The DTE, Director, Dr SK Mahajan, has sent a proposal to the state government to accept AIMS test for Management Education (ATMA) score in addition to CMAT scores for all the MBA seats, which are previously catered by the Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT-CET).
A senior DTE official said that although the preference will be given to CAMT scores, the proposal to include ATMA scores for admissions is just a precaution to ensure that all the MBA seats in the state's b schools get filled.
Every year DTE will conduct the MHT-CET entrance exam for the admissions, from past couple of years DE struggled to fill the MBA seats in Maharashtra. Since CMAT is a national test and yet to gain popularity amongst students, the possibility of empty MBA Seats in the state could increase.
The official said, "This is the situation that we are looking to avoid,"
By this step it will not go against the single common MBA entrance test. By favouring the single entrance test, the official said that the immediate priority is to ensure that all management seats in the state get filled. If a students unable to appear for the CMAT for some reason, He/She should have another chance to get the management seats.
According to the notice issued by the state government that, AICTE will send a results data to the DTE, both CMAT Sept and CMAT Feb test results, then DTE will prepare a merit list based on the scores. After the merit list announced, students will have to go for online to register for GD and PI on the DTE website. The DTE will hols three rounds of admission interviews to the state's B schools on the basis of the registrations.
The three rounds of counseling is not enough to fill the 48,000 seats of the b Schools.
The new proposal sent to the state government by the DTE and it states that first three rounds for interviews will be conducted on the basis of CMAT Scores, if seats still remain empty, another round will be conducted on the basis of the candidates ATMA scores.
The DTE official concluded that the state govt not yet responded to the proposal, the DTE is hoping for a positive response from the govt.