Now that the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2013 Results are out, one thing has become clearer that engineers will continue to dominate the campuses of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). It can be recalled that with the top eight 100 percentile scorers being engineers and initial data showing that a large chunk of engineers gave Common Admission Test (CAT) 2013, the classrooms of these business schools will have BE and B Tech graduates filling up most seats.
CAT 2013 was conducted between October 16 and November 11, 2013 and 1.94 lakh candidates had registered for it. Out of these, 1,73,735 candidates eventually appeared for CAT 2013. The dwindling figures are a slight issue but IIM officials feel that it does not impact the student pool.
According to experts, this has been the trend for many years and it will continue to do so. Experts say that the main cause for this is the number of students taking up engineering courses as compared to arts and commerce courses. There is a general push by parents, too, to enroll their children into engineering and medical streams and hence, there are a large proportion of engineers who appear for CAT.
It was reported that according to sources, almost 55-60 per cent of CAT entrance exam takers were from engineering backgrounds. It is also partially attributed to the CAT examination pattern, with a clear skew towards the mathematical ability of a student. Experts say that out of 60 questions in CAT, almost 40 were based on maths. Most say that the entrance test has been set up in such manner that it has been biased towards engineers, which is creating an imbalance in the labour market eco-system.
Source: Business Standard