Students stray away from CAT this year

As the last date for Common Admission Test ( CAT ) 2013 registration will end on 26th September, 2013, preliminary registration data suggests that there has been decline in registration by 7% this year.

Indian Institute of Management, Indore ( IIM-I ) is expecting about 2 lakh applications for entrance test of 13 IIMs and over 100 other B-schools, which accepts CAT score. Though the exact data would be known on September 26, it is apparent that CAT registration this year will be almost 7% less. In 2011, 2.05 lakh aspirants had registered for CAT. In 2012, 2.14 lakh applications were received while this year, it is expected to be around 2 lakh.

“For the first time CAT applications were made available online. According to the latest figures, 1,16,833 applications were sold till 25th September morning, while offline figure sale is yet to be calculated. We are expecting them to be around 80 – 85 thousand,” said CAT 2013 convener Rohit Kapoor.

The application sale started on August 5 and the registration window will close on 26th September. Similar to previous trends, the cities where highest numbers of candidates have applied for test are New Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune. Over the next couple of days, CAT conducting body will be reconciling the registration data to produce a final report on the decline.

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