Now, single entrance exam for MBA

KEA, colleges to conduct counselling for their respective seats
Last Updated 17 June 2014, 19:15 IST

The MBA aspirants in Karnataka will have a single shot opportunity with only one entrance exam for all the MBA seats in the State from this year. 

Last year, students had appeared for the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) and Karnataka Management Admission Test (KMAT) for management seats. 

The members of the Consortium for MBA and MCA PGCET 2014 clarified here on Tuesday that the postgraduate common entrance test conducted by the consortium is the only entrance exam for admissions to MBA and MCA courses this year. The admission test will hold good for both management and government seats. 

In the case of government seats, the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) will conduct the counselling and as far as management quota seats are concerned, the respective institutions will conduct their own admissions based on the test score and the KEA will not interfere in the process.

The PGCET will be conducted on June 30, 2014 between 11 am and 1 pm for MBA students and from 3 pm to 5 pm for MCA students. The last date for applying is June 24, 2014. 

Speaking to mediapersons, Prof M K Sridhar, member of consortium for PGCET-2014, said that earlier the exam used to be conducted by Visvesvaraya Technological University and the KEA. However, this time, the exam is being conducted by Rani Chennamma University, Belgaum. 

The entrance test is being held for about 20,000 seats and the consortium expects at least 15,000 candidates to turn up for the counselling this time. Last year, as there was no clarity on which exam to take, several students had not turned up for the counselling.

 This time, since this is the only exam, the consortium is expecting a lot more candidates. The fee fixed for the course is Rs 50,000 per annum for government seats. More than 130 colleges are under the umbrella of the consortium.
 The PGCET is being conducted at 11 test centres. 

The results are expected on July 7 and document verification is likely to be taken up from July 12. 

The admission process will be completed before July 20 and classes will begin on August 1, according to members of the consortium. The document verification and the counselling will be conducted on the same day. There is no online counselling and students have to appear in person.

The applications for the examination have to be submitted online with a fee of Rs 800 for general merit and Rs 400 for SC/ST and category-1. 

Later, a printout of the filled application has to be sent to Rani Chennamma University, along with documents such as caste and income certificates, if any. More information can be obtained on www.rcub.ac.in. 

The KMAT test, conducted by private colleges for management quota seats in the previous years, is likely to be conducted only in case the management seats are not filled. 

As of now, nothing has been decided, the consortium said. 

(Published 17 June 2014, 19:15 IST)

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