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Any change in CAT (Common Admission Test) 2018 exam pattern will only be considered once CAT committee is done with the performance review of last year’s test, CAT 2018 Convener Prof. Sumanta Basu has said. The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta, which is the conducting IIM for CAT 2018, is likely to release the official notification in the fourth week of July.
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Unlike previous years, IIM Calcutta, the conducting body for CAT 2018 has mentioned the exam date well in advance, which is November 25, 2018. However, despite an advance announcement of exam date, no other information, such as exam pattern, dates, or changes have been shared by the CAT committee. According to CAT 2018 Convener, the clarity on different aspect of the exam is expected along the official notification itself.
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Talking to Careers360, CAT 2018 Convener said that the CAT Committee will decide on any change based on analysis of last year’s performance only. Prof. Sumanta Basu, who is also the Admission Chairperson of IIM Calcutta, said, “CAT committee will review the performance of the last year and will see if any change is required or not. As of now, the committee is yet to discuss this issue.”
Prof. Basu also said that CAT 2018 is still under the planning stage and the implementation plans, in terms of the number of windows and slots, release of question paper and answer key are yet to be decided. “Implementation partner will take up this discussion with CAT committee and then we may have clarity in this regard. CAT committee is committed for a hassle-free, effective and transparent examination,” he said.
The CAT officials had released the CAT 2018 exam date on May 10. Likewise last year, Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) would be the online testing partner for the exam. This is the last year of the five year contract for TCS which started in the year 2014 when IIM Indore was the conducting body.
Approximately two lakh candidates are expected to appear for the national level MBA entrance exam which is the gateway to IIMs and many other top B-schools. Last year, out of total 2,31,067 applications, as many as 1,99,632 candidates had appeared for the test.
The result of CAT 2018 is expected to be announced in the second week of January 2019. CAT score will be the first stage filter for admissions to all 20 IIMs and over 100 top B-schools in India.
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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.
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