With the CAT 2016 season already in full-swing, MBA aspirants have been busy trying to design a winning strategy to ‘bell the CAT’ this year. While the old adage of there being no substitute for hard work certainly applies to CAT 2016, a recent report from India’s best b-school i.e., IIMA has some interesting insights to offer on this front. Recently released data from CAT 2015 organizer IIM Ahmedabad suggests that candidates with an engineering background had the highest success rate when it comes to cracking CAT. The report also states that candidates from engineering background had a better chance of not only championing CAT as an entrance test but also when it comes to final selection to India’s top b-schools like IIMs.
According to the IIM A report, of the nearly 1.8 Lakh candidates who appeared for the coveted MBA entrance exam last year, 17 candidates (all from engineering background) managed to score the perfect 100 percentile. This trend has been continuing for a few years now and has set alarm bell ringing for this year MBA entrance exam. Elaborating upon the report, CAT convenor Tathagata Bandyopadhyay of IIM-A suggested that engineering students are far more serious and inclined towards CAT preparation which can be seen in the statistics as well. Moreover, students have started looking at engineering-MBA as a winning combination that guarantees success, which has resulted in more number of engineering candidates taking up the CAT and clearing it with flying colours.
In order to arrest the dominance of engineering students at IIM campuses, all the old IIMs (BLACKI) are likely to modify their admission policy this year. IIM Calcutta and IIM Ahmedabad have already announced reducing the weight of CAT 2016 scores in this year’s admission policy while increasing the importance of WAT and PI rounds. In addition to this, IIMs are also likely to provide additional points to candidates from a non-technical background. For information on revised admission policy of IIMs, visit the following link.
The other highlight of IIMA report was the increase in the participation of women candidates in CAT 2015. While academic diversity was on the decline in CAT 2016, the gender diversity saw significant improvement. Last year, the classrooms at India’s best management colleges saw significant improvement in the gender diversity with the rise of 13.5% in the participation of women in CAT. Among the 17 candidates who scored the perfect 100 percentile, there was only one woman. However, among 1,814 the candidates who scored above 99 percentile, there were 136 women candidates. Similarly, of the 9,003 candidates who scored above 95 percentile, there were 1,243 women candidates. Another important insight from the report was that 8 women candidates managed to score above 99.9 percentile, which is another landmark for CAT 2015.
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