Registration has started for the first-ever Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2012 conducted by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The three-hour test will be conducted from February 20-28, 2012, in 61 cities.
Following a Supreme Court order, the AICTE launched the national test to replace state-level exams and reduce the pressure of students writing multiple exams. CMAT scores are to be used for entry to postgraduate management courses both at degree and diploma levels in AICTE-approved institutions/university departments. There are about 4000 AICTE-approved institutions for MBA/PGDBM, for four lakh seats, in the country.
“We expect all AICTE-approved institutes will take it,” says KP Isaac, member secretary, AICTE. “Most states will not have their entrance examinations,” so institutes would accept CMAT scores. He expected 3000-4000 institutes to be covered by the new test.
Since this is the first year of the test, it is learnt that institutions can accept the scores from one of the following five tests – CAT, MAT, GMAT of the US and CMAT in this admission cycle.
According to Isaac, the CMAT will be mandatory for institutes to consider for admissions in 2013. He also says that now as well as even from 2013, the CMAT will exclude about 100-200 institutions, such as the IIMs, business schools of IITs and a number of Central and state universities, including the University of Delhi. “All those which are not governed by AICTE will continue with their tests,” says Isaac.
Minority institutions will conduct admissions as per the provision available for such categories.
* Last date for online registration: January 9, 2012
* Online test dates: February 20 to 28
* Result declared: March 11
It will have four sections: quantitative techniques & data interpretation, logical reasoning, language comprehension, and general awareness, each with 25 questions and carrying 100 marks