MAT May Be A Test Of Past: AIMA Likely To Withdraw

The Management Aptitude Test (MAT) which is widely popular among business school aspirants is likely to be a thing of past from next year on – according to a report from LiveMint a popular daily news website.

Authorities of AIMA (All India Management Association) the conducting body of MAT are fearing the mandatory rule weapon that is used by the technical and management education regulatory body AICTE. Though this year AICTE didn’t mandate business schools to honor only CMAT scores; from next year on business schools may have to comply with AICTE guidelines and select students based on CMAT scores only.

Apart from IIMs, IITs and few other popularly know Institutes which use CAT scores to shortlist students for Management programmes the rest of the business schools (around 3500) which are approved by AICTE will welcome CMAT. On the brighter side, management education aspirants can breathe easy as they don’t have to fill up multiple entrance exam application forms. CAT & CMAT are the two things business school aspirants should keep in mind from the coming year 2013.

AICTE is also in plans to make CMAT a two time affair, CMAT is likely to be held in February & August next year. The other cool feature being students can take the test twice and the best of the two can be submitted for MBA admissions.

The maiden CMAT will be administered by 70,000 MBA aspirants this year; CMAT 2012 is scheduled to be held between 20-Feb-2012 and 28-Feb-2012. CMAT is for 400 marks spanning across four sections as shown below.

CMAT 2012 structure

Type of Questions No. of Questions Max. Marks
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 25 100
Logical Reasoning 25 100
Language Comprehension 25 100
General Awareness 25 100
There shall be negative marking for wrong answers, for each wrong answer 1 mark shall be deducted.

List of colleges accepting CMAT 2012 Score

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