CAT 2015: Over 39,000 candidates skip Nov 29 test
Updated on Dec 4, 2015 - 2:02 p.m. IST by Sreetama Datta
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A total of 39,062 candidates have skipped CAT 2015 which was held on November 29, 2015, CAT Convener Prof Tathagat Bandyopadhya told Careers360. “The total number of applicants was 2,18,664, but 18% of the total registered candidates have not appeared for CAT 2015 held on November 29. A total of 1,79,602 candidates had appeared for the test,” he said.

Last year, the total number of actual test takers was 1,67,830, which comprised of 85% of the total registrations of 1,96,988. Although the total number of test takers have increased from last year, the percentage of candidates skipping the test is higher compared to last year, which was 15%.

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The following infograph brings to you the number of total registrations and the actual test takers over the past few years.


Gender Ratio of Test Takers

As per the numbers shared by the CAT 2015 Convenor Prof. Tathagata Bandyopadhyay, 1,21,291 candidates were male and 58,270 candidates were female out of 1,49,488 and 69,176 registrations respectively.  Around 50% of the registered transgender candidates had appeared for the test, numbering to 41 out of 80.

Engineering vs. Non-Engineering Candidates

In terms of academic background of the test takers, a total of 67,590 non-engineering candidates have appeared for the test out of 1,00,585 registered non-engineering candidates. The total number of engineering candidates appearing for CAT 2015 was 1,12,012 out of 1,18,079 engineering candidate registrations.

Although CAT is popularly known as an engineer friendly test, this year the CAT authorities had introduced major changes in the pattern in order to make it more conducive for the test takers from educational backgrounds other than engineering.


As per the information, a total of 883 Differently Abled (DA)/PWD candidates appeared for the test.


The increased number of registrations in CAT 2015 and the highest among past 5 years had pleasantly surprised the management education fraternity which allayed the fear of gradual MBA slot down. In fact, this year’s registration trend also showed marginal increase in number of female and non-engineering candidates.


Conducted by IIM Ahmedabad, CAT 2015 was held in a single day window in 2 slots across 650 centers in 136 cities of India. The overall difficulty level of the test was moderate to tough. Like last year, this year too there was no report of technical glitches. The scores of CAT 2015 will be accepted by 19 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India.


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