Coffee Board of India Govt. PG Diploma Coffee Quality Management admissions 2021

Keen to know how to become a Government-certified professional coffee taster? Looking for an offbeat career in coffee? Learn how to apply for a Govt. Postgraduate Diploma program in Coffee Quality Management that is offered by the Coffee Board of India, an official Govt. organization. This article provides complete information on the course fee, eligibility criteria, curriculum, and application procedure for admission to PGDCQM-2021.

Wake up and smell the coffee is a well-known idiom. If you literally do so, that is, wake up to brew a mug daily to get that heady fragrance and absolutely love coffee, here's an opportunity to launch an offbeat career in the coffee sector, both products and services. The Coffee Board of India, which is under the aegis of the Central Govt.'s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has released the 2021-22 admission notification for the Post Graduate Diploma in Coffee Quality Management (PGDCQM) course. Preference will be given to those who are sponsored by the coffee industry. Foreign students are also welcome to apply under both, open and sponsored categories, but it is mandatory for them to have English fluency and their admission is subject to clearance by the Govt. of India.

About the PG Diploma in Coffee Quality Management

The PGDCQM course is a professional one for the duration of one year that will be in English medium only. Over three trimesters, you will learn the ropes of making an analytical evaluation of coffee products. The syllabus includes understanding the cultivation and harvesting of coffee, the brewing process of coffee beans, quality analysis, marketing of coffee products, etc. You will even fine-tune your taste buds to understand the flavours of different types of coffee. There will be both theoretical academic classes as well as practical sessions.

Initially, for three semesters, you will be pursuing the course at the Central Coffee Research Institute (CCRI) near Balehonnur, Chikmagalur District, Karnataka. Here, you will get free accommodation on the campus. The subsequent trimesters will be at the Bangalore research center of the Coffee Board. Here, you need to make arrangements yourself for accommodation.

PGDCQM Course Fee

The total course fee of the PGDCQM course is Rs. 2,50,000/-. If you are applying in the SC or ST category, a concession of 50% of the fee will be given, but to avail of this, you need to provide a valid caste certificate as supporting documentary proof.

2021-22 PG Diploma in Coffee Quality Management course curriculum

At CCRI the course faculty will teach you the following-
  1. Coffee varieties and Cup profile

  2. Coffee agronomy

  3. Coffee chemistry

  4. Pests and diseases that affect coffee plantations

  5. Processing and understanding the quality of coffee

At the Bengaluru research centre, in the second trimester you will be taught the following-
  1. Principles of Coffee Quality + Practicals

  2. Coffee Chemistry and Roasting Technology + Practicals

  3. Quality Assurance System + Practicals

  4. Soft Skills and Computer Applications for Quality Management + Practicals

In the third trimester at Bengaluru, the curriculum covers the following-
  1. Coffee Marketing and trade.

  2. Coffee Chemistry and Brewing Technology.

  3. Quality management system and Distribution Management.

Practicals during this time will include (i) Espresso and Value-added coffees, and (ii) Intensive Cupping. At the very end of this final trimester, you will have to submit a Dissertation.

Eligibility requirements

Educational Qualification: You should have a qualified Bachelor's degree with at least one of these subjects:

Candidates with a Bachelor's Degree in Agricultural Sciences are also eligible to apply for admission.

Age criteria: Maximum age is 30 years, but this is relaxed by five years for sponsored candidates.

How to apply for PG Diploma in Coffee Quality Management

Applications should be submitted only in the prescribed format. Those interested in applying for admission can download the application form from the official website of the Coffee Board of India . Another option is to purchase the application form at the office of the Coffee Board, Bangalore (refer to the address at the end of this article).

Complete the application form with all the required details, and affix a recent passport size photo with your signature on it in the relevant place at the top. In the form, you are required to put in the application fee transaction details as well. Ensure that you sign at the bottom of the form, and attach attested copies of all relevant certificates as supporting proof of your educational qualifications.

The completed form is to be sent by Registered Post or Speed Post along with an NEFT/RTGS transfer (details of the bank account are in the application form) for Rs.1,500/- to:
Divisional Head, Coffee Quality (I/c),
Coffee Board,
No.1, Dr.B.R.Ambedkar Veedhi,
Bangalore - 560 001

Note: If you are seeking admission as a sponsored candidate, you are required to mention the name of the sponsoring organization and enclose the sponsorship letter. Work experience, if any, can also be briefly mentioned.

After the closing date of applications, if your application is shortlisted, you will be intimated about the dates for the personal interview and the sensory evaluation test. Your performance in these, as well as your academic record, will determine whether or not you are selected.

Important dates

Last day of receipt of applications: 1st December 2021.
Date of Interview and selection process: 11th December 2021.

Contact information

Coffee Board
Government of India
Ministry of Commerce & Industry
No. 1, Dr. B.R.Ambedkar Veedhi,
Bangalore - 560 001,
Ph: +91-80-22262868, +91-80-22266991, Ext. 323.
Queries can be sent via email to-

Coffee lovers- what are you waiting for? Wake up and smell the coffee…don't miss out on this opportunity for an offbeat career!

Frequently Asked Questions

I have done a Diploma, not a Degree course. Can I apply for admission to this course?
As per the eligibility requirements, a Degree is essential. However, you can make inquiries via email at whether or not a Diploma qualification in the relevant subject (such as in Food Tech.) is acceptable.
Is there any entrance exam for admission PGD Coffee Quality Management course?
Other than a personal interview, you will be required to appear for a sensory evaluation test, wherein you will be evaluated for your understanding of coffee in terms of its taste, smell, texture, etc. For example, did you get the floral notes when tasting the cup of coffee? What was the texture of the coffee powder? And so on.
What is the hostel fee?
There is no fee for accommodation in the initial part of the course that is scheduled at CCRI, Balehonnur, Chikmagalur. It is free. However, you do need to make your own arrangements for a local stay when studying at the Bengaluru center.
The course fee is very high. Is the Coffee Board providing any scholarships to cover the tuition fee?
Although the Coffee Board itself does not offer any scholarship, you can try and apply for a State Govt. or a Central Govt. scholarship by checking out their respective websites. As mentioned, there is a 50% fee concession for SC/ST candidates.
I do not have sponsorship. Can I still apply?
Yes. Although preference is given for sponsored candidates, applications in the open category are also welcome as long as the eligibility criteria are fulfilled.
Is the medium of instruction the local regional language?
No. Faculty will teach the entire course in English. That is why knowledge of English is essential for all applicants, including foreigners.
Are there campus placements or other direct job opportunities on completing the course?
The prospectus does not mention campus placements or provisions to get a job right after successfully completing the course. It is suggested to contact the officials via email and make inquiries about placement.
What is the career scope on completing this course? Where best should I seek a job?
Although it may not be easy to right away start a career in a big way in the coffee industry, there are doors on which you can knock for opportunities. Check out the career section on the websites of well-known coffee outlet chains. For example, you may come across a post for a brew master that you can take up, at least to get the initial hands-on experience. Even if there is nothing specific that interests you at the career page, it is suggested to nevertheless send your application with a copy of the course certificate. Similarly, look out for vacancies at coffee beans manufacturing companies and on coffee estate plantations. You can even launch your own training institute.

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Guest Author: MALIK DANIYAL REHAN18 Jun 2023

I have just passed the 10th exams and I have got 60 percent marks. I want to join the commerce field but I am very much interested in coffee business because my father is a supplier of raw coffee beans.
Can you guide me at which stage I can join the Coffee quality management course as I want to start a coffee business and also whether a qualification in commerce will help me in this direction?

Author: Vandana18 Jun 2023 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 5

Malik Daniyal Rehan,
I checked out the official website, and currently, there is no notification on admissions to this Diploma program. In any case, the eligibility criteria as mentioned in the article give the subject options that you need to have taken up in the qualifying Degree level, so taking up commerce may not be useful as and when you are able to apply for this DIploma program if it is offered later.

However, a commerce qualification may surely be useful in managing the financial and marketing aspects of the business. What I suggest is that you look out for internship and skill-development opportunities in the field of coffee. Even if a commerce-based Degree would not make you eligible for this specific Diploma course, at least you would likely be eligible to apply for smaller, short-term programs/workshops. Here are two such opportunities available right away-
1. Next month the Coffee Board is organizing a 3-day course related to coffee entrepreneurship in Gwalior, M.P. If you are keen and can spare a few days for it, register and attend.
Closing date to apply: 1st July 2023.

2. The Coffee Board is organizing a training program on coffee exporting.
Closing date to apply: 20th June 2023.

Since you have just cleared Class 10, it is advisable to contact the email IDs given in the respective notifications to inquire about the age criterion and other eligibility requirements, if any, before you register. Details of both the above programs, as well as the email IDs and contact phone numbers, are available under the 'News' Tab of the official website-

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