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The Tata-Dhan Academy is a joint venture of Sir Ratan Tata Trust and the Development of Humane Action (Dhan) Foundation, a professional development organisation. The institute is a pioneer in the field of development management education, training and research. Its flagship postgraduate diploma course in development management (PDM) runs for two years. It is a residential programme that offers a unique mix of theory and practice. The focus is on building high quality techno-managerial competencies supported by appropriate motivation, values and attitude to work with people, the disadvantaged, in particular.

At the end of this course, students join different non governmental organisations (NGOs) to learn about specific development approaches taken by these groups to address poverty in India. Students spend time with development leaders and gain an appreciation for the motivation and dedication towards the development field demonstrated by these leaders. The exposure visit is a two-week two-credit module.

The academy also conducts short courses on development management for academicians, researchers and those working in NGOs. The duration of these programmes varies from one to three weeks. The participants come from different countries across the globe representing field organisations, government departments and donor agencies.

Interested candidates can request for an application form by sending a demand draft worth Rs 300 in favour of Tata-Dhan Academy, payable at Madurai. The fee includes the application brochure and registration fee. The request should be sent to the admission co-ordinator, Tata-Dhan Academy, Boys Town Campus, Pulloothu, Madurai-625016, Tamil Nadu.

Applicants can also download the form (www.dhan.org/tda) in .pdf format, fill it in and send it to the above address. Another version of the form can also be filled-in online.

Eligibility

Applicants should have graduate or postgraduate degrees in any discipline with a minimum of 50 per cent marks or equivalent grades. Those appearing for the final examination of the qualifying degree can also apply if they are able to complete all their course requirements on or before June 30 of the year of examination. Professionals and those working in development organisations are encouraged to apply. A candidate should be no older than 26 years as on June 30 of the year of application and should have the enthusiasm to work for and with poor communities.

Entrance exam

Students are shortlisted on the basis of a written test called the Development Management Admission Test (DMAT) which is held at over 20 centres in India in the second week of February every year.

Pattern of exam

DMAT is an objective-type test that has sections on English, quantitative ability and analytical reasoning. Performance in all the three areas will be taken into account while shortlisting candidates for the second round of selection that includes group discussions, an interview and rural interface.

How to prepare

For maths, revise your fundamentals from books by Hall and Knight, S.L. Lony and R.S. Agarwal. For English, go through books by Wren and Martin, Norman Lewis and A.S. Hornby. Practise maths and English questions from the SAT guide by Barron. Practise analytical reasoning questions from books by Tata McGraw Hill, Edgar Thorpe and R.S. Agarwal.

sample test paper

English

Select the most appropriate of the four words given below to fill the blank space. The passengers cried that the water was coming into the ship, but the captain______ them that there was no danger.

a) assured
b) promised
c) notified
d) declared

Maths

The ratio of Ramesh’s age to Raj’s age is 3:4 and that of Raj’s age to Rakesh’s is 4:5. If all their ages together add up to 72 years, how old is Rakesh'

a) 18
b) 24
c) 30
d) 32

If a sum doubles itself in five years at simple interest, what must be the rate of interest per cent per annum'

a) 10
b) 20
c) 5
d) none of these

Analytical reasoning

If all the letters in the alphabet are written in reverse order, which letter is exactly in the middle — the 20th letter from the right and 21st letter from the left'

a) N
b) O
c) L
d) M

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