To reduce the physical, mental and financial stress on students who have to write multiple entrance examinations for management courses, the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has decided to hold a national-level common admission test for all management programmes from 2012-13.

The Common Management Admission Test (CMAT)-2012 for all courses approved by the AICTE will be conducted online in 61 cities from February 20 to 28 next and scores awarded will be used for admission in management programmes at the degree and diploma levels, all over India for admissions for 2012-13.

The Secretaries dealing with technical education in the States and Vice-Chancellors of universities have been requested to advise the competent authority for admissions in their respective States and jurisdiction to use the merit list of CMAT-2012.

The institutions and the State governments are required to register online free of charge for adopting CMAT-2012 scores for 2012-13admissions. Minority institutions will effect admissions as per the provision available for such categories.

The admission test will be based on quantitative techniques & data interpretation, logical reasoning, language comprehension and general awareness — each paper comprising 25 questions and 100 marks. There will be negative marks for wrong answers.