All about: New MBA entrance test CMAT
AICTE'S CMAT: The regulator's foray into the crowded B-School admission test arena
IN 2010, AICTE, India’s regulator for technical education, announced the launch of CMAT, positioning it as the “mandatory” and “sole” test for admission to MBA & PGDM courses offered by 4000+ institutes and university departments across the nation. It was meant to provide relief to the students who had to appear for multiple entrance tests like CAT, XAT, MAT, ATMA and state government exams like MAH-MBA/MMS-CET, to name a few. But the move was met with resistance from both state and private institutes.
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The latter united under the aegis of Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI), AIMS and Jaipuria Group of Institutions and approached the High Court and subsequently the Supreme Court for relief. “The Apex Court has granted stay against AICTE’s order for 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 in three consecutive orders. In another order dated March 1, 2012, the Supreme Court clearly stated that CMAT is one out of five national tests for PGDM admissions - CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA, GMAT and CMAT,” explains Dr. H. Chaturvedi, Alternate President of EPSI.
“As per the AICTE Act 1986, the regulator should have not done any commercial activity because it is 100% funded by the Union Government. In any sector, the regulator cannot be doing business. RBI can’t get into banking, SEBI can’t get into trading. AICTE is just trying to make money,” he adds.
A better quality of student?
Prof Nandgopal, Director of PSG Institute of Management, however, has a different take. “While XAT is only for Xavier’s institutions, our experience has shown that a student having a good MAT score is not necessarily a good student. AICTE’s CMAT would hopefully provide us a good number of quality students as CAT is perceived as tough by the average student and has low penetration in Tier II cities,” he shares. Of the 4000+ institutes in the country, only around 300 institutes offer PGDM. The remaining institutes offering MBA, mostly affiliated to public universities, tell a different story.
CMAT for admissions in 2013-2014
The CMAT website showcases consent letters of only seven states. Closer scrutiny reveals that these are conditional. For example, UP’s letter states that only 20% management seats would be filled on the basis of CMAT scores for the academic year 2012-13. Kerala, which earlier used MAT scores, has now conceded to also consider CMAT scores alongside with MAT. Therefore, one can clearly see that even for the states which have conceded, CMAT remains as an alternative rather than the “sole” and “mandatory” test. However, some national-level tests like IIT’s JMET and FMS’ test, bowed out honouring AICTE’s diktat.
Rise in application fees
With each application form costing Rs. 1000-1500, the student’s expenditure amounts to Rs. 10,000 on an average, just on application forms alone! Considering that nearly 2 lakh students registered for CAT 2011, this is a whopping Rs. 200 crore market. It’s no wonder that the regulator wanted the lion’s share! It is ironical that the test, which was touted as the single-point gateway to MBA/ PGDM courses, is now yet another test which the student cannot afford to ignore, only adding to his or her misery!
Questions related to CMAT
How much we need to score in cmat for admission in this college?
Since you did not mentioned about the college for which you want to know the cut-off score so it is little bit difficult to guide you accurately.
CMAT is national level postgraduate entrance exam for all management course in different management institutions. Different colleges have different cut-off scores depending upon various factors so if you want to know the cut-off for any particular college than you should mention the name of that college.
For more details, you should refer to the link given below :-
Does NIT Trichy accept CMAT Score for Admission to MBA Program and if not which all NITs accept CMAT Score ? I hope to get a reply at the earliest.
Basically the NIT trichy(National institute of science and Technology) won't accept CMAT score.
i want to study mba in iim i dont know any pinch about it how can i start,form where should i start, what exam i should cat or cmat or mat etc etc
Like for everyone who wants to go for Mba wants to join an IIM ,So basically think about the fee structure, 2nd - the best score above 95 then only you will get a call, after that you have to perform the best in GD and PI then only..Or else you can go for other colleges like Xaviers, Symbiosis, Imt etc.
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I have less than 50% in graduation, i want to do MBA can i pursue CMAT or MH-CET exam
The eligibility criteria to appear in CMAT for MBA program is that candidate must have passed bachelor's degree in any discipline with minimum 50% marks and for SC/ST/Pwd it is 45% marks from a recognized board.
And the eligiblity for MAH CET is that candidate must have passed bachelor's degree in any discipline with 50% marks or its equivalent and for reserved category/pwd it is 45% those who belong to Maharashtra. Candidates belonging to other state must have passed bachelor's degree with 50% marks irrespective of their category.
If you belong to general category and have scored less than 50% marks you are not eligible for CMAT or MAH CET.