Rural Development Management

India is identified as a country of villages and farmers. Most of its population lives in villages and rural areas. As the rural population is economically backward, it is the responsibility of educated masses especially the qualified professionals in rural management to assist the villagers in their process of development so that the uncut nation could achieve progress and opulence.

Rural development is defined as the process of enhancing the quality of life and economic well-being of people living in rural areas, often relatively isolated and scarcely populated areas. Rural development has traditionally centered on the exploitation of land-intensive natural resources such as agriculture and forestry.

Rural development has always been the major focus of our government since independence. All five years plans were focused on the special benefit of the rural community. Some of the objectives have been achieved and others have failed but the effort for further development has not been terminated.

A study in rural management consists of all the concepts that can be applied in real life. Candidates will get the details about courses in rural development and management from here.

Courses and Duration

  • Diploma Courses: 4 years duration
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Finance
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Marketing
  • Bachelor Courses: 4 years duration
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Rural Development
  • Bachelor of Rural Technology and Management
  • Master Courses: 2 years duration
  • Master of Arts in Rural Development
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Rural Management
  • Doctoral Courses: 3 years duration
  • MPhil in Rural Development
  • Din Rural Development

Admission Procedure

Several institutions provide admission to Rural Development Courses on the basis of entrance test. To pursue Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management candidates are required to appear in the CAT/XAT entrance examination. Many pioneer institutes in India also conduct the screening round followed by an interview for an admission to the rural development courses.

Best Institutes/Universities offering Rural Development Courses :

  • Institute of Rural Management
  • National Institute of Management Technology
  • Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya
  • Indian Institute of Rural Management
  • National Institute of Rural Development
  • Xavier Institute of Social Service
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University, (IGNOU)
  • BR Ambedkar University
  • Bangalore University
  • University of Lucknow
  • Shri Venkateswara University
  • Solapur University
  • Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith

Eligibility Criteria

For MBA in Rural Development Management

  • Successful completion of graduation in any stream, from a recognized university.
  • A minimum aggregate score of 45% (40% for SC/ST candidates) at the level of graduation.

For Bachelor’s degree in Rural Development Management

  • Minimum educational eligibility of 10+2 from a recognized educational institution is required for applying for the bachelor’s courses.

For Diploma Courses

  • The candidates must have successfully passed 10+2 from a recognized board.


Admission to the MBA programme in rural management will be done on the basis of the following entrance exams:

  • MAT
  • CAT
  • XAT
  • ATMA
  • SNAP
  • CMAT

Other Entrance Examinations are :

  • IRMA
  • MH-CET
  • KMAT

Following are the best books that can be referred for the preparation of Entrance Examination –

  1. Rural Development: Principles, Policies, and Management by Katar Singh
  2. Rural Development Management by B.S. Bhatia, G.S. Batra
  3. Encyclopedia of Rural Management by Muniraju S.B., Manoj Kumar
  4. Rural Management by KB Gupta, Faizia Siddiqui
  5. Rural Development: Indian context BRDE 101 by GPH Panel of Experts.

Jobs & Career Opportunities

Rural managers can work in all functional areas of management, such as human resource development, project implementation, general management, finance, marketing, purchase, in all segments of rural-based enterprises.

India is the country having numerous rural areas. This will open a plenty of career paths for the candidates interested in this field. Employment opportunity in this field is wide.

Some of the department and/or institutions where a rural development students can find employment are: National Institute of Public Cooperation and Child Development (NIPCCD), Central Social Welfare Board (CSWB), rural development banks like NABARD, National Institute of Rural Development, Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology (CAPART), etc.

International organizations such as UNICEF, UNDP, World Bank, UNESCO, WHO, Aga Khan Foundation, Red Cross Society, USAID, etc. provide employment to the rural development students.

A career in Rural Development can be a satisfying experience as it offers opportunities to serve the poor and downtrodden sections of society.