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IRMA 2018: Roadmap to a Career in Rural Development and Management

Last Updated - September 21, 2017

Rural Management and Development courses basically focus upon application of developmental and managerial skills for the upliftment of rural areas. The course involves learning, planning, organizing and dealing with the challenges faced in the elevation and management of rural section of the country.

Off lately, there has been an escalation in the interest of PG aspirants in the field of Rural Development and Management. Keeping this spirit up and with a view to culminate rural areas, Institute of Rural Management, popularly known as IRMA, has been providing Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Management, Fellowship Program in Rural Management and Certificate in Rural Management.

Out of all the three programs mentioned above, Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM) is the flagship course which is offered by IRMA. Admissions to this program are offered on the basis of CAT/XAT Scores. Additionally, an online test on “issues of social concern” has to be taken for final admission to PGDRM and Fellowship Program in Rural Management.


How is PGDRM structured?

Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Management is 2-year program comprising four different segments- classroom, village fieldwork, development internship and management traineeship.

Find below the details of these segments of PGDRM:

  • Classroom- 5 terms are included in classroom segment wherein, candidates learn about techniques, skills and concepts of rural management.
  • Village fieldwork- In this segment, students are exposed to the realities of rural life and are given first-hand experience of the prevalent situations.
  • Development Internship- It is important to be aware about the organizational dynamics. During development internship, students learn about these dynamics and gather knowledge about ways to enhance rural development.
  • Management Traineeship- The final segment is to test the knowledge acquired throughout the program. It is an opportunity to examine the classroom concepts and other developmental skills acquired during internship and fieldwork.

Who is eligible to apply for PGDRM?

To apply for both Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Management and Fellowship Program in Rural Management, candidates must fulfill certain eligibility conditions such as:

  • A graduate degree/postgraduate degree in any discipline with minimum 50 percent marks or equivalent GPA from the recognized university.
  • Valid CAT/XAT score must be obtained in order to be eligible to apply for given programs.
  • Additionally, applicants will have to appear for a test conducted by IRMA on “Issues of Social Concern.”

IRMA 2018: Issues of Social Concern

All the applicants who wish to take up the afore-mentioned programs have to mandatorily appear for IRMA Exam 2018, also known as Issues of Social Concern.

The exam basically comprises 4 sections namely, Quantitative Ability, English Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning and Issues of Social Concern. Know about IRMA 2018 Exam Pattern details here,

  • The exam will be conducted in online mode for 2 hours.
  • Total marks allotted to this test is 200. Distribution of marks for each section is as follows:
    1. Quantitative Ability- 50 marks
    2. English Comprehension- 40 marks
    3. Analytical Reasoning-50 marks
    4. Issues of Social Concern-60 marks

Career Prospects in Rural Development and Management

With over 60% of the total population living in rural areas, it has become the ultimate necessity to have professionals hired for development and management of rural areas. A degree in Rural Development and Management can open gates to various job positions such as:

  • Sales/Business Development Manager
  • Rural Development Officer
  • Research Officer
  • Rural Executives
  • Rural Manager
  • Senior Program Officer
  • Trainer
  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Project Coordinator
  • Rural Minister
  • Purchase/ Vendor Development Manager
  • Business Development Executive
  • Sales Officer
  • National Sales Development Manager, etc.

Here is the list of top recruiters in the field of Rural Development and Management:

Co-Operatives & Associated Organizations 

  • GCMMF Ltd (AMUL) Anand
  • Maahi Milk Producer Company Limited Rajkot
  • Tamil Nadu Co-operative Milk Producers` Federation Limited Chennai

Government Development Agencies

  • Bihar Rural Livelihoods Promotion Society JEEVIKA Patna
  • Rajasthan Gramin Ajeevika Vikas Parishad (RAJEEVIKA) Jaipur
  • UNICEF-WASH Gandhinagar Gujarat

Non- Government Development Organization

  • Gujarat State Women’s Sewa Co-operative Federation Ahmedabad
  • Industree Crafts Foundation Bangalore
  • Naandi Community Water Services Pvt Ltd Hyderabad

Agrifinance & Microfinance

  • Fincare Business Services Ltd. Bangalore
  • Fullerton India Credit Limited Mumbai
  • CICI Bank Ltd. (Rural and Inclusive Banking Group) Mumbai

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