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IRMA: Admission, Fees, Eligibility, Cut-Off, etc.


The mission of the independent Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), a prestigious business school situated in Anand, Gujarat, India, is to support the expert management of rural organisations. Verghese Kurien’s work in the dairy co-ops, which transformed the nation’s dairy industry (Operation Flood), supported the founding principles of IRMA, which held that competent management is essential to successful rural development.[1] In India’s rural and agricultural business management sector, it is regarded as the top business school.

The National Dairy Development Board (NDDB), the Gujarati government, the Indian government, the Swiss Agency for Development and Corporation, and the former Indian Dairy Corporation all provided support for the establishment of the Institute. Achyut Kanvinde, a well-known architect, created the IRMA campus. The college’s yearly convocation is renowned for showcasing Indian customs and culture. Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi attended the inaugural annual conference of IRMA in 1982, and Amit Shah, the Hon’ble Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Cooperation, Government of India, graced the convocation in 2022 as the Chief Guest.

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management) (PGDM-RM)
  • Fellow Programme in Management (Rural Management) FPM(RM)
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management- Executive) PGDM (RM-X)
  • MDPs
  • Applying to the IRMA PGDM (RM) programme requires that a graduate in any field have at least 15 years of schooling, 50% or higher aggregate marks (45% or higher for SC/ST/OBC (NC)/General (EWS)/PwD*), or an equivalent CGPA at the graduation level.
  • The calculation of the aggregate mark percentage must adhere to the policies of the relevant university or organisation. In the event that the university or institution lacks a plan for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, IRMA will determine the equivalency by dividing.the attained CGPA by the highest CGPA that can be achieved, then multiplying the resulting number by 100.
  • Those who are in their final year of a bachelor’s degree may also apply, provided they can provide proof that they meet the requirements before September 2024.
  • Candidates in their final year must to have taken all of their graduation exams prior to the program’s July 1, 2024, commencement date. Candidates who do not fulfil the minimal eligibility requirements will be requested to withdraw from the programme if they are chosen. If IRMA doesn’t find new applicants to fill the open seats, the fees paid by these candidates would be forfeited.
  • It is important for applicants to understand that meeting the basic requirements for admission does not ensure their inclusion on the shortlist for the subsequent round of admissions.

Stage I: Short-listing based on CAT/XAT/CMAT Scores

  • Based on their results from the CAT 2023, XAT 2024, and CMAT 2023, candidates will be shortlisted.
  • Students’ registered email address and mobile number will get an email or SMS informing them of the shortlist choice.

Stage II: Interview Process

The stage II of IRMA admissions process consists of IRMA Written Ability Test (IWAT), and Personal Interview (PI).

IRMA Written Ability Test (IWAT): Candidates who make the short list advance to the next level of selection, when they must show up for a written exam on the day of the in-person interview. The candidate must write 200–300 words on a specified topic. It is intended to assess both written communication abilities and a candidate’s aptitude for rural living.

Personal Interview (PI): The IRMA faculty will evaluate the candidates who make the short list for interviews based on their managerial aptitude, communication skills, and programme fit. The candidate’s perspective on rural management is especially crucial because the PGDM (RM) serves a very specific clientele—organizations that support widespread rural development in India.

The personal interview will take place offline. The candidate will have the choice to be the centre of their own interview.

Final Selection

The following criteria will be used for the final selection of candidates:

  • CAT 2023 / XAT 2024 / CMAT 2023 Percentiles (35%)
  • Personal Interviews (PI) (35%)
  • IRMA Written Ability Test (5%)
  • Academic Performance (5%)

(10th Std.: 1.5%, 12th Std.: 1.5% and Graduation: 2%)      

  • Gender Diversity (3.5%

(Female and Transgender: 3.5%, Male: 0)

  • Regional Diversity (5%)
  • If a candidate can provide a valid proof of having passed their 10th Std/ 12th Std from a school located in an aspirational district, they will get 2 marks in their final score.
  • North Eastern State residents will receive 3 marks provided they submit a valid domicile certificate.
  • Candidates with a valid certificate of their participation in sports / Extra-Curricular Activities at different levels will receive marks corresponding to the level of participation.
  • Candidates from any discipline other than Engineering and Agriculture and Allied disciplines will get the benefit of Academic Diversity.
  • The institutions/universities will be decided based on government rankings – NIRF 2023 Ranking (Engineering, Dental, Pharmacy, Law, Medicine, Architecture, Agriculture and Allied and other Colleges).
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