IRMA to accept CAT 2013 scores for MBA admissions 2014
Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) will accept the scores of CAT 2013 for the admission of Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PRM) 2014-16 batch and Fellow Programme in Rural Management (FPRM) 2014 batch. The institute which offers specialized program in Rural Management and is one of a kind B-School in India conducted IRMA entrance exam till last year, for the admission to the academic year 2013-15. This is the first time IRMA will accept CAT scores as it conducted the admission through its own IRMA entrance exam.
Last year, IRMA had filed a petition to the honourable Supreme Court to let the IRMA entrance exam continue for the admission in the academic year 2013-15, which had already been announced. This was in reaction to the Supreme Court verdict which stated that B-schools have to consider only 5 MBA entrance exams namely CAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA and GMAT for their admission. The Supreme Court had allowed IRMA to conduct the IRMA entrance exam in the year 2012, however, the final verdict is awaited.
In its Admission 2014 notice, IRMA states, “IRMA is awaiting Supreme Court’s pending decision for conducting IRMA admission test for the ensuing academic year.” The final verdict will be announced by the Supreme Court soon. In case the verdict is in favour of IRMA, the B-School will conduct the IRMA 2013 entrance exam.
Careers360 talked to Prof. M V Durga Prasad, IRMA Professor regarding the acceptance of CAT 2013 exam scores. “This year we would be conducting the admission through CAT scores. If the Supreme Court verdict is in our favour, then it would be an additional test apart from IRMA entrance exam.”
When asked whether the CAT exam pattern would fit the components required for the IRMA programme, Prof. Prasad said, “IRMA offers a very niche programme and the IRMA entrance exam is designed accordingly. CAT does not fit the requirements, still we are accepting the scores this year since the Supreme Court verdict is awaited. On the basis of the verdict we would decide whether to add another component test or not. It is too early to comment now.”
Last year, the IRMA 2012 entrance exam was conducted on Sunday, November 11, 2012 in 27 centers across India. It is a paper pencil based objective type multiple choice exam which has four sections, Analytical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability, English Comprehension and Issues of Social Concern. The total marks of the IRMA entrance exam is 200. The duration of the paper is 2 hours.