AICTE Revises Academic Calendar Yet Again for Admission 2020: PGDM Admissions Open in B-Schools till August 25; Fee refund last date extended to Aug 17

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August 17, 2020
The MBA admission 2020 last date is again extended by AICTE to August 25 from July 31 and Seat cancellation date with full Fee refund is extended to Aug 17. The last date to get admission against vacancies is extended to November 15, as against October 20 earlier. Academic session commencement date for new PGDM students is also extended to August 10 from earlier August 1, 2020. There is no admission or tuition fee hike for the session 2020-21
AICTE Extends MBA Admission 2020 Date to August 10
AICTE has yet again extended the last date for the MBA colleges in India to offer MBA/PGDM Admission 2020 by seven days. Now B-schools can offer admission to the new batch till August 25 as against earlier deadline of  August 17. Besides, the last date to get MBA admission against vacancies is also extended to November 15, as against October 20. These changes are part of ‘Revised Academic Calendar’ released by AICTE on August 13, 2020 superseding the recently issued guidelines of July 7, July 1 and the earlier May 1 notification. The start date of Academic Session 2020-21 for new PGDM Batch has also been extended to August 10 from August 1, 2020.

The academic calendar may further change depending upon the situation. According to AICTE, “ The academic calendar may further change subject to the condition existing due to Covid-19 pandemic and guidelines issued by Ministry of Health, Home and Human Resource Development.”

The revised academic calendar for B-schools contains guidelines for the PGDM/PGCM admission, commencement of classes for new as well as existing students, mode of teaching, revised dates to apply for fee refund among other key instructions. These guidelines are mandatory for more than 500 B-schools including top B-schools like XLRI, SPJIMR and MDI who offer AICTE approved PGDM programs.

Revised AICTE Academic Calendar: Supersedes July 7, July 1 and May 1 Guidelines
Superseding its academic calendar, released earlier, the regulatory body, All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has revised and extended various dates regarding the admission and session commencement again for the benefit of the students seeking admission in MBA programs this year.

MBA/PGDM Admission 2020 Activity
New Revised Dates as per Notification dated August 13, 2020
Revised Dates as per Notification dated July 7, 2020
Earlier Dates as per notification dated May 1, 2020
Admission Ending date of PGDM/PGCM 2020 courses
August 25, 2020
August 17, 2020
July 31, 2020
Last date for cancellation of seats with full fee refund for PGDM/PGCM Students
August 17, 2020
August 10, 2020
July 25, 2020
Academic Session 2020-21 commencement for new PGDM Batch
August 10, 2020
August 10, 2020
August 1, 2020
Last date upto which students can be admitted against vacancies
November 15, 2020
October 20, 2020
August 31 of the calendar year
Commencement of classes for existing PGDM/PGCM students
July 15, 2020
July 15, 2020
July 1, 2020


Last Date for Seat cancellation with Full Fee Refund: Extended to August 17, 2020
AICTE has also extended the last date for Seat cancellation with full fee refund. The application for full fee refund and seat cancellation can be submitted till August 17, 2020 instead of earlier July 25.

Candidates applying for full fee refund in the case of seat cancellation should note that a deduction of Rs.1000/- will be applicable as per AICTE guidelines. AICTE had earlier instructed the B-schools that the students should get the due amount of his/her fee refunded within 7 days from the date of submission of the Application at the college. Check AICTE Fee Refund Guidelines with application format

Session Commencement with Online Classes
AICTE has instructed the B-schools that the session commencement for existing as well as newly admitted students in PGDM/PGCM courses should begin with Online Classes to avoid any impact on Covid-19. This is a progressive move by regulator and is in line with international practices. Top global B-schools like Harvard Business School are also conducting their classes online.

AICTE had issued some of the important guidelines in its earlier notification dated May 1, 2020 and has not revised now:

  • No fee hike for the Academic session 2020-21: Admission & tuition fee for the academic session 2020-21 for existing as well as new students to remain same
  • No Fee Payment Deadline till Normalcy is restored: B-schools to relax fee collection norms in Covid 19 pandemic
  • Time Line Extended for Graduation Marks-sheet Submission to December 31: No B-school to deny admission on this ground

Read all the Notification details


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