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This year the coveted management aptitude test – CAT is being conducted by IIM Bangalore on December 4 in two slots from 10 am-1pm and from 2:30pm-5:30pm at 138 test centres. Careers360 correspondents are reporting from the test centres to gather students reactions on the test, its difficulty level, analysis of the examination, and overall feedback about CAT this year.
In this featured article, we bring you virtual test experience from different test centres of CAT 2016. Check what’s happening at the centres with each passing hour on the exam day.
@ 7:30 am
We started our reporting before the starting of the entry. A few early birds were seen waiting for the entry gates to open.
The exam centres’ officials had put up instruction boards for the students to check their seating arrangements. Candidates assembled near the notice-boards to check their room numbers for the IIM administered aptitude test.
Candidates were seen flocking inside as entry began at the CAT test centres. While many were following instructions and queuing up to proceed for checking-in, some were seen doing their last-minute revisions.
Few test-takers look frantic, others being advised by parents and some in hurry to enter. This was all what's going at around most of the test centres. While the entry gates closes, some late-comers pleaded gate-guards to let them in to be able to appear in CAT 2016. There were no entries allowed after 8:45 am.
@ 9:00 am
The entry gates which were crowed a few minutes earlier, now were closed and looked deserted. No late entries were allowed as CAT 2016 was to begin and the candidates inside the exam centres were all set for the common aptitude test.
@ 12:00 pmThe first slot of CAT 2016 gets over and the test takers are seen coming out of the exam centres. Based on the students reaction, the CAT 2016 first slot test was of moderate to difficult level.@ 12:00 pmAs soon as students of CAT 2016 first slot come out they start discussing their paper and performance. Now the wait is for CAT result to come out!@ 1.00pm As the first slot came to an end, authorities put up the notice for the second slot of CAT 2016. The second slot is scheduled to start from 2.30 pm and will continue till 5.30 pm.
@1.00pmCandidates of the next slot of CAT 2016 start entering the exam centre. Entry closes 2.00 pm. Once inside, candidates are filtered through the biometric system.@5:30pmTest-takers coming out as the common aptitude test gets over.@1.00pmCAT 2016 test takers share their exam experience with Careers360.
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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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