Conquer CAT 2019 Without Losing Your Nerve
Updated on Jan 4, 2020 - 11:18 a.m. IST by Himanshu.shekhar
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Conquer CAT 2019 Without Losing Your Nerve - Known as one of the most competitive entrance tests in the country, the Common Admission Test (CAT), also happens to be the first leg to be conquered before even thinking of getting into any of the top Indian Business Schools. Every year the test sees over 2 Lakh aspirants contesting for less than 5% of the coveted seats offered by best schools across the country. As much as it is a test of intellectual prowess, the CAT is also a test of how well you manage your time, your focus, your speed and your accuracy. Cracking, or “Belling”, the CAT is all about how you perform under pressure without losing your nerve.
CAT 2019 will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode on Sunday, 24th November. The test will consist of 100 questions carrying 300 marks divided among 3 sections – Verbal Ability (10) and Reading Comprehension (24), Data Interpretation (16) and Logical Reasoning (16), and Quantitative Aptitude (34). About 70 to 75 questions will be multiple-choice with 4 options for each question, and about 25 to 30 questions will require the answer to be typed into a text box. Each correct answer fetches you 3 marks and each incorrect one takes away 1 mark. While VA-RC and QA sections come with moderate difficulty, DI-LR is more on the tougher side. However, it’s the competition one faces that pose a challenge for the test taker.

Latest: IIM Kozhikode has activated the tab for objection to CAT Answer Key 2019. Candidates can raise objection till December 6, 2019.

With just a month remaining for the D-day, how should you prepare for the final stretch?

The last 30 days before CAT is the most critical days. These are the days of devoted practice and introspection and also, the days which prepare you to tackle the surprises sprung at you. Here are some tips for making the best of the last 30 days before CAT.

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  • Mock Tests: Take a round of mocks each day from different sources, analyse and drill down to the root cause of your mistakes and take notes. Different sources, free or paid, expose you to different iterations of the questions and varying difficulty levels. It’s useful!

  • Learn from your mistakes: You will make mistakes, you will get agitated, you will feel stressed, you will burnout. But don’t let these get the better of you. It’s okay to make mistakes, what matters is how you act on those mistakes. Figure out the improvement areas and work on them. Each mistake is a learning opportunity – Learn from them!

  • Read: Read the newspapers – informative ones and not entertaining ones. We’ll leave the choice of newspapers to you. Read rich content – business magazines, industry and technology blogs, or maybe even a bestselling novel by a prominent English author.

  • Write Summaries: Practice reading faster and assimilating the content at the same time. And then write a summary on the content that you have read. This would help you keep a check on how well your speed reading is helping you assimilate the content

  • Solve Puzzles: Keep your brain agile and engage in some fun at the same time. These would help you declutter your mind and think more clearly.

  • Flashcards: Keep your flashcards handy. Go through them and familiarize yourself with new words that you can add to your vocabulary.

  • Unwind: Don’t let these 30 days take a toll on you. You don’t have to do everything every day, apart from the mock exercise. Have different recipes for each day. Go for a walk, spend time with friends, family or pets, play games, watch a show, listen to music. Your brain needs a rest.

Let’s face the truth. There is no one-size-fits-all strategy to crack the CAT. You will find many different strategies online from people who have successfully made it to the top percentiles in the past. In the end, it’s just what has worked for them. Each individual is different. These tips are only to guide you and set a perspective in planning your own personal CAT strategy. You need to understand strengths, weaknesses and your routine, see how much time you can devote a day on a regular basis, and start as early as you can. We wish you all the best for your CAT. Keep calm and crack it!

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what will be the cmat cutoff to get admission in Great lakes chennai college and imt nagpur and imt Hyderabad also for pgdm

Sampriti Student Expert 6th Feb, 2020
Great Lakes Chennai considers an applicant pool of 500 students while giving a call so you can expect the cutoff to be a minimum of 98 percentile in CMAT.

For IMT Nagpur the minimum CMAT percentile required is 80 and for IMT Hyderabad they require a minimum score of 150 in CMAT. If you score more than 80 percentile you automatically get a call from both the Nagpur and Hyderabad campuses, provided that you've applied for IMT. But if your percentile is below 80 then you'll get a call only for IMT Nagpur. The GE/PI process for all the campuses except IMT Ghaziabad is conducted together and based on your performance you'll be allotted one of the two campuses.

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I have scored 93.06 percentile in CMAT 2020, Can I expect a call from colleges like GIM, KJ Somaiya , Great lakes Chennai and others?

Sampriti Student Expert 6th Feb, 2020
With your CMAT percentile it may be a little difficult to get a call from Great Lakes as they consider a pool of 500 students while giving a call which requires you to have a minimum of 98 percentile in CMAT.

If you belong to the state of Maharashtra then you have some chances of getting a call from KJ Somaiya as their cutoff lies between 93-94 percentile. But if you belong to other states then it would be difficult as the cutoff for other state students in CMAT is 99.97 percentile.

But you can get a call from GIM Goa as they require a minimum score of 240 in CMAT.

Moreover you can also check out some other good colleges as you have pretty decent percentile in CMAT
  • XIME Bangalore (fees =10 lakhs)
  • XISS Ranchi (10 lakhs)
  • IMT Nagpur (14 lakhs) and Hyderabad(12 lakhs) campuses
  • BIMM Pune (7.85 lakhs)
  • IFMR Chennai (12.5 lakhs)
  • ITM Navi Mumbai (10.5 lakhs)
  • Praxis Kolkata (7.57 lakhs)
  • BIMTECH Noida (considers CMAT scores for PGDM RM and PGDM IBM only) (fees =12 lakhs)

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I have got First cycle call from Great Lakes Institute of Management. It has resheduling option in the mail. Due to some issues i may not reach the venue on the date. If i reschedule the GDPI date to cycle 2. Is there any chance that my conversion rate may change..??

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 11th Jan, 2020


see there is no reason that it might affect on your gdpi round, since they given you to choose option between days, its fine that you  choose the particular date as per your availability. so right now be confidence and prepare for the next rounds and hope for the best.


With a school of 184 in nmat QA - 77 ,LS - 49 ,LR - 58 can i get admission into great lakes chennai PGPM programme ?

Nihal Kumar Gupta Student Expert 11th Jan, 2020

Hi Pandunga,

You have secured a good score in NMAT exam. After the declaration of the NMAT result every institutes prepare the merit list will be made  to call the candidate for the interview round. As you have secured 184 NMAT score you will get call from:

  • BSE Mumbai
  • SRM University, Chennai
  • Woxcen school of bussiness,Hyderabad
  • BML Munjhal university
  • LM Thapar school of management
  • ISBR Bussiness school
  • Indian school of bussiness, Hyderabad
  • ICFAI Hyderabad

These are college you from which you would get a call for MBA course


what is the median package of the Great lakes chennai campus for marketing sector this year and last year?

Shalu Dua 25th Nov, 2019

PGDM Class of 2019

  • Average CTC offered for the Class of 2019 was 10.14 lakhs p.a. and median was 10.25 lakhs p.a.

PGPM Class of 2019

  • Highest Domestic CTC offered was INR 29 Lakhs per annum by a leading multinational company
  • Average CTC offered to the Class of 2019 was INR 13.1 Lakhs
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