CAT 2014 hits new low; 28,000 skip CAT 2014 exam
CAT 2014 has witnessed a new low in number of test takers with over 28,000 applicants skipping the prestigious MBA entrance exams conducted for admissions to Indian Institutes of Management and other Top B-schools in India.
IIM officials confirmed that about 15 per cent of the total applicants skipped the Common Admission Test (CAT) held on two days –November 16 & November 22. According to the officials, as many as 28158 candidates did not appear for CAT despite TCS scheduling their tests either on the two testing days.
A total of 1,95,988 candidates had filled CAT application form. The number of candidates appearing for the test, however, was 1,67,830 only, IIM officials said.
CAT 2014: Day-wise test takers
CAT 2014 Day
Number of CAT 2014 Applicants
Actual CAT 2014 Takers
Day 1 (Nov 16)
Day 2 (Nov 22)
Indian Institute of Management, Indore which conducted the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2014 with testing partner Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on behalf of all 13 existing IIMs and 6 new proposed IIMs officials, refused to comment on the further decline in the number of test takers this year.
IIMs fail to revive numbers
Despite IIMs’ desperate attempts like opening a special day registration window after the actual application deadline, the actual number of CAT takers has declined yet again. Not only this, the gap between the number of applicants and number of test takers is also widening.
Sample this: While last year about 1.74 lakh candidates appeared for CAT, this year number has dipped to 1.68 lakh, despite a marginal increase in the number of applicants from 1.94 lakh in 2013 to 1.96 lakh in 2014.
The number of actual test takers this year also reflects IIMs’ failure to capitalize on the marginal growth in CAT applicants this year.
Though CAT 2014 has originally witnessed lesser registrations as compared to last year, the overall CAT registration number had gone up marginally this year with about 7000 more candidates registering on special one-day registration window.
CAT 2014 Convenor Dr Rohit Kapoor had confirmed that the CAT 2014 registration number has crossed last year’s mark with a total of 1,96,988 applicants this year. Earlier, about 1.90 lakh candidates had registered at the end of Common Admission Test (CAT) registration deadline on September 30. A total of 1,94,514 candidates had registered for CAT in 2013. Thus, CAT 2014 registration was up by more than 2000 this year.
Heading for the worst?
Is the CAT losing its glory? Numbers, at least, suggest that.
The low number of turnout of CAT applicants is not a phenomenon in isolation. This is only following a trend that began in 2009 when the online testing for Common Admission Test was started.
In 2013, the number of CAT registration had dipped to a record low with only 1.95 lakh candidates filling application for the exam in 2013 as compared to 2.14 lakh applicants in 2012. The actual number of test takers had further fallen with only 1.74 lakh candidates appearing for the test in 2013.
In the year 2008, around 2,90,000 candidates had registered for the prestigious MBA entrance exam. Since then the number has dipped barring a few exception where it showed signs of revival.
The application process was completely online this year. Apart from that, there were certain changes in the process such as the applicants were not given the option to select their test schedule and centers for the test.
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Questions related to CAT
My Neet 2020 score is 566 . I belong to BC cat. in Tamilnadu. What are my chances in Tamilnadu government colleges??
It's quite difficult to predict that whether you will get seat or not as cut off marks for medical colleges keeps changing every year depending upon various factors like number of students that appeared in the exam, kind of marks obtained by them , toughness level of the examination etc.
But when we go through previous data then with 566 marks , you hold a chance to get a seat in a Government Medical College
In Neet 2019, 470 marks for obc category was the cut off marks to get a seat in Government Medical College under Tamilnadu state quota and it was for Government Medical College and Hospital, Pudukottai
With 566 marks also have chances in following govt college under state quota-
*Government Medical College, Omandurar Estate, Chennai
*Government K.A.P.V. Medical College, Trichy
And a few more
Above prediction is on the basis of past year data but cutoff keeps changing every year due to many factors as mentioned earlier, so to have a clear picture of the colleges in which you have to chances and
to get the complete list of colleges in which you have chances, you can go through our college predictor at
It gives you a personalized report with top college in which you have chances for admission , with the help of predicted colleges you can make better choice while filling your choices of colleges during your counselling
what jobs an engineer can do if he does not get campus placement and want to appear in CAT exam so that his work ex will be counted??
Most IIM's usually gives only 5-15 % of weightage to work experience (major weightage is for CAT score and PI) with points for approx. 24-36 months of work after which they don't count it ( which means work experience of more than 2-3 years will not give you any extra edge during selection)
Since you are an Engineering graduate, it is usually advisable to go for a technical job related to your field not just because it is easier to get but but because it is easier to justify in your CV. CAT values versatility but there is a fine line between versatility and randomness. What I mean to say is that if you go for a job which isn't even remotely related to your field of study then you'd probably be asked for reasons as to why you chose to do that. So if you were to go for a sales job after completing a degree in say, Electrical Engineering, you'd have to to explain your shift in career paths. To avoid such justifications and to to make the most of your CV, go for a technical job or maybe an Analysist position, anything which you can either link to your Engineering degree or to a Management degree.
Best of luck, Good day!
cat score required for getting into NITIE?
NITIE mumbai gives admission in to pgdim,pgdsim courses based on cat scores
Based on previous cut offs
Pgdim:( in percentile)
Differently abled :75
Pgdsim (cut off percentile)
General : above 90
Hope this helps you
All the best!
what is the price of b cat medicine seats ??
Different colleges/University having their different fees.
Check the medical colleges according to your marks, category and in which course you want to enroll in that.
For example- the tuition fees for B cat. is Rs13,37,057 if you want to purse MBBS.
I got 406 marks in neet and my cat is st and cat rank is 2900 do I have any chance to get medical college through state quota or all India quota or do I have any chance to get pvt college through all India quota.
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