The number of registrations for CAT 2012 has gone up by 4.2 per cent over the last year with diversity and some new trends emerging as well. A shift in the candidate pool in terms of gender, social balance and work experience has been witnessed, Prof. SSS Kumar of IIM Kozhikode, CAT 2012 convenor, said in a press conference on Monday. According to the institute, it is a positive indication, signaling that the society is becoming aware of the available opportunities.

The total number of registration is 2,14,068, which is an increase of 4.2 per cent compared to the last year, when the number of registrations was 2,05,345. There has been a sharp rise of 8.6 per cent in the number of female candidates. The number of candidates with two to three years of work experience has increased by 43 per cent compared to 2011.

The following table will share the numbers and percentage of the CAT 2012 registration across various areas.

Number Percentage
Gender Breakdown
Male
1,53,192
71.6 per cent
Female
60,876
28.4 per cent
Work Experience Breakdown
0 – 6 months
142,512
66.6 per cent
More than 6 months
71,555
33.4 per cent
Scheduled City Breakdown
New Delhi
21,224
9.9 per cent
Bangalore
19,553
9.1 per cent
Mumbai
16,895
7.9 per cent
Hyderabad
16,138
7.5 per cent
Pune
13,368
6.2 per cent
Cities of Registration
Maharashtra
31,040
Uttar Pradesh
25,270
Delhi
21,507
Educational Background
Engineering
1,44,760
Agriculture
919
Architecture
974
Pharmaceutical Science
1,470
Chartered Accountancy
47
Humanities
3,404
Medical
486


Prof. SSS Kumar of IIM Kozhikode said though students from the engineering background dominate the candidate pool, the other streams from which there have been increased applications are agriculture, architecture, pharmaceutical sciences and chartered accountancy. The numbers of applications have shrunk for the humanities and medical backgrounds.

He mentioned that applications from the states like Odisha, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand have increased. “There has been a 2.7 per cent increase in the number of applications from Odisha, from 5,457 to 5,778. Last year, the number of applications from Chhattisgarh was 3,003, which stands at 3, 222 this year. From Jharkhand, 6,591 candidates have applied this year compared to 6,361 last year,” shared Prof Kumar.

“The shift in the candidate pool in terms of gender and social balance, as well as work experience, is a positive indication that our society is becoming more aware of the opportunities that are available,” said Prof. Kumar.
Dr. Debashis Chatterjee, director, IIM Kozhikode, said: “The rise in the number of CAT takers is a positive indication that people have restored faith in the exam. The higher number of experienced candidates has also indicated that the economy is going to improve over the next two to three years.”



Soumitra Roy, MD, Prometric India, said, “We have completed four days of testing. By now, over 36,000 students have taken the CAT 2012. Resolving any operational and technical issues that come up during testing is part of Prometric’s standard operating procedure. We have a robust infrastructure in place to identify and resolve issues as they surface.”

CAT 2012 has started from October 11. The exam will be conducted for 21 days till November 6.