The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has announced the opening of registration for the national-level Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) for admission to management programs across b schools in India. January 2 is the last date for filing online applications. However, students in the state may not give much importance to the second exam, as the state government has reintroduced the common entrance test for management programs.
The AICTE conducts CMAT two times in an year for MBA aspirants who want to get into MBA colleges across the country. The second CMAT will be held from February 20- 24 in 2014 and the result will be out on March 14, 2014 as stated in the notification.
The CMAT was made compulsory last year for admission to state institutes, however, a Delhi High court decision on October 7 declared that the CMAT is not compulsory for admission, stating that the ‘MBA course is not a technical course within the definition of AICTE Act and consequently AICTE has no jurisdiction to regulate or control MBA courses.’ This has been the second blow to AICTE post the previous declaration by the Supreme Court which had weakened the powers of the body.
AICTE decision to push the case for CMAT last year had impacted the b schools as the admission figures had drastically gone down, thereby pushing many vacant seats in MBA colleges. Graduates in any discipline or final year students of graduate courses (10+2+3) whose result will be declared before commencement of admission for 2014, can apply for the CMAT online, said the notification.
But with the state CET in the offing, 85 per cent seats in aided and 65 per cent seats in unaided colleges will be reserved for students who qualify in the state CET. Only 15 per cent seats will be reserved for students who clear the national entrances, like the CAT, JMET, MAT, XAT, ATMA and CMAT, said the notification, which was issued by the Directorate of Technical Education.