Birmastandarden standarden är återgiven på engelska, som är ett av "FIFe-språken". Någon officiell svensk översättning finns inte. Den sista, korrigerade birmastandarden är utgiven av FIFe 2013-01-01.

Long to semi-long, according to the actual parts of the body; short on the face, gradually growing longer on the cheeks to a full frill, long on the back and the flanks. Silky texture. Little undercoat.
Shows all characteristics known from the Siamese pointed cats, but all four (4) feets are white (gloves). The points include the face, ears, legs, tail and genitals. The points shall be even and in good contrast to the body colour.
The body colour and colour of the tummy is a very pale egg shell: the back is golden beige in all varieties. Only adult cats the colour of the points and the body colour are fully developed.

Standard description

General Size   Medium in size.  
Head  Shape   Strong bone.  
  Forehead   Slightly rounded.  
  Cheeks   Full, somewhat rounded.  
  Nose   Of medium length without stop, but with a slight indentation.  
  Chin   Firm.  
Ears  Shape   Rather small with rounded tips.  
  Placement   Set slightly tipped, not too upright on the skull with good width between.  
Eyes Shape   Not quite round, slightly oval, medium size.  
   Size    Medium in size  
  Colour   Deep blue.  
Body Structure   Slightly long body. Males must be more massive than female.  
  Legs   Paws  Rounded.  
Gloves     The special feature of the Sacred Birman is the white feet, called "gloves" on both the front and hind feet. These gloves must be absolutely pure white. They should stop at the articulation or at the transition of toes to metacarpals, over witch they should not extend. Slightly longer white gloves on the hind feet can be tolerated. On the back of the hind feet the white gloves and in points. The ideal "gauntlets" end in inverted "V"s and extend 1/2 to 3/4 of the way up the hock. Lower or higher gauntlets are acceptable but should not go beyond the hock. It is important that the gloves are equally long and shows symmetry of white, on either the two front or two hind feet, or even better, on all four feet.  
Tail  Length   Of medium length.  
  Form   Forming a plume.  

Points - Poäng för de olika standarddelarna

Head  General shape, cheeks, nose, jaws and teeth, forehead, chin placement and shape of the ears.

20 points

Body  Shape, size, bone structure, legs and shape of paws.
20 points
Tail  Length and shape. 10 points
Coat  Body colour and points. 10 points
Quality, texture and length. 10 points
Eyes  Shape and colour. 5 points
Gloves  On the front feet. 5 points
On the hind feet. 5 points
Gauntlets. 5 points
Uniformity and symmetry of gauntlets and gloves. 5 points
Condition 5 points

Anmärkning och Fel

The Birman shows a special morphology wich is unique for the breed.

Pure white or coloured patches on the chest or the stomach.

Faults - (Precluding the certificat)
Incompletely pigmented nose leather.
Creeping up of the white on the sides or the reverse sides of the gloves of front and/or hind feet (known as "runners"). Absence of "gauntlets" on the hind feet.
White patching in the coloured areas or the reverse.
A white patch on the genitals.