IRMA 2018 – IRMA exam is conducted by Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) for admissions to Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PRM) and Fellow Programme in Rural Management (FPRM). IRMA 2018 is likely to be conducted in the second week of February 2018. IRMA exam is conducted on the subject of ‘Issues of Social Concern’. The exam comprises 40 questions that the candidates need to answer in 80 minutes. IRMA uses CAT/ XAT scores to shortlist candidates for IRMA exam. Therefore, the candidates who wish to appear for IRMA 2018 exam must sit for CAT 2017 or XAT 2018 exam. Here, it must be noted that IIMs play no role in the admission process of IRMA. Only the CAT and XAT scores are used to shortlist the candidates for IRMA test. The candidates who are planning to appear for this exam must fill and submit the application form before the last date of submission. In this article, the candidates can find complete information on IRMA 2018 exam including IRMA eligibility criteria, important dates, application form and exam pattern.
IRMA 2018 – An Overview
- Exam Name – IRMA
- Conducting Institute – Institute of Rural Management Anand
- Mode of Test – Computer based
- Purpose of Test – Shortlisting candidates for PRM and FPRM programme
- Application Process Starts – October 2017
- IRMA 2018 Date – Second week of February 2018 (Tentative)
The application process of IRMA exam is likely to start in the month of October 2017. The candidates must keep a track of the IRMA dates 2018 to ensure that no deadlines are missed. The table given below provides information on important dates of IRMA 2018 –
|IRMA Important Dates 2018|
|1||Application Starts||First week of October 2017|
|2||Application Ends||Third week of January 2018|
|3||Issue of Admit Card||First week of February 2018|
|4||IRMA 2018 Exam||Second week of February 2018|
|5||Result||Fourth week of February 2018|
|6||Group Activity (GA) and Personal Interview (PI)||First-Third week of March 2018|
|7||Final Result||Fourth week of March 2018|
It is important for the candidates to make sure that they are eligible for the exam. If the candidates fail to prove their eligibility, they will be disqualified from the examination. The eligibility criteria for IRMA 2018 is as follows –
PRM Eligibility Criteria
Graduation with at least 50% marks (45% for SC/ ST candidates)
Final year students can also apply
FPRM Eligibility Criteria
- The candidates must have any one of the following –
- A PGDRM or GDRM degree from IRMA with 1 year post-diploma and work experience
- A PG degree from recognized university with at least 55% marks in PG and 50% marks in graduation
- A five-year professional degree with at least 60% marks and 1 year work experience
- A four-year professional degree with at least 60% marks and 3 year work experience
- UGC JRF score in relevant discipline
The candidates who fulfil the above-mentioned eligibility criteria can fill the application form for IRMA 2018. The application process for IRMA exam 2018 will start in the month of October. The candidates can fill the application form for online or offline. A valid email id is required for registration. Also, scanned images of passport size photo and signature should be kept in handy. All the details must be filled correctly. Along with submitting the application form for ‘Issues of Social Concern’ test, the candidates must also pay the application fee online. To apply offline, the candidates need to purchase IRMA application form 2018 from the IRMA admission counter. The candidates can fill the form and mail it to the admissions office of IRMA. The fee can be paid via DD drawn in favor of IRMA payable at ‘Anand’.
IRMA Application Fee 2018
The candidates applying for IRMA 2018 must pay the specified fee offline or online. The table given below provides the details of IRMA application fee 2018 –
|Category||Online Fee Payment||Offline Fee Payment (Demand Draft)|
|One Programme||Two Programmes||One Programme||Two Programmes|
|General||Rs. 1200||Rs. 1600||Rs. 1275||Rs. 1675|
|SC/ ST/ DAP||Rs. 600||Rs. 800||Rs. 675||Rs. 875|
The admit card of IRMA 2018 will be issued only to those candidates who successfully submit the application form within the specified dates. IRMA admit card will be released online and the candidates must download and print the same. The admit card contains several important details. It is mandatory for the candidates to carry the IRMA 2018 admit card to the examination centre on the day of the exam.
IRMA 2018 is a computer-based test. The total duration of the exam is 80 minutes. In ‘Issues of Social Concern’ test, a total of 40 questions is asked. Only objective type questions are asked in the exam. Every question has five options and the candidates must select the right one. As far as the marking scheme is concerned, 1 mark is awarded for every correct answer and 0.25 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer. The exam is held in a single session and the questions are based on a wide variety of social issues.
IRMA 2018 comprises ‘Issues of Social Concern’ test. The questions in this test are based on India’s economy, development goals, Human Development Index, disparities in income, the right to information, agricultural system, rural development policy, health issues, poverty alleviation, primary education, internal security, environmental issues etc. It is important for the candidates to keep a track of the latest happenings on this topics.
IRMA is a national level entrance exam conducted in around 27 cities across the country. Some of the major cities where the IRMA 2018 is conducted include Delhi NCR, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Mumbai, Pune etc. The candidates can indicate their preference of the IRMA exam centre 2018 in the application form. However, the IRMA reserves the right to allot any test centre to the candidate.
The result of IRMA 2018 exam is likely to be announced in the fourth week of February. On the basis of the IRMA result, the candidates are shortlisted for Group Activity (GA) and Personal Interview (PI) round. On the basis of the overall scores of the candidates, the final selection list is prepared. The final list is likely to be published in the fourth week of March 2018. The successful candidates are offered admissions in the PRM programme offered by IRMA.
The cutoff is the minimum marks that the candidates must score to qualify for the next round. Along with the announcement of the result, IRMA will announce cutoff marks. The candidates can check the table given below for information on last year’s IRMA cutoff.
|Category||CAT 2016 (Percentile)||XAT 2017 (Percentile)||ISC Marks (Out of 40)|
The candidates who wish to pursue PRM programme from IRMA must appear for Common Admission Test 2017 or Xavier Aptitude Test 2018. IRMA shortlists candidates for ‘Issues of Social Concern’ exam on the basis of CAT/ XAT scores. The shortlisted candidates need to appear for IRMA 2018 test. The candidates who meet the cutoff criteria of IRMA exam are invited for Group Activity (GA) and Personal Interview (PI). On the basis of the overall performance of the candidates, IRMA releases the final selection list. This concludes the selection process.