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    PGP in Agri-Business Management

    About Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management (PGP-ABM)

    Post Graduate Programme in Agribusiness Management is one of the flagship programmes offered by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). It is a full-time 2-year, 6-trimester residential course, which is considered equivalent to MBA. Upon completion of the course, students are awarded a PGDM but it is expected that IIMs will soon be able to award an MBA degree to students of this course. The course is available for graduates of the Agricultural Sciences and Agricultural Engineering streams. However, candidates from other streams can also apply.

    PGP-ABM is a course that combines the fields of agriculture and management. It equips a student with the skills to start and sustain their own agricultural business. The course provides education on the technical aspects of agriculture such as crop production and processing while simultaneously teaching about management principles and how to apply them to an agriculture-related business. The course is fruitful for a person who is inclined towards business activities with a strong interest in the agricultural sector. After completing this course, a student has not only learned the best practices of farming but becomes able to create and manage an agricultural business.

    The course focuses on building leadership qualities in a student and helps them become an effective entrepreneur and intrapreneur in the agribusiness segment. The pedagogy adopted by the course not only includes theoretical studies but students are also made aware of the practical applications of AgriBusiness Management, how to read current market trends and how to predict the future market requirements. Students are also able to customise the course as they have to choose electives in the second year i.e. fourth, fifth and sixth trimester of their study in PGP-ABM.

    PGP in AgriBusiness Management (PGP-ABM) Highlights

    Course Name

    Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management

    Short Name


    Course Level

    Post Graduate

    Course Type

    Diploma Course


    Post Graduate Diploma in Management


    Agri-Business Management

    Course Duration

    2 years



    Course Mode

    Full Time

    Minimum Qualification Required

    Graduation in Agricultural Engineering or Agricultural Science
    Students from other streams can also apply


    No Limit

    Selection Process

    MBA Entrance Exam + GD / PI round of colleges

    Average Course Fee

    Rs. 20.50 lacs

    Average Starting Salary

    Rs. 15 - 16 LPA

    Top Recruiting Companies

    Accenture, Wipro, Google, Citi Bank, FSSAI, HCL, Amazon etc.

    Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management (PGP-ABM) Eligibility Criteria

    All candidates applying for PGP-ABM will have to ensure that they meet the eligibility criteria specified by the offering institution. The course is available for bachelor's degree holders, and candidates from relevant backgrounds are given a higher preference since it involves the study of technical aspects as well. Check the following points for more details.

    • Candidates who wish to apply for the course must have completed a bachelor's degree course in Agricultural Sciences or Agricultural Engineering.
    • Candidates who have a bachelor's degree in other streams from a recognized college can also apply for the course but they are required to submit a special form.
    • A minimum of 50% aggregate marks (45% for reserved category candidates) must be scored in graduation to be eligible.

    PGP in AgriBusiness Management (PGP-ABM) Admission Process

    Given below is the admission process of the PGP in Agribusiness Management course. Candidates applying for the course must also refer to the process specified by their college for details such as the shortlisting criteria and the exact process followed.

    • The candidate seeking admission to the PGP in Agri-Business Management course must go through the selection process of the respective IIM to which they have applied.

    • Candidates are required to appear for the Common Admission Test (CAT) for admission to PGP-ABM offered by IIMs.

    • Candidates who score about the shortlisting criteria specified by the IIM will be invited to take part in the selection process of the institute.

    • The selection process involves a WAT (Essay) round followed by a GD / PI round. All of the selection rounds are conducted on the same day.

    • The final selection is done on the basis of the performance in the entrance exam, previous academic performance, work experience and the performance in selection rounds.

    PGP in AgriBusiness Management (PGP-ABM) Colleges

    College Course Fee
    IIM Ahmedabad Rs. 22,50,000
    IIM Lucknow Rs. 19,25,000

    Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management (PGP-ABM) Syllabus

    First Year

    Business Environment Communication for Management
    Quantitative Analysis Advanced Data Analysis
    Financial Management Management Accounting
    Human Resource Management Management Information Systems
    Marketing Management Operations Management

    Second Year

    Agribusiness Project Management Agricultural Inpur Marketing
    Strategic Management Rural Research Methods
    New Venture Planning in AgriBusiness SCM in Agribusiness
    Risk Management in AgriBusiness International Trade Products
    Elective Courses --

    Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management (PGP-ABM) Career Options and Job Prospects

    PGP ABM has good career opportunities in a country with a vast agriculture sector that has a severe lack of skilled professionals. The course enables students to look for job opportunities in various segments of agricultural business and companies. Job opportunities after this course can be found in fields such as biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, business analytics, agricultural engineering, retail, analysts etc. There are many companies that recruit candidates from this field and many students also go for entrepreneurial agribusiness ventures after completing the course.

    The Agribusiness Industry offers good employment opportunities to talented graduates from IIMs. The average salary for the industry is around Rs. 7 to 8 LPA. IIMs also ensure that their students get the best placement opportunities in the top recruiting companies of PGP ABM. Some of the common job profiles available after PGP ABM and their approximate average salary can be found given below.

    Job Profile Average Salary
    Agri-Business Manager Rs. 6 LPA
    Business Development Manager Rs. 10 LPA
    Agricultural Marketing Manager Rs. 4.5 LPA
    Agricultural Loan Office Rs. 5 LPA

    FAQs about PGP-ABM

    What is the starting salary after completing PGPABM?

    On average, candidates can expect Rs. 5 to 10 LPA starting salary after completing a PGPABM course.

    What subjects are included in PGP ABM course curriculum?

    The subjects included in PGPABM are Risk Management, New Venture Planning, Research Methods, Marketing, Supply Chain Management etc.

    Which types of companies recruit PGP ABM graduates?

    PGP ABM graduates are mainly acquired by companies dealing in agricultural products, machinery, tools, agricultural product processing companies, pharmaceutical companies etc.

    What is the fee for PGPABM?

    The total course fee for PGPABM for the year 2020 is Rs. 19.25 lacs at IIML and Rs. 22.50 lacs at IIMA.

    What is the admission criteria for PGP ABM?

    The CAT score, graduation marks, class 12th marks as well as performance in the GD and PI rounds is considered for admission to the PGPABM programme.
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    Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

    Dear Student,

    Both Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIML) and National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad are well-known institutes that have a good reputation and are well known for their PGDM in Agri Business Management (ABM) course. However, it is important to note that IIML offers a Post Graduate Programme in ABM (PGP-ABM) course but both are equivalent in all aspects.

    Please note that IIML will give you the advantage of the IIM brand name as well as benefits such as links to a vast alumni network, extensive research facilities, international student exposure programme etc. IIM Lucknow also ranks 4th in the NIRF 2020 Rankings for management institutes. MANAGE is also a very well-renowned institute that specializes in the field of agriculture education. Being a government institute under the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare, it also provides excellent infrastructural facilities along with a strong alumni network. The course fee of both of these institutes is also quite similar, with IIML charging Rs. 9.20 lakhs and MANAGE at Rs. 8.25 lakhs.

    If the fee difference does not matter to you, you should take a very close look at the programme structure of both of these courses. As an example, while the elective courses available at MANAGE are quite balanced, the electives at IIML are more marketing-oriented, which also affects the placements. Another thing you can compare is the admission process of both of these institutes.

    Make your college applications easier with the Common Application Form (CAF). For any queries, call our student helpline number 18005729877.

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