The IIMs quest to better their diversity quotient seems to be responding with an increase in the number of girls registering and appearing for Common Admission Test ( CAT-2012), a test for entry into the Indian Institutes of Management and other top B-schools, going up. It has gone up from 56,050 in 2011 to 60,876 in 2012.
Ten students have got 100 percentile scores, of which one is an undergraduate science student at Delhi University while other are from the engineering discipline. Eight of these students with the perfect scores come from IITs and five of the ten students are still doing their graduation.
Four girls have scored 99.99 percentile, highest score for this year amongst girls. These four girls, engineering students in their final year are from Karnataka, Orissa, Delhi and UP. In all 255 girls and 1640 boys scored more than 99 percentile.
"CAT 2012 is significant as there is an increase in registrations, first time after moving to a computer based testing platform. The growth in registrations is all encompassing - cutting across the categories and gender. The number of girls registering and appearing for the test showed a considerable uptrend. This development might be seen as a response to the gender diversity in classrooms being sought by most. In addition, candidates from lesser privileged sections of the society are also registering in increasing numbers and are also excelling in the test," says Debashis Chatterjee, director, IIM Kozhikode.
In all a total of 191,642 candidates appeared in the 21-day long testing window from 11 October to 6 November 2012.
In terms of city wise performance, Mumbai has the highest 99 percentile scorers at 180 students followed by Delhi (168), Bangalore (157), Hyderabad (105), Kolkata (92) and Chennai (85).