Prometric India MD Interview-We Will Continue Working With IIMs to Make CAT Better
Prometric, the agency which conducts the computer based CAT since 2009 will complete 5 years of organizing the exam in the year 2013. Along with this, the 5 year contract of Prometric with the IIMs also ends along with CAT 2013.
IIM Indore has announced the pre qualification of the service providers to conduct of the CAT. According to Prof. Rohit Kapoor, CAT 2013 Convener, the process has started to look for a new service provider for CAT. Prometric is also eligible to apply.
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Careers360, in an exclusive interview with Soumitra Roy, Managing Director, Prometric India talked about his plans about Prometric’s plan to conduct the future CATs and the preparation level of CAT 2013 and experience of conducting the first 5 computer based Common Admission Tests.
Excerpts of the interview:
Q: This is the 5th year of computer based CAT which Prometric is conducting. You have and working with 5 IIMs and 5 Conveners. How has been the overall experience?
A: CAT is one of most significant management entrance exams of the country for admissions into the IIMs as well as other top management institutes. Prometric is very proud to be associated with such a prestigious testing programme. As a company, our aim is to deliver trusted CAT results for honest test takers and ensure that the right candidates get to test at the right place and time. We honor fairness, accuracy, reliability and a great candidate experience. The IIMs have been an excellent partner in fostering these attributes. They set high expectations for performance and support us in delivering the best possible CAT programme year-after-year. The IIMs and Prometric understand the tremendous value CAT has for individuals and families. Future careers depend on CAT results, and we work very closely with the IIMs to deliver the CAT as close to perfect as we can â every single test. We have taken feedback from the candidates, reviewed our internal processes and implemented changes when opportunities for improvement or innovation exist. We have made every possible effort to channelize all feedback into positive actions which will make the experience great for candidates. We have had a good learning experience while delivering CAT and have converted them into best practices in computer-based testing.
Q. Prometric's contract to conduct the computer based CAT expires this year. Do you plan to associate with CAT in the upcoming years as well? Please share the reason of the decision.
A: The IIMs are a valued and trusted partner. Together, we have achieved substantial accomplishments these past 5 years. The CAT is more accessible to a larger band of India’s aspiring and educated youth, and it has proven to be the leading exam in the country. Even in a highly scrutinised marketplace, people understand that an MBA continues to be the best opportunity for immediate and valuable employment and that the IIMs provide India’s most prestigious and rewarding education. Registration continues to grow. Prometric year-after-year continually sets the bar as a perfect test every test, and we have earned a reputation as the performance leader in computer-based test development and delivery. As our 2012 test taker survey indicates, 9 out of 10 candidates were satisfied with their CAT testing experience, and we continue to work closely with the IIMs to ensure this only improves.
Q. Recently the CAT 2012 scores faced a scam in terms of inflation of numbers. What is your take? Do you think this may hamper the registration this year or malign the image and credibility of CAT?
A: Prometric is a proud partner of the IIMs and, as with all of our clients, we support them 100 per cent. The IIMs remain India’s premier B-School, and demand for the CAT remains vibrant. The IIMs and the CAT have proven strong even through uncertain economic conditions. Our focus is on CAT 2013 and delivering an excellent testing experience for each and every test taker.
Q. With respect to the above mentioned incident is Prometric taking any extra step for ensuring security and a glitch free test process?
A: Exam security is at the core of every exam and every stage of the testing lifecycle. This includes when test questions and answers are created to when they are delivered to test takers, when aspirants enter and exit the test center, and in scoring exams and reporting the results. Prometric test centers provide secure settings and fair opportunities for all honest CAT candidates to prove they belong at the IIMs. We partner with the IIMs to produce trusted test scores for more than 200,000 test takers and 130 B-Schools per year. If anything, the integrity of our test scores has been proven valid and trusted. We trust our planning and processes. We do not compromise on the security issue of the candidates as well as our clients under any circumstances.
Q. How is the registration trend of CAT 2013 so far? What are your expectations this year and why?
A: We saw a slight increase in the number of registrations in 2012 over the previous year and, with IIMs adding 115 seats and announcing greater support for female candidates, we hope this trend continues. CAT remains a highly prestigious exam and is the first step towards gaining admission to the 13 IIMs and more than 130 other B-schools in India.
Q: CAT 2013 is hardly 2 months away. How is the preparation going on for Prometric to offer a glitch free exam taking experience for the candidates?
A. CAT has been very successfully conducted for the past few years. Our success rate for computer-based delivery of the CAT is unparalleled in the industry. We hope to continue on our trail of success in 2013. As in previous years, test centres with the required physical and technical infrastructure have been chosen. We will quarantine all CAT 2013 test centers before we begin technical readiness and extensive operational trials which include preparing and testing all the computers that will be used to conduct CAT 2013. Training and certification of all test centre staff will take place before the start of the testing window to ensure they are well-equipped to assist candidates during the test. We have also built in excess capacity to provide for unforeseen technical issues.
Q. This year, 4 new test centers have been added. What was the motive behind that?
A: Our main focus is to ensure all registered CAT 2013 candidates are given a fair opportunity to prove their merits for gaining entry to the IIMs. The CAT is more accessible to a larger band of India’s aspiring and educated youth. For example, it costs only 10 per cent of GMAT; it has more centres; it provides the flexibility of both on-line and cash payment. Our four new testing locations for CAT 2013 increase the number of locations to 40. These new locations at Surat, Udaipur, Trivandrum and Vijayawada provide greater flexibility and ease to candidates while scheduling their appointments and appearing for their tests.
Q. On a different note, in the admission criteria, IIMs are giving special emphasis on diversity for which they are preferring women and non-engineering candidates. What is your take on this?
A: We very much encourage this initiative of the IIMs as CAT students will have greater opportunity for admission into the IIMs this year. The number of women appearing for CAT has been consistently increasing - from 53,700 in 2010 to 56,000 in 2011 and to 60,800 in 2012. The percentage of women shortlisted at the top 3 IIMs has increased from 16% to 23%. IIM graduates continue year-after-year to be among the most valued professionals entering the workforce, earning very attractive compensation packages offered during campus placement by global corporations as well as large Indian transnational companies.
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mba cat exam preparation how to start
See as per the new paper pattern the paper is of total 228 marks and it will consists of 76 total number of questions divided in three sections namely VARC, DILR and QA. Out of these 76 questions, 54 question will be of MCQ type and other 22 will be Non-MCQ. For every correct answer 3 marks will be awarded and on incorrect answer -1 will be deducted only from MCQs not from Non-MCQs.
For complete exam pattern(latest) of CAT kindly check out the link given below :-
You can get complete information about CAT 2021 from the link given below :-
Now let us discuss how to prepare for above three sections so that you can get the maximum score :-
For Quantitative Ability :-
> For this section your pre-requisite is the complete understanding of basics of Mathematics.
> You should have proper command on topics like profit and loss, number system, geometry.
> Practice as many as sample papers you can and go for some mock tests as well.
For complete details about preparation of QA section kindly check out the link given below :-
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension :-
> Reading skill is the pre-requisite for this section, so try to read different English story books, magazines, etc.
> Go through newspapers, journals, blogs, articles, etc to enhance your reading skills and watch some English visuals such as English News, web series, movies and likewise.
> Try solving questions based on comprehension, inferences and para jumbles. You can purchase some booklets for the same from market.
For complete details about preparation of VARC section kindly check out the link given below :-
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation :-
> This section seems to be the toughest section in CAT exam, but it is not if you practice a lots of questions on logical reasoning and practice solving different hard core problems so that your problem solving ability will increase, which is the pre-requisite for this section.
> Go through some basic topics like seating arrangements, blood relations, syllogisms, etc to get familiar with this section.
For complete details about preparation of DI&LR section kindly check out the link given below :-
I hope this information helps you.
I am doing my fybcom course right now. and i have to mba course after my graduation. i got 83 percent in 12th. what are the entrance exams for mba and when can i give them. and can please tell me the procedure for mba after 12th
I hope you are doing well.
As you have mentioned that you have got 83% in 12th which is definitely a great score & currently as you have mentioned that you are doing your first year undergraduation course in Bachelor of commerce.
So for pursuing MBA in future, institutions in our country offer admission through various entrance exams which are conducted every year.
Based on the different entrance exams, the students get the opportunity to get a admission in famous MBA colleges.
Below I’ll be sharing a link which will provide you with the list of best MBA entrance exams and the colleges which accept them and other important information.
Note :- the most chosen entrance exam for MBA admission is CAT ( this exam can be written by final year undergraduate students and by those who have competed their graduation)
mostly the eligibility criteria of when to give the exams depends on university to university. But mostly, it happens during final year and after graduation only.
I hope the above information helps.
All the very best.
How to get 80 percentile or more in CAT with 1 year preparation time?
You should be focused for getting 80 percentile in CAT examination with the preparation of 1 year. The things we have to do follow as mentioned below : Clarity -what goal is to achieve it should be clear to you. What do you want to do it. What benefit you will get in future from this course.
Studying smart and disciplined way-You have to divide your time for each sections and to follow it strictly.
Accuracy with time- You have to solve as much as MCQ available in online test. To solve previous years means 5 years question papers and to follow how the question pattern is changing every year before and after. Things which will help you to know your capacity and how you are doing with it accuracy with your time
Revision: revision is the key of success.
Dedication and confidence is much more required because the coming on your time is very vital and here to labour hard to achieve your goal.
Stay focused on your goal in all situations.
Go through this link below to know more
Im stuck between 60 - 75 scores in cat mocks, what should I do in order to hit the 90s mark?
hope you are doing well and safe. As per your query , I would glad to inform you that score can be improved to 90 but for that you need to do quite hardwork and do self analysis on yours . Focus on the easy topics in which you are weak and work on them and upsolve all the mocks and dont redo the same mistakes . For sure you will hit 90 marks soon
Hope you found this answer informative. Best wishes for your future
i want admission on iim for that i had to clear CAT exam so i need full details about CAT course
CAT is not a course rather an entrance examination through which you can get into IIMs and many other B-schools.
Here's the complete detail about CAT
CAT i. e Common Admission Test is a national level entrance examination for admission in MBA/PGDM in B- Schools, including IIMs and several other prestigious B- Schools. It is conducted by IIMs themselves every year in rotation in online mode/computer based examination in English medium and it is accepted by 1100+ B-Schools.
>>>>>>>> Eligibility criteria
CAT eligibility criteria says that:
To be eligible for CAT ,
you need a Bachelor's/graduation degree in any discipline
you must have got at least 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA in your graduation . SC/ST/PH students need only at least 45 percentage in Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline to be eligible .
Candidates who are in the final year of their graduation are also eligible for CAT examination.
There is no age restriction to be eligible
It is not mandatory to have work experience to be eligible
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>>>>>>>> CAT examination pattern:-
CAT EXAMINATION PATTERN
Mode of examination
Online i. e Computer-Based Mode
Name of the Section
There are 3 sections :-
----------) VARC i. e Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
----------) DILR i. e Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
----------) Quantitative Aptitude
Types of questions asked
There are 2 types of questions in CAT
----------) mcqs &
----------) non - mcqs
---------) +3 marks for each correct answer
---------) -1 marks for each wrong answer in case of MCQs ,
---------) No negative marking is there for wrong answers in case of non-mcqs
You can get the complete examination pattern:-
>>>>>>>> How to prepare for CAT
Follow the below tips:-
********* First of all go through its syllabus and examination pattern so that you can prepare accordingly.
Your CAT examination has 3 sections :-
----------) VERBAL ABILITY AND READING COMPREHENSION ( VARC) :- Reading is the key to score good marks in VARC, you need to go through newspapers, articles, journals, etc so that you can improve your reading skills. While reading note down the new words and write their meanings to improve your vocabulary. You need to practice questions based on comprehension, para jumbles and inference.
>>>> Best books for VARC
Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis ( to improve your vocabulary)
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT by Ajay Singh
----------)DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING (DILR) :- You need to practice topics like blood relations ,seating arrangements, syllogisms,Propositions, etc to have a good hold on this section. Unlike maths, there's no formula in DILR so practice is the key, the more you practice, the better you get.
>>>> Best books for DILR :-
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by K. Sinha Nishit
----------)QUANTITATIVE ABILITY (QA) :- First clear your basics of maths, you need to go through topics like profit and loss, geometry, Arithmetic, number system, Time-Speed and Distance etc . Avoid the use of calculator so that you can do improve your calculation speed. For each topic, you can write down important fomulas and short tricks on a sheet of paper so that it's easy for you during revision.
>>>> Best best books you can follow for QA:-
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum by Sarvesh K Verma
********* Make a time table, give more time to the subject you are weak at , for example if you are weak at Quantitive ability then give it more time.
********* Plan your studies, and set daily, weekly and monthly goals and meet them without any fail.
*********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 . You can get cat previous year question papers at https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-question-papers
*********Once you are done with complete CAT syllabus then go through 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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