EDUCATION PLUS

Applying for JMET

A view of a class in IIT-Madras.

A view of a class in IIT-Madras.  

Management education has brought about substantial changes in the work culture and style of functioning in the business field.

There are different specialties such as Marketing, Human Resources, Operations, Finance, and Systems. Rural Affairs, Foreign Trade, Forest, Construction, Hotel, Hospital, and Plantation Management also are highly specialised areas in management education.

If you have the qualities given below, perhaps you could think of a career in management.

Ability to take right and quick decisions.

Accept challenges.

Analytical mind.

Communication skills.

Good public relations skills.

Innovative mind.

Ability to work well under pressure or a deadline.

Take responsibility.

Learn from feedback.

Coordination.

Common sense.

Teamwork.

Keep secrets.

Loyalty.

Intellectual curiosity.

Train subordinates.

There are various common selection tests at the national level to select candidates for admission to management programmes such as MBA and postgraduate diploma courses in Management in different institutions in India. The most popular among these are the Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management, Xavier Admission Test conducted by Xavier Labour Relations Institute in Jamshedpur, All-India Management Association's Management Aptitude Test, Association of Indian Management Schools' Test for Management Admissions, and Joint Management Entrance Test (JMET).

Many Business schools (B-schools) accept GMAT scores.

The Indian Institute of Science and the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT-Bombay, Delhi, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Madras and Roorkee) shortlist candidates on the basis of the JMET scores for the selection process conducted for admission to their management programmes.

Candidates would, therefore, have to send separate applications to IISc or the IIT concerned, depending on their choice.

Information could be collected from the respective websites, or by contacting the institutes concerned.

`JMET 2004' will be held at various centres in the country, including Ernakulam, Thiruvananthapuram, Bangalore, and Chennai, from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. on Sunday, December 12, 2004, for admission in the academic year 2005-2006. This year IIT-Delhi will conduct the test.

The test will consist of 150 questions (objective and multiple choice) in the following sections:

Verbal communication.

Logical reasoning.

Quantitative ability.

Data interpretation.

There is negative marking for incorrect answers. Twenty-five per cent of the marks allotted to a question would be deducted for a wrong answer.

You can either apply online or by post. Fee for online application is Rs. 700. It is Rs. 300 for candidates from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

For applying online, you should have a valid e-mail account for future interaction with the institute concerned.

Details pertaining to online applications could be gathered from the website.

For sending the application by post, the brochure and application form could be obtained from the GATE office of the zone in which the test centre selected by the candidate is located.

Ernakulam and Thiruvananthapuram come under the Madras zone. Address: Chairman GATE, IIT-Madras, Chennai, 600036.

The request, accompanied by two self-addressed slips and a demand draft for Rs. 800 (Rs. 400 for candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes) drawn in favour of IIT-Madras, payable at Chennai, should reach Chennai not later than October 15.

The form will be sold at the GATE office till October 18.

Keep a photocopy of the forms. Select two test centres in the same zone in order of preference from the list given and indicate their city codes, as given in Table 3.2 of the brochure.

Irrespective of the choice of the test centre, send the filled application forms to the Chairman, GATE, Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, 110016, so as to reach him before October 20.

You could now respond to the notifications for the two schools of management attached to IIT Bombay and Kharagpur.

The IIT management schools emphasise the role of the engineer-manager in diverse fields.

B.S. Warrier

Photo: K. Gajendran

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