CAT 2014 begins on 16 November at 307 centers across 99 cities in India
CAT 2014 has begun today with the first slot of the exam starting at 9.30 am at 99 cities and 307 test centers across India. Around 1,96,915 aspirants have registered for the exam which has been scheduled to be conducted in 2 slots each day on 16 and 20 November.
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Students, however have started checking-in at their respective exam centres. In one of the exam centres, in Sarita Vihar, candidates stood confused as they could not find their Registration Numbers hung on the list outside the center. Parents accompanying the candidates remained worried amidst the chaos.
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6:00 pm - Candidates related CAT 2014 Day 1 Exam as moderate to tought with lengthier questions. CAT 2014 Day 1 concludes.
5:55 pm - Candidates witnessed coming out of various exam centres with different reactions.
5:50 pm - CAT 2014 Day 1 Slot 2 concludes.
3:00 pm - CAT 2014 Day 1 Slot 2 Exam starts at as many as 307 test centres across India.
2:45 pm - No more entry to examination halls. Late comers have to wait till next year to appear for the most coveted MBA Entrance Exam.
1:57 pm - Many exam centres witnessed arguments between exam centre officials and parents over photo admit card issue.
1:35 pm - Some exam centres themselves arranged camera to have a quick photograph of candidates those who had to travel far and fetch photographs.
1:31 pm - Several CAT 2014 test takers repeated the mistakes for first slot candidates. They too reached the exam centres without a valid photo id admit card. The exam conducting authorities asked the candidates to return back to their homes and fetch photographs for the same.
1:00 pm - CAT 2014 Day 1 Slot 2 candidates got entry
12:37 pm - CAT 2014 Test takers relate their papers to Careers360 on spot under #CatMahaCoverage
12:35 pm - CAT 2014 November 16 Slot 1 candidates were seen coming out of the examination centers. Various candidates with mixed reactions were witnessed.
12:20 noon - CAT 2014 First Slot ends. Candidates appearing for CAT 2014 November 16 Slot 2 are gathering around the exam centres waiting for their turn.
9:30 am - CAT 2014 First Slot starts. While some parents choose to wait for their wards till post exam, others return. Some late comers were also seen returning fom the exam centres.
9:00 am - Some parents were also seen to call local police authority to make the test scentre officials allow their wards entry. Due to external intervention and insistance from parents, test centre authorities finally allowed the candidates without having a photo id card to enter for the exam. Entry closes.
8:30 am - Last 15 minutes remaning for exam and yet candidates were not allowed to enter the premises without a valid photo id card.
8:00 am - Some students forgot to take photo id-cards and parents became anxious as entry was not allowed without valid photo id card.
7:45 am - Candidates could not find thier registration numbers at the board placed outside examination hall.
7:30 am - Entry starts at various exam centres.
7:00 am - While the entry time for the first slot of CAT 2014 closes at 8.45 am, students were seen trickling to the test centers as early as 7.00 am.
“I am taking CAT for the first time. I took coaching which helped me in preparing my strategy. I have decided to start with LR, followed by QA, then attempt DI and RC,” said Ruchi , a CAT 2014 candidate.
When asked about his CAT preparation Ruchi said, “Since I am a Maths Honours student, Quant and LR are my strengths.” Tanushka, another test takers mentioned, "I am really nervous about the exam. Verbal is my weak point and I am also worried about the time management. I doubt whether I would be able to complete my exam."
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Despite the instructions given by IIMs, some candidates have forgot to carry their photo ID card or paste passport size photograph on the CAT 2014 Admit Card. Those candidates have been refused to enter which disappointed them as well their parents. "Children have prepared so hard for so many months and now they will not be allowed just because they forgot teir Photo ID? This is not fair. They should be given a chance to take the test and we can get the required documents in the meanwhile. At least this much consideration is expected from IIMs," shared Mr. Ranjan Sharma, a concerned parent. However, after much requests, they were allowed to enter till 9 am, whereas the entry officially closes on 8.45 am. One candidate, Nikita Dubey at Delhi School of Business, Pitampura center rushed to her home to get the Photo ID card after which she was allowed entry at 9 am.
Another CAT 2014 aspirant, Shikha Bose spoke about how the changes in the CAT exam pattern impacted her preparation. “There will be more questions to answer. But the good thing is that we can switch between the sections and we have more time to solve the problems. However, the sections remain the same. So, there was no big change in the way in my preparation method.”
“I definitely took more mock tests this time. Mock tests give you confidence and cushions the surprise element in actual test to some extent,” said the B.Com graduate who is attempting the exam for the second time this year.
While the students looked positively focused, the parents were determined to make sure that their wards had a smooth process till the examination halls.
Most of the parents have accompanied their wards to the test center. They are as nervous as their children. Atul Katyal, father of Shefali, a fresh graduate said, “I am not aware of the exam pattern but I want my daughter to do well and get into an IIM. Yes, a she is a bit nervous. But, that is normal. I expect to see her smiling when he comes out the exam hall.”
According to CAT 2014 Convenor Dr Rohit Kapoor, more than half the aspirants of CAT 2014 are taking the exam in the two slots of 16 November.
Several changes were made in the exam pattern of CAT 2014. The new exam pattern, launched this year includes three major changes i.e. the number of questions has increased from 60 to 100, the duration of CAT has increased by 30 minutes and; there is no sectional boundary unlike the previous years.
Also, from 2014 onwards, Tata Consultancy Services is the online testing partner of CAT for the next 5 years.
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My branch is Electrical Engineering and in my college i have very less chance of placements . So what jobs should i go for so that it could be counted as work experience if I want to go for CAT exam ?
For MBA , work experience is not compulsory. You can get into MBA colleges without a work experience. It's like good food placed in a good plate. If you have a work experience you will get a good job or with more package . Otherwise it will depend on your academics.
My Neet 2020 score is 566 . I belong to BC cat. in Tamilnadu. What are my chances in Tamilnadu government colleges??
It's quite difficult to predict that whether you will get seat or not as cut off marks 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 with 566 marks , you hold a chance to get a seat in a Government Medical College
In Neet 2019, 470 marks for obc category was the cut off marks to get a seat in Government Medical College under Tamilnadu state quota and it was for Government Medical College and Hospital, Pudukottai
With 566 marks also have chances in following govt college under state quota-
*Government Medical College, Omandurar Estate, Chennai
*Government K.A.P.V. Medical College, Trichy
And a few more
Above prediction is on the basis of past year data but cutoff keeps changing every year due to many factors as mentioned earlier, so to have a clear picture of the colleges in which you have to chances and
to get the complete 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
what jobs an engineer can do if he does not get campus placement and want to appear in CAT exam so that his work ex will be counted??
Most IIM's usually gives only 5-15 % of weightage to work experience (major weightage is for CAT score and PI) with points for approx. 24-36 months of work after which they don't count it ( which means work experience of more than 2-3 years will not give you any extra edge during selection)
Since you are an Engineering graduate, it is usually advisable to go for a technical job related to your field not just because it is easier to get but but because it is easier to justify in your CV. CAT values versatility but there is a fine line between versatility and randomness. What I mean to say is that if you go for a job which isn't even remotely related to your field of study then you'd probably be asked for reasons as to why you chose to do that. So if you were to go for a sales job after completing a degree in say, Electrical Engineering, you'd have to to explain your shift in career paths. To avoid such justifications and to to make the most of your CV, go for a technical job or maybe an Analysist position, anything which you can either link to your Engineering degree or to a Management degree.
Best of luck, Good day!