NAGPUR: Even as the number of MBA aspirants has dropped alarmingly all over Maharashtra, the situation is opposite in six districts of Nagpur division. The MAH-MBA/MMS-CET on March 4 will see 356 more students appearing from the division, as compared to 8,870 last year. On other hand, the statewide numbers have plummeted by as much as 18%, with 85,000 students registering as compared to 1.04 lakh last year.
With the Maharashtra government having already granted approval for the Common Management Aptitude Test ( CMAT) conducted by All India Council for Technical Education ( AICTE), this will be the last MAH-MBA/MMS-CET to be conducted by DTE.
Joint director of technical education Gulab Thakre confirmed that number of aspirants had increased marginally in the division, where 59% seats remained vacant last year.
DTE officials said that out of 9,226 registered candidates, 8,208 would appear from Nagpur, 630 from Chandrapur and 388 from Bhandara. In 2010, 11,600 had appeared for the exam while in 2009 there were over 19,000 aspirants.
The exam would be conducted across 21 centres in the division, 19 in Nagpur and one each in Bhandara and Chandrapur. A total of 5,490 seats are up for grabs in 60 colleges in the division. Last year, around 2,677 seats had remained vacant.