The number of applications from women candidates for the Common Admission Test ’2013 (CAT ’2013) has witnessed an increase in the last two years, despite a dip in overall applications, as per sources. From 27% in 2012 it has increased to 29% this year, sources added.
Despite this rise, total count of women candidates has dipped from 60,876 to 56,409 due to a downward trend in total number of registrations, as per sources.
As per CAT officials, the number of applications from candidates with work experience of 2 years and above has increased from 13% in 2012 to 16% in 2013. The number of candidates with very little experience or without experience has dropped from 68% in 2012 to 66% in 2013.
In 2013, 115 extra seats have been added across the 13 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), bringing up the total to 3,335 seats.
Candidates from engineering and technology background have shot up by 6% this year, comprising 70% of the total number of candidates.
The remaining 23% are occupied by candidates from management, economics and science backgrounds.
There has also been a 2% increase in the number of differently abled (DA) candidates registering for CAT ’2013.
The state of Maharashtra has received the largest chunk of CAT registrations with Uttar Pradesh and Delhi following. 12, 155 candidates are from Karnataka.
As per Prometric India officials, 191,642 CAT examinations were delivered by Prometric and the IIMs in 2012 and the same numbers are expected this year as well, going by the application trend.
The total number of registration for CAT’2013 is 1.95 lakh.
Prometric is a test development and test delivery solutions firm.
CAT is an all-India test conducted by the premier IIMs as an entrance examination for the management programs offered by its business schools as well as other top management schools.
Source: The Times of India
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