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Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management)

Selection Process - Indian Nationals

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

  • Candidates will be short listed on the basis of their CAT 2021 / XAT 2022 scores (whichever is higher).
  • Students will be informed on the shortlist decision through email / SMS to their registered email address and mobile number.

Stage II: Interview Process

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

Written Ability Test (WAT): A shortlist of candidates will be called for the next round of selection, where they will have to appear for a Written Ability Test (paper-pen based written test of 30 minutes) on the day of their Personal Interview immediately after the briefing of the Admissions Chair. Candidate will need to write about 200/300 words on a given topic and upload the scanned copy using her/ his login credentials on IRMA website. It is designed to evaluate a candidate's rural aptitude as well as written communication skills.

Personal Interview (PI): Candidates shortlisted for interviews with IRMA faculty will be assessed on their managerial abilities, communication skills, and suitability for the Institute's program. In view of the fact that the PGDM (RM) caters to a very specific clientele; namely organisations contributing to broad-based rural development in India, the candidate's attitude towards rural management is of particular importance.

Personal Interview will be conducted in OFFLINE and ONLINE mode. Candidate will be given an option for selection mode of Personal Interview.

Offline Personal Interview will be conducted on the following five centers. If a candidate has selected offline mode for giving Personal Interview, she / he will be asked for the two preferences of centers from while filling the online application form.

1. Anand

2. Bangalore

3. Delhi

4. Guwahati

5. Kolkata

* IRMA reserves the right to change and/or cancel any Personal Interview centre.

Final Selection:

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

  • CAT 2021 / XAT 2022 Percentiles (35%)
  • Personal Interviews (PI) (35%)
  • 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.
  • Sports Diversity (1.5%)
    • A candidate with a government certificate of their participation in sports at different levels will receive marks corresponding to the level of participation.
  • Academic Diversity (2%)
    • Candidates from any discipline other than Engineering discipline will get the benefit of Academic Diversity.
  • Academic Pedigree (3%)
    • The institutions/universities will be decided based on government rankings – NIRF 2021 Ranking (Engineering, Dental, Pharmacy, Law, Medicine and other Colleges) and ICAR ranking for Agricultural Universities
  • Work Experience (5%)
    • Only full-time and paid employment will be considered.
    • Experience in months as of September 30, 2021.

Experience in Month

Score (Maximum - 5 Marks)

<=6 0
7 to 12 1
13 to 18 2
19 to 24 3
25 to 30 4
31 to 36 5
37 to 42 4
43 to 48 3
49 to 54 2
55 to 60 1
>60 0