CAT 2015: 6000 lesser Engineer applicants reflect actual trend in MBA education?
Coveted IIM seats appear to be losing sheen for engineering students. This reflects in the number of engineer applicants which has fallen by over 6000 this year despite the prestigious MBA entrance exam witnessing record six-year high applications this year. Also, the share of engineer applicants is down by 9 per cent despite overall number of applications growing by around 11 per cent for CAT 2015.
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According to IIM Ahmedabad which is conducting CAT 2015 on behalf of all IIMs, the number of engineer applicants for CAT in 2015 has fallen by 6,024. The number of Engineer applicants for CAT 2015 is 1,18,079 as compared to 1,24,103 for CAT 2014. Thus, Engineer applicants are lesser by 5 per cent this year.
CAT is often associated with a myth that it is a test taken and cracked by engineers. The myth has been busted and is reflecting in the application numbers. As compared to last year, as much as 38 per cent more non-engineers have registered for CAT 2015, thus taking their share up by 9 per cent in the overall application pool.
Engineer Vs Non-Engineers 2014-2015
The following infographic brings you the number of applications from candidates of engineering and non-engineering background in last 2 years.
So, what could be the possible reason for this declining interest for coveted MBA/PGDM programmes. Careers360 spoke to top B-school Directors to analyse the factors behind such a phenomenon in CAT 2015.
What is the actual trend in MBA?
Experts believe that the declining numbers of engineer applicants in CAT reflect the actual trend where CAT numbers continue to fall year-by-year. But, it is only the changed pattern that rescued the overall number of CAT applications that eventually painted a rosy picture for CAT applications this year.
The changes introduced for CAT 2015 subtly encourages non-engineers and this led to the significant increase of 11 per cent in overall CAT applications. Experts say that the change in exam pattern and diversity in the admission process at IIMs may have prompted more non-engineering candidates to apply for CAT. Vinayak Kudva, Product Head, IMS says, “This year IIMs have introduced massive changes in the pattern in order to make it more convenient for the students from non-engineering backgrounds. This includes the introduction of calculator. Non-MCQs, which do not carry negative marking to name a few. Such changes might have encouraged many non-engineer students to apply for the test.”
CAT is not the only criteria; XAT, NMAT by GMAC expanding base
Further, except for the IIMs, CAT is not the only and absolute shortlist criteria for many other top B-schools. XAT conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur is expanding its base and finding more acceptability among top B-schools. Further, NMAT by GMAC has emerged as yet another option for admission to a number of B-schools. A total of 133B-schools accepted XAT scores last year and the number this year the number of participating institutes is 141. NMAT is converted into NMAT by GMAC and the number of institutions which have confirmed their participation is more than 15 in the very first year of its launch.
Moreover, students who aim to go for foreign universities for pursuing management education would have to take a separate avenue, through GMAT. Kanika T Bahl, Head of the Department, DMS, IIT Delhi says, “There are only a handful of domestic top institutions considering CAT as a means of selection criteria while there is an increased drift in student’s interest towards other private and foreign institutions.” Putting similar views, Dr. M H Balasubramanya, Professor and Chairman, Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore says, “Number of B-Schools in our country admitting GMAT qualified candidates is increasing. GMAT is making a steady headway into our country and the number of candidates taking GMAT is increasing gradually.”
Further, those seeking executive education might also giving CAT a miss. Dr. Surinder Batra, Dean, IMT Ghaziabad adds, “Fresh graduates prefer to join industry, gain experience for a few years and then seek admission in executive management education programs through sponsorship or otherwise. For such cases, CAT is not important, but their interest in management education to further enhance their careers into management related positions is apparent. Many fresh graduates prefer an international management degree and opt for prestigious institutes abroad through options like GMAT.”
Positive economy encourages Engineering graduates to take up job offers:
B-School Directors suggest that the positive economic sentiments have not only brought better placements at B-schools this year, but the same is also reflecting in Engineering college campuses. Engineering graduates are encouraged to take up job offers as the industries across domains are doing better and hiring in good numbers. In such a scenario, students choose to gather a couple of years’ work experience before going for either 2 years MBA or Executive MBA.
“Several studies have found that people go back to school during the time of economic downturns. So we may not see the high number of CAT applicants in the near future, and that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing,” says Dr. Gautam Sinha, Director, IIM Kashipur. Dr. M J Xavier, Director, VIT School of Business agrees. “It is only the middle class students who follow the crowd to mitigate risk of unemployment go for engineering and then an MBA. Every time the engineering placement is bad, there will be an increased number of applicants to MBA programs,” he says.
Rising demand for technical skills:
With technology companies growing at fast pace, they are aggressively looking out for technical hands that would further escalate their growth. Such companies recruiting students from engineering colleges, generally, want their employees to carry out technical functions which do not require managerial skills. Moreover, with the boom in the E-Commerce sector, the demand for technical skills has risen more than ever.
As IIM Rohtak Director Dr P Rameshan suggests, “Today, with a large number of giant technology companies employing hundreds of thousands of people without having the need for management education, it is no longer necessary for the degree-passouts to flock management institutions for a bright career. Rather, a brighter career without a management degree or diploma is more likely in such technology companies where technical skills largely mattered. Therefore, there is no anxiety on this front.” Dr. Xavier adds, “There are other avenues that have opened up for the bright young minds. For example, e-com industry attracts the best and the brightest with technology skills by offering very high salaries. One need not have an MBA to get jobs in these industries.”
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