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CAT (Common Admission Test)
IntroductionCAT - The Common Admission Test to the seven IIMs is also the entrance test for few other top B-Schools such as SP Jain, MICA, and T A Pai.Candidates aspiring to get admission into IIMs need to appear for Common Admission Test (CAT).CAT is conducted for the admission in Post Graduate Programmes in Management (PGP)
- It is held on the third Sunday of November each year.
- The test duration was two hours prior to year 2006, but since 2006, it has been extended to two and a half hours.
- The total number of questions has varied from 180 (prior to year 2000) to 150 (from 2001 to 2003) and has gradually decreased to 75 (in 2006 and 2007).
- More than 200,000 (230,000 in the year 2007) students compete for about 1500 seats in the IIMs
Performance in CAT is an important input in the admission process and is the primary basis for shortlisting candidates for the second round of admission process, which comprises of group discussion and/or personal interview. Candidates should note that it is important to perform well relative to other candidates in each section of the test as the scores in each section and the overall score are used to short list the candidates for the second round. These scores may also be used for final ranking as well. In addition to the performance in CAT, IIMs may use academic performance, relevant work experience and other similar inputs for ranking and shortlisting candidates for group discussions and personal interviews.There are many other mba colleges are available which accepts the CAT score.A student can go for gmat preparation for mba courses.Other options for working professionals are executive mba and mba on line.MBA ranking is very important to get mba admission in to top mba schools.Diffrent MBA colleges offer diffrent mba program.
The 7 IIMs
Exam patternThe test is multiple-choice based and traditionally comprises three sections that span the domains of arithmetical problem solving, geometry, statistics, data interpretation, logical reasoning, puzzles, and English language skills.
Before 2000 paper consisted of 180 questions to be solved in 2 hours
From 2001 to 2003 Paper consisted 3 sections 50 questions each
2004 paper consisted 123 questions 50english 35 mathematics 38 DI(data interpretation)
2005 CAT contained 90 questions 30 in each section,
2006 CAT was 2.5 hour exam test had 75 question 25 question per section 1 mark penalty for each wrong answer
2007 CAT contain 25 question in each sections 1 mark penalty for each wrong answer
CAT tests your skills in five broad areas viz.
- Problem Solving (MATH)
Section 1 English
Questions on vocabulary would not be straight synonyms or antonyms. The types of questions would be either odd word out, analogies, fill in the blanks or any other innovative type
Grammar is tested either through sentence correction, error identification or fill in the blanks.
Reading Comprehension (R C)Typically there are around 5 to 6 passages followed with 5 to 6questions per passage. Each of the passages would be of around 800 to 1300 words. The questions are a good mix of fact based and inference based.RC passages are long and often based on unfamiliar topics. The basic idea is to test your speed and comprehension skills.
Section 2 Problem Solving (MATH)
CAT problem solving questions are designed more to test your understanding of underlying mathematical concepts than to test your ability to actually carry out quantitative procedures accurately. Fortunately for many test takers, advanced quantitative topics, such as trigonometry and calculus, are not tested on the CAT. To score well, you only need to be familiar with basic arithmetic, geometry, and algebra, as taught at the high school level. Any decent CAT prep book will cover these quantitative concepts.
Circles; Numbers;Circles + Polygons; Numeric logic;Circles + Similarity; Permutations;Combinations;Quadratic; equations;Equations;Ratios;Functions Sequence, Series & Progressions;Logarithm; Sequences ;Logic; Solids;Maxima and Minima; Triangles;Mensuration; TSD;Mensuration + Progression; TSD + Progression
Section 3 DI-DS-LR
Data interpretation (DI)
Data Interpretation tests how well one can interpret information from raw data given. Second skill tested is if one can do calculations without the help of a calculator and that too fast enough.
- Bar Chart
- Geometrical diagrams
- Scatter Diagram
- Table – Missing Data
Data sufficiency (DS)
CAT test writers use data sufficiency questions to test your ability to "reason quantitatively." This stands in sharp contrast to the problem solving section, which is designed to test how well you manipulate numbers. If you find yourself doing a lot of number crunching on the data sufficiency questions, you are doing something wrong.
- Numeric logic
Logical reasoning (LR)
You can think of critical reasoning questions as, essentially, mini reading comprehension questions. These questions tend to follow passages that are one paragraph in length. These questions primarily test the analytical and critical thinking skills that admissions committees so badly want to see in their applicants.
- Matrix Arrangement
- Number Puzzle
- Numeric Puzzle
Other collegesOther prominent business schools in India, other than the IIMs, also accept the CAT scores for admission. This has contributed to the CAT gaining an extremely high level of popularity. As of 2008, CAT scores are accepted by approximately 120 MBA institutes in India.
Some of the more prominent colleges which accept CAT scores for admission are:
- S. P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
- Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon
- Mudra Institute of Communications Ahmedabad (MICA), Ahmedabad
- National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai
- T.A.Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal.
- Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad
- Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad.
- National Insurance Academy School of Management (NIASoM), Pune
CoachingsAs the CAT score is getting more and more important to get admission in good institute.The tutoring for the preparation of CAT exam is getting bigger day by day.Following are the few big players around
- Career Forum Limited
- Career Launcher India Private Limited
- PT Education (PT)
- Triumphant Institute of Management Education (T.I.M.E.)
- IMS Learning Resources Pvt.Ltd.