Common Management Admission test (CMAT) which will be the base for admission to all management courses from now on, as declared by the Centre recently is being opposed by All India Management Association (AIMA), the The apex body of management professionals which has been conducting the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) for the past two decades.
In a letter to the Human Resource Development Ministry, AIMA, says, “MAT's uniqueness and success lay in its inclusiveness. It is conducted in both the online and paper-based format, reaching out to a much wider audience, accommodating the mixed education background of students while staying rigorous on testing aptitude. The proposal to introduce and conduct a common management aptitude test (CMAT) exclusively in an online format is ill-suited to a big and diverse country like India.”
“While such a platform might work for more elite tests like CAT, which are mainly targeted at students in metros seeking admission to Indian Institutes of Management, conducting a common test of this nature in an only online format would only widen the digital divide,” says, AIMA.
Mentioning about the last year’s AIEEE test, the letter stated, “only 4,900 candidates had opted for computer-based test of the 11 lakh applicants which showed that though there had been a significant growth in computer literacy, the reach has not been inclusive with reference to demographic distribution.”