What after CAT 2013?
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As CAT 2013  testing window comes to an end, you must now be preparing for other important MBA entrance exams and next stages of MBA admissions depending on your expected CAT cutoff for different B-schools. Careers360.com brings you expert advice on what should you do after CAT. In this interview with Careers360.com, Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman, PT Education says that after CAT 2013, aspirants should immediately shift their focus on preparation for Group Discussion- Personal Interview (GD-PI) stage.  He also shares his insight on the difference in question pattern between two most important and respected MBA entrance exam- CAT and XAT.


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Sandeep-ManudaneIn 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, WOW! You've made it.

--Sandeep Manudhane, Chairman, PT Education

Besides advising MBA aspirants to immediately take up GD/PI preparation and utilize their knowledge and common sense to draw logical thoughts on different issues and topics, Mr Manudhane shares success tips on GD-PI and WAT.

Q: What should MBA Aspirants be doing immediately after CAT?
First of all, take stock of the situation. Where did you start, and how far have you come. What worked and what didn't. Do an honest introspection. Are your strategies clicking, or misfiring? Are you happy with your results, or not? This will help you calibrate your efforts from here on, for the next 4 months, including the GD-PI phase.

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Q: How different is XAT syllabus from CAT? For a candidate who has already taken CAT 2013, what should be his immediate focus for XAT preparation now?
The XAT tests you much more intensely on the language part and since that happens on a paper-pencil mode, one really gets checked (long passages, for a start). The quantitative portion is very logical, not direct at all, and since the test is in only one time slot for everyone, you won't have ants wriggling all over your existence (2013 CAT takers will understand the irony). Furthermore, the essay writing and GK portions complete the testing process, and the candidate is thoroughly judged. So all students must now change gears, focus on the XAT, and get their preparation in tune accordingly.


Q: When and how should MBA students start preparing for GD/PI and WAT for next stage of admission process?
What? They haven't started already? Don’t they realise that while they were reading those ETs with such seriousness, they were ploughing deep into their own subconscious the seeds of their GD PI training. Anyone who has been thinking, reading, contemplating, analysing, revising stuff has been preparing for GD, PI and WAT. Of course, the only thing left now is the mechanical practice part - which should be easy for those who have deep content. Remember - in life, as in the CAT and XAT - CONTENT IS KING!

Q: What are the key elements of GD/PI preparation for B-School admissions?
Talk sense, talk sense, talks sense. That's point no. 1. Nothing will work if this does not happen. Then second - talk. Make sure you are able to speak. My benchmark is clear: 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, WOW! You've made it. As for the Personal Interviews, start asking yourself a lot of personal questions. Try answering them to your own satisfaction first.

Q: What kind of topics should a student prepare for GD this year?
Well, well, well! I can rattle out a list of 675 topics that are most likely to appear this year, but that would not help, right! So just focus on all important things happening around you - the 2G scam, the coming elections, the Food Security Bill, India's military achievements, Mangalyaan, Women's plight and empowerment, Supreme Court and judicial activism, Goa mining ban, RPA act controversies, etc. In short, all interesting things that media publish and talk about. Rest of the topics will be abstract and general, for which no content preparation other than above is needed but yes - a lot of articulation practice is.

Q: What are the common Personal Interview (PI) questions that an aspirant should expect?
A: Become an interviewer yourself and see what you would want to ask. I think you will zero down upon these:

  • Who are you?

  • What do you want from life?

  • How far have you come so far?

  • What excites you really?

  • What depresses you to death?

  • What do you like about your country?

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?

  • What would you really like to become one day?

  • How much money do you want to make?

  • Did you really study? Prove it.

  • Which movies do you like? Why?

  • Can you sing / dance? Do it.

Q: Many B-schools have introduced WAT also. What is the sucess mantra for WAT?

A: As in life, so in WAT. Follow the K-I-S-S-S principle. KEEP IT SHORT AND SWEET STUPID. Don't use 11 words if 10 would do. You should not twist the sentence if straight would do. Be active not passive. Be direct and not indirect. Don't use the word 'procrastinate' if 'postpone' would do. Put examples, facts, and figures. Start well. End better. Be crisp.

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i would like to know how many times i can give cat exam?

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020
Hello aspirant,
You can appear for cat entrance exam as many times you want. The minimum eligibility criteria for appearing in cat exam is as follows:-
In order to be eligible for the CAT Exam, the candidate has to pass at least their Bachelor's degree with at least 50% (for General Category and for candidates from the NC-OBC caste). For SC/ST and Differently Abled (DA) candidates, the percentage required is 45%.

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I am a CAT aspirant & have appeared for CAT, XAT,& SNAP & scored 90%ile. With acads 10th-7.4CGPA, 12th-82% & in graduation(2018)-64% with no work experience due to family problem. Would I able to secure a seat in good college? I have been shortlisted for TAPMI, FORE, IIMV for round one till now.

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 17th Feb, 2020


its true that iims and some of other top ranked institute shortlisted candidates as per their academic record and  cat or any other management aptitude  test score. see right now which of institute name you have mentioned is also comes under tier 1 college. now you need to focus on your presentation skills, communication approach  to get shortlisted in final rounds. so keep calm and focus on your goal, I think you will surely crack it.


dear sir, I have 67 percentile bin cat, which colleges should I apply??

Shiksha 16th Feb, 2020


You can target a few average collges like IBS Hyderabad, mdi murshidabad, amity noida, NBS Ahmedabad, ITM navi mumbai (good colleges)

Others are: vit vellore, isbr pune, ndim delhi, pibm pune, aims banglore, mit pune, ims ghaziabad, etc

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tell me proper cat syllabus and full knowledge of mba colleges admissions

Ina 16th Feb, 2020

Hi aspirant,

Hope everything is going well.

The entrance exams through which candidates can get admission in MBA course are CAT (Common Admission Test), MAT (Management Aptitude test), XAT (Xavier Aptitude Test), CMAT (Common Management Admission Test), SNAP (Symbiosis National Aptitude Test)) and ATMA (AIMS Test for Management Admissions).

Specifically,  For your question,

CAT Syllabus will be prescribed by the exam conducting authority. CAT (Common Admission Test) will be managed by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM), Kozhikode.
The CAT Syllabus divided into four sections: Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

Quantitative Ability or Mathematics: This section consists of 10+2 difficulty level & Fundamental mathematics. The topics are:

  • geometry
  • number system
  • interest
  • quadratic & linear equations
  • probability
  • trigonometry
  • time & work
  • percentages
  • profit & loss
  • algebra
  • LCM & HCF
  • averages
  • permutation
  • ratio & proportions
  • complex numbers, etc

Data Interpretation: In this section, student’s ability to solve problems accurately & understanding of the data are tested. Students can study the topic of:

  • graphs (line, area)
  • Interpretation and analysis of data based on text
  • Charts (Column, bar, pie)
  • tables
  • paragraph
  • venn diagram, etc.

Verbal Ability & English: This section contains the usage of Standard English grammar & questions on comprehension. The topics are:

  • verbal reasoning
  • antonyms and synonyms
  • sentence correction
  • fill in the blanks
  • critical reasoning
  • syllogisms
  • analogies
  • idioms, etc.

Logical reasoning: It includes:

  • Direction sense
  • clocks & calendars
  • puzzles
  • binary logic
  • seating arrangement
  • coding- decoding
  • blood relations
  • logical sequence
  • data structure
  • assumption
  • premise
  • conclusion
  • linear and matrix arrangement, etc.


general cat. lives in haryana percentile 86,any good college in india.

jishua thomas 16th Feb, 2020

hello aspirant..

for admission through the jee mains you need to qualify the examination. Which is know with the declaration of the cutoff for the examination. As per the expected cutoff for  this year it is about 89.75 for the general  category. Work hard and do well in the next session of the jee mains for getting admission in excellent colleges.

hope this information helps

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