Chennai, Dec 29: Over 25,000 students are to appear for the Common Admission Retail Test (CART) for admissions to the Post Graduate Programme in Retail Management (PGPRM) on January 27 next.
Retailers Association of India (RAI) is offering PGPRM through 15 chosen B-schools across the country. About 1,500 candidates would be selected for the course through CART, RAI CEO G Vedamani told newspersons here yesterday.
''The objective of the PGPRM programme is to provide students with a high level knowledge and understanding of the concepts and processes involved in retailing and equip them with operational and analytical skills necessary for a professional career in the retail sector,'' he said.
Mr Vedamani pointed out that modern retailing in the country was witnessing a transformation with the emergence of department stores, supermarkets, hypermarkets, speciality stores and malls.
''With phenomenal growth in organised retail sector, the demand for quality manpower is also rapidly increasing,'' he said, adding that the availability of suitable talent to aid this growth had been a challenge that organised retail players were grappling with.
CART, to be conducted in 25 cities, would test quantitative ability, data interpretation and logical awareness, verbal skills and business and consumer awareness, he said.
About 2.5 million candidates were required in various positions in retail sectors during the next two years, he added.