IIFM Bhopal Admissions 2010-12

Hello Puys, The advertisement for admission to IIFM, Bhopal 2009-11 is already out. Check Indian Institute of Forest Management Admission page for details regarding the important dates, fees, infrastructure, course curriculum etc. Let th…

Hello Puys,

The advertisement for admission to IIFM, Bhopal 2009-11 is already out. Check Indian Institute of Forest Management Admission page for details regarding the important dates, fees, infrastructure, course curriculum etc.

Let this thread serve as the place to get all your admission related queries resolved.

What is IIFM?
IIFM is an abbreviation for Indian Institute of Forest Management. It is one of the best sectoral MBA colleges in India. IIFM has been established by the Ministry of Environments and hence enjoys direct resources from the ministry. PGDFM 2010-12 will be the 23rd batch of PGDFM at IIFM. Situated in the city of Lakes Bhopal it has about 240 acres of campus. The PGDFM Programme is a residential one and hence you get to enjoy living in the lap of nature itself.

"Forest"!! and an MBA in that. Sounds so boring!!
Actually many people out here point out that calling this institute a "forest" management takes away the credit from the variety this college provides. U can work in micro finance. U can work in core environment sector, u can work in conservation or u can work for livelihood for forest fringe dwellers and mind you none of that job is any more boring than a desk job. U can work against climate change, or may be some company dealing with alternate sources of energy. U will be a green manager. The job never becomes boring and on the other hand u get the feeling of doing something good for the mother nature. The word forest should not deter one from joining the institute. Core forestry is just the tip of the iceberg and there are hell lot of options available after IIFM. If u like corporate culture, there are many corporate organisations recruiting here, If u want a govt job, u can find it here, alumnus have been working in organisations like UNDP, UNESCO, WWF, World Bank etc, so placement and career are not a question at IIFM, choice is! if u want a good package 7 lakh was the avg package pre recession batch and 4.6 in recession. But that said, package is not what u look for at campus placement at IIFM, it's the job profile. People have gone for PHDs, worked at policy making level or set up entrepreneurial projects. IIFM has a global recognition. It may not be known to common people, but it is known where it should be.

IIFM well would have been better if the F wasn't there.
The fees at majority of the colleges in India ranges from 6 lakh to 12 lakh including the IIMs. But the good thing with IIFM is that you pay only 3 lakh and enjoy facilities which are in tune with the best colleges in India. Estimated 17 lakh is the cost incurred to make a student graduate at IIFM. Now consider joining any private institute, u will understand that by paying 8 lakh fees u can only enjoy that much of facilities.
U want to study, u have a world class library with 37000 books and journals available here. U want to have some shuttle cock smashing, u have an indoor badminton court, u are into tennis, a tennis court is at your disposal, u want to play TT, u have a TT table. Next session probably a pool and snooker table will be available if you are one of those cueists around, u want to loose some kilos or want to gain some muscles, a gym is there for you. U like eating, cafeteria and a night cafe is available along with the routine mess food for you. Although every facility is included in the fees, food costs u not more than 1600 per month and it is highly subsidised. The food quality is excellent and variety that is available is huge and the good thing is that mess is run by the students so u can have your own menu. If one is concerned about placement, 100 % placement has been maintained by IIFM since the inception of PGDFM programme.
Students are directly involved in every activity at IIFM and there are number of clubs one can join and participate. Hordes of activities and lots of competition. There is so much to do, that only thing one complains here is that one has only 24 hours in a day.

Why should I join IIFM?
If at the bottom of your heart, u feel any of these or some of these...... u should join this institute....
You want to do an MBA which is world over recognized in its sector.
You are concerned about the fees which many B-schools charge these days.
You would want to be a green manager and hence feel good for having done something good for the society and Planet (the only green one).
You want IIM level facilities but couldn't join one of those institutes.
Government College is where you want to study at. ( IIFM is founded under ministry of environment and is directly funded by it.)
You want to study in a huge (240 acre) campus which is situated on a hill top and surrounded on three sides by lakes with greenery all around.
You are concerned with the placements and with recession on head you want to be sure of having atleast a good job on hand. (IIFM has had 100% placement since its inception and packages have always been on a rise barring recession period where it dipped everywhere but still the effort was more than commendable)

What specialisations and what are these jargons.?
There are three main specialisations offered here at IIFM in the PGDFM course.
1)Development management- It is one of the hotter specialisations at IIFM, and more people tend to opt for it. Since it houses the "very in" field of MicroFinance which is arguably very best at IIFM.
2)Environment Management- Usually Environment sector is always lauded for its efforts towards the society, opportunities are immense and growth is good.
3)Conservation and Livelihood- It is one of those specialisations which attracts less people and some times people have to opt for it out of force rather than choice. Atleast 10 people have to opt for this field. But the point here is that it attracts the best packages at IIFM. Atleast that have been the trend till now.

What companies ?

Over the last 20 years, a large number of organizations have participated in Summer Internship and Final Placements. Some of them are:

ABN AMRO Bank
Action Aid India
Aditya Birla Group
Aide-et-Action
Asian Development Bank
Asia Carbon
ATREE
Axis Bank
CARE India
CCFID
Confederation of Indian Industry
Citibank
Crompton Greaves
CSE
Dabur
Development Credit Bank
Disha Microfinance
Earthy Goods
Ernst & Young
EXIM Bank
FINO
Grameen Koota
HDFC Bank
ICICI Bank
IFMR
IMS Learning Resources
India Bulls
Indian Institute of Sciences
IOCL
ITC
IUCN
Jungle Lodge and Resorts
Lupin Human Welfare Research
Foundation
NABARD
NCDEX
Olam International, Singapore
ONGC
Orient Paper Mills
Oxfam India
Planet Finance
PRADAN
Price Waterhouse Coopers
Proctor and Gamble
Sir Ratan Tata Trust
SKS Microfinance
The Energy and Resources Institute
UNDP
UNICEF
Wipro
Winrock International
World Bank
WWF India
That's good but I still don't want to take a risk.!!
The choice is always yours, but the fact is that IIFM is not a risk, it is a win win situation for you. But still best of luck for your future. May god give u best of luck with the IIMs.

Sound really good. I want to know more.
Admission
Admission process is divided into two phases:-
1)Written test conducted by IIMs ie CAT.
2)GDPI conducted by IIFM at Bhopal itself.
Form application should reach IIFM before 10th of December 2009

GD topics?
Generally the topics are just like what are there in other MBA colleges, but sometimes there are topics which are from the three specialisations, like conservation, finance, etc.

Do they grill in PI?
Grilling is not done in the interviews, and the interviewers don't know your cat scores. The scores in PI are awarded on your personality, your interest in IIFM, the questions are of generalist nature, and your technical knowledge. Very basic and chilled interview. Mantra is to be confident and have a good answer for why IIFM.

Specialisations offered.
Development Management
The Course offers a specialization module in Development Management to provide young graduates an insight about the changes in the rural environment so that they can better utilize their skills in developing sustainable rural livelihoods and help in easing the pressure on natural resources. The module focuses on skill development in areas of rural enterprise development, rural finance including microfinance, rural marketing, rural retailing and natural resource management. The focus is not merely to ingrain a sense of 'rural reality', but also augment the decision-making capacity in the students with respect to flexing conventional models of finance and spatial analysis towards a more comprehensive rural solution

Environmental Management
With global warming and climate change turning certainties and of immediate concern to today's age, it has become crucial for companies to incorporate environmentally responsible management systems into their mainstream business. Also, as local solutions to global environmental problems find increasing favour with policymakers across the world, there arises a need to develop efficient market interventions to capture the entire social costs of environmental externalities. It is in this light that the specialized module on Environmental Management finds a place in the Course, and envisions the creation of developmental capacity in the students in areas of CDM and carbon trade, environmental economics and modelling, risk analysis ,finance and auditing.

Conservation and Livelihood Management
The keystone of the Institute, Conservation and Livelihood Management seeks to synergize the strong bases in forestry built over the first year of the Course with the wider field of Natural resource-Community linkages. Understanding that community play a key role not only in conservation but also livelihood generation through such conservation, the module converges the scientific principles of responsible natural resource management with the customized needs of individual communities - using the increased leverage of catalyst organizations - to bring about a holistic solution to social problems in the environmental domain.

We will try our best to resolve all your queries.

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sir can u plz mention the total intake and also is there any reserve quota or not.

spatacas_99 Says
sir can u plz mention the total intake and also is there any reserve quota or not.

Total Intake for this year would was 72 students.It might be increased to 90. a definite information regarding this is yet to be out
There is definitely reservation like any other college according to the government norms.
the details can be found out in the mandatory disclosure attached below or from the IIFM website.

Hey Puys..

My IIFMight Buddies should know that this initiative of starting the thread is very much appreciated.

All of us who are having the desire to study at IIFm..feel absolutely free to ask your questions.

We'll try to answer them to the best of our abilities.


Cheers...& :

RRM

too good of a work done achal...
i miss my puy days :)..
but i m loving it here 😃

Thanks Achal for the initiative.

Hi can you please give a brief info regarding the batch profile of the current or past students.

I mean which background they are from and what is the percentage of experience guys and all.


Thanks and regards.

Hi can you please give a brief info regarding the batch profile of the current or past students.

I mean which background they are from and what is the percentage of experience guys and all.


Thanks and regards.

Hi
Students at IIFM are from diverse background
we here have Engineers from all branches- computers, IT, Civil, mechanical, biotech, electrical, instrumentation, Agricultural, dairy tech
And then we have student with B.Sc background, BA, BBA, Hotel Management, Law, veterinary, History, Psychology, and media. And I may have missed some more.
Current 2 batches represent about 21 states from India. And the same trend was there in the previous batches.
So there is absolutely no bias towards any sector. Completely a diverse culture.
While every year batches have about 30-40% of students with work experience which ranges from 1year to 8 Years.
And people having experience in IT, marketing, law, media, teaching, forestry etc

May be you should check this out as well,
www.outlookindia.com | Top 5 Sectoral B-Schools
Its to do with the B-schools ranking survey 2009 conducted by outlook India, where IIFM ranks in top 2nd position just behind MICA and ahead of IRMA.

Hey gr8 work guyz...Can u plz reveal the% engineers from IT experience being admitted into IIFM and what if we get 99%le in CAT are we sure to get admit as 70% weightage is given to CAT score ???

Hi Puys,
brief intro about myself:
BTech(I&E;)-77%
12th- 68%
10th- 86%
Work Ex- 39 months as of Sept 09, in IT
Seeking a meaningful job where apart from puting my mind into work can also put my heart at work. Looking to do MBA in Development Management, recently came to know about IIFM.
Seeking little more information about the institute from th seniors,
The average salary is 7 lacs, with international offer of $55k,
What about the median salary and the minimum salary.
@MightyIIFMRocks--could you provide us the info like what are the companies that have placed students from each sectors, especially the Conservation and Livelihood Management
sector.
Thanks
Sheeti

amresh.manit Says
Hey gr8 work guyz...Can u plz reveal the% engineers from IT experience being admitted into IIFM and what if we get 99%le in CAT are we sure to get admit as 70% weightage is given to CAT score ???


IT experience or for that matter any experience of that kind is really good, andto top it with with 99%ile would be really good, but to tell you the truth, gd and pi also play a crucial role, and you have to prove the interviewers that you are good for the course, its not that tough though, a bit of flare should do. Forms are out, fill em, IIFM is one lovely place to spend 2 years as well as set a nice platform for the rest of your life. For the time being concentrate on cat as well as GD PI, people have been selected at 80 but there are many who couldnt clear at 96-97 arnd abt..
Hi Puys,
brief intro about myself:
BTech(I&E;)-77%
12th- 68%
10th- 86%
Work Ex- 39 months as of Sept 09, in IT
Seeking a meaningful job where apart from puting my mind into work can also put my heart at work. Looking to do MBA in Development Management, recently came to know about IIFM.
Seeking little more information about the institute from th seniors,
The average salary is 7 lacs, with international offer of $55k,
What about the median salary and the minimum salary.
@MightyIIFMRocks--could you provide us the info like what are the companies that have placed students from each sectors, especially the Conservation and Livelihood Management
sector.
Thanks
Sheeti



Placement for this season will begin in january, and recession just about to recede, things will change, dont go by statistics, placements are good, but moreover its the profile which people make here that appeals people more. Median salary has been around 6-7 for last 3 4 years.... min salary is around about 4-5 lakh... varying with recent economic changes... but is bound to surge.......
there are about 50 odd companies that apply to select the students from IIFM, and of that around 25 are called upon for placement depending on the values they provide and howu they fulfil the mandate of IIFM, many banks, leading ngo's and core forest companies do visit regularly, plus the very in and hot companies of micro finance come every year.... since you are interested in Dev Mngmt, u ll find this college is actually made for you.

to know more about IIFM, and the life herein, do check out the monthly issue of our newsletter smapark... in my signature...

That's cool1 Mighty,
Could you throw some light to the kind of profiles being offered to students..

Thanks a lot for the valuable Info.Really appreciate it.Can you please tell us about the profiles on offer after graduation in terms of exposure to the specific segments?And does IIFM give the students the facility of dual specialisation,as in if someone is interested in development banking as well as environmental management?

vishal.arsekar Says
Thanks a lot for the valuable Info.Really appreciate it.Can you please tell us about the profiles on offer after graduation in terms of exposure to the specific segments?And does IIFM give the students the facility of dual specialisation,as in if someone is interested in development banking as well as environmental management?


It seems it is your lucky day.. in fact IIFM provides dual specialisation.. you have the choice of majoring in Development management and a minor in environments.... or any combination u may like... profiles.... mmm well people may get placed directly as a manager of an NGO... thats a good start if you want to be in development sector...or if you aim to be in UN... choices are many once you pass out of IIFM and IIFMights are known to change jobs faster than anyone else.. growth is really good... except in the times of recession when everythin is in slowdown... but even in recession, people from IIFM have been fearing better.
Placement for this season will begin in january, and recession just about to recede, things will change, dont go by statistics, placements are good, but moreover its the profile which people make here that appeals people more. Median salary has been around 6-7 for last 3 4 years.... min salary is around about 4-5 lakh... varying with recent economic changes... but is bound to surge.......
there are about 50 odd companies that apply to select the students from IIFM, and of that around 25 are called upon for placement depending on the values they provide and howu they fulfil the mandate of IIFM, many banks, leading ngo's and core forest companies do visit regularly, plus the very in and hot companies of micro finance come every year.... since you are interested in Dev Mngmt, u ll find this college is actually made for you.

This i got from IIFM site.
PLACEMENTS 2009
As always, IIFM maintained its track record of 100% placement. The 20th batch of the PGDFM program was successfully placed across various organizations.
IIFM received an overwhelming response from 49 organizations, out of which 32 were subsequently invited to the campus giving due consideration to the job profile and the compensation package offered. These organizations made 78 offers. The traditional stalwarts were:
  1. CCFID, Puducherry
  2. FINO
  3. SKS Microfinance
  4. IFMR
  5. TERI
  6. Vilgro (Formerly RIN)

New inroads were paved with

  1. Access Development Services
  2. ASA, Bhopal
  3. AXIS Bank
  4. BISWA
  5. Chhattisgarh MFP Federation, Raipur
  6. CMF, Rajasthan
  7. C-Tran Consulting
  8. Earthy Goods
  9. GEER Foundation
  10. Grameen Koota
  11. Intellecash
  12. Micro-save

Linkages were revived with

  1. Aid-et-Action
  2. Jungle Lodges and Resorts
  3. Foundation for Ecological Securities
  4. BASIX
  5. BILT

Highlights of Placement 2009

  1. Offers were from varied sectors including microfinance, CDM, paper & pulp, livelihood, NGO and many others
  2. Highest Compensation Package offered: Rs 7.2 lakhs/annum
  3. Lowest Compensation Package offered: Rs 2.7 lakhs/annum
  4. Average Salary: Rs 4.60 lakhs/annum

plz help....
i have just managed 53% in my first 2 years of graduation. and i have a backlog in my 2nd year exams. now if i add the back paper marks my agg %age goes down to 49.6%... m i eligible to apply for iifm..?? cat does not take the backlog paper marks into account... is it diff 4 iifm..??
nd if u kno about other institutes plz lemme kno....
realy desperate... thanks in advance!!