Increase in number of girls appearing for test

The number of girls registering and appearing for the Common Admission Test (CAT) for admission to management institutes, including the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), showed a considerable uptrend in 2012, according to Debashis Chatterjee, Director, Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode (IIMK).

The IIMK coordinated CAT 2012, the results of which were announced on Wednesday.

Dr. Chatterjee said candidates from lesser privileged sections of society were registering in increasing numbers and excelling in the test too.

Ten students scored 100 percentile marks. A spokesman for the IIMK said 255 girls and 1,640 boys scored more than 99 percentile.

A total of 1,91,642 candidates appeared in the 21-day long testing window from October 11 to November 6.

Of the 10, one is studying science in the Delhi University and remaining are from the engineering discipline. Eight of these students come from the IITs.

Five of the 10 are still in their final year of graduation.

Four girls scored 99.99 percentile, the highest score among girls. All are final-year engineering students.

The Mumbai centre had 180 candidates, who scored 99 per cent or more, while 168 candidates from New Delhi, 157 from Bangalore, 105 from Hyderabad, 92 from Kolkata and 85 from Chennai had 99 per cent or more.

Only 1 per cent of those who wrote the test with arts and humanities background scored 95 per cent or more, while 11.8 per cent of those who studied architecture and 6.8 per cent with engineering background touched 95.

Among candidates who had studied medicine, 4.1 per cent had 95 or more.

Among those with commerce background 1.3 per cent had 95 or more.

The highest score by a candidate with architecture background was 99.71, while the highest marks from candidates with medical background was 99.97.

Dr. Chatterjee said the talent pool that had emerged from CAT 2012 was both diverse and inclusive and represented all sections of society.