IRMA to conduct Social Issues Test apart from CAT 2013 scores for Admissions 2014 - 2015

India's renowned rural management college, Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA), will conduct a test on social issues apart from using CAT 2013 scores for admission to the 2014 - 2016 academic session.


Post Graduate Diploma in Rural Management (PRM): Two year residential program recognised as equivalent to a Master's degree by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) and approved by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The program prepares managers to assume challenging roles in rural cooperatives and development organisations.
Fellow Programme in Rural Management (FPRM): Doctoral program for students and professionals seeking opportunities in research, teaching and knowledge-based positions in rural management institutions. This course can be completed within a minimum period of three years and maximum period of seven years.

Important Dates

Last date to apply for admissions: 20 January, 2014
IRMA's test on "Issues of Social Concern": 23 February, 2014

Exam Pattern

IRMA's test on "Issues of Social Concern" will be an online examination consisting of 40 questions. The duration of the test will be 25 minutes.

The medium of questions will be English and the question type will be multiple choice with five options (MCQs.) One-fourth of the marks for a question will be deducted for wrong answers.

The questions in the test will be designed to test your basic understanding of all relevant social issues and ability to analyze and take a stand on conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands. The test intends to test your awareness of current national issues and topics of social relevance in present-day India.

Sample Questions

The following questions are only indicative in nature and the list is not exhaustive. You may find questions of a higher level of difficulty in the actual exam and of any type that may not be mentioned here.

Some topics that are of social relevance in India currently:
1. The Indian economy and issues related to India's national income and its composition; per capita income, etc.
2. Millennium development goals, human development, HDI and its achievements by India.
3. Issues in demography: rural and urban population, sex ratio, etc.
4. Issues arising from the social and economic exclusion of large sections from the benefits of development such as poverty and inequality: poverty levels; poverty line; disparities in income, employment and literacy by rural-urban background, and gender and social groups like caste and religion.
5. Right to information; Issues relating to good governance and accountability to the citizens including the maintenance of human rights, and of probity in public life.
6. Planning in India, 11th Five Year Plan- goal, targets and strategies.
7. Agriculture in India, crop and livestock production systems.
8. Approaches to rural development: basic features of target based approach, area based approach,
right based approach; participatory development, etc.
9. Rural poverty alleviation and development programmes- goals, features and major achievements:
green revolution, operation food, land reforms, NREGA, ICDS, IAY, SSA, and NRHM.
10. Institutions in rural development-policy, role, and characteristics; rural banks, NGOs, co-operatives, PRls, corporate social responsibility.
11. Health issues including the management of public health, health education, and ethical concerns
regarding health-care.
12. Primary education, regional variation in the level of education, educational status of different social groups.
13. Social movements, recent legislations on social issues.
14. Internal security, naxalism, and related issues such as the preservation of communal harmony.
15. Environmental issues, ecological preservation, conservation of natural resources.

Some sample questions:

Q.1. Which of the following statement(s) best descibes what 'poverty' is ?
(A) It is minimum level of living rather than a reasonable level of living
(B) It is a condition in which a person / family doesnot have full time employment.
(C) It is a condition in which the income of the family falls below the average income of a family in the country.
(1) Only B (2) Only A (3) Only C (4) Both A and B (5) All A, B & C.

Q.2. Which of the following schemes of the Govt. of India is / are designed specially to help farmers in India ?
(A) Kisan Credit Card (B) Priority Sector Lending (C) Subsidy on Fertilizers
(1) Only A and B (2) Only B and C (3) Only A and C (4) Only A (5) All A, B & C.

Q.3. Farmers in India certainly get subsidy on which of the following commodities of Agricultural use ?
(A) Tractors (B) Chemical Fertilizers (C) Seeds
(1) Only A (2) Only B (3) Only C (4) Both A and B (5) All A, B & C.

Application Process

Interested candidates can:
1. Apply online and pay online through the payment gateway (
2. Take a print out of the SBI challan. Pay at any SBI branch, get a unique ID from the bank and use this ID to apply online on the IRMA site.
3. Obtain the offline application form & prospectus directly from the IRMA office and make payment through a DD (in favour of IRMA and payable at Anand.)

Exam Fee

There is a common application form for PRM and FPRM programmes. You can apply for both programmes using the same application form.

Candidates applying online by using payment gateway / Payment at SBI may get discount of Rs.75.

Apply online:

No: of programmes

General & OBC




Rs. 600




Apply offline:

No: of programmes

General & OBC




Rs. 675




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