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CAT 2016 Registration closes, More Women Applicants this year

Last Updated - September 29, 2016

This year, for CAT 2016, the number of CAT applications have seen a hike of 14,000 extra registrations. And, this time, for a change almost half of the additional applications came from women candidates. This indicates a marginal hike in overall share of women applications for CAT 2016. However, the amount of applications coming from male candidates are highest in number. Male aspirants still form a majority by comprising 67 per cent of total registrations for CAT exam.

CAT Convener, Rajendra K Bandi says "From CAT 2010 to CAT 2016, this is the highest number of applications." He further added "If we look at the total increase in the applications compared to last year, which is close to 14,000, almost half of these additional applications have come from women candidates. This is a positive sign. That means, the increase of women candidates is more than the increase of male candidates." Also the applications from persons with disability (PWD), has certainly increased from 901 to 938, compared from the records of last year's registration. To encourage women candidates belonging to PWD category, Rajendra K Bandi added by saying "In the PWD category, the percentage of male candidates is very high at over 80 per cent, which is something to think about. Our social systems need to encourage women PWD students. However, on the positive side, the percentage of women PWD candidates has increased from 14.76 per cent to 17.48 per cent. Small positive steps, but miles to go on this".

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To get admission into various management courses in IIMs and other top management schools, CAT is one of the major platform. CAT Exam is computer based exam,  a gateway for the post graduate management admissions to 19 IIM’S and over 150 B’ schools. Organized on rotational basis by 19 IIM’s, the current session of CAT Exam is being organized IIM Bangalore. CAT Registration process initiated from August 8, 2016, and applications was accepted until September 22, 2016. Candidates who successfully  applied for the registration between this tenure will be issued their CAT 2016 Admit Cards from October 18, 2016. CAT 2016 also provided a window for candidates to rectify errors made in the CAT 2016 Application Form CAT Exam will take place on December 4, 2016.

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CAT 2016 Registration Analysis

This year, the registrations for CAT (Common Aptitude Test), one of the top most management entrance exam, have shot up to a seven- year high record with 2,32,434 applications for admission to their flagship management courses. As of September 27, 2016; the CAT Registration saw the tally of 2.32 Lakh. CAT Convener, Rajendra K Bandi took a decision to extend the registration deadline by 5 days, which ended on September 27, 2016. He added "The primary reason for the extension is to facilitate the applicants who are still in the process of completing their applications. There are many applicants in this stage, and we have been getting a lot of requests from them."

Since 2009, the number of CAT applications have been below the expectations of IIMs. But, this year, IIM Bangalore remarked that "Total applications for CAT 2016 as of 5 pm (closing time) on September 27, 2016 is 232,434".

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CAT 2016 Registration Changes

This year, some major registration changes were also introduced in CAT Application Process, which acted as a major relief for the candidates.

The detailed information about major changes introduced in CAT registration form are as following:

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Change in Graduation marks category

Earlier, there was much speculation among CAT aspirants consisting of professors, retired bureaucrats, PSU executives that whether they are eligible to take up CAT exam, since they attain a bachelor's degree in the old pattern from the universities that used to give two years duration bachelor's degree. Until last year, CAT registration only accepted marks for graduation degree in the traditional three years format. The candidates who completed their graduation before 1980's faced issues while applying for CAT. So, in order to provide relief in this regard, a change in graduation marks category has been introduced.

Now, the CAT Registration Form enquires the commencement and completion of bachelor’s degree and provides category to fill-in marks as per the number of years taken to complete the graduation.

Noida declared as an Exam Centre

CAT aspirants had to face lot of problem in reaching Greater Noida (Suburb of Noida), which is one of the CAT Exam Centre. Noida was not on the exam centers list of CAT exam, since 2014. But, after the request of innumerable candidates to designate Noida as an exam centre in Delhi NCR, Prof. Rajendra K Bandi, faculty at IIM Bangalore accepted the demand and incorporated Noida as a designated test centre for the entrance examination.

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CAT 2016 Application Form Correction

CAT aspirants will be able to correct the details like marks scored, work experience and programmes selected, even after filling the form. This option of rectification will be available on the CAT application form web page between the tenure of October 1st to October to October 5, 2016.

The rectification of mistakes are limited to few corrections, which are mentioned below. CAT aspirants are restricted to correct few mistakes:

  • Marks scored
  • Work experience
  • Programmes selected

For the assistance of the candidates, a dedicated help desk is also added to answer any queries of the candidates. The candidates can put up their queries on catpwdsupport@iimb.ernet.in

Seat Intake Expansion by IIMs

Recently HRD minister in a meeting at IIM Shillong has announced that CAT Seat Intakes will be doubled to nearly 20,000 from the current 9,000 in postgraduate diploma courses at the 20 IIMs. However, as of no deadlines has been set for the proposition.

In the chain of decisions, MHRD also directed the IIMs to recruit Eligible faculty to fulfill the current shortage. Ministry also assured the better channels of fellowships will be offered to the candidates.

The increase in the number of seats of IIM will give a positive impact on the candidates. Analyzing the statistics, IIMs have decided to change their admission criteria in order to have a diverse group of students in terms of gender as well as educational background. The premier management institutions are planning to change the intake strategies in order to get a diverse crowd.                          

The present intake and current seat status for CAT exam by 20 IIMs are more than 45 doctoral and management programs. Except in the doctoral program, present intake is more than 9000.

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CAT 2016 Latest Updates

With the successful completion of CAT registration on September 27, 2016, candidates will now be issued their CAT Admit Card from October 18, 2016. Post the Admit Card distribution at the CAT official website, Exam will be conducted on December 04, 2016. The Results of the Exam will be declared in the month of February, 2017.

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