CMAT looses shine as Delhi High Court questions AICTE’s role in regulating MBA admissions

The Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT) is a management entrance exam conducted by AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) for MBA admissions in AICTE approved management colleges. Although there were several other management entrance exams which were widely popular such as the CAT & MAT, the AICTE has initiated a new test in the name of CMAT and mandated it on Business Schools. AICTE has forced upon business schools & said CMAT should be the only exam to be considered for MBA Admissions in AICTE approved Business Schools. Several states have scrapped their own state level postgraduate entrance tests to pave way for CMAT.

As CMAT is an online test, it was never a crowd puller; good number of rural students usually take part in state level PGCET. The major reason being, the fee for MBA costs less under government quota vs management quota. This option is available for students opting for MBA in their respective states, since CMAT has taken over PGCETs majority of students were left uninformed about PGCETs being scrapped. Few students couldn’t take part in CMAT since it doesn’t conduct an offline test (paper-pencil based).

Recently a Division Bench of Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice Manmohan of Delhi High court, while hearing an appeal aligned with the Single Bench order by the Federation of Association of Management of Unaided Professional Educational Institutions in India (FAMUEI) questioned the role of AICTE in regulating management education since MBA can’t be considered as technical education. The court said, AICTE cannot intervene in the admission process of MBA courses.

There is no surprise if CMAT is discontinued in the coming years, most university affiliated MBA colleges are turning it’s head towards an university level entrance exam or backing on their respective states to hold a common entrance test followed by seat allotment counselling.

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