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What is the MBA-RM (with multiple specializations) programme at IIHMRU, School of Rural Management?

The School of Rural management established in 2012 seeks to produce and disseminate knowledge for holistic understanding of issues and challenges of development. An abiding faith in humanism, commitment to cosmopolitanism, respect for diversity of life and empathy with poor constitute core values of SRM. The unique position of the School within IIHMRU, a premier health management research university of the country enables a context for a rigorous inter disciplinary exploration of the different dimensions of human well being.

It offers two-year full-time Master of Business Administration in Rural Management (MBA-RM) with multiple specializations. The course is positioned to cater to needs of a rapidly transforming India where Developmental challenges are not limited to rural areas; indeed, the rural-urban continuum has made it virtually impossible to speak of rural or urban spaces in isolation. This programme aims at preparing professionals for a challenging career in public, private sectors, NGOs, and national and multinational organizations who are committed to erasing rural-urban inequities by promoting "rurban" infrastructure and amenities that emphasize a growing confluence of cities and the countryside.

When are the key attributes and course design of MBA-RM (with multiple specializations)?

The primary objective is to facilitate integrative learning in the deepest sense of the term, so that graduates are able to walk into professional roles with ease, and play a vital role both at both the operational and strategic level in their jobs. The specializations (in areas of high demand) aim to improve the marketability and reach of a degree programme in management and development practice to enable the students the ability to “hit the ground running” in the professional world that demands specialized inputs. To achieve this, the course outline of the IIHMR MBA (RM) strikes a balance between three things:

  • Critical thinking, active engagement with multiple stakeholders, and lateral thinking that allow students to think practically and strategically.
  • Foundational managerial skills associated with development praxis, ideally for all sectors (government, civil society sector, and private sector); and more specifically, those skills relevant for the specializations that the students choose.
  • Strong fieldwork and organizational skills based on off-campus learning experiences so that once they graduate, students can hit the ground running.


In addition to this, three areas remain critical to all that the students learn:

  • A stress on written and oral communication.
  • A comfort with the use of technology in all areas.
  • Leadership skills.


For details of the programme please refer: MBA-RM-Programme

How can I request the MBA-RM brochure?

The MBA-RM brochure is available with our Application kit. You can also download it from our website:

What is the teaching style for professors at IIHMR?

The teaching style strives to understand, analyze and identify realistic solutions and management interventions to meet the challenges of a rapidly transforming India. The core of academic practice seeks to balance analytical, professional, and experiential learning with the inspiration to act progressively in different spheres of life to truly impact life at the grassroots level necessary for the greater common good of countless people negotiating India’s “rural-urban continuum. One of the core objectives of the pedagogy is to inculcate values of active and responsible citizenship and humanist empathy for rural communities.

What's the average amount of time students study each week?

Average study time is on campus is about 30 hours a week plus 10 hours of self-study which makes it about 40 hours a week. Students have about 4 sessions a day and each session is for 1.5 hours.

What is the IIHMR Policy towards Ragging?

The University strictly complies to UGC and AICTE guidelines and the latest Supreme Court rulings and orders relating to anti-ragging. The University observes “Zero tolerance” policy to ragging and expels students found guilty of mistreating fresher’s.

Application - Admission

How can I apply?

Candidates aspiring for admission to the MBA-RM programme are required to fill in an application form which can be obtained from the University by paying Rs. 1000/- in cash or by sending a demand draft for Rs. 1000/- drawn in favour of “Institute of Health Management Research”, payable at Jaipur. Application forms can also be downloaded from our website: in the latter case, applications must be sent along with a DD for Rs. 1000/-

Can I apply online for MBA-RM admission?

Yes, you can apply online to the programme. The Form cost is Rs. 1000 which could be deposited online through Credit Cards, Debit Cards, or through Net Banking.

What all documents would be required for applying online?

Please make sure you have the scanned copies of the following documents before filling up the online form: Passport sized photo, Class X certificate, 10+2 certificate showing the subjects passed, Final mark sheet/degree for the candidates who have passed the qualifying degree or Mark sheet of the pre-final year for those who have appeared at the final year exam for the qualifying degree, Scanned copy of signature, Copy of MAT/CMAT/CAT/ATMA/XAT Score Card, Certificate(s) of work experience. None of the files should be larger than 1 MB (1028 kb)

How could I confirm that my application has been submitted?

Once you submit your complete online application, you will receive an email confirming your submission. We shall update your application status on our online application system once we have received all the application documents from your side.

What are the eligibility criteria for admissions?

Bachelors Degree from any AIU recognized University with minimum 50% marks aggregate. Candidates awaiting their final year results may also apply. IIHMR accepts the MAT/CMAT/CAT/ATMA/XAT/GMAT/ IIHMR MAT tests. Candidates with a relevant experience of two or more years are encouraged to apply. Selection is based on overall academic performance & followed by scheduled Group Discussions & Personal Interviews.

I am currently in my Final Year of my Graduation. Am I eligible to apply to the MBA-RM programme?

You are eligible to apply to the MBA-RM programme, but you should have to successfully graduate before the date of joining.

How will my application be evaluated?

The application will be evaluated based on your academic qualifications, management entrance exam score. Short-listed candidates will be called to attend the Group Discussion & Interview Process which would be intimidated through post/courier and through e-mail.

How do I add new information if I have already submitted my application?

Once the application has been submitted, the Admissions Team is unable to accept application updates other than contact updates. If invited to interview, applicants may inform the Admissions Team of updates at that time.

My undergraduate concentration is in a non-rural development and agriculture related field. Is MBA-RM the right programme for me?

The MBA-RM Programme encourages students from diverse academic backgrounds of science, arts, commers, agriculture, dairy science, veterinary science, arts, engineering, allied health sciences etc.

How many seats are available in the MBA-RM programme?

30 seats are available for MBA-RM programme at IIHMR-School of Rural Management.

Can we come to IIHMR campus before admission?

You are always welcome to visit our campus. Please call on the admissions office for scheduling your visit.

Application - Work Experience

What is the desired length of work experience you wish to see in candidates?

MBA-RM programme do not require a minimum number of years' work experience prior to entering the programme, and it is important for you to assess your own readiness when deciding to apply. However, mid-career professional with a graduate degree and two years relevant work experience in rural/development sector are encouraged to apply.

Do people with Experience get preferred at MBA-RM

Most B-schools take MBA aspirants with work experience; this is because a large number of them apply to these B-schools! There is no defined 'quota' for experienced personnel, nor are they given any 'preference' at any stage of the process. Students with work experience do have a psychological edge in the interview as their interviews tend to focus predominantly on their work whereas fresher interview focus more on academics.

Application - Interview

What should I expect for my final selection round?

Your final selection round will constitute of two essential parts Group Discussion (GD) and Interview. For updated admission schedule, please visit our website: .Candidates are required to bring original documents at the time of the interview.

Application Follow-up

Who should I contact if I have a question regarding my application status?

Any questions/queries could be clarified from our admission office on the tollfree number 1800-3010-5700. You can also send an e-mail .

When and how can I expect to hear regarding final selection round, dates of joining etc. from IIHMR?

Notifications about the final selection rounds, dates of joining will be communicated to you via post, courier on your current correspondence address & email also. The same would be displayed on our website.

Test Scores

Which latest test scores should be submitted with the application?

  • MAT September / December 2017, February 2018, May 2018 Official Score Card or Registration Number (if you have not received the Score Card).
  • CMAT September / December 2017, February 2018 Official Score Card or Registration Number (if you have not received the Score Card).
  • CAT 2017 Official Score Card or Registration Number (if you have not received the Score Card).
  • ATMA December 2017, February 2018, May 2018 Official Score Card or Registration Number (if you have not received the Score Card).
  • XAT 2017 Official Score Card or Registration Number (if you have not received the Score Card) Admission Board acknowledges all the above scores.


Financing the MBA-RM

What is the fee of MBA-RM at IIHMR?

The total fee for two years is Rs. 4,00,000/-, which is scheduled in five installments. Please refer our webpage: for details regarding fee and fee installment plan.

What are the options for financing my MBA-RM education?

IIHMR is committed in making the MBA-RM Programme accessible to all students.

Student Life

What are the facilities available at IIHMR?

The facilities at the University are of international standards. The main building has an academic block, a computer center, a library and documentation center, a conference hall, an auditorium, an MDP center, seminar rooms, tutorial rooms and lecture halls. Other facilities include Canteen, Hostels, Sports, Big Gymnasium wi-fi connection, jogging track, tennis and badminton courts, Bank ATM etc.

What are the Library Facilities at IIHMR?

The University hosts Dr. D.A. Henderson Library and Documentation Centre. It is one of the best professional libraries in India. It has a collection of textbooks, reference books, training materials, case studies, journals, manuals, reports and conference proceedings etc.

Is there hostel facility at IIHMR?

Yes IIHMR, Jaipur has hostel facility with fully furnished rooms and provided with a telephone and central air-cooling. A well-equipped modern kitchen and a spacious dining hall are attached to the hostels.

Placements / Career Services

What is scope of MBA-RM (with multiple specializations)?

The MBA-RM graduates could work in Government Rural Development Agencies, flagship development programme's and missions of the state relating to livelihoods, education, health, water and sanitation, health, agriculture, handicrafts, cooperatives and producer organizations, Non Government Development Organizations, public foundations, Banking & Finance institutions, Consultancy, Agribusiness Organizations, Information and Communication Technology (ICTs), National and International Donors engaged in promoting rural development, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Divisions engaged in promoting sustainable and inclusive development.

What would be the employment opportunities which I could expect after completing MBA-RM?

IIHMR Jaipur has always enjoyed special preference of public as well as corporate recruiters on account of its excellent performance sustained over a long period of time and its strong brand image. The rural management graduates get excellent placement in cooperatives, NGOs, government development agencies, national and international donors engaged in promoting rural development, and in leading Agribusiness Organizations. Additionally, IIHMR career service team will be there to provide you with the opportunity, tools and counseling to better understand yourself and your career aspirations. This will facilitate your job search. The career services are integrated into overall MBA-RM programme, exposing you to workshops which focus on topics such as self assessment, CV and the writing of a cover letter, career strategies, competency based mock interviews, time management etc.

Is there a placement cell for MBA-RM at IIHMR?

Yes, there is a dedicated Placement Cell at IIHMR. It acts in collaboration with a Placement Committee comprising of faculty advisors, faculty coordinators, placement in-charge, along with student representatives from all the streams. The activities of the Placement Cell primarily revolve around achieving successful Placements for summer training in the first year, Placements for internship in the second year, and Campus placements for the outgoing students.

Can I contact alumni of MBA-RM? Can I contact current students?

IIHMR does not give out the names or contact information of current students or alumni to prospective applicants. Prospective students can schedule a campus visit to meet the current students.

Are there any scholarships available?

Yes IIHMR offer various Scholarships to meritorious students.

  • Tuition fees waiver
  • Financial assistance (Need cum merit)
  • Fellowship

What is the eligibility criteria for Scholarship in MBA Rural Management?

MBA Rural Management
Percentage of Marks in the Graduate Degree Percentage Exemption in Tuition Fee
61 – 70 % 50 %
71 – 80 % 75%
81 % and Above All Students 100%

Where I can Find detailed Scholarship Policy?