The Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM) was founded in 1982 and is an autonomous, Natural Resource Service Training institute of Forestry located in Bhopal. The sectoral specialized college has financial assistance from SIDA. The institute is ranked 8th overall in the country by MHRD. IIFM Bhopal offers admission in two-year full-time residential flagship PGDFM and PGDSM program. IIFM Bhopal has all the course assistance from the IIM Ahmedabad and shortlists candidates on the basis of CAT/XAT score. The minimum IIFM Bhopal CAT Cut off required for admission to courses is 85 percentile. Candidates who have completed their Bachelor’s from a recognized university are eligible to apply through the online procedure.
Establishment year | Ownership
1982 | Public/Autonomous
Accepted entrance exams
XAT, CAT, GMAT, GATE, CSIR NET, UGC NET, MAT
53 for MBA/ PGDM by Outlook 2020
51-75 for MBA/ PGDM by NIRF 2020
Number of courses offered
3 courses across 2 streams
Average placement package
INR 8.5 LPA (2020 – 2022)
Jai Kisan, WWF India, Samasta Microfinance etc.
|Course||Eligibility||Course Fee (in INR)|
|PGDFM||Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with at least 50% aggregate /final year students who are awaiting degree results are also eligible to apply|
Duration: 2 years
Admission Criteria: valid CAT/XAT score +WAT/PI
|PGDSM||Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA from a recognized University/Institute|
Duration: 2 years
Admission Criteria: valid CAT/XAT score+WAT + PI
|M.Phil||Two-year Post Graduate Diploma/Degree in Engineering/Sciences/Management and associated Social Sciences or its equivalent with at least 55% aggregate|
Duration: 1 year
Admission Criteria: WAT + PI+ UGC/ICAR-NET/CSIR can directly take the PI without WAT.
|FPM||Bachelor’s with at least 50% aggregate + Master’s or equivalent degree with First Class including a five-year/four-year Master’s (integrated program)|
Duration: 4 years
Admission Criteria: CAT/GMAT/GATE/ICAR NET
|Ranking Body||Ranking Parameter||Ranking|
|IIRF 2023||MBA School||42|
|Business Today Ranking 2023||B-Schools||48|
|MHRD||Overall Forest Management||8|
|NIRF 2021||MBA School||75|
|Outlook 2020||MBA School||53|
1. Visit the official website of IIFM Bhopal
2. Click on the Programmes tab and select the desired course
3. Fill the application form with required details
4. Pay the requisite application fees.
5. Submit the application form.
6. Take a printout of the filled application for future use.
|CAT Registration Starts||August 2, 2023|
|CAT Registration Closes||September 20, 2023|
|CAT Admit Card Releases||October 25, 2023|
|CAT Exam||November 26, 2023|
|PGDFM Registration 2024||Ongoing|
|PGDSM Registration 2024||Ongoing|
|Certificate Course on Chartered Foresters Registration 2024||Ongoing|
1. Class 10th and 12th Marksheets and Passing Certificate
2. Graduation degree and Degree Certificate
3. Scorecard of entrance exam taken by the candidate
4. Category Certificate (if applicable)
5. Govt. ID proof
6. Passport sized photographs
Scholarship to SC students: 4 scholarships are available to SC category students at IIFM subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down by the Ministry. The scholarship will cover the expenditure of full-fee and lodging boarding charges, books, and stationary charges at a fixed rate.
Scholarship to ST students: 5 scholarships are available to ST category students at IIFM subject to fulfillment of the conditions laid down by the Ministry. The scholarship will cover the expenditure of full- fee, lodging and boarding charges, books and stationary charges.
Merit-based Scholarships: available for the 20 students offered by the Institute based on the merit obtained in the qualifying exams.
IIFM Bhopal recently concluded its 2023 placement drive. 46 recruiters visited the campus. Some of the major recruiters included ICICI Bank, Infosys, Vedanta, Aditya Birla Hindalco and many more. Recruiters came from various sectors like Banking & Finance, NGO. The highest of the placement drive is mentioned below: