IRMA Commences Classes for PGDM (RM) 2020-22 Batch of 252 Students including 37% Women in Online Mode

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August 27, 2020
Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) has commenced classes in online mode for the 41st batch (2020-22) of its flagship Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management). This year IRMA has got a diverse batch of 252 students which includes 37% women students and 41% students with work experience. IRMA has adapted to the challenge of online induction and orientation process successfully through online platforms.
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Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) has commenced classes in online mode for the  incoming batch of its flagship PGDM (RM) programme. The  Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management), the PGDM(RM) 2020-22 batch is the 41st batch at IRMA. The classes began after a week of induction and orientation. Amidst the on-going pandemic, IRMA adapted to the challenge of online induction and orientation process by gearing up with its IT infrastructure, enabling a seamless process through online platforms.

PGDM (RM) 2020-22 Batch Profile: Key Highlights

  • Batch Size: The 41st batch of the PGDM( RM) has 252 students.
  • Gender Diversity: 37% students in the batch women. The Institute has maintained its focus towards nurturing a gender diverse batch of students with 94 females out of 252 students.
  • Regional Diversity: The batch has representation from 25 states of India. It reflects a healthy combination from all parts of the country.
  • Academic Diversity: There is also an excellent mix of academic diversity in the batch with students from Engineering, Commerce, Science, Management, Humanities, and Dairy Engineering backgrounds.
  • Batch Work Experience: 41% of the batch has previous work experience.

No Fee Increase for 2020-22 Batch
Complying with the AICTE guidelines, IRMA has not increased fee for PGDM (RM) 2020-22 batch. The fees is the same as it was for PGDM(RM) 2019-2021 batch.

Shiksha Aarambh Vyakhyan: Batch Commencement Speech
IRMA organised the “Shiksha Aarambh Vyakhyan”, Commencement Speech to welcome the new batch. The speakers included Shri Gautam Adani, Chairman and Founder, Adani Group and Smt. Rajashree Birla, Chairperson, Aditya Birla Centre for Community Initiatives and Rural Development.

In his address, Shri Adani implored the young minds of IRMA to live up to the vision of Dr. Verghese Kurien, who established IRMA 40 years ago with the dream of professionalising rural management. Stressing on the need for an India self-reliant in agriculture, he shed light on reimagining agriculture business models in India, boosting rural development and empowering farmers as entrepreneurs.

Smt. Rajashree Birla in her address suggested the newly inducted batch of IRMA’s PGDM (RM) to be always curious, to experiment and never let the fear of failure deter them from trying to do something new.  

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Induction and Orientation Week at IRMA
The orientation included interaction of the new batch with Prof. Hitesh V. Bhatt, Director, IRMA; Prof. Pratik Modi, Programme Chair, PGDM (RM); the first term course instructors, and respective Chairs for Placements, Village Fieldwork Segment (VFS), Alumni Relations  as well as the Mental Health and Wellness Advisor and a few esteemed alumni of the Institute.

In his message to the new batch, Prof. Hitesh Bhatt advised the students ‘learn to learn.’ Prof. Pratik Modi, in his interaction with the batch said, “This is the best time for higher studies or re-skilling. Though the situation currently looks grim due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the future holds exciting prospects for the bright minds".

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IRMA: Well Equipped to Conduct Online Classes
While the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic, IRMA continues its journey of knowledge creation, with the hopes that things turn to normal soon. IRMA has equipped 8 classrooms with state-of-the-art IT infrastructure to facilitate learning. Platforms like Zoom and Google Meet are being utilized for seamless interaction between the faculty and students. Classes for the second year of PGDM (RM) (batch of 2021) are being conducted on these platforms since March 2020.

IRMA PGDM (RM): Programme Highlights

  • IRMA's Post Graduate Programme in Rural Management (PGDRM) prepares talented young managers to assume challenge-filled responsibilities in rural cooperatives and development organisations
  • The two-year residential programme leading to a Post-Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM) is recognised as equivalent to a Master's degree by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
  • PGDRM is approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE)
  • The participants of this programme are highly valued in local, national and international cooperatives, NGOs, development organisations, and funding agencies.
  • All participants are suitably placed in different organisations through the IRMA Campus Placement programme.

IRMA PGDRM 2020-22 Fees: Rs.12.08 Lakhs

  • The programme fee payable by PGDRM students at IRMA is Rs 12,08,400/-
  • Laptop computer, personal expenses on boarding, travel, clothes and laundry are extra.
  • Mess is managed by the students’ body, therefore, the boarding and personal expenses will be over and above the mentioned fee. Currently average monthly expenses of the mess is around Rs. 4,500/-
  • You are also required to pay Rs. 3000/- towards Students Activity Fund in the IRMA Student Mess at the time of joining

IRMA Intake: 252 Students
The flagship PGDM (RM) 2020-22 batch at IRMA has given admission to 252 students from all categories. Earlier IRMA had an approved intake of 240 students.

IRMA Placements 2020: Average & Highest Salary Up
IRMA has yet again scaled new heights in Placement 2020. The highest salary has gone up at Rs.52 LPA from Rs.50.31LPA last year while average salary has stood at Rs.10.80 LPA for business sector. IRMA students have received 314 job offers from 109 companies. This year the total batch size was 233 students, out of which 226 students registered for the campus placements. 27 students were placed through PPOs and 199 students were placed through the campus placement process.

GCMMF) emerged as the single largest recruiter. Mother Dairy was the second-largest recruiter this year. Multinational and national agribusiness corporations such as Tolaram, ITC Agribusiness Division, ADM Agro, Seedworks, Adani Wilmar, Emami Agrotech participated in the placements.

From the FMCG and Retail sector, Reliance Retails, Future Group, Metro Cash & Carry, Ninjacart recruited from IRMA.

Banking, finance, and insurance companies such as ICICI Bank, IDFC First Bank, Axis Bank, Fullerton, Vivriti Capital, ICICI Prudential, Bharati AXA, Reliance General Insurance, and several small finance banks recruited from the campus this year. Read More

IRMA Cut Offs
The admission criteria for PGDRM at IRMA has been changed. The shortlisting for final selection round was based either on profile or on the CAT/XAT score, and only the shortlisted candidates were able to appear in IRMASAT and GA-PI

IRMA Admission: CAT/XAT Score Cut Off  
IRMA gives higher emphasis on other quality parameters in its admission process. Accordingly, the B-school has not pegged the CAT, XAT score cut off very high. The candidates above the minimum cut-offs in the CAT 2019/XAT 2020 were considered for all the subsequent stages.

Entrance Exam
Profile Based Cut off percentile
Non-Profile Based Cut off Percentile
CAT 2019
80
85
XAT 2020
80
85

IRMA cut offs for Admission differ for both the rounds. The shortlisting cut offs  based on profile and cut offs for Merit based exam score are different. Besides, IRMA has shifted its mandatory IRMASAT to final selection round instead of pre-requiste for shortlisting.

The shortlist for final selection process was announced by IRMA much earlier and the GA/PI process was conducted on time. IRMA offered the option to the candidates for shortlisting based on profile or based on their CAT/XAT exam scores for final selection round.

IRMA Admission 2021: Process Yet to Open
The application process is expected to open in mid October at IRMA. The application fee is expected to remain Rs.1500/- as was last year. It should be paid online and the application form to be filled and submitted online. Candidates seeking admission to the PGDM (RM) programme 2021-23 at IRMA Anand should appear in CAT 2020 or XAT 2021.

Below is shared the last year admission process at IRMA with eligibility, cut offs, selection process. The actual admission process may change and will depend upon the then prevailing Covid-19 pandemic situation.

IRMA Admission Process 2020: A Review
Since IRMA is yet to open its application process for 2021-23 batch, for the benefit of the candidates who wish to apply for admission 2021 at IRMA, we share below the application process for 2020-22 batch. It will be updated when the details are released by IRMA for admission 2021

IRMA Admission 2020: Key Points

  • Two shortlisting criteria - Profile Based and Non-Profile Based  Introduced
  • IRMA accepted CAT 2019 and XAT 2020 scores to shortlist candidates
  • Shortlisting not based on IRMA Social Awareness Test (IRMASAT)
  • Only shortlisted candidates called to appear in IRMASAT 2020
  • IRMASAT, an exam on ‘Issues of Social Concern’ was held at IRMA at the time of interview and was one of the components in final selection process.

Profile Based & Merit Based Shortlisting & Selection Process
IRMA Shortlists applicants in two ways:

  1. Merit-based Calls: Candidates of General Category, who score above 85 percentile in CAT 2019/XAT 2020 are eligible to be shortlisted for IRMASAT and GA and PI process.
  2. Profile-cum-merit based Calls: Candidates of General Category, Candidates who score above 80 percentile in CAT 2019/XAT 2020 and fall in the Profile-based call criteria are shortlisted for IRMASAT and GA and PI process.

The key criteria to shortlist candidates based on profile are:

  • Excellence: Graduation from Top universities and Colleges,
  • Work Experience in Social Impact, Community Development, Livelihoods, Policy and Advocacy, Agriculture and Allied sectors;
  • Graduation in Social sciences, Development studies, Agriculture and Allied sciences

The shortlisted candidates are called for selection process at IRMA where they have to take the IRMA Social Awareness Test 2020 (IRMASAT 2020), Group Activity and Personal Interview. IRMASAT 2020, GA and PI process are conducted at IRMA.

IRMA Final Selection Criteria

  • All the shortlisted candidates were eligible to participate in Final selection round for admission to IRMA, Anand
  • Short listed candidates were called for selection process at IRMA where they had to take the IRMA Social Awareness Test 2020 (IRMASAT 2020), Group Activity and Personal Interview.
  • Both IRMASAT and GD/PI process were conducted at IRMA for shortlisted candidates.

The final admission offer was based on a composite score, which took into account the applicant’s profile, academic record, entrance test scores (CAT 2019/XAT 2020), Work experience (If any), Performance in IRMASAT,  Performance in Group Activity and Personal Interview

IRMA Admission Eligibility

  1. The applicant must be a Graduate from any discipline, with a minimum of 15 years of education.
  2. The candidate must hold a bachelor's degree, with at least 50% marks (45% or above for SC/ST/Differently Abled Person) or equivalent CGPA
  3. To meet the IRMA eligibility criteria, an applicant must possess a strong and consistent academic background. Performance in 10th grade, 12th grade and graduation are considered in the IRMA selection process
  4. If the candidate is awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the equivalence would be based on the equivalence certified by the institution/university from where the bachelor's degree is obtained. In case the institution/university does not have any scheme for converting the CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by IRMA Anand by dividing the obtained CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the resultant by 100 to confirm the eligibility of the candidate
  5. A candidate appearing for the final year bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed the degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply.
  6. It is mandatory for a final year student, who is provisionally considered eligible by IRMA and offered admission, to complete all the requirements of graduation before the programme starts (Induction Programme of PRM40).
  7. The Applicant should have appeared in CAT 2019/XAT 2020 exam and must have scored minimum prescribed score in the entrance exam to become eligible for admission
  8. Work experience is not mandatory for this program. Fresh graduates are eligible to apply.
  9. IRMA encourages students from diverse educational streams to apply.
  10. There is no management quota for admission to PGDRM at IRMA

IRMA Admission: Application Process

  • Application had to be submitted online only
  • Applicant could apply online and pay through payment gateway
  • No Facility to Apply offline in hard copy
  • Application Fee payment of Rs.1500/- to be made online only
  • Only scanned copies of the required documents to be uploaded while filling up online application

IRMA Admission Process
Following steps were included in the IRMA Admission process:

Step 1:Apply and Appear in CAT 2019/XAT 2020
The candidate must have appeared or have registered to appear and score the minimum required percentile in CAT 2019/XAT 2020

Step 2: Register and Apply for IRMA Admission
Carefully register and apply online for admission to IRMA. While applying, the applicant is required to pay the application fee. You need to follow the sequence of all stages after editing (do not skip any stage) to ensure proper data entry. Any editing is possible before final submission. After final submission, it will not be possible to edit the application form.

Step 3:Shortlist
The first shortlisting included the candidates, short-listed for Interview round on the basis of their profile. The second shortlisting includes the candidates shortlisted on the basis of their entrance exam score. 

Step 4:Take IRMASAT & Attend PI Round
After the Shortlisting process, all the profile based or non-profile based shortlisted candidates have to appear in IRMASAT, Group Activity followed by Personal Interview. The process will be held at IRMA.

Step 5:Final Admission Offer
Final Admission Offer will be made to the candidates in the last week of April/First week of May 2020 on the basis of Final Merit Score

How to Apply for Admission at IRMA
IRMA Application fee was Rs.1500/-. The application fee was to be paid online only. Candidates seeking admission to PGDRM programme at IRMA, Anandhad to appear in CAT 2019 or XAT 2020.

9 Steps Application Process for IRMA Admission
IRMA application process could be completed in nine simple steps.

Step 1: Register
At the IRMA admission application window ‘Register’, you should login as new user by inserting your Name, Email ID, Mobile number

IRMA Admission Application Process Steps 1

Step 2: Complete Basic Details & Upload Photograph
The next page on the IRMA Admission site requires your personal details. You should also upload your photograph on this page. IRMA also asks you whether you wish to be considered for Profile based shortlisting on this page, if you click on ‘Yes’ you will be considered for this unique process and if you click on ‘No’ you will be considered only for entrance exam score based shortlisting process.

IRMA Admission Application Process Steps 2

Step 3: General Information
This page requires you to fill in your parents’ details, income and other particulars. Complete the details and move to next page

IRMA Admission Application Process Steps 3

Step 4: Enter Address Details
A separate page to enter your correspondence and permanent address has been created on the IRMA Application form. In case your permanent address is same as correspondence address, you should simply click on ‘Yes’.

IRMA Admission Application Process Steps 4

Step 5: Course Selection & Academic Details
Next page on IRMA application form requires you to fill up your course selection details and all your academic details from class 10 onwards.

IRMA Admission Application Process Steps 5

Step 6: Versatility & Work Experience
If you have participated in sports and other extra-curricular activities and are an achiever, you should enter the details in the relevant fields. If you have work experience after completing your graduation, you should complete it in months on this page. It will help in profile based shortlisting.

IRMA Admission Application Process Steps 6

Step 7: Upload Academic Documents
On this page upload certificates from class X onwards and marks sheet for graduation.

IRMA Admission Application Process Steps 7

Step 8: Declaration
A separate declaration form has been added to the application form. You have to click on ‘I Agree’ box and also write your name and guardian’s name in the given spaces on this page

IRMA Admission Application Process Steps 8

Step 9: Make Payment of Application Fee
IRMA asks you to make payment of application fee after you have completed your application form. This is the final step to fill the application form. You can make payment through Credit/Debit card, Net Banking and other instruments.  .  

IRMA Admission Application Process Steps 9

Profile Based Shortlisting Criteria at IRMA
The applicants who are shortlisted on the basis of their profiles should also meet a minimum qualifying score in the entrance exam. Candidates who fulfill the following criteria can be shortlisted for profile based calls:

  • Graduation in Development, Agriculture, Dairy, Public policy, Sustainability, Veterinary Sciences, Food Technology
  •  Work experience in Development Sector, Dairy, Public Policy
  • Excellence in Academics with graduation from Top universities and Colleges
  • Candidates who score above 80 percentile in CAT 2019/XAT 2020 and fall in the Profile based call criteria are eligible to be shortlisted for IRMASAT and GD/PI process

Non-Profile Based Shortlisting Criteria
Applicants are also shortlisted separately with Non-Profile based Criteria for IRMASAT and GD-PI round: 

  • Candidates who score above 85 percentile in CAT 2019/XAT 2020 and fall in the Non-Profile based call criteria are eligible to be shortlisted for IRMASAT and GD/PI process.
  • Both IRMASAT 2020 and GD/PI process will be conducted at IRMA for shortlisted candidates
  • Mere fulfillment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing for next stage of Admissions process

IRMA is recognized not only as an institution of excellence in teaching and research but also for having successfully created the new discipline of rural management. Its path-breaking approach is being emulated by other institutions in India and abroad. As a premier institution of professional education and development IRMA has evolved unique curricula for its various programmes  

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The ideal candidates that IRMA mainly looks for are youngsters with a sense of dissonance with the Socio-Politico-Economic status quo and the urge to contribute to change.

IRMA is noted for pedagogic innovations and strives to make continuous and significant contributions to the transformation of rural India through leadership in cutting-edge knowledge creation, innovations in education, pursuance of the ethical imperative of sustainability, and policy-oriented research. The Post Graduate Programme in Rural Management at IRMA integrates the two streams and equips talented men and women with both development perspectives and business acumen.

IRMA has been working closely with its client organisations to integrate their emerging needs into its academic programme by periodically revising the curricula. The present PRM design is a reflection of this growing partnership.

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