“Holding CMAT twice in year is a step in the right direction as it gives more opportunities to students. I would like every student who wants to gain MBA degree to take the test,” Dr Mantha said. Explaining the rationale of conducting the CMAT twice a year, he said the step has been take keeping in mind that students are not put to difficulty. Students tend to take a number of entrance tests. Sometimes, dates of the exams overlap. There is the question of high exam fees as well. All these things have been considered, Dr Mantha said.
According to him, the AICTE will review the content and procedure of CMAT with a view to make it more competitive. “I want to benchmark CMAT with global tests, and make it amongst the best in the world.”
Till date, the AICTE has conducted CMAT thrice. All of them were conducted without any glitches, Dr Mantha said. The fourth one, the first for the year 2013, will be held from February 21 to February 25, 2013, and the results will be declared on March 13. The registration process for the test has started from November 1 and will continue till January 2, 2013.
The state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, Goa, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat have already notified the exam as the official exam for their State University MBA programs.
Dr Mantha also said that test of emotional quotient will be introduced in CMAT from September-October 2013. The purpose is to see how would-be managers fare in crunch situations.
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