IITs scrap JMET: What's in store for engineers?
Finally, the Indian Education system related to the management world is taking steps to mitigate the pressure which MBA Aspirants face due to multiple exams at overlapping dates and at multiple cities. This included travelling across different cities to write the exams if your city was not the exam centre and spending a good amount of money in filling multiple forms.
Indian Institutes of Technology have taken the step to reduce this pressure on engineers and have decided to accept Common Admission Test (CAT) scores from 2012-14 academic session onwards. IITs have scrapped JMET, one of the oldest MBA entrance exams of the country after the inception of MBA courses in IITs.
Pattern of JMET was almost similar to that of CAT (except higher mathematics being the part of JMET syllabus), though engineers found it easier than CAT when it came to the difficulty level of the exams. However, cut offs of JMET were always high owing to the competition being only among engineers and no one had an added advantage owing to the background which usually happens in CAT. With CAT organizing bodies opting to change the pattern of the exam once again this year by moving to a 2- section exam, all IITs namely Mumbai, Delhi, Kharagpur, Kanpur, Chennai and Roorkee have welcomed the change as they find it more aligned to their testing parameters for the IIT’s MBA Aspirants.
As far as aspiring engineer community is concerned, the move will help them in selecting from a wider set of options using the same score. This will increase the competition among B-Schools as well and hence provide the opportunity to engineers to get even better infrastructure facilities, faculties and exposure. Another major concern is the cut offs for various non IIM B-Schools (especially when IIMs are coming up with the criteria which is biased against engineers) which are in top league. While the cut off of NITIE Mumbai (taking only engineers) has been very high since years followed by that of MDI Gurgaon, these institutions might see an increase in their cutoff owing to the new selection criteria of IIMs. IITs will soon join the race especially SJMSOM, IIT Mumbai and DMS-IIT Delhi which are considered to be the top 2 among all IITs when it comes to MBA.
Having said this, it would be tough for SJMSOM to replace NITIE from its leadership among non IIM colleges (because of it being the SCM hub of country) though MDI Gurgaon might lose out at the factor of strategic location advantage which SJMSOM enjoys. So, the change in cut offs of all these institutes is something at which aspiring engineers will keep a close watch. How the things go from here is something no one would like to predict but something for sure which engineers are going to leverage!!