Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal

Also known as: IIFM

Quick Facts

Ranked in MBA
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  • Estd. Year: 1982
  • Campus Size: 230 Acres
  • Total Faculty: 29
  • Total Students Enrollment: 223

Ranking / Rating

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26th 279.45 AAAA
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Admission Process

For Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management (PGDFM) and Post Graduate Diploma in Sustainability Management (PGDSM)

  • Candidates have to register and apply online.
  • Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their score of CAT/XAT Exam.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be called for Written Aptitude Test (WAT) and Personal Interviews (PI).

For M.Phil:

  • Candidates have to register and apply online.
  • Candidates have to appear for a written exam and clear the cut off of the written exam and candidates qualifying the written exam shall be invited for an interview.
  • The UGC/CSIR/ICAR- NET qualified candidates and candidates with PGDFM from IIFM with a minimum of 3.0 OGPA shall be exempted from written test and shall be directly called for interview. 
  • Based on the performance in the interview, a merit list of suitable candidates will be released for admission.
  • In-service category candidates are required to send their proper application channel which will be screened at IIFM using criteria set by the institute to select candidates for the course. The nominated in-service candidates shall be exempted from the written test.

Fellow Programme in Management:

Eligible candidates will have to go through two stages of admission procedure.

Screening Test:

Candidates with any one of the following score will be called directly for Presentation and Personal Interview:-

  • CAT/GMAT (scores of two years old with required cut off) as decided by IIFM
  •  UGC-CSIR-JRF/NET (Certificate not older than five years) in relevant areas of specialisation.
  •  GATE (Certificate not older than five years)
  • ICAR NET (scores not older than 5 years)
  • FRI Entrance Test for PhD (two years old)
  • Candidates who have already obtained a PGDFM from IIFM/PGDM IIM with a minimum of CGPA of 3.00
  • Candidates who have obtained MRM from IIFM with 3.00 CGPA.
  • All India and allied services officers, officers in scale II of nationalized banks, officers of equivalent rank of PSU.
  • Candidates who fulfil the required eligibility given above and do not have any of the above qualifying test, but have five years' experience post their respective eligible degree will have to qualify the internal test designed by IIFM.

Presentation and Interview

  • Candidate will be called for presentation and interview as per the criteria decided by IIFM.
  • Final selection will be based on criteria as decided from time to time by the Institute.
  • Students will be admitted in a specific area of specialization related to the existing faculty areas of the Institute.
  • A maximum of ten students can be admitted each year.


Management and Business Administration (P.G.D)

Recruiters ( View All )
  • Axis Bank
  • Ernst & Young Global Limited
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank
  • ICICI Prudential Life Insurance Co. Ltd.
Highest Package 11.15 Lakhs
Average Package 6.97 Lakhs
Lowest Package 3 Lakhs
Median Package 6.70 Lakhs

Management and Business Administration (M.B.A)

Highest Package 9.24 Lakhs
Average Package 5.45 Lakhs
Lowest Package 2.40 Lakhs
Source: NIRF


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  • Library Library
  • Sports Sports
  • Cafeteria Cafeteria
  • Auditorium Auditorium
  • WiFi Wifi
  • IT Infrastructure IT Infrastructure
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Student Reviews

4.2/5 27 Reviews

Adds value to life along with knowledge

Posted on 26 Feb' 18 by Anonymous
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Batch of Jan. 1, 2019 | Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management
Apart from providing good placements and high return on the educational investment, IIFM has got many unique advantages over other colleges. It has some of the best faculties who not only make the course easier to understand but at the same time they will teach you ethics and are always helpful. Infrastructure is great and any requests for addition or repairs are taken into consideration. It also provides opportunity to work in the policy making and research sector so easily and courses are designed carefully which impart students with knowledge in various subjects ranging from Information technologies, Financial management, Organization behavior, Research methodology to Forest operations, Wildlife conservation and Sustainable development. I'm certainly grateful to this institution and the faculties who have provided me with this invaluable experience.
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Good sectoral institute.

Posted on 28 Sep' 16 by Anonymous
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Batch of Jan. 1, 2018 | Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management
A good place to find yourself and work towards your ultimate goal. An extraordinary faculty set up. Very friendly and very helpful. Can work on your own interests and skills. Plenty of time to manage work and play. Great institute to be if interested in the environment sector.
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An Institute which cares for the Nature.

Posted on 28 Sep' 16 by Anonymous
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Batch of Jan. 1, 2018 | Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management
The atmosphere in this 220 acres campus is really awesome which keeps you fresh and charged for the whole day. The good morning is greeted by the peacock which makes your every day so natural. As soon you look out through the hostel rooms balcony, nature greets with its presence in the form of immense greenery in the campus. The hostel room with all the required amenities to feel homelike. The classes with all the advanced technologies required for the effective learning. The institute has the best faculties in each of the faculty areas with enormous experience and knowledge which has made the institute earn the 8th rank in the list of all India MBA colleges presented by the GOI.
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Living and studying at IIFM is a dream come true.

Posted on 28 Sep' 16 by Boddu Lokesh
Batch of Jan. 1, 2018 | Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management
This review is purely my personal one and based on my personal experiences. IIFM comes of the best places in India to learn and enjoy the nature and its management. It is a dream come true to anyone who wants to pursue higher management studies or research in the fields of environment, forests, and natural resources. It has few of the finest teaching faculty in the country for the courses it conduct. Its lush green campus surrounded with rich flora and fauna(especially peacocks and many other bird species) and its architecturally striking buildings and state-of-the-art infrastructure best supports the learning environment. Its hostels are well designed ensuring optimal space and ventilation to provide a very good living experience. IIFM intakes a limited number of students every year(120 for PGDFM) so there is a very good student-teacher ratio. It has appreciable academic, gender and regional diversity in its students. It is one of the most affordable top B-schools in India. IIIFM has 100% placement record for the PGDFM course since its inception with students being placed in various diverse sectors.
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One of the best Sectorial College in South East Asia

Posted on 19 Sep' 16 by sonaram tudu
Batch of Jan. 1, 2018 | Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management
This college has good faculties and academics. it has faculties in the area of Environment , IT, and statistics, finance, Human Resource, Marketing, Economics ,Operation , forestry, and communication. It is one of the best colleges in South East Asia in forestry Management. College life is as hectic as management schools.
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Questions related to IIFM

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I want to do BBA from iifm can i ?

Pankhuri Kumari 5th Dec, 2019
Hii Rupali!
You didn't specify your qualifications in the question. But let me tell you the eligibility criteria for the course, so that you can decide accordingly. In order to pursue the course you should have a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognised university with minimum 50% marks for general category and 45% marks for reserved categories. Applicants are shortlisted on CAT ratings and then GD Interview rounds are held. Applicants selected further will be offered admissions in IIFM.
For more details you can refer to the link provided below -
Hope this helps.
Good day!

Which is better for future growth and opportunities, MBA from IIFM bhopal Or NIT trichy? Im a BBA graduate

Jesin J 8th May, 2019
Hello Kush. Your question is like,  Which is better, apples or oranges??  Both Iifm and NIT Trichy have been decent colleges for MBA grads over the years. Both the colleges have good faculties, and the career growth and development is almost same for both the colleges. The placement figures are also quite similar. So, it boils down to your individual perspective regarding the college. The cat cutoff for either colleges have been around 80-82.

There is nothing much to differentiate between the two, but there even better colleges available than these two colleges, which are better in terms of placement and other facilities.

All the best.

Ssim Mysore vs iifm roi and placement is mainly concern

Shashank Negi 30th Mar, 2019

Hi Shivansh,

Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Mysore: According to the last year placement reports, the highest package offered was Rs 10 lakhs, the avereage package offered was Rs 4 lakhs and the minimum package offered was Rs 2.5 lakhs.

Recruiters: Deloitte, Aditya Birla Fashion & Retail, BYJU’s, OYO Rooms, HDFC Bank, ICICI Prudential, ITC, ICICI Securities, Kotak Life Insurance, Bajaj Allianz, Aditya Birla Sunlife Insurance, ICICI Lombard etc.

Course, Fees Structure & Seats: The institute provides courses like PGDM General, PGDM Markrting, PGDM Triple Specialization and PGDM in Banking, Insurance, Finance and Allied Services. The total fees for the course is Rs 6.50 lakhs. The intake for PGDM General is 120 and for the rest of the courses it is 60.

IIFM, Bhopal: According to the latest placement reports, the highest pacakge offered is Rs 11.15 lakhs and the average package offered is Rs 6.97 lakhs.

Recruiters: IDFC, Axis Bank, Kotak Mahindra, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, Spandana Sphoorty, Samasta Microfinance, Bharat Financial Inclusion Ltd., Svatantra Microfinance, BASIX Sub-KMPSRLM, Jeevika, Odisha Livelihood Mission, Pradan, CARE India, Swades Foundation and Dr. Reddy’s Foundation, Ernst and Young etc.

Course, Fees Structure & Seats: The institute provides specialization in Conservation and Livelihood, Environmental Management, Developmental Management. The total fees for the course is Rs 6.24 lakhs. The intake for the course is 120.

Therefore, according to the ROI and placement, IIFM, Bhopal is better.  


Which is a better college in Bangalore for PGDM in HRM - IIFM, ISBR, IBA or RIMS?

Vaishnavi Raghavan 8th Mar, 2019

Hello Mannat

Postgraduate diploma in management (PGDM) in Human Resource Management (HRM) is a 2-year (in some, 1 or 1 and a half) course which equips the students with the knowledge and skills required for managing the human resource in a way that it contributes to the development of individuals and society. 

It is difficult to judge a college from a single course, so, this answer is written in a generic manner. Choosing the right college is difficult, more so when you're comparing four of the renowned B-schools of the country.

Since we're comparing B-schools, there are few things that are more important than anything and one should pay attention to since management institutions cost fortunes. Any B-school is only worth if it has great: placement cell, infrastructure, and faculty/curriculum; so let's only focus on these features.

  • RIMS

Ramaiah Institute Of Management Studies/Sciences, Affiliated to Gokula Educational Trust, is a private business school that was established in 1995.

Fees: 6.4L

Placements: Famous for its great placement cell, placement at Ramaiah is good considering that almost 100+ companies come for placement year on year. Many companies like Deloitte, Honeywell, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Aon Global, ACT Fibernet, etc, visit the institution, and packages can go from 3LPA to 7LPA on average. In 2018, the highest package was 16LPA, and in 2017, 9LPA.

Infrastructure: The school is equipped with decent classroom facilities, and as the institution has recently gotten remodeled, there are even more facilities provided now. Computer lab, 24/7 library, campus wifi, out-campus hostel, and AC classrooms. However, medical facilities and sports may not be up to the mark according to many reviews. Food outlets are available plenty inside the campus. Good parking facility.

Faculty: It has faculty members from varied industries and CEOs of prominent business organizations. Faculty members from IIMs is a common sight. There are good and experienced professors in each and every domain, but the best faculty are those from the finance domain. Industrial visit is done once every tenure.

Why this: Placements.

  • IIFM

Institute of Finance and International Management School is an autonomous private institution, established in 1995.

Fees: 12L

Placements: It has an average placement of 7LPA. Placement committee is good and seems to have the placement record of 60-70%. Placement isn't the highlight of the college. There are more start ups than big brands. Many of the students don't get placed but almost all get enrolled in various internship offers. Companies like Oracle, Nestle, Morgan Stanley, etc are some of the recruiters.

Faculty: All the faculties are highly experienced and accomplished in their respective fields; most of them Ph.D. holders. Very good place for networking. Great industrial connect. The learning environment is perfect. The faculties are interactive and helpful to students. Focuses on practical learning for case studies. The best domain is finance education.

Infrastructure: A little on the remote side of the city, hence transportation is uncomfortable for day scholars. However, closer to the IT hub so advantages for the course. The hostel is decent enough, but the mess is not up to mark. Decent classrooms and has all basic facilities.

Why this: Teaching

  • IBA

Indus Business Academy, formerly known as Indian Business Academy, is a business school that was established in 2001.

Fees: 7.51L

Placement: Top recruiters like Deloitte, Bata, HDFC, Mcnore, Lifestyle, etc, visit the school, but otherwise there are lots of startups as well. Placement cell is fine, overall, with the average package of 5.5LPA. The highest package offered for batch 16-18 was 7 Lacs and the lowest was 2.6 Lacs. The institution has seen a lot of industrial visits, so there's good exposure for students. Has met the placement record of 95%.

Faculty: Faculty is good and cooperative and have rich experience of academic as well as cooperate experience. For every 15 students, they have one mentor who holds meetings and talks regularly for interactive sessions. The case studies are used to clear out students how to implement theories when a situation arises. 24-hour security is there on the campus to make the students manage unexpected tasks during the night which is a common occurance. Busy classroom life and strict faculty members. The course curriculum is trimester based, wherein each subject has 11 sessions.

Infrastructure: The institution follows more of corporate spiritual theories to enlighten students. 3D, KMC, Rosegarden, Success steps, IBA Flag, and MBA philosophy are some of the majorly used concepts just to clear out how corporate life could be. The campus is surrounded by lush greenary which it is famous for. The infrastructure is decent in terms of classrooms, auditorium, amphitheater, etc. More than 13000+ books and ebooks are availiable in the library,availiable most times. The food is veg and quality is average. Wifi service is poor. Why this: Good learning atmosphere.

  • ISBR

Founded in 1990, ISBR Business School is autonomous management institute, first established under the aegis of Bangalore Education Trust.

Fees: 8L

Placements: 180+ companies on board for placements and internships, placement opportunities at ISBR are appreciative. The recruiters include Byju's, Jaro Education, Square Yards, etc. Getting placed into a company is assured, but depends heavily on skills. Highest package: 20LPA (2017)

Faculty: Great. All the faculty members are well-educated, experienced and have one-to-one contact with every student. Cleverly designed curriculum. Interactive and Efficient.

Infrastructure: Sufficient, well-maintained with auditoriums, library, and AC classrooms. Hence, just


When is the shortlist of Iifm PGDSM declared?

Vishakha Khandelwal 29th Mar, 2019

Hello Shweta,

The Shortlist for candidates selected for the interview rounds is already out. You can download the list by following the link below. All details of interview dates and venue are mentioned in it.

The final shortlist of selected candidates for admission in their 2019-21 program is expected to be out by late April or early May.

All the best!

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