Marginal Increase in Number of Female Applicants in CAT 2017, along with transgenders

CAT 2017, MBA

When it comes to the number of candidates who have registered for Common Aptitude Test (CAT) 2017, it is 2,31,067. This figure is little down as against the 2,32,436 registrations done last year. However, the fairer sex has done fairly well this year. Meaning, number of women candidates who have registered for CAT 2017, has marginally increased from 76,704 in 2016 to 78,009. Moreover, as many as 31 transgender candidates have applied for the exam.

This marginal increase of 1% in the number of women candidates if compared to last year can be attributed to few reasons. One is pre-interview screening, weightage in shortlisting, active recruitment of female candidates. Last but not the least, the prestigious IIMs across the nations have started paying attention to ‘holistic leadership potential’ among those being interviewed and encouraging discipline diversity in students called for interviews.  These numbers last year dipped to 910 as against 921. In 2015, 69,176 female candidates had applied for CAT as against 59,211 in 2014. The number of women applicants in 2013 stood at 56,409. More about that here.

CAT serves as a gateway for admission to MBA course 19 IIMs and 150 other institutes. The test will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM-L) on November 26 in 14 cities across the nation. Candidates were given the option to select four test cities in order of preference. Test cities and centres have been assigned to the candidates post the CAT registration.

Regardless, the registration window was extended for 5 days; still, it is slightly below the applications received in the year 2016. Registrations for the Common Admission Test (CAT) to IIMs and other leading B-schools came to an end on September 25, 2017. The office of CAT convener had extended the last date of registration to September 25, from earlier September 20. During the extended window, 20,000 applications were received. Candidates can download their Admit Cards from October 25, 2017, to November 26, 2017.  Mock test for CAT will be available in the last week of October.

About the Test – The duration of the test is 180 minutes. Candidates have to attempt three sections: Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Section III: Quantitative Ability. Exactly 60 minutes will be allotted for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in one section.

CAT Score – The CAT results are likely to be declared by the second week of January 2018. CAT 2017 score is valid only until December 31, 2018, and will accordingly be accessible on the website.

The present CAT has undergone many transformations and is an absolutely different shape. This is because the testing partner of CAT exam has also been changed from Prometric to TCS in the year 2014. This change has also prompted IIMs to change the CAT testing window.

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