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CAT 2018 Student Reactions - CAT 2018 was held on Sunday, November 25, for the admissions to management programmes in 20 IIMs and around 100 B-schools of India. This year, CAT is conducted by IIM Calcutta in two slots - forenoon and afternoon. The exam time for forenoon slot was 9:00 am to 12:00 noon and 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm for the afternoon slot. CAT 2018 exam was held in 374 test centres across 147 cities in India. Around 2.41 lakh candidates had applied for CAT 2018 and more than 2 lakh appeared for it.
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The first slot of CAT 2018 began at 9:00 am and students were seen at the centre reaching by 7:30 in the morning. Careers360 interviewed the candidates to know their reaction related to the exam, preparation level and overall performance. Here we bring you CAT 2018 student reactions from before and after the exam.
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Pre-exam CAT 2018 Student Reactions
Slot - 1
Vaibhav: I am working in Accenture and this is my second attempt for CAT. As I am working I didn’t get any time to prepare much and I find VARC section the tough one. I am also planning to join MDI Gurgaon or FMS Delhi.
Anubhav: This is the second attempt for CAT and I am not at all nervous. I didn’t take any coaching but self-prepared and attempted the mock test to know the exam pattern.
Bhavika: I have taken coaching from T.I.M.E and it's her first attempt for CAT and she is not at all nervous.
Parul: I am attempting CAT for the first time and also appeared for NMAT by GMAC. I didn’t opt for coaching.
Post-exam CAT 2018 student reactions
Dhanu: The overall paper was good but the Verbal Ability section was difficult. The Quantitative section was easy.
Vishal: I found the Verbal section easy and there was no technical glitch.
Rajlakshmi: This was my second attempt and I found Quant section easy whereas the overall paper was ok for me.
Arpit: I am pursuing the final year of BBA from IP university found Quant section was difficult but Verbal was very easy.
Chitra Sharma: I am pursuing B.Sc from Shaheed Rajguru College. I found verbal section easy especially the arrangement of sentences but Quant section was the difficult one with the formula based questions and ratio questions. Maths was of 9 th and 10th level. I prepared from previous year question paper and mock test from Govt preparation site. Also, I referred to Arihant books for preparation.
Slot - 2
Tanya: I took coaching and it is my first attempt. My exam didn't go well and I found the Quant section difficult.
Mohit: I found the exam easy but Quant section was difficult and the English section was easy for me.
Priya: I did take coaching but found LRDI section quite tough but English was easy.
Swati: I took coaching and this is my second attempt. I found the Verbal section easy wheres LR was moderate
CAT 2018 exam pattern consists of 100 multiple choice questions and is divided into three sections - Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and logical reasoning and Quantitative Ability. The result of CAT 2018 will be declared in the second week of January 2019.
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Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular national level management entrance exam. CAT 2019 application process has been completed and the exam is scheduled to be conducted on 24th November 2019.
Application forms were available from 07 Aug, 2019 - 25 Sep, 2019.
Aspirants seeking admission to the MBA course have to appear for entrance exams such as CAT/XAT/MAT/SNAP/etc. After the entrance test, candidates have to apply to colleges for admission.
Check the details about the CAT exam using the link below and do let us know if you have any other queries.
Ayush, CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.
Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.
In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.
IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interviews. Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. Now based on your Category, to be shortlisted for an IIM, you should score atleast 85 and more percentile.
Now the IIMs part has been cleared, you need to decide one among MBA in India via CAT or go abroad for higher studies. You cannot be double minded on this. You know your strengths and capabilities and so this should be completely your call.
If you are planning to get your details corrected in the form of CAT 2019, then now you don't have any option as it is now too late. The exam is scheduled for 24th November, 2019 which is just a week away.
However, in the meantime you can ask on the helpline for any assistance if they can provide.
Hope this helps. Thank you.
Yes I'll enlist down some of the top institutes for MBA whose cutoffs are between 80 to 90 percentile.
Thank-you. Best wishes.
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