Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRDM) by National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD)

Shubhangi Sarah updated on : 02 Feb 2016

To develop a committed and competent cadre of Rural Development Management Professionals in the country.


 The programme envisages twenty courses with 39 credits. The courses and the related field and project work cover the essentials of rural society, economics, people and organisations; good governance; natural and human resource development; rural development management principles and practices; project planning and management; management accounting and financial management; IT and ICT; agro-processing and small and medium rural enterprises; rural organisations; rural credit; micro-finance; rural insurance; livelihoods; rural product marketing; infrastructure; social sector services.


The PGDRDM by National Institute of Rural Development's (NIRD) design rests on the tripod of:


  • Rural Development Philosophy, Concepts, Principles, Policies, Programmes and Organisations
  • Rural Development Management Practices, and
  • Rural Social Sector

Programme Duration: One year - Three Trimesters


The minimum qualification for admission to the programme is Graduation in any discipline from any recognised University. Those who are in the final year and expect to complete all the requirements of graduation by August 1, 2013, can also apply.

In-service Candidates
Some seats are earmarked for the in-service candidates who fulfil the following conditions for admission:


  • Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University.
  • Should have worked in the Rural Development and allied sector with the sponsoring agency for at least two years continuously as a ‘permanent / regular employee’.
  • Should attach a certificate along with the application form from their employer stating that they will be sponsored, if selected.
  • The sponsoring agency should be willing to grant uninterrupted leave to the candidate (if selected) for the period of study.
  • In-service Indian candidates are required to appear for the Entrance Test along with the general students. 

However, a separate merit list will be prepared for them for admissions.


Reservation: Reservations for the SC, ST, OBC and Persons with Disability (PWD) will be made as per Government of India’s policies.


Selection - Indian candidates

All eligible Indian candidates along with Indian In-service candidate should appear for the Entrance Test (off-line paper-pencil test) that will comprise: English Comprehension and Essay writing, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, Reasoning and Analytical Skills. The Entrance Test will be of about two and half hours duration. The number of questions may range between 90 and 120.


The test will be conducted on 10th February 2013 at Bengaluru, Bhopal, Dimapur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow, New Delhi, Patna and Pune.


The Test Centres are subject to change depending on the availability of a minimum number of candidates. Candidates selected on the basis of the Entrance Test will be invited for Group Discussion and Personal Interview in some major cities or at NIRD, Hyderabad. No TA / DA will be paid for any candidate attending the test or group discussion and personal interview. The Indian in-service candidates are required to apply through their employers. They may however, send an advance application.


Selection – Foreign candidates

The international candidates should apply through the secretariats of the respective international organisations viz., AARDO, CIRDAP etc. Organisational sponsorship for all the in-service candidates is essential. They may however, send an advance application. The eligibility parameters for international students are placed on the website of NIRD.


How to Apply?

The filled in application form should be submitted along with the application fee of 500/- for Open / OBC category and 300/- for SC/ST and PWD candidates through an ‘Account Payee’ Demand Draft drawn in favour of NIRD - PGDRDM, Hyderabad.

The international students should use the SWIFT CODE: SBHYINBB052. A/c Number: 62052905893 for payment of application fee of US $ 75.


The filled-in application form should be addressed to the Coordinator Admissions, Centre for Post Graduate Studies (CPGS), National Institute of Rural Development, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500 030, Andhra Pradesh, India, so as to reach on or before 11.01.2013.


Last date for receipt of applications from the students residing in the North Eastern States, Jammu & Kashmit, Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep is 18.01.2013. Last date for International Students to send in their application forms will be on or before 31.03.2013.


Applications received after the cut-off date shall be rejected.



The Scholarships Committee will administer the Scholarships. Merit Scholarships are awarded to course toppers as well as trimester toppers in the first two trimesters. Only the first two toppers in compulsory courses are awarded a merit scholarship. The range of amounts differs depending upon the number of credits the courses as follows:

No. of credits in courses

Amount for first topper

Amount for second topper


1.0 – 1.5

Rs 1,500

Rs 1,000


2.0 – 3.0

Rs 2,000

Rs 1,500






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