is deteriorating day by day and college should give due focus on providing good job opportunity to the students. Though the companies do come to the college for placement but that too is shrinking day by day. More focus shoudl be given in it.

Faculty :

The course curriculum was not so vibrant and could be changed and should be reviewed. The turn over of teachers are so frequent and that too is not so dynamic. Practical exposure should be added more and students should be given more opportunity to participate in external affairs. The faculty should also devote much time to give students more external exposure.

Fee Structure And Facilities :

The fee structure is really expensive seeing the overall quality of education and exposure provided from the college. It is not at all feasible to increase the fees on annual basis without any appropriate ground and work. directors and presidents are buying cars each year but not looking at the quality of education imparted to the students.

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