This year, highest number of CAT takers from Maharashtra MUMBAI: Maharashtra has the highest number of CAT (Common Admission Test) takers this year. As many as 31,040 candidates appearing for the ongoing CAT for admissions to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) reside in the state, followed by Uttar Pradesh with nearly 25,270 candidates, and Delhi with 21507. Of the 2.14 lakh applicants this year, the top five cities of New Delhi (21,224), Bangalore (19,553), Mumbai (16,895), Hyderabad (16,138) and Pune (13,368) constitute around 40.7% of the total registrations. Data released by IIM-Kozhikode, which is organizing the CAT 2012, states an overall increase in numbers across the categories. There is a 4.2% increase in the number of registrations this year. The IIMs witnessed 8.6% growth in the number of girls registering for CAT. The number of boys taking CAT has gone up by 2.6%. This year, there was an increase in number of candidates having two-three years of experience. As compared to last year, there is a 43% rise in the number of candidates having more work experience. The number of candidates from the non-creamy OBC, SC and ST categories has gone up too. The NC-OBC category saw a growth of 13.3%. Candidates from engineering stream, nearly 67.6% form the largest pool of CAT takers, this year too. Prometric, the firm that conducts the computer-based CAT, said 9,805 candidates took the test on Monday.