CAT 2015 single-day testing to ‘enhance operational efficiency’, says CAT 2015 Convenor
Dr Tathagata Bandyopadhyay is Common Admission Test (CAT) Convenor for 2015. Though a formal notification for CAT 2015 is expected by IIM Ahmedabad, the organizing institution for CAT 2015, in the last week of July only, Dr Bandyopadhyay is readying crucial changes in CAT exam scheme this year, including a 1-day test window to ‘enhance operational efficiency’ of the exam.
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In this interview with Careers360, the IIM-A professor shares his plans of turning the premier MBA entrance exam into a single-day test. Along this, he indicates to a likely change in the exam pattern of CAT, the gateway to prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) and over 150 top B-schools in India. Dr Bandyopadhyay also shares his broad perspective towards current market equation and demand for good managers. He also speaks on expected pattern changes and ‘rationaliztion of weights assigned to different components of the test.”
Careers360: When is the CAT 2015 application process announcement expected?
Dr Tathagata Bandyopadhyay: The official CAT 2015 notification will be released on July 26th.
Careers360: How many IIMs will conduct admission through CAT 2015? What is the approximate number of seats with the IIMs through CAT 2015?
Dr Tathagata Bandyopadhyay: At present we have 13 IIMs and 6 more in the pipeline. It is expected that all the operational IIMs will conduct admission through CAT 2015.
Since there are quite a few new IIMs that have been set up in the recent past, it would be difficult to give any number in terms of the total seats that would be available to applicants in IIMs. For example, Nagpur is going to have 60 seats, which would be an addition to the number of seats as compared to 2014.
Careers360: How will be the CAT exam pattern this year?
Dr Tathagata Bandyopadhyay: Every year we review CAT and make certain changes- both operational and content. For CAT 2015, at an operational level, we are planning to have it on a single-day in two-sessions rather than on two-days in four sessions like last year.
Careers360: What is the thought process behind making it a single-day test?
Dr Tathagata Bandyopadhyay: This will help in enhancing operational efficiency and quality of the test content.
Careers360: So, will there be more exam centers this year?
Dr Tathagata Bandyopadhyay: Yes. In order to increase accessibility, the number of cities where CAT will be held is increased to 115 this year from last year's 99. We are also trying to accommodate the female candidates in centres near the city areas as far as possible so that the travel for them could be reduced.
Careers360: Are you also planning change in test pattern? If yes, why?
Dr Tathagata Bandyopadhyay: Regarding the content part, one of our concerns is, score in Quant dominates the percentile rank in CAT. As a consequence it brings in skewness to the selection process towards a particular set of candidates from a particular background. This year we intend to address it by making some changes in the test content and also by rationalizing weights assigned to different components of the test.
This we hope will create a level-playing field for all candidates, no matter what educational background they come from, and will remove skewness to a large extent that we referred to above. We believe such a move will help us identify candidates from varied backgrounds who will become future leaders in their chosen profession. Such a move will also help IIMs bring in greater diversity in the classrooms and will go a long way in enriching the learning experience.
Careers360: CAT is the most prestigious MBA entrance exam for top B-schools in India. Still, the number of applicants has been coming down. How big is this challenge for you this year?
Dr Tathagata Bandyopadhyay: Although in the past few years we have seen the number of applicants at a decline, there was a slight improvement last year. This year, we expect to improve further. Applications to CAT depend upon various macroeconomic factors. This year the economy seems to be on an upturn and with a good job market, we expect a rise in the number of applications.
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Questions related to CAT
I am 29yrs old aspirant , I have done my grajuation from Mumbai university with 1st class . My overall wrk experiance is more than 4 years, can i fill the application??
Yes, definitely. You can fill the form of CAT. As you have good work ex, you will be rewarded with good weightage even marks because MBA checks all.
sir, i am contacted today for taking admission in B.Tech(Bio technology) course this year. How can i register myself? is there any be CAT for taking admission except WBJEE/JEE Main like other colleges if so when? i am appearing in HS final
see if you want to take admission in colleges of west bengal both private and government, admission is based on wbjee and jee main score, however some of the university like adamas university, UEM (university of engineering and management), amity university has their own entrance exam, you may check the the official website to apply.
best books to prepare for all 3 sections of CAT available in market that have all topicsin detail
Here I can give you the list of books for each section that can help you accelerate your preparation to ace the tests.
CAT Books For Quantitative Ability:
1.NCERT mathematics books (from 6th to 10th class) ::
These books are a good way to start if one needs to clear their basics and concepts. NCERT books are best to start your CAT Preparation with only if you have a lot of time before your exam date and need to brush up on concepts before solving advanced problems.
2.How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT (by Arun Sharma)
(publisher: Tata McGraw Hill)
This is a very popular book among CAT aspirants and really easy and simple to understand. This book also focuses on the basics first and has different levels of difficulties step by step.
3.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (by Abhijit Guha)
This book is quite comprehensive for various competitive exams, for both MBA aspirants and for those seeking jobs who need to prepare for the aptitude tests.
4.Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
It is an extensive book for students aspiring to go to IIMs. It has a very simple, lucid and tailor made content revolving around CAT.
5.Quantitative Aptitude for CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson focuses on in depth understanding of core topics for basic and advanced applications.
Verbal Ability Books For CAT:
1.How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT( by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay)
This book is good to brush up your verbal and reading comprehension skills. It covers three important topics: reading comprehension, verbal ability and verbal reasoning. It provides sufficient practice and mock papers for self-assessment.
2.Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT( by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson provides not only an exhaustive resource for verbal ability. It also includes numerous tests as well as integral problem solving techniques and approaches.
3.Word Power Made Easy (by Norman Lewis)
This is the go-to book to improve your vocabulary. It is not a book to be read but a book to work with daily to enrich your vocabulary.
4.High School Grammar and Composition( by Wren and Martin)
It is a very good book for people who want to improve their grammar skills. It helps to understand and conceptualise different aspects of grammar and it is a must have book for anyone with poor grasp on verbal ability or who wants to make up with the basics of english.
Read books from different genres
The ultimate key to improve your verbal ability is to read extensively and to read books from different genres. This ensures that when the time for reading comprehension comes you are well acquainted with different writing styles and topics. Reading extensively also improves your reading speeding over a period of time. There are no shortcuts here.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Books For CAT:
1.A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning( by R.S. Agarwal)
This CAT book by R.S. Agarwal is to start with the most basic reasoning problem as it is quite simple to understand. It is segregated into different sections such as logic, statements, inferences and arguments, assumptions, conclusions, course of actions, logical puzzles, etc.
2.How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book by Tata McGraw Hill contains all topics to be considered under Logical Reasoning for CAT as well as other entrance exams. Each topic is explained with solved examples followed by a series of problems with varied difficulty levels to solve which gives an individual enough practice for this section.
3.How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book focuses on all areas of Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. It provides and emphasizes on developing our calculations to get an edge with DI. This book also provides you with previous years questions, Model and Sample test papers.
4.Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book covers fundamental and advanced topics under the aforementioned section which are explained with the help of solved examples, case lets and exercises to do. It is useful for various other exams as well.
5.Data Interpretation (by Nishit Sinha)
Practice Book for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations( by Nishit Sinha):
This book provides adequate practice and to sharpen the skills for Data Interpretation. It is also quite useful for other competitive exams like NMAT, GMAT, SNAP, XAT, CMAT, etc.
Another CAT Preparation material or book to be considered is Previous Years Solved CAT Paper:
This ensures that you are familiar with the kind of questions that are asked in CAT providing you an edge. They can be taken as mocks and the analysis of the same can provide you with great insights for your preparation.
It is always better to read newspaper for CURRENT G.K. than trying to grasp all info at once. Some of the newspaper sources which you can use to prepare this section are The Hindu, Financial Express, and The Economist.
In case, you dont like reading newspaper daily, you can go with Manorama Yearbook or Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant for General Knowledge which is published every year.
In order to prepare for STATIC G.K. section, you need to broaden your overall scope in following sections: Sports, Politics, Entertainment, Biographies, etc. So, for this, you can use Static General Knowledge by A.P. Bhardwaj and S. Chands Advanced Objective General Knowledge. These books are okay to start with if you are not someone with a newspaper reading habit from the past.
There are plenty of other books for these topics in the market, but these are by far the most popular as well as helpful books for anyone preparing for entrance exams.
cat cutoff marks for agribusiness management in IIM lucknow?
If you belong to general category, then the cut off for you at Indian Institute of Management Lucknow for Agri business management course is 85 percentile with sectional cut off of 80 percentile.
For more details on IIM Lucknow cat cut off visit the link below:
I have a 9 CGPA in 10th, 89% in 12th, 5.8 CGPA in B.Com. and 6 CGPA in M.Com. So how much do I need to score in CAT for admission in NIBM, Pune being a General? Also, I have done internships in reputable organisations along with few diplomas.
NIBM is one of the finest Institute in India
According to some past year data, the cut off through CAT ranges between 85-90 percentile general category
But the safer score could be more than 90 percentile. As cut off may differ every year depending upon how many candidates appear the exam and difficulty level of the exam
Hope this helps
All the best