MBA in Agri-Business Jobs, Syllabus and Scope

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MBA in Agri-Business is one of the fastest- growing sectors to be in, both as an entrepreneur and a professional. The course is related to the business of crop cultivation, food production and the various related business concepts in agriculture. The curriculum explores the whole range of agronomic products grown in India, their importance and needs. The course attempts to understand and innovate ways and means to protect and preserve agrarian sources, and also focuses on their related objectives and effectiveness in commercial operations, besides conducting constant research in farm- maintenance.

Note: Students who wish to pursue their education in Management field or get a career boost, can check MBA course.

MBA in Agri-Business is a 2-year course, following the basic rules of a course in management and consisting of 4 semesters.

In India, the course is offered at an average annual fee ranging between INR 3 to 8 Lacs, however, the fee varies according to difference in institutes providing the course.

As a basic criterion of eligibility, to pursue this course the candidate needs to have attained a basic qualification of graduation in Agriculture or allied fields, from a recognized institute of higher learning. The next step in the procedure is to qualify any of CAT, MAT, XAT etc. A college may also have its own admission procedure on the State level.

The average annual starting salary offered in India to successful postgraduates of MBA in Agri-Business ranges between INR 2 to 10 Lacs, depending on the reputation of the college and skills of the post- graduating candidate.

Job positions in the country like Farm Appraiser, Agricultural Policy Analyst, Farm Manager, Quality Controller etc. are offered to successful postgraduates of the course.

MBA in Agri-Business: Course Highlights

Tabulated below are some of the major highlights of the course.

Name of the course Master of Business Administration in Agri-Business
Course Level Post Graduate/ Professional Degree
Duration 2 years, full time
Stream Agriculture Management
Examination Type Semester System
Eligibility Graduation from any stream with at least 50% marks in aggregate
Admission Process Based on counselling sessions after clearing Entrance Tests (CAT/ MAT) or direct admission in some cases
Average Course Fee INR 3 to 8 Lacs
Average Starting Salary INR 2 to 10 Lacs
Top recruiting Companies All of the Agriculture Industry

MBA in Agri-Business: Course Duration

This course comprises 4 semesters, with 2 semesters covered in each year of this 2- year long course.

MBA in Agri-Business: What is it About?

With India being ranked 2nd in the world in agricultural and farm output, this course promises a good career scope for pursuers of the discipline. This course has all the kind of links with the area like agriculture input, agriculture processing, agriculture production, agriculture marketing and manufacture. This course also covers a range of aspects of economics besides broader sectors of management like Finance, including lending, commodity training, micro finance, supply chain management, taxation, marketing, and essentially, rural marketing. The course involves concepts of production, marketing and trading of agriculture- related products.

MBA in Agri-Business: Who Should Opt?

Candidates with a flair for all the agriculture as an academic field and interest in exploring and resolving agriculture and farmer- related grievances in the Indian farm landscape may opt for this specialization. The course is ideally suited for candidates driven to causing positive changes through research and practical application in the   agricultural scene of the country.

Top Institutes Offering MBA In Agri-Business

Some of the leading institutes in the country offering the course are listed in the table below along with their locations and respective fees charged by them.

Name Of College City Average Annual Fees
International Agri-Business Management Institute Anand (Gujrat) INR 5 Lac
Institute of Agri-Business Management Bikaner INR 3 Lac
College of Agri-Business Management Pantnagar INR 6 Lac
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad INR 10 +
Lac
Symbiosis Institute of International Business Hinjewadi INR 6 Lac
National Institute of Agriculture Extension Management Hyderabad INR 5 Lac
Indian Institute of Management Lucknow INR 6- 7 Lac

Eligibility for MBA In Agri-Business

Candidates wishing to apply for MBA in Agri-Business are needed to meet the following minimum criteria of eligibility:

  • A minimum aggregate score of 50% at the level of graduation, completed from a recognized institute of higher learning.
  • Graduation with agriculture or allied farming as main subject.
  • Candidates waiting for their final year graduation results are welcome too.

MBA in Agri-Business: Admission Process

Candidates need to pass any of the relevant entrance exams conducted for admission to the course, followed by rounds of Group Discussion and Personal Interview in the final stages. The main entrance exams held for the course are CAT, MAT, XAT, CMAT etc.

CAT Common Aptitude Test
MAT Management Aptitude Test
XAT Xavier Aptitude Test
CMAT Common Management Admission Test

MBA in Agri-Business: DIPLOMA

There are colleges in the country which provide a 1- year diploma course in the discipline.

MBA in Agri-Business: Career Prospects

There is a number of options open in terms of career to successful postgraduates of the program, some of which are listed here.

  • Candidates may either go employment in any of private and government relevant industry.
  • Candidates interested in further studies in the discipline may go for Ph. D.
  • Candidates may also choose the field of academia and go for teaching the subject in universities and colleges.
  • Often, candidates go for dual degrees in the same course.

Career opportunities for postgraduates of the course are mostly offered in the agricultural industry. The average annual salary package of candidates entering the industry as freshers is INR 2 to 6 Lacs.

Listed below are some of the top recruiting industries/ companies that hire successful postgraduates of the course.

  • Food production companies
  • Farming Industry
  • Public and Private Sector
  • Marketing Industry
  • Retail Industry

Tabulated below are some of the most popular job positions offered after MBA in Agri-Business. Also listed are the corresponding job descriptions and the salaries offered for each role.

MBA in Agri-Business

Job Profile Description Average Annual Salary
Farm Appraiser Responsible for assessing the value of a farm, its employees and facilities. They spring into action when the farm is mortgaged, sold, insured, developed. INR 4 Lac
Agriculture Policy Analyst Responsible for developing and analysing policies that affect agriculture business INR 3-4 Lac
Market analyst Responsible for analysing the financial condition of the agri-business economic market INR 6 Lac
Financer Responsible for providing financial assistance for agri-businesses, such as matching crop suppliers with farms INR 6 Lac
Quality Controller Responsible for focussing on improving the output and quality of a farm’s production. INR 5 Lac
Marketing Head Responsible for leading marketing strategy of a firm, building awareness and buzz. INR 7 Lac
Bio compost sales head Responsible for creating awareness amongst local customers and driving sales- promotional activities. INR 5 Lac
Relationship manager Responsible for dealing with individual retail customers and advising them on various banking and financial products and services offered by the bank, and catering to the corporate clients like SME's or large corporations. INR 4-10 Lac
Operation Manager Responsible for improving the operational systems, processes and policies in support of organization mission- specifically better management reporting, information flow of management, business process and organizational planning. INR 4-5 Lac

MBA in Agri-Business: Course Description

The course is evenly divided across 4 semesters covered in 2 years, and a semester- wise breakup of the course is tabulated here:

SEMESTER 1 SEMESTER 2
  • Management Principles & Values 
  • Accounting & Financial Analysis Financial Management for Agri Business
  • Quantitative Techniques
  • Managerial Economics
  • Environment & Agri Business Management Marketing
  • Organizational Behaviour & Ethos
  • Financial Management for Agri Business
  • Agribusiness & Rural Marketing
  • Research Methods in Agri Business Management
  • Production & Operations Management
  • Human Resource Management
SEMESTER 3 SEMESTER 4
  • Business Law and Ethics
  • Entrepreneurship & Project Management Computer Application and MIS
  • Practical Training (8 weeks)
  • Strategic Management
  • Seminar in Agribusiness Management
  • Dissertation
  • Viva Voice

ELECTIVES

GROUP A
  • Materials Management
  • Seed Production and Technology
  • Fertilizer Technology & Management
  • Agro Chemical & Technology Management
GROUP B
  • Materials Management
  • Seed Production Technology
  • Management of Bio-Tech Industries
  • Management of Floriculture & Landscaping
GROUP C
  • Material Management
  • Technology Management for Livestock Products
  • Feed Business Management
  • Poultry and Hatchery Management
GROUP D
  • Materials Management
  • Technology Management for Livestock Products
  • Food Technology & Processing Management
  • Fruit Production & Post Harvest Management

PRACTICAL TRAINING

Candidates enrolled to this program also undergo practical training sessions. The training periods typically last for a minimum of 8 weeks at a reputed organization and industrial training is done in the relevant subject. All students upon the completion of their 2nd semester are required to go for such training. Stipends depend upon the policies of the concerned organization. Some training/ internships are paid and some are unpaid.

Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Agribusiness) : 5 answered questions

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Ques. I am interested in PGP-FABM of IIM Ahmedabad. I am 25. X- 86.7%,XII-70.3%, B.Tech-62.5%. AR-17. 1+years of work-ex in Accenture. What are my chances?

● Top Answer By Keshav Jindal on 07 Apr 21

Ans. The PGP-FABM specifies no strict limit on marks to be obtained except for at least 50% in graduation from a university recognized by the UGC. Also, any candidate from any background can apply for the course except that students not from agricultural sciences or agricultural-related disciplines will have to submit a special form under the application procedure and must demonstrate a strong interest in agricultural, food, rural, and allied sectors. Selection Procedure: For the shortlisting process in PGP-FABM, the CAT score has a weightage of 70% and your application rating (AR) score has a weightage of 30%. The minimum cut-off percentiles in CAT to be considered for shortlisting are 80, 70, and 60 for General, SC, and ST categories respectively. Even if it is not the flagship PGP program, it is still a very demanding course and thus competition is very high. So, a good CAT score along with an excellent interview presentation will help you secure a seat at IIM Ahmedabad.Read more
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Ques. How is MBA in Agribusiness Management at KIIT School of Rural Management(KSRM)? 

● Top Answer By Karishma Khatri on 05 Jan 21

Ans. The MBA in Agribusiness Management program offered at KIIT School is a new course. It was started in 2019 and the first batch will graduate in 2021. The student intake for the course is 60. However, the strength of the first batch is 25. There are 2 students from abroad in the program. According to the reviews, some of the students dropped out of this course mid-way and various complain they didn’t receive their refund. The table below has a brief overview of the MBA in Agribusiness Management program at KIIT School. Category KIIT School of Rural Management Course Fee INR 7.59 lakhs Highest CTC INR 8 LPA Average CTC INR 6.75 LPA   Faculty: The faculty of this course are well-experienced but the teaching methodology adopted by them is dated. Most of the faculty members use PPT to discuss the topics and skip the details. The classes are 75 minutes long which leaves students exhausted. There is a 15 minutes break after each class. Admission: The entrance examination KIITEE is more of a formality. There is no minimum cutoff that you need to secure for admission. Hostel: There are hostel accommodations on-campus. The hostel is good but it is surrounded by buildings. You can feel a bit claustrophobic in the hostel rooms sometimes. During the lockdown for Covid-19, students were at home and taking classes online. Despite this situation, the institute charged around INR 7.5 lakhs course fee. Also, due to the pandemic summer internships were canceled this year. Students now need to find internships on their own.  Do your research and make an informed decision. Do not take admission just so you can get a job. Read more
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Ques. Which college is better for an MBA in Agribusiness Management, SIIB Pune or Manage Hyderabad?

● Top Answer By Sugandhi Sood on 28 Aug 20

Ans. Symbiosis Institute of International Business, Pune (SIIB) established in 1992 is a constituent of the well-recognised Symbiosis Institute of Management. National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management also known as Manage was established in 1987 by the Ministry of Agriculture. Over the years both these institutions have been ranked amongst the top 50 B-Schools of the country.  It is hard to prefer one over the other but we try to analyse a few aspects here. Course: At Manage, all courses are solely focused on the agribusiness sector and hence, the institute has a high brand value in this industry attracting lucrative offers. Also, it is run by the government, thereby ensuring quality of education and highly esteemed and experienced faculty members. Fees: At SIIB, the fees for MBA in Agri Business Management is 10.8 lacs. While at Manage, it is 6.05 lacs for the same course. Admission: For both these institutes, candidates need to meet the basic eligibility criteria of 50% throughout the academic career to apply. For SIIB, eligible students need to appear for SNAP followed by personal interview and written ability test. Manage scrutinizes students based on CAT score and then GD, followed by personal interview. Seat intake: At SIIB, the total intake for MBA in Agribusiness is 60-100 while at Manage, it is 80-120. Facilities: Both the institutions boast of the state-of-the-art infrastructure. SIIB’s library provides membership facilities like APICS, SHRM and NHRD. SIIB also has international collaborations with Dauphine University, Berlin School of Economics and Law, Lisbon School of Economics and Management. Manage serves as an international centre for processing and disseminating valuable data on agricultural management related subjects. For skill development, Manage coordinates various government welfare schemes such as FCAC and ACABC. Placement statistics: SIIB Pune Average CTC offered was 10.6 LPA Highest domestic CTC offered was 19.5 LPA while highest international package was 45 LPA Bisleri, FICCI, CRISIL, KPMG were the top recruiting companies Manage Hyderabad Highest CTC offered was 26 LPA Average CTC offered was 7.5 LPA TERI, Thomson Reuters, Indian Oil, FMC Corp were major recruiters amongst 30 others  Read more
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Ques. What is the placement scenario and scope of the IIM PGP Agri Business Management (ABM) program in general and with special reference to IIM Lucknow?

● Top Answer By Abhilasha Garg on 24 Aug 20

Ans. With specifics to IIM Lucknow, Agri-Business Management (ABM) course, you get to study extra subjects each trimester related to Agribusiness. In the final year, there is a restriction in choosing the major subjects. As for placements, you will be offered the same opportunities as any other PGP student. Agribusiness in general has a very wide scope.  According to the placement statistics of the 2018-20 batch at IIM Lucknow, the median salary was 23 LPA and the highest salary (international) was 58.47 LPA. The institute had 100% placement and more than 140 domestic and international recruiters joined the campus placement.  Some of the top recruiters from various sectors were HSBC, Microsoft, GE, Asian paints, HUL, PNG, Amazon, American Express, Ola, Ernst & Young, Flipkart, etc. Operations/IT, Strategy/Consulting, General Management, Sales & Marketing, Finance were the top sectors in which students got placed.  Read more
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Ques. What should I choose between IIM Ahmedabad PGP-FABM and XLRI Jamshedpur HRM provided that I am an agricultural engineering student?

● Top Answer By Kiran Chugh on 14 Aug 20

Ans. If one has completed graduation in agricultural engineering then it makes more sense to pursue agricultural business management. FABM and HRM both are broadly different and specialized fields of management, IIM-A, and XLRI is top-ranked for these mentioned courses respectively. The table mentioned below gives a brief comparison of both institutions: Criterias IIM-A XLRI ESTABLISHED 1961 1949 FEES 11.14 lacs 23.60 lacs NIRF RANKING 1 9 BATCH SIZE 50-100 100-150 ADMISSION CAT, GMAT XAT, GMAT, CAT AVERAGE PACKAGE 23 LPA 21 LPA The PGP-FABM course at IIM-A is ranked amongst the top 5 courses globally by Financial Times. There are a limited number of companies recruiting candidates from this course, thus most opt for entrepreneur ventures. The course curriculum in the first year is common with other the PGP courses instilling basics of management, enabling students to not only be restricted to sector-specific opportunities. Salient features of the previous placement season are: 50+ offers rolled out by 20+ recruiters in this sector Hindustan Unilever, AB InBev, P&G, ITC, GSK, Heinz were the top recruiters Highest CTC on offer was 27 LPA Average placement rate over 70% International tie-ups with European Business School, University of Cologne, ESSEC Business School, France The PGDM-HRM at XLRI is considered to be one of the top 3 courses to be pursued in the country by Outlook. Even if one has a background in agricultural engineering, he can opt to choose this course as it provides immense opportunities, and in the recent past, statistics denote that engineering students occupy the maximum percentage of overall students placed. Key highlights of the placement session are: 100+ recruiters took part in the hiring process offering 300+ roles Airtel, American Express, E&Y, BPCL, Bloomberg were amongst the major recruiters Highest CTC on offer was 50 LPA Average placement rate of over 90% 27% offers received from the Sales and Marketing sector while 21% from BFSI and 20% from Consulting and Business ManagementRead more
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Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Agribusiness) Fee Structure in India


23.80 K (Minimum Fee)PUBLIC COLLEGES13.34 L  (Maximum Fee)
2.53 L (Average Fee)
35.83 K (Minimum Fee)Private COLLEGES12.01 L (Maximum Fee)
2.68 L (Average Fee)

Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Agribusiness) Fee Structure By state


Maharashtra

2.20 LPUBLIC COLLEGES10.28 L
6.24 L
1.18 LPrivate COLLEGES11.20 L
2.99 L

Rajasthan

1.20 LPUBLIC COLLEGES1.80 L
1.50 L
83.50 KPrivate COLLEGES6.68 L
2.12 L

Uttar Pradesh

77.50 KPUBLIC COLLEGES2.42 L
1.60 L
50.90 KPrivate COLLEGES3.67 L
1.88 L

Madhya Pradesh

1.07 LPUBLIC COLLEGES3.05 L
1.58 L
97 KPrivate COLLEGES3.05 L
1.98 L

Uttarakhand

10.79 LPUBLIC COLLEGES13.34 L
12.06 L
51.23 KPrivate COLLEGES12.01 L
5.23 L

Orissa

33.03 KPUBLIC COLLEGES6.89 L
2.78 L
1.80 LPrivate COLLEGES7.59 L
4.34 L

Delhi NCR

7 LPUBLIC COLLEGES7 L
7 L
1.50 LPrivate COLLEGES7 L
3.07 L

Haryana

72.11 KPUBLIC COLLEGES7 L
3.44 L
1.50 LPrivate COLLEGES7 L
3.30 L

Gujarat

43.30 KPUBLIC COLLEGES1.90 L
93.62 K
1.60 LPrivate COLLEGES2.58 L
2.18 L

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