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IIM Bangalore receives 2.32 lakh CAT Applications, CAT Registrations at seven year high

Last Updated - April 01, 2017

The registrations for CAT (Common Aptitude Test), one of the top most management entrance exam, have shot up to a seven seven-year record with 232,434 applications for admission to their flagship management courses. The previous original deadline for CAT Exam was September 22, which was set by IIM Bangalore. Due to the rise seen in the amount of CAT applications and requests made by the candidates with incomplete applications, the CAT Registration window was further extended by 5 days. Last year, the total number of registrations for CAT exam were 218,664 and this year CAT registration number is highest after 2009. The interest of Management aspirants in management courses have surely seen a hike, this year, as CAT Registration has touched the bar of over 230,000 applications.

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As of September 27, 2016; the CAT Applications saw the tally of 2.32 Lakh. CAT Convener, Rajendra K Bandi took a decision to extend the CAT 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 CAT Applications. There are many applicants in this stage, and we have been getting a lot of requests from them."

The Unexpected Rise in CAT 2016 Applications

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 2, 32,434". Apart from IIMs, nearly hundred top business schools such as Management Development Institute, Gurgaon; Birla Institute of Management Technology in Greater Noida; SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai  and the management departments at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) select candidates through CAT 2016.

To get admission into various management courses in IIMs and other top management schools, CAT acts as a major platform. This entrance test is computer based exam, which is for M.B.A admissions in 19 IIM’S and over 150 B’ schools. CAT Entrance exam is organized on rotational basis by 19 IIM’s. CAT 2016 is being organized IIM Bangalore. The registration process has been initiated from August 8th 2016, which will be ongoing until September 22, 2016. Candidates can apply for the CAT Registration between this tenure by following a registration procedure. CAT Exam will take place on December 4, 2016.

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Reasons behind the Hike in CAT 2016 Applications

According to the recent trends, two year MBA programmes in India has witnessed a major dip in popularity, in spite of this, CAT is receiving a pool of applications. This indicates the rise in interest of students in attaining management education which is often linked to the employment scenario in the country. Also, the good placement season, earlier this year, majorly contributes to the reason of spurt in number of applications for CAT 2016.

Talking about the employment situation and current scenario on placements, Business schools, including IIMs had said that both the number of offers as well as salary packages had seen an upward graph, especially in banking and finance sectors.

If we compare the education trends in India with global markets, management aspirants in India prefer to continue their management education early in their career as compared to other countries, where aspirants typically work for a longer period and then opt for an MBA. Talking about employment opportunities, aspirants sentiments have been boosted by the predictions of India being the fastest growing economy in the world for upcoming years. Chief business officer at coaching chain IMS Learning Resources believes that "India is one of the most promising markets globally and students want to equip themselves with strong professional degrees to take advantage of this growth."

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Effect on CAT 2016 CutOff

The primary aim of every MBA aspirant in India is to score high in CAT Exams. But for most of them, it's an impossible dream to chase. With high cut-offs, limited seats, tough interview rounds and escalated admission criterions, CAT have become India's one of the toughest entrance exams. The current increased seat intake which has nearly doubled to 20,000 for postgraduate diploma courses at the 20 IIMs has also created a huge hope among the management aspirants. But, not to forget that due to the increased seat intake and a large number of applicants CAT Cutoff is most likely to challenge the candidates with tough competition.

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CAT 2016 Admit Card

Date for downloading CAT Admit Card 2016 is October 8, 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 2016 will be released online on the official website for CAT and will be available for download from October 18, 2016 to December 4, 2016.

Please Note: Since CAT 2016 is the mandatory exam to apply for admission not only to IMI Delhi but also to other top B-schools, the candidates should get themselves register for CAT before September 22, 2016 as IIM Bangalore has clarified that there is no proposal to extend the last date of CAT Registration.

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CAT 2016 Upcoming Events

The result for the CAT Exam will be declared in the month of January in 2017. CAT Result include the percentile scored in the CAT exam. Candidates who secure the required percentage are then called for the next round of selection which includes Group Discussion, Written Ability Test, and Personal Interview.

The CAT Result will be declared on the CAT official website and can be downloaded by logging in to candidate’s profile. The official CAT score will contain percentile score, scaled score and marks scored in each section of CAT exam. The percentile scored will be communicated to the candidates on the mobile number provided by them during the CAT Registration.

For attempting CAT Exam, candidates need to have a thorough information about CAT Exam Centres. In the year 2015, the number of CAT exam centers were increased from 307 to 650 for the ease of candidates appearing for exam. During the CAT Application Process, you have to select four preferences for exam city from a drop down menu. It is out of these four preferences, you will be allotted an exam city and your CAT exam center. Time slot for CAT examination is allotted randomly.

Candidate needs to visit official website of CAT in order to attain the detailed address of the exam centre in each city. 

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