Indian Institute Of Forest Management (IIFM) Bhopal

Madhya Pradesh

Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal is an autonomous management institution that produces and educates managers who are willing to step into forest management, environmental and natural resources management and other allied sectors. The idea of such an institution dedicated to managing the treasure of forests and natural resources was conceived way back in 1970s and as a result IIFM was founded in 1982 for providing post graduation courses such as Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management (PGDFM), Master of Philosophy - Natural Resource Management and a doctoral level course as Fellow Programme in Management (FPM).

How To Apply

Candidates seeking admission to 2 - year, full - time, residential Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management (PGDFM) at IIFM must follow the steps below:

  1. Apply for Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) or Apply for Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute - Xavier School of Management.
  2. Apply for PGDFM at IIFM either online or offline as follows:
    • Apply online for 2 - year, full time, residential PGDFM on the institute’s website - or via the link - and make an online payment of INR 1000 (INR 500 for SC/ST candidates) via Credit/Debit Cards or Net Banking.
      Apply online through MPOnline authorized KIOSKs for candidates from Madhya Pradesh and make a payment by cash at respective centres mentioned in the list via this link -
  3. Apply offline by downloading the application form via the link - and send it duly - filled with a Demand Draft for INR 1000 (or INR 500 for ST/SC) in favour of The Director, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
  4. Procure the application form and Admission Bulletin from the institute’s office by paying the application fee and submit it duly - signed before 2nd February
  5. Procure the admission form by speed post from the institute by sending a Demand Draft for the amount of application fee in favour of The Director, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal to the address Indian Institute of Forest Management, Po Box 357, Nehru Nagar, Bhopal MP, 462003, India.
  6. The particulars regarding qualifications are just to be mentioned in the application form along with a passport size photograph and registration ID of CAT or XAT exam; do not enclose any originals or photocopies of qualifying certificates with the application.
Admission Procedure
  1. Admission procedure is based on under – graduation qualifying marks, Entrance Exam scores and Interpersonal Test scores by IIFM.
  2. Entrance exams which are accepted for 2 – year, full – time PGDFM are Common Admission Test (CAT) and Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT).
  3. Minimum graduation marks required for admission are 50% throughout 10, +2, +3 for General students and 45% for SC/ST/OBC students.
  4. Minimum percentile score for qualifying to Group – Discussion (GD)/Personal Interview (PI) rounds is 80 percentile for General Quota, 45/55 percentile for SC/ST students and 70 percentile for OBC students.
  5. A candidate will be called upon for GD/PI rounds if it falls under qualifying categories as mentioned above.
  6. The weightage for selection process is as follows:
    • CAT or XAT total percentile – 80%
    • Group Discussion – 20%
    • Personal Interview – 20%
  7. For more information regarding Admission Procedure please visit this link -
  8. Take a look at the admission brochure on the web via this link -
Cut – Off

The cut – off for the previous year was set as mentioned below:

  1. General Quota:
    • Highest CAT Percentile – 99.24
    • Lowest CAT Percentile – 81.85
  2. SC Quota:
    • Highest CAT Percentile – 88.17
    • Lowest CAT Percentile – 68.26
  3. ST Quota:
    • Highest CAT Percentile – 74.30
    • Lowest CAT Percentile – 47.51
  4. OBC – Non Creamy Layer Quota:
    • Highest CAT Percentile – 85.64
    • Lowest CAT Percentile – 71.02
Eligibility Criteria
  1. Candidates seeking admission to 2 – year, full – time, residential PGDFM course must have a qualification of 10, +2 and +3 or equivalent bachelor’s degree course recognized by Association of Indian Universities (AIU) with a minimum of 50% score throughout.
  2. Candidates pursuing their final year in the bachelor’s degree or equivalent may also apply provided that the course examination is completed before 30th June.
  3. Further, entrance exams as mentioned in above categories are also necessary for selection and application purposes.
  4. For SC students the institute reserves 15% of the seats, while 7.5% of the seats are reserved for ST candidates. For Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the ‘Non – Creamy Layer (NC-OBC) 27% of the seats are reserved. Also, 3% of the seats are reserved for Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently – Abled (DA) candidates.
  5. Hit the link mentioned for more information regarding eligibility criteria for admission - and
Campus Facilities:
  1. Area of the IIFM, Bhopal campus is spread around 200 acres and its architecture is designed for enlightening of students in the field of Forest Management and Natural Resources.
  2. A high – tech Computer centre with Geographic Information System, comprehensive library and information resources, sports facilities such as Indoor Games, Outdoor games and Gymnasium are few of the many facilities which are open to students for use.
  3. Hostel, Mess and Guest House facilities are also available.
  1. There are 3 hostels in the campus of IIFM, named as Nilgiri, Vidhyanchal and Aravalli (Girls Hostel). The 2 – year, full – time, PGDFM course is a fully residential programme, thus each candidate has to enroll him/her self to hostel accommodation.
  2. All common amenities and facilities such as Cable/DTH TVs in common rooms, Indoor games, Gym, Internet Connectivity and sports complex are stacked in the hostels to make the students feel at home away from home.
  3. 3 guest houses are also available for parents/guardians for stay during visits to the institute.
  4. A doctor visits regularly for the students’ care.
  5. A well – equipped mess is maintained and run by student co – operative elected every term to provide healthy and hygienic food to all residential students.

IIFM has been maintaining a track record of 100% placements since the first batch passed out

  1. Average salary package offered last year was about INR 600,000 per annum while the highest package was staked at INR 700,000 per annum.
  2. The link to the placement brochure is as follows -
  3. As many as 36 recruiting companies grace the on – campus placements in the previous year which are mentioned in the placement brochure as linked above.
  1. IIFM, Bhopal has been ranked 40th in the list of best Business Schools in India by Business Today for the year 2014.
  2. It has been ranked 29th in the Best B – School by People Matters website for the year 2014
  1. Each year the management encourages students, regardless of the categories with 20 scholarships divided as follows:
    • Open Category: 10 Scholarships
    • SC Category: 3 Scholarships
    • ST Category: 2 Scholarships
    • Non – Cream OBC category: 5 Scholarships
  2. Criteria to avail the scholarship are based on the category of candidates and also on meritorious grounds. The norms and amount of scholarships are as decided by the management of the institution.
  3. For more information regarding scholarships please visit the programmes page on the institute’s website – or visit the link -
Student Life
  1. The student life is vibrant and competitive at IIFM. The culture of the college brings the best out of each student. There are various clubs driven by students for many events and activities at IIFM.
  2. Few of the clubs are as viz. Kalpataru (Cultural activities’ club), Sports club, Adventure Club, Literary Club, Nature Club, etc.
  3. Many events such as Alumni and Student Speak (A Day @ IIFM) is organized for exposure to interpersonal skills and share one’s experience.
Important Dates

The following are some of the important dates to remember in IIFM calendar:

  1. Last date for request for application – 21st January
  2. Last date for application – 2nd February
  3. Dates for GD/PI – April
  4. Payment of fees for the first term – April – June
  5. Start of Academic Session – 1st July
Fee Structure

Take a look at the breakdown of the fee structure below


First Year Fee (INR)

Second Year Fee (INR)

Sr. No.


General/NC – OBC/DA


General/NC – OBC/DA



Tuition Fee






Computer Fee






Teaching Material






Examination Fee






Establishment Fee






SI & Placement Facilities






Field Work/Weekend field trips support






Library Fee






Alumni Membership






Hostel Rent






Medical Purpose






Student Welfare Fund






IIFM Development Fund










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About Indian Institute Of Forest Management (IIFM) Bhopal

Affiliated to
Establishment year 2005
Aid Status Government
Minority N

Hostel and Facilities

Total Hostel Capacity

Indian Institute Of Forest Management (IIFM) Bhopal Hostel

Hostel Accomodation: Yes
Total Hostel Capacity 108
Total Number of Boys Hostels 1
Hostel Accomodation (Boys)(Number of rooms) 80
Boys Hostel(Number of beds) 160
Boys Hostel(Average Area per Bed) 420
Total Number of Girls Hostels 1
Hostel Accomodation (Girls)(Number of rooms) 28
Girls Hostel(Number of beds) 56
Girls Hostel(Average Area per Bed) 263

IIFM Ranking

Popularity Rank (based on average rank of admitted students): 121

Contact Number and Address


Nehru Nagar, Shastri Nagar, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462003, India

City Bhopal
District Bhopal
State Madhya Pradesh
Pin code 462003
Phone +91 755 277 5716
Fax 2772878
Email Id

Fee Structure

IIFM Fee Structure

Stream Fees Structure for one year
Management (MBA) ₹ 1,80,000

Courses Offered at Indian Institute Of Forest Management (IIFM) Bhopal

  • P.G.D.M. Post-graduate Diploma In Management (Post Graduate Diploma In Management)

    Course Level
    Post Graduate Diploma
    Regular, Full Time
    2 Years
    Affiliated To
    Start Year
    ₹ 1,80,000


Maximum salary offered
Minimum salary offered
Average salary offered


Course Exam Category Cutoff Year
PGDFM CAT General 75 Percentile 2014
PGDFM XAT General 80 Percentile 2016


To pursue MBA at IIFM students must satisfy following eligibility criteria.

The minimum qualification to apply for admission to the MBA Program is a Bachelor's Degree (10+2+3 years of education) in any discipline which is recognized by the Association of Indian Universities, or any degree equivalent to the Bachelor's Degree, with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in the Secondary / Higher Secondary / Pre-degree Examinations (or equivalent) conducted by a Board / University.

Those appearing for the final year of the Bachelor's degree examinations may also apply subject to completing their examinations or viva-voce, if any, before June 30. Such candidates will however have to fulfil the above eligibility requirements in respect of minimum academic qualifications for admission and furnish evidence to that effect latest by October 31. At the time of interview and/or admissions, they will be required to produce a letter from their College Principal / Head of Institution stating the exam dates.

Candidates with appropriate industry experience will be given preference for admissions. Their work experience will be given due weightage in terms of the organization, position held and duration.

Admission Procedure

Selected candidates will be called to attend Group Discussions and Personal Interviews. Multiple Group Discussion & Personal Interview lists will be released in phases, both before and after the Application Deadline. The intimation for interview & group discussion is done through registered post and e-mail. In the case of some programs, Group Discussion may not be conducted, in favor of a rigorous interview process.

The selection criteria for calling candidates for admissions is based on multiple factors as follows:

  • Past academic performance
  • Quality & content of the answers in the application form
  • Work experience, if any , in terms of job content & organization
  • Group Discussion & Interview performance (applicable for final admissions only)
  • Extra curricular activities, other interests & accomplishments
  • Competitive Test score (CAT, MAT, XAT, CMAT)

A combination of all the above factors are used to determine the eligibility of candidates to be offered final admission. Test scores are NOT the only criteria for selection.

A high test score does not guarantee a call for Group Discussion/Interview. The selection criteria are based on multiple factors as mentioned above.

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