For years now, the Common Admission Test, popularly referred to as the CAT has been one of the most popular and challenging entrance exams in India. Being the gateway to some of India’s most prestigious business schools that it is, CAT remains to be a tough nut to crack. However, when it comes to popularity, seems like it is gradually being overshadowed by other entrance exams like Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
The shift in the priority in many students was caused by growing popularity of international business schools – especially those in countries like the U.S., U.K., Australia, and so on.
In a TOI report, the website cited the example of an EY India employee who appeared in CAT and secured a seat in IIM Calcutta. However, later, he dumped the idea of joining IIM-Calcutta and instead gave a shot at the GMAT, the most popular entrance exam for securing admission into overseas business schools.
“I did my engineering from Punjab Engineering College in Chandigarh and thought I needed global exposure,” said the man who later win a seat in Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In 2014, Fuqua was awarded the title of best business school in America by Bloomberg.
Even many top international business schools such as Harvard are also increasingly taking more Indian candidates than ever before. When approached for comments, Harvard’s administration declined to disclose statistics by country. However, based on the input from Indian-origin alumni, the TOI report claims that more and more Indian students are, in fact, are joining Harvard’s B-Schools “through the so called deferred 2+2 admission program.