In 2009, the number of applicants for the CAT exams had reached a high of 242,000. After that, there has been a steady decline every year.
In 2010 and 2011, it was around 205,000. In 2012, it was 214,000 followed by 195,000 in 2013 and 189,000 in 2014.
After these declining numbers, 2015 showed a marked improvement of 15 per cent to 218,664.
One possible reason is the extension of deadline of CAT from September 20th to 25th. In this extended period, 35,632 regsitration forms were sold, against 183,032 which were sold till September 20th.
Will this year’s sale of CAT forms reverse the trend of the past five years? Or, is it the magic of “last minute” extension? One only hopes that this is a rising trend and we see an increase next year as well.

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