Students will now have to pass the Common Admission Test (CAT) to get admission into the management programmes of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc).
Instead of the Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET), the IITs Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee, and IISc Bangalore have decided to use CAT to select students for their MBA and Master of Management programmes. Admissions for 2012-13 will be made on basis of CAT 2011.
The announcement was made on Sunday through a press release by the IIMs and Prometric, the company that partnered with IIMs to computerise CAT.
"CAT is ideal for IITs as it is a well evolved, established and widely accepted exam," said Professor L S Ganesh, former Head of the Department, Management, IIT Madras. Also, since most students prepare both for CAT and JMET, the decision will minimise the burden on students, he added.