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Career in Human Resource Management

Sep 14, 2018 10:34 IST
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Courses in HRM

HR courses can be pursued from a very early stage in career. You can apply for the HR course by getting registered for a diploma course and can further your education until doctoral degree. This booming field has opened gates for plenty opportunities in the corporate sector and other industries as well. Let us take a look at various courses that you can pursue in the domain of Human Resource Management

Diploma courses

A diploma course can be pursued immediately after completion of 10+2 grade. The typical duration of diploma course is 1 year to 1.5 years.

Undergraduate courses

Undergraduate course in HRM is titled as B.B.A in HR or B.A. in HRM. Generally the duration of an undergraduate course remains 3 years.

Postgraduate courses

After completion of postgraduate course, you will be awarded the degree of M.A./M.B.A./P.G.D.M in Human Resource Management. Generally a postgraduate course is conducted for the duration of 2 years.

Doctoral courses

A doctoral degree enables you to earn the title of Dr. in front of your name. The doctoral program is known as Ph.D. i.e. Doctorate of Philosophy in Human Resource Management. The duration of doctoral course is 3-4 years or depending upon the thesis submission guidelines.

Career in HRM

If you are planning to build a career in human resource management, then do not give it a second thought. It is the right decision because the specialization offers wonderful growth prospects in terms of the job designation and salary increment.

Job Opportunities in HRM

Job titles define your level in the organization hierarchy. They also indicate your role in the organizational chart. Hence, for a fresher the job designation matters because it is the point from where they will look forward to the growth in coming 5 to 10 years. Here are some popular job titles that are seen in the field of HR management.

  1. HR Generalist
  2. HR recruiter
  3. HR specialist
  4. Compensation Manager
  5. Employee Relations Manager
  6. Training and Development Manager
  7. Change consultant
  8. Technical Recruiter

What is Human Resource Management all about?

For the smooth functioning and operations of an organization, it is vital to establish HR department. From salary to employee rules and regulations to the compensations and leaves policy, all the aspects that create an atmosphere of discipline in the organization are taken care of by the HR department. Whether it is small scale industry or a multinational, human resource acts as a backbone to keep the organization upright 24*7. The course will enable you to become an integral part of the organization that works towards the welfare of employee to enhance the profitability of the organization.

Being a Human Resource personnel calls for sheer responsible and accountability as this department takes care of the valuable human capital that runs the core of the business. From the day employee is recruited till the time they stay with the organisations, all the requirements of the employee in terms of salary, wellness programs, training, appraisal, promotion, grievances are the responsibility of HR department. The HR manager oversees the day=to-day functions of the organizations and also formulates policy and plans that are focused towards retaining the employees in the long-run.

Eligibility Criteria for Admission in HRM

The first step of getting shortlisted in the HRM courses is to understand the eligibility criteria. Once you become eligible for the entrance exam or the institute in which you wish to apply, then you can move forward to follow other processes as well. Read on to find out the basic eligibility criteria of each course at each level:

Diploma Level

A diploma course can be pursued immediately after completion of 10+2 grade.

Undergraduate Level

Interested candidates can register for the undergraduate course after earning minimum 50% marks in 10+2 grade from a recognized board or university.

Postgraduate Level

To pursue postgraduate courses, you need to possess graduate degree from AICTE recognized institute or university with minimum 50% overall percentage in the final year.

Doctoral Level

For a doctoral degree, you must possess master’s degree in human resource management from AICTE recognized institute or university with minimum 50% overall percentage in the final year.

HRM Subjects and Syllabus

In the domain of Human Resource Management there are various specializations that will help you gain an edge in the industry over others. A specialization although narrows down the wide spectrum of opportunities in your hand, but will give you an opportunity to grab those jobs offers wherein there are less numbers of skilled professionals. So here are a few specializations that are commonly looked forward to by the HR recruiters:

Recruiting and Staffing

One of the key functions of the HR department is to continuously invest their time and efforts in recruiting and staffing. So if you specialize in this field, then you will become the key personnel responsible for hiring the apt employees on the vacant positions in the organization.

Compensation and Reward Management

Another crucial aspect that holds the interest of employees in the organization is salary and compensation. HR department has a major role in disbursement of monthly salary and to timely revise the salaries of start performers. It is also important to align the salary of the employees with the financial standing of the company. Hence, if you wish to specialize in this area then be ready to be flocked by employees with questions related to salary, PF, compensation, bonus, increment and more.

Training and Development

An essential part of career growth is training that keeps the employees abreast with the latest development in the industry. It is the onus of HR personnel to arrange for the requisite training and provide adequate support to the staff. In fact the job of collaborating with the management to provide a training planner will become your KRA.

Labor and Employee Relations

This specialization in apt for all the HR personnel as there are some laws that every organization needs to follow for the welfare of the employees. Government has laid some rules that define the preview within which each organization can operate. Under this specialization, you will become aware of your rights and safeguard employees from the exploitation of the employer.

Top HRM Colleges in India

Every year NIRF launches rankings for the best institutes that offer excellent placement packages, superior faculty, state of the art infrastructural support, and wonderful research opportunities. For an aspirant who wishes to pursue a career in the domain of HR, these are the top institutes that you must target to establish the foundation of bright career.





Indian Institute of Management



Indian Institute of Management



Indian Institute of Management



Indian Institute of Management



Indian Institute of Technology



Indian Institute of Management



Indian Institute of Technology



Indian Institute of Technology



Indian Institute of Technology



Xavier Labour Relations Institute


Source: NIRF Rankings

HRM Entrance Exam

For entry to professional courses, the score of entrance exam is the primary test of your aptitude that is accepted by the institutes. So find the list of entrances that will help you get admission to HRM courses:

Diploma Level

Every state organizes its separate entrance exam that is conducted by polytechnic institutes to grant admission to HRM courses.

Undergraduate Level

For admission to undergraduate course, apply to universities as mentioned below:

  • DU JAT
  • IPMAT 2018
  • NPAT 2018
  • Symbiosis Entrance Test (SET)
  • AIMA UGAT 2018

Postgraduate Level

For admission to undergraduate course, you can register in the following MBA entrance exams:

  • CAT (Common Admission Test)
  • AIMA-MAT (Management Aptitude Test)
  • XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test)
  • IIFT (Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade)
  • SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)
  • CMAT (Common Management Admission Test)
  • IBSAT (IBS Aptitude Test)
  • MICAT (MICA Admission Test) 
  • MAH - MBA/MMS CET (Maharashtra MBA Common Entrance Test)

Doctoral Level

For admission to Ph.D. course, you can get registered for these exams:

  • Research management aptitude test R-MAT
  • Symbiosis University Ph.D entrance examination
  • XIMB-RAT (Research Aptitude Test)
  • IIIT Delhi PhD Admission Test
  • Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi University PhD entrance test
  • Aligarh Muslim University PhD Entrance exam
  • Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) Entrance Exam

Top Recruiters for HRM

There are ample opportunities in the domain of Human Resource. All the industries in the service and manufacturing sector have set up a HR department where the HR personnel are expected to put special emphasis on the welfare of employee. For an HR graduate, there are some brands that specialize in the domain of HR recruiting.

Here are top brands that are market players in the domain of HR recruiting that can provide you a brilliant launch pad to pursue a career in HR niche.   

  1. Kelly services
  2. Adecco India
  3. Randstand India
  4. IKYA
  5. AON
  6. ABC Consultants
  9. RH Factor
  10. HR Footprints 
  11. Esskae Management Solutions
  12. Peoplewiz  Consulting

Salary after HRM Course

Salary is the basic factor that holds the potential to make a career option look bright or dull. In the wake of this fact, there is a sure shot reason to rejoice for you if you opt to pursue HR courses. Salary prospects in this domain are good and you can expect a decent salary as you move up on the career ladder. Take a look at the salary statistics provided below:

Years of Experience

Salary Expectations (INR in Lakhs)

Entry Level

Rs 176,839 - Rs 965,999


Rs 347,645 - Rs 1,306,762


Rs 456,653 - Rs 1,790,997


Rs 295,655 - Rs 2,387,960

Source: payscale.com