AICTE: Admission Guidelines for MBA/PGDM Courses Revised for Academic Year 2020-2021

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AICTE has recently revised its guidelines with regard to admission in the MBA/PGDM programs offered by business schools in India. As a one time measure due to coronavirus pandemic, AICTE has allowed admissions to MBA or PGDM courses without CAT, MAT, CMAT, ATMA, XAT, GMAT or other entrance exams for the academic year of 2020-21

As per the revised guidelines, business colleges or universities can offer MBA/PGDM programs to candidates on the basis of qualifying undergraduate exams. The decision has been made in the wake of COVID-19, as several states could not conduct the entrances amid the rising cases. 

According to guidelines by AICTE, normally, admissions to 320 odd business institutions in India are based on scores in six national exams such as MAT, CAT, GMAT,  XAT, ATMA  or the Common Entrance Tests (CETs) conducted by the respective state government. 

Although the six national exams have already been conducted, some states have not been able to conduct the entrances due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, AICTE has revised the admission criteria for the academic year 2020-21.

Regarding the move, Prof. Rajeev Kumar, member secretary of the AICTE stated, “ The decision has been taken so that if the seats are left vacant in management institutes since the students were unable to appear for the exam, then on the basis of qualifying UG marks, they will be offered admission to fill the vacant seats .”

AICTE Circular to MBA/ PGDM Aspirants

As per AICTE, the primary motive of the decision is to ensure that the interest of both the students as well as the institution is safeguarded. However, the revised guidelines for admission into MBA/PGDM programs will only be applicable for the year 2020-21.

The AICTE has also clarified that that first preference for admission to MBA/PGDM programs would be offered to students who have already appeared in the entrances

Management Exams: Status

Presently, some state-level management entrance examinations have been postponed in the wake of COVID-19. These include exams such as: