Aptech to conduct first CMAT

Written by Kirtika Suneja | New Delhi | Updated: Nov 22 2011, 07:21am hrs
Education and skill training major Aptech has been roped in by the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) to conduct the first Common Management Admissions Test (CMAT) in 2012. Aptech was selected from 10 bidders including Tata Consultancy Services and Prometric, the US-based testing agency that has been conducting the Common Admission Test (CAT) for the last three years.

The All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) had fixed a minimum revenue requirement of Rs 100 crore for companies willing to bid for the project. It plans to enter into an initial contract for 3-5 years, but would retain overall control over test generation and delivery mechanism.

"Aptech was selected after the technical and financial bids of all the bidders were evaluated and before the project is rolled out, we will run pilot tests in 10 states and the testing would happen twice a day. The pilots are expected to happen on December 15-16, an AICTE official told FE.

The council had asked the bidders to state their approach for each of the tasks of test announcement, registration, application processing, dispatch of admit cards, item bank development, test construction, test delivery, score processing and dispatch of test scores, besides their operational plan for computerisation of CMAT.

CMAT-2012 will be conducted from February 20-28, 2012, and is expected to cater to about 2.5 lakh candidates across the country."We have bid for the project as it is a big opportunity for us. Moreover, we have the same line of business in testing and assessment, said Aptech's CEO and MD, Ninad Karpe.