Maharashtra to conduct CET for MBA, MMS
The Maharashtra government will conduct its own Common Entrance Test ( CET ) for MBA / MMS admissions from the next academic year 2014.
While this year, admissions to these courses were done only on basis of the scores in the common management admission test ( CMAT ) conducted by the All India Council of Technical Education, the state will revert to the earlier system. The decision has been taken after Maharashtra saw a 50% drop in the number of MBA aspirants this year.
From the academic year 2014 – 2015, 65% seats under the state quota will be filled using the scores in the MH – CET for MBA / MMS. The state recently passed the order after an association of management colleges made an appeal to revoke the policy, claiming that awareness about the national – level CMAT exam was low among students. “The entire process for CMAT is done online. Students in rural areas are hesitant about the online process and exams. There has been a dip in the number of applicants this year and therefore, the number of vacancies in colleges has risen,” said a director of a management college. This year, around 20,000 students had applied for MBA / MSS courses in the state – less than half of last year’s 42,490 applicants.
A circular to this effect has been put up on the Directorate of Technical Education ( DTE ) Website http://www.dtemaharashtra.gov.in/.
Dayanand Meshram, joint director, said, “While 20% seats will be with the management, the 15% all – India quota seats can be filled by colleges using scores of CMAT, CAT, XAT, MAT or any other national – level MBA entrance exams.” While this year, the directorate of technical education did not conduct group discussions and personal interviews, officials are yet to take a decision on the admission process for next year.
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