What should I choose between IIM Ahmedabad PGP-FABM and XLRI Jamshedpur HRM provided that I am an agricultural engineering student?

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karan luthra October 30th, 2020

The IIM Ahmedabad PGP-FABM is a sector-specific program launched with the aim to produce leaders in the field of rural, food, agricultural, and allied sectors.

The PGDM HRM course in XLRI Jamshedpur is one of the oldest and prestigious programs of the institute. Students from this course are offered roles such as Human Resource Development, Industrial Relations, Personnel Management, and other related areas.


  • Admission to the PGP-FABM program at IIM Ahmedabad is done through Analytical Written Test(AWT), Personal Interview, and score obtained in the CAT entrance test.

  • Admission to the HRM program at XLRI is done through scores obtained XAT/GMAT entrance test and students need work experience of a minimum of 3 years.


Notable alumni of IIM Ahmedabad include Raghuram Rajan who is Chief Economist of IMF and renowned alumni of XLRI include Vineet Nayar who is former CEO of HCL Technologies.

Course details:

  • The pedagogy of two years PGP-FABM program at IIM Ahmedabad is based on the Case Method, Group Work, Case Presentations, and Live Industry Projects.

  • Second-year students enrolled in the PGP-FABM program at IIM Ahmedabad are allowed to undertake a term in the ESSEC, Paris, UBC, Canada, and SJTU, China.

  • The major focus of the HRM program at XLRI is directed in Human Resource Information Systems, Training and Development, Compensation Administration, and Performance Management.

  • The HRM program at XLRI also includes a summer project, participation in team-building, and a village exposure program.


  • The library at IIM Ahmedabad stacks over 1,94,704 Books and 19816 Online Journals. The library is also equipped with EBSCO Discovery and RemoteXS facilities.

  • The library at XLRI Jamshedpur has over 66,687 books and 16806 journals.


  • The highest package offered at IIM Ahmedabad was 70 Lakh and top recruiters were ITC, Nestle, Mondelez, General Mills, P&G, General Mills, Asian Paints, and Reckitt Benckiser.

  • The highest salary offered at XLRI was 50 LPA during the placement drive of 2020. While the major recruiters were TAS, Aditya Birla Group, Colgate, Samsung, Asian Paints, Bajaj Finserv, Reliance Industries, ACT, etc.


IIM Ahmedabad

XLRI Jamshedpur

Students Placed



Average Salary

25.83 LPA

22.35 LPA

For a student from an agricultural engineering background, the PGP-FABM programs would be better, as the program is designed in a way to meet the industrial needs. However, it is recommended that students go with their choice of interest.



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