Disaster management

Disaster management

Degrees offered: B.A.(Hons), B.Sc., Diploma, M.A., M.B.A, M.E /M.Tech., M.Phil.

What is Disaster management

Disaster, by its very nature, is unforeseeable, and when it strikes, it inevitably leaves behind devastation. People’s lives are thrown into disarray, and chaos takes over completely.

While we cannot control the occurrence of a disaster, what we can control is how we handle the aftermath, and this is where Disaster Management comes into play.

When calamity strikes, be it natural or man-made, people require assistance and safety. Disaster Management trains you to help these disaster-struck, helpless people to recover from the calamity with minimum damage to their health and personal belongings.

The unpredictability of disasters having been acknowledged, there still are ways to predict (with limited accuracy) or estimate the probability of occurrence of a disaster, which courses in Disaster Management also teach.

Those who aspire to help people in distress, in need, perhaps people rendered homeless due to disaster, can receive all the necessary training required to extend a helping hand. 

Eligibility Criteria (UG & PG) of Disaster management

Eligibility in different levels/certificates of Disaster Management courses have different criteria:

  • MBA in Disaster Management- The aspirant must have completed a Bachelor’s in any discipline with a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC/ST/PWD/DA categories) or the equivalent in CGPA from a recognized university or board.

  • MSc in Disaster Management- Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 55% marks in any of the following disciplines: Environmental Science/Geology/Civil Engineering/Geography.

  • MA in Disaster Management- Aspiring candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university. Candidates are also required to appear for entrance examinations wherever applicable, following which they may also be required to sit for interviews for admission to certain institutes.

  • PhD in Disaster Management- Eligible candidates are those who have completed a Master’s or MPhil in the relevant discipline with a minimum of 55 percentile from a recognized university.

  • M.Phil. in Disaster Management- Candidates must possess a Master’s degree in the relevant field from any recognized university. 

Disaster Management Entrance Exams

In India, courses in Disaster Management are offered at the Certificate, Diploma and Postgraduate level. 

NIDM (National Institute of Disaster Management) - The National Institute of Disaster Management conducts an entrance examination for admission into a postgraduate course in Disaster Management.

The institute offers ten courses, both basic and specialized, under Disaster Management:

  • Comprehensive Disaster Risk Management Framework (CDRMF)

  • Safer Cities (SC)

  • Financial Strategies for Managing Economic Impacts of Disasters (FS)

  • Earthquake Risk Reduction (ERR)     

  • Climate Change and Disaster Risk (CIC)

  • Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM)

  • Damage and Reconstruction Needs Assessment (DRNA)

  • Gender Aspects of Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction (GENDER)

  • Risk Identification, Assessment and Analysis (RA)

  • Risk Sensitive Land Use Planning (RSLUP) 

TISS Entrance Exam (TISS-NET)- A computer-based entrance examination conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, the TISS-NET is offered to students who wish to pursue an MA degree from the institute. The examination is conducted for admissions to 55 of its programmes, including a course in Disaster Management.

IGNOU Entrance Exam (IGNOU OPENMAT)- Students who have graduated in any discipline can sit for the IGNOU entrance examination to pursue a Postgraduate Diploma in Disaster Management. The IGNOU OPENMAT is a national-level entrance exam conducted for admissions to the institute’s School of Management Studies which offers both MBA and PGDM courses. The examination is conducted twice a year, and its scores are valid for one year.

Scope of Disaster management in India and Abroad

In India, this discipline has high scope. Being a developing country, India still has many weak/susceptible regions where the need for better Disaster Management is still at the peak.

Considering sources of disaster, both natural and man-made, there are certain parts of the country which are more exposed to threat than others, for factors that may be geographical and otherwise.

Of these places, many still do not have sufficient resources and disaster management regulations to ensure minimum loss and proper recovery when calamity strikes.

The Ministry of Home Affairs is responsible for this field, and opportunities are plentiful for those who wish to contribute to saving the lives of disaster-stricken people. Careers in numerous departments of both government and private organizations are offered with high salary prospects, and an aspirant can build a very rewarding career out of this discipline. 

The United Nations, a worldwide organization that cares for the well-being of people belonging to every little nook and cranny of the globe, recruits graduates of Disaster Management courses substantially. In addition to pursuing an honourable path, candidates have plenty of scope in both India and abroad to build their careers. 

Course Fees Disaster management

Minimum Fees Maximum Fees
Private Government Private Government
5.61 K
B.A. in Disaster management at Mahishadal Raj College, Purba Medinipur
Data not available
1.20 Lakhs
B.A. in Disaster management at Pacific University, Udaipur
Data not available
10.00 K
P.G.D in Disaster management at CMJ University, Shillong
3.50 K
P.G.D in Disaster management at Morigaon College, Morigaon
4.94 Lakhs
M.E /M.Tech. in Disaster management at University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun
1.47 Lakhs
M.Sc. in Disaster management at Kerala University of Fisheries and Ocean Studies, Kochi
3.72 K
Diploma in Disaster management at BPHES' Centre for Studies in Rural Development Institute of Social Work and Research, Ahmednagar
15.00 K
Diploma in Disaster management at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
60.00 K
Diploma in Disaster management at Mewar University, Chittorgarh
15.00 K
Diploma in Disaster management at Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

Course Subjects

Of the many subjects covered under various levels of Disaster Management courses, some of the common and important course subjects include:

  • Hazards, Risks and Disasters

  • Field Skills

  • Disaster Theory, Statistics and Logistics

  • Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness and Response

  • Earth catastrophes, Fire and Explosion

  • Understanding Natural and Man-made Disasters

  • Disaster Medicine

  • Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Recovery

  • Strategies for Survival

  • Risk Analysis Techniques

  • Resources Analysis and Mobilization

  • The Experience of Vulnerability

  • Disaster Preparedness (various aspects)

  • Logistics Management

  • Communication, Participation, and Activation of the Emergency Preparedness Plan

Disaster Management courses are a mix of theoretical and practical subjects. Students are educated in theory and principle about various kinds of disasters, logistics, managerial aspects and risk mitigation practices and provided additionally with supplementary Audio-Video programmes, counselling sessions, teleconferencing sessions for an extensive understanding of the various aspects of each subject and much more. The goal is to train students in every manner possible to protect those in need. 

Careers in Disaster management

In India, both government and private organizations offer good employment opportunities in the Disaster Management discipline. In government agencies, disaster management jobs are offered in departments such as drought management departments, fire departments, law enforcement, relief agencies, insurance companies, and industries in high-risk areas like mining, petroleum and chemicals.

Jobs in the public sector, too, are plentiful in the fields of research, teaching, consultancy, documentation, field training, mock drill expert, social work, engineering, rehabilitation work.

One may also choose to work with top NGOs and international organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, United Nations Organizations, Red Cross, World Bank, and UNESCO. 

Job Profiles and Top Recruiters

In a career in the field of Disaster Management, a candidate can have many important roles depending on the type of work they are willing to do and are interested in pursuing. Some of the options that are popular among aspirants include: 

Job Profile


Disaster Recovery Manager

Managing the design, implementation, and communication of disaster recovery plans and processes, ensuring the integrity and security of company data, information systems, databases, and technology

Safety Specialist

Implementing, managing, and monitoring safety programs, procedures, and policies while ensuring their adherence to OSHA and other applicable requirements; evaluating the organization’s facilities, equipment and procedures by conducting inspections

Emergency Services Director

Directing the staff and programs of the emergency services unit; introducing and developing new approved standards and guidelines for emergency service programs.

Nuclear Emergency Planner

Coordinating disaster response or crisis management activities, providing disaster preparedness training, preparing emergency plans and procedures for nuclear power plant emergencies

Hurricane Program Manager

Planning and directing disaster response or crisis management activities, providing disaster preparation training, and preparing emergency plans and procedures for natural disasters, especially hurricanes

Environmental Health and Safety Manager

Inspecting facilities to identify risks, monitoring compliance with safety procedures, maintaining a record of discharge or employee exposure to hazardous waste and/or pollutants, drafting inspection reports to document findings, developing safety and health procedures for all areas, implementing inspection policies and procedures and a schedule of routine inspections

Disaster Management Top Recruiters

Organizations in India that offer ample employment in the Disaster Management field include:

  • Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA), New Delhi

  • SAARC Disaster Management Centre, New Delhi

  • National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), Ministry of Home Affairs, New Delhi

  • Haryana Institute of Public Administration (HIPA), Gurgaon

  • India Meteorological Department, New Delhi

  • Ambedkar Institute of Public Administration, Chandigarh

  • Centre of Disaster Management, Jaipur

  • G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, Nainital, Uttarakhand

  • Indian Red Cross Society, New Delhi and States Units

  • Indian Agriculture Research Institute (ICAR), New Delhi

  • Disaster Management Centre, Bhopal

  • Disaster Mitigation Institute, Ahmedabad

Required Skillset for Disaster management

The field of Disaster Management is built around the idea of an emergency. Without a solid foundation of education, training, and experience, it can be very difficult for certain people to settle into a lifetime of dealing with crises.

Critical thinking, sound decision-making skills and flexibility in dynamic environments are essential skills in this discipline. Theoretical principles may extensively be taught with education and training, but these principles are only the tip of the iceberg that is an expert Disaster Management professional.

Candidates must attempt to inculcate soft skills like communication, time management and organizational skills as well. In times of emergency, good communication skills can prove very useful in preventing mass panic and establishing priorities and information on an ongoing basis.

Time management and organizational skills become important when the job at hand requires you to shift gears promptly to tackle another task on a priority basis, and managing said priorities when the work seems overwhelming.

Finally, imbibing the spirit of teamwork is paramount to becoming a Disaster Management professional. No individual is equipped to tackle everything alone, and help is always required. Knowing how to work well with a team, effectively coordinating work among teammates and executing the work together can shave off valuable seconds when dealing with an enormous crisis.  

Course Curriculum for Disaster management

Any course in Disaster Management, be it an MA, MSc, PhD, MBA, so on and so forth, focuses on the causes of various kinds of disasters and the best ways to minimize their impact. Students are introduced to field operations, environmental systems and organizational management.

Students are also trained to recognize the signs of impending disaster and the kind of preventive measures that can be taken to ensure the protection of maximum lives and livelihoods even before the disaster hits. 

Questions related to Disaster management

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Sir, I need the information regarding sylabus for foundation course on disaster management for Ug students

Koustav Dey 31st Mar, 2021


some of the important disaster management course subjects are:

  • Hazards, Risks and Disasters
  • Field Skills
  • Disaster Theory, Statistics and Logistics
  • Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness and Response
  • Earth catastrophes, Fire and Explosion
  • Understanding Natural and Man-made Disasters
  • Disaster Medicine
  • Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Recovery
  • Strategies for Survival
  • Risk Analysis Techniques
  • Resources Analysis and Mobilization
  • The Experience of Vulnerability
  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Logistics Management

Also, you can contact your institute to get details about it or you can check the official site of your institute as well. For more details, check the link below


good luck!


which subjects should i choose in M.Sc Disaster Management? what should i prepare to give NET in?

keerthana sreekumar 24th Oct, 2020


Candidates should have a bachelor degree in geography, geology, environmental science, Civil engineering, . The selection process by merit or entrance exam depending upon the college.Students should obtain minimum percentage 50% for general and for others 45%. For UGC Net is divided into two sessions, Session 1 will General paper on teaching and research aptitude. This session common and mandatory  for all candidates. In this part ten units are included : teaching aptitude, Research aptitude, comprehension, , communication ,mathematical reasoning and aptitude, logical reasoning, Data interpretation, information and communication technology,people development and environment, Higher education system. The part is choose by candidates depending your master . There are 81 subjects are there.


how many students appear Last year in ma disaster management course in jnu

shardulbhosale17 27th Sep, 2020

Dear student,

Ma disaster management course newly added in Jnu.

It is very good course for student.

If you know about this course follw below link



sir, if any state invoke DISASTER MANAGEMENT ACT then there are chances to postpone JEE MAINS or not.

priyaankasarkar Student Expert 30th Aug, 2020

Corona is a Global Pandemic and it cannot be confied to a State to call it a Disaster of that particular State. And JEE Mains is a National Level Entrance exam and is not conducted at State level. So the chances of postponement are nil. Let's say according to you even if a particular State invokes Disaster Management Act, the exam will not be still Cancelled because the Supreme Court has dismissed all petitions in this regards. These are ally hypothetical situations and so the only realistic thing to do is to get used to the fact that neither JEE nor NEET will be cancelled and prepare accordingly.


which all colleges or unversities provide Post graduation programs in Disaster Management at South India

Mounika Sonti 10th May, 2020


In South India ANNAMALAI UNIVERSITY in TAMILNADU state is offering post graduation course in disaster management.

All over India there are five universities which offer post graduation course in disaster management.They are :

  • Annamalai University,Tamilnadu
  • Punjab University,Chandigarh
  • Tata Institute of social sciences,Maharastra
  • The Global Open University,Nagaland
  • Tripura University,Tripura


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