What after CAT 2021? Shift Focus on MBA Admission
What after CAT 2021? Shift Focus on MBA Admission - The road to make to your dream institute does not merely end after you have appeared in the Common Admission Test? After the exam, the first question that comes to mind is “what after CAT 2021” and the answer is to “shift focus on MBA admission.”
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The admission to the B-schools does not merely end once you have appeared for the CAT exam or have even qualified for the same. Now you need to start preparing for the next stage of the selection process which includes preparation for group discussion and interview. Moreover one needs to also commence their preparation for the written ability test. Also, candidates must not focus on merely CAT and also prepare for other top MBA entrance exams. In order to assist the students to prepare their course of action Careers360 brings to you vital tips given by the experts and those who have made their way to the IIMs. Read the full article that is given below to know what are the areas where the candidates should focus after CAT 2021.
What after CAT 2021? Shift Focus on MBA Admission
After giving CAT 2021, CAT candidates must shift their focus on MBA admission without fearing the CAT 2021 result. Whatever the result may be, students must be focused on the upcoming events. Students must follow the tips mentioned below right after giving the examination.
Prepare for GD-PI
Once you are done with the CAT exam, just take a break for a day or two. After the release of the CAT answer key, one would be able to assess what are their chances of making their way to the next round of selection. Accordingly, start preparing for the group discussion and personal interview for the IIMs. Candidates must prepare current topics for group discussion. They must remember that what they speak must be to the point and should avoid beating about the bush. It is essential that the candidates know about the latest social, political, economic activity that is taking place at the national as well as international level and be well versed with it.
Here are some topics for Group Discussion (GD) round.
- Social media
- Quota system
- Reservation in India
Effective Communication Holds the key in GD-PI
Candidates who meet the requisite cutoff for the respective IIM, they will be called for group discussion and personal interview. Such candidates must work on their communication skills. There must be clarity of thought while expressing one’s view. At the same time, one is expected to be coherent at the time of the group discussion. Moreover, one needs to be assertive rather than aggressive in the group discussion. During the course of the interview also one needs to be very clear while answering the questions. Remember those who are interviewing you, they are more experienced than you are and any false information will simply backfire and might go against you.
Ankit Desai who made his way to IIM Ahmedabad shares his views on how he prepared for GD-PI by stating, “I had talked to a few seniors who were in these IIMs to get an idea of their preparation. My preparation was more about self-introspection and critically analyzing my strengths, weaknesses, and interests. I also brushed up a few technical subjects and read the headlines for the days.”
Prepare for the Written Ability Test
The written ability test or the academic written test is part of the IIM selection process along with the group discussion and the personal interview. Those who are writing the test must keep in mind that they have to express their views in a concise and coherent manner and also try to substantiate it with data if required. Before one proceeds to pen their thoughts, it will be better that they plan it either mentally or on a rough paper if provided by the authorities their thoughts. They should be clear what they would mention in the intro para, body and conclusion. The essay should be such that if you asked a question in the personal interview for expressing your views, then you must be very clear about it as to why you put across a particular point. Ensure that you write in a simple language and nor in flowery language. Be positive in your writing as a negative approach might not go down very well with the panel.
Besides reading newspapers for the competitive exams, methodical reading is important even after examination for admission and recruitment purposes. While students appear for GD rounds of B-schools, the topics for GD are mostly based on current events. CAT topper Sanjana Rout shares some of the topics of GD/WAT that were based on current events:
IIM Bangalore: Is deep discounting by e-commerce companies beneficial or harmful?
IIM Ahmedabad: There was a paragraph about the change in sports/games culture in schools and how it impacts students. We had to agree/disagree with the argument and provide our opinion
IIM Lucknow: Family businesses are doing much better than other businesses in India
IIM Kozhikode: Revocation of Article 370 from the Indian Constitution
XLRI: Hierarchy in society is essential for optimal social well-being outcomes
MDI: Ease of Doing Business in India
IIFT: Clean air is a luxury in metro cities (WAT)
Nepotism prevails over talent (GD)
Hence, reading newspaper becomes essential to stay updated with the events. Reading newspaper should become your daily morning routine. Some of the newspapers that one can go through are:
The Economic Times
Times of India
The Indian Express
Apart from newspapers, students can also opt for various mobile applications that help you read the latest news on the go.
Attend workshops and webinars
Students, after appearing for CAT 2021, they can also take part in workshops and webinars conducted by various coaching institutions as they provide vital tips for group discussion and personal interview. One should not be overconfident about their skills, students must seek professional guidance with the help of webinars. The professionals from various top institutes help you to know how one should answer a different kind of questions. In case they do not know the answer to a particular question then how should they respond, how they should conduct themselves in the interview room etc.
Have a backup plan - Prepare for other top MBA entrance exams
If you feel you have performed very well in CAT 2021, then do not lose hope. There are other top national entrance examinations for which one can appear for and ace through for admission to top B-schools. Refer to the table below to know the other national-level management entrance exams after CAT 2021.
Upcoming MBA entrance exams
Get some ray
Amid your preparation for selection rounds, don’t forget to give yourself some refreshment right after finishing the CAT 2021 exam. Students must not dive themselves into rigorous preparation. Get some rays by pursuing your hobbies and refreshing yourself. Pursuing your hobbies will help you keep active and doesn’t make you restless. You can watch movies, catch up on your sleep or meet your friends because it will be difficult to have all these on your card once you get into good B-schools.
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Questions related to CAT
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
For detailed information about eligibility go through
>>>>>>>> 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
For detailed information about how to prepare go through
can you please guide me where I star preparing for cat exam
A proper mindset and dedication is required to crack CAT entrance. You need to make a proper time table, a proper strategy. Understand the pattern of the exam, your capability, your strong and weak area/portion.
There are total 3 section in CAT exam -
- Verbal and reading comprehension (VARC)
- Data interpretation and logical reasoning (DI and LR)
- Quantitative analysis (QA)
Try to read a lot of vocabulary related books such as Word power made easy, or you can read any novels too, This will make your reading comprehension more strong in verbal section.
Read the newspaper everyday, this will make you aware about the current affairs.
Complete the basic concepts of quanta, you can start doing maths problem of 10th grade.
You can join any class for CAT exam, this will help you to make your doubts clear.
Start giving mock tests, as you know practice makes a man perfect. Try to practice a lot this will help in boost your confidence and your flow. Join the test series and stick to your schedule. Focus on smart learning.
Later on, test your accuracy and your preparation. Solve previous year papers, don't lose hope if you aren't scoring well in mock tests. Try to give your best.
Stay motivated and focused.
Hope this helps !
All the best for your bright future
from where most of questions comes in CAT exam
You have to be regular with your studies , be updated about current affairs, for making vocab string you should read newpaper , books.
regularity is the most important thing for crack the CAT.
every year questions are different so it is hard to predict.
i hope this information is helpful for you.
I am currently in my final year in the 5th semester of my college. my 6th and final semester will get over by July. can I give the cat exam then fir MBA admissions
Yes it is possible that student who is pursuing his last year in bachelor's degree can appear for Common Aptitude Test for MBA admission. However the candidate must have completed their bachelor's degree with minimum 50% marks in the aggregate and 45% marks for reserved categories.
For more details click here:
can I get q govt seat for 520 marks in Karnataka, I am OBC cat 1 pls say
According to prior year's cut-offs or scores, your prospects of getting into a government medical institution in Karnataka under the first category are high.
Private institutions or designated universities, on the other hand, may provide opportunities.
You may see the previous year's cut-off (AIQ) and the state quota for Karnataka below.
Click below to see which institutions you might be eligible for based on your category, state quota, and NEET score.
I hope it helps.