The city produced four toppers out of the 10 in the third edition of the Common Management Admission Test (CMAT). The results were announced at midnight on Wednesday.
Mumbai candidates had bagged four of the top 10 spots in the first edition of CMAT last February as well.
The CMAT, held between February 21 and 25, is the entry criterion to more than 3,000 business schools across the country and has replaced various state common entrance tests.
The state topper, and also the all-India second ranker is Sagar Padaki who scored 360 out of 400, second to Mikin Mayurbhai Shah from Ahmedabad with 376.
“I was confident of being in the top 20,” said Padaki.
“My brother’s support was instrumental in my success.”
Mumbai candidates also secured the sixth (Siddharth Sethia, 345), seventh (Sanzgiri Zunjar Aniruddha, 342) and eighth (Patrick D’Souza, 340) spots in the top 10. D’Souza had placed fourth in the previous edition of the CMAT.
This year’s girl topper from Kochi, Preeti Chakravarti, scored 354 and is in third place.
Around 1.2 lakh candidates took the test.
Candidates can take the CMAT twice in the same year. This year, however, there will also be a third session of the CMAT in May.
While the top score is higher than last time’s 330, the national average score fell this time to 94.19 compared to 113 in the September edition of the test.
“This seems to be the case because the difficulty level of papers is going up,” said Pravir Arora, executive vice-president, Aptech, which conducts the computer-based test.