Published On: Fri, Jan 6th, 2012

Maharashtra to discontinue CET, use CMAT

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Maharashtra Directorate of Technical Education

Maharashtra Directorate of Technical Education

In a significant decision, Maharashtra state technical education directorate has decided to discontinue the Common Entrance Test (CET) for admission to the 2 year MBA/MMS programs in the state from 2013 academic session. Instead it has decided to use the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) scores centrally conducted by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE).

The decision is expected to help more than 1 lakh students seeking admission to colleges like Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies and Sydenham Institute of Management Studies .

AICTE will conduct its maiden CMAT online from 20th to 28th February. How ever the exam has seen little support from the institutes and states till recently. Most of the states have been slow in adopting the new test but several states are expected to adapt the new test from next academic year.

DTE director S K Mahajan while talking to Times of India about the decision said, “We will get a separate merit list for the state. It is for the benefit of the students. There were around 96,000 students who applied for 35,500 seats for all post-graduate management courses in the state last year. We are yet to decide on the details of the admission process once we start using CMAT scores.”

AICTE chairman S S Mantha said, “Most states are on board with us. The state machinery does not move at a faster pace, which is why it is taking time. Some states have agreed to give admissions on the basis of CMAT scores even this year.” Currently only universities of Kerala and Rajasthan have adopted CMAT.

Mantha added that candidates may get more time to fill the online application forms for CMAT. He said, “The last date for CMAT registration was January 9. However, with elections scheduled on the same date in some of the states, we are planning to extend the deadline. There might be a grace period of 10-12 days that we can afford.”