The gates have closed for graduates to make a last dash for the coveted seat in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). And this time more women have stepped forward to compete for the exam that most graduates consider daunting.
Women candidates this year account for 28% of total registrations, which have gone up from 2.05 lakh last year to 2.14 lakh this year.
"It is good to see so many women candidates step forward for registration. Also, registration numbers have increased slightly over last year, which is a positive indication. It means that post graduate management programmes at the IIMs and other prestigious B-schools that accept CAT scores still offer an attractive future to many aspirants," said SSS Kumar, CAT 2012 Convenor.
Ask about the mantra to crack what is considered a very difficult exam and the women candidates, who will be appearing for this year's CAT exam, maintain that it is work experience along with consistent study that will help them crack the exam.
"I have been preparing for the CAT since last year besides managing my work as well. It is very important to gain some work experience before taking the exam because it becomes difficult to follow the course curriculum in a B-school. But one must also take some professional course to crack this exam since there are tricks that need to be applied," said Surabhi Mittal, a working executive who is taking the CAT.
The exam will begin on October 11 and go on till November 6.
Even though the CAT exam saw a shift in examination pattern last year, with the
paper being narrowed down to two sections instead of three, officials added that this year there would not be any significant changes in the testing pattern. The paper now has two sections, each containing 30 questions.
"There are no significant changes this year. Over the past three years, we have been reviewing and improving the processes to provide a smooth experience for candidates. This year, our focus remains on conducting the test in a fair and secure manner," Kumar added.