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MBA admissions: More than 50% of seats vacant in Maharashtra

More than 50% of seats in Maharashtra B-schools are lying vacant after the second round of the common admission process (CAP), with only 4,539 of the 9,160 students who were allotted seats confirming their admissions.

education Updated: Jul 15, 2015 15:12 IST
Apoorva Puranik

More than 50% of seats in Maharashtra B-schools are lying vacant after the second round of the common admission process (CAP), with only 4,539 of the 9,160 students who were allotted seats confirming their admissions.

There were 20,466 seats available for CAP round two, out of which now approximately 15,900 remain vacant for the third and final CAP round. Last year, after all rounds of admission, around 40% seats had no takers forcing the DTE to conduct another CAP round. There are 30,070 seats up for grabs under the CAP round this year while there are close to 42,300 MBA/MMS seats across colleges which include the minority and institute level seats.

While this year, the number of registrations for the common entrance exam for state MBA admission saw a slight jump, the continued vacancy in colleges is worrying DTE officials and colleges.

A total of 60,363 students had registered for the common entrance test, MAH CET held on March 14 and 15 - a rise of almost 14% compared to last year. Last year, the number of registrations stood at 53,000.

“Despite a rise in number of aspirants, there seems to be no difference in terms of filling up of seats. The quality of MBA institutes in tier two cities is deteriorating forcing students to take up other options. The proliferation of MBA colleges was necessary back in early 2000s as the economy was developing but now the course seems to have stagnated,” said the former dean of academics at Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS)

According to students, the delay by the DTE is starting the CAP process forced them to take up take up other options like post-graduate diplomas, the fees for which cannot be refunded now, leading to fewer students confirming admissions despite getting into good colleges.

While the numbers are worrisome, DTE officials insist that they will comment on the same after all rounds of admission are complete.