Maharashtra plans to do away with GD and PI for MBA admission

In a move that would please most B-School aspirants in Maharshtra, the state government wants to do away with Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds for admission into B-schools. According to reports, the admissions will be based on scores in MAH-CET or in any other national test.

One of the major reasons given for this move was there were too many seats and too few candidates. The reports mentioned that by November end, a proposal in this regard had been submitted to the Higher and Technical Education Ministry by the directorate of technical education. The proposal also states that candidates who secured ‘zero’ in the test will not be admitted. According to officials even though the ministry is yet to approve the proposal officially, ‘in-principle’, it has been agreed upon.

It can also be noted that this year, most IIMs scrapped GD for admission to post-graduate programs. They replaced it with another written test. In 2013-14, Maharashtra admitted candidates on the basis of scores in national-level test CMAT, without GD/PI, which was introduced abolishing the state-level admission test. The vacancy in B-schools has increased from 25% to 39% after the introduction of CMAT, prompting the state to restart its own Common Entrance Test (CET) from 2014-15.

According to reports, GD and PI had been a major part for the admission till 2012-13. While written exam’s (CET) weightage was 200, 40 marks for GD/PI ((17 each for GD and PI), and four and two for work experience and academic records, respectively).

Experts have mixed opinion on abolishing GD and PI.  One professor stated that the move might further deteriorate the quality of management education as communication skills night turn out be negligible in admission process. But another academic said that since it would completely eliminate human intervention it will help students overall. He said that some aggressive candidates always ended up dominating the discussion, leaving no scope to test the analytical skills of others.  

The MAH-CET’s online exam for MBA/ MMS in Maharashtra (2013-14) is slated for March 15-16 with 411 institutes in the state. There are 45,297 available seats and there were 17,740 seats (39%) vacant last year.

Source: DNA

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