IRMASAT Counselling 2024 Seat Allotment: Check Dates, Fees & Procedure

Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) 2024 ( IRMASAT )

Saumya Jain

Saumya JainAssistant Manager- Content

Updated on May 15, 2024 14:37 IST

IRMASAT Personal Interview was conducted from February 19, 2024, to February 24, 2024. Candidates will have the option to select their time slot and city while filling the IRMASAT application form 2024. IRMA doesn’t conduct any counselling process. Admissions are done based on CAT/XAT/CMAT/GMAT/GRE scores, IRMASAT scores, IRMA Written Ability Test (IWAT) performance in Personal Interviews, academic history and work profile. After the IRMASAT 2024 exam and Personal Interview (PI) are conducted, the final merit list of candidates selected for admission is released. Selected students will then have to submit the initial admission fee to confirm their admission. This year, IRMASAT PI was conducted offline. The weightage of the online interview is 35% of the selection process. 

Q:   What is the selection criteria for Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management) programme at IRMA Anand?


The final selection of students to IRMA Anand's Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management) course is based on the entrance exam scores and candidates' performance in GA and PI rounds. The entrance exams accepted include XAT/ CAT/ CMAT. The eligibility criteria for admissions is that candidate should have passed graduation with a minimum of 50% aggregate. Additionally, the documents required for admissions include Scanned photograph and signature, Scanned and self-attested copy of category Certificate (as applicable), Scanned graduation marksheet, Class 10 and Class 12 marksheet, Domicile Certificate Sports Certificate and Work related documents.


Q:   Do any of the IIMs accept IRMASAT?


No, IIMs do not accept IRMASAT scores for admission to their management programmes. IIMs have their own separate entrance exam, CAT (Common Admission Test) which is used for admission to MBA and other post graduate management programmes. IRMASAT, is only accept by the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) specifically for admission to its postgraduate programme in rural management. IRMA is an institute which has its focus on rural and development management. 

Candidates who wish to take admission to any IIMs, they need to appear for the CAT exam and meet the eligibility criteria set by the IIMs. 


Q:   What is the eligibility criteria for IRMASAT?


IRMASAT is conducted by the Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) for admission to its Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM) programme. The eligibility criteria for IRMASAT are as follows:

  • Domestic Candidates:
    • Graduates in any discipline from a recognised university with at least 50% aggregate or equivalent CGPA.
    • Candidates in their final year of the examination are also eligible, but they must submit proof of qualifying the final year by September 2024.
    • Candidates must have scored 85 percentile or above in CAT 2023, XAT 2024, or CMAT 2024.
  • Foreign Candidates:
    • Graduates in any stream with at least 50% aggregate or equivalent from a recognised university.
    • Candidates must have appeared in GMAT/GRE (from 2016 onwards) and have a score that meets the minimum cut-off criteria set by IRMA.
  • Sponsored Candidates:
    • Candidates must hold a Bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognised university/institution.
    • Candidates should have worked with the sponsoring organisation for a minimum of two years (as of July 1, 2024) as a regular employee on a full-time basis.
  • There is no age limit to appear for IRMASAT.

IRMASAT 2024 Selection Process

The IRMASAT 2024 selection process includes two steps; i.e. Written Ability Test and a Personal Interview. Read below to know more about the two:

Written Ability Test (WAT): Shortlisted candidates will be called for the next round of selection, where they will have to appear for a Written Ability Test on the day of their Personal Interview. Candidates will be assigned a topic on the spot to write on in about 200-300 words. It will be a paper-based test for 30 minutes. The WAT round is designed to evaluate the candidates' rural aptitude as well as written communication skills. 

Personal Interview (PI): A Personal Interview is conducted to test the candidate’s knowledge and understanding of rural issues of the country and find out if they have the aptitude to fulfil the roles and responsibilities of a management professional operating in cooperatives, NGOs and development organisations. A Personal Interview is a more personalized round in which the candidates get to interact face-to-face with the selectors. They are judged on their communication skills, aptitude for the rural management field and suitability for the programme.

The final selection of candidates for 240 seats in PGDRM is based on their performance in CAT 2024/CMAT 2024/XAT 2024, IRMASAT, Personal Interview, Academic Performance and Diversity. Each of these parameters has been allotted a particular weightage.

The Personal Interview was conducted offline. Candidates who opt for the offline mode for PI can choose the two preferred cities while filling the IRMASAT 2024 application form. The offline PI round was conducted in 13 cities as follows:

IRMASAT Personal Interview Cities for Indian Candidates
Anand Delhi
Bangalore Bhopal
Bhubaneshwar Guwahati
Hyderabad Jaipur
Kolkata Lucknow
Mumbai Patna 
Pune -

Note: For foreign candidates, the Personal Interview is done telephonically.

Q:   Is IRMA a good college?


IRMA Anand is an autonomous private institute that was established in 1979. The college is approved by AICTE and AIU. The university college Undergraduate courses, Postgraduate courses to its students. The admission is given based on an entrance exam. The University also offers scholarships to their students and the exam accepted is the CAT and XAT. The placement record of the university is around 92%. The highest placement rate is nearly 15 LPA and the average placement is nearly 26 LPA. The top recruiting companies visiting the college for placement are KPMG, Bajaj, HSBC, Accenture, Delloite, etc. The college is a good choice as it also offers a great exposure to development sector.


Q:   How to get selected in IRMA?


In order to get admissions at IRMA, the candidate need to meet the latest eligibility as per pre-defined course. However, students who want to know the eligibility criteria for MDPs, students need to visit the official website. To know the selection criteria students can check the table presented below:

Course Name


Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management)

For Indian candidates- CAT 2023/ XAT 2024/ CMAT 2024 + includes IRMAWAT + PI + Academic performance + Regional and Gender Diversity + Sports Diversity / Extra-Curricular Activities and work experience


CAT 2023/ XAT 2024/ CMAT 2024 + PI + Academic performance + Gender Diversity + Sports Diversity / Extra-Curricular Activities and work experience




Q:   Does IRMA have a sectional cut off for CAT?


Yes, IRMA have a sectional cutoff for CAT. The CAT exam has three sections - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. Among these three sections, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension has the maximum weightage of 24 questions and 72 marks. IRMA cutoff 2023 is yet to release for MBA admission. However, candidates can refer to the table given below to check out the sectional CAT cutoff 2019 for IRMA:


IRMASAT 2024 Important Dates

Take a look at the table below for the complete schedule of IRMASAT 2024 exam

DatesPast Exam Dates

Apr '24

Last date to pay first-year fee

Mar '24

IRMASAT 2024 Final Result Announcement

19 Feb '24 -

24 Feb '24

IRMASAT Personal Interviews

Selection Criteria for IRMA 2024 Admission

For IRMASAT Admissions 2024, IRMA will select candidates under two categories:

1. Merit-cum-profile based call

2. Merit-based call (Non-Profile Based Call)
Candidates who fulfill the following criteria may be shortlisted for Merit-cum-profile based calls:

  • Graduation in: Development, Agriculture, Dairy, Public policy, Sustainability, Veterinary Sciences, Food Technology
  • Work experience in Development Sector, Dairy, Public Policy
  • Excellence: Graduation from top universities and colleges

A minimum qualifying percentile has been fixed for the selection of candidates for IRMASAT 2024 and GA and PI. Candidates of General Category, who score 80 percentile or above in CAT 2023/XAT 2024 are eligible to be shortlisted for IRMASAT 2024 and GA and PI process under merit-cum profile-based call. Candidates of General Category, who score 85 percentile or above in CAT 2023/CMAT 2024/XAT 2024 and fall in the Non-profile based call criteria are eligible to be shortlisted for IRMASAT 2024 and GA and PI process. Cut off for the candidates of reserved categories will be decided separately at the appropriate time.

Q:   How many seats are reserved for MBA course at IRMA?


As per the stats, a total of 240 seats are reserved for IRMA Anand PGDM course. For more clarity, students can check the table presented below:

Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management)240

Q:   Does IRMA accept CAT score?


Yes, the institute offers CAT score to enrol in Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management) programme at IRMA. The selection process is divided into two stage. In first stage, candidate would be shortlisted based on CAT/XAT/CMAT scores. Second stage is interview process which consists WAT and PI. The candidate have to get 35% weightage is allocated to CAT exam scores to get admission in the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management) course.


Q:   Is IRMA ranked by any national or international ranking body for Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management)?


As per NIRF report 2023, the IRMA ranking was 54. In 2022, the ranking for Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management) was 52. It can be concluded that a decreasing trend was observed for as per NIRF report for the year 2022 vs 2023. For more clarity students can check the table presented below:

PublisherYear 2022Year 2023
Business TodayNA29

Minimum cutoffs required to qualify for IRMASAT 2024 GA/PI

The minimum cutoff criteria for qualifying IRMASAT 2024 is depicted below.


CAT 2023/CMAT 2024/XAT 2024 cut off percentile

For merit-cum profile-based call to General Category students

80% and above

For Non-Profile-based call to General Category students

85% and above

For Reserved category students

To be announced

Q:   What is the CAT general cutoff for IRMA?


IRMA accepts CAT score for admission to the MBA programme. Candidates seeking admission must appear for CAT 2023 exam which is scheduled for Nov 26, 2023. CAT cutoff 2023 is yet to release for IRMA. However, as per the previous year data, the overall CAT percentile was 80 for the General All India category students.  


Q:   What are the documents required at IRMA Anand?


Students can check the documents required at the time of application from the points mentioned below:

  • Scanned photograph and signature
  • Scanned and self-attested copy of category certificate (as applicable)
  • Scanned graduation marksheet
  • Class 10 and Class 12 marksheet
  • Domicile certificate
  • Sports certificate
  • Work-related documents

IRMASAT 2024 Final Selection Criteria

Check the table below to know the final selection criteria weightage. This year GA will not be a part of the selection process and the weightage of GA will be assigned to the online personal interview. 



CAT 2023/CMAT 2024/XAT 2024


Personal Interview




Academic Performance 

5% (Class 10: 1.5%, Class 12: 1.5%, Graduation: 2%)

Gender Diversity


Regional Diversity


Sports Diversity 1.5%
Academic Diversity 2%
Academic Pedigree 3%
Work Experience 5%



IRMASAT 2024 Final Selection Criteria Details

Solely meeting the eligibility criteria for IRMASAT 2024 does not guarantee admission to IRMA. Following factors will also be taken into consideration:

  • Stage 1: Candidates will be shortlisted based on the scores obtained by them in CAT 2023/CMAT 2024/XAT 2024 (whichever is higher)
  • Stage 2: Shortlisted candidates will have to appear for WAT-PI rounds where they will be evaluated on their communication skills, managerial abilities, rural aptitude and written communication skills. 
  • 3.5% weightage will be given for gender diversity where 3.5% weightage is given to women and transgenders and 0% to male candidates
  • If an applicant provides valid proof of having passed their Class 12 or Class 10 from a school located in an aspirational district, they will get two marks in their final score. The candidates belonging to North-eastern states will be provided three marks, provided they submit a valid domicile certificate. 
  • If a candidate provides a government-issued certificate of their participation in sports at different levels they will be awarded marks corresponding to the level of their participation. They will be given 1.5% weightage. 
  • Candidates from any discipline except Engineering will be given the benefit of 2% of Academic Diversity
  • The institutes/universities will be decided based on government rankings – NIRF 2023 Ranking and ICAR ranking for Agricultural Universities
  • Only full-time paid employment experience after the completion of graduation will be considered as of September 30, 2023. A benefit of 5% will be given to such candidates. Check the table below to know more:
Experience (in Months) Score (Maximum 5 marks)
<=6 0
7 to 12




















Q:   What will be my ROI after studying at IRMA?


Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) has concluded its placements drive for the 42nd batch (2021-23) of its flagship Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management) - the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management). As per the latest report, the participating recruiters made 339 placement offers to the batch of 250 participants of Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management). The the highest and average package during IRMA placements 2023 stood at INR 26.50 LPA and INR 15.50 LPA, respectively. The top recruiters of IRMA in 2023 included Flipkart, Dabur, Adani Group, Godrej, ITC, etc.


Q:   Which exams are accepted by IRMA?


There are different exams through which students can get admission in IRMA Anand. For Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management) and PGDM (RM-X), need to provide CAT 2023/ XAT 2024/ CMAT scores. For FPM (RM), the applications will be scrutinised by the allocated selection committee of IRMA on the basis of several constraints, such as past academic qualification, past test scores, research proposal, and reservation.


Documents to Carry During WAT-PI Rounds

The following documents are to be carried at the time of IRMASAT 2024 WAT and Personal Interview:

  • IRMASAT 2024 scorecard
  • CAT/XAT/GMAT/GRE scorecard
  • Class 10 marksheet
  • Class 12 marksheet
  • Graduation marksheet
  • Date of birth proof
  • Address proof
  • Work experience letter (if applicable)
  • Caste certificate

FAQs Regarding IRMASAT Selection Process

Check below the FAQs on IRMASAT counselling-

Q:   How effective is the teaching for Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management) at IRMA Anand?

{Source: MBA students & alumni}

Based on the reviews provided, here's an overview of the quality of teaching at IRMA Anand for their Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management) program:

* Highly knowledgeable faculty: All the reviewers mention that the faculty members are highly knowledgeable and experienced in their respective fields.
* Extremely helpful: Many reviewers highlight the faculty's willingness to go above and beyond to help students, whether it's through personalized attention or extra classes for doubt sessions.
* Up-to-date curriculum: The curriculum is described as rigorous and current, with unique courses that prepare students for real-world challenges in rural management.
* Emphasis on practical knowledge: Several reviewers mention that the focus is on practical knowledge rather than just theoretical learning, which is reflected in the village fieldwork segment of the program.
* Ph.D. holder faculty members: All the faculty members are reported to hold Ph.D. degrees, bringing a high level of expertise and research experience into the classroom.
* Research and consultancy projects: Faculty members are said to be involved in research and consultancy projects, which helps them bring real-world experiences into the classroom and keep the curriculum updated.

Overall, based on these reviews, the quality of teaching at IRMA Anand appears to be very strong, with highly knowledgeable and experienced faculty members who are dedicated to providing students with a well-rounded education in rural management.

Q:   Which companies recruit Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management) students from IRMA Anand college?

{Source: MBA students & alumni}

Here are the top recruiting companies for the Post Graduate Diploma in Management (Rural Management) at IRMA Anand, based on the reviews provided:

* Companies like GCMMF (AMUL), Future Group, State Governments, Mahindra Agri, ITC, UNICEF, etc.
* Top recruiters were Amul, Mother Dairy and Federal Bank.
* HDFC, Ergo, Fullerton India and IBM are the top recruiting companies.
* Other companies that visit the college for placements include ITC, TATA STEEL, HUL, GODREJ, HDFC BANK, ICICI BANK, etc.
* Recruiting companies such as Caspian, ITC, Sriram, etc.
* Agriculture and allied sector and development related companies also visit the college for placements.

Above answer is based on reviews, some of them are mentioned below
All the student get placed. 10 . by Vanditaa
Till date, I can tell you abou . by Richa
Most of the students in our co . by Saurabh
College offers placements of a . by Sohail
IRMA has a 100% placement trac . by Akshay

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