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50% increase in girls taking IIM entrance

PUBLISH DATE 27th November 2018

CAT 2018, the entrance test for the IIMs, saw 50% more women candidates than six years ago. This year, 84,350 women registered for the Common Admission Test (conducted on November 25) compared to 56,409 in 2013. Women also contributed to over 50% growth in total registrations from 2017. In all, there were 2.41 lakh aspirants this year, compared to 2.29 lakh last year, of whom 78,009 were women. Of the 12,000 more candidates who registered, 6,300 were women, revealed CAT registration data for the two years.

CAT convenor Sumanta Basu from IIM Calcutta (which held this year’s test) said, “The IIMs are consciously giving leverage to women to increase diversity in classrooms. We want more women in our institutes.”

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50% increase in girls taking IIM entrance

The jump was the highest in 2015, when women candidates went up from 69,176 the previous year to 76,704. But overall registrations too had gone up significantly, by over 20,000, in 2015. The IIMs have been reserving seats for women and non-engineers to make classes diverse. IIM-Kozhikode was the first to set aside seats for women, in 2013. That year, 54% of the institute’s PGP (postgraduate programme in management) batch of 361students comprised women; also, 60% of summer placement jobs went to them, said director Debashis Chatterjee.

“A study has shown that there is no correlation between managerial positions and mathematical ability. There will be a gradual switch in the coming years, when class strength will be tilted in favour of girls,” said Chatterjee. IIMs have changed their eligibility criteria. The weightage given to CAT differs for all IIMs. The parameters considered for shortlisting candidates for group discussion, interview and written ability test also include class X and XII scores.


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