How to apply online for IIFM, Bhopal admissions 2021 to Post Graduate Diploma course PGDFM & PGDSM

Looking for admission notification for management programs offered by a government institution? Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal has published an advertisement for admission to the 2-year full-time residential program of Post Graduate Diploma in Forestry Management and PG Diploma in Sustainability Management for the academic session of 2021-23. This article provides complete information on eligibility, admission process, application procedure, fee etc.

About the course

Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal was set up under the aegis of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate change, Government of India. The institute is presently asking for applications from the eligible candidates for admissions to the following courses for the 2021-2023 batch:


There are many reasons for which students choose Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal as their first choice which are as follows:
  • It has a very healthy environment where each student feels independent. Students are allowed to run many committees and cells to build a clear view of the business world in them. It also helps enhance their power of knowledge, leadership and teamwork.
  • Faculty student ratio is 1:7 which is undoubtedly excellent. There are 29 permanent faculty members to cater to 9 expert areas. All are highly qualified and the course content is up to date.
  • There is no lack of transparency in selection process. Even top scorers in CAT need to be filtered through various screening rounds like group discussion, personal interviews etc.
  • In addition to the modern theoretical course content, IIFM gives importance to the practical exposures like summer internship, live project, industry visit, field visit etc. so that all students can enhance their practical knowledge.
  • The institute has an excellent international linkage. It collaborates with various international organizations like IDRC, FAO, USFS, ITTO, RECOFTC etc. Almost 100% of the students are placed in a reputed organization through campus placement in earlier batches after pass out.


There are total 150 numbers of seats available in the course of PGDSM 2021 out of which 30 numbers of seats are reserved for the Economically Weaker Section (EWS). In the course of PGDSM, the intake capacity of Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal is 50. However, 15%, 7.5% and 27% of seats are also reserved for the candidates who belong to SC, ST and NC-OBC categories respectively.


Interested candidates should have a Bachelor's degree in any discipline with minimum % marks or equivalent CGPA awarded by any recognized university. Applicants who will appear in the final year exam of the Bachelor's degree or equivalent course and who appeared in the final year exam of the Bachelor's degree or equivalent course but yet to receive their results may also apply for the above course. But they have to submit a certificate issued by the Principal or Registrar of the respective college/institute declaring that the concerned student has already completed all necessary requirements to obtain the Bachelor's degree/equivalent as on the date of the certificate. The certificate must be submitted by 30th June 2021 to be allowed to join the course provisionally.

In addition to the above, candidates must apply to and clear the CAT 2020 / XAT 2021 exam. Candidates will be shortlisted by the score obtained by the candidates in CATT 2020 / XAT 2021.

Course & application fees

The candidates belong to the General, NC-OBC, DA and EWS categories have to pay a non-returnable course fee of Rs. 3,74,000/- for the first year and Rs. 2,49,640/- for the second year. However, the course fee is Rs. 2,24,640/- and Rs. 1,49,760/- respectively for the SC/ST candidates.

Candidates belonging to the General, NC-OBC, DA and EWS categories should pay an application fee of Rs. 1000 and the SC/ST candidates must deposit an application fee of Rs. 500 through debit/credit card or net banking during the online registration process of IIFM PGDFM & PGDSM 2021-23 applications.

Admission process

Candidates have to cross four hurdles during the admission process:
  1. As IIFM uses CAT/XAT scores to shortlist the candidates, applicants must apply, appear and clear CAT 2020 / XAT 2021 first of all.
  2. Shortlisted top-scorers of CAT/XAT have to appear to the Written Aptitude Test (WAT)
  3. Successful candidates will undergo a Group Discussion (GD) then
  4. Finally, the students will face a Personal Interview (PI)
The above processes will be hed in various popular cities like New Delhi, Kolkata, Kochi, Bangalore and Bhopal during March-April of 2021.

Application process

Candidates have to apply online through following the below steps:
  1. Go to above webpage
  2. Put your name, valid email and mobile number at desired fields to register yourself
  3. Verify your mobile number with the OTP to login
  4. Fill the online application form carefully
  5. Upload the required documents
  6. Pay thr above said application fee
Alternatively, the admission brochure and application form may also be received personally or by post against submission of said application fee in form of a DD drawn in favor of Director, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal.

Due date

Both the CAT and XAT applicants should complete online registration of applications for IIFM PGDFM & PGDSM 2021-23 programmes by 1st March 2021.

Contact details of IIFM

The Chairperson, Admissions,
Indian Institute of Forest Management,
Nehru Nagar, Bhopal - 462003, India
Phone: 91-755-2766603, 2775703, 2763925, 2761731,
2773799, 2776950, 2768331, 2763924
Extn.: Admission cell - 339
Manager - 394
Chairperson - 464
Fax: 91-755-2671929

Special note: Readers should check the IIFM official website for any update before submission of their applications. You may also click on "PGDFM" and "PGDSM" as per your interest in the course to apply for, available under "Programmes" tab on the said website to obtain more info on admission.

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Author: Umesh05 Jan 2021 Member Level: Diamond   Points : 3

Environmental conservation and Green Earth movements are picking up fast with the world and a thrust is being witnessed everywhere in that direction. In our country also the Govt is determined to protect the environment and rebuild the eco-system to make the human surroundings better in all the respects. It has been realized by now that if we do not preserve our environment there is a big danger that the human race will cease to exist on this planet. So in view of those objectives, it is natural that the activity in this area is going to increase and there will be more job opportunity in due course of time. Hence applying for such courses and acquiring these learnings make a sense in the present juncture.

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