CAT – MBA Admission Test – Overview

CAT is the gateway to the cream of the management institutes in India, the IIMs. CAT or the Common Admission Test, is an aptitude test; it is the most popular test among prospective management students because it is accepted by the best institutes. The CAT is one of the world’s most demanding entrance exams for any graduate institute.

CAT MBA entrance exam is used as a criterion to select candidates for admission to the six IIMs-IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore and IIM Kozhikode. Common Admission Test is one of the largest MBA entrance exams conducted annually in India. The CAT score is also accepted by more than 75 non-IIM institutes across Indiasome of which are as well known as the IIMs.

Suitability for the postgraduate programs in management at all IIMs and to appear for IIM-CAT is at least a three-year undergraduate degree in any discipline from a recognized university with 50% grades in graduation. Indian Institute of Management (IIMs), the country’s major business schools (and rated among the best in the world), conduct this test to select potential students for the next round of admissions (consisting of a personal interview and a group interview) for their MBA and fellowship programs.

Those who appear in the final year graduation exam are also eligible to appear in the common admission test. Some people feel that Common Admission Test (CAT) is more of a rejection procedure than a selection process. It rejects those who cannot run their minds nonstop for two and a half hours at breakneck speed.

CAT exam addresses questions in five broad areas, such as verbal ability and reasoning, reading comprehension, quantitative skills, data interpretation and logical reasoning.

The number of questions asked in the Common Admission Test varies every year and is typical CAT questionnaire can have anywhere from 75 to 150 questions. Common Admission Test evaluates the presence of the candidate’s mind and his ability to perform under pressure. The announcement of the procedure for inclusion in the Common Admission Test is made in leading newspapers each August for admission to the program from the second half of June of the following year. The test will be conducted in November. Notification CAT 2007 for admission to 2008 session has been announced.

Usually CAT tests three of your skills: – problem solving – data interpretation and logical reasoning – verbal ability and reading comprehension. The CAT exam requires proficiency in all sections of the paper. So the number of sections in the test doesn’t really matter; the point is whether you are competitive and have answered questions in all sections.

All questions are of multiple choice question with four / five alternative answer choices and the candidate should choose the best answer for each of the questions and mark it on a special answer sheet of the optical reader. Differential marks are assigned to the questions. The test involves 150 to 200 objective type questions and is usually divided into three to four sections. The number of questions in the test has steadily declined, from nearly 200 in the 1990s to 90 in 2005 and only 75 in 2006.

Very little strategy can be applied in selecting the easiest questions. Reduce that and don’t waste time on long questions. A misconception is that you have to demolish the entire questionnaire – not at all. If you can solve 38 to 40 percent of the questions, RIGHT, you’re done.

No engineer – no problems You don’t need to be an engineer to get into an IIM. Actually, a non-engineer can help in the Interview section. IIMs encourage diversity. And as a non-engineer you can be compared to other non-engineers. Instead of engineers who can be compared to IITians.

Personal or post coaching is helpful for CAT preparation. The Coaching Institutes will teach you shortcuts and you will have the opportunity to appear in Mock Tests conducted for CAT. There are many good coaching institutes – Bulls Eye, Ascent, TIME, IMS, Roots Education and Career Launcher. It is difficult to say which institution is the best MBA Entrance Coaching Institute. It depends entirely on the faculty. Before participating in coaching classes, first consult students who have already joined that specific institute. You can also try it MBA Entrance Preparation Question Bank CDs offered on the net. These MBA test preparation CDs will help you practice the tests.

– Anurag Chopra Entrance exams India Portal

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