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PGDM admissions to be made based only on the Student performance in the following examinations


AICTE’s new regulations for institutions offering the PGDM course mandate that the admission has to be strictly based on performance of students in any of the six All India tests. The regulations also mandate complete refund of fees to students who withdraw admission before 30th June every year.


All Management Institutions offering the ‘Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM)’ can make admissions based only on the student performance in the six All India tests as per new regulations notified by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). The AICTE has now notified ‘All India Council for Technical Education (Norms and Standards for the conduct of Post Graduate Diploma in Management) Regulations, 2017 that seek to properly regulate the institutions offering the PGDM course.

Admission to be based only on these six All India tests

AICTE seeks to set the standards for academic calendar, admissions, AICTE model curriculum and fees refund through these new regulations.

The new regulations make it clear that the PGDM Programme shall not be for a duration of less than 21 months. In addition, the regulations mandate that the academic calendar for admission of students shall be from 01st March to 30th June every year.

The new regulations mandate that the admissions to PGDM course shall be made only from the candidates qualified from anyone of the following six All India tests.

  • CAT
  • XAT
  • CMAT
  • ATMA
  • MAT
  • GMAT
  • State level entrance examination conducted by the State Government

The candidates for admission have to be shortlisted based on the overall rank of candidates computed based on the following components & their weights.

Score in Admission Test (CAT, XAT, CMAT, ATMA, MAT, GMAT or State Level test by State Government)35% to 60%
Score for academic performance in X Std., XII Std., Under Graduate Degree/Post Graduate Degree5% to 25%
Group discussion/Interview20% to 45%
Weightage for participation in Sports, Extra-curricular activities, Academic diversity and Gender diversity5% to 20%
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Regulations mandate complete transparency in the process

The institutions have to publish the information regarding the names of the admission tests from which the candidates are selected for admissions, the weightage of scores of the various components of the admission process in their website and admission brochure well before the admission process is initiated.

The institution also has to inform AICTE and clearly display on the institution’s website the eligibility criteria, selection procedure and the merit list of the candidates who have applied for the programme. The selection of the candidates has to be strictly based on merit.

Complete Refund if the withdrawal of admission is before June 30th every year

The regulations give the institutions the freedom to devise their own curriculum for PGDM Programmes as long as they conform with the model curriculum framed by AICTE.

The institutions are also mandated to publish the details of the fees being charged on their web-site and in the admission brochure. They also have to refund the entire fees collected after deducting an amount Rs 1000 as processing fee to the students withdrawing admission before 30th June every year. The institution also has to return the certificates to the students withdrawing admission before the last date.

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