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CAT 2016: Number of Applicants’ Increased to 2.5 Lakh, Last date for registration- Sept. 27

Last Updated - September 28, 2016

CAT aspirants will now have to deal with a tough competition. CAT 2016 is set to break all the past records, as the total number of registration is assumed to cross the mark of 2.50 lakh leading to a neck-to-neck competition. But, the candidates can get a sigh of relief as IIMs has assured in a meeting held in IIM Shillong that they would expand the CAT seat intake and would try to double the present number of total 10,000 seats to 20,000. The total amount of present seats in flagship programme (PGP) of top 6 IIMs is nearly around 2600. According to the calculations, 100 aspirants will be competing for 1 seat as per 2.50 lakh registration record.

The last date for CAT Registration is September 27, 2016. After seeing the rise of candidature and registration till September 22, which was approx 2.08 lakhs, the sources are expecting a rise of 10,000 candidates in a day. The increase in competition could certainly act as bad news for the management aspirants as they will have to double their efforts and triple their preparation for attempting CAT, this year.

CAT or Common Admission Test serves as entryway to various management courses in IIMs. It is a computer based exam in India for MBA admissions in 19 IIMs and over 150 B-schools. CAT exam is organized by 19 IIMs on a rotational basis. For this year, IIM Bangalore is organizing the test. The registration process has now been initiated from August 8th 2016, which will be ongoing till September 27, 2016. Candidates can apply for the registration between this tenure by following a registration procedure. CAT Examwill take place on December 4, 2016.

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Current Scenario

CAT 2016 has seen a total of 2.50 Lakh registration of candidates, whereas last year total of 2.18 Lakh candidates were registered. However, CAT 2016 seat intake in IIMs is same as it existed for CAT 2015. This is certainly causing a tougher competition among the candidates as an increase of 32000 management aspirants, in comparison to last year could create bleak chances for the candidates to clear the exam.

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The flagship PGP programme of IIMs have total intake of 5000 seats across 20 IIMs. So, according to the calculations, the ratio of total seats in PGP programmes of IIMs to total expected CAT aspirants, this year, stands to 50 candidates per seat. For every single seat, 50 candidates are aspiring. And for top 6 IIMs, namely, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore and IIM Kozhikode, the competition is the toughest as for a single seat, 100 candidates will compete. There are 2600 seats in PGP programme of top 6 IIMs.

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Implications of Increased Applications

Though there is no confirmed news of increase in seat intake for CAT aspirants, but it is speculated that to support the increase in number of applicants, the candidates can expect some increase in the number of seats in IIMs by the time admission process in the 20 IIMs is finalized for the batch of PGP 2017-19. This can surely provide some relief to the applicants.

IIM Ahmedabad, one of the top management institute has cut down its minimum qualifying percentile score in CAT cut-off. Also, IIMA has prescribed its minimum requirement for CAT percentile to shortlist the applicants at first stage with low percentile as 70 sectional and 80 overall.

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How to Stand Out?

Everyone is aware of the fact that even the candidates who score 96-97 percentile in CAT do not get a chance to be shortlisted for another round of admission and considering the fact that around 2.5 lakh candidates has applied for CAT, the chances of getting shortlisted stands short.

Now, the question is what can be done to have an edge over other candidates? Consider some of the following pointers which might prove to be a great help to the aspirants who are giving CAT this year:


Balance Three Sections: Aim for a balanced and high percentile for all the three sections of CAT exam. The three sections are Quantitative Ability, Logical Reasoning and Verbal & Reading Comprehension.

Excellent Academic Record is a key:  The shortlisting criteria of all IIMs might provide you some relief as higher weightage will be given to academic profile and academic diversity. So if a candidate has scored well in his/her class 10, 12 & Bachelor's degree, he/she might stand a chance to get shortlisted for next level. 20 to 50 points will be awarded on scale of 100 to such candidates.

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Process for CAT Exam Registration

By following the below stated steps, an aspirant can get himself/herself registered for CAT 2016:

1. Eligible candidates can register for CAT 2016 by visiting the official website.

2. You will find the link of 'CAT Exam Registration Process', click on that link.

3. Candidate is required to fill the mandatory details.

4. Pay the required application/registration fee.

5. 'Submit' the application and download the same for your reference and future use.

6. The candidate has to select any four exam cities in accordance to their preference.

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CAT Application form: Mandatory Documents

It is of no use to get yourself registered for CAT, when the required documents are not complete, because ultimately your application will get rejected. So, the candidate need to cross-check the following list of documents:

  1. Scanned colored photograph (35 mm x 45 mm) in .jpg or .jpeg format.
  2. Scanned image of candidate's signature (80 mm x 35 mm) in .jpg or .jpeg format.
  3. CAT candidate needs to download certificates from the official website and after filling it, get it signed by appropriate authorities. Self-attest them and submit them as a scanned PDF document.

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CAT Admit Card

Date for downloading CAT Admit card is October 8th 2016. For a candidate, admit card carries a relevance in a sense that it is a document which is compulsory for appearing in CAT examination. The admit card for CAT will be released online on the official website for CAT and will be available for download from October 18, 2016 to December 4th 2016.

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