KMAT for MBA, MCA courses to be held on July 21

The Karnataka Management Aptitude Test (KMAT) will be held on July 21 and the application forms will be available online from May 15. The last date for applying for the test will be July 10.

The Karnataka Private Post Graduate Colleges’ Association (KPPGCA), that conducts the KMAT has announced the schedule of the entrance test at a meeting of  its stakeholders on Wednesday. This comes in the wake of the Supreme Court judgement that colleges affiliated to universities do not need approval from the AICTE to conduct MBA and MCA courses. The State government had declared that the AICTE’s national-level entrance test, CMAT would be the only gateway for admissions to all MBA and MCA courses in the State. Thus, the annual Post Graduate Common Admission Test (PGCET) for MBA and MCA was withdrawn by the State this year.

The Association had filed a petition in the Karnataka High Court seeking permission to conduct the KMAT in view of the Supreme Court order. “On May 9, Justice Ram Mohan Reddy passed an interim order and granted our prayer to go ahead with the KMAT,” said Dr M Prakash, Secretary, KPPGCA.

The admission process will be completed between August 10 to August 15 and a circular in this regard will be sent to all member-colleges. The application fee will be Rs 500 for MBA or MCA and Rs 600 for both courses. Details will be provided on the website and helpline numbers 93439 96665, 93439 96666. There are 169 colleges under the KMAT and the entrance has been conducted for the past eight years.

Stating that the process has already been delayed due to the confusion over the valid entrance tests, Dr Prakash said that the Association is identifying centres for holding the test and collecting the application forms throughout the State and outside as well.

PGCET and govt quota

All these years, under the KMAT, 50 per cent of the seats were allotted under the government quota and the rest were under the respective management. This year the government did not conduct PGCET for MBA and MCA seats due to its approval of the CMAT. “The government should act fast and decide whether or not it will conduct the PGCET. If they don’t, then all of its 50 per cent seats will go to the management,” said Dr Prakash.

With about 24,500 MBA and 8,000 MCA seats in the State, it would be impossible to fill all of them only through the CMAT. “Only 5,800 students from the State have registered for the CMAT that will be held this month. The turnout for the two earlier CMAT that was conducted in September and February was also very low,” he said.

In order to fill the vacant seats, candidates with scores from other entrance exams such as the Management Aptitude Test (MAT), Xaviers Aptitude Test (XAT) and even CMAT will be considered once seats are allotted to candidates with KMAT scores. “In fact the government order has always said that we can do so only once the prescribed norm of filling up seats is fulfilled,” said Dr Prakash.

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