Gaining entry into one of the premier Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for the academic session of 2014-16 has become an easier process, as per data from the Results of the Common Admission Test 2013 (CAT 2013), which were declared on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. CAT is one of the most prestigious examinations in India for admission into the IIMs as well as other premier management institutes.
There are few reasons for easier entry into the IIMs this year. 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. The number of women applicants decreased from 60,876 to 56,962. Moreover, the turnout for CAT 2013 was the lowest in seven years. As per IIM Indore officials, around 1.74 lakh candidates took the CAT 2013 examinations.
Secondly, the total number of candidates who have acquired over 95 percentile is around 1,050 lesser compared to CAT 2012, as per CAT 2013 Results data. Six candidates out of every 15, who have scored over 95 percentile, stand a chance of gaining entry into one of the 13 IIMs for the upcoming academic session.
A total of eight candidates, all of whom are male and engineers, have acquired scores of 100 percentile in CAT 2013. Ten candidates have acquired scores of 99.99 percentile.
Another reason is that there are more seats to accommodate more students into the IIMs this year. 115 seats have been added in 2013 across the 13 IIMs. The total number of seats in all the IIMs is 3, 335 at present.
CAT 2013 was conducted over a 20 day period from Wednesday, October 16 to Monday, November 11, 2013 in 40 cities in India.
Source: The Economic Times