A total of 1, 94,516 candidates wrote the Common Admission Test 2013 (CAT 2013), up from 1, 91,642 candidates who wrote the test last year.
CAT is an all-India test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance examination for the management programs offered by its business schools (B-schools) as well as other top Master of Business Administration (MBA) schools. Other than the 13 IIMs, more than 100 B-schools in India use CAT scores to grant admission to students into their management courses.
As per sources from test administration firm Prometric, candidates who made a timely appearance at the test center carrying all required documentations completed the tests successfully.
CAT 2013 started on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 and was conducted over a 20 day period till Monday, November 11, 2013 in 40 cities in India, which is an increase from 36 cities in 2012.
As per CAT officials, CAT continues to be one of the most credible entrance examinations in India and the number of test takers this year proves the same. CAT 2013 was conducted in a smooth fashion on all the days, the officials added.
115 more seats have been added in 2013 across the 13 IIMs. The total number of seats in all IIMs is 3, 335 at present.
The total number of registrations for CAT 2013 had dipped by almost 9% to a 5-year low of 1.94 lakh, down from around 2.14 lakh applications in 2012. This year, the state of Maharashtra had received the largest chunk of CAT registrations with Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh following.
Source: The Times of India
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