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More than 31,000 candidates skipped CAT 2017 exam held on November 26, 2017. The total number of candidates registered for the top MBA entrance exam was 2,31,000. According to IIM officials, the number of candidates who did not appear for the entrance exam was around 31,368. However, the number of candidates skipping the test is lesser this year.
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“Actual number of test takers in the CAT 2017 was 1,99,632,” CAT convenor Neeraj Dwivedi told Careers360. The share of candidates not appearing for the exam this year was almost 13 per cent, lesser by 3 per cent as compared to the last year.
This also indicates consistent improvement in the number of test takers over the last three years. In 2015, over 39,000 candidates skipped the test while in 2016, it improved by 2 per cent as the number of candidates not appearing for the test was around 37,400.
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CAT is the gateway to IIMs and many other top B-schools in India. Every year, one of the IIMs conducts Common Admission Test aka CAT to invite management aspirants for admissions to all the IIMs. Besides this, many top management institutes accept CAT scores for shortlisting candidates for their admission process.
This year, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, the conducting body of CAT 2017, received around 2.31 lakh registrations for the exam. Let’s have a look the figures of total applications Vs actual test takers over the last 3 years.
CAT 2017 Vs CAT 2016 Vs CAT 2015
Total Number of Applicants (Registrations)
Number of test takers
Candidates skipping CAT
Percentage of the candidates who skipped test
18 Per cent
16.10 Per cent
13 Per cent
The below-given infograph presents to you the number of total registrations and the actual number of test takers over the last few years.
CAT 2017 was conducted by IIM Lucknow in 142 cities across the country on November 26, 2017. Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) was the testing partner for the exam.
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More than 20,000 students wrote the CLAT EXAM last year for admission to undergraduate courses and around 10,000 of students pass out from NATIONAL LAW UNIVERSITIES every year.
(The actual figure could be much more because we have not taken into consideration the number of students who pass out from other Law Colleges and Universities in India) and half of the same number (5,000) either get placed into firms, or have already decided and planned for their Legal career ahead. The residual half are the ones who are in a dilemma as to what next.
We at Law Schools are taught about majority of the Laws that prevail in our mother land but when it comes to how and when to apply them, these institutions are in fallacy. This guide is for that residual 5,000 students or more who have least or no idea as to what they should do with their Law degree. Below are some major steps that you can take when your course is going to end.
Be a Litigation Lawyer
Most of the students who graduate from a Law College opt for this option. This field of career is the one corresponding to the clichéd Lawyer we see on television or in movies. After you receive your Law degree, you can enroll yourself to any State Bar Council and then sit for ALL INDIA BAR EXAMINATIONS.
Once you pass in it, then you can practice as a Lawyer in India. It is a very lucrative career option but challenging as well. One can earn minimum Rs 10 lacs p.a. if he or she excels in this field.
Sit for Competitive Exams (UPSC)
Many aspirants prepare for Competitive Exams like UPSC while
taking coaching or preparing themselves. With great financial support, this is a great choice of career involving the opportunity to service the nation and the public at large.
Sit for Judiciary Exams [PCS (J), HJS]
Judiciary exams are one of the most prestigious exams in the country which hold the portal for the most coveted profession in the Legal Fraternity- The Judge. Students after passing out from their Universities can sit for Judiciary exams like PCS (J) and HJS. It is a tough exam to crack but once cracked, opens the opportunity for being one of the most respectable and responsible citizen of the country.
Pursue Further Studies (LLM)
Pursuing LLM is another option one has when he or she prefers to land on a profession that involves vast and extensive research or pedagogy. One can pursue research fellowship programmes through the government after completing their masters. Once chosen, you may get an opportunity to study and research abroad completely or partially funded by the Government. For being eligible to teach in Law Schools one needs to have a Master’s degree as well as NATIONAL ELIGIBILITY TEST Qualification. Along with this a good experience and a well written resume can also help.
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As per as IIM admission criteria, candidate must have done their bachelor degree with at least 50% marks(for general category students) and 46% marks( for SC,ST and other backward section)..Those candidates who are pursuing bachelor degree can also apply..Also it is important to know that each IIM has different criteria for admission.But their selection process is common that is CAT EXAMINATION.But MANY IIMS give maximum weightage to CAT score and personal interview.In the final selection factors like work experience,gender diversity,post academic performance etc.matters..
I hope this will be helpful to you..
If you are aiming for IIM ABC ( Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta ) and Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi, then you have to score a minimum of 98 percentile. You can get it even at 95 percentile but since your graduation marks are low, you have to score a minimum of 98 to get a call from anyone of the above mentioned colleges.
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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.
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