The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2013 for entrance to management institutes across India begins Wednesday, a statement said.
The examination will be held from Oct 16 to Nov 11 in prometric centres across 40 cities.
The total duration of test will be two hours and 35 minutes, including the tutorial.
"This increase in locations from 36 cities last year provides candidates greater flexibility and convenience for choosing a suitable test day. For candidates who are differently abled, additional support will be available," the statement quoted CAT convenor Rohit Kapoor as saying.
This year, Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of CAT registrations, followed by Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
This year, the 13 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have added 115 seats for B-School admissions, for a total of 3,335 seats across all IIMs.
The overall registration for the Common Admission Test (CAT) has declined, but the number of women applicants has increased over two years, an official said on Thursday.
"The rise in number of candidates with two or more years of work experience - registering for CAT-has also increased from 13 per cent in 2012 to 16 per cent this year," said Rohit Kapoor. "Candidates with little or no work experience have declined to 66 per cent from 68 per cent in 2012," he added.
Students with technology and engineering backgrounds have increased by 6 per cent and comprise 70 per cent of candidates. Economics, management and science students make up the remaining 23 per cent. In 2012, Prometric and the IIMs delivered 191,642 CAT exams. This year we expect similar participation as seen by the registration numbers," said Soumitra Roy, general manager of test development and test delivery solutions provider Prometric India.