The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) is the entrance test, which is conducted for admission to management programmes in colleges approved by AICTE across the country.
All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) is a statutory body under Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India enacted by the Parliament through AICTE Act 1986 with a view for proper planning and coordinated development of technical education system throughout the country.
AICTE in its mission to reduce the burden of students in attending to multiple examinations has launched the first national level Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) in the year 2012 for facilitating institutions to select suitable students for admission in all management programs approved by AICTE from year 2012-13.
The initiative was taken to address the issue of physical, mental and financial stress being imposed on the students through number of entrance examinations being followed by the institutions for admission into all Management Programmes in AICTE approved institutions.
AICTE further decided to conduct CMAT twice a year from 2013 for facilitating institutions to select suitable students for admission in all management programmes approved by AICTE. The first round is conducted in September and second in February. The scores are awarded and All India Merit List is prepared for both the examinations. Better of the two scores are used for admission.
AICTE has now decided to conduct CMAT in Foreign Countries for facilitating eligible NRIs/PIOs and foreign nationals to appear in CMAT for seeking admission in institutions in India following CMAT merit list for 2014-15 under special provisions defined in AICTE Approval Process and against all vacancies left after completion of centralized admission in management institutions.