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Sectoral MBA programs

An Insight Into Sectoral MBA Programs

There are, broadly speaking, two types of MBA programs - Regular MBA and Sectoral MBA.

A regular MBA program empowers a student with knowledge which can be applied in any sector/ industry of one's choice. The students graduating from these programs secure jobs in different domains/industries. On the other hand, a sectoral MBA's syllabus is designed keeping in mind specific requirements of 1-2 sectors/industries. Therefore the placement for students in these programs happens in those industries alone.

A student who has clarity about what kind of job/role/industry he/she would like to opt for should look for a sectoral MBA program. Once you opt for these programs, usually you end up working in the same sector for rest of your professional career ( though there are a few exceptions to this ).

In terms of job opportunities few sectoral programs offer job opportunities in multiple industries ( like regular MBA program ), MBA in international business is one such program.

It is always recommended to pursue these kind of programs from select B-schools, as the lower rung B-schools which offer these programs will not be able to offer good education and placement opportunities.

Any one who is not sure of which industry/ domain they would like to work in or any one who wishes to work in multiple industries during course of their professional career must opt for a regular MBA program.

The following is a list of some B-schools offering sectoral programs

MBA ( International Business )

The MBA (International Business) is designed for developing skilled managers by equipping them with the nuances of general management along with special focus given towards international business. The academic curriculum is designed so as to incorporate a professional approach and sensitivity to international business environment. The focus is on developing a capable workforce within the country who has a complete understanding of the ever changing international scenarios so that they can weigh and analyze the impact of those changes in domestic market. Most of the subjects covered in the curriculum include a touch of international management as per the needs of the global economy.

B-school Program Entrance Exam (s) Intake Fees Average salary offered
IIFT MBA IB Own Test Delhi- 220, Kolkata- 140 15.2 Lacs 18.4 Lacs p.a.( 2015-17 batch)
SIIB Pune MBA IB SNAP 120 14.65 Lacs 9.1 (2015-17 batch)
MICA Ahmedabad PGDM (CM) Own Test 180 14.5 11.6 ( 2014-16 )
IRMA Anand PGDRM CAT & Own Test 180 9.5 10 ( 2015-17 )

Remarks - As mentioned earlier in terms of syllabus, it is almost same like a regular MBA with a few additional subjects pertaining to IB. Few students who opt for this program secure jobs dealing with international trade ( import/export ), where they get an opportunity to work abroad.

MBA/PGDM in Rural Management prepares talented young managers to assume challenge-filled responsibilities in rural cooperatives and development organisations. The participants of this programme are usually placed in local, national and international cooperatives, NGOs, development organisations, and funding agencies. The nature of jobs offered to graduates varies widely. They occur in areas as diverse as rural development, community mobilization, managing collectives, project management, planning and information systems, production management, marketing, finance and accounts, human resource development, natural resources management etc.

B-school Program Entrance Exam (s) Intake
IRMA-Anand PGDRM CAT+Own Test 180
XIM Bhubaneshwar MBA RM CAT/XAT/XGMAT 120
Welingkar Mumbai PGDMRM CAT/XAT/CMAT/ATMA 60
AMITY Noida MBA RM CAT/XAT/MAT/GMAT/Own Test INA

Remarks - This program is meant for those who want to opt for a career in companies/organizations which operate in rural sector ( for example companies manufacturing pesticide/fertilizer/agri business products/ dairy sector firms etc )


B-school Program Entrance Exam (s) Intake
NMIMS Mumbai MBA Pharmaceutical Management NMAT 60
SIES Mumbai PGDM Pharma Management CAT/XAT/CMAT/GMAT/ATMA/MAHCET 60

Remarks - This program is meant for those who want to opt for a career in pharmaceutical industry.


B-school Program Entrance Exam (s) Intake
SIES Mumbai PGDM Biotechnology Management CAT/XAT/CMAT/GMAT/ATMA/MAHCET 30
AMITY Noida MBA Biotechnology Managment CAT/XAT/MAT/GMAT/Own Test  NA

Remarks - This program is meant for those who want to opt for a career in Biotechnology, most of the students opting for this program are placed in pharmaceutical industry.


B-school Program Entrance Exam (s) Intake
IIM Ahmedabad PGP ABM CAT 60
IIM Lucknow PGP ABM CAT 60
Manage Hyderabad PGDM(ABM) CAT 120
SIIB Pune MBA (Agri Business ) SNAP 50

Remarks - This is quite similar to the RM program, the only difference being that the focus here is on the agriculture business. It must be noted here that most of the students at IIM A and IIM L pursuing PGP ABM program secure regular jobs also ( due to immense demand for graduates of these B-schools ).


B-school Program Entrance Exam (s) Intake
IIFM Bhopal PGDFM CAT/XAT 93

B-school Program Entrance Exam (s) Intake
MICA Ahmedabad PGDM (CM) CAT/XAT/CMAT/ATMA/MAT/GMAT+ MICAT 180
SIMC Pune MBA (CM) SNAP 120
AMITY Noida MBA (Media Management) CAT/XAT/GMAT/MAT/Own Test INA

Remarks - This program is meant for those who want to opt for a career in advertising, journalism, media, pr agencies etc.


B-school Program Entrance Exam (s) Intake
BIMTECH Noida PGDM (IBM) CAT/XAT/CMAT/MAT/GMAT 60
IPE Hyderabad PGDM ( Banking Insurance and Finance ) CAT/XAT/CMA/ATMA/GMAT/MAT 120
NIA Pune PGDM CAT/XAT/CMAT 120

Remarks - This program is meant for those who want to opt for a career in Insurance industry.

Remarks - This program is meant for those who want to opt for a career in banking and allied sectors.


B-school Program Entrance Exam (s) Intake
SITM Pune MBA (Telecom Management) SNAP 120
IIT Delhi MBA (System Management) CAT 24
AMITY Noida MBA (Telecom Management) CAT/XAT/GMAT/MAT/Own Test INA

Remarks - This program is meant for those who want to make a career in Telecom sector. A lot of students pursuing this program also. secure regular jobs ( non telecom sector jobs ).


B-school Program Entrance Exam (s) Intake
SCIT Pune MBA (ITBM) SNAP 180
SP Jain Mumbai PGDM CAT/XAT/GMAT 240 ( out of which 60 is intake for Information Management )

Remarks - This program is meant for those who want to make a career in IT industry.

Conclusion - The sectoral programs are good option, only when opted for based on genuine interest in that domain and provided one pursues it from a top notch B-school. People who are not sure of what career path they would like to embark upon must prefer regular MBA/PGDM programs.