Admission Process

The minimum qualification for admission to the programme is Graduation in any discipline from any recognised University. The admission in PGDRDM programme will be conducted twice in a year i.e. (1) January – December (2) August – July through separate admission notifications issued by NIRD.

Reservation : Reservations for the SC, ST, OBC and Persons with Disability (PWD) will be made as per Government of India’s policies.

All eligible Indian candidates 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 Entrance test will be conducted twice in a year as per the dates notified by NIRD in respective Admission Notifications.
The Test will be conducted at Bangalore, Bhubaneswar, Bhopal, Chennai, 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 at NIRD, Hyderabad. No TA / DA will be paid for any candidate attending the test or group discussion and personal interview.

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 ( The filled in application form should be submitted along with the application fee of Rs 500/- for Open / OBC category and Rs 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 as per the last date mentioned in the Admission Notification. Applications received after the due 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 reasons whatsoever.