CAT 2017: Number of women candidates reach 5 year high

CAT 2017 has breached another landmark with the number of women candidates appearing for MBA entrance exam reaching 5 year high. Get more details here.

Created On: Oct 26, 2017 09:20 IST
CAT 2017 women candidates
CAT 2017 women candidates

With the D-day of Nov 26 approaching fast for CAT 2017 aspirants, the organizing institute has started giving out more information about the upcoming MBA entrance exam. This year, CAT 2017 – the MBA entrance exam which is gateway to the top MBA colleges in India including the IIMs, is being organized by IIM Lucknow. The organizing institute has provided some insights in the composition of candidates appearing for this year’s CAT exam.

As per the official report coming from CAT exam centre, this year the number of women candidates is highest in the last 5 years. This is a very positive trend keeping in mind that all the top MBA Colleges in India, especially the IIMs, have been trying to promote gender diversity in their campuses. 


Looking at the statistics released by the CAT 2017 organizing institute i.e. IIM Lucknow, the number of women candidates registered this year stands at 78,009. While announcing the news, CAT 2017 convener Prof Neeraj Dwivedi also said that the rise in the number of women candidates is marginal translating to growth of 1.16% from 2016’s number of 76,704. But when you look at the overall CAT registration figure of 2.31 lakh candidates, which is lower as compared to 2.32 lakhs of previous year; the rise in the number of women candidates surely comes across as a pleasant surprise.

Consistent rise over the years

Looking at the number of women candidates registering for CAT MBAexam, the number has been rising consistently over the years. The breakup of participation of women candidates or last 5 years in the CAT MBA entrance exam is given in the table below:


No of Women Candidates

CAT 2017


CAT 2016


CAT 2015

69, 176

CAT 2014


CAT 2013


The above table clearly shows that the number of women candidates registering for the biggest MBA entrance exam is on the rise consistently. This is the result of the conscious effort made by IIMs and all the other top MBA colleges in India to promote gender diversity on their campuses. However, despite this the growth has been quite slow, which needs to be addressed.

CAT 2017 Admit Card to release today on

Extension in Registration Deadline helped

This year, the CAT 2017 exam online registration deadline was extended by 5 days. As per the official CAT Exam notification, the online registration for the MBA entrance exam was to end by on 20th September. But the organizing institute i.e. IIM Lucknow, extended the registration deadline until 25th September to increase the number of registrations and compensate for the technical glitches that hampered the online CAT registrations during the initial phase. Experts have also attributed that the rise in the number of women candidates to the extension in online registration deadline.

CAT Admit Cards Released

Apart from announcing the statistics for women candidates for CAT 2017 exam, the organizing institute has also issued CAT Admit Cards for all the candidates today i.e. 25th October 2017. Students can now visit the official website for CAT 2017 i.e. to download their admit cards. You can get more information about CAT 2017 Admit Cards and things you must keep in mind while downloading them from the link given below.

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Steps to Download CAT 2017 Admit Cards

If you are unfamiliar with the process of online CAT admit card download, you can follow the simple steps given below. These steps will ensure that you get your CAT Admit Card easily without having to struggle for it.

  • Step 1: Visit official website i.e.
  • Step 2: Click on the option for ‘Download Admit Card’
  • Step 3: Enter your User ID and Password
  • Step 4: Download your CAT 2017 Admit Card
  • Step 5: Verify all the Personal and Exam Details
  • Step 6: Take a printout of the Admit Card

The rise in the number of women candidates appearing for the CAT 2017 MBA entrance exam is surely a positive sign as far as MBA education is concerned. While the number of women registering for exam is one thing, one still has to wait and watch if the number of women candidates selected to top MBA colleges like IIMs also rise this year. Please share this article with other MBA aspirants and friends to help them be aware of this new trend. To find more interesting articles about MBA entrance exams and study materials, please visit You can also subscribe to our newsletter through the link given below.

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