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If budget is your lookout, then consider studying for an MBA at Sambalpur University.

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Well, if you are looking out for a low-budget MBA then studying at Sambalpur University is one option that as an aspirant you can think over. The Post-Graduate Department of Business Administration at Sambalpur University started its journey in 1989. This NAAC – A, accredited University aims to provide quality education at affordable cost and assist in placements as well. The course also aims to develop aspirants into managers who contribute to the society and nation at large.

The 2 years-MBA degree offered at the University is designed keeping in mind the needs of the industry. The course comes with dual specialization in the field of marketing, finance, human resources, production and operations and systems. The University boasts of rich alumni and skilled faculty which takes the education to different levels altogether. Other than the general MBA, Sambalpur University also offers scope to study PhD, M.Phil, Executive MBA & PG in Business Administration.

Why is Sambalpur University a cost-effective option to study an MBA?

Sambalpur University is an Autonomous University based out in the Sambalpur city, Orissa. The University came into existence in 1967, wherein the Business Administration Department came into existence in 1989. The course fee for an MBA program is very minimal here. Where the average course fees per year may range between 1 – 10 Lakhs per year, here it is 27,516 INR only for the first year. In the final year, one has to pay 5,516 INR further, which takes the total fees to 33,302 INR. This is quite less compared to other colleges. The detailed break-up of fees is given below:

YEAR1st Year (INR)2nd Year (INR)
OTHER FEES 73725372

A sneak peek on Sambalpur University

Lets run through the general details below about Sambalpur University:

Established | Type1967 | Autonomous University
AccreditationsSambalpur University is NAAC – ‘A’ Grade accredited
Type of ProgramsPostgraduate and Doctoral
No. of programsPG: 42, PhD: 21
Application ModeOnline
Total StudentsPG: 1493, PhD: 220 (Full-time) 236 (Part-time)
Total Faculty107 (incl. 88 PhD holders)
HostelsMale (6 Hostels) Female (4 Hostels)

As far as the MBA course is concerned, Sambal University also offers the MBA, PG Diploma and Certificate courses under Distance Education mode. The MBA course, along with the certificate course, is offered for three years. The one year PG Diploma course comes with nine various specializations. Admission to these courses is merit-based, and no entrance test is conducted for these particular courses.

MBA Admission Process at Sambalpur University

The MBA course at Sambalpur University spans for two years in duration, and the Executive MBA is offered for three years duration. To be eligible, the minimum requirement to apply for MBA courses is a Graduation degree with at least 45 per cent marks.


The selection at Sambalpur University for the MBA courses is based upon a Written Entrance Test (with coding and decoding system), Academic Credentials and Viva-Voce. The weightage for selection will be somewhat like this:

  • Written Entrance Test carries 70 percent weightage.
  • Academic Credentials carry 30 percent weightage.

The selection to an Executive MBA program carries the following weightage:

  • Written Test – 40 per cent
  • Academics – 20 per cent
  • Experience – 30 per cent

Under the MBA Executive program, with the completion of each year of experience, 3 marks shall be awarded to the aspirant. A maximum of 30 marks is awarded until an experience of 10 years. For Distance Education, only one has to be a Graduate, and the admission will be based on merit.

Application Process at Sambalpur University

To apply for an MBA at Sambalpur University aspirants must follow the below steps:

  • First, one must visit the official website.
  • Then, click on the “Admission” link.
  • This will take candidates to the on “Application Form” page.
  • Fill up the form of application by providing all the relevant and correct details.
  • The candidates are requested to upload their recent passport size colour photograph with height: 200px, width: 150px. The file size should be 20-50kb.
  • Also, a signature to be uploaded with height: 100px, width: 150px and the file size must be of 10-20kb. Both the photo and signature must be in jpg/jpeg format only.
  • After all these steps, one can click on “Submit”.
  • Students must also upload scanned documents like 10+2 mark sheets, Graduation Marksheets, Caste Certificate, and other relevant documents.
  • Now a payment link will open where the candidates can make the payment either online or at the nearest Common Service Centre (Jana Seva Kendra) in cash.

Payment Mode

For online payment, one can pay via Debit card/Credit card/ Internet banking facility. The application fee is 600 INR. To pay offline one can visit the nearest Common Service Centre and pay 600 INR in cash. Students are advised to take a print of the application form and the payment receipt for future reference.

For Distance Mode courses, candidates must visit the DDCE website and download the online application form from there. After filling the forms, candidates are advised to take a printout and send it to the office of DDCE, Sambalpur University by speed post with Bank Challan and other supporting documents. The application fee for On-campus courses is 350 INR, and the Off-campus courses is 250 INR.

What does the Placement Report say?

Sambalpur University is striving hard to offer students with good career outcomes. The average package offered is between 2.4 – 6 Lakhs INR per annum according to the official website. Last year 25 companies visited the University and hired students. Students from the Business Administration department were recruited the most as per the graph below posted on the official website.

For more info please check this placement brochure here. Considering a MBA course fee of 33,000 INR, even if you earn 2.5 Lakhs per annum, it is a win-win situation for a student.

Various top MNCs have visited the University so far. The likes of Odisha Cements LtdAxis Bank, Tech Mahindra, Royal Enfield, ICICI Prudential, VLCC have hired students from here. So, compared with the cost of investment for MBA programs, career opportunities are promising at Sambalpur University.

As per facts and research, Sambalpur University may not be amongst the big players in the game of Management Education in India. But thinking upon one’s priority for quality as well as affordable MBA education, it is right up there. With years of experience, the college has already made a name for itself by offering budget MBA courses and also providing 100 per cent assistance in Placements. So, if you want to go for a budget MBA course, you can take a look at this University but will also suggest doing good research before zeroing in on any particular option.

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