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CAT 2016: With 2.32 lakh applications, demand for MBA on the rise again

Ipsita Sarkar | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:46 IST

Registrations for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 has reached a seven-year high. A total of 232,434 candidates have applied for the leading management aptitude test of the country.

After a lukewarm response, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) extended their application window till 27 September, 2016.

"Total applications for CAT 2016 as of 5 pm (closing time) on 27 September, 2016 is 232,434. Last year (2015), it was 218,664," a spokesperson from IIM Bangalore confirmed to Catch.

This year, the exam will be conducted by IIM Bangalore, with TCS being the test-taking agency.

In the first stage of applications, that is till 22 September, the IIMs received a total of 208,000. Post the five day extension, the institutes received about 24,000 more applications.

CAT scores are used for admission to various management courses across the country including the 19 IIMs. Various other top business schools such as Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) Delhi, Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai also evaluate candidates via their CAT scores. Business schools at all the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) also select candidates by the same parametres.

Also Read: Number of seats at IIMs to go up soon, says Prakash Javadekar

CAT application numbers since 2009

Last year, CAT 2015 exam introduced quite a few changes in the test pattern to create a level-playing field between engineering and non-engineering candidates. Aspirants were asked to attempt 100 questions in 180 minutes. On-screen calculators and non-MCQ questions or direct answer questions were introduced.

The test has the following sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical and Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation.

Also Read: CAT 2016: Sequential steps to solve Data Interpretation (DI) problems

First published: 28 September 2016, 11:02 IST
Ipsita Sarkar @piercingharmony

Ipsita writes on education with focus on schools, higher education (engineering, B-Schools), HRD ministry, policies, and startup ecosphere. She's previously worked with Hindustan Times and Shiksha.com.