The minimum qualification for admission to
the programme is Graduation in any discipline from any recognised University. Those
who are in the final year and expect to complete all the requirements of graduation
by January 1, 2014, can also apply.
Some seats are earmarked for the in-service candidates who fulfil the following
conditions for admission:
- Graduation in any discipline from a recognised University.
Should have worked in the Rural Development and allied sector with the sponsoring
agency for at least two years continuously as a ‘permanent / regular employee’./em>’.
- Should attach a certificate along with the application form from
their employer stating that they will be sponsored, if selected.
- The sponsoring agency should be willing to grant uninterrupted leave
to the candidate (if selected) for the period of study.
- In-service Indian candidates are required to appear for the Entrance
Test along with the general students. However, a separate merit list will be prepared
for them for admissions.
Reservation : Reservations for the SC, ST,
OBC and Persons with Disability (PWD) will be made as per Government of India’s
All eligible Indian candidates along with Indian In-service candidate should appear
for the Entrance Test (off-line paper-pencil test) that will comprise: English Comprehension
and Essay writing, Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability, Reasoning and Analytical
Skills. The Entrance Test will be of about two and half hours duration. The number
of questions may range between 90 and 120. The test will be conducted on 24th
November 2014 at Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Dimapur, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Jaipur,
Jammu, Kolkata, Lucknow, New Delhi, Patna, Pune and Thiruvanantapuram. The Test Centres are subject
to change depending on the availability of a minimum number of candidates. Candidates
selected on the basis of the Entrance Test will be invited for Group Discussion
and Personal Interview in some major cities or at NIRD, Hyderabad. No TA / DA will
be paid for any candidate attending the test or group discussion and personal interview.
The Indian in-service candidates are required to apply through their employers.
They may however, send an advance application.
Selection – (Foreign candidates)
The international candidates should apply through the secretariats of the respective
international organisations viz., AARDO, CIRDAP etc. Organisational sponsorship
for all the in-service candidates is essential. They may however, send an advance
application. The eligibility parameters for international students are placed on
the website of NIRD.
How to Apply?
Prospectus-cum-application form can be downloaded from NIRDs’ website (www.nird.org.in/pgdrdm).
The filled in application form should be submitted along with the application fee
of ` 500/- for Open / OBC category and ` 300/- for SC/ST and PWD candidates) through
an ‘Account Payee’ Demand Draft drawn in favour of NIRD - PGDRDM, Hyderabad. The filled-in application form should
be addressed to the Coordinator Admissions, Centre for Post Graduate Studies (CPGS),
National Institute of Rural Development, Rajendranagar, Hyderabad-500 030, Andhra
Pradesh, India, so as to reach on or before 18.11.2013. Last date for receipt of
applications from the students residing in the North Eastern States, Jammu & Kashmir,
Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep is 18.11.2013. Applications received after the cut-off date shall be rejected. NIRD
reserves the right to make changes to the Diploma Programme, its design / content
and the process of selection, depending upon the exigencies, without assigning any