The Education Promotion Society for India (EPSI), a body representing 545 business schools across the country, has sent a notice to the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), objecting to the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT).
The notice, sent on December 17, has alleged that the AICTE has violated a Supreme Court (SC) order by making it mandatory for business schools to accept the newly -introduced CMAT.
The CMAT was announced by the AICTE as a single entrance test for admission to business schools across the country as a way of sparing candidates from having to appear for various different entrance exams.
The first CMAT is scheduled to be held over ten days in February next year. Registration for CMAT began on December 9. The EPSI in its notice has asked the AICTE to reply by December 27, and has said they will move SC Court on the issue if they do not get a satisfactory response.
An interim SC order on March 17, 2011, had said that business schools could opt for one of four all India entrance tests other than CMAT: the Common Admission Test (CAT), the Management Aptitude Test (MAT), Xavier's Aptitude Test (XAT) and the AIMS Test for Management Admission (ATMA).
"This is a gross violation of the order," said H Chaturvedi, president, EPSI.
"The AICTE says CMAT is the only entrance test, they are not saying it is one of five entrance tests students can take, which is what the SC had stated. Further, they are allowing the use of Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) scores without SC permission."