Coming November 16, the common admission test (CAT) would see a new high with around 2.7 lakh aspirants taking one of the `globally-acclaimed toughest entrance-test'. In the NCR alone, over 50,000 students would be appearing for the test to get into one of their favourite B-schools. According to CAT committee sources, there has been a 23 percent increase in the total number of applications filled this year. However, the number will come down substantially after the screening of applications. Satish Deodhar, a faculty member at IIM, Ahmedabad, and member, CAT committee, said, 'We have received over 2.9 lakh applications, of which over 2.7 lakh would be receiving the admit cards for the exams, which would be around 70,000 more then that of last year.'
Delhi region, which falls under IIM Lucknow, is handling 59,000. According to IIM Lucknow sources, the NCR region would be having 55 to 60 centres. IIM Ahmedabad is handling over 51,000 applicants, while its Bangalore counterpart is handling over 60,000 applicants and IIM Kolkata would be taking care of over 50,000. Apart from the Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs), this year 118 other B-schools would accept CAT score for admission for the academic session of 2009-2010. NCR tops the list with 34 B-schools.