Mumbai and Delhi seem to be ahead of the rest of the metros when it comes to management aspirations among women.
While the national male-female ratio for the Common Admission Test (CAT) stands at 74: 26, the same as last year, in Mumbai it is 69.8: 30.2.
Delhi is slightly better with a ratio of 69.55:30.45.
This means the number of women who have applied for taking the CAT in Mumbai and Delhi is higher than those from other metros and towns.
Chennai and Kolkata seem to have taken a backseat and their ratios are in line with the national average.
CAT is the entrance criterion for the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) and 150 other business schools in the country. This year about 2.04 lakh aspirants are taking the test. Beginning on Wednesday, the test will be held for 20 days with two sessions a day till November 24.
“Women in the metros, particularly Mumbai and Delhi, have a lot more exposure to management and more go in for a post graduation,” said Himanshu Rai, convenor, CAT 2010.
The data is based on the addresses filled in by aspirants for correspondence.
Among the states, Sikkim has a very good ratio of 59: 41 with 34 girls registered to take the test. Among the larger states Andhra Pradesh and Bihar have poor ratios of approximately 78: 22.
In Lakshwadeep, only three people are taking the exam and all of them are male. Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra have the national average.
The IIMs have constantly been criticised for their skewed male-female ratio but with so few women applying, those actually getting in will be fewer.
About 10%of the student population in IIMs is women.
But the ratio is not denting female aspirants.
“There is this perception that women are not every good at mathematics or logic and should opt for the arts stream. But I guess we 30% are attempting to change that perception,” said Karishma Saigal, an aspirant from Dadar.