The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) recently issued a public notice to create awareness among aspiring managers about the approved entrance tests for admission to Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) courses.
After AICTE initiated its own management entrance test – CMAT, the government body had invoked the idea of dismissing many other entrance tests being conducted by different institutes. The decision to make CMAT the single national-level entrance test for admission to management courses was then challenged in the Supreme Court by institutes conducting their own test. They argued that CMAT might not provide them with candidates suitable to their requirements.
The SC, in its different interim orders till now, has allowed CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA, CMAT and IRMA as the six approved entrance tests for admission to institutes for PGDM, PGDM (executive) and PGCM courses. Students admitted to a PGDM course with a score of any other test will be considered ineligible and their degree will be declared void.
AICTE chairman SS Mantha said, “It was brought to our notice that despite SC orders, some institutes conduct their own entrance test for PGDM courses. The public notice was to create awareness among candidates.”