The total number of 2,14,068 candidates registered for the CAT 2012 test, representing a 4.2% increase over last year. CAT 2012 has seen a sharp rise in the number of girls with an increase by 8.6% over last year as compared to the number of boys registering for CAT which has increased by 2.6%.
The category wise break-up of registration reveals a notable increase in participation from NC-OBCs which is 17.3%, SC which is 5% and ST is 7.4% indicating healthy growth from all categories. Candidates from an engineering background continue to dominate the total pool with 67.6%. As in past, a large number of the applicants are either fresh or have works experience less than 6 months, However there is a substantial increase of 43% in the test takers with 2-3 years of work experience.
The top 5 cities in which candidates have scheduled to test account for 40.7% of the total number of registrations, in which New Delhi have 21224 applicants, Bangalore have 19553 applicants, Mumbai have 16895 applicants, Hyderabad have 16138 applicants and Pune have 13368 applicants.
Maharashtra has the highest number of CAT 2012 registered candidates over 31040, followed by Uttar Pradesh with nearly 25270 candidates and Delhi with 21507 candidates.
Prof. Debashis Chatterjee, Director, IIMK comments, "It has been honour for IIMK to be a facilitator and coordinator of CAT 2012. All IIMs strive for one common goad to contribute to the social capital of India. IIMK has evolved as an institution which has pioneered many initiatives like gender diversity in the batch and admitting the highest number of women students as compared to any other IIM".
SSS Kumar, CAT 2012 Convenor said, "The shift in candidate pool in terms of gender and social balance, as well as work experience, is a positive indication that out society is becoming more aware of the opportunities that are available. This is very welcoming change".
Soumitra Roy, Managing Director, Prometric India said, "As part of their participation, candidates are encouraged to view the test day video, and try the practice test that is available on the CAT website so they know what to expect on their test day".