According to the officials at Indian Institute Management Lucknow, the results for Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 brought forward the most diverse group of toppers seen in recent years.
Unlike previous years, two women students and three non-engineers were among the top 20 candidates who were able to score a perfect 100 percentile in CAT.
While twenty students scored 100 percentile in 2016 as well, none of them were female or non- engineers.
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According to stats, all 100 percentile scorers belonged to an engineering background for the past five years. Also, last year results did not see any women topper, while for two years before that, there was one women in each.
Other than that, 2017 saw the largest number of test-takers in the past three years. A total of 199,632 candidates sat for CAT on November 26, 2017. The year also saw an increase in the number of women candidates appearing for the examination. Candidates competed for seats around 4000 seats at the prestigious 20 IIMs along with other top business schools of India including FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, NITIE, JBIMS. For admission in flagship programmes at any of aforesaid institutes, candidates must qualify CAT and score the minimum cut off required for admission.
Neeraj Dwivedi, convenor for CAT and admissions chairperson at IIM Lucknow explained that IIMs have been trying to encourage more non-engineers and women candidates to take admission at their institutes. Most of the existing students at IIMs are men and engineers. IIMs have been trying to promote more diversity for some time now.
He said "If you look at the selection criteria, we have been trying to promote diversity, and this in turn has been encouraging more women and students from various backgrounds to sit for the CAT.'
Course director for CAT at TIME, a private coaching institute training students for MBA, MCA and other engineering fields, explained how the IIMs have been trying to bring more diversity in its campuses and CAT takers by changing the exam patterns. He said "The IIMs have been making changes to the exam pattern in the last two-three years and this has created a more level playing field for students across diverse backgrounds,"
The result for CAT 2017 was declared on January 8, 2018. Candidates were sent SMS on their registered mobile numbers by IIM Lucknow. The SMS consisted of their overall CAT percentile. No hard copy was sent for the same. Candidates were to download their results by visiting the official examination website, take printout of the same and keep it to take part in admission processes in the future. The percentile is calculated on the basis of normalization process.
All the top b-schools in the country including IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) have candidates for selection process (Group Discussion, WAT and Interview) on the basis of their performance in CAT. The diverse group of top performers in CAT this year promises to enrich the student diversity which in turn would make the management education more holistic in the country.