CAT 2016 Registration: Marginal Increase In Female Candidates Observed

Bengaluru, September 28, 2016: Registrations for the Common Admission Test (CAT) to Indian Institutes of Management and other leading B-schools have shot up to a 7-year high, with 2,32,434 applications received by the Office of the Convenor of CAT 2016 on September 27, 2016, the registration deadline. There were 2, 18,664 registrations for the test last year.

"From the period CAT 2010 to CAT 2016, this is the highest number of applicants," said Professor Rajendra K. Bandi, Convenor, CAT 2016. "While we still have a majority of male candidates (67%), the percentage of female candidates has marginally increased by 1% compared to last year, which is a good sign, but not good enough," he observed. [Also read: CAT 2016 Registrations End, Records 7-year High]


"However, 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. That means, the increase of female candidates is more than the increase of male candidates," he explained.

CAT 2016: Marginal Rise In Female Applicants

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.

Overall applicants
CAT 2015 CAT 2016
Male candidates

68% 67% Female candidates

32% 33% PWD applicants


901 938 Male

85.24% 82.52% Female

14.76% 17.48%

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