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IRMA 2018 Exam Pattern

The Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) has released the exam pattern for its entrance test- IRMA Exam. The paper pattern has been similar over the years. The exam is scheduled in February 2018 in online mode. IRMA 2018 is a gateway to courses like Fellowship Programme in Rural Management (FPRM) and Postgraduate Diploma in Rural Management (PGDRM).

Here are the key points for IRMA 2018 Exam pattern:

  • Total Marks- 200 marks
  • Exam Duration- 2 hours
  • Sections- Quantitative Ability, Analytical reasoning, Issue of Social concern and English Comprehension
  • Marking Scheme- +1 mark for every right answer
  • Negative Marking- -0.25 marks for every wrong answer

Check  IRMA Syllabus

Note: The paper on ‘Issues of Social Concern’ is mandatory for Indian Nationals, along with their CAT/XAT/GMAT Score. The final selection rounds will consist of Group Discussion/ Personal Interview rounds. For Foreign Nationals, their admission will be granted directly on the basis of CAT/XAT/GMAT Score. 

Highlights of IRMA 2018 Exam Pattern

Exam ModeOnline
Number of Paper1
Number of Sections4 (Quantitative Ability, Social Issues, Analytical Reasoning, English Comprehension)
Question TypeMultiple Choice Questions
IMRA Exam Total Marks200 marks
IMRA Exam Timing2 hours
IMRA Exam LanguageEnglish
Marking Scheme+1 for each correct answer
Negative Marking-0.25 for each incorrect answer

Distribution of Marks in IRMA 2018

Questions will be divided into four sections and the marks allotted will be as follows:

  • Issues of Social Concern – 60 marks
  • English Comprehension – 40 marks
  • Analytical Reasoning – 50 marks
  • Quantitative Ability – 50 marks

IRMA 2018 Exam Pattern for Issues of Social Concern

The exam consists of questions based on Issues of Social Concern, which is a complete paper in itself. The other three sections covered in this exam are- English Comprehension, Analytical Reasoning, and Quantitative Abilities.

  • The paper on ‘Issues of Social Concern’ is a unique test and the most important part of IRMA Exam.
  • This is one of a kind topic which is not a part of any other exam in the state.
  • Questions are framed to test the candidate’s awareness related to national scenario and issues.
  • The institute will also ask questions to check the candidate’s ability to respond to situations and offer innovative solutions practically and economically feasible.
  • This section will carry a total of 60 marks.

Important Topics in Issues of Social Concern

Important Topics in Issues of Social Concern
Economy of India and problems pertaining to National Income and per capita incomeSocial and economic issues relating to poverty, inequality, employment, and literacy
Human Development Index and its developmentsRTI
Agriculture, farming, livestock production and managementPublic Health Issues inclusive of health education and health care
Poverty alleviation and methods to combatNatural calamities and disaster management
National threats and security analysisFive Year Plan

Check HereIssues of Social Concern Test in IRMA 2018

IRMA 2017 Paper Analysis

  • Maximum Questions were on Indian Economy (19 questions). 
  • Difficulty level of questions Agricultural and Rural development schemes, Geography was rated as Medium to Hard.
  • The overall Level of difficulty was rated as Medium.
  • Here is a brief about IRMA 2017 Paper Analysis for Issues on Social Concern section:
TOPICNumber of questionsLevel of difficulty
Indian Economy19Medium-Hard
Agricultural and rural development schemes8Medium
Geography5Medium
Personalities, awards and place5Easy-Medium
Misc3Easy
Total40 

IRMA Preparation Books for Issues of Social Concern

IRMA Books
NameAuthor
GK & Issue og Social ConcernWiley
Social And Ethical Aspects of Radiation Risk managementDeborah Oughton

IRMA 2018 Exam Pattern for English Comprehension

  • This part of the paper is designed to check the fluency and grammar of a candidate.
  • The exam paper will contain paragraphs and candidates will be expected to answer the questions asked about the paragraph.
  • The questions will test the students ability to grasp data and communicate it in the right way.
  • This section will carry a total of 40 marks.

Important Topics in English Comprehension

Important Topics in English Comprehension
PassagesSynonyms & Antonyms
VocabularyIdioms
GrammarSyntax
Error IdentificationSentence Arrangement

IRMA 2017 Paper Analysis

  • There were total 50 questions in this section.
  • It did not have any Grammar questions.
  •  The level of difficulty of this section will range from Easy to Medium.
  •  There were 6 Para Jumble questions and difficulty level was rated as Hard.
  • There were 15 Cloze test questions and the level of difficulty was rated between Easy to Medium.
  • The overall difficulty level of this section was rated as Medium.
  • Here is a brief about IRMA 2017 Paper Analysis for English Comprehension Section:
Type of questionNumber of questionsLevel of difficulty
Passage (2)29Medium
Para jumble6Hard
Cloze test15Easy-Medium
Total50 -

IRMA Preparation Books for English Comprehension

IRMA Books
Book NameAuthor
English Grammer & ComprehensionDr. N.D.V. Prasad Rao
English Language & Comprehension SkillSachchida Nand Jha

IRMA 2018 Exam Pattern for Analytical Reasoning

  • This part of the paper is framed to check candidate’s ability to solve and decipher equation.
  • Practice is the key to solving this part.
  • Candidates will be given a set of questions and will be asked to solve a equation or relationship status.
  • This section will carry a total of 50 marks.

Important Topics in Analytical Reasoning

Important Topics in Analytical Reasoning
Number SeriesArrangements
Multi-Dimensional ArrangementFamily Structure
Grid AnalysisSyllogisms
Statements and ConclusionReasoning

IRMA 2017 Paper Analysis

  • There were total 50 questions on this section.
  • There were two sets of Sitting arrangements and included 10 questions- 5 questions each.
  • Data arrangement, Combination questions, Logical reasoning set and Mathematical reasoning were the toughest sections and the level of difficulty was hard.
  • Odd word/letter out, Odd man out, Data sufficiency were the easiest section and candidates can easily score in these questions.
  • The overall difficulty level was rated between Medium-Hard.
  • Here is a brief about IRMA 2017 Paper Analysis for Analytical Reasoning Section:
Type of questionNumber of questionsLevel of difficulty
Sitting arrangement (2 sets)10(5+5)Medium
Data arrangement7Hard
Data sufficiency5Easy
Odd word/letter out5Easy
Combination Question RC-CR4Medium
Combination Question5Hard
Logical Reasoning set based on sentence interferences5Hard
Input-Output5Medium
Mathematical reasoning2Hard
Total50-

IRMA Preparation Books for Analytical Reasoning

IRMA Books
NameAuthor
Analytical ReasoningMK Pandey
Analytical Reasoning & Logical ReasoningPeeyush Bhardwaj

IRMA 2018 Exam Pattern for Quantitative Aptitude

  • This part of the paper is framed to check the candidate strength in mathematics.
  • Candidates will require practice and knowledge of equations and number system.
  • The questions will cover all aspects of Mathematics.
  • This section will carry a total of 50 marks.

Important Topics in Quantitative Ability

Important Topics for Quantitative Ability
Graphical AnalysisAverages and Percentage
Interest (Simple & Compound)Trigonometry
AlgebraProbability
GeometryPermutation and Combination
RatioStatistics

IRMA 2017 Paper Analysis

  • IRMA 2017 had total 40 questions.
  • Data interpretation questions included Table, Pie charts, Bar graph and Line graph.
  • Data interpretation –Pie chart, Bar graph, table were the toughest questions, candidates must practice them.
  • Quantitative ability questions of Probability and Percentages were the easiest and candidates can easily score in these types of questions.
  • The overall difficulty level of Quantitative ability was rated as Medium.
  • Here is a brief about IRMA 2017 Paper Analysis for Quantitative Ability Section:
Type of QuestionNumber of questionsLevel of difficulty
Data interpretation- Table15Medium-Hard
Data interpretation -Pie chart5Hard
Data interpretation- Bar graph10Medium-Hard
Data interpretation-Line graph5Medium
Data interpretation-Pie+ table5Easy
Quantitative ability- Probability3Easy
Quantitative ability-Percentages2Easy
Total40-

IRMA Preparation Books for Quantitative Ability

IRMA Books
NameAuthor
Quantitative AptitudeDr. R.S. Aggarwal
Quantitative AptitudeS. Chand

Know About IRMA  Admit Card


IRMA 2018 Qualifying Criteria

Candidates are selected for IRMA based on their performance in four different platforms. The individual marks secured by candidates in the following stages will be taken into consideration.

CAT 2017 or XAT 2018

  • Candidates should have appeared and passed in CAT 2017 or XAT 2018 to qualify for the exam
  • If the candidate has appeared and cleared both the exams, then the highest marks will be taken into consideration
  • The marks secured by the candidates is normalised to 40 and it is added along with the other elements

Qualifying Exam conducted by IRMA

  • IRMA 2018 is conducted for a total of 200 marks
  • The paper will contain questions from four (mentioned above) subjects
  • Candidates should secure the minimum qualifying marks in all the four subjects
  • The marks secured by the candidates is normalised to 10 marks

Group Discussion

  • Candidates will be given a social topic and asked to debate on the root cause analysis, feasible and practical solutions
  • They are graded on the knowledge on the topic, ability to communicate fluently and skill to influence the group
  • The total marks awarded is 25 marks

Personal Interview

  • Candidates will be expected to appear before a panel of faculty
  • Questions asked will be on reasons of course selection and on various social issues
  • The total marks awarded is 25 marks
Note: The performance is summed up to 100 and the merit list is prepared on the basis of the marks secured. The grand total of the marks is taken as into consideration for the selection.

IRMA 2018 Sample Papers

  • To excel IRMA Exam, candidates must refer IRMA Sample papers for a better preparation.
  • Sample papers help candidate get an idea of the Exam pattern, Type of Questions, Level of difficulty etc.
  • Practicing these papers is known to be the best preparation tool for any exam.
  • These practice papers also help manage your time effectively. You get to learn how much time is required for a particular section.

Download IRMA Sample Papers


Important Instructions for IRMA 2018

  • IRMA exam is an online exam and candidates will have to properly plan their time to succeed the exam.
  • Candidates should read the instruction given at the start of the exam.
  • The exam paper will open only after the candidate acknowledges the understanding of the instructions.
  • The exam page will contain the candidate name in the top right corner, the name of the exam in the top left corner. The right side will contain the question palette.
  • This is fixed option and helps the candidates to easily navigate between the questions. The palette has the following legends which are given below:
  1. White box – Candidate has not visited the question yet
  2. Red box – Candidate has visited the question, but has not answered it
  3. Green box – Candidate has answered the question
  4. Purple box – Candidate has marked the question for review
  • The palette will help the candidates to plan their time effectively.
  • Candidates are strongly advised to try the online demo available in the institute website for practice and to get a feel of the exam. 

We hope this article helped you gain sufficient insights of IRMA Exam Pattern. Do refer to the recommended books and all important topics and you are good to go! Good Luck!

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