Bell the CAT (2017)

Bell the CAT (2017)

Part A

Well, the CAT’s heat is surely warming the cold Indian winters, what with lakhs of potential candidates across the country waiting with bated breath for the results of the first round of what can easily be called the country’s most coveted exam. This ‘cat’ has always been ferocious and dangerous; but one always need to remember THE thing: The people who crack CAT are not necessarily the brightest, but they are definitely the smartest for it is not the toughest exam, but surely the most competitive and challenging one. While the exam was hitherto infamous for its unpredictability that would often unfold only in the examination hall, 2016 saw the following official changes in the CAT exam which was a CBT (Computer Based Test):

  • 2 Sections: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning
  • Each section allotted a fixed time of 70 mins (total exam time: 2 hrs and 35 mins, including a 15 min tutorial).
  • Switching between sections NOT allowed.

This implies the following wrt students:

  • As switching between sections is not allowed, students need to be almost equally good at all sections in general.
  • Speed needs to be good too in all sections.
  • Engineers, who had an edge earlier by solving Maths-based questions quickly, will now have to work equally hard on their English and application skills as well, on the contrary students with non-Maths background need to pull up their socks too for the corresponding reason.
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Part A

Well, the CAT’s heat is surely warming the cold Indian winters, what with lakhs of potential candidates across the country waiting with bated breath for the results of the first round of what can easily be called the country’s most coveted exam. This ‘cat’ has always been ferocious and dangerous; but one always need to remember THE thing: The people who crack CAT are not necessarily the brightest, but they are definitely the smartest for it is not the toughest exam, but surely the most competitive and challenging one. While the exam was hitherto infamous for its unpredictability that would often unfold only in the examination hall, 2016 saw the following official changes in the CAT exam which was a CBT (Computer Based Test):

  • 2 Sections: Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning
  • Each section allotted a fixed time of 70 mins (total exam time: 2 hrs and 35 mins, including a 15 min tutorial).
  • Switching between sections NOT allowed.

This implies the following wrt students:

  • As switching between sections is not allowed, students need to be almost equally good at all sections in general.
  • Speed needs to be good too in all sections.
  • Engineers, who had an edge earlier by solving Maths-based questions quickly, will now have to work equally hard on their English and application skills as well, on the contrary students with non-Maths background need to pull up their socks too for the corresponding reason.

Here are a few tips for students to keep in mind:

  • Overall improvement in SPEED is very critical.
  • Students should target a certain level of Efficiency in ALL sections because of the time constraint and denial of going back-and-forth between sections.
  • Quick reading skills are EXTREMELY important (as they are for a Manager); they not only help in RCs, but also help you in scanning the questions, thereby helping you pick the ones that should be attempted, and deferring/ forgoing the difficult ones.
  • The pattern and the number of questions on the website demo or the tutorial at the beginning of exam are not truely representational of the actual questions in the exam.
  • Lastly, and most importantly, study intelligently not foolishly.

Preparing for the 1st Step: Written/CBT

1. Take a CAT Diagnostic Test to begin with. This can be taken on Internet with a number of websites offering such tests for free, or many of the preparatory Institutes will be happily providing such a test (at the possibility of the candidate joining them). This will help you assess your current skills vis-a-vis the required ones to make it in the exam, your command over various sections (strengths and weaknesses), and an overall feel of what CAT exam is like.

2. Accumulating APPROPRIATE study material:

a) Various Preparatory Institutes (like Career Launcher, TIME, PT, etc) provide full-time/crash courses which one can join depending upon ones requirement, affordability and time. These Institutes offer exhaustive classroom sessions focussing on various sections, unlimited Practice material and Tests so as to fully prepare the candidate for the exam.

b) While ample practice is a must-do for all the sections, students are particularly weak in either Vocabulary (English application) or Quantitative skills (Maths application); hence relevant books for the same should be bought and studied through well in advance.

c) READING practice from the onset of preparation: Lots of Newspapers, Finance and General Knowledge based Magazines, Autobiographies of CEOs/Achievers, and Excerpts from Business/Management gurus should be read throughout the span of one’s preparation.

3. Distributing study-time among the various sections right from the 1st day. This IS thinking like a would-be Manager, taking it all in his stride. If you are following your traditional school/college approach of preparing subject-wise, allotting a few days to each subject, you need to adapt yourself as per the demand and nature of the exam (again a typical managerial trait). Devoting some time to each section on a daily basis will eventually become a habit and strengthen your stronger sections and gradually lessen the fear of weaker sections.

4. MOCK TESTS and more importantly – Post-Test Analysis. Various Preparatory Institutes design these tests on the pattern of the CAT paper which students should take to assess their capabilities and preparation level. On getting the individual score, the candidate should (either individually or under guidance) analyse his performance- the questions that he/ she did (correct/incorrect), certain questions which should not have been attempted (at least in the first go) for the amount of time they consumed, how “negatively” the negative marking has impacted his score, etc. Also, a very important point I’d like to make is while it is very important to get good scores in the Mock Tests, do not get disheartened if your performance in a few of them, especially close to the exam time, is not excellent. A candidate should have complete faith in his overall preparation: good health, subject knowledge and a good psychological state that is ready to take on any new challenge during the course of the exam.

Scoring, Result and Short-Listing

Prometric employs an industry-standard, psychometrically-sound approach to the scoring process for all IIM candidates. This is a three-step process and is supported by the Standards for Educational and Psychological Testing and the ETS Standards for Quality and Fairness:

1. Raw Score is Calculated (+3 points for a correct answer, -1 point for an incorrect answer and 0 point for a question not answered).

2. Raw Score is Equated (Scores are adjusted on two or more alternate forms of an assessment so that the scores may be used interchangeably).

3. Equated Raw Score is Scaled (to ensure appropriate interpretation of an equated raw score, the scores must be placed on a common scale or metric. A linear transformation is used for this scaling process).

CAT 2016 result will be announced on 11 January 2016 on the CAT website. List of shortlisted candidates for the next level of selection will be available on the individual IIM websites and this may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI).Performance in CBT of CAT 2016 examination is an important component in the admission process. Also, factors like previous academic performance, relevant work experience and other similar inputs may be important in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs (we shall know more about the same in the next part of the Article). Continued......CLICK HERE

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0 # Harikiran Older than three months
I am from Erode, plz tell me the time duration of MBBS course in India
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0 # Jagan Older than three months
In India, the present duration of MBBS course is 5.5 years, The actual course period is 4.5 years and one year of rotating internship should be completed, you can find some good MBBS colleges in Erode-The Institute of Road Transport Perunthurai Medical College
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0 # Priyansh Older than three months
Is there any age restriction applicable to apply to the B. Ed course, plz suggest good b.ed colleges in Parbhani as well
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0 # Jagan Older than three months
Most NCTE recognized institutions from across the country require that applicants must have completed at least 18 years of age in the year of admission, some b.ed colleges in Parbhani are Government College of Education Near Jintur Naka
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0 # Priyansh Older than three months
Hello, I have done my B.tech from North Cachar Hills with Electrical stream, now i want to do M.tech, Please suggest how I can get good college for M.tech
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0 # Jagan Older than three months
It's good that you are looking forward for M.tech from North Cachar Hills, for getting good college you should have to give GATE exam, which is entrance exam for M.Tech
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0 # Vivaan Older than three months
I am from Deoria, I have scored 82 percentile in CAT this year. Please let me know the colleges where i can get admission
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0 # Shruti Older than three months
Hii, for finding it you can go through mock counselling , please visit here- mock counselling, you can also get good college in Deoria.
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0 # Aayush Older than three months
Hello, i want to get admission in best B.tech college in Cuddalore, Also suggest me about the Various streams of B.tech
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0 # Mukesh Older than three months
Hello Sir, Thankyou for your comment. Please visit Engineering in Cuddalore for best B.tech colleges in Cuddalore, Hope you will get best college from the list, Also various major streams in B.tech are Electrical, Electronics, Mechanical, Civil, Computer Science etc.
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0 # Aarav Older than three months
Hii, I am from Tinsukia, plz tell me Do all the IIMs provide a degree or Diploma?
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0 # Mukesh Older than three months
Hello, good to see that you are from Tinsukia, The IIMs provide a diploma certificate at the completion of the course.
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