Career In Rural Development & Management

Are you interested in improving the well-being of people living in rural areas? If yes! then career in rural development is the bright option for you.

Career in Rural Development and Management is not only good from salary point of view but it also brings personal satisfaction.

Let us discuss the important aspects about how to make career in rural development and management.

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What is Rural Development and Management?

Rural Development is defined as improving the standard of life of rural people that includes social, economical, political and spiritual development of the people living in rural area who are deprived from basic facilities.

Rural Management includes the study of managing the rural resources effectively. It includes planning and executing rural development programmes that profits the rural livelihood.

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Study in rural management consists of all the concepts that can be applied in real life. Candidates will get the details about courses in rural development and management from here.

India is a country of farmers & villages, where more than 60% population lives in rural areas. These peoples cannot take the full advantage of the resources available in urban areas. To take care of the development of rural areas, the education in rural development & management is very demanding. Government hires professional rural managers to assist the villagers in the procedure of growth, improvement & expansion.

If you are really concerned about the country’s economic growth & want to improve the condition of rural areas, then it is the best opportunity for you.

Study in rural development & management has become one of the most sought courses to study & research at postgraduate level.

Graduates or Postgraduates of this field can find the lucrative job opportunities. You can get jobs in government or private sectors. You can also work in various NGO’s and organizations.

Courses & Eligibility

Candidates can start their career in rural development and management field by taking the related courses after 12th as available at diploma, bachelor and master level. Most sought rural development programmes offered by the reputed institutions are mentioned below:

Diploma Courses:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Finance
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Marketing

Bachelor Courses:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Rural Development
  • Bachelor of Rural Technology and Management
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Master Courses:

  • Master of Arts in Rural Development
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Rural Management

Doctoral Courses:

  • M. Phil in Rural Development
  • Ph. D in Rural Development

Basic Eligibility

For Bachelor Courses – Minimum educational eligibility of 10+2 from a recognized educational institution is required for applying the bachelor’s courses.

For Master Courses – Those who have passed the bachelor degree in relevant stream can apply for the master courses.

Skills Required:

  • Friendly Personality
  • Ability to handle Masses
  • Ability to handle Pressure
  • Leadership Skills
  • Communication Skill


Many institutions provide admission on the basis of entrance test. To pursue Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management from Institute of Rural Management Anand you are required to appear the CAT/XAT entrance examination. Admission to MBA programme in rural management will be done on the basis of the following entrance exams:

You can go for the studies in rural management and development courses from the following institutions:

  • Institute of Rural Management, Jaipur
  • Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
  • Institute of Rural Management Anand
  • Amity School of Rural Management, Noida
  • Xavier Institute of Management,Bhubaneswar
  • National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Hyderabad
  • National Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad

Career & Jobs

India is the country having numerous rural areas. This will open a plenty of career paths for the candidates interested in this field. Employment opportunity in this field is wide.

Candidates specialized in rural management will become rural managers. Professionals of this field can apply in the government sector for the job of Village Development Officer (VDO).

Rural managers can also run their own NGOs or can work for a NGO.

The national NGOs are Nandi Foundation, PRADHAN, CARE, SEWA, BAIF, Seva Mandir, etc.

Rural Managers can work in rural co-operative sector, agri-business enterprises, agricultural marketing and management of agro products. Indian Institute of Rural Management which is the government-run institution also recruits candidates holding rural management degree.

Many colleges provides the placement assistance to its students by inviting companies to its campus.

You can also work with the non-governmental organizations.

You can also work on a contractual basis to manage developmental schemes & programmes.

There are huge career scopes not only in India but also in abroad.

Rural managers can work in all functional areas of management, such as human resource development, project implementation, general management, finance, marketing, purchase, in all segments of rural based enterprises.

As a rural manager, you can take up advisory, research & consultancy work with private & public organizations.

Companies that recruits rural managers are listed below:

  • Tata Teleservices
  • Amul
  • Monsanto
  • Shriram Group
  • ICICI Bank
  • Aditya Birla Group
  • National/International NGOs
  • Hero Group
  • Mahindra and Mahindra

Job Roles

After completing your degree courses in rural development and management, you can apply for these jobs given below:

  • Research Officer
  • Rural Executives
  • Rural Manager
  • Senior Program Officer
  • Trainer
  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Project Co-ordinator/Project
  • Rural Minister


Lucrative salary as well as self-satisfaction in this profession.

Salary in this field will increases gradually with experience. A fresher can earn the annual package of around 2 to 3 lacs in this profession.

After gaining some experience, you will get a better salary package.

If working in the government sector then your earning will depend upon the pay scale decided by the government.

Books & Study Materials

Here, we have listed some best books that you can refer for studies:

  • Rural Development: Principles, Policies and Management by Katar Singh
  • Rural Development Management by B.S. Bhatia, G.S. Batra
  • Encyclopedia of Rural Management by Muniraju S.B., Manoj Kumar
  • Rural Management by KB Gupta, Faizia Siddiqui
  • Rural Development: Indian context BRDE 101 by GPH Panel of Experts
  • Target 3 Billion: Innovative solutions Towards sustainable development by APJ Abdul Kalam and Srijan Pal Singh
  • Research Methods in Rural Development by G Ramesh and s Nakkiran
  • Rural development in India by G Sreedhar and D Rajashekhar

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Displaying 90 Comments
  1. Gyanada Prasad Mohanty says:

    I have done MBA in agri business management in 2013. My age – 30, married. I have 7yrs work experience in field of life insurance, fertilizer , pesticides, banking. But I am not satisfied with my job because I stay long distance from my family. So please suggest me what courses I do . So that I can get govt job in my native location or business by staying with family. I am interested in agricultural or rural development/management sector.

  2. Raghu says:

    I have 10 years of work experience in bank…now I am interested to work for rural development..which course is suitable for me and also to earn good package..kindly guide as I am not relevant to this field..

  3. Prerna Alok says:

    I want to persue rural Management Couse online.

    Please help

  4. Moida khatoon says:

    Sir,i’m complete my pgdrd course and I want a goor job with a better option and platform pls help me how can apply and get a good job soon

  5. M Aijaz says:

    I have Masters in Rural Development Subject, Masters in Education Subject and Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education Subject and I’m still waiting for any kind of job which is relevant in the above subjects. If any body help me for that, i,e his or her most kindness. Thanku.

  6. Shailesh Kumar suman says:


  7. Komal says:

    I am art in 2006 now I am student pgdrd I am find job in hissar location please help

  8. Renu asudani says:

    IAM interested in this course Iam passed in Kya Mai yeh course kar sakte hoo IAM 40year

  9. Kishan Seth says:

    Hi sir
    I perusing MBA RD from GBPSSI PRAYAGRAJ. Sir plz give me some information related to job.

  10. Awoke Damtie says:

    I am working in government organization and i compelated first degree in Biology then i am interested to grajuate in rural development in masters.please give information

  11. Asit Santara says:

    I am completed M.A in Rural Management from Visva Bharati (A central University)
    Now i am a Research Fellow of DST project
    It is job oriented subject.

  12. Khublal saw says:

    I have completed m.a in rural development from ignou.
    But guide me about career
    Witch form can I apply? Please
    Any body, any friend help me.

  13. Garima says:

    I have post graduated in rural development and I don’t know how to make career in this stream so can you please help me find a suitable job in this particular field. I am looking forward for it… please do reply me.

  14. Arjun kumar says:

    Mai rural development se M A ke ho koi job ha

  15. Vaibhav Bawankar says:

    I’m interested in this course. Tell me how to get admission this scheme.

    • siddhi says:

      you can get admission after clear entrance exam cAT and some universities having separate entrance exams for this course after this you can get admission .

  16. THIRUPATHI says:

    Sir, I have applied for master of arts in rural development in IGNOU , I’m I eligible for the further studies like m.phil and PHD

  17. Your Name...Nilesh says:

    Hello sir i am completed my b come i want do MBA in rular development

  18. Dipak kumar says:

    Sir i am 12th pas bat iam rural devlapment corse his nice bat inda me nhi hoga jo bahut bure bat hi ese cg ke raipur me eski estituta chalu jarur stat hona chaye plish sir…

  19. Surinder Kumar says:

    I’m interested in MBA Rural Development Course

  20. sandela chandrashekar says:

    I am completed post graduate in master of social work.prasent job serching

  21. Your Name... says:

    Sir, I have completed MA in Rural Development from IGNOU in 2012. But there is very less job notification in this field. What should I do? Whether I should do Ph D or other courses? Plz help

  22. Nikhil says:

    How MBA in agriculture is different from MBA in rular management?

  23. Rahul says:

    I want to know where i can do internship for rural management.

  24. Prothoma kundu says:

    I have completed msc. In agriculture and rural development. I want to pursue higher studies in this course. Please tell me where can i pursue higher studies and what are the options in this course.

  25. milan jena says:

    I have completed bachlor degree in arts can i go with rural development course …please answer



    i am completed PG and Ph.D in Rural Development. But so far not getting any oppertunities. Is there any information related to oppertunities in rural development sector

  27. Arvind Kumar says:

    I completed graduation from M.U. in 2006.Now I want to study PGDM. And I getting 35 years old. Is it will be better for me.

  28. mohd adullah says:

    I m graduate Rural development management and also pursuing PG in RD from IGNU please tell me how can iapply for Block development officer.

  29. g.k.madhumohan says:


    Iam madhu Mohan I completed ruraldevapment course in sk university 20015-20017 batch.i want to job in rural sector,sir pls give me one opportunity

  30. Naresh kumar says:

    It is very interested course and social network to get rid of poverty.

  31. Khursheed Itoo says:

    I completed my MARD with grade a and now I am in search of a job, please guide me in the relevent department.

  32. SANJAY says:


  33. Naveen Kumar says:

    i’m completed m.a in rural development with a grade and now i want to job in rural department

  34. Dinesh Kumar says:

    I am mba finance pass out.& I want doing panchyat Raj diploma.pls suggest me.

  35. sreenivasulu says:

    i have completed MA RURAL DEVELOPMENT and MANAGEMENT IN S.V.University, i want a job in rural sector or NGO’s.

  36. Ravita vashisht says:

    I’m completed m.a in rural development with a grade and now i want to job

  37. Mohammad ali says:

    I have complete B.COM and i want to study PG in Rural management please suggest me where i can study

  38. MANJU chincholi says:

    I have completed M.A in R.D and management from ignou.I want a job in rural what can I do?

  39. Bilal Ahmad Mir says:

    Hello everyone I’m from Kashmir India I have done masters degree in rural development plus three years of experience can any vaccines matches my qualification please help me in this regard.

    • Gandhi Darshil says:

      I have completed my in EC engineering so i can apply direct for in rural developement course or i need to apply for in rural developement course

  40. Vibhanshu Singh says:

    I have just completed my MBA(Agri-Business) alonging with that I have also completed Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Development from IGNOU New Delhi in Distance Mode,Now I am looking for job please suggest some jobs.

  41. M Gangadhar Reddy says:

    Sir i have just completed my mA(rural development) please tell me some suitable jobs in my field

  42. Anonymous says:

    Hello… I have completed my postgraduate in rural development so I am seeking for a there any jobs where I can apply it

  43. Ravi Kumar Tiwari says:

    Sir I have just completed my MBA in Rural Management, please tell me some suitalbe jobs in my field.

  44. Your Name... says:

    thanks for your efforts and making us easy to understand

  45. Sanjeet Kumar says:

    I have cmpletd m.a. in Rural devlpmnt plz guide me for jobs

  46. kamal abhishek says:

    Have done my MBA from Indian institute of forest management in development.i want to pursue rural management in long distance mode

  47. SUBHASH Ghosh says:

    Can I do rural development and management from Ram Krishna mission

  48. Sandeep kumar says:

    I have doing completed my digree msc agriculture and pgdrd i want job.

  49. vishu says:

    i have done my bachelor degree and i am intrested to rural development course for post graduation,,, soplease guide me,,,in which gov. college and what is the process

  50. Megha singh says:

    I cleared my with 60% can i take admission in bachalour of rural devlopment which college os best for this course …is their any job scop….??plzzz reply mee must..

  51. Garima says:

    I’m pursuing MA in rural development 1st year and I am quite worried about my career….
    Is there any scope in this field as now I’m regretting to take this course….Can you please help me what should I do to take a job in this particular field in delhi with good salary…Do Reply me please

  52. Gopal kumar verma says:

    I have completed my pg in ma(Rural development) in 2013 from distance and 1year experience of NGO now I want to get a job please help me.

  53. Mallesh M says:

    Best cours…

  54. shubham says:

    Is there is good scope to do mba rd from govind vallabh pant allahabad university

  55. Mistu pal muhuri says:

    I complit my sturdy ma & PGDRD COURSE . I have knowledge computer program, basically data entry work 2 year’s experience . I have decided to now the work any Rural development job still in Tripura(south Tripura,Santirbazar,pin:799144. Please help me if any job for me. Thinking you
    Mistu pal muhuri

  56. Bilal Ahmad says:

    Hello everybody I have done masters degree in rural development plus three years of experience in teachings I want to do Phd & net in rural development plz help me in this regard.

  57. sudhakar dupati says:

    I’m completed B sc mpc. Am i eligible PG in Rural development ? Plese reply

  58. Sunil Sharma says:

    Pls help for job

  59. Tanuja Brahma says:

    I’m a final year student of After that I want to do masters in rural development and management. am I eligible for this? I haven’t do any courses related to this. Please reply.

  60. shikha singh says:

    I have completed M.A in R.D and management from ignou.I want a job in rural what can I do?

    • Raj Kamal says:

      I am to do R D and management from P.U, THat’s why please guided me for in trance test of R D and management,what should i ?

    • debu says:

      i am working job rural devlopment (rajsthan gramin aajivika vikas prishad) so u can join my filed

  61. EBENEZER AWUKU says:

    Hi I have completed BA integrated development studies and I want to pursue masters in NGO MANAGEMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT. Will it be possible.

  62. shubham pradeep santoshe says:

    I want to take admission in rural development institute please suggest me the best institution and please give information about fee structure

  63. shubham pradeep santoshe says:

    It’s a challenging job

  64. Baljeet Sihag says:

    Hi, i have completed LLB. MBA (HR) and MA History now i wants to take admission in PG course in Rural Development. Plz.Guide me the best institution through distance mode.

  65. Sahana says:

    Can I study diploma in rural development as I am in last stage of Mba in marketing?

  66. SWAPNA says:

    I have completed btech.. am i elgible or rural development courses

  67. jagadisha n says:

    I have completed MA In RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND MANAGEMENT IN Bangalore University, i got 5th rank also now i want a job in rural sector or NGO”s

  68. dhannanjay kr dubey says:

    I am working with govt. Organisation and i want do make carrer in rural developement sector now i am pursuing Diploma in rural developement course from IGNOU then can i got job opportunity in these field?

  69. job in brs says:

    I completed my brs with first class.2004and I want job in kheda distric. State gujarat

  70. jay prakash kumar says:

    Can I study rural development management from IGNOU .because I studying B.Sc(environment and water management )from gaya college gaya.please give some suggestions

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