CAT 2017 Application count drops to 2.31 lakh compared to CAT 2016

Rajat updated on : 05 Oct 2017
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CAT 2017 observes a slight dip in the number of candidates applying for this exam as compared to CAT 2016. Around 20,000 more candidates applied after date extension.

CAT 2017 Receives 2.32 Lakh Registrations

CAT 2017 registration process ended yesterday at 5 pm, September 25, 2017. This year, the receipt of CAT exam applications has dipped a bit compared to last year. In 2016, a total of 2,32,434 applications were received whereas in 2017, as per the reports doing round, nearly 2.31 lakh CAT applications have been received. 

Following the past 3 years trend, the last date of submitting the CAT application form 2017 was extended. The registration deadline this year was extended by 5 days, from September 20 to September 25, 2017. According to IIMs belief and past registration statistics, it can be seen that registration count increases slightly during the extension period. However, the case was not the same. Last year, around 25,000 candidates applied for CAT after the date extension whereas this time only 20,000 candidates have applied. In CAT 2015,  as per the IIMA officials, 1,38,000 applications were received for CAT 2015 till the actual deadline, while in the second deadline, the total number reached to 2.18 lakh.  

In the words of Prof Neeraj Dwivedi,  CAT 2017 convener,

“The exact number of applicants will be known on Tuesday. There is not significant change in the number of applicants as compared to what it was last year.’ 

As per the expectations, this year, the number of exam takers should be around 2 lakh. CAT 2017 will be conducted on 26th November across 140 cities. The exam will be held on single day in two sessions, fore noon and after noon. It will be a computer based test having 100 questions both, MCQs and Non – MCQs. The test will be conducted into two sessions for a time limit of 180 miuntes and will include three sections, Reading comprehension and verbal ability will be covered in Section 1, in section 2 there will be data interpretation and logical reasoning while in section 3, there will be quantitative ability. 

CAT Registration Trends of Previous Years 

S. No.

Year

No. of CAT Applicants

No. of Actual CAT Examinees

1

     2017

2.31 Lakhs

-

2

  2016

2,32,434

1,95,000

3

2015

2,18,664

1,79,602

4

2014

1,96,988

1,67,829

5

2013

1,94,516

1,73,714

6

2012

2,14,000

1,95,000

7

2011

2,05,000

1,86,000

8

2010

2,04,000

1,85,000

9

2009

2,41,000

2,30,000

10

2008

2,90,000

2,76,000

11

2007

2,50,000

2,30,000

As per the reports around 2.31 lakhs candidates have applied for CAT 2017 till the actual deadline. Total 1.95 lakh candidates actually took CAT exam last year. 20 IIMs and around 100 top B – schools will accept CAT scores. Near about 4000 admission seats are offered through Indian Institutes of Management. 

CAT 2017 Form Correction Window Starts from 27th September

CAT 2017 application form correction will start from 27th September and will close on 30th September 2017. If any candidate has made some mistake or entered wrong information while filling up CAT application form 2017, this will be the last chance for them to edit and rectify the mistake. However, all the information can’t be edited, only few details are accessible to be edited. This includes information such as percentage of marks obtained, program selection and interview city selection etc.

CAT 2017 admit card will be released online on 18th October 2017. Candidates who have successfully submitted CAT 2017 application form will be issued admit card. It can be downloaded from IIM CAT official website. In order to download admit card, candidates need to login using their login credentials.

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