Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018, entrance test for IIMs and other business schools saw 50% more women candidates taking the test than 6 years ago. 56,409 women had registered in 2013 and 84,350 had registered this year.
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 in 2017, of who 78,009 were women candidates. Of the 12,000 more candidates who registered, 6,300 were women, revealed Common Admission Test registration data fro last two years.
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 the class diverse. IIM-Kozhikode was the first to set aside the seats for women, in 2013.
That year, 54% of the institute’s Postgraduate Programme in Management batch of 361 comprised women; also 60% of summer placement jobs went to the, said director Debashis Chatterjee.