MBA – Rural Management (MBA-RM)

XIM University

MBA – Rural Management (MBA-RM)
Course Type:
Tuition Fee:
INR 14,70,000
24 Months
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Course Highlights

This Program is designed as an “MBA-plus” program, and provides a robust management education plus an intensive understanding of the rural context, communities, markets and opportunities. Students are therefore especially equipped to: Understand, analyse and address complex problems in rural markets; develop and implement livelihood development and social change strategies, and design, incubate and nurture social enterprises.


Students learn to analyse both managerial and developmental problems and develop insightful, practical and innovative solutions to meet comprehensive bottom-lines in a sustainable framework. The curriculum helps them decipher the complex and go beyond the obvious; the hallmarks of our graduates are knowledge, discipline, versatility and creativity.

Exams Taken
Work Experience
Not Applicable
Admissions Process

Eligibility Criteria:

The minimum requirement for admission to the program is three-year bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in any discipline, with at least 55% marks in aggregate, from a recognised University. Candidates who expect to complete the final part of their degree examinations by June 15, 2023, can also apply. Offers of admission to such candidates, if made, will be provisional and will be automatically cancelled in the event of their failing to complete all the requirements for obtaining degree before June 15, 2023.A student after joining a program in this University will not be permitted to sit for any examination of any other institution or agency.

Applicants opting for XAT/CAT are required to refer to the respective XAT/ CAT advertisements in newspapers and follow the instructions therein. Applying for XAT or CAT or GMAT or NMAT is a prerequisite for applying to XIM University, Bhubaneswar, if not opting for X-GMT Test. XIM uses XAT/CAT/GMAT/X-GMT /NMAT scores for short listing candidates for its Master’s Degree Programs in Management. XLRI/ IIMs have no role either in the selection process or in the conduct of the programs.


Admission Test:

Applicants are required to take any one or more of the following Admission Tests:

  1. XAT to be conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur, on 8 January 2023, or
  2. CAT to be conducted by IIMs on 27 November 2022, or
  3. GMAT taken in 2021 or 2022, or
  4. X-GMT - an online test to be conducted by XIM University on 29 January 2023,
  5. NMAT by GMAC held during October - December 2022, for select programs (MBA-HRM, MBA-RM, MBA-SM, MBA-UMG)
  • For MBA-UMG only: GATE/CEED scores are also accepted in addition to CAT/XAT/GMAT/XGMT/NMAT scores. Candidates with bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Planning, Geography (Hons.) and Economics (Hons.) with minimum 55% marks in aggregate are encouraged to apply, even without a valid Admission Test score.  Similarly, candidates with keen interest and/or experience in the urban sector, and with minimum 60% marks, in aggregate, in their bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) program are also encouraged to apply, even without a valid Admission Test score. They will, however, be required to attend the Personal Interview.   
  • For the MBA-RM, MBA-SM and the MBA-UMG, candidates who have secured the 1st, 2nd or 3rd position in the college, in their bachelor’s degree can apply without a CAT/XAT/GMAT/X-GMT /NMAT score. Such applicants must furnish a Certificate from the Head of the Institution stating their position, when asked for. They will, however, be required to attend the Personal Interview.


Online Application Process:

Applicants must also fill up the online application form separately for the XIM University program, by logging on to Upon successfully filling up the online application form and paying the required application fee through the payment gateway, the applicant would receive the confirmation by email.


Selection Process:

Section-wise cut-off scores as well as total cut-off scores will be used for short-listing candidates who will be called for Writing Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interview (PI). WAT, GD & PI will be held in Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai. Candidates will have to meet their own travel/stay expenses for appearing in the X-GMT (if applicable), WAT, GD & PI. The final selection will be based on the candidate's performance in the Admission Test, Writing Ability Test, Group Discussion & Personal Interview, past academic record, and relevant work experience. The selected candidates will be informed through mail by the first week of April 2023.


There may be separate sets of cut-off marks on the XAT/CAT/GMAT/X-GMT/NMAT score for the candidates who are residents of the state of Odisha.


Candidates who are selected for admission to the program must indicate their acceptance of the admission offer and all related conditions by paying the first instalment of fees as detailed in the letter of admission before the date stipulated therein.  The regular MBA programs will begin by the middle of June 2023 for the first-year students. At this time the students will be given a Manual of Policies and Regulations, which will be binding on them, till the successful completion of the program

Important Dates
Last date to apply for admission:
December 9, 2022
Cut off accepted:
Not available
Last date to apply for admission:
December 9, 2022
Cut off accepted:
Not available
Last date to apply for admission:
December 9, 2022
Cut off accepted:
Not available
Last date to apply for admission:
December 9, 2022
Cut off accepted:
Not available
Last date to apply for admission:
December 9, 2022
Cut off accepted:
Not available
Interview & GD Process
Group discussion | Personal Interview | Written Ability Test
Seats: 100


Placement 2022

Average Salary: 17,54,000 per annum
Highest Salary: 34,21,000 per annum
Top Recruiters: Accenture, Deloitte, Cognizant, EY, ICICI Bank, KPMG, NESTLE, Titan, Kotak Mahindra among others

Placement 2020

Average Salary: 7,78,000 per annum
Highest Salary: 13,20,000 per annum
Top Recruiters: Adani Capital, Amul, Basix Sub-K, BRLPS, Fullerton India, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, IDFC First Bank, Midland Microfin Ltd., MGNCRE, OLM, Samunnati, SARDA, Satin Creditcare Network Ltd., Ujjivan Small Finance Bank

Placement 2019

Average Salary: 8,00,000 per annum
Highest Salary: 15,00,000 per annum
Top Recruiters: ICICI Bank, ICICI Lombard, TATA AIG, Bharti Axa, Muthoot Fincorp, Deloitte, NuSocia, Amul, Crompton Greaves, PRADAN, AISECT, Basix Sub-K, Technoserve India, Fincare, Decathlon Sports India, Usha International, ORMAS, OLM.

Placement 2018

Average Salary: 7,54,000 per annum
Highest Salary: 13,75,000 per annum
Top Recruiters: ICICI Bank, TATA AIG, Bajaj Allianz, Bharti Axa, Muthoot Fincorp, Deloitte, Sambodhi Research, Cargill, Coromandel, Amul, NAFED, PRADAN, Basix Sub-K, Technoserve India. ORMAS.

Placement 2017

Average Salary: 7,32,000 per annum
Highest Salary: 11,00,000 per annum
Top Recruiters: Amul, CavinKare, PwC, Deloitte, Sambodhi Research, Quess Corp, Infiniti Research, SBI, Axis Bank, ICICI Bank, TATA AIG, Ujjivan Financial Services, Fincare, Bajaj Allianz etc.

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