Yash Choudhari from Pune was among the 20 candidates who managed to score a 100 percentile in CAT 2016, the results of which were declared on Monday .
Choudhari, who is completing his studies from College of Engineering, Pune, managed to crack the most competitive test for admissions to the premier IIMs in his first attempt.
As many as 1.95 lakh candidates took the test. Male engineers continued to dominate the toppers' list this year, too. The number of 100 percentilers is the highest in the last six years but not a single woman is in the top slot. Last year, one of the 17 toppers was a girl.
`In the sectionals, how ever, many non-engi neers and female can didates have scored 100 percentile (sic),` Prof Rajendra K Ban di, convener, CAT 2016, said in an official release from IIM-Bangalore. The results were announced on Monday on the institute's website and sent to individual candidates via SMS. The institute intends to release candidate profile details after the interviews. According to results data from previous years, there were nine 100 percentilers in 2011, 10 in 2012, eight in 2013, 16 in 2014 and 17 in 2015. Sixtyseven per cent of the candidates who registered for the test were men. The test was conducted on December 24 in 138 cities. With weightage given to CAT by individual IIMs falling every year, the test score is not the deciding factor in getting a place in an IIM of choice.
Of the 20 toppers this year at least three are from Delhi, two are from Kolkata and one each from Mumbai, Pune and Chennai. From Delhi, Rahul Sharma, Akshay Mehndiratta and Arpit Singh are among the 100 percentilers. Mehndiratta, an IIT-Delhi graduate, managed the perfect score in his second attempt. `I had scored 99.34 in my last attempt and did not get a call from an IIM of my choice.Now, with this score, I intend to get an offer from the three leading IIMs,` he said.Singh, also an IIT-Delhi student, received a perfect score in his first attempt. `I started studying in May 2015, and did a 6-month course. I took a break and then went back to cracking the mock tests till December,` he said. Sharma, on the other hand, is a CAT trainer who gave the exam for the first time in 2008 and went on to graduate from IIM-Ahmedabad. He wanted to study the changing pattern.
Choudhari, originally from Kolhapur, said, `I wrote a mock test almost every day till the exam date. It was difficult, but I have managed to crack it. I don't know which IIM I will get through because the interviews will be the deciding factor. I am very fond of mathematics so my aim is to major in finance.`
The candidate from Mumbai who managed to get a perfect score, Patrick D'Souza, 40, is a CAT trainer and has been appearing for the test for the last 12 years.