Fewer girls to appear for CAT this year

Even as CAT registrations hit an all – time low in the past five years, there will be a dip of 2,500 in the Number of Female Candidates competing for the coveted seats at the IIMs this year as compared to 2012.

Despite several IIMs taking measures to have a decent gender ratio in their management classrooms, CAT registrations have seen only a marginal increase in the number of women applicants — from around 28.43% of the total registrations in 2012 to 30% this year.

While the number of women candidates registering for the CAT is on the rise, this year’s overall poor registration has brought down the number of aspirants among women too. “Approximately one third of the total registrations are coming from women, which is quite a good number,” said Rohit Kapoor, the convenor of CAT – 2013 and also a professor at IIM – Indore. He added no extra incentives are given at his institute to attract women aspirants.

However, some of the IIMs are working towards improving the skewed gender ratio on their campuses. Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta IIMs saw a jump in the number of girls after they tweaked admission policies to attract more women. These campuses had over 100 Girls in the 2013 – 2015 Batch.

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