Last two weeks of CAT

So we are into the final phase of our preparation process and hitting the last two weeks of the same. Typically, this is the time to start winding down your preparation – since CAT is not an exam, where last minute studies helps. A few pointers from my side about how to organize yourselves in these last fortnight before the CAT: Stop solving new questions: It’s highly unlikely that you will do a new question in your practice now, and the same will help you do an extra question in the CAT. Will not happen. Don’t work on a wish and a prayer. Remember, the CAT is a reactive exam – and the chances of you picking up a new reaction now and that reaction coming back to you on the D-Day, is almost zero. Focus on redoing all the questions you have done: This is the most important thing you can do preparation wise over the last fortnight – In […]

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Group Discussion, Written Ability Test & Personal Interview

To get selected to a top B-School in the country, students must not only get good score in the entrance exams but also ace the Group Discussion (GD), Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds that are organised by the institutes. After the entrance exams result come out, institutes shortlist students for the 2nd round of the admission process.This round may consist of GD or WAT or both as well as PI. This is an effective way for the institutes to screen the shortlisted students based on their communication skills and their leadership qualities. Many institutes give higher weightage to this process than to the performance of the candidates in the entrance exams. To ace the GD and WAT round, the candidates should develop a reading habit. They should be aware of the current affairs and the hot topics of discussion.The topics could be contemporary, social, economic, management, politics or even abstract.For example, for CAT 2018 the often asked [...]
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All About Common Admission Test (CAT)

CAT is the largest M.B.A. entrance exam in India and is the pathway for aspirants to gain admission in the top B-Schools in India. The test is conducted by IIMs for selection of students for its various business administration programs. Candidates who appear for CAT can apply for admission in the MBA programs of the 20 IIMs as well as of management programs in 500 other top colleges/universities throughout the country. Every year more than 2 Lakhs candidates appear for this exam.In 2018,2.41 Lakhs candidates had registered for the exam.CAT 2019 will be held on 24th November and will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode. The validity of score is for one year only.Candidates based on their CAT score are shortlisted for the 2nd round of admission by the various colleges. The 2nd round of admission might consist of Group Discussion, Writing Ability Test and Personal Interview depending on the institute. Important Dates: Events Dates CAT 2019 Notification July last week, 2019 [...]
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A glimpse of the past – WAT/PI experience at IIM Calcutta

Preparing for the second stage of the admission process including PI/WAT, its important to have an analysis of the trends observed in the PI/WAT process over the past years at IIM Calcutta WAT Average Duration: 20 mins World Limit: 200 words No. of Panelists: 3 WAT topics over the past years Politicization and Commercialization of sports – reality or fake? Modern life has corruption, how will a honest man go up as businessman or as a civil servant? Case studies suggest that enrollment in increasing in Indian schools & that India ranks 2nd from bottom in reading and math abilities. How would you explain the contribution of B-schools? Is reading no more a leisure thing? How has the advancement of technology affected the concept of leisure? Do women in the 21st century still face a lot of barriers to rise to senior management positions? Give your views on book launches, social hype around books and bestselling novels. Unhappy is the country which has […]

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B School Admissions: Impact of your Academic Profile

“How much does Class X and XII marks affect my chances of getting a seat in a good B-school?” or “I had poor marks in board exams or in my graduation, should I be worried?” or “I dropped a year in between, is this going to decrease my chances?”. These are some of the questions which bug a large portion of students preparing or planning to prepare for CAT exam. Many students take it seriously and seem to lose confidence because of it. In this article, I will try to present my view point and opinions on this issue. Question : I have a really low percentage in Class 10th and 12th. Will this hamper my chances of getting into the old IIMs? First of all, when it comes to taking the CAT exam, the X, XII and graduation marks are used only for checking the eligibility for the exam. Therefore, your percentile will not be affected at all by your […]

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GD/WAT Topic for IIFT, XLRI, IIMs, SIBM, and other B schools – Trends in India’s Foreign Policy

India is rising and so are its international profile, engagements and obligations growing significantly. With time, comes new, challenging and critical demands on India from international community which arouse and strain, India’s aspirations and legitimate interests. There comes the need for charting the India’s foreign policy and the position that India should take, or not take, on specific issues. Fighting three wars with Pakistan in the west due to the conflicting claims to the state of Kashmir, loss in 1962 war with China in the North over a long disputed border, China’s nuclear tests and its supplying of arms to Pakistan exacerbated Indian insecurity. India pledged itself to non alignment on the international stage and it diluted its non-aligned stance in the 1970s by developing a special relationship with the USSR which bestowed India with diplomatic support over issues such as Kashmir. India steadily drifted towards the Soviet Union and its relations with all the other major centres of power –the […]

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DOWN But Not OUT: Tips to deal with B School Rejection

Results of almost all the B school for the MBA admissions are declared. Congratulations to the students who got their dream college. And those who could not make it should not lose heart. Just because you’re down to your last strike, you’re not out yet. You can always do more. This year if you didn’t get a B school of your choice, doesn’t mean that you can’t get it. Just remember, “Failure is the first key to success”. Don’t lose faith in yourself, just follow these steps and start preparing for CAT’17. 1.Re-evaluate Yourself The first important step you have to take now is re-evaluate yourself and your performance. This will help you in figuring out where you lack this year and what were your mistakes and how can you improve it. The reason of failure can be any one of these: A) Poor Performance This is possible that you are not well prepared this time and you have not performed […]

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Preparation Tips for Verbal Ability [VA] Section

In this article I will share a few important steps to be taken for excelling in the VA or verbal ability section of the CAT exam as it is popularly known. First of all it should be clear that the VA section has become very structured and has 5-6 question types which are very important. Secondly, since the chapters are more or less defined with a few changes or surprises, the option of leaving something does not arise. So we cannot say that I will not solve para-jumbles in the exam because there might be a chance that out of the 10 VA questions there are 3 para-jumbles questions which gives it a 30% importance in that section. Thirdly, since the number of question are limited to 10 in VA, the scope of leaving out questions and the liberty of making errors or doing guess work is out of question. If you plan to do any of those things, then be […]

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Tips to Crack CAT Interview

Just like in any other competitive exam, post CAT Interview is the last step to be decoded to crack the cumbersome “Management Entrance Selection Process”. Preparing for an interview is equally as important as CAT exam. A high scorer on CAT may loose a chance in interview if not presented ingeniously. Following are some handy tips which might be very useful and productive while facing an interview. Begin NOW. Interviews require a fair command over one’s soft skills, which cannot be nurtured overnight. The key is to begin as early as possible. It is very important to know who you really are. Knowing the different facets of one’s personality helps. Prepare a list of your hobbies. Being familiar with your strengths and weaknesses, and knowing your temperament provide you clarity of thoughts. Clear thoughts would definitely result in honest and uninhibited answers. Be honest with the details on your biodata/form/resume. You need to be thorough with the minutest details in your […]

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