2.32 lakh apply for CAT 2016, marking a seven-year high

2.32 lakh apply for CAT 2016, marking a seven-year high

2.32 lakh apply for CAT 2016, marking a seven-year high
The registration for the Common Admission Test  or CAT, 2016, for entry into the Indian Institutes of Management and other prestigious B-schools has reached a seven-year high with 2.32 lakh applications. The last date for registering for the exam ended on September 27.

The number of registrations in 2015 was 2.18 lakh applications and the figures this year mark a steady rise in the interest for the test, once again. The number of registrations of this much sought-after test began to dip from 2010 onwards. In 2009, the number of registrations was a high 2.42 lakh applications, however, between 2010 and 2014 the registration fluctuated drastically and fell to its lowest point in 2014 reaching a low of 1.96 lakh applications.

Professor Rajendra K. Bandi, convenor, CAT 2016, highlighted the marginal increase in the number of registrations of female candidates. “While we still have a majority of male candidates (67%), the percentage of female candidates has gone up by 1% compared to last year,” he said.

Bandi said, of the 14,000 additional applications that came this year, almost half of them are from female candidates. “This is a positive sign. That means, the increase of female candidates is more than the increase of male candidates,” he added.

Also, the number of applicants of persons with disabilities has increased from 901 to 938.  “In this category, the percentage of male candidates is very high (more than 80%), which is something to think about,” he said. Existing social systems need to encourage female candidates with physical disabilities.

John Williams, academic head, Career Launcher, a coaching institute said that there a number of goof-ups in the last few years, CAT had shaken the confidence of the students in the exam. “However, with IIM-Ahmedabad conducting the exam, last year, and IIM-B, this year, there is a sense of credibility attached to the exam. Also after a lull of a few years in the MBA course, there seems to be a rise in interest again,” he said.
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