The PGDRM curriculum at Institute of Rural Management provides a wide spectrum of high-quality courses with a greater focus on experiential learning.  The curriculum comprises four distinct yet mutually supportive segments – classroom, village field work, development internship and management internship. The curriculum is highly acclaimed and approved by the reputed assessors and accreditation bodies. Furthermore, PGDRM graduates are known to carve a distinct reputation in their professional environment for their empathy, brilliance, commitment and integrity. The participants of this program are highly valued in local, national and international cooperatives, NGOs, development organisations, and funding agencies. All participants are suitably placed in different organisations through our Campus Placement program.

Batch Size: 180

Batch Composition: The 206-18 batch comprised of 27% female students and 73% male students. 42% of the students were fresh graduates, 17% were having experience of 0-1 year and 23% had work experience of 1-2 years. Out of the total batch, 68% students were from Engineering background, 10% from Commerce and 7% from Arts background.

Placements: For the batch of 2016-18, the average salary offered by the private sector crossed the Rs. 12 lakh mark. The combined average salary for the current batch stands at Rs. 11.39 lakh per annum (against Rs. 10.22 lakh last year), while the median stands at Rs. 10 lakh per annum (against Rs. 8.40 lakh last year). The maximum salary for the batch stands at Rs. 46.50 lakh. The lowest salary, Rs. 3.5 lakh was offered by a grassroots NGO to one of the graduates who consciously chose to follow his dream of making a difference in the lives of people. In this year’s placements IRMA received 315 job offers from 114 recruiters for the batch. This year, 18 students received Pre-Placement Offers (PPOs) from various organizations. The breakup of offers during the final placements are as follows:

Sector % Offers Top Companies
Agribusiness & Rural Marketing 24% ADM Agro Industries, Afriventures FZE (Kewalram), Cargill, DCM Shriram Ltd.,  Godrej Agrovet Limited, ITC Limited Agri Business Division
BFSI 36% BhartiAxa General Insurance, Fullerton India Credit Limited, ICICI Bank, IDFC Bank, Indusind Bank Limited, Muthoot Fincorp
Collectives & Co-Operatives 18% Chattisgrah State Coop. Dairy Federation Ltd., Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation
CSR & Social Business 8% Basix, Cummins India Limited, Garv Toilets-Snapex Overseas, Greenlight Planet India Pvt Ltd, Rangsutra Crafts India, Vedanta CSR
Govt and Non-Govt Development Organization 9% BAIF Development Research Foundation, Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society – JEEVIKA, Kudumbashree
Technology & Consultancy 5% Catalyst Management Services, IWMI-Tata Water Policy Program, KPMG Gurgaon, Stellapps Technologies Private Limited

Admission Process: IRMA will be shortlisting and calling applicants in two ways: (a) Merit-based Calls: Candidates who score above 85 percentiles in CAT/XAT are eligible to be shortlisted for IRMASAT and GA and PI process. (b) Profile-cum-merit based Calls: Candidates who score above 80 percentiles in CAT/XAT and fall in the Profile-based call criteria will be shortlisted for IRMASAT and GA and PI process. The key criteria to shortlist candidates based on profile are: (i) Excellence: Graduation from Top universities and Colleges, (ii) Work Experience in Social Impact, Community Development, Livelihoods, Policy and Advocacy, Agriculture and Allied sectors; (iii) Graduation in Social sciences, Development studies, Agriculture and Allied sciences. Shortlisted candidates will be called for selection process at IRMA where they will have to take the IRMA Social Awareness Test, Group Activity and Personal Interview.