The Common Admission Test (CAT) will have eight toppers this year, all with a perfect score of 100 percentile. Of these, three are from Maharashtra - two from Mumbai and one from Pune. While the results will be out today, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) released the number of toppers on Tuesday.
Other states such as Karna-taka, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have one perfect scorer each. CAT is the entry criterion to the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and 155 other business schools.
“All the top candidates are engineers and male,” said Himanshu Rai, CAT convenor. “Maharashtra also had the most number of candidates who appeared for the test.” About 15% of the two lakh candidates who appeared for CAT are from Maharashtra.
Moreover, there are 19 candidates who have secured the second highest score — 99.99 percentile — across the country and predictably, they are all engineers as well. Of these, again three are from the state: two from Mumbai and one from Pune.
“There are two female candidates who have scored a percentile of 99.99,” said Rai. Women form only 10% of the student population at the IIMs.
While this year, aspirants will have their pictures on the scorecards, IIM-Lucknow and IIM-Calcutta are expected to put up shortlists of selected candidates on their website on Wednesday itself.