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Maharashtra to abolish GD and PI for admission to B-Schools

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Maharashtra to abolish GD and PI for B-Schools

Maharashtra state government is aiming to cancel the Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) for admission to B-School for Management programmes.

From this academic year 2014-15, admission to these courses will be based on MAH-CET 2014 scores.

A proposal on this regard has been submitted to the Higher and Technical Education Ministry by DTE, Maharashtra.

The proposal also states that the candidates who secures "Zero" marks in test will not be admitted.

"Though the ministry is yet to approve the proposal officially, ‘in-principle', it has been agreed upon," said a Mantralaya official.

SK Mahajan, DTE, told, "The ministry's approval is awaited but I don't see any reason why it should be rejected."

In 2013, most of the IIMs had already scrapped the GD and PI for admission to PG programmes. They had replaced it with another written test.

In 2013, Maharashtra admitted the students based oin CMAT scores, without GD and PI. The vacancy of the seats were increased from 25% to 39% because of CMAT.

This made the DTE to propose to have a Common Entrance Test (CET) from 2014.

A professor of Sydenham Institute of Management condemned the proposal. "This will further deteriorate the quality of management education. Some minimum communication skills are must, if you want to get a degree," said the professor.

A professor of Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies welcomed the move, "This would completely eliminate human intervention. Some aggressive candidates always ended up dominating the discussion, leaving no scope to test the analytical skills of others."

He added, "Admission in IITs is based on the written test only. Hence, I fail to understand the need for GD/ PI for B-schools. Moreover, no one has any statistics to show the difference in the scores of written test and GD/PI."

But the MBA aspirants seems to be happy for the proposal.

"With only written test, I can get good b-school. My stress has been reduced by 75%," said a MBA aspirant.

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