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Vivek Bhandari Ph.D.

(University of Pennsylvania)

Ajay Dandekar Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University)

Anand Venkatesh Ph.D. (Mumbai University)
Asmita Vyas M.Com., C. A.
Atulan Guha Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Debiprasad Mishra Fellow (IIM, Ahmedabad)
Girish Kumar Agrawal Ph.D. (IIT, Mumbai)
H. S. Shylendra Ph.D. (ISEC, Bangalore)
Harekrishna Misra Ph.D. (Utkal University)
Himadri Roy Choudhary Ph.D. (Kolkata University)
Hitesh Bhatt M.S. (Georgia Technology)
Ila Patel Ph.D. (Stanford University)
Jeemol Unni Ph.D. (Gujarat University)
M. V. Durga Prasad Ph.D. (IIT, Delhi)
Madhavi H. Mehta Fellow (XLRI, AHRD)
Mukul Kumar M.Phil. (Delhi University)
Nivedita Kothiyal Ph.D. (Nirma University)
Paresh J. Bhatt M.Com., LLB, FICWA
Pramod K. Singh Ph.D. (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Pratik Modi FPRM (IRMA)
Preeti Priya PGDRM (IRMA)
Rakesh Saxena Ph.D. (IIT, Kanpur)
S. N. Biswas Ph.D. (Allahabad University)
S. R. Asokan Ph.D. (Gujarat University)
Shiladitya Roy BE, AICWA
Sony Pellissery Ph.D. (Oxford University)
Vanita Yadav FPM (MDI Gurgaon)

R. S. Sodhi MD, GCMMF

C. Gopalakrishnan Director, Institute of Management, NIRMA University
G. Krishnamurthi Principal, IIIM, Changa
Joel Evans Dy. CS, GMDC
Kiran Joshi Faculty, M.S. University
Mahesh C. Gupta C.S., MBA, LL.M.
Shailesh Gandhi Faculty, IIM, Ahmedabad
Tara Nair Faculty, GIDR, Ahmedabad
Tushaar Shah Principal Scientist, IWMI
1.0 The Institute with a Unique Mission 2

1.1 Academic Programmes 2

1.2 Human Resources of IRMA 2

2.0 Postgraduate Programme in Rural Management (PRM) 3

2.1 Course Design and Pedagogy 3

2.2 Placement 4
2.3 Programme Cost 4
2.4 Scholarships and Educational Loans 4
2.5 PRM Administration 5

3.0 Admission to PRM 5

3.1 Eligibility 5
3.2 Examination Fee 5
3.3 How to Apply 7
3.4 Important Instructions for filling in Online Application 7
3.5 Selection Process 8
3.6 Tracking the Status of Application 9
3.7 Sponsored Candidates 9

4.0 Campus Location and Facilities 10

4.1 Student Accommodation 10

4.2 Library 10
4.3 IT Infrastructure 10
4.4 Facilities for Extra-curricular Activities 11

Annexure 1 Academic Calendar 12

Annexure 2 Programme Structure 13
Annexure 3 Fee Structure and Schedule 14
Annexure 4 Important Dates 16
1.0 The Institute with a Unique Mission Doctoral Programme titled Fellow Programme in
Rural Management (FPRM) for students and
The Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA),
professionals seeking careers in research, teaching,
established in 1979, is the pioneering academic
and specialised knowledge-based positions in rural
institution in rural management education and
management institutions. FPRM is approved by the
research. It is committed to pursuing excellence
AICTE as a doctoral programme in rural
along with creativity and integrity. The unique
strength of IRMA lies in its ability to integrate
development and management in all its endeavours Management Development Programmes (MDPs)
and activities. This sets IRMA apart from other for middle- and senior-level in-service managers and
management and rural development institutions, officers of the union government, state governments,
which are largely concerned with either management NGOs, and cooperatives working in the area of rural
or development, but not with both. Today, IRMA is development. IRMA conducts many MDPs on various
recognised not only as an institution of excellence in themes of development and management, ranging in
teaching and research, but also acknowledged for duration from one week to six weeks.
having successfully created the new discipline of
Research and Consultancy services are a means of
rural management. This path-breaking approach of
enriching the quality and content of teaching and
IRMA is being emulated by other institutions in India
training. This continuous upgradation puts us in an
and abroad.
enviable position of serving our clientele more
IRMA's mission is to promote the sustainable, eco- efficiently by helping them identify and resolve their
friendly, and equitable socio-economic development critical management problems. The union
of rural people through professional management. government, state governments, NGOs,
The core of IRMA's operating philosophy is to build cooperatives, and national and international donor
and sustain a partnership between rural people and agencies are major clients of IRMA. Over the years,
committed professional managers. Through this, faculty members of IRMA have completed a large
IRMA strives to contribute to the promotion of number of research and consultancy studies and
sustainable development and social justice in India's assignments.
rural society. IRMA strives to achieve this mission by
1.2 Human Resources of IRMA
educating a new breed of professional rural
The IRMA faculty comprises experienced scholars
managers having the appropriate values and
and practitioners of national and international repute.
ethos for helping rural organisations and
They represent a wide range of disciplines, such as
institutions in professionalising their
the various functional areas of management
management and empowering rural people
( m a r k e t i n g , f i n a n c e , s t r a t e g y, i n f o r m a t i o n
through self-sustaining processes;
technology, operations, organisational behaviour
l policy makers, directors, general and human resources), rural development, ecology
managers, and those in charge of specific and environment, quantitative methods, economics,
managerial functions in such enterprises and sociology, behavioural science, geo-informatics, law,
projects; and gender relations.
building new rural management knowledge and
l Staff members of IRMA provide reliable and strong
theories through action-oriented and problem- support to the faculty, students, and participants of
solving research and consultancy; and MDPs. Alumni make a valuable contribution to the
overall development of rural India by designing
influencing public policies through policy-oriented
innovative products for development interventions.
research and consultancy.
Visiting Faculty and Fellows (who stay for a brief
1.1 Academic Programmes period) also play an important role in the life of IRMA,
As a premier academic institution in the field of rural contributing to specific needs of the institute in terms
management, IRMA has evolved unique curricula for of consultancy, research, and teaching.
its various programmes. Programmes and activities
of IRMA are described below.
Postgraduate Programme in Rural Management
(PRM) for those who wish to take on challenging
managerial responsibilities in institutions working in
the rural sector. PRM is recognised as a Master's
degree by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU)
and is also approved by the All India Council for
Technical Education (AICTE).
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2.0 Postgraduate Programme in Rural Annexure 1, and the Programme Structure in

Management (PRM) Annexure 2.
Many good stand-alone programmes of business Classroom Segment: The classroom segment in the
management and development are available in India first year has three terms, each consisting of six
today. IRMA's PRM integrates the two streams and credits1. The courses in the first year cover the basics
equips talented men and women with both of rural management and development. All the
development perspectives and business acumen. courses in the first year are compulsory. The courses
IRMA recognises that institutions working for rural in Term I cover the foundation and contextual courses
development operate in a complex environment, in in rural management. The courses in Terms II and III
which there is a far greater need for professional cover different functional areas of rural management
management. IRMA trains talented men and women (see Annexure 2). Brief descriptions of the core
through a well-structured two-year Postgraduate courses are available on IRMA website
Programme in Rural Management, in order to (
undertake challenging responsibilities in
The classroom segment in the second year has two
development and producers' organisations with the
terms (Terms IV and V), each consisting of six credits.
right ethical values. IRMA has been working closely
Term IV has core courses of four credits; these are
with its client organisations to integrate their emerging
compulsory for all PRM students. In addition, students
needs into its academic programme by periodically
are required to choose two credits of optional courses
revising the curricula. The present PRM design is a
from among those offered during the term. Term V has
reflection of this growing partnership.
two credits of compulsory courses. In addition,
PRM is a two-year fully residential programme leading students are required to choose four credits of
to a Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Management optional courses from among those offered during the
(PGDRM). PGDRM is recognised as equivalent to term (see Annexure 2 for the list of optional courses
Master's degree by the Association of Indian that are offered during Terms IV and V). The optional
Universities (AIU) and is approved by the All India courses are divided into two groups: Rural
Council for Technical Education (AICTE). Development Management and Rural Enterprise
2.1 Course Design and Pedagogy Management. Students are required to take a
minimum of two credits from each group.
T h e p r o g r a m m e c o m p r i s e s f o u r d i ff e r e n t
segments—classroom, fieldwork, organisational Fieldwork Segment (FWS): The duration of the
traineeship, and management traineeship. There are fieldwork segment is ten weeks. It is held after the first
five classroom terms, which focus on concepts, skills, term of the classroom segment. It exposes students to
and knowledge pertaining to rural development and the realities of rural life. It attempts to develop
management, using modern pedagogical techniques sensitivity among students to the concerns of rural
and concentrating on experiential learning. The people; helps them in understanding and appreciating
fieldwork segment exposes students to the realities of the constraints of and possibilities for development;
rural life. The organisational traineeship segment and introduces them to community work at the grass-
helps students understand the nature of roots level. For the fieldwork segment, students are
organisational dynamics. The management divided into small groups and sent to rural areas in
traineeship segment offers students an opportunity to different parts of the country. Each group is attached
apply, test, and polish the skills acquired in the to a local host organisation. The members of the group
classroom. About one-third of the total duration of the stay in the identified village and interact directly with
programme is devoted to experiential learning and the villagers. They also execute a small action-
practical application of the knowledge and skills oriented task assigned to them by the host
acquired in the classroom segments. The faculty is organisation. IRMA faculty members interact closely
involved to a substantial degree in the design and with students at all stages of the fieldwork segment.
supervision of all field-based segments. The Organisational Traineeship Segment (OTS): The
evaluation of a student's performance in the duration of the OTS is ten weeks. It is scheduled after
programme is a continuous process, affording an Term III, which marks the beginning of the second
opportunity for frequent and regular corrections. All year of PRM. This segment is designed to help
the four segments of the programme are evaluated students understand the structure and dynamics of an
and the results are reported on the student's grade organisation. It exposes students to the functioning of
card. Students are expected to meet the standards of organisations and gives them an opportunity to apply,
performance prescribed by the PRM Committee for test, and polish the skills acquired in the classroom
each segment. The current PRM curriculum is based Students also work in any area of rural management,
on the recommendations of the PRM Review assigned by the host organisations.
Committee, 2004. The Academic Calendar is given in 1 One course credit is equivalent to 30 contact sessions of 70 minutes each, and
requires the student to put in at least 80–90 hours of work outside the classroom.
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The performance of students in this segment is such as planning and information systems,
evaluated on the basis of reports and presentations. production management, marketing, finance,
accounts, human resource development, rural
Management Traineeship Segment (MTS): The
development, and natural resource management.
duration of the MTS is ten weeks. It is scheduled after
Term IV. This segment is designed to provide IRMA seeks to ensure that its graduates are offered
students with an opportunity to work closely with competitive remuneration. IRMA has enlisted over
experienced managers in an organisational setting. 650 organisations that are designated for the
Students develop practical skills and gain a realistic purpose of placement of its graduates. The list is ever
idea of the managerial functions of rural increasing, and attempts are made every year to
organisations. At the end of MTS, students present enlist more organisations that can offer challenging
and discuss their reports, first in the host careers to IRMA students. Consistent with its
organisations and later at IRMA. Both the MTS objectives, IRMA's placement support is confined to
reports and the presentations are evaluated. placing students with the designated organisations
only. It may be noted that IRMA's placement facility is
Pedagogy: IRMA's unique curriculum is based on a
not open to sponsored candidates. IRMA graduates
state-of-the-art pedagogy, with an emphasis on
have succeeded not only in choosing meaningful jobs
experiential learning. The courses are taught through
but have also received decent salaries with 100 per
a slew of modern teaching techniques, such as case
cent placement. The annual salaries received by the
methods, interactive sessions, seminars, individual
last three PRM batches are shown in Table 1.
and group exercises, role-playing, experiential
learning, and simulated exercises, to give students Table 1: Annual Salaries Received by the Last
an opportunity to learn by doing. The actual mix of Three PRM Batches
pedagogical techniques varies with the nature of the PRM Average Maximum Remarks
course. The pedagogy requires that students play an Batch (Rs) (Rs)
active role in classroom sessions and discussions. 2008–10 6.0 lakh 9.45 lakh 100% placement with multiple job offers
The medium of instruction is English.
2007–09 4.6 lakh 6.7 lakh 100% placement with multiple job offers
2006–08 6.13 lakh 10.61 lakh 100% placement with multiple job offers
Some participants prefer to join grass-roots
organisations, even though these offer relatively low
salaries, over other high-paying jobs because they
are attracted by the greater challenges, innovative
experiments, and greater autonomy offered by these
2.3 Programme Cost
Costs for students are kept low through cross-
subsidisation, with the aim of helping them serve the
A simulation game in progress needs of the challenging rural sector more effectively.
The total programme cost over the period of two
years (inclusive of tuition fee and service charges) is
2.2 Placement estimated to be about Rs. 4 lakh. IRMA has a
The Campus Placement Programme for each cooperative mess, which is governed and managed
graduating batch ensures that all the students secure by students. Students also frame and implement the
meaningful and challenging career opportunities in rules and regulations of the mess. They share the
tune with IRMA's mission. Our PRM graduates are cost of boarding equally. The fee structure for PRM
highly valued by cooperatives, NGOs, government 2011–13 is given in Annexure 3.
development agencies, and national and 2.4 Scholarships, Educational Loans and Fee
international donors engaged in promoting rural Exemption
development. The distinguishing feature of all these
bodies is their willingness and ability to make IRMA has several prestigious scholarships for
effective use of young and well-trained professional deserving students, which are mentioned below:
managers. The five-day campus recruitment IRMA Fellowship: IRMA revised the provisions of
programme organised by the Campus Placement IRMA Fellowship since 2008-10 batch. Only those
Office is held in the month of February during the students who get a monthly gross salary that is less
second year of PRM. The jobs offered to IRMA than the decided minimum gross salary will be
graduates vary widely. The job offers are in areas eligible to receive the IRMA Fellowship (provided
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they join the organisations that are eligible for the students' leave records, issue of rail/air travel
purpose of the fellowship). The amount of the IRMA concession forms, scheduling, conducting
Fellowship to an eligible student will be equal to the examination, grading, and convocation. The Teaching
difference between the actual amount of his/her gross Aids Unit provides facilities for reproduction, binding,
salary and the decided minimum gross salary. The and distribution of teaching materials. The
recipient of IRMA fellowship may get a maximum of Audiovisual Unit looks after audiovisual aids such as
Rs. 3 lakhs during the course of 3 years. overhead projectors, slide projectors, multimedia
video projectors, film projectors, 35mm cameras,
Scholarships from Sir Ratan Tata Trust: Sir Ratan
video cameras, televisions, and videocassette
Tata Trust offers about five scholarships every year to
recorders for use by the faculty and the students.
second-year students based on merit. The
scholarship covers a part of the fees during the 3.0 Admission to PRM
second year, subject to a ceiling of Rs 50,000/-. The
For the 32nd Postgraduate Programme in Rural
number and amount of the scholarship are approved
Management, commencing on June 06, 2011, IRMA
by the trust on a year-to-year basis.
has adopted the following criteria and procedures for
Scholarships for SC/ST Candidates: More than 15 the admission of students.
scholarships covering the entire costs of education of
3.1 Eligibility
SC/ST candidates are available at IRMA. The Ministry
of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of A graduate from any discipline, with a minimum of 15
India has allocated ten scholarships to IRMA for years (10+2+3) of education, having 50 per cent (45
SC/ST students. The scholarship covers fees, non- per cent for SC/ST/PwD*) aggregate marks at the
refundable charges, lodging and boarding expenses, graduation level can apply for admission. The
and cost of books, stationery, and personal computer percentage of aggregate marks is to be calculated as
( The Ministry of Tribal per the practice followed by the concerned university
Affairs, Government of India has allocated five or institution. Those who are in the final year and who
scholarships to IRMA for ST candidates. The amount expect to complete all the requirements of graduation
of the scholarship covers tuition fees, boarding and before June 06, 2011 can also apply. Only Indian
lodging expenses, book grant, and a one-time grant nationals are eligible to apply for PRM. There is no
for the purchase of a personal computer management quota for admission to PRM at IRMA.
( The National Dairy IRMA encourages the employees of its designated
Development Board also offers some scholarships to organisations to apply with sponsorship from their
SC/ST candidates for both the years of PRM. employers (see 3.7 for eligibility and other provisions
for sponsored candidates). IRMA encourages
Educational Loans: Educational loans are available
applications from candidates with diverse academic
from various banks. The State Bank of India provides
backgrounds. The number of applications received for
educational loans at a lower interest rate and without
PRM 2010–12 was about 15000. The profile of the
any collateral to candidates enrolling at IRMA.
applicants for PRM 2010–12 is shown in Table 2.
Fee Exemption: IRMA firmly believes that no one
Table 2: Profile of applicants for PRM 2010 - 12
should be deprived of education for lack of financial
resources. Hence IRMA is open for providing financial Discipline
assistance to meet the PRM tuition fees of extremely (%)
poor candidates. Science 16
2.5 PRM Administration Engineering 40
Commerce/Business Administration 21
The PRM Committee administers the Postgraduate Agriculture/Agricultural Engineering/
Programme in Rural Management (PRM) and decides Forestry/Dairy Technology/Veterinary 12
on all matters pertaining to the conduct of the Science/Fisheries/Cooperation
programme. The PRM Committee consists of the Arts 7
PRM Coordinator, the Fieldwork Coordinator, the
Others 4
OTS/MTS Coordinator, the Admissions Coordinator,
and the Placement Coordinator. The PRM Total 100
Coordinator is the convenor of the committee. The 3.2 Examination Fee
rules and regulations governing PRM are given in the
PRM Handbook, which is provided to students when There is a common application form for PRM and
they join the programme. FPRM programmes. An applicant may apply for two
programmes by using one application form. The fees
The PRM Office provides all the information and applicable for the number of programmes are shown
support for the activities relating to PRM, right from in Table 3. Those candidates applying online by using
admission to placement. It consists of three main payment gateway/payment at IMS/Payment at SBI
sections: Admissions Office, Teaching Aids Unit, and may get discount of Rs.50/-.
Audiovisual Unit. The Admissions Office looks after all
matters related to admission, maintenance of *PwD- persons with disability
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Table 3: Application Fee Structure All correspondence related to admission should be

addressed to:
Examination Fees for Online Applicant:
Admissions Office
No. of Programmes General & OBCs SC/ST/PwD*
Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA)
One Programme Rs. 1000/- Rs. 500/- Anand-388001
Two Programmes Rs. 1500/- Rs. 750/- Gujarat
3.4 Important Instructions for filling in Online
Examination Fees for Applying in Hardcopy:
No. of Programmes General & OBCs SC/ST/PwD* Step 1: Register at using
Applicant's Registration Service in admissions link
One Programme Rs. 1050/- Rs. 550/- directly. Provide relevant information as required
Two Programmes Rs. 1550/- Rs. 800/- (email ID is necessary for registration).
Please ensure you do not apply separately for each
3.3 How to Apply programme.
An applicant can opt for one of the following options: Step 2: There are three ways for submitting your
a) Apply online and pay through payment gateway. online application i.e.

b) Make payment at any IMS learning centre, after a) Apply Online and Pay Through Payment
getting IMS receipt, apply through IRMA website
by using IMS receipt number. b) Pay to any IMS Learning Centre and Apply Online
c) Take a print out of SBI challan available on IRMA c) Pay to any branch of SBI and Apply Online
website in the admission link. Make payment at In either case you have to enter data required for the
any branch of SBI by using the challan. SBI application form. Please ensure you opt for any of
would then issue a unique ID number. Use this these three options.
unique ID number and apply online through a. Apply Online and Pay Through Payment
IRMA website. Gateway
d) Printed application material (prospectus, Mandatory Requirements
application forms, etc.) may be obtained from
In order to avail this service you need to have a valid
Admissions Office, IRMA, Anand - 388 001 on
credit/debit card issued by Scheduled bank (VISA /
payment of full fees. (All the payments to IRMA Mastercard).
should be made in the form of a demand draft
favouring 'IRMA' and it should be payable at Checklist
“Anand”). Please ensure, you have following documents /
information ready before applying online.
No Refund will be made after the payment is
made. Email ID.

Prospectus and sample question papers will be sent Valid Credit/ debit Card – (VISA/Mastercard issued
to the candidates opting for options “a” and “c” after by scheduled banks).
their application is received at IRMA. For credit card transaction you should have “3d
Secure PIN”, generated through the sponsoring
It is compulsory for all applicants to send a hard copy
of application form at Admissions Office, IRMA,
Anand–388001, Gujarat. Those applicants, who are For debit card transaction you need to have
using option “b” or “c”, are required to attach IMS “Internet Banking UserID” and “Internet Banking
Receipt or SBI Challan respectively with application Password”, issued by sponsoring bank.
form. Personal Information.

Candidates should retain a copy of the completed Academic Details.

application form for their reference. The Completed Scanned Photograph and scanned signature
applications should reach to IRMA on or before (optional). Recommended resolution for scanned
September 30, 2010. Postal delay is not the photograph is (150 X 180) pixel (use stamp size
responsibility of IRMA. photograph).
*PwD- persons with disability
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In case you are not able to upload photograph and enclosed them along with your printed version of
signature, please ensure you have enclosed them your application.
along with your printed copy of your application.
3.5 Selection Process
b. Pay to any IMS Learning Centre and Apply
All eligible candidates, including sponsored
candidates, are required to appear for a written test
Mandatory Requirements conducted by IRMA2 . The written test (200 marks),
You need to make payment of required amount at any comprises four sections: analytical reasoning (50
IMS centre. IMS centre will issue an IMS Receipt on marks), quantitative ability (50 marks), English
behalf of IRMA after collecting the money in cash. comprehension (40 marks), and issues of social
(Please note IMS centres will collect payment only in concern (60 marks). The test will be conducted on
CASH or swiping Credit Card which is equivalent to November 14, 2010, Sunday (9.15 a.m.– 12.15 p.m.)
cash payment for IRMA). Physical copy of IRMA at 27 centres3 across India. These centres are given in
Brochure and sample question paper would be handed Table 4.
to the student on making the payment. Table 4: IRMA Entrance Test Centres
Checklist Anand Bangalore Bhopal Bhubaneswar
Please ensure, you have following documents / Chandigarh Chennai Coimbatore Dehradun
information ready before proceeding for applying
Delhi Guwahati Hyderabad Jaipur
online by using IMS payment facility.
Kochi Kolkata Lucknow Mumbai
Email ID.
Nagpur Pantnagar Patna Ranchi
IMS Receipt Number.
Pune Raipur Rajkot Varanasi
Personal Information.
Thiruvananthapuram Udaipur Vijayawada
Academic Details.
l photograph and scanned signature Based on the performance in the written test4
(optional). Recommended resolution for scanned candidates will be selected to attend a personal
photograph is (150 X 180) pixel (use stamp size interview (PI) and a group discussion (GD), to be
photograph). In case you are not able to upload conducted at IRMA between January 31 to February
photograph and signature, please ensure you have 12, 2011. There is a sectional cut-off of marks, in order
enclosed them along with your printed version of to judge the candidate’s performance across the
your application. sections. The cut-off marks used for selecting
candidates for attending PI and GD last year are shown
c. Pay to any branch of SBI and Apply Online
in Table 5. Normally, the ratio of candidates called for PI
Mandatory Requirements and GD to the number of seats available is 4:1.
Take a print out of SBI challan available on IRMA Table 5: Cut-off marks for the selection of
website in the admission link. Make payment at any candidates for attending PI and GD for PRM
branch of SBI by using the challan. SBI would then 2010–12
issue a unique ID number. Use this unique ID number Category-wise cut-off marks
and apply online through IRMA website. Particulars General SC/ST Sponsored
& OBC & PWD*
Checklist Section-wise cut-off marks
Please ensure that you have following Analytical reasoning 25 22 18
documents/information ready before proceeding for Quantitative ability 25 22 18
applying online by using SBI payment facility. English comprehension 20 18 14
Issues of social concern 24 21 18
Email ID.
Overall cut-off marks 110 100 86
SBI Unique ID Number.
The final selection of candidates will be done on the
Personal Information.
l basis of the overall performance in the written test, PI,
Academic Details.
l and GD. The marks obtained in PI and GD will be
normalised across the evaluating panels. The marks
l photograph and scanned signature obtained in the written test and the normalised marks
(optional). Recommended resolution for scanned obtained in PI and GD will be reduced to the equivalent
photograph is (150 X 180) pixel (use stamp size
marks of 50, 40, and 10, respectively 5 . An overall merit
photograph). In case you are not able to upload
list will be prepared based on the total marks obtained
photograph and signature, please ensure you have
out of these 100 marks.
2. IRMA does not accept any other test-score. 4. The entrance test is common for all the academic programmes of IRMA.
3. IRMA reserves the right to change or cancel any test center at its discretion. Xevier Institute of Management, Bhuvneshwar (XIMB) also uses IRMA’s test
score for its rural management programme.
5. This weightages are currently under review and could be subject to change.
* PwD- persons with disability
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Such a listing will be prepared separately for the organisations. The sponsored candidates can
different categories of applicants, and the required complete the programme in two years, or they can opt
number of candidates will be selected from the for a Certificate in Rural Management (CRM) at the
different categories according to their order of merit. end of the first year. If sponsored again, the CRM
IRMA has positive discrimination policies for holders have an option of rejoining within three years
admissions to disadvantaged sections of the society. and completing the second year of the programme to
The cut-off marks used last year for the final selection obtain a PGDRM.
of candidates are shown in Table 6.
Those sponsored candidates who cannot meet the
Table 6: Cut-off marks for the final selection of minimum academic standards will only be given a
candidates for PRM 2010–12 certificate of participation specifically addressed to
Category Cut-off marks their employers. CRM is not open to non-sponsored
General and OBC 60
SC/ST and PwD* 44 At present, about 650 organisations have been
Sponsored designated by IRMA. Sponsored candidates are
required to fulfil the following conditions for admission
to IRMA:
The total number of seats available for PRM 2011–13
is 120. The programme will begin on June 06, 2011. All The candidate should hold a bachelor’s degree, in
the selected candidates will be required to report to any discipline, from a recognised university /
IRMA by this date. Candidates who did not have a institution
mathematics paper as part of their undergraduate The candidate should have worked with the
degree requirements will have to report on May 30, sponsoring organisation for a minimum period of
2011 for remedial classes in mathematics. two years (as on May 30, 2011) on a continuous
3.6 Tracking the Status of Application basis as a full-time, regular employee.
Applicants can track the status or progress of their The sponsoring organisation should be willing to
application, allocation of roll number, allocation of test grant uninterrupted leave to the candidate (if
centre, and test results at the appropriate stages of selected) for the period of study at IRMA.
the admission process through the IRMA website. The The sponsoring organisation should undertake to
admit card, the call letter, and the letter of admission make arrangements for payment of fees and other
offer can also be downloaded from the IRMA website dues of the candidate to IRMA.
at the appropriate stage. Candidates will also receive
some of this information through a system-generated The candidate should apply to IRMA by using any
e-mail. In order to avail of this facility, candidates must one option available point 3.3
provide their e-mail ID. Besides, the Institute has The candidate should appear for the written test,
introduced SMS service (broadcast and unicast) for the personal interview, and the group discussion.
the applicants. This service will be available during
the appropriate stage of the admission process. The The candidate should score above the minimum
broadcast service is controlled by the Institute and the cut-off point set for admissions.
message will be transmitted only once for each stage The candidate
l should produce evidence of
of the admission process. As regards unicast service, sponsorship from the sponsoring organisation.
the applicant who wishes to know the latest status of
Essential for Sponsored Candidates: Sponsored
her/his application, she/he can do so by sending SMS
candidates should attach a certificate from their
to 9714177777. While sending SMS, please mention
employer as per declaration of sponsorship form
IRMA followed by space and then quote your Form
available on IRMA website, stating that they will be
No., to get the response. For example IRMA 25633.
sponsored, if selected, along with the application
Please note this broadcast service is free of charge
form. If the sponsorship certificate is not enclosed, or
whereas unicast service will be chargeable as per the
if the organisation where the applicant is working is
rates prescribed by service providers. Unicast
not a designated organisation of IRMA, the
service can be availed repeatedly. Those applying by
application of the candidate will be treated at par with
hard copy application forms can get the status of their
the applications of other, non-sponsored candidates.
applications forms after two weeks of the closing date.
The sponsoring organisation must clearly specify the
3.7 Sponsored Candidates duration of the sponsorship and provide other details
IRMA's designated organisations can sponsor their as per declaration of sponsorship form available on
employees (executives and officers) for CRM or PRM. IRMA website. Employers willing to sponsor
PRM offers flexibility to working executives and candidates may write directly to the Admissions
officers who are sponsored by IRMA's designated Office, IRMA for clarification, if any.
*PwD- persons with disability
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4.0 Campus Location and Facilities equipped with Wi-Fi facility to access the Internet in
any corner of the Library.
IRMA has a sprawling 60-acre lush green campus,
state-of-the-art infrastructure, fully computerised 4.3 IT Infrastructure
facilities, an excellent library, 24-hour internet
IRMA’s comprehensive state-of-the-art computer
connectivity, and modern teaching aids. The campus
centre caters to its community through an intranet.
is fully residential. It is equipped with student hostels,
The intranet provides online services for the effective
a mess, lecture halls, seminar rooms, a library,
administration of academic functions. The computer
faculty and administrative offices, an auditorium, an
centre manages 600-odd hosts in the network. IRMA
executive training and development centre, faculty
has uninterrupted internet services through 6-Mbps
and staff housing, a dispensary, and other support
radio link availed from VSNL. IRMA has a technology-
facilities. The IRMA staff cooperative store caters to
intensive network, which provides mail, file, and print
the daily requirements of residents.
services on campus. A virtual office has been set up
IRMA is situated about 36 km north of Vadodara and on the campus to enable students, faculty, research
65 km south of Ahmedabad. The distance between scholars and staff to share the browser-supported
IRMA and the Anand railway station and bus stand is notice boards and exchange of information. Wi-Fi
about 4 km. The campus is conveniently located in facilities are available in library and student hostel
terms of accessibility to many academic and blocks. Various software statistical tools such as
development institutions. The more important of SPSS, EViews, and LISREL are available for
these are the National Dairy Development Board, the conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses and
Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation, research studies. There are two well equipped
AMUL (Anand Milk Union Limited), the Tribhuvandas laboratories for students, researchers and
Foundation, Anand Agricultural University, and participants of various other sponsored programmes
Sardar Patel University. in the areas of geographical systems (with ArcGIS)
software and business computing. The library
4.1 Student Accommodation
information system has online features to support
PRM is a fully residential programme. The hostel has user queries and to manage library administration. In
nine blocks, each with 24 furnished single rooms. addition, the IRMA alumni network is linked to the
Each floor consists of eight rooms in addition to a IRMA website to provide better networking among
furnished common reading room, which is also used IRMA students and alumni. A permanent email ID is
for receiving guests. The hostel has a boarding provided to the Alumni to interact with faculty, staff
facility, which is managed by an elected student body. and student community. Efforts are being made to
4.2 Library create a virtual community through a virtual network
of IRMA alumni, member organisations, students,
IRMA has an excellent library, housed in a spacious and faculty. Students of PRM programme are
three-storey building, which supports the teaching expected to possess a network-enabled PC to gain
and research programmes of the institute. The library such access whereas institute extends these
services are fully automated; the LibSys software is facilities to FPRM scholars.
used for searching, reporting, circulation, and
various other functions. IRMA library has
comprehensive full-text databases of journals,
namely EBSCO (a package of six different subject
areas), ABI/Inform (Proquest), and JSTOR. IRMA
participant’s have access to online databases to & CMIE databases. These together
provide full-text databases of over 9,200 journals in
subject areas such as management, finance,
marketing, organisational science and strategy,
information technology, e-governance, sociology,
e n v i r o n m e n t , a n d g e n d e r. P r o w e s s a n d provide financial and socio-economic
databases respectively in electronic form to the IRMA
user community. The print collection of the library at
present includes 45,041 books and MTS, OTS, and
fieldwork reports prepared by students. A huge
collection of video films and microforms is also
available. The library subscribes to over 344 print
journals/periodicals. Recently, the Library got
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4.4 Facilities for Extra-curricular Activities

A wide range of facilities for pursuing extra-curricular
activities are provided through the Student Activity
Centre. In addition, IRMA has facilities for sports
such as football, cricket, badminton, and table tennis.
The air-conditioned 400-seat auditorium has an
excellent audiovisual projection system, which is
used regularly by the student community and by
IRMA for holding a variety of programmes. Under
SPIC-MACAY—many students, staff, and faculty are
members of this cultural organisation—several
concerts and recitals by eminent artistes are
organised every year. While IRMA extends support
for extra-curricular activities, the initiative for
organising these events usually comes from the
students. The IRMA Staff Club organises various
cultural programmes, entertainment and sports
activities, and film shows. All the PRM students are
associate members of the IRMA Staff Club. The PRM
students represent a substantial pool of talent in
music, drama, and dance. The students organise
several cultural programmes, with Jatra, the three-
day student festival, being the highlight. Another
event organised by PRM students is Udaan, which
consists of several business competitions and
lectures by eminent personalities; it is also attended
by students from other B-schools. Terra Firma, the
biannual student magazine describing life at IRMA, is
popular among not only students but also the alumni
and the larger community. Network, the IRMA
newsletter, is another popular platform of
communication for the campus community.
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Academic Calendar for PRM 2011–13

Annexure - 1
First Academic Year
Activity Starting Date Ending Date Weeks
1 Remedial classes Monday, May 30, 2011 Saturday, June 04, 2011 1
2 Induction and orientation Monday, June 06, 2011 Saturday, June 18, 2011 2
3 Classroom segment, Term I Monday, June 20, 2011 Saturday, Sept. 03, 2011 11
4 Fieldwork preparation Monday, Sept. 05, 2011 Friday, Sept. 09, 2011 1
5 Vacation Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011 Friday, Sept. 23, 2011 2
6 Fieldwork Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 8
7 Fieldwork presentations and submission Monday, Nov. 21, 2011 Saturday, Nov. 26, 2011 1
8 Classroom segment, Term II Monday, Nov. 28, 2011 Saturday, Feb. 18, 2012 12
9 Classroom segment, Term III Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 Saturday, May 05, 2012 11
Total 49

Second Academic Year

10 OTS preparation Monday, May 07, 2012 Friday, May 11, 2012 1

11 Vacation Saturday, May 12, 2012 Saturday, May 26, 2012 2

12 Organisational traineeship Monday, May 28, 2012 Saturday, July 21, 2012 8

13 OTS presentations and submission Monday, July 23, 2012 Saturday, July 28, 2012 1

14 Classroom segment, Term IV Monday, July 30, 2012 Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 11

15 MTS preparations and consultation Monday, Oct. 15, 2012 Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012 1

16 Management traineeship Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012 8
17 MTS presentation and submission Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 1
Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 & Saturday, Feb. 02, 2013
18 Classroom segment, Term V 12
Monday, Feb. 11, 2013 &Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013
19 Placement Monday, Feb. 04, 2013 Friday, Feb. 08, 2013 1

20 Convocation Middle of April, 2013

Total 46

Note: These dates are indicative and could be subject to change in the wake of unforseen situation.
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Annexure - 2
First Year
Term I (6.0 credits) Term II (6.0 credits) Term III (6.0 Credits)

Field Work Segment (4.0 Credits)

Collective Action and Cooperation Development Theories and Practices
Individual and Group Behaviour (1.0 Credit)
(1.0 Credit) (1.0 Credit)
Economic Analysis for Rural Management – I Economic Analysis for Rural Management – II
Managing Cooperatives (1.0 Credit)
(1.0 Credit) (1.0 Credit)
Financial Accounting (1.0 Credit) Financial Management (1.0 Credit) Marketing Management (1.0 Credit)
Quantitative Analysis for Rural Management Management Information Systems
Understanding Organisations (1.0 Credit)
(1.0 Credit) (1.0 Credit)
Managerial Analysis & Communication Production and Operations Management Costing and Management Planning
(0.5 Credit) (1.0 Credit) (1.0 Credit)
Computer Applications for Rural Human Resources Management
Rural Research Methods (0.5 Credit)
Management (0.5 Credit) (1.0 Credit)
Rural Livelihood Systems (0.5 Credit) Gender and Development (0.5 Credit)
Rural Society and Polity (0.5 Credit)

Second Year
Term IV (6.0 credits) Term V (6.0 credits)
Traineeship Segment
Traineeship Segment

Rural Development Interventions (1.0 Credit) Legal Environment and Cooperative Law (1.0 Credit)

(4.0 Credits)

Strategic Issues in Development Organisations

(4.0 Credits)

Strategic Management (1.0 Credit)

(1.0 Credit)
Project Management (1.0 Credit)
Marketing Research (0.5 Credit) Optional Courses (4.0 credits)
Social Entrepreneurship and Ethical Leadership
(0.5 Credit)
Optional Courses (2.0 credits)

List of Optional Courses (Term IV and V)

Rural Development Management Group Rural Enterprise Management Group
Cost Benefit Analysis Agribusiness
Economic Environment and Policy Brand Management and Communication
Gandhi's Critique of Modernity in Contemporary Consumer Behaviour
Geo-informatics for Rural Management Consumption, Culture & Market
Globalisation and Agriculture Derivatives
Governance & Development E-Business for Rural Enterprises
International Trade: Theory and Policy Entrepreneurship
Management of Change Managing and Marketing Services
Micro –Finance Marketing Analytics
Natural Resource Management Quality Management
Public Policy Analysis Product Policy in Marketing
Rural Innovations Rural Marketing
Sales and Distribution Management
Strategic Management of Innovation & Technology
Strategic Marketing & Planning
Supply Chain Management
Understanding Negotiation
Note: Optional courses may vary depending on needs of the students and recommendation of the PRM Committee.
Each participant is required to take 6.0 credits of optional courses selecting at least 2.0 credits from each group mentioned above.
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Annexure - 3

Sl. First Year Second Year

Particulars Total
Term I Term II Term III Term IV Term V
Due date for payment of fee 02-05-11 01-12-11 23-02-12 02-08-12 27-12-12
A Tuition Fee Rs. Rs. Rs. Rs. Rs. Rs.
Class-room Terms 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 60,000 3,00,000
Fieldwork Segment 20,000 20,000
OTS 20,000 20,000
MTS 20,000 20,000
Total (A) 60,000 80,000 80,000 80,000 60,000 3,60,000
B Service Fee
Computer Services 4,000 4,000 4,000 4,000 4,000 20,000
Internet Services 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 10,000
Room rent & Electricity 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 2,000 10,000
Total (B) 8,000 8,000 8,000 8,000 8,000 40,000
Total Fees Payable (A+B) 68,000 88,000 88,000 88,000 68,000 4,00,000
1. The fee structure for Certificate in Rural Management (CRM) is equivalent to the fee structure of the First Academic
2. There may be upward revision of 5 to 7% of the tuition fee.
3. Mess is managed by the students' body. Boarding and personal expenses will be over and above the mentioned
fee. Currently average monthly expenses of the mess is around Rs. 2,200/-.
4. There are annual charges of Rs. 8850/- in each year for caution deposit, book deposit, student activities fund,
associate membership of IRMA club, SPIC MACAY, alumni association membership and medical expenses.
5. Please note that medical expenses mentioned above are to meet only the cost of services provided by the campus
doctor. Any other expenses have to be borne by the student.
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Glimpses of IRMA
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Important Dates
Annexure - 4

Last date for receipt of completed applications September 30, 2010

Written test November 14, 2010 (9.15 a.m. – 12.15 p.m.)
Announcement of entrance test results December 27, 2010
Personal interviews and group discussions January 31 to February 12, 2011
Announcement of final results March 14, 2011
Last date to deposit the first term fee May 02, 2011
Beginning of remedial classes in Mathematics May 30, 2011
Beginning of the programme June 06, 2011

Direct all correspondence to:

Admissions Office, IRMA, Anand–388001 (Gujarat).
Phone: (02692) 221 657, 221 659, 260 246 (between 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.)
Mobile: 97263 64188 (between 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.)
Fax: (02692) 260 188
Note: An applicant is requested to refer to IRMA website ( before sending any
query to admissions office by e-mail or making phone calls.
The entire admission process at the Institute shall be subject to the Jurisdiction of the Courts of Anand.
Dr. Yoginder K Alagh Chairman
Chairman Institute of Rural Management Anand - 388 001

Dr. Amrita Patel National Dairy Development Board, Anand - 388 001
Secretary, Rural Development
Department of Rural Development & Land Revenue,
Shri B. K. Sinha Government of India, Ministry of Rural Development,
Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi – 110 001
Commissioner and Principal Secretary (Rural Development)
Ms. Rita Teaotia Government of Gujarat,Dr. Jivraj Mehta Bhavan,
Block No. 16, 3rd Floor, Gandhinagar: 382 010
Shri Umesh Chandra National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development
Sarangi Plot No.C-24, G-Block,,Bandra-Kurla Complex, PO Box No. 8121
Bandra (E), Mumbai-400 051.
Managing Director
Shri Rahul Kumar Kaira District Co-operative Milk Producers' Union Ltd.
Amul Dairy Road, Anand – 388 001
Managing Director
Shri S. R. Chaudhary Banaskantha District Co-operative Milk Producers' Union Ltd.
Banas Dairy, P. B. No.20,Palanpur – 385 001
Associate Professor
Prof. Rama Baru Centre for Social Medicine & Community Health
Jawaharlal Nehru University,New Delhi – 110 067
Vice Chancellor
Dr. Sudarshan Iyengar Gujart Vidyapeeth, Nr. Income Tax Office, Ashram Road,
Ahmedabad – 380 014
Former President, NASSCOM
Mr. Kiran Karnik Q2A, Hauz Khas Enclave, New Delhi – 110 016
Mr. Deep Joshi P – 22, South City – 1, Gurgaon – 122 001
Former Governor, Reserve Bank of India
Dr. Yaga Venugopal
Plot 297, Road No. 25, Jubilee Hills,
Reddy Hyderabad – 500 033 (Andhra Pradesh)
Shri V. Vivekanandan South Indian Federation Fishermen Societies
Karamana, Trivandrum-695 002
Chief Executive
Shri S. Sivakumar Agri-Business Division, ITC Limited,31, Sarojini Devi Road
Secunderabad – 500 003
Prof. Rakesh Saxena Institute of Rural Management, Anand
Prof. Debiprasad Mishra Institute of Rural Management, Anand

Dr. Vivek Bhandari Director

Member Secretary Institute of Rural Management, Anand
Convocation 2010

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