AICTE to do away with MBA entrance exams of private institutions

 | August 17,2011 07:07 pm IST

In an attempt to cut down the extra pressure of multiple entrance exams on MBA aspirants, the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to conduct a common admission test from 2012-13. The central test will be used for admissions to both MBA and postgraduate diploma in management programmes of b-schools around India.


AICTE, the governing body of professional courses in India took the decision to hold a pan-India Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) at a recent meeting of executive council of governing board. CMAT will be first conducted in 2012 and council wants b-schools to use its score for admissions to session starting in 2013.


CMAT will be an entrance exam for all AICTE approved institutes and is expected to reduce the stress and financial burden on students.


Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) and entrance exams conducted by deemed universities will remain. But 4,000 b-schools that offer MBA and another 500 which run diploma programmes will accept CMAT scores for admissions to their programmes.


AICTE has not yet finalized the modalities of the exam. AIMA, who conduct Management Aptitude Test (MAT), has welcomed the idea of having a single entrance exam.