Candidates aspiring to pursue courses in Master of Business Administration (MBA) are more hopeful of gaining entry into one of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) or any other premier business school (B-School) due to a fall in the number of registrations for the Common Admission Test ’2013 (CAT ’2013).
The total number of registrations for CAT ’2013 has 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 has received the largest chunk of CAT registrations with Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Andhra Pradesh following. 12, 155 candidates are from Karnataka.
CAT started in a smooth fashion on Wednesday, October 16, 2013 in all the test centers for CAT. The first session started at 10 am and the second session at 3.15 pm. CAT ’2013 will be conducted over a 20 day period till Monday, November 11, 2013, in 40 cities in India.
The Common Admission Test, popularly known as CAT, is an all-India test conducted by the IIMs as an entrance examination for the management programs offered by its business schools as well as other top 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.
The 7 CAT test centers in the city of Bangalore had a smooth run on the first day of CAT ’2013 as well. Unlike other test centers which are located in the outskirts of Bangalore, the centers at Malleswaram and Koramangala are in the heart of the city with Koramangala proving to be the sought-after location of test-takers.
As per few candidates appearing for CAT in Bangalore test centers, although reduced number of applications imply reduced competition, the IIMs are expected to continue with high cut-offs for admission to ensure that meritorious candidates gain entry into the popular institute. MBA courses have lost their mojo due to economic sluggishness resulting in dwindling job prospects and diminishing salaries, as per some students, who admitted that the premier B-Schools are still in demand. Some students claimed that although several B-Schools have mushroomed in India in the last few years, placements have not been upto the mark, resulting in a loss of demand for MBA courses. The career preferences of students have also undergone a change, as per few students.
Regarding an increase in the number of working professionals with two and more years of experience who have registered for CAT, some students claimed that coaching classes for CAT prefer candidates with experience to students with no work experience. Working professionals claimed that such professionals have the advantage of practical knowledge of working of industries, although an MBA degree provides additional theoretical understanding. As per aspiring entrepreneurs, management education will train them to run successful ventures.
Although few students found the paper to be moderately difficult, there were no surprise elements on the first day of the test in terms of examination pattern, which was similar to the pattern of CAT ’2012. As per the candidates, candidates who have prepared the core concepts thoroughly will fare well in the test.
As per officials of the test administrator firm Prometric that conducts CAT, 4,066 candidates across India wrote CAT ’2013 on the first day. The next test is expected to be held on Friday, October 18, 2013.
115 more seats have been added in 2013 across 13 IIMs, accounting for a total of 3,335 seats. IIM CAT Results are likely to be announced on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. IIM-Indore will be the convener of CAT ’2013.
Source: The Hindu
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