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Selection Criteria at IRMA: Programmes, Exam and Cutoffs
Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) was established in 1979 in Anand, Gujarat with the aim to professionalize rural organizations and provide qualified management professionals for them. IRMA was initially developed to bring reforms in the Indian dairy industry and to introduce professional management so that the operations and revenue models of the industry could be enhanced.
The institute has been known to provide quality management training and research facilities to students who aspire to study management in the field of rural development. Over the years, it has been known to successfully collaborate with several cooperatives, government development agencies, non-government organizations, funding agencies and international development organizations to provide diverse opportunities to students.
IRMA offers the following programme:
- Post-Graduate Programme in Rural Management (PRM)
- Fellow Programme in Rural Management (FPRM)
IRMA accepts the score of CAT and XAT entrance exams. Foreign nationals who want to take admission will have to apply either through GMAT or GRE scores. Apart from that the institute also conducts its own test called the Issue of Social Concern (ISC) Exam and it is compulsory for all candidates to appear for ISC Exam in order to take admission in IRMA. Selection is done in two phases. Understand the selection process below:
|Programme||Phase 1||Phase 2|
|PRM||Candidates are evaluated on the basis of CAT / XAT scores and ISC Exam scores (Foreign Nationals are shortlisted on the basis of their GMAT / GRE Scores).||Students who qualify the Phase 1 will be called for Group Activity and Personal Interview. Final selection is done on the basis of collective performance in both the phases.|
|FPRM||Students have to clear the minimum cutoff set by the institute. Students in phase 1 are selected based on their score in CAT / XAT and the strength of their application.||In the second phase, the candidates are selected on the basis of their score in ISC Exam, Essay (Quality and Presentation) and Personal Interview.|
Students from every category have go through all the phases in order to take admission in the PRM programme offered by IRMA. No student will be exempted from either of the phases. However, for FPRM programme, candidates with PGDRM qualification from IRMA and those with a valid score in UGC JRF in relevant disciplines such as commerce, economics, management, psychology, social work and sociology are eligible for direct interviews.
The final selection is done on the basis of a candidate’s performance in both the phases and past academic record.
IRMA sets the cutoff once the results of ISC, CAT and XAT are announced. The cutoff varies each year but the following table will give you a rough idea of the category wise cutoffs at IRMA for the different entrance exams that it accepts:
|Category||ISC Score (out of 40)||CAT Percentile||XAT Percentile|
The cutoffs mentioned above are the minimum score that a candidate must secure in order to be shortlisted in the first phase of selection process. Securing the above marks does not necessarily ensures admission in IRMA.
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