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The allure of an MBA lies in its potential to unlock a wide range of career opportunities. Engineering graduates, despite being armed with their technical expertise, appear to recognize the value of acquiring managerial skills that can empower them to lead teams, drive innovation, and contribute to organizational growth.

As a result, a sharp rise in CAT aspirants from tech backgrounds can be seen. The study reveals that in comparison to the total percentage for CAT applications by B.com graduates (which was 21.68% in the previous years), with an application percentage of 39.71, B-tech and BE students were found to be more interested in the Common Admission Test to pursue an MBA from a dream institute.

The previous year's batch profile for PGP at IIM Bangalore reveals it all

In the dynamic landscape of higher education, Engineering students are increasingly drawn toward the realm of management. The transition from technical roles to managerial positions across diverse industries is expected to have an impact.

Out of the total of 480 students in the Post Graduate Programme in Management at IIMB, 392 were engineering students. Only 37 were of a Commerce background (source).

Engineering students find it easier to crack CAT

The declining ratio of students pursuing MBAs after a B.Com or Arts background is a matter of concern.

However, in addition to the desire to augment their technical expertise with business acumen, another reason is igniting a surge in interest in pursuing an MBA among engineers from a practical perspective.

Most B.Tech graduates who have no desire to pursue M.Tech often end up opting for an MBA. Armed with top-notch mathematical skills, it becomes easy for engineers to crack the CAT, which covers some engineer-friendly topics such as geometry and mensuration, permutation and combination, the number system, basic arithmetic, time, speed, and distance, and many others.

While B.Com (Bachelor of Commerce) and BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) students have long been common applicants to CAT, their interest in CAT has encountered a downfall in recent times. The complex CAT syllabus is largely blamed for that.

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