Done with CAT? What Next
For all management aspirants, CAT is one of the most coveted management entrance examinations in India. For the first time, TCS has conducted CAT 2014 in a two-day window i.e on November 16 and 22. While the exam concluded glitch free, post CAT analysis revealed a reversed trend in the difficulty level of the test. According to both test takers and experts, this year the Quantitative ability section turned out to be easier compared to Verbal ability.
Now with CAT 2014 over, the big question staring at management aspirants is ‘What next?’
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Among a fresh challenges in front of the aspirants are clearing the next rounds of CAT2014 and, more importantly, analysing which B-schools would be the perfect fit for them. Of course, the continuing agenda is to find alternatives to CAT2014 i.e XAT, CMAT, MAT, SNAP or even GMAT.
What after CAT? Gear up for other Management Entrance Exams!
There is a saying, ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.’ Yes, CAT is one of the most credible management entrance exams in the country. However, it is not the only one. Since CAT 2014 is over you can now concentrate on other big management entrances. Here is a list of some of them:
XAT: Conducted by XLRI, Jamshedpur, the Xavier Aptitude Test is a is a national level MBA entrance exam for admission to PG level management courses in Xavier Associate Management Institutes and over 120 B-schools across the country. XAT 2015 will be held on Sunday, January 4, 2015.
The selection procedure through XAT is same as that of CAT i.e GD/PI and WAT in some case of some B-schools.
CMAT: Conducted by All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), CMAT is held twice a year in the months of February and September. For CMAT 2015 February, the exam is scheduled to be conducted in a four-day window starting from Feb 19 to 22, 2015.
The test structure of CMAT is objective and it is accepted by over 1500 AICTE approved institutes across the country.
SNAP: SNAP 2014 is a National level Post Graduate MBA entrance examination conducted by the Symbiosis International University, Pune for admissions into MBA programme of B-Schools under this university. SNAP 2014 will be conducted on Sunday, December 21, 2014.
MAT: Accepted by over 500 B-schools across India, MAT is the MBA entrance exam conducted by AIMA. It is held four times a year in the months of February, May, September and December.
The important dates for MAT are:
- Paper pencil based MAT December 2014: Sunday, December 7, 2014
- Date of Computer based MAT December 2014: Saturday, December 13, 2014 onwards.
Get ready for GD/PI and WAT
It is not just the entrance exams that you should concentrate on because they are only the first step in the selection process for management schools.
Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman, PT Education says that after CAT entrance exam, aspirants should immediately shift their focus to preparation for Group Discussion- Personal Interview (GD-PI) stage and also for the Written Ability Test (WAT).
Different B-schools have allotted varying weightage to these rounds. While some management schools have all these rounds, some conducts just one round as a part of their admisison criteria.For example, IIM Shillong does not have WAT while barring IIM Lucknow and Kozhikode none of the IIMs have GD as part of the selection procedure.
The Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) are considered two major hurdles for a successful admission to IIM and B-schools through CAT. Clarity in your though process is the key factor in cracking both the rounds of GD and PI.
“Make sure you prepare your introduction well. This really helps. The first impression matters a lot and if the first impression is good more than half the battle is won,” says Sombit Roy who is currently pursuing management from IIT Delhi.
Mr. Manudhane advises students to apply a basic mantra, which is to talk sense. “In a 20 minute GD, if you can speak for 3 to 4 times making a lot of sense without repeating, and with examples and facts, and 30 to 50 seconds each times, then you have made it,”he says.
For Personal Interview make sure you have quick responses to the mentioned questions:
- Who are you?
- What do you want from life?
- What excites you really?
- Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What would you really like to become one day?
In the personal interview round, there are generally 3 to 5 members in the interview panel. However, the number can be less or more. It is imperative that you keep yourself updated with the all the recent news or happenings around the globe.
Aamir Khan, who secured admissionin IIM Rohtakwith 99.28 percentile in CAT 2013, talks about his strategy for PI, “I regularly followed newspapers and revised my major engineering subjects. I Besides, I also attended mock GD/PI sessions of coaching institutes which further helped in figuring out my strengths and weaknesses.”
The same stands true for Written Ability Test (WAT). Mostly, the time limit for WAT is approximately 30 minutes.
ArunikaGanguly, who scored 95.68 percentile in CAT 2013 and 95.34 percentile in XAT says, “One should practice topics with time limits to learn to write a structured essay. That aside, the language and the manner in which you convey your thoughts is also important.”
“It is also important to quickly structure the thoughts in your head before starting so that you make minimum possible errors,” she adds.
Manudhane proposes the KISSS method for WAT i.e ‘Keep it short and sweet stupid’.“You should not twist the sentence if straight would do. Be active not passive. Be direct and not indirect”, he mentions.
Research for your best fit B-school
One of the most important challenges in the management entrance process is to find the right or best fit B-school. Now the question is how do you find the perfect B-school for yourself?
While there are many colleges offering MBA degree you should find the best fit B-school based on your performance and affordability.Apart from the 19 IIMs, over 150 B-schools accepts CAT 2014 score across the country.
Some of the CAT accepting management colleges in India are:
- Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
- Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
- Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
- Department of Management Studies , IIT Delhi
- Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras
- Shailesh J Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), IIT Bombay
- Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow
- Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode
- Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi
- Department of Management Studies, IIT Roorkee
- National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai
You can check the cutoff for the top B-schoolsand decide which college would be best for you.
For those who want to make the process simple and faster, Careers360 has launched an innovative tool-CAT Result Predictor- that allows you to check your expected percentile in the CAT 2014 exam.
Not just that, after having checked your expected percentile, you can also analyse the best fit management schools from our complete list oftop B-schools which accept CAT 2014 scores for the admission to their MBA/PGDM programmes. You will also get the list of top B-schools accepting CAT 2014 scores and their cutoff.
With the CAT 2014 over, it is time to buck up with a strategy to crack the WAT and GD-PI’s, aim to select the best IIM’s and B-Schools admisisons, and finally prepare for your next big managemnet exam.
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Questions related to CAT
95% in class 10 ,80.33 percentage in class 12 , 9.8 cgpa in graduation and 99.5+ percentile in CAT...is it enough to get a call from top IIM ?
Many Many Congratulations for such an outstanding scores in your exams and you have really performed very well in the Exams.
As you have asked for the top IIMs, with this much marks...First of all, I want to clear you that only CAT and graduation marks matters for them and rest all others are only for upgrading your CV profile during the call.
You have scored 99.5+ percentile in CAT, which is just excellent and surely you are going to get the calls from top IIMs for sure like IIM AHMEDABAD, IIM LUCKNOW, IIM BANGALORE, IIM CALCUTTA and many others.
You have performed very well and in return of it, you are getting an excellent college out of it.
I am providing you the link also where you can check all IIMs cut-offs for the final call to some student :
Hope that my answer helped you!!
Good Luck and Best wishes for your Future!!
my state rajasthan i got 557 mark ews cat rank 5448 any chance in state or aiq in neet
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I have 95 percentage in class 10 , 82.4 in class 12, 9.8 CGPA in BTech Marine Engineering, if I get above 98 percentile in CAT can I get into top IIM ?
Congratulations on your great academic records. But sadly that will only give you an added advantage but will not guarantee you a seat in top IIM. Also you have mentioned top IIMs, but you have not mentioned whether you wish to persue MBA from the old ones like Ahmedabad,Bangalore,Calcutta or the comperatively newer Lucknow,Kozhikode,Indore.
Sadly if you are general and you being an engineer, you need atleast a 99.2+ %ile to get into any of them along with performing exceptionally well in WAT-PI.
The diversity factors will help you in improving your overall score and also help you in your interviews (I believe), but you need a very high percentile to get admission in the IIMs.
Hope this helps!
which subject I should start preparing first in cat
Your complete CAT paper is divided into three major sections :-
*Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
*Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
But, it's not like first you prepare for one section and then for other and then for the last one rather you should start preparing for all the three section at the same time and for that you will need to make a routine and devote time for all the three sections and give more time to the section which is your weak for example if your attitude is weak then give more time to it
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Solve previous year question papers of CAT :-it will let you know the examination pattern, type and difficulty level of questions, also concepts behind the question often gets repeated, so you should definitely solve year papers
*CAT mock test papers , it will let you know your preparation level and and weak areas so that you can work on them and perform well in your examination
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last tym 67%result but this tym 55%na then I didnt have chance to get mbbs seat and i got 395 (sc) telangana state. cat a also no chance ha ???
It's quite difficult to predict that whether you will get seat or not as cut off marks/rank for medical colleges keeps changing every year depending upon various factors like number of students that appeared in the exam, kind of marks obtained by them , toughness level of the examination etc.
But when we go through previous data then it suggests that with 395 marks you hold a low chance to get a seat in A category seats i. e government quota seats in private medical college
In Neet 2019, the lowest marks that got a seat in government quota seat in a private medical college state quota was 407 marks for sc category and it was for MAHAVIR INST OF MED SCI, VIKARABAD
With your marks you have chances for management seats in private medical college and deemed universities
To get the list of colleges in which you have chances, you can go through our college predictor at
It gives you a personalized report with top college in which you have chances for admission , with the help of predicted colleges you can make better choice while filling your choices of colleges during your counselling