Entrance exams not mandatory for management courses this year due to COVID-19

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New Delhi: In the wake of COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the country, the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has said that entrance exams are not mandatory for admission to management courses this year.

However, preference will be given to those who have qualified in any one of the CAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA, MAT, GMAT or the KMAT (conducted by Kerala) examinations.

Many state management exams have also been cancelled due to fear of the spread of COVID-19.

For the remaining seats, admissions can be made as per a merit list prepared based on marks obtained in graduation, as per the guidelines issued to institutions conducting PGDM/MBA programmes.

When the states allot seats via counselling too, this method can be followed. The exemption is only for this year.

No change in MBA admission process

All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) media director Lt Col Kailash Bansal has clarified that the admission process for the MBA programmes has not been changed.

The AICTE had earlier issued a circular, stating that entrance exams were not mandatory for admission to the  PGDM courses this year in the wake of COVID-19 crisis.  Instead the students can be given admission based on the marks of the qualifying exam.

However, this exemption was given only for PGDM courses and not for MBA programmes.

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