In terms of city wise performance at the CAT 2012, Delhi ranked second with 168 candidates securing 99 percentile and above. Mumbai leads with 180 candidates. In all, 10 aspirants have got 100 percentile scores, of which DU student Rahul Saran is the only one not from engineering background. Other toppers include one B Rajesh who runs an MBA coaching centre in Chennai. Rajesh top scored for the second consecutive year and said that he takes the exam because he loves the experience.
CAT results were declared at 3am on Wednesday. The number of women candidates increased this year and four girls scored 99.99 percentile.
IIMs introduced some changes in 2011 to attract more people from non-science streams. Though engineers continue to dominate the test, experts say that the changes will be apparent during the overall selection process. "This will come to the fore when they will shortlist candidates for group discussion, interviews and later in the final selections. That's where they have given weightage to academic performance, work experience and gender," said Deekshant Sahrawat, an alumnus of IIM-Kolkata and IIT-Delhi, who runs MBA Guru.
The IIMs are also focusing on gender diversities and there are more chances of girl candidates to make it one of the 13 IIMs than ever before.
"IIM Kozhikode initiated 35% recruitment for women in a batch and it has become a national trend now for most IIM ," said director of IIM-Kozhikode, Debashis Chatterjee.