The results of CAT 2012 will be declared on January 9, 2013, more than two months after the most popular and important MBA entrance examination ended on November 6, 2012. Around two lakh aspirants who took the test are keeping their fingers crossed as the day that will shape their professional background approaches.
It is clear that candidates who appeared for CAT 2012 exam are now spending sleepless nights and in some cases are burning the midnight oil as they wait for the big day that will determine the results of their year-long toil.
In 2012, the number of applications increased by around 4.5 per cent. With this positive change, the management education scenario of India that witnessed a pall of gloom in the last couple of years is seeing a glimmer of hope. Around 2.15 lakh candidate bought CAT 2012 vouchers. Of this, 2.14 lakh candidates registered themselves for the exam. About 9,000 more candidates appeared for CAT this year compared with the previous year, which saw 2.05 lakh candidates taking the test.
Dr Debashis Chatterjee, director, IIM Kozhikode, had said: “The rise in the number of CAT takers is a positive indication that people have reposed faith in the exam. The higher number of experienced candidates has also indicated that the economy is going to improve over the next two-three years.”
CAT 2012 can be considered a successful event so far as the pursuit for gender equality is concerned. As many as 60,876 registered candidates out of the total 2.14 lakh candidates were female. The share of female candidates stood at 28.4 per cent. The number of female candidates appearing for CAT 2011 was 56,050. “The shift in the candidate pool in terms of the 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 SSS Kumar, CAT 2012 convenor, had said.
However, there were a couple of grey areas as well. Disruptions due to technical glitches took place in some centres across cities. Secondly, CAT 2012, like previous years, was dominated by engineering students. It is not a very encouraging sign for management, often described as a holistic science. For the sake of diversity, it is imperative that students from other disciplines, especially from arts and humanities, take part in CAT.
Prof SSS Kumar, however, had said though students from the engineering background dominated the candidate pool, the other streams from which there had been increased applications were agriculture, architecture, pharmaceutical sciences and chartered accountancy. The numbers of applications had shrunk for the humanities and medical backgrounds. “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.