The Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA) conducts a national level entrance exam. The entrance test shall be held in the month of February 2019. The candidates aspiring to appear for the entrance exam can check the preparation tips as given on this page. After CAT, the next big exam in the picture is IRMA entrance exam. The Institute is one of the best and was the first in India to introduce MBA in Rural Management.
However, in comparison to CAT exam, not many students apply for this entrance exam, due to the tag of Rural Management. The less number of aspirants applying for this entrance test can be a good news for many as this can increase your chances of success. Let us have a look at the exam pattern, important topics to study for IRMA 2019, preparation strategy, etc from this page.
IRMA 2019 Exam Pattern
IRMA is a computer-based test which is of 80 minutes duration. It will consist of 40 number of questions in total. The language of the exam will be English only. As far as the marking scheme is concerned, for the correct answer, 01 marks will be given and there shall be a negative marking. Hence, for an incorrect answer, 1/4 marks will be deducted.
Topics To Study For IRMA 2019
It is advised to the candidates to study the topics as given below as they are generally asked in the entrance test.
- Women-oriented Schemes
- Sex- Ratio
- Short- Term Migration
- Social And Economic Development
- Rural and Urban Population
- Indian Economy
- IRDP Schemes
- Health Issues
- Human Development
- Human Rights
- Gender and Social Groups
- Educational Initiatives of the Government
- Environment Issues
- Employment and literacy
Preparation Tips For IRMA 2019
As per the exam pattern and syllabus of IRMA 2019, it is quite evident that there will be only one section and questions will be asked on ‘Issues of Social Concern’. On the basis of the IRMA preparation tips as given below, the candidates can develop their own preparation strategies of IRMA 2019 and can crack this exam easily.
Keep Track On All Current Events
Since there are no other sections like English or Quantitative Ability like other management entrance exam, so the candidates must keep a regular track of the current events, especially the Govt. Schemes. Regularly read newspapers like The Hindu, magazines like Times, Business Today etc. in order to stay in touch with the news and events. Reading editorial of the newspapers will help a lot in understanding the government activities.
Focus on National Events
Looking at the previous year question paper for IRMA, it has been noted that the National Affairs is given much weightage, whereas, the international affair section had very few questions. Furthermore, the questions on international affair were comparatively easier to answer. Read more and more on the National Events, read yearbooks, it will further help you a lot in preparing. However, it doesn’t mean that the candidates should not study international news topic.
Read, Read and Read every day
This is not one of those entrance tests which you clear by crammn, not there is any shortcut for this. The only thing which can sail your ship in the entrance exam is by reading every day. Skipping a single day of reading means spoiling the schedule. Hence, as per IRMA preparation tips, it is recommended for you to keep a tight schedule of reading every day. Also, reading should be constructive which means reading editorials in the newspapers, column articles, non – fiction books based on current topics. Furthermore, reading about government policies and plans, schemes etc. will help the candidates a lot as there will be many questions based on these topics.
Make A Study Plan
A strategic study plan is a foundation for any entrance test. You should make a study plan according to your comfort and time. Make sure that the schedule is flexible and that little breaks can be taken in between. This means, the study plan should be practical and it shouldn’t be too difficult to implement.
The candidates should make a habit of making notes. Keeping notes for memorizing and retaining information is a good option and candidate should follow it. Remembering all the things can be a little messy task, however, making notes and practicing can help and avoid this trouble.