CMAT applications and their feedback on the same
The first ever online common management aptitude test (CMAT) conducted by the All-India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) began on Monday, with around 9,000 students taking the test on the first day. Some candidates who appeared for the test said the paper was easier than they had expected. No complaints were received from any of the exam centres till evening.
AICTE chairman SS Mantha said, “The first day of CMAT was a success with about 12.9 per cent of the total registered students appearing for the test. Both the sessions, one from 9.30 am and the second from 2.30 pm were held without any technical snag. Apart from today, maximum number of students have registered to appear for the test over the weekend, that is February 25 and 26. As per the feedback that we received from those who appeared today, the paper was easy.”
Aptech Ltd, which had come up with the software for the online test did not receive any complaints from the centres. Pravir Arora, executive vice president said, “The first day of the test saw an attendance of 83 per cent of the registered candidates across the country. We did not receive reports of any technical difficulty from any of the centres. The tests will be conducted in 68 centres across 61 cities and we are hoping the remaining days will also be smooth.”
Rav Singh, who sat for the test, said the paper was similar to the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHCET). “Overall the paper was simple. In terms of the difficulty level, the test was at par with MHCET. Many of the candidates forgot to bring their attested admit cards to the centres. However, everyone was allowed to appear for the test.” said Singh.
Another candidate, Sumit Dhoke, who will be appearing for the test on Wednesday said, “The only problem that I can foresee at the moment is the fact that there are only three exam centers for the candidates appearing from Pune, Tathawade, Hinjewadi and Akurdi. All three centres are located on the outskirts and reaching there at 9 am might be problematic for many candidates.” Indian Express.
Merely 70,000 aspirants across the country have registered for the first edition of the national level Common Management Admission Test (CMAT).
The entrance test, for admission to 3,500-odd MBA colleges in the country, will be conducted online by the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) over a period of eight days starting February 20.
“By the time the dates for the CMAT were announced, most of the states had already announced the schedule of their entrance examinations. It also took time to approach the states. Also it’s the first year of implementation. From next year, the registration will increase,” said AICTE chairman S S Mantha.
The idea of a common admission test for admissions to B-schools, barring Indian Institutes of Management, was mooted last year. The announcement was made in December. “The idea is to have fewer entrance tests for students to reduce stress. All AICTE-approved institutions will have to accept CMAT scores,” added Mantha.
The three-hour entrance test will be conducted at 61 centres across the country over nine days in two shifts. The 100-mark test will be divided in four different components of 25 marks each, wherein one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. However, even as CMAT aims to promote a single entrance test, several other bodies plan to continue with their tests.
The Association of Indian Management Schools (AIMS) that conducts a test for management admissions at the national level plans may soon offer the exam every alternate month for the benefit of students. Apoorva Palkar, chairperson of the AIMS Test for Management Admissions, said, “We have almost 9,000 to 10,000 candidates appearing for the tests that we conduct. We hold four tests-one paper-pencil and three e-tests that were started on an experimental basis last year.” She added that CMAT scores also will be accepted by the association’s institutes in addition to other scores.
The state government has already scrapped the state CET for admissions to B-schools from the next academic year. An official from the Directorate of Technical Education said, “From next year, admissions in the state will be completely based on the CMAT scores. This is the last year for the state CET.”
However, the state is yet to decide on the details of the admission process. Last year, around 96,000 candidates from the state appeared for the MBA /MMS CET from the state. Several other states have decided to accept CMAT from the next academic year, including Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala. Times of India.
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