CMAT Row: SC Extended Stay On AICTE Circular

Last year the regulatory body of technical & management education in India (AICTE) issued a circular stating CMAT as the sole test for MBA or PGDM Admissions. The apex court has granted an interim relief earlier and clarified that management colleges can go ahead with their selection process using any of the five national level entrance tests namely CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA & CMAT. It was only an interim stay order for the current year’s MBA or PGDM admissions.

Yesterday (10 July) the supreme court has further extended the stay to one more year responding to the petition filed last year by Educational Promotional Society of India (EPSI), Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) and Jaipuria Group of Institutions. What the stay means is that B Schools can adopt scores of either CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA or CMAT even for the next year’s MBA or PGDM courses. Thus MBA aspirants can continue to make their plans to take on several other entrance exams, as CMAT is not a mandatory or the sole test even for next year admissions.

Apart from the CAT which is conducted by IIMs, MAT is also a popular or widely administered test conducted 4 times a year by the All India Management Association (AIMA). Autonomous Institutes such as XLRIs use their own entrance test XAT; CMAT thus has born out of an idea to have a single entrance test for all MBA or PGDM Colleges. CMAT which debuted last year had a very poor response; only 70,000 students have taken the test which was conducted only in the online mode.

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