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CAT 2016 has witnessed a 7-year record high in its registration number with 2,32,434 lakh aspirants applying for the management entrance test for which the registrations closed on 27 September 2016. This is the highest application number for CAT after the year 2009 when IIMs had received about 2.41 lakh applications. Professor Rajendra K. Bandi, Convenor, CAT 2016 said, “From the period CAT 2010 to CAT 2016, this is the highest number of applicants." The total number of registered candidates in CAT 2015 was 2,18,664. Compared to last year, there has been a 6% rise in the number of applications in CAT 2016.
Gender wise Application in CAT 2016
In the CAT 2016 applications, 67% of the applicants are male, whereas 33% are female, which has increased by 1% compared to last year. Commenting on the marginal increase in the female applicants, Prof. Bandi said that half of the additional applications, contributing towards the increased application numbers, have come from female candidates. "If we look at the total increase in the applications compared to last year, which is close to 14,000, almost half of these additional applications have come from female candidates. This is a positive sign."
Although the officials have provided the male-female ratio of CAT 2016 applications, the number of transgender applicants has not been mentioned. In 2015, there were 80 transgender applicants for the national level test.
CAT 2016 Gender wise Application
The number of PWD (Persons with Disability) applicants has increased from 901 to 938. “In this category, the percentage of male candidates is very high (more than 80%), which is something to think about. Our social systems need to encourage female PWD students. However, on the positive side, the percentage of female PWD candidates has increased from 14.76% to 17.48%. Small positive steps, but miles to go on this,” Prof. Bandi added.
PWD Applicants in CAT 2016
IIM Bangalore which is conducting CAT 2016 on behalf of all IIMs, had extended the registration deadline by 5 days on September 22. The total number of registered candidates, till the original deadline was 2.08 lakhs. According to IIM-B officials, more than 25,000 applications were made during the extended registration window. With the extended deadline, the last date to register for the national level MBA entrance exam was September 27, 2016. The extension in the application end date was announced immediately after the application process ended on the evening of September 22; the original deadline for CAT registrations. IIM Bangalore had cited ‘request from candidates’ as the reason for extending the CAT 2016 application deadline.
CAT Registration Trends:
After witnessing worst-ever application number of 1.38 lakh in CAT 2015, IIM Ahmedabad was forced to extend the application deadline by five days. IIM-A which conducted CAT 2015 had announced, after the extended window, that the number of registrations increased to around 2.18 lakh.
CAT Registrations trend over years
Click here to know what you can edit in CAT 2016 application form
In an earlier notification, IIM Bangalore had introduced application correction option for CAT applicants, a first-time feature for the CAT applicants. The CAT applicants can now edit or correct information like ‘Percentage of Marks scored’, ‘Work Experience’, and ‘Programmes Selected’ submitted in the CAT 2016 application form during application correction window which will be open from October 1 and continue till October 5, 2016.
CAT 2016 will be conducted in a single day window in forenoon and afternoon slots on December 4 across test centres in 138 cities. The result of CAT 2016 is expected in the second week of January 2017. The admit card of CAT 2016 will be available from October 18 which will carry information like test schedule and test venue and exam day instructions along with the candidate details.
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You have to score a minimum of 99 percentile to get at least one good IIM call as your academics are not good. You could get a call from new IIMs if you score 99 percentile as the top tier IIMs will not give you a chance due to your poor acads.
Colleges you could look for are like IIM Nagpur, Kashipur, Shillong, etc. These colleges if you study well will provide you with a good package of 10-12 lpa.
Hope this helps. Thank you.
You will not be able to get any good business school like top IIMs, MDI, IIFT, or FMS. However, you can still get a good MBA tier 3/4 college if you increase your percentile to 98 percentile.
However, according to your grads, you must not be disappointed if you don't get a call at 99 because your marks are not good.
Hope for the best. Thank you.
Eligibility for CAT is graduate in any discipline from a recognized university with 50% aggregate, for SC/ST/PwD it's 45%.
So, people from any background can apply for CAT, provided they have required aggregate at their graduation level against their category.
Now, coming to the syllabus for CAT, there's no specific syllabus for CAT, one needs to rely on past years sample papers to get a fair idea about the pattern and weightage given to each topic and section.In general, questions are mostly from middle school level English and Mathematics.
There are mainly three sections in CAT-
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation which includes topics such as Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets, Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism etc.
Quantitative Aptitude which includes topics such as Geometry, Algebra, Time and Work, Mensuration, Number System etc.
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension which includes topics such as Sentence completion, Questions based on reading comprehension, Para-jumbles & para-summar, inferences etc.
To know the detailed topics, kindly go through the following link-
Honestly there is a difference between just finishing the syllabus and preparing for selection in cat. See you can finish the syllabus if you'll work really hard in one month but trust me only unless you are extraordinary you won't be able to get selected for iims or other good colleges. But don't loose hope you should fight till last.
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