All India Tests i.e CAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA, MAT, GMAT along with the 7th option of Common Entrance Test of the respective State are the qualifying tests for admission into the PGDM course. In many of the States, some of the above entrance tests could not be conducted due to fear of the spread of Corona Virus and there is no indication as to whether these tests are postponed or likely to be held or canceled, etc.
AICTE, being more a facilitator than a regulator considered an alternative proposition through which selection of the students could be made for admission into the PGDM course which will benefit both the Institutions as well as the students. Therefore, in the current scenario, the PGDM / MBA institutions are allowed to admit the students on the basis of marks obtained in the qualifying examination by preparing a merit list in a transparent manner.
However, first preference will be given to those candidates who have appeared in any of the entrance tests mentioned in the APH 2020-21 and qualified irrespective of their marks secured in degree as long as minimum marks as per APH 2020-21 are secured.
If vacant seats are still available, candidates shall be selected based on the merit in the qualifying UG exams. AICTE has asked the States to also use this relaxation while allotting seats through counseling.
It may be noted that this relaxation to the PGDM / MBA Institutions shall be applicable only for the AY 2020-21, and AICTE will not take this as a precedent for the future academic years.