CAT 2015 surprises with 2.18 lakh applications; Allays fears of MBA slowdown
Sreetama Datta, 26 Sep 2015, #CAT
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Defying early trends, CAT 2015 registration has closed with a surprising increase in the application numbers with a total of 2.18 lakh candidates registering for the coveted MBA entrance exam for admission to IIMs and many other top B-schools in India. Last year, the total number of applications was 1.97 lakh.

The office of CAT 2015 Convenor Prof Tathagata Bandyopadhyay informed Careers360 that the total number of registrations received by the end of CAT 2015 registration window on September 25 is 2,18,664. S Sudarsanan, Admission officer, IIM Ahmedabad, told Careers360 that amongst the CAT applicants this year, a total of 1,49,408 applicants are male and 69176 are female. The rest of the 80 applicants are Trans Genders.

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Experts suggest that the positive sentiments in markets and economy might be the key factor behind this revival in CAT numbers this year.  “MBA dream of aspirants are directly related to their perception towards economy. Today, people are more optimistic and job scenario has also improved which has already reflected in better placements at B-school campuses,” says Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman, PT Education.

11% increase from last year:

With the extended CAT registration window closing on September 25, the IIMs record about 11 per cent increase in the total number of application this year. As per IIM officials, following is the pictorial representation of CAT 2015 application break-up (gender-wise):


Total number of applicants










Although it seemed next to impossible to achieve this record number till a few days ago, but the five day extension in registration window has brought good results. As per the official information by the officials of IIMA which is the conducting body of CAT 2015, from 1,38,000 registrations received on September 18, IIMs have been able to garner a massive 2 lakh+ applications this year.  As per the officials, the number of applications received till September 20, the original application deadline was 1,83,032. Within 5 days of the application window, the number of applications was 35,632, making the total number of application to be 2,18,664.

Not only that, the application numbers this year is the largest for the CAT exam since the year 2010. In 2009, the number of CAT application was 2,41,000. But after that it consistently declined except a few occasion when it reflected a minor sign of revival. Despite increasing number of seats at IIMs and other B-schools, the application number has slumped over past few years. Experts had believed that any further decline in the number of application would have brought a slowdown in Indian MBA   education. Let us have a look at the number of applicants of the past years.



The CAT 2015 Convenor Prof. Tathagata Bandyopadhyay had earlier shared with Careers360 that he hoped to get over 2 lakh registrations. “Last year, there was an extension of CAT registration for 1 day and the number increased by 7,000. With the same ratio, we are hoping that by extending the application by 5 days, even if we receive around 10,000 registrations each day, we will get around 2 lakh applications.”


Last year, after the original registration process, the total number of applications received was 1,90,000. With a day of extension in the registration window, the number was up by 7,000 only. For CAT 2015, however, 80,664 registrations were received in the last 7 days, with an approximate number of per day registration of 10,000 since the extension of application window.


A tougher competition now!

Although it was predicted that the total number of registrations would not be more than 1,70,000 and that the entry to IIMs would be easier, the aspirants should now brace themselves for a tough competition.

The following table will bring to you the total number of seats and the ratio of seats available per 1000 candidates.

Admission Year

Seats available per 1000 candidates

Total number of CAT applicants

Total number of seats at IIM





























While the original application deadline for CAT 2015 was September 20, the window was extended for 5 days, till September 25. CAT 2015 is scheduled on November 29 in 2 slots. The Admit Cards will be available for download from October 15, 2015 onwards.

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