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October 4, 2020
COVID 19 has dampened the sentiments of Indian MBA aspirants -- somewhat. This year, fewer candidates have registered for CAT 2020, when compared with last year. Prof Harshal Lowalekar, Convener of CAT 2020 has confirmed the dip in CAT 2020 registrations, and shared the exact CAT 2020 Registration numbers. Read this exclusive article to know CAT registration numbers, trends and possible reasons for the dip.
CAT 2020 Registrations Dip by 6 Percent

COVID 19 has dampened the sentiments of Indian MBA aspirants -- somewhat. This year, 16,000 fewer candidates have registered for CAT 2020, when compared with last year. Prof Harshal Lowalekar, Convener of CAT 2020 has confirmed the dip in CAT 2020 registrations, and shared the exact CAT 2020 Registration numbers with Read this exclusive article to know CAT registration numbers and trends, possible reasons for the dip and the expected impact on Admissions 2021.

CAT 2020 Registration Numbers are…

As is well known, CAT 2019 registration stood at 244,169 applicants.

Sharing the exact CAT 2020 registration numbers with, Prof Harshal Lowalekar, Convener of CAT 2020 said, “Registration count is 2,27,835 for CAT 2020.”

This means that compared to CAT 2019, 16,334 fewer candidates have registering for CAT 2020. In percentage terms, the dip in CAT 2020 registrations is about 7% -- 6.69% to be precise.

Earlier, a few leading newspapers including Indian Express had erroneously reported that CAT 2020 Registrations were 2.3 lakhs.

Since CAT Registrations numbers is a bellwether watched by all stakeholders in MBA education, reached out to CAT 2020 Convenor Prof Lowalekar for exact registration numbers. After due tabulation and cross checks, Prof Lowalekar confirmed CAT 2020 Registrations as precisely 2,27,835 candidates.

CAT 2020 registration and application process was closed at 5 PM on September 23, 2020 after getting an extension of 7 days from September 16 to 23. IIM Indore which is conducting CAT 2020, did not announce any further extension in the CAT 2020 registration and application date.

Despite the 7% dip in CAT 2020 registrations, the silver lining is that the number has not gone down substantially and still remains encouraging. 

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CAT 2020 Registrations lowest in 5 years, but better than 2015
CAT 2020 registrations are marginally lower than registrations since 2016, but higher than registrations in 2015. While CAT registrations were in the range of 2.31-2.44 lakhs between 2016 to 2019 period, registration were only 2.19 lakhs in 2015. Here are the CAT registrations for last 6 years:

CAT Exam Year
Total Registrations (In Lakhs)
CAT 2020
CAT 2019
CAT 2018
CAT 2017
CAT 2016
CAT 2015

Source: Analysis

Why CAT 2020 Registration number Dipped? Possible Reasons
Globally, it is widely accepted that MBA Applications are countercyclical to economic growth. If economy does badly, MBA exam registrations and applications go up, and visa versa. In this context, CAT 2020 Registration dip has surprised some education analyst, as they expected a marginal increase as per global trends. Many top global MBA programs have seen double-digit increases in applications. For instance, applications to Wharton’s MBA program has increase by 21%, and applications for September intake at INSEAD soared by 58%! Other top B-schools like Harvard Business School have also reported significant jumps.

So, what explains this dip in CAT 2020. There could be number of reasons due to which registration number for CAT 2020 has gone down:

1. Why risk your job! Almost 50% of candidates who apply for CAT exam and IIMs are candidates with some working experience. With millions of white collar jobs lost in last 6 months in India due to COVID crisis, it’s understandable that working executives don’t what to quit their jobs for MBA education, as they fear that getting into good companies may be harder due to prolonged slowdown.

2. Rise of Edtech for Skilling
For working executives, and even freshers, Edtech platforms are God-sent in COVID times. While global platforms like Coursera, Edex and Udacity are offering best in class courses by top international universities, Indian platforms like Upgrad, Simplilearn, Great Learning are filling the need for Indian content. Most of these courses are offered at a fraction of what IIMs charge, and help candidates improve their job prospects. Of Course, these online courses are not a replacement for a fulltime on-campus quality MBA, but they serve a phycological need.

3. Online Teaching, not at par with On-campus MBA experience?
Due to COVID 19, all B-schools have started their sessions on Online platforms in September. While the step is taken keeping in view the safety of students, they do not find it as good as campus based in classroom interaction. Speaking to in strict confidence, many current IIM students have expressed concern over the learning outcomes. They were optimistic of moving to campus soon.

Now all eyes will be on November 29, when CAT 2020 will be held in three sessions in 156 test cities and more than 650. Here are key dates for CAT 2020.

Important Dates
CAT 2020 Registration Start Date
August 5, 2020
Last Date to Apply for CAT 2020
September 23, 2020 
CAT Exam Registration & Application Fee
CAT Exam Admit card Download Start date
October 28, 2020
Last Date for CAT 2020 Admit Card Download
November 29, 2020
CAT 2020 Exam date
November 29, 2020 (Moring, Afternoon & Evening Slots)
CAT 2020 Result date
January 5, 2021 (Tentative) 

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