The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2015 has listed more than 2.18 lakh candidates, marking a 6-year high registration, although it is in the wake of its witness of more than 2.76 registrations in 2008.
September 30th was the last date for registration of the common admission test to all IIMS and top B-schools accepting CAT scores. The computer-based test will be carried out on November 29, 2015.
Two major changes have been brought to the exam this year. It incorporates the introduction of non-MCQ type questions and accessibility of on-screen calculator. The duration of CAT 2015 will be three hour test and will be conducted at near about 650 centres across 136 cities in the country.
This time, CAT has noticed a sharp turn down from its all time high of 2.76 lakh in 2008, followed by 2.42 lakh in 2009 and 2.04 lakh in 2010. The year 2014 witnessed one of the lowest registrations with only 1.89 lakh candidates, and near about 21,000 candidates didn’t turned up for the exam.
Experts in this field feel that it is doubtful that CAT will repeat its 2008 numbers, since the test has become stable due to the shift from pen-paper approach to computer based process. An increase has been witnessed this year, but one has to take into account that the number of real test takers always comes down notably.
Another reason can be the overwhelming placements at the IIMs this year, an increase in the number of examination centers, and an extended registration window which was pursued by an extension of five days, thereby giving an opportunity to additional 35,000 candidates. The candidates would have to prepare harder to defy the increased number of aspirants and expect stiff competition because of this increase.