The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have decided to do away with their decade-old entrance test for postgraduate management courses popularly know as JMET and adopt the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).The move will also ease pressure on aspirants, who are required to appear for an array of tests every year.
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The six older IITs at Mumbai, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Chennai and Roorkee have decided to scrap their own joint national management test (JMET) from next year. The six institutes run two-year, full-time postgraduate management programmes with an intake of about 600 students. The IIMs take in fewer than 3,000 students every year, but charge a substantially higher fee than the IITs.
“Yes, we have decided to do away with our test and will accept CAT (common admission test),” confirmed Deveng V. Khakhar, director at IIT Bombay, ending months of speculation.The IIT national test is almost similar to CAT, “so there is no point duplicating exams”, he said.
The move has come at a time when the Union government has suggested reducing the number of national-level entrance tests of similar nature to ease the stress on candidates, reports livemint.com
Besides CAT, other well-known entrance exams for management education are XAT by the XLRI School of Business and Human Resources, Jamshedpur, MAT (management aptitude test) run by the All India Management Association; NMAT conducted by the Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai; the Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad Admission Test; the Symbiosis National Aptitude Test and the Graduate Management Admission Test.
CAT 2011 starts on 22 October and ends on 18 November.
IITB - Shailesh J Mehta School of Management (Master of Management -M.Mgt.)
IITD - Department of Management Studies (Programmes Master of Business Administration (MBA) with focus on Management Systems, Master of Business Administration (MBA) with focus on Telecommunication Systems Management)
IITK - Department of Industrial & Management Engineering (Master of Business Administration MBA)
IITKgp - Vinod Gupta School of Management (Master of Business Administration MBA)
IITM - Department of Management Studies (Master of Business Administration MBA)
IITR - Department of Management Studies (Master of Business Administration MBA)
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