Get ready for the biggest Indian MBA entrance test yet. The HRD ministry has supposedly given its approval to All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) ‘s proposal for a single entrance exam Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) for management aspirants, on the lines of Common Admission Test (CAT).
The CMAT is supposed to replace the existing state level and national level entrance exams for management courses except CAT for IIMs. In this aspect the test will be similar to the AIEEE for engineering and CBSE Pre Medical Test for MBBS / BDS.
The test is scheduled to be held in February next year with over 2.5 lakh candidates expected to appear in it.
The combined test will ease the situation for students who currently appear in multiple tests to secure admission in MBA institute of their liking.
AICTE is also planning to make it mandatory for all recognized institutes to admit students only though CMAT.
The Association of Indian Management Schools and other bodies representing the private B-schools had earlier objected to CMAT which figured in an AICTE notification in December.
Currently, there are more than 4000 management schools in the country, with around 3.5 lakh seats on offer.
CMAT like CAT and GMAT would be a computer-based exam of around three-hour duration.
AICTE has already started testing of the CMAT. It is also conducting extensive checking for all aspects of exam to ensure that it does not face problems of the kind that the CAT suffered in 2009.
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