The Institute of Rural Management, Anand (IRMA) will be using Common Admission Test (CAT) scores for taking admissions to the two-year post- graduate programme in rural management for the academic year 2014-16, sources informed.
The change in the admission pattern follows a directive from the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) issued last year, asking affiliated institutes to choose from one of the five entrance tests for admissions — CAT, CMAT, Xavier Admission Test (XAT), ATMA and GMAT.
IRMA will use CAT 2013 scores for admission to PG courses. The institute awaits a Supreme Court verdict on conducting its own entrance test for admissions to its flagship course for the 2014 batch. The verdict is likely to be out in three weeks. The institute hopes the SC will allow it to conduct its own test, in which case it will come out with a merit list combining the two entrance tests.
CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in October-November every year.