Major slump in CAT subscribers

Indore :  Indian Institutes of Management Studies have witnessed a major slump in number of non-IIM b-schools opting for common admission test (CAT) this year.

As on August 6, the number of non-IIM institutes registered for CAT-2014 scores was merely 89, a total of 31 institutes less than previous year’s figure.

Last year as many as 125 non-IIM b-schools have subscribed CAT scores for carrying out admissions on their respective campuses. A year before that, more than 150 institutes — other than 13 IIMs – had used CAT scores for admissions.

The decrease in number of non-IIM b-schools last year was attributed to CAT-2012 scam.

The scam had come to fore in June, 2013 when a comparison of CAT- 2012 scores available on the website www.catiim.in (hosted and managed by M/ s Web Weavers) with master database of the scores (those received from Prometric) was done.

The comparison had revealed that scores of at least 80 examinees were inflated when uploaded on the website. The non-IIM b-schools were provided with the scores on the website for admissions while the IIMs used master score-sheets for enrolments.

Feeling cheated, many non-IIM b-schools that registered for CAT- 2012 had opted out of CAT-2013.

The further decrease in number of non-IIM b-schools signals that more institutes are losing faith in CAT.

IIM Indore that is organising CAT for the second time in a row does not believe so.

CAT- 2014 convener Rohit Kapoor, a faculty with IIM Indore, said that it would not be justified to come to any kind of conclusion regarding the numbers of institutes registered for CAT-2014 at this point of time as the registrations are still under process. “I’m sure that the number of non-IIM b-schools will increase. We will cross the last year’s mark.”

A closer look at the CAT-2014 website reveals that many major institutes that were part of CAT-2013 did not register for use of CAT scores this year.

A few of them are: University School of Management (Kurukshetra University), Fortune Institute of International Business (Delhi), Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan’s, Usha and Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management (Delhi), Asia Pacific Institute of Management (Delhi), Institute of Health Management and Research (Jaipur), CCS National Institute of Agriculture Marketing (Jaipur), Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University (Lucknow), Lucknow University, JRE Group of Institutions (Uttar Pradesh), Thiugarajar School of Management and School of Management Studies (University of Hyderabad).

The IIMs have even “lost” many central/nation institutes this year.

The names of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management, (Gwalior), Birla Institute of Technology & Science (Pilani), Department of Business Administration (Tezpur University- Assam), Department of Management Studies (Bangalore), Department of Management Studies (Pondicherry University), Indian Institute of Forest Management (Bhopal), Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur), Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (Allahabad) and National Institute of Technology (Mangalore) are missing from the list of non-IIM b-schools participating in CAT-2014.

Kapoor said that the above-mentioned central/national institutes could not register for CAT-2014 due to some issues related to MoUs. “We are sure of retainer our old partners. Besides, we are making some new partners as well,” he added.

Two new central institutes viz Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore) and IIT Kanpur registered for CAT-2014.

Besides, the IIMs also found new partners as b-schools including Bhavan’s Priyamvada Birla Institute of Management (Mysore), Indus Business Academy, Birla Institute of Management and Technology, KIIT School of Rural management (Odisha), Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Technology and Management (Indore), University of Petroleum and Energy Studies and Doon Business School Global.

Elite institutes number half

The number of national/central institutes opting for CAT-2014 scores, as on August 6, is nearly half to last year’s figure. Last year as many as 20 elite national institutes had registered for CAT. This year, 11 institutes have paid registration fee.

Central institutes missing from CAT list

  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee – Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management, (Gwalior)
  • Birla Institute of Technology & Science (Pilani)
  • Department of Business Administration (Tezpur University- Assam)
  • Department of Management Studies (Bangalore),
  • Department of Management Studies (Pondicherry University)
  • Indian Institute of Forest Management (Bhopal)
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
  • Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology (Allahabad)
  • National Institute of Technology (Mangalore)
  • New central institutes in CAT list
  • Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore)
  • IIT Kanpur

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