Indore : The number of students registering for the common admission test (CAT), the gateway for admissions to 13 IIMs and nearly 100 non-IIMs B-schools, is declining each year, though not significantly, and it is a disappointment to the premier management college of the country. In addition, the steps taken by IIMs such as increasing test centres (or test sites in industry parlance) and test cities have failed to reverse the above scenario.

CAT-2014 had 1,89,796 registrations, a reduction of 3,500 from a year earlier. CAT-2014 convenor Rohit Kapoor highlighted that registrations this year were not a significant decline from a year earlier. The number of registrations for CAT had started to decline from 2008, when it was converted from a paper-pencil format to a computer-based test. As a result, the number of registrations declined from earlier levels of 2.5 lakh in 2008, and while there was some revival in CAT-2012, but that could not be sustained in 2013.

To deal with this lacklustre trend in registration, the Indian Institute of Management Indore, which is conducting the CAT for the second consecutive year on a wider scale; increasing the number of test cities to 99 in 2014 from 40 a year earlier, and test cities to 354 currently from 76 a year earlier, but to no avail.

Nearly 25,000 registrations on last day

The CAT-2014 witnessed nearly 25,000 registrations on Tuesday, the last day for registration. And till the midnight of 29 September, total registration was 1.65 lakh.

No uninformed suspension

CAT-2014 convenor Rohit Kapoor rubbished claims that registrations remained suspended on 28 and 29 September and declined the demand for compensatory extension of the deadline. “As there was no suspension of registrations, the demand of compensatory extension of deadline is insignificant,” said Kapoor. He added that IIM Indore had taken scheduled maintenance work for eight hours on 29 September till 10 am, and this was already posted on the CAT website.

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