Convenor and professor at IIM Kozhikode SSS Kumar said "Efforts are on to have a re-look at the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2012. He however, refused to divulge details saying the plan is still at the drawing board stage and deliberations are underway.
Over 67% i.e. over 1.44 lakh, of the candidates appearing for the ongoing of CAT this year are from Engineering discipline. Total number of candidates registered for CAT are 2,14,068, he added.
IIM Kozhikode director Debashis Chatterjee said that the aim is to have a broad-based talent of Human pool across disciplines and the best minds.
Managing director of Prometric India Soumitra Roy which is partnering with IIMs in holding the test said by the end of today over 36000 candidates would have appeared for the test, being held in a staggered manner till November 06, 2012.
The registration this year for the CAT test has also thrown in some interesting trend. Close to 17000 students appearing this year have come with 2 or 3 years of experience. Percentage of candidates coming from agriculture and architecture background have also increased.
However, candidates appearing from Humanities stream have dropped from 3780 last year to 3404 this year. There are 486 doctors sitting for the CAT this year as compared to 566 last year. The category-wise registration also reveals a notable participation from non-creamy OBC category which is 17.3%, SC at 5% and ST at 7.4%.
Maharashtra has the highest number of registered candidates at 31040 followed by Uttar Pradesh at 25270 and Delhi at 21507. However, the figures are based on a candidate's residing address, said Kumar.
When Roy was asked about some disruption in a centre during the test he said, they have a robust infrastructure in place to identify and resolve issues as they surface causing minimum inconvenience to the candidates.