Updated on Apr 27, 2021 05:16 IST
Arpta Singh

Arpta SinghSenior Executive – Content

Public Policy Courses are nowadays becoming popular in India. It is one of the few specialisations that is taught in MBA/PGDM programmes. The course teaches candidates regarding innovations and leadership in public management, ethics in public management, economic analysis for public policy and decision making in public policy.

The average fee required to pursue public policy courses ranges between Rs 1 lakh to Rs 19 lakh. Candidates completing this course successfully are placed in government, non-profit organisations, consulting firms and international organisations. They are hired as Policy Analysts, Social Entrepreneurs, Welfare Officer, etc. The average salary of Policy Analysts is Rs 5 lakh and above.

Public Policy Courses Eligibility & Entrance Exam

The minimum eligibility criteria for MBA/PGDM in public policy courses is graduation with 50% (45% for SC/ST/PWD candidates) marks in aggregate from a recognised university. Candidates from any discipline can pursue this course.

Popular Colleges offering Public Policy course 

Given below in the table are popular colleges offering public policy courses 

Colleges Courses
National Law School of India University, Bangalore M.A. in Public Policy
IIM Bangalore - Indian Institute of Management, Karnataka Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management
St. Xavier's College, Mumbai Masters in Public Policy
Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phoole University M.A. in Public Administration and Policy
Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Avadh University M.A. in Governance in Public Policy
UNOM - University of Madras M.A. in Public Policy
TISS - Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai
Teri School of Advanced Studies (TSAS)
Central University of Kerala (CUK) M.A. in Public Administration and Policy Studies
Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts B.A. (Hons) in Liberal Arts

Public Policy Courses Entrance Exams

Unlike other courses like retail, visual merchandising, import & export, textile management, admission to public policy courses is done on the basis of entrance exams. Most of the institutes accept the score of national level management entrance exams. Some institutes conduct their own entrance test. Candidates clearing the entrance test are called for group discussion and personal interview. However, this varies institute to institute.

Given below are popular entrance exams for admission to public policy courses.







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Required Skillset

To become professionals in the field of public affairs and public service delivery, candidates must have good communication skills as well as leadership qualities. Given below are the skillsets that are required to pursue public policy courses.

Communication skills

Leadership qualities

Problem solving skills

Management skills

Goal oriented

Research oriented

Public Policy Courses Syllabus

The syllabus of public policy courses is designed to provide candidates theoretical as well as practical knowledge. The first three semesters comprises theoretical subjects while in the fourth-semester candidates are given to do project work. Given below is the syllabus for public policy courses.

Semester I

Innovations and leadership in public management

Decision making in public policy

Ethics in public management



Semester II

Economic analysis for public policy

Research methods

Elective I

Elective II


Semester III

Management of program evaluation

Advanced policy management project

Elective III

Elective IV


Semester IV



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Public Policy Courses: Jobs & Salary

Public Policy graduates work directly for the government or for private and non-profit entities. Candidates are offered roles of researcher, public policy manager, Research Analyst, Duty Manager, Welfare Officer etc. Listed below is the salary offered to candidates.

Job Profile

Average Salary (Per annum)

Research Analyst

Rs 7 lakh and above

Policy Analyst

Rs 7 lakh and above

Duty Manager

Rs 3 lakh and above

Welfare Officer

Rs 4 lakh and above

Source: Payscale

Scope in Public Policy: Top Companies

Candidates find opportunities in government organisations like Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), Planning Commission, United Nation bodies etc. Candidates are also offered jobs in central and state Public Sector Undertakings like GAIL India Ltd, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL). Many candidates also work in private companies. Listed below are top companies that hire public policy graduates.

World Bank

Infosys Consulting


HCL Technologies

Antara Foundation


Access Health International


Popular Public Policy Colleges in India

Following are the most popular Public Policy Colleges in India. Learn more about these Public Policy colleges (Courses, Reviews, Answers & more) by downloading the Brochure.
2 Courses
19.1 L
2 Courses
68.81 K
9.75 LPA
1 Course
1.5 L
4.5 LPA

#8 The Week

2.5 L
3.4 LPA

#17 The Week

62 K
1 Course
20 K

Popular Private Public Policy Colleges in India

15 L - 20 L
4.5 - 8.5 LPA
2 L - 3.21 L

#71 India Today

1 Course
5.4 L
1.8 L - 6 L
5.5 L - 9.5 L
2 Courses
2.3 L - 3.3 L
2.5 LPA

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Most Popular Courses

Following are the most popular Public Policy courses, based on alumni reviews. Explore these reviews to choose the best course in Public Policy.

Popular Public Policy UG Courses in India

Following are the most popular Public Policy UG Courses . You can explore the top Colleges offering these UG Courses by clicking the links below.

UG Courses

Popular Public Policy PG Courses in India

Following are the most popular Public Policy PG Courses . You can explore the top Colleges offering these PG Courses by clicking the links below.

PG Courses


I want to know about the actual placement report of all 50 students of M.A. Public policy and governance.

Reply to Sunaina Godhwani



Contributor-Level 9

2 weeks ago

M.A. Students of public policy will get job in any private or government school or college, so, it has a bright future.

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