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CAT 2016 is conducted for admissions to management programmes of 20 IIMs and other top B-schools in India. This year the test is conducted by IIM Bangalore on December 4 in two slots with around 2 lakh test takers. Careers360 brings students reactions from the test centres.LATEST - CAT 2016 analysis for Slot 1CAT 2016 analysis for Slot 2
The fist slot of the CAT 2016 exam began at 9 am. Candidates started reaching centres as early as 7:30 am in the morning. Careers360 spoke to the candidates about their exam experience, analysis of the questions, difficulty level of the exam and their overall performance.
# Vikalp: I am confident about the test and will be appearing in other top management tests as well. I am targeting IIMs and FMS Delhi.
#Saurav: I am preparing for CAT from past six months, and expecting 90 percentile.
# Parag: I have taken coaching, and appearing for the first time in CAT. Let's see how the questions are in the test.
# Dwarika: It was my first attempt. I did attempt only those questions of which I was sure beacuse I didn't want to take risk of neagtive marking. As per my take, DI and Quant was toughest of all the sections while LR was moderate to difficult and the questions vrom VRC were easiest, however were lengthy.# Ishant: There were no technical glitches in the online paper of CAT as the IIM aptitude test was well organised and smooth. All the questions were attemptable, while for me DI&LR section had toughest questions, while that in Quant was of easy to moderate in difficulty scale and that of VRC was lengthy.
#Arbaz: It was a good experience with CAT 2016. The questions in VRC was lengthy but was easiest of the sections. The Quant section's questions were toughest of all, and I would rate DI & LR section as moderate to tough in difficulty scale. The paper overall was good and attemptable.
The Slot 2 of CAT 2016 began at 2:30 pm and ended at 5:30 pm. Test takers have their own CAT experience, as they share below -
#Pranav: My overall CAT paper was good. I did attempt VARC questions in good numbers as they were easy, while to me Quant and DI-LR questions were toughest of all. I found some tricky questions in these sections. I did not find any DI questions in my paper.#Anuj: My CAT paper was pretty good. I had a good preparation for the test as I took mock tests and studied for as many as eight hours in a day. The questions in Quant were wasy and those in DI-LR were tough, whereas that of VARC was easiest of all.
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You have to score a minimum of 99 percentile to get at least one good IIM call as your academics are not good. You could get a call from new IIMs if you score 99 percentile as the top tier IIMs will not give you a chance due to your poor acads.
Colleges you could look for are like IIM Nagpur, Kashipur, Shillong, etc. These colleges if you study well will provide you with a good package of 10-12 lpa.
Hope this helps. Thank you.
You will not be able to get any good business school like top IIMs, MDI, IIFT, or FMS. However, you can still get a good MBA tier 3/4 college if you increase your percentile to 98 percentile.
However, according to your grads, you must not be disappointed if you don't get a call at 99 because your marks are not good.
Hope for the best. Thank you.
Eligibility for CAT is graduate in any discipline from a recognized university with 50% aggregate, for SC/ST/PwD it's 45%.
So, people from any background can apply for CAT, provided they have required aggregate at their graduation level against their category.
Now, coming to the syllabus for CAT, there's no specific syllabus for CAT, one needs to rely on past years sample papers to get a fair idea about the pattern and weightage given to each topic and section.In general, questions are mostly from middle school level English and Mathematics.
There are mainly three sections in CAT-
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation which includes topics such as Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets, Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism etc.
Quantitative Aptitude which includes topics such as Geometry, Algebra, Time and Work, Mensuration, Number System etc.
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension which includes topics such as Sentence completion, Questions based on reading comprehension, Para-jumbles & para-summar, inferences etc.
To know the detailed topics, kindly go through the following link-
Honestly there is a difference between just finishing the syllabus and preparing for selection in cat. See you can finish the syllabus if you'll work really hard in one month but trust me only unless you are extraordinary you won't be able to get selected for iims or other good colleges. But don't loose hope you should fight till last.
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