Indore: Disappointed by poor response from candidates, who took common management admission test (CMAT)-2017, management institutions offering MBA courses were counting on non-CMAT candidates thinking that they would fill up vacancies on their campuses but largely their expectation remained unfulfilled. Nearly 45 per cent seats are still lying vacant in MBA colleges across the state after two rounds of centralised online admission counselling conducted by directorate of technical education (DTE) for the two-year management programme.
In the first round, merely 1881 CMAT candidates had applied for admissions against nearly 20,000 seats in MBA course across the state, including nearly 7000 seats in Indore district alone.

Owning to poor response by CMAT candidates, some management institutions had feared that this year most of the seats in their campuses would remain vacant but majority of the colleges were banking on non-CMAT candidates. Most of the B-schools were hopeful that non-CMAT candidates would fill up vacancies at their colleges but when second common merit list for MBA course was released, many of them were left disappointed. The list carried names of merely 9304 candidates which take total (including 1881 candidates) to 11,185 candidates for MBA course against around 20,000 vacant seats.

“This means that nearly 45 per cent seats are still vacant in MBA colleges across the state,” said management guru Anas Iqbal. He said that many MBA colleges would see below 10 per cent admission this year. It appears that only reputed colleges will be able to see 100 per cent admission this year, he added. Colleges, which are likely to see handsome admissions despite poor registration scenario, include Institute of Management Studies, Prestige Institute of Management and Research, IPS Academy, IIPS, Arihant College and Shri Vaishnav College.

The rest of the colleges would have to bank highly on college-level counselling, which is to be held on July 26 and 27. Meanwhile, those students whose names have figured in the second common list would have to get documents verified from 70 help centres set up at different districts in the state and subsequently report to the colleges allocated to them.

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