Every year, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), New Delhi conducts Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) test for admission to management programmes.
The CMAT exam will be conducted online. The exam will be conducted twice a year with a gap of six months and the candidates will have the freedom to appear for both the attempts.
The highest score out of the two attempts will be taken into consideration at the time of admissions. The candidates have been given an option to pick three options for cities from where they want to appear for the exam.
CMAT is the only entrance test for the management programmes admissions across the country in AICTE approved institutions and university departments of all the states.
The scores of five other entrance exams like CAT, MAT, XAT, ATMA, JMET would also be taken into consideration.
Only IIMs and other deemed universities will be excluded from this. PGDM B-schools like XLRI, MDI, IMT, IMI can use any of the five tests as per the Supreme Court order.
CMAT is the official entrance exam for admission to MBA & PGDM programmes across 11 states including Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Nagaland, Goa, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Jharkhand and Haryana.
Around 3.5 lakh seats in 3,700 institutes across the country offering PGDM and MBA programmes will be filled by CMAT score. Out of this, around 20,000 seats are in the 300 institutes offering PGDM programmes.
Already 11 states across the country have officially announced that they will consider CMAT scores for their management programmes admissions in AICTE affiliated institutions.
Candidates can visit the official website of CMAT to check the detailed list of the B-schools that accept CMAT scores.