CAT Registration Facts and Figures Over the Years
Common Admission Test or CAT has seen a tumultuous change over the years, be it in the matter of the exam pattern, mode or number of registrations. Since 2009, the good old paper pencil based CAT was bade farewell, the number of registrations reduced drastically. The number decreased even more with the following years, till last year, i.e. 2012, it rose upto 4.2%.
CAT Registrations and test takers over the years
A look at the following table will give you an idea of the past 8 years’ CAT registrations.
CAT Registration Numbers
Number of Test Takers
As you can see, since 2005, the number of registrations gradually increased. However, since 2009, the year when CAT went computer based from paper pencil based exam, the number of registrations dropped from 2.90 lakh to 2.42 lakh. CAT 2010 saw even lower number of registrations, 2.04 lakh owing to a rough start of the computer based CAT in 2009. Things started improving from the year 2011 as the functionality and pattern attained a stability over the 2 years of computer based CAT.
However, it is interesting to note that the number of actual test takers is always lower than the number of registrations. “Yes, every year there is a number of no shows on the CAT test dates. There can be several reasons while a candidate doesn’t take the test even after registering for CAT. Either they face some emergencies which stop them from taking the test or they realize that they are not prepared enough. The reasons can be diverse and personal,” said Prof. Himanshu Rai, CAT 2010 Convener, Associate Professor and Chairman, Corporate Communications & Media Relations, IIM, Lucknow.
IIM Conversion Ratio
Though lakhs of MBA aspirants take the CAT exam aiming only for the IIMs, but not all are capable enough to convert to the IIMs. The following table will give you the number of conversions at IIMs by the test takers.
Number of Test Takers
Number of seats in IIMs
Gender Ratio of CAT takers
The unfair presence of the fairer sex at the CAT and MBA scenario has concerned the management fraternity over the years. However, the situation is improving over the years. The next table gives you the number of female CAT takers of the past 4 years since CAT has become computer based.
Number of Female Candidates
As you can see, the percentage of female CAT takers is gradually rising over the years. This year too there are chances that the number of female candidates will increase, which we will discuss in a later article.
Now let us have a look at some of the important registration trends which have been recorded last year, i.e. CAT 2012 in terms of work experience, educational background and geographical background.
Work Experience in months
Number of Candidates
0 – 6 months
More than 6 months
As per last year’s records, the majority of the candidates belonged to freshers category and had up to 6 months experience. This trend might prove possible as this year, IIM Ahmedabad’s admission criteria for the academic year 2014-16 states that there will be more scope for freshers.
Number of Candidates
As you can see, Engineers dominated the CAT takers’ pool. There were diversity in terms of educational background as students belonging to Agriculture, Architecture, Pharmaceutical Science, Medicine etc. formed part of the CAT takers. The other students belonged to the Science, Commerce and Humanities background.
It has been observed that the maximum CAT takers belong to the metro cities. The majority of the test location was Mumbai. The following table will share the facts in detail:
Number of CAT takers
Cities of Registration
The highest number of registrations has come from New Delhi. The state which saw the maximum number of test center booking was Maharashtra followed by Uttar Pradesh and Delhi respectively.
The registration for CAT 2013 has started from Monday, August 5, 2013 and will end on Thursday, September 26, 2013.
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Questions related to CAT
now i am in last year of graduation and i want to do mba i have to apply for cat test n want to know the dates of registration n date of cat exams
CAT 2021 will be conducted on November 18, 2021. The official notification for registration for the same will be released in the month of August 2021 tentatively. So please keep an eye on official notification so that you can apply for CAT 2021 when the registrations begin.
To check the updates and other information you can click on the link below
Here is the steps to apply for CAT 2021 application
- Visit the official website: iimcat.ac.in
- Click on “New Candidate Registration”
- Enter the details shown on the screen
Name of the Candidate
Date of Birth
Mobile Number and
4. After entering all the details click on “Generate OTP” button. Using the OTP which is sent to the candidate's registered mail id, complete the CAT 2021 registration process.
5. Go to the dashboard and fill the CAT Exam Application Form 2021.
6. You need choose the IIM Programs & Interview Cities for CAT 2021
7.Opt any six preferred cities for CAT Exam 2021.
8. Pay the application fee
9. Submit the application and download the application and keep it safe for future reference.
To know any other details you can click on the link below
I have obc ncl certificate bt issued in 2017. will it valid in 2021 Cat exam or I have to update it?? pls advice me
Sorry to say it's not valid and you need to get your reservation certificate updated. The CAT at the time of registration ask about the reservation of the students and thy are even required to submit their category certificate at the time of form submission.
If it's expired I will suggest you to get it updated from your nearest block office as soon as possible in order to avoid any kind of problem in the end or at the time of form filling.
Hope that helps.
Got 97.95 Percentile in Jee mains 2021 under Obc Ncl Male Cat of Andhra Pradesh what Will be my rank in Obc Ncl
With 97.95 percentile
your rank will be around 20972 - 23575 as per our rank predictor at https://engineering.careers360.com/jee-main-rank-predictor
Your obc rank will be around 5000
With above rank, you have chances in NITs . For example, you have chances in following NITs
NIT Manipur :- Computer Science and Engineering
NIT Patna :- Electronics and Communication Engineering
NIT Durgapur :- Mechanical Engineering
And a few more
For previous year cut offs of top colleges like NITs, IIITs, GFTIs , you can refer our page at :-
Or alternately you can visit official website of josaa at
Above prediction of colleges is on the basis of past year data but cut off/closing rank for colleges keeps changing every year depending upon many factors like number of students that appeared in the examination, difficulty level of the JEE main question paper for different shifts etc so
To have a personalised report on your chances of getting a college you can go through our college predictor, it will give you complete list of colleges which you can get on the basis of the category you belong to, your home state, your gender etc, the link for jee main college predictor is provided below
If you have any other doubt then you can always reach us to clear them :) we are always available to help you out and guide you
How does the scores in CAT matter? Will it matter sectionalwise or overall percentile?
I hope you are doing good . I would glad to aware you the about evaluation of cat marks and their involvement in scores . For getting a good percentile , first thing is you have to clear sectional cutt offs in each section . You can get a good percentile or can clear cat without clearing the sectional cut off. However, for getting a call business schools overall percentile only matters. In short they all are interelated
Hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future
Which is better, getting into IIM Indore through Ipmat exam after 12th or Getting into other IIMs through CAT exam ?
Well it's totally depends upon that whether you want go for Five years integrated programme or want to go for 2 years PGDM programme after CAT exam.
But through IPMAT you are getting a chance to study in one of the most prestigious Institutions of India, So its not a bad deal. On the other hand CAT exam is very very tough exam, It's possible that you don't receive a call even from the baby IIMs if you fail to clear the sectional Cutoff of IIMs.
Have a look at the placement record after IPMAT-
Highest CTC offered- 50 lacs
Average CTC offered- 22 lacs
Number of Recruiters- 160
Now it's totally on you.