Noida, India (PressExposure) July 20, 2011 -- While speaking with MBAUniverse.com, India's top CAT test prep experts agreed unanimously that going by the number of the CAT 2011 coaching enrollments for this year till now, it can be considered that the CAT 2011 registration figures might see an upturn after a continuous decline in the past few years.
According to the test prep centers the enrollments till now have been promising and once the CAT 2011 official announcement is out the enrollments will touch a new level.
The CAT exam in last two years had seen a marginal dip in the number of registered takers. The number of students taking the test in 2009 was much lower than the 2010 figures, with the registrations dipping from 2.76 lakh in 2008 to 2.41 lakh in 2009. CAT 2010 registration saw 15 per cent dip compared to CAT 2009, which was 2.06 lakh.
To find out what lies ahead with respect to CAT 2011 numbers, MBAUniverse.com talked to the national and regional MBA coaching institutes. The leading MBA coaching institutes are T.I.M.E., IMS Learning, Career Launcher, MBAguru, Bull's Eye to name a few. There are some local players as well. According to them, the trends for this year's CAT 2011 are pointing to optimistic scenario.
Deekshant Sahrawat, Director, Roots Education (MBAguru), says, "The number has definitely gone up since last year, but we are expecting more students to join."
The rise in number of the enrollments is not only taking place in the metropolitan cities, but in the Tier 2 cities as well. Esha Goswami of PQ Academy, Ranchi mentions that there has been an encouraging increase in the number of students joining. "Till now PQ Academy has received about 25 to 30 applications which is higher than last year. We are hopeful that the number will increase even more by August."
Trends in Prep center enrollments
According to Sajnani, this year, the number of work experienced candidates is more compared to the freshers. "Most of the candidates who are enrolling for CAT 2011 coaching have work experience and majority will be taking another attempt at CAT. They are aimed to get through the top B-schools only, since they have nothing to lose as they have job in hand. It is also a known fact that having work experience helps during admission."
This year there is an increase in the number of enrollments in both the metropolitan and the Tier 2 cities. "While the number of students enrolling from the metropolitan cities is much higher, the Tier 2 city students enrolling for CAT 2011 preparation are also increasing," informed Gautam Puri.
Factors leading to rise
While assessing the factors that are leading to the rise in CAT 2011 enrollments, the experts mention that the fact that global recession is fading away has a lot to do with this increase. Gautam Puri mentions, "The placements have been much better compared to last year. This is one of the reasons that students are again hopeful about doing MBA. Also, there are new B-schools opening up, like the new IIMs, which is also increasing the chances for the MBA aspirants. The impressive Placements 2011 have also contributed to this increase."
Another reason which is making the MBA aspirants feel comfortable about taking CAT is the successful conduct of CAT 2010. "The fear of facing a technical glitch, resulting in cancellation of the test etc. has been abolished now owing to the successful conduct of CAT 2010. Now the candidates are feeling more confident towards taking the computer based test," said Gautam Puri.
Meanwhile the coaching institutes have started their mock test series which is one of the many attractions of the students. Mock tests are one of the reasons which attract the CAT aspirants to enroll. The experts believe that the students get more familiar to the computers as well as they can analyze their performance and strengthen their weak areas by taking more and more mock tests.
Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more on CAT 2011.