Media interpretations on HC ruling over CMAT create confusion
A series of interpretations over a Delhi HC ruling on CMAT exam has led to conflicting media reports questioning validity of the national level MBA entrance exam even as AICTE which conducts the exam announced dates for second CMAT of the season for MBA admission in academic year 2014-15.
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Media interprets Delhi HC ruling differently
Interpreting a Delhi High Court ruling dated October 7, the national media including leading business newspaper like Mint and Business Standard have reported that CMAT stands cancelled. Consequently, different leading education and other news portals have also reported this news with their own interpretation, saying that the AICTE-conducted CMAT was hit yet another blow with the Delhi High Court further undermining its authority.
Interpreting the HC order, a Hindustan Times report suggested that “it is not obligatory for the institutes granting an MBA degree to make admissions to MBA and similar courses only on the basis of the CMAT conducted by the AICTE.” The HT Education report however added that according to the court order, if any state or university wishes to adopt CMAT for the purpose of regulating admissions to the MBA degree course that would not be illegal.
Another media report said that “the Delhi High Court has ruled that CMAT cannot be given the 'exclusive exam' status.” The report suggested that CMAT is one of the valid MBA exams.
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What is Oct 7 Delhi HC ruling?
The media houses quoted the Delhi High Court judgment which had referred to an earlier Supreme Court order dated April 25 2013 which ordered that “MBA course is not a technical course within the definition of AICTE Act and consequently AICTE has no jurisdiction to regulate or control MBA courses.” The ruling by the Delhi High Court on Oct 7, 2013 had held that ‘impugned regulation’ of AICTE regarding admission to MBA programmes is ‘quashed’. Copies of both the judgements are in possession of Careers360.com.
Unfazed AICTE announces Feb CMAT
As different media remained engaged in questioning validity of CMAT and striking down its importance, AICTE has published its notification for the second CMAT. According to the notification which announced Feb CMAT in a five day window beginning Feb 20, “the detailed merit list of CMAT will be provided to the respective state governments for allotting the students through central counseling of otherwise as per notified admission procedure.” Read on to find out what Dr. S S Mantha, Chairman, AICTE has to say on the exam.
CMAT is not scrapped, but we will abide by court judgment: Dr SS Mantha, Chairman, AICTE
I think it is always a good initiative on administrative part to come up with a common test at national level. CMAT was also created in the public interest. We had several complaints and suggestions from students which led to the creation of this national level test.
I don’t see why anybody should have opposition to it?
Q: Careers360 has also spoken to the petitioner and they say that after the Delhi High Court order AICTE does not hold any authority to conduct CMAT and hence notification for February 2014 CMAT is a contempt of court? Do these contradictions bring negativity to the environment?
What does the judgment say?
Careers360.com investigated into what was the basis of such media reports on CMAT. We first gathered a copy of the Oct 7 HC ruling. We then contacted the petitioner, a Kerala-based higher education body named Federation of Association of Management of Unaided Professional Educational Institutions of India (FAMPEI). We also spoke to FAMPEI chairman Dr GPC Nayar and his advocate in this case – Romy Chacko and other stake holders like higher education body like EPSI.
Dr GPC Nayar, Chairman of SCMS and President of the Federation of Associations of Unaided Professional Colleges in India, who had filed the petition in the Delhi High, informed us that “the court has declared that the management institutions in the country are free to admit students from any national entrance test.” He further said that “The land mark judgment brings succor to lakhs of prospective MBA aspirants and also hundreds of business schools in the country.” “The Delhi High Court has granted permission to the business schools the freedom to choose students from any national entrance test,” he added.
But the High court judgment is very clear. It is important to understand the chronology of events. The federation of private colleges initially approached a single judge bench which ordered that CMAT is not mandatory but optional. It is this order of the single judge that was contested in the present appeal. And the Delhi High Court relied on the Supreme court judgment dated April 25th 2013 which in para 43 ordered that MBA is not a technical course and hence does not come under the purview of AICTE. We reproduce the para for your reference.
43. As per definition of ‘technical education’ under Section 2(g) of the AICTE Act and non production of any material by the AICTE to show that MBA course is a technical education, we hold that MBA course is not a technical course within the definition of the AICTE Act and in so far as reasons assigned for MCA course being ‘technical education’, the same does not hold for MBA course. Therefore, for the reasons assigned while answering the points which are framed in so far as the MCA course is concerned, the approval from the AICTE is not required for obtaining permission and running MBA course by the appellant colleges.
Based on this, the Delhi high court has decreed that AICTE has no power or authority to issue the impugned regulation and the consequential notification. According to the Delhi high court judgment, as on date AICTE has no power or authority to conduct the test notwithstanding any observations by different media organizations. So CMAT remains scrapped until a higher court reverses or stays the order.
Our advice to students
Considering the level of confusion, ideally students must go ahead and take the exam. At worst it would remain invalid and they would lose a few thousand rupees. But if there is any change in the legal status of CMAT, and it becomes a valid score, those with the scores will stand to gain.
AICTE has already conducted the first CMAT of the season in September 2013. The merit list has also been announced for September CMAT.
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Questions related to CMAT
CMAT Registration starting from for government colleges ?
CMAT is one of the important national level MBA entrance exams for MBA/PGDM 2022-24 batch in the AICTE approved management institutes and will be conducted by National Testing Agency (NTA) as computer based test of three hours duration. The high score in CMAT will offer MBA admission opportunity in 1000 AICTE approved MBA/PGDM colleges.CMT Registration is likely to be started on November 1,2021.Application form submission closes at midnight on January 10,2022.CMAT Exam date is February 22,2022(May change).
Here are name of some Top government college accepting CMAT score for admission:
Chandragupt institute of management,patna
University of Jammu.
is it is possible to get admission in department of management and sciences ,pune college for MBA through CMAT ? And I m also a non - Maharashtrian .
Hi Aastha. Yes it is possible to get admission in Department of Management Sciences , Pune for MBA. For Maharashtra candidates, students have to qualify MH-CET exam. Whereas for Outside Maharashtra Candidates (OMS), students can apply through CMAT or CAT or MH-CET.
Last date to apply for CMAT and mat for government colleges ?
The students who wish to appear for the MAT 2021 exam can register on the official website of AIMA-MAT. The MAT application fee is Rs 1,650. The last date to apply for MAT CBT was September 6. MAT is a speed based entrance exam conducted for admission to over 700 MBA colleges in India.
CMAT registration process is expected to open on November 1, but due to Covid-19 pandemic all the CMAT 2022 exam related activities may be delayed. There are 1000+ AICTE approved MBA/PGDM institutes that will accept CMAT 2022 score for admission to their flagship MBA/PGDM 2022-24 batch.
Hope this helps!
if I dont have CMAT then i get admission or not . CMAT is compulsory to get admission in prestige college indore or not
The eligibility criteria to pursue MBA in Prestige Institute of Management and Research is passed graduation in any discipline from a recognized university securing 50% aggregate, there is relaxation of 5% for reserved categories, admission is based on CMAT scores however candidates who couldn't appear for this exam in such case they can also go for admission based on the merit of the qualifying examination, there are specializations in advertising and public relations, financial administration, international business, marketing management, personnel administration. , If we go through last year placement reports then MBA Financial Administration had the highest placement percentage of 92% and this domain saw an increase of 1% in placement compared to the preceding year, the median package was Rs 4.80 lakhs, MBA is offered in full time and part time, explore more detailed information regarding this at https://www.pimrindore.ac.in/post-Graduate.html
documents required for davv dte counselling for mba through CMAT?
Mentioned below are the documents required in DAVV CET:
- Passport size photographs
- Copy of counselling registration
- Print out of marks obtained
- Marksheet of class 10th and 12th
- Transfer certificate
- Migration certificate
- Caste certificate
- Income certificate
- MP domicile certificate
- PWD certificate
- E w S certificate
- Gap affidavit
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