A big relief for all the aspiring MBA students, as All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to conduct one common admission test, Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) from 2012-13. The test will cover admissions to both MBA and postgraduate diploma in management.
Earlier, each student had to undergo multiple entrance examinations but now AICTE wants all its colleges and institutes to admit students based on their CMAT result from 2013. However, the autonomous institutes like Indian Institutes of Management will continue with CAT (Common Admission Test). Also, deemed universities will conduct their entrance examinations independently.
S S Mantha, Chairman, AICTE, says, “Almost every college was holding an entrance exam. Moreover, each state has its own entrance tests, and private associations have their own exams. In principle, CMAT will be a test for all AICTE approved institutes and will reduce the stress and financial burden on students.”
It is for the first time that AICTE which is basically an approval seeking body for new colleges and institutes wanting to expand student intake, has spoken about conducting an examination. Mantha, further adds, “We still have to work out the modalities of conducting the CMAT. But, having so many exams, all of varied difficulty levels, also raises concerns about the quality of students who enter this professional course.”
However, Hari Krishna Maram, governing council member of AIMA which conducts MAT, welcomes the idea of CMAT and says, “I welcome the idea of single entrance exam for management courses in the interest of students. The government has been talking about it for quite some time, but the idea hasn’t taken off. I do not know if a single exam will work since different universities have different admission schedules. MAT, on the other hand, is conducted four times a year and this helps students to take the exam whenever they are free.”