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.
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.
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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.
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|
|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.
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 +|
|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:
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|
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MBA in Agri-Business: DIPLOMA
There are colleges in the country which provide a 1- year diploma course in the discipline.
There is a number of options open in terms of career to successful postgraduates of the program, some of which are listed here.
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.
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.
|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|
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|
|SEMESTER 3||SEMESTER 4|
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.