The newly introduced paper pattern of the Common Admission Test (CAT) and the increase in the number of the IIMs has provided extra opportunities to women candidates. Since more girls are from non-science backgrounds, the change in the exam pattern will ease their entry into management institutes.
With an increase in the number of registrations this year, the number of women appearing for CAT has also gone up. "Out of the 2.05 lakh, 73% are males and 27% are females," said Soumitro Sen, managing director of the test-conducting agency, Prometric.
Girls, too, feel the changes have given them an opportunity to outsmart the boys. "Both MBA and the IIMs have always been perceived to be dominated by engineers and males. The increase in the number of IIMs has given us a greater chance to make it to these colleges now," said Ishita Bhargava, who will appear for CAT in 2012.
The IIMs, however, claim the priority is to siphon out the better candidates than to pay attention to the number of women students. "By dividing the paper into two sections, we will get a fair idea of students who are good in both Maths and English," said Janaki Raman Moorthy, Convener, CAT 2011.