All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), Delhi, is likely to conduct single test for all management courses, from 2013.

Last Updated: 2011-08-17T05:31:48+05:30

AICTE to Conduct Single Test for Management Courses From 2013

Delhi: All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is likely to conduct single test for all management courses throughout the country, from year 2013. The test will be valid for management courses including both MBA and postgraduate (PG) diploma in management.
According to the sources, AICTE, the advisory body for technical and professional courses in India has recently taken the decision to hold Common Management Admission Test (CMAT). The decision was finalized at the executive council meeting of AICTE. 
While discussing about CMAT, S S Mantha, AICTE chairman, said that almost every college, state and private association have their own entrance exam these days. So, CMAT will rise as a standard test for all AICTE-approved institutes to reduce the stress and financial burden of students who apply to different institutions individually, he added.
However, he also clarified that the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will continue to hold the CAT (Common Admission Test) for admission. The deemed universities will also conduct their separate entrance tests for courses offered. However, admission to 4,000 colleges that offer MBA and another 500 offering diploma programmes will be done on the basis of CMAT from 2013, he said.
Furthermore, Mantha said that the Council is working hard to make out the modalities of conducting the CMAT. He added that conducting so many exams, all of different difficulty levels, also raises concerns about the quality of students who enter these courses.
- By Iti Agarwal
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