Repeaters strike it rich again

Nivedita Ganguly

VISAKHAPATNAM: The much-awaited CAT 2007 results were finally out. Over two lakh B-school aspirants appeared for the written entrance test held in November last. Out of the total number of initial aspirants, only 2.5 per cent or around 5,000 would be short-listed for group discussion and personal interviews from the seven IIMs.

Though the CAT results were declared on Tuesday afternoon, the anxious students had to wait for a long time to get the results since the IIM websites that declared the percentile scores were inaccessible and jammed by heavy traffic.

More than 700 students registered for the entrance test from TIME institute. This time the top performer from the institute was Amit Manthri who got a percentile of 99.98, surpassing last year’s top performer’s record of 99.83. Close to follow were M. Sai Venkatesh and Vivek Mogili who scored 99.74 and 99.51 percentile respectively in the test and are likely to get calls from all the seven IIMs.

So far 13 students from the institute have got a percentile above 95. “I was thrilled to see the result,” said an excited Sai Venkatesh, an engineering graduate from Andhra University.

The CAT results have followed a trend over the past few years. “Of the total number of candidates who get through to the IIMs, almost half of them are repeaters,” Director of TIME institute J.V. Murty told The Hindu. Also, this year the number of candidates from Vizag who took the entrance test was less compared to the last few years. “This is because somestudents got selected for jobs in MNCs this year and thus did not take the test,” said Mr. Murty.