MBA Aspirants preparing for CAT: Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 is a computer based test held in India for Post Graduate Business Administration Programs.
Common Admission Test (CAT) is an competitive management entrance exam conducted at national level for admission to Postgraduate Business Administration Programme and other programs in various IIT, IIM, NITs and other private management institutions accepting CAT.
This year CAT 2017 will be convened by one of the top IIMs.
|CAT 2017 Exam Details|
|Duration of Exam||180 Minutes|
|No. of Sections||3|
|CAT 2016 Convener||IIM Bangalore|
Quantitative ability (QA),
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR),
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)
Correct answer : +3
Incorrect answer : -1
No penalty for unanswered question
No negative marking for non MCQs
Since 2009 CAT is conducted as a Computer Based Test . CAT Results are declared in Percentile and after Results, the management institutions shortlist candidates on the basis of their CAT Percentile scored.
|CAT 2017 Important Dates|
|CAT Notification||End of July 2017|
|Registration Start Date||August 2017 at 10:00 AM|
|Registration End Date||September 2017 at 5:00 PM|
|Admit Card download Window||October 2017 from 1:00 PM|
|CAT Exam Date||December 2017|
|CAT Results||Second week of January 2018|
CAT 2017 registration video.
The registration window has already been started from August 2017. Apply Online at CAT official website www.iimcat.ac.in . At the time of registration, the candidates have to select any four Test Cities as per their preference from the drop down menu. Candidates will be allotted one among the 4 preferred Cities in any 1 of the 2 sessions after the last date of registration.
Steps for Registration
Post successful registration, you will use the system generated User ID and Password to log into the website. Upon logging in, you will first see the Registration Summary page and then click on Go to Application Form - Candidate Login. This will direct you to the application form/ Exam form page.
Just like any percentile score is calculated. A percentile represents the rank of a candidate in an examination, relative to the rest of the candidates who appeared for the same examination in the same time-frame.
Let’s say there were 10 students who gave an exam, including you.
If you ranked 1st, then there are 9 students behind you, or 90% of the test-takers are ranked after you. Which means that you have a 90%tile score. If you stood 3rd, then there are 7 test-takers ranked after you. You will have a 70%tile score in this case.
If there is an exam where 1000 people appeared, including yourself, and you ranked 75th, then there were effectively 925 test-takers who were ranked below you (because they scored lesser marks than you did). In this case, your percentile score will be (925/1000)x100 = 92.5 %tile
Let’s say 2,00,000 people appeared for CAT in a certain year. Everyone’s net score was calculated, and all test-takers were sorted in descending order of their marks in CAT. Your rank was 1,500. In this case, your percentile score will be:
(198500/200000)x100 = 99.25 %tile.
There will be 3 Sections in CAT 2017
|CAT Exam Format|
|Quantitative ability (QA)||34|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)||32|
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)||34|
|Total No. of Questions||100|
To let you know, CAT does not have any predefined syllabus. CAT Entrance Exam, will have 3 Sections as below:
Geometry,Trigonometry,Probability,Number System,Permutation & Combination,Speed, Time and Distance,Profit and Loss,Logarithmic Equations,HCF and LCM,Ratio, Quadratic and Linear Equations, Algebra, Mensuration, Percentages, progressions, Complex Numbers, Simple and Compound Interest etc.
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning(DILR)||Tables, Graphical Representations, Charts and any diagramatical Representation, Logical Games, Calnedars, Cubes, Clocks, Blood Relations, Seating Arrangements etc.|
|Verbal & Reading Comprehension(VARC)||Critical Reasoning, Paragraph Forming, Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension|
MBA Rendezvous has initiated the special series of CAT 2017 preparation. You will be provided a complete set of information related to Exam Pattern & Syllabus of CAT 2017, including detailed module for each section separately.
CAT Exam @ Speed and Time is very essential as per exam pattern of CAT.
You must hold a Graduation degree, having 50 % marks or equivalent CGPA. (45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Able (DA) category) awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100.
Candidates appearing for the final year of graduation degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if she/he submits a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of her/his College/Institute.
List of Equivalent Qualifications for Eligibility for CAT exam 2017 are given below:
Reservations of Seats
As per the Government of India:
Naturally all aspire to be in IIMs or at least in top bracket of MBA Institutes - East Zone, West Zone, North Zone, South Zone. But moot point is that are you nurturing this dream? You know it jolly well that without scoring top percentile, it is almost certain to be out of option from IIMs and top institutes.
Best bet is to ensure on preparation of CAT and time is opportune to hang on this cent percent. Preparing for CAT 2017 is not that tricky as it sounds. You should know How often, when and why to take Mock Tests?
CAT will remain the most premium exam for getting admission to premium Institutes; not only to IIMs but in top 100 management institutions. Although CAT scores are acceptable to all 4000 plus MBA institutes in India but in case not able to get admission top quality students with moderate top or reasonable percentile opt out and take efforts to retry CAT next year. This vindicates the importance of CAT. With serious efforts if CAT is attempted then exam can be cracked.
CAT is test of mental strength and ability to take pressure. In any business organization the manager has to undergo stress and face market reality to maintain the positioning of the company's Brand. Hence, in this context CAT aspirants are being tested not only for their quantitative skills and language skills but an added pressure of time & speed is added in CAT so they have to ensure that during CAT exam the factor of mental strength needs to be negotiated.
You need not count days or months but should have lot of clarity within you as why have to crack CAT 2017?
Common Admission Test ( CAT ) 2017 will be much more tough than previous years as competition is hotting up. Besides all 19 IIMs top 100 B schools are also vying with each other to take top quality students and until you are not getting enrolled in top MBA institute , you are almost non employable.
CAT score has become almost universal to MBA institutes and 1st parameter of cut off list is CAT score and candidates sectional cut off with prominent weight-age followed by soft skill tests in form of WAT ( written ability Test ) and GD then finally PI.
Present time is to think over what's that which might be your weak areas for the preparation of CAT?
Until you are not clear on your weak points ,preparation for CAT will be worthless. Obviously quantitative skills have to be excellent and have to match with speed and time because CAT is also a exam to test you on time management skills.
In absence of any prescribed syllabus, all CAT aspirants depend on the trend of the exam hence, it is essential to understand that CAT is not only a competitive exam but you have to compete for a high percentile.
In all likelihood the present sections of QA, DILR and VRC will remain same in CAT 2017 also but even if the pattern changes you will be positively tested for your Quantitative skills and Language skills.
Let’s try to understand each section as follows:
You need to give 3 hours for your preparation
Start studying each topic and clear your basics. Take each topic of each section one by one.
As we know there will be three sections in the Exam.
CAT 2017 aspirants might wonder as to why they will be tested for Quantitative skills / language skills.
Let’s try to understand the reason behind this thinking process.
In any business organization it is true that with quantitative analysis managers do implement projections of the business and quality control and inventory control etc. rather entire supply & chain management is dependent on quantitative techniques hence, CAT aspirants are tested for this kind of aptitude.
Likewise all the managers in business organizations are expected to be the best communicator. Since they are the brand custodians hence, they have to communicate on behalf of brand to both internal & external customers hence, language skills are the paramount parameter in organizations. That’s the reason CAT aspirants will be tested for language skills.
Your portal MBA Rendezvous has posted already sufficient study material on both aspects, so it is the time to start study and practice.
QA will consist of questions on
Mock Tests will help you understand how much you have actually understood your basics and got clarity on the concepts. Make Mock tests your habit, get used to them. But, giving mock tests is just not enough, you need to analyse your mistakes and solve the Questions that you answered wrongly. In case you guessed any of the answers, go back and analyse again and solve. Try different strategies while giving Mocks. You can judge yourself which sections are you good at, in which section do you consume more time.
DILR will comprise of Questions on:
Questions on following topics can be expected in CAT Syllabus for Verbal Reading Comprehension
Broadly 5 type of Questions
CAT 2017 will test your analytical skills and in absence of any prescribed syllabus, you may not be aware of what is the surprise in store but since you have already prepared hence, it would be better to continue with your mocks and in this regard your portal MBA Rendezvous has provided updates Mocks so that you continue to gain confidence.
It is essential for any student aspiring to get admission to CAT Institutes to practice a lot and finish all questions in 180 minutes. CAT exam is not tough but the hype created during exam time needs to be negotiated while taking lot of Mock tests right from April 2017 onward.Click and refurnish confidence with following Mocks:
The fee is Rs.1700 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD (DA) category the applicable fee is Rs.850. The CAT exam fee is payable at the time of online registration via a valid credit, debit card or online net banking facility.
Admit card for candidates will be available for view and print in October 2017, 1:00PM onwards. You will have to log onto the CAT website with the registered User ID. You will be eligible for an Admit Card only upon submission of online application form. You will receive an automated email confirmation upon successful submission. The admit card will be only available on the CAT Website when you log on using your CAT 2017 User ID. Admit Card is a mandatory document required to take the exam. You must carry a print out of your Admit Card to the exam centre.
The CAT Hall Ticket will contain the following details:
Name of the candidate
Test City & Centre address
User ID / Registration Number
If you are unable to view your Admit Card post log in, refer to the help desk details below.
There are 138 test cities. The details about the test sites spread across 138 test cities are available on www.iimcat.ac.in and the name of the Test Site will be indicated in the Admit Card.
IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test venue /centre and/or change the test time and date at their own discretion.
A candidate’s CAT 2017 score card with percentile and candaidate's sectional cut off will be made available at the www.iimcat.ac.in and individual information will not be sent. The CAT results will be declared by 2nd week of January, 2018. CAT 2017 score is valid till December 31, 2018.
The candidates’ scores will be made available till December 31, 2018. Subsequent to that date no queries related to issuance of CAT 2017 score cards will be entertained.
Approx. 2.18 Lakh aspirants gave CAT 2015 exam on 29th November which took place in 2 slots on one day; the morning session, from 9 AM to 12 Noon, and the afternoon session, from 2 PM to 5 PM. The difficulty level of both the papers was identical. There were 3 sections in the exam, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) unlike previous years. The exam duration was 180 minutes.
Ofcourse all of you had a tough time on CAT and DILR section was supposedly tougher this year and what made the exam more tough was that one-third of the questions were Non MCQs; but now definitely you are hoping to get your name in cut-off lists with IIMs and other top B Schools and in this regard the result will be out on 8th week of January 2016.
Section I comprised of 2 sub sections, RC and VA. Section II comprised of 2 sub sections DI and LR. One could move back and forth among subsections. Section III comprised of QA.
|CAT 2015 Exam Details|
|Section I||Reading Comprehension (RC) and Verbal Ability (VA)||
VA – 10RC - 24
|Section II||Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR)||
LR - 16DI – 16
Quantitative Ability (QA)
CAT 2017 RESULTS AND SHORT-LISTING
Information related to CAT 2017 results will be available starting 2nd week of January, 2018 on the CAT website - https://iimcat.ac.in/.List of shortlisted candidates for the next level of selection will be made available on the individual IIM websites. Each IIM will send interview letters to the short listed candidates directly. The criteria for short-listing vary from IIM to IIM. Please visit the admission hotlinks of the respective websites of IIMs for further information.
Each IIM shortlists candidates for second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Performance in CAT 2016 examination in terms of personal score in CAT is an important component in the admission process. IIMs are autonomous institutes of management education and they may use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs 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.
The shortlisted Candidates for GD/PI will be intimated via email. They will be also intimated by post/courier on or after 28th January, 2017. No change in the GD/PI centre will be entertained.
The selection of candidates for admission to the 2017-19 batch of the PGP at IIM Ahmedabad is a two-step process. In the first step, candidates are short-listed for Academic Writing Test (AWT) and Personal Interview (PI) from among the candidates who have a valid CAT 2015 score, who have applied to the programme and who satisfy the eligibility criteria for the programme. IIM A complete selection process for CAT 2017-19 batch.
Factors that will be considered for admission to PGP Program
IIMB adopts a two-phase selection process and accordingly these selection criteria are applied in two phases. The first phase process is applied to all eligible candidates who appear for CAT 2015 to determine those qualifying candidates who will be called for personal interview (PI). Complete process for IIM 2016 Batch.
Candidates will be short listed on the basis of CAT 2015 score, past academic performance, and other criteria given below. Actual section-wise and overall percentile of a short-listed candidate may be much higher than the mentioned minimum percentile as the short-listing for PI is done on the basis of composite score.
Minimum CAT 2015 Percentile and other requirements for the PGP Batch of CAT 2016-2018 .
IIM Indore will adopt a three-stage selection process
Minimum CAT 2015 Percentile and other requirements for the PGP Batch of CAT 2016-2018 .
Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli (also referred to herein as IIM Trichy or IIM T) plans to have a batch size of 120 students for the PGP batch of 2016-18. The admission process of IIM Trichy takes into consideration the candidate’s performance in CAT, performance in Personal Interview (PI) and Written Analysis Test (WAT), academic record and relevant work experience. Get complete details on Admissions for CAT 2016-18 batch.
PGP Admissions Policy and Procedure for the Academic Year 2016 – 2017
IIMK has a twoâ€stage selection process and so these selection criteria are given in two stages. The first stage process applies to all eligible candidates (who appear for CAT 2015 and registered online for admission to IIMK ) to determine those qualifying candidates who will be called for personal interview (PI).
All candidates meeting the requirements given here will be eligible for IIMK CAT 2016-17 academic year.
Focused CAT 2015 aspirants who have done reasonably good in CBT which was conducted on November 29, 2015 must be bubbling with confidence to be shortlisted by IIMs.
Note the selection process criterion at IIM Raipur for getting admission.
The CAT 2015 percentile will be used for shortlisting candidates for WAT and PI. The tentative category-wise minimum percentile will help you get admission for CAT 2016-2018 Batch at IIM Raipur.
Since CAT Exam is over and next step and wish of all MBA Aspirants is getting into a good MBA Institute. Selection Process for IIM Lucknow is out for Batch of 2016- 2018.
Minimum Requirements for the PGP Batch of CAT 2016-2018
It is said that life is one and it changes dimensions as per the surroundings and circumstances. It is you who needs to adapt and change your life as you wish so.
Life at IIM is no different from all so called nuisances of life but positively the moment you realise that you are at Gurukul of management teachings, you go ahead with day dreaming and that really puts you on cloud 9.
Invariably you attend classes in embedded format of learning 24x7 x 18 months. You dream day and night on learning. Right in the morning after having quick breakfast at mess, you are in class room by 8.30 am to deliberate on issues on case study which would have been given by professor last night at 11 pm.
Process of deliberations on pros and cons continue till mid night and you positively get time to place yourself in learning resource of IIM wherein you watch inspiring / motivational videos. At all IIMs Libraries have been aptly named as learning resource centres and are equipped with latest books, journals, latest happenings at corporates , movements of top honchos, Brands etc.
You get time to share your concerns with your companions of growth at campus and you too recreate yourself with sports amenities available in campus.
Best part of the life at IIM is that you are able to listen live top Honchos, practically who is who of the various industries and indeed that is the one of the exceptional part of learning which sparks you to go ahead and nourish your dreams of becoming one day like them.
The modules will contain utmost important and useful content material for a proper and complete preparation of CAT 2017. Modules will suggest the candidates on the time management, how to prepare for CAT 2017, important suggestions and tips, reference material, solved illustrations, previous year question paper, etc.
The easiest way to catch continuity is self realization. We all got same natural grit and determination but we need to work on these skills. Opportunities are great with MBA hence; utilize present in most appropriate way. Do your SWOT on each and every failure.
Positive attitude will take you forward. Hard fact is that nobody is successful in all that is dreamt but off course you need to work on failures. Every time you fail, pull your socks up, made your mind even more firm and go after what you want with all the enthusiasm that you have. The taste of success is tripled after a failure. So, believe in yourself. Remind yourself of the amazing things that lie ahead of you and chase them. If you learn to be positive, you will also remain enthusiastic!
Create a Mission
Life is not about falling down and never getting up. It is about falling down, pulling yourself up and touching the stars next. Even if things do not seem to be going right and your enthusiasm may be breaking, do not lose hope. Create a mission of cracking CAT 2017
Each day of preparation for CAT Exam is highly precious time wise and confidence wise. In this context you must take each mock test supplemented with SWOT. Experts have suggested that your each SWOT (Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threat Analysis) will help you not only to improve your mistakes but you will gain more confidence. With the SWOT being implemented on Mock Tests you will be able to understand the actual examination day and you would be best at your confidence.
CAT is basically a test to test your analytical skills and time management skills. With the mock tests you will be able to benchmark your performance and would be able to gauge the competitiveness of the exam. Further, you will be able to get better and better on performance with accuracy and that will yield best result in CAT 2017.
Test will be conducted in 2 sessions. It will be conducted in 650 test centers in 136 cities. The test cities are available at www.iimcat.ac.in.
Candidates who will appear in CAT 2017 will get an option to select four test cities in the order of preference. A candidate will be allotted a test site in one among the four preferred test cities in any one of the sessions after the last date of registration.
You may note that CAT will be applicable to top 100 plus MBA institutes besides 19 IIMs.
Please note that the difference between the paper and pencil test and the online test is that now the tests are conducted online otherwise, almost everything remains the same. Candidates are provided with sheets for rough calculations. The right answer is clicked using the mouse. Candidates can also scroll the entire paper and start from wherever they want.Likewise they can also change their answers.
These are few points you must plan out before taking the CAT –
By and large, MBA Rendezvous will provide to the aspirants a complete information on CAT 2017.
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