MUMBAI: A robust placement season across
B-schools this year seems to have convinced students to
pursue a management degree. After a slump in numbers
since 2008, the number of students that registered for
the MAH CET (Maharashtra Common Entrance Test) – for MBA
aspirants – increased this year.
Officials at the Directorate for Technical Education (DTE)
said on March 5 that a total of 60,363 students have
registered for MAH CET scheduled to take place on March
14 and 15. It has seen a significant rise of almost 14%
compared to last year.
“This year top companies have recruited in large numbers
across management colleges, which seem to have triggered
a renewed interest in MBA degrees,” said deputy director
of DTE, Suresh Yawalkar.
Last year, the number of registered candidates stood at
53,000 and the numbers had been dwindling since 2008.
DTE officials said that till 2008-09, close to 70,000
students took the state level entrance exams, after
which the numbers started to go down.
Average salary packages in top management schools in the
country have gone up by almost 20%, making MBA a sought
after degree once again. “It is a combination of a
reviving economy and the subsequent good placement
season that seems to have piqued the interest of
students,” said Himanshu Rai, dean, MISB Bocconi, a
“The Indian industry currently needs good managers at
various levels,” said an HR representative of a leading
However, with this increase in registrations, the onus
of providing quality management education is also a task
for the DTE. Last year, more than 40% of MBA seats in
the state remained vacant.
The DTE has received several closure requests from such
colleges. After the entrance test results are declared,
the DTE makes a list of students eligible for the common
admission process (CAP)
“As of now, there are around 42,300 management seats in
state B-schools and we are yet to decide on the number
of seats to be allocated for CAP,” said Yawalkar.
The DTE has not introduced any changes in the admission
process so far and will continue admissions based solely
on the marks without any group discussion or personal