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September 27, 2019
CAT 2019 registration number has crossed 2.44 lakh applicants making an upward swing with 3000 more candidates than last year registering for the CAT exam, to be held on November 24, 2019. The CAT Registration analysis for past 9 years reveals that this year CAT registration is the highest since 2010. CAT 2019 registration and application process was closed at 5 PM on September 25, 2019 after getting an extension of 7 days from September 18 to 25
CAT 2019 Registration up at 2.44 Lakhs

With 244169 candidates registering for IIM-CAT 2019, the CAT registration count for 2019 has become highest during last nine years.

CAT 2019 registration number has gone up by 3000 candidates to 2.44 lakh applicants this year from 2.31 lakhs as compared to total last year CAT registrations. Confirming the increase in CAT 2019 registration number on September 27, 2019, Prof. Shubhasis Dey, faculty at IIM Kozhikode and Convener, CAT 2019, has informed, “CAT 2019 registration numbers crossed the CAT 2018 registration numbers by about 3000 candidates. The total applicant count as on the CAT 2019 registration final deadline of September 25, 2019, 5:00 PM stands at 244,169.”

It implies that more than 2.44 lakh candidates have finally applied for admission to MBA 2020-22 batch in 20 IIMs and other top B-schools accepting CAT 2019 scores.

CAT 2019 registration and application process was closed at 5 PM on September 25, 2019 after getting an extension of 7 days from September 18 to 25. IIM Kozhikode has not announced any further extension in the CAT 2019 registration and application date

Common Admission Test (CAT): Past 9 Years Registration trends
CAT 2019 is marked with highest ever registrations recorded during past 9 years with 2,44,169 candidates registering for the exam. Registrations for CAT 2019 have increased by 3000 over last year.

CAT 2019 has broken past 9 years record with yet higher number of candidates registered for the exam. The high number of registrations and applications in CAT has been going through ups and downs in number of CAT applicants over the past many years. However, since 2014, CAT has been witnessing an upward trend in registrations.

The trends in CAT registrations since 2010 show a downward journey initially but since 2013 it has been showing a rising registration count reflecting the regaining trust of CAT aspirants and anticipation of better career opportunities after completing MBA/PGP from an IIM or other top B-school

CAT Exam Year
Total Registrations (In Lakhs)
CAT 2019
CAT 2018
CAT 2017
CAT 2016
CAT 2015
CAT 2014
CAT 2013
CAT 2012
CAT 2011
CAT 2010

Source: CAT data and analysis

CAT Registrations: Yearly Analysis

CAT 2019
Breaking all the previous records CAT 2019 registration count has gone up at 2,44,169 applicants registering for CAT exam. IIM Kozhikode extended the CAT 2019 registration deadline by 7 days from September 18 to September 25, 2019 till 5 PM.

CAT 2018
CAT 2018 registrations had gone up to 2.41 lakhs increasing by 10000 over last year number. The Last date to apply for CAT 2018 was closed on September 26, 2018 at 11.59 PM after getting an extension of 7 days from September 19.

CAT 2017
CAT 2017 registration number had closed with 2.31 lakh applicants finally applying for 20 IIMs. According to Prof Neeraj Dwivedi, convener CAT 2017 and faculty at IIM Lucknow “We have a total of approximately 2.31 lakh registrations (Completed and fee paid).” 

CAT 2017 registration and application process was closed at 5PM on September 25, 2017 after getting an extension of 5 days from September 20 to 25.

CAT 2016
Belying the fears that CAT 2016 registration might get a dip as compared to last year, the registration count for CAT 2016 had broken past 6 years record since 2010 in number of registrations. The registration number went up to 2.32 lakhs. The extended deadline for CAT 2016 registration process was closed at 5 PM on September 27, 2016.

CAT 2015
CAT 2015 had the largest number of registrations in comparison to all other management entrance tests. CAT 2015 registration which had clicked the closing mark at 218664 applicants contained 69176 girls and 80 transgenders implying ever growing popularity of PGP programmes of  IIMs and other top rated B schools that accept CAT scores.

CAT 2014
Registration for CAT 2014 closed on September 30, 2014 with the registration count of 189,759 keeping in line with the trend of continuous dip in number of registrations. CAT Centre 2014 received number of requests and complaints from the candidates that due to technical glitches they could not register and make final payment. Considering the problem the registration for CAT 2014 was reopened on Oct 10, 2014 for one day.

The single day registration in CAT 2014 accounted for 7100 candidates and this enabled CAT Centre 2014 to surpass the registration count of CAT 2013 from 1.95 lakhs to 1.97 lakhs.

CAT 2013
CAT 2013 registration process got over on September 26, 2013. Around 1.96 lakhs of CAT 2013 vouchers were sold, while the total registrations for CAT 2013 closed at 1,94,516. Analysis of CAT 2013 registration data had females applicants count to nearly 30% of total registrations while applicants with engineering and technology background continued to dominate CAT registrations with around 70% of total share.

But as per the past trends in CAT, not all the registered number of candidates took the CAT 2013 and the total number of absentees in the test was more than 20,000. Revealing the facts, IIMs and Prometric admitted that although 194,516 was the number registered for CAT 2013 but actual test takers were only 173,738. The rate of non test takers remained the same at 11% in 2012 and 2013. 

CAT 2012
Number of applications in CAT 2012  increased by around 4.5 per cent. It was a good sign for MBA education in India and for MBA aspirants in particular as the economic slowdown began to melt then.

While around 2.15 lakh candidate bought the CAT 2012 vouchers, 2.14 lakh candidates actually registered themselves for the exam. 

CAT 2011
CAT 2011 witnessed a marginal rise of 1000 in the number of registrations. From 2.04 lakh in CAT 2010, the number of registrations reached 2.05 lakh in CAT 2011.

The significant change that was seen in CAT 2011 test pattern was that the test got clubbed into 2 sections with 30 questions in each section. From 2011 to 2013 CAT continued with this pattern only.

CAT 2010
CAT 2010 saw a dip in registrations from 2.42 lakhs in 2009 to 2.04 lakhs in 2010. The expectation of IIMs was to achieve a new high in registration in CAT 2010 as Prometric claimed to have done away with all the anticipated problems in CAT 2010. But despite all this the registration count dipped by more than 15%.

CAT 2010 had 3 sections with 60 questions equally divided among them.

Right from the beginning, has been sharing the updates on CAT 2019. The CAT 2019 registration has made an upward swing and the extension of 7 days has yielded desired result. The charm of CAT as reflected by high registration number has not receded and with IIM Kozhikode convening CAT 2019, the registration number has taken an upward trend keeping up with the glory of this top rated management institution.

CAT 2019 registration was opened on August 7, and after allowing a 45 days registration window was proposed to be closed on September 18, 2019. But number of candidates missed their CAT 2019 registration due to natural calamities like floods, landslides, loss of road and rail connectivity in various parts of the country. As such the last date had to be extended by IIM Kozhikode.

Keeping in view of the genuine requests of the candidates especially the flood affected states, CAT 2019 Centre subsequently decided to extend the last date of CAT 2019 registration for another 7 days from September 18 to September 25, 2019. The registration now finally stands closed with 2.44 lakh+ candidates registered for CAT 2019.

There are 156 test cities and more than 650 test venues where CAT 2019 will be conducted in a single day on November 24, 2019 in morning and afternoon sessions. The Admit Card for CAT 2019 can be downloaded from October 23 onwards.

CAT 2019: Important Dates

Important Dates
CAT Exam Notification Date in News Papers
July 28, 2019
CAT 2019 Registration Start Date
August 7, 2019
Last Date to Apply for CAT 2019
September 25, 2019 (Extended from Sep 18) 
CAT Exam Registration & Application Fee
CAT official Mock Test release Date
October 16, 2019
CAT Exam Admit card Download Start date
October 23, 2019
Last Date for CAT 2019 Admit Card Download
November 24, 2019
CAT 2019 Exam date
November 24, 2019 (Moring & Afternoon Sessions)
CAT 2019 Result date
January 7, 2020 

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