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Saturday, January 8, 2011

R.I.P: Non Govt. MBA Exams

Hi MBA Aspirants,

A recent AICTE notice declared that from now on only Government (Central or State) conducted  B-School entrance exams are valid. This has the following impacts:

1. Important MBA entrance exams such as the XAT, ATMA or MICAT will be abolished.


2. Only CAT, MAT or any state government-conducted exams (such as the Maharashtra CET) will be considered as valid.

3.The admissions for B-Schools offering autonomous AICTE-approved PGDM, like, SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJMR) in Mumbai, Management Development Institute (MDI) in Gurgaon, Goa Institute of Management (GIM), National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) in Mumbai and Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA),  will be handled by the authorities appointed by the state governments.

4. This circular is not binding on B-Schools that are affiliated to universities or deemed universities such as Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies (NMIMS), Symbiosis, IIFT Delhi or FMS Delhi. So we will still have entrance exams like FMS, IIFT, NMAT and SNAP.

5. According to AICTE it was done because there were too many b-schools admitting students only to make up their  numbers and make some additional money without bothering about offering qualitative education.

Overall there is not much impact on the MBA Entrance Exam scenario in India. Also discussions and deliberations are in process to include XAT as a valid option.
So, if XAT is included, the notice will only prove to be a guidance and regulatory document for the future of MBA exams in India.

Best wishes,
Sunit Ronnie Ghosh

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