The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) process is already underway, but few B-schools are reluctant to accept the CMAT scores for admission to their management programmes, at least for the 2012-2013 academic year.
“We are accepting Common Admission Test (CAT), Management Aptitude Test (MAT) and Xavier Aptitude Test (XAT) scores and not CMAT scores as our admission deadlines are stiff. We have no problems with CMAT but are only objecting to CMAT becoming a mandatory test. An interim Supreme Court order earlier this year had stated that B-schools could opt for one of the all-India entrance tests other than CMAT but according to a recent All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) advertisement, scores of CMAT will be used for allotment of candidates for all management programmes approved by the AICTE. They are also allowing the use of Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores which is again a violation of the Supreme Court order,” says H Chaturvedi, director, Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida, and alternate president of the Education Promotion Society of India (EPSI).
Chaturvedi, however, says there’s nothing wrong in having a single national-level entrance test for admission to all B-schools across the country and the best idea would be to use CAT as a national test as it is one of the oldest entrance tests.
Other B-schools have also made their stand clear on CMAT. SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai, will not consider CMAT scores. “Our admission process has started and we will be accepting CAT, XAT and GMAT scores. We may consider CMAT as an option for subsequent academic sessions, depending on its validity and our admission deadlines, but we have not made it mandatory,” says R Sesha Iyer, director, SPJIMR.
So is the case with Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon. “We have already started our admission process and we would be accepting CAT scores only. It would not be possible for us to go for CMAT,” says Chandra P Shrimali, officiating director, MDI.