Today afternoon, the result of Common Admission Test (CAT), which was conducted on 26th November 2017, was announced. Candidates can view their result on the official site by logging on using their user ID and password.

CAT is a computerised aptitude test conducted annually and is a crucial criterion for admission into the country’s top IIMs and other prestigious business schools across the country like S.P Jain, Management Development Institute (MDI), Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi (FMS), and Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS). It tests students in their areas like Quantitative ability, verbal ability and reading comprehension, and Data interpretation and logical reasoning. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation. This year, the coordinating college was IIM Lucknow.

IIM Lucknow has revealed that a total of 199,632 candidates appeared for the notoriously tricky exam in 2017. 20 students have scored a perfect 100 percentile out of which two are females and three are non-engineers. Last year, 20 students had scored a 100 percentile too, but all of them were male engineers.

The CAT result is just one impediment overcome to gain the coveted seat at one of the IIMs. A list of the candidates shortlisted for the next level of selection will be made available on the website of the respective IIMs. Each IIM will then send interview letters to the shortlisted candidates directly. The criterion for shortlisting varies from IIM to IIM, as different weights are allotted to factors like work experience and past academic record.


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We earnestly extend hearty congratulations to you on your resounding performance and a thunderous applause to your hard work that has paid off. In order for us to share your success story, please respond to the following questions.

Q. Please give us some information regarding your academic background, hobbies and anything more about yourself that you would like to share.

I am a student of St. Stephen’s College, pursuing Mathematics Honours. I have pursued Science stream in class 12 from DPS RKP and class 10 from St. James’ Calcutta.
My hobbies include web-designing and travelling. Also I am an integral part of debating society in college (winner SRCC’s Gambit 2010), placement cell and Finance and Investment Cell (VP) in college.

Q. Sometimes reality exceeds dreams and vision too. Was your scorecard a similar situation or was it close to your expectations?

CAT – 99.60 (Quant-96.63, Verbal-99.77)
I was always expecting a good score in verbal but was apprehensive of the quant results as my paper had not gone too well. Final results in each section were slightly higher than my expectations but I certainly did not expect the overall to be skewed the way it was towards my verbal score!

Q. What was your mantra for preparation for this extremely competitive exam and how long have you been preparing for it? Did you bind yourself to a rigorous schedule?

I had been preparing for 6 months and not very rigorous. I made sure that I was relaxed (followed 6 TV shows regularly online) and not neglecting my other interests such as college societies. I did not even take the day before my CAT off (was in college helping prepare for an event we organized).

The simple mantra for success is to not get caught up in the nitty-gritty of the material (mugging formulae of grammar rules) but instead to get a broader idea of the subject. This will enable you to solve questions in CAT that you have never seen before.

Q. What level of proficiency is required for each section of the paper and how do you suggest it can be achieved?

Verbal, I believe, is a section that can be perfected with intense reading of fiction (and maybe non-fiction) literature. No amount of ‘studying’ or ‘practicing’ shall help.

In quant, try to gain exposure of various kinds of questions by practicing from books of various coaching institutes. Also, try to do as many questions as possible conceptually, without pen-paper and without using formulae!

Q .Where all have you secured admission and what criteria are you going to follow to narrow down on your institute for admission?

I have secured admission to ISB through YLP. Hence I have not applied beyond IIMs. Will select A/B/C over ISB, or else stick to ISB.

Q. What is your ultimate aim and what is going to be the next rung in your ladder of success?

Ultimate aim is to be happy and content. Reasonable money in an exciting and challenging job environment would be an ideal end! I might even opt for a start-up in the long run!

Q. How important is formal coaching to crack CAT? What advice do you want to give to the future aspirants?

Coaching becomes essential to acquaint yourself with the format of the paper and certain tips and tricks. It also helps to benchmark against other likeminded people. For me, it was essential in ensuring that I was in touch with my CAT syllabus all through!

Thank you for your time and effort!

As jittery vibes streamed in through the pall of the night, a pleasant score card soothed 2.14 lakh aspirants’ dreams on the 9th of January at 3 am, when the resounding and much awaited results of CAT 2012 were announced.

Witnessing a certain uptrend in figures such as a voluminous rise of 9000 takers for the test, a remarkable upsurge in the number of female aspirants and towering percentiles as compared to the previous year marked these results. A perfect score of 100 percentile was achieved by ten students, of which eights are from IITs. The highest for girls was a whopping 99.99 percentile. The score of this extremely competitive exam is accepted by 13 IIMs and more than 150 B schools in the country.

The next rung in the ladder is to hone your skills for the group discussion, personal interviews and essay writing rounds for which shortlisted candidates will be invited .Rigorous preparation and streamlined focus is essential to crack the aforementioned. Most of the top B schools lay a weightage of 30-55 per cent on the second round of enrolment process. As observed in the past years, IIM Ahmedabad has led the cut off list followed by IIM Ranchi and IIM Calcutta. A 95 percentile is the minimum requirement to seek admission in the top 10 business schools, as per the trend.

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The Common Admission Test or CAT as it is popularly known, one of the most competitive exams in India, is just around the corner. Being touted as one of the toughest exams to conquer, primarily due to the sheer number of students appearing for it, students all over the country are burning the midnight oil. The basic eligibility criterion for the CAT has been carried forward from previous years. The eligibility criterion includes graduation with minimum 50% marks.  However, there have been major changes in the way it is to be conducted. It will now be a 10 day affair starting from the 28th of November and will go on till the 7th of December. It will be a computer based test (CBT). Instead of reading the questions in a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer-sheet, a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on an option. It will be held over a span of 2 hours and 30 minutes. A candidate will have to encounter 60-70 questions testing verbal and quantitative ability as well as data interpretation.

The competition among the candidates has become cut throat. Only the best of the best performers in the CAT get calls from the prestigious IIMs, which are every aspiring management student’s dream. And the contest keeps getting tougher by the year. According to the data available, only the candidates scoring above 99 percentile and clearing sectional cut-offs, that is, who score better than 99 percent of the students giving the exam, are the ones who generally get into IIM’s. Last year 99.89 percentile was the overall cut- off score at IIM-Ahmadabad, whereas the same for IIM-Calcutta was 99.32 percentile. So, let’s see who bells the CAT this year.