New Delhi: The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on Thursday extended the registration window for the Common Admission Test (CAT) by five more days, after seeing a subdued response from aspirants.
At the end of the one-and-a-half month window for registering for CAT 2016, the IIMs received 208,000 applications, way below the 218,664 they received for CAT 2015.
The subdued response comes even as the human resource development (HRD) ministry has approved an increase in intake at the IIMs. Currently, the 19 IIMs admit some 3,700 students every year to their flagship postgraduate programme in management.
IIM-Bangalore said that the IIMs are extending the registration window from 22 September to 27 September to help more students apply.
“The primary reason for the extension is to facilitate the applicants who are still in the process of completing their applications. There are many applicants in this stage, and we have been getting a lot of requests from them,” said Rajendra K. Bandi, convenor, CAT 2016 and a professor at IIM-Bangalore.
Bandi pointed out that the total number of applications as of 3.30pm on Thursday was 208,000, “far in excess of the applications for the comparable period last year”. In 2015 too, IIMs extended the CAT registration window for five days after the initial deadline ended.