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National testing body against Common Management Test

mumbai Updated: Dec 23, 2011 01:52 IST
Bhavya Dore

The All India Management Association (AIMA), which conducts the Management Aptitude Test (MAT) for admission to management courses, has objected to the government’s proposal to hold the online Common Management Aptitude Test (CMAT).

AIMA conducts the MAT, which is the entry test for 600 plus business schools across the country.

CMAT, which will be conducted for the first time in February 2012 by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), aims to be the single entry criterion for all business schools barring the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and a few other management institutes.

The idea behind CMAT is to spare candidates the trouble of appearing for separate business school entrance tests. However, several business schools are still undecided on whether they will accept CMAT scores.

In a letter sent to the human resource ministry, AIMA has stated that MAT has been successfully administered for the past several years both in the online and offline formats, and should be allowed to continue.

“Why reinvent the wheel when we have an established, effective and robust test in MAT catering to exactly the same target audience very successfully, that too for over two decades,” said the letter dated November 24. “Keeping in mind the demographics of our country and the profile of our audience, we propose that the current format of MAT as a common entrance test be continued and perhaps scaled to a nation wide common test.”

This year, around 11% of candidates availed the online option for MAT, with the remaining choosing the paper-pencil option. AIMA has also argued that MAT is an inclusive test, reaching out to candidates in smaller towns where internet connectivity and power supply is poor.