As part of the BSchool’s that are not ordinary we are happy to induct a B-School that students often have queries about  – The Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal.

IIFM was established by the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India in 1982. The institute offers a post graduate diploma in forestry management (PGDFM). A student may specialize in any of the following three areas:

  • Conservation and Livelihood Management
  • Development Management
  • Environmental Management

The PGDFM offered by IIFM is recognized by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and equated to a corresponding Masters Degree of an Indian University by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). The course curriculum of IIFM includes all the general management courses in addition the courses related to the above specializations and create a niche for IIFM students in the fields of Banking & Finance, Research & Consultancy, Wildlife and Conservation, Rural development & livelihood, Corporate sustainability, Corporate social responsibility, Eco-tourism, Business development and Marketing etc.

Fee Structure
The fee structure at IIFM is probably one of the lowest in the country. The 2 year fee (all inclusive hostel et all) is Rs 4 lacs only and for SC/ST candidates there is a further relaxation and the 2 year fee is only Rs 2.4lacs. For a detailed breakup you can visit :

Further starting 2015, IIFM has introduced a performance linked merit scholarship scheme where approx. 20% of the batch will get a scholarship of Rs 5000/mth after the end of the first term.

IIFM placed a total of 76 students out of a batch of 82 in 2014. The remaining 6 students either opted out of the process or were barred from the process.

IIFM has a healthy mix of jobs from the government and the private sector. As a lot of these jobs are not in the major metros and hence include a significant amount of perquisites including boarding, lodging, mobile reimbursements etc. Hence I am sharing the audited placement data in two categories, pure CTC salaries and others (salary + perquisites).

Pure CTC salaries

  • Employers in this category include ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, microfinance companies and research and consulting organizations as well as ITC and NCDEX.
  • The highest package offered was in the business consulting space and crossed Rs 7lacs per annum with an average of 5.25 lacs per annum

Salary + Perquisites

  • Employers in this category are state government organizations such as the MP Forest Department, MP Horticulture Board, State Livelihood Missions and welfare organizations such as Srijan, WWF etc.
  • The average take home salary is Rs 4.21 lacs per annum with a maximum of 4.98 lacs per annum. However each of these roles has significant perquisites which include housing, lodging, mobile reimbursements, travel allowances, medical insurance etc.

Selection Process
An applicant must have a min 50% aggregate score in their graduation (45% for SC/ST/DA(PWD)) to apply for IIFM. Students can apply to IIFM, Bhopal with their CAT’14/XAT’15 scores. In 2014 the CAT percentile cut off in the general category was around 80%ile. 2015 is the first year in which IIFM is also considering XAT scores, hence there is no trend available however this should be similar to the CAT %ile cut off.

After a first round shortlisting basis CAT/XAT scores candidates will have to appear for Group Discussion and Interview before a panel from IIFM. The process may also include a written assessment test in some cities if candidate profiles are very similar. The second stage selection process is conducted in Delhi, Bhopal, Kolkata and Bangalore.

The application deadline for IIFM Bhopal is 16th February 2015.  If you have any queries please submit the same in the query form below and someone from IIFM will be getting in touch with you.You can also click on the following link to apply to the institute:

For further queries, please fill in the form given below.

All the best
Niharika Mittal