The cell of Maharashtra Common Entrance Test (MHT - CET) has eliminated a total of 184 candidates from its All-India merit list for the course of MBA (Master of Business Administration) and MMS (Master of Management Studies). The cell has also cancelled the admission of 25 students due to some discrepancies in their entrance examination scores.
The first round of admissions was held last month. Many students who got admission in the first round were accused of submitting forged scorecards. While applying for admissions, some of the students had entered inflated scores of two private entrance exams- Management Aptitude Test (MAT) and AIMS Test for Management Admissions (ATMA). These candidates showed their scores to be above 99 percentile in the forged mark sheets which helped them in getting the top positions in the merit list of the state for the 15 per cent All-India quota seats at business schools.
With the inflated score, these candidates secured top positions among the total 37,881 candidates who had applied for admissions. 25 of these candidates with discrepancies in their scores managed to get admission in some of the most sought after business schools. They tricked the authorities at the pre-admission document verification as they considered the mark sheets that the students submitted and did not cross-check the official status. An email was sent to the cell which informed them about these discrepancies after which an inquiry was conducted and the disparity was revealed.
An official of the MHT-CET cell said that they had issued notices to all candidates who had discrepancies in their scores. A few of those candidates responded and the concerned authorities waited for a few days to hear from the other candidates. They have now decided to eliminate those candidates from the merit list, except those students whose applications had minor errors.
The CET cell has asked the institutes in which the alleged offenders were admitted to take action against them. A revised merit list is awaited by the cell as the Bombay high court has directed the state to reconduct the admission process by treating JBIMS (Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies) as an autonomous college.