Techies stay on top of CAT

New Delhi, Jan. 9: Engineering graduates continued to outshine others in the results of the Common Admission Test (CAT) announced today for admission to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

Of the 10 toppers, nine have engineering backgrounds, while the tenth is a science student at Delhi University, CAT sources said. Eight of these students are from the IITs.

CAT convener S.S. Kumar told The Telegraph that engineering students had been performing better than those from other streams for the past several years.

"It appears good students after Class XII decide to go for BTech and management courses later. This may be the reason why engineering students are doing better than others," Kumar said.

There are nearly 4,000 seats across the 13 IIMs. Around 130 other B-schools also take students based on CAT scores.

The IIMs have entrusted the responsibility of holding CAT to the US firm, Prometric. IIM Kozhikode oversaw the 2012 test.

Over 1.91 lakh candidates appeared in the online test conducted over 21 days from October 11 to November 6 last year. This included 60,876 girls, their numbers rising from 53,732 in 2010 and 56,050 in 2011.

"The number of girls appearing for the test has shown a considerable uptrend. This development might be seen as a response to the gender diversity in classrooms being sought by most IIMs," said IIM Kozhikode director Debashis Chatterjee.

Four girls share the honour of scoring 99.99 percentile, the highest score from among the girls. All four are engineering students in their final years. In all, 255 girls and 1,640 boys scored more than 99 percentile.

Kumar said all candidates who cleared the test had been awarded ranks. They will apply for institutes of their choice and get a call on the basis of their CAT performance. They have to appear in group discussions and interviews.

Kumar said the IIMs would start the admission process next month.

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