A new decision that only the scores of CAT (Common Admission Test) will be considered for admissions into MBA programme at IITs (Indian Institutes of Management), IISc (Indian Institute of Sciences, Bangalore) and FMS (Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi); is receiving mixed reactions. Till last year, all these prestigious institutes namely, IITs, IISc and FMS were conducting their own examinations for admission into MBA, but from this year onwards a decision has been taken that their entrance examinations will be merged with that of CAT which is the basis of admission in more than 140 management schools.
This decision was taken with a view to relief students of multiple examinations. However, students feel the pressure even more now. According to Vaishnavi Jayaraman, an MBA aspirant and a graduate in mechanical engineering from SSN college, “Earlier,MBA aspirants had a wider choice of exams. If you did not do well in one exam, you could make up for it in the next one. Now we are under more pressure because we do not have a choice but to perform well in CAT to make it to the top-rung B-schools. On the brighter side, she adds, the pattern has changed for the better with the number of sections reduced from three to two, with a time limit of 70 minutes per section."
However, Balasubramanian, the director of a management coaching centre, TIME, believes, “he new move has both positives and negatives. The number of exams a student has to prepare for has now come down. But also, now they have only one shot at securing admissions into the college of their choice.”
Also, IITs have a different view on this issue. They believe that the use of CAT scores for admission is also a way of showing solidarity with other reputed B-schools all over the country. “Every year, only about 40,000 students/aspirants take the JMET, as opposed to over four lakh students who take GATE and JEE. We must acknowledge that although students will be under pressure, this will help reduce their preparation burden. Besides, we have the independence to choose what exams to use for admissions,” explains, G Srinivasan, HOD, department of management studies, IIT Madras. Also, accordind to him, there is not much of a difference between JMET and CAT.
However, except this written test, the Group Discussions and Personal Interviews (GDPIs) are the medium which finally decide whether a student will get admission in MBA programme or not.