Mumbai came up trumps with the city recording the highest number of candidates with 99 percentile and above in CAT 2012, results of which were declared on Wednesday. Of the over 16,000 candidates who appeared for CAT from Mumbai, 180 scored 99 percentile and above, according to information provided by IIM Kozhikode. It was followed by New Delhi (168) and Bangalore (157).
Overall, 1,91,642 candidates appeared for the management entrance exam held last year. Ten managed to get the perfect score of 100 percentile. Of these, nine had an engineering background. There were just two candidates from Mumbai among the top 10.
Experts said the reason why Mumbai ranked first in terms of candidates with scores of 99 percentile and above was because it had the highest number of candidates appearing for CAT.
“I am not able to zero down on a particular reason for this. There could be more than one particular reason for Mumbai coming on top in the city-wise break-up of 99 percentile scorers,” said professor SSS Kumar, convenor for CAT 2012. He said usually, the highest number of students appearing for CAT are from Maharashtra. “Mumbai is part of the state and hence, it reflects in the city-wise break-up of scores. Delhi has other satellite centres unlike Mumbai which can hardly be extended to Navi Mumbai. With satellite centres such as Noida, Gurgaon and Ghaziabad, the number of candidates scoring 99 percentile and above comes down in comparison with Mumbai.”
“Also, as Mumbai is the financial capital of the country, many candidates from there are expected to have aspirations to have a successful career in business or the corporate world. Many IITians also appear for CAT and Mumbai has the IIT-B which is a huge advantage,” Kumar told DNA.
Cities like Hyderabad, Kolkata and Chennai had 105, 92 and 85 candidates with 99 percentile
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