The Karnataka government and college managements have agreed to conduct only one entrance test for CMAT and KMAT, the two entrance tests for MBA and MCA. In the combined entrance test, Visvesvaraya Technological University will be conducting the centralised counseling for the government seats. The other 50 per cent of the seats will be filled by the management taking the PGCET scores into account. Non-Karnataka students can participate in the exam to be conducted on June 2 or 8.
After August 30, the government seats will be converted into management quota seats which will be filled with the students who clear KMAT. The exam, meant for non-Karnataka students, is scheduled to be held on September 1. The CMAT was made mandatory for the students pursuing their masters degrees last year by the AICTE. The exam last year was marred by poor turnout of students. 22 colleges out of around 200 colleges are being run by the government and there are around 25,000 seats available for the students applying for these courses.