IIMs received 232,434 CAT applications, registrations at seven-year high

September 28, 2016 07:56
IIMs received 232,434 CAT applications, registrations at seven-year high

The IIMs received 232,434 applications for admission to their flagship management courses, with a final boost in applications during an extension in the registration window for the common admission test (CAT). According to IIM Bangalore, the coordinating institute for CAT 2016, the total number of registrations was 208,000 on 22 September when the original deadline for registration ended. A five-day extension brought in 24,000 more applicants.

“Total applications for CAT 2016 as of 5pm (closing time) on September 27, 2016 is 232,434. Last year (2015), it was 218,664,” IIM-Bangalore said in an email without providing more details.

The registration for CAT 2016 is the highest since 2009 when the IIMs received 242,000 applicants. Since then, the number of applications have been below the expectations of IIMs. There were 195,943 candidates in 2014.

The fresh CAT registration numbers point to a revival of interest in management education, which was subdued over the last few years. India has 19 IIMs that admit nearly 4,000 students in their flagship postgraduate management course every year.

The employment situation in India has improved and the current spurt in applications can also be attributed to the good placement season earlier this year.

CAT Registration Trends:

After witnessing the worst-ever application numbers in CAT 2015, IIM Ahmedabad was forced to extend the application deadline by five days. According to the IIMA officials, the total number of registrations received till the original registration deadline was 1, 38,000, compared to the registered 1.90 lakh candidates in the year 2015. However, the CAT 2015 registrations number increased to a total of 2.18 lakh, after the second deadline.


CAT Registrations trend over years


Registration over the years














As per Government of India norms, IIMs reserve 15% seats for SC candidates, 7.5% seats for ST candidates and 27% seats for NC-OBC candidates. 3% seats are also reserved for Persons with Disabilities. IIMs also provide scholarships to deserving students who need financial support.

The Indian Institutes of Management are public establishments with autonomous control over its day to today operations and curriculum. Today, there are 20 IIMs as public autonomous institutes in India. List of IIMs are as below:

LogoName Of InstituteYear of EstablishmentState Located
IIM Ahmedabad 1961 Gujarat
IIM Calcutta 1961 West Bengal
IIM Bangalore 1973 Karnataka
IIM Lucknow 1984 Uttar Pradesh
IIM Indore 1996 Madhya Pradesh
IIM Kozhikode 1996 Kerala
IIM Shillong 2007 Meghalaya
IIM Raipur 2010 Chhattisgarh
IIM Ranchi 2010 Jharkhand
IIM Rohtak 2010 Haryana
IIM Kashipur 2011 Uttarakhand
IIM Tiruchirappalli 2011 Tamil Nadu
IIM Udaipur 2011 Rajasthan
IIM Amritsar 2015 Punjab
IIM Bodh Gaya 2015 Bihar
IIM Nagpur 2015 Maharashtra
IIM Sambalpur 2015 Odisha
IIM Sirmaur 2015 Himachal Pradesh
IIM Visakhapatnam 2015 Andhra Pradesh
IIM Jammu 2016 Jammu and Kashmir

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