Wednesday, October 19, 2011

MBA: No change in multiple test system

The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has announced that the Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) will be conducted in February 2012 instead of 2013 as initially decided. While CMAT was expected to be a single entrance test, the authorities say they have no plans to change or stop the other entrance tests.

Earlier this year, AICTE authorities had mooted the idea of a national-level single entrance with a view to give relief to students from preparing for several aptitude and entrance tests. However, authorities say this year their focus is to implement CMAT successfully.

“Since CMAT will follow the same pattern as other tests, the students can be easily spared from paying for and preparing and taking different competitive exams for admission to management courses across the country,” said Anil Kumar Shukla, AICTE regional officer for the western region. “From 2012 aspiring management students can prepare for CMAT, which will be accepted by all AICTE approved management colleges. It will be applicable for admissions in postgraduate MBA courses and postgraduate diploma in business administration.”

AICTE wanted CMAT to help reduce the stress and financial burden on students. However, the idea did not go down well with the B-schools and various organisations like Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) and the Society for Promotion of Education in India, which challenged AICTE's December 28, 2010, notification. The notification called for sweeping changes in the way B-schools conduct their entrance process and conducting one single entrance/aptitude test for admissions to management colleges.

However, some of the private B-schools had objected to this notification and subsequently approached High Court and Supreme Court for relief. On July 26, 2011, the Supreme Court had allowed AICTE to conduct its own entrance exam. “Does this mean there will be yet another entrance test in the list now? Students want to ensure they get admission in a good college and for that they will appear for all the tests. I don't think this will work,” said a director of a well known B-school in Navi Mumbai. “As of now we have no plans to bring about any change in the current multiple entrance test system. We have to work as per the court's order and so for now we are just conducting CMAT,” added Shukla.

Source: The Indian Express, October 19, 2011

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