Sunday’s (December 4, 2016) CAT 2016 exam was a culmination of a year (and more)’s worth of preparation for the Common Admission Test (CAT). The all-India computer-based selection test by all Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) is the admission gateway for their business administration programs and almost 100 other reputed management institutes. Even as students in around 135 cities took the paper, there are those who are queuing up for other opportunities ahead.
Did you know?
Even if you, as a college graduate are not giving it yourself, you may know of someone going through their final CAT revisions and preparation tips. And would be struck by the number of rules attached to it!
This year, as per the notification released by CAT 2016, the candidates will not be allowed to wear shoes or any closed footwear during the examination. If found, they would have to leave said shoes and socks outside the examination hall.
Pooja Gupta, one of the CAT aspirants states,” This is completely illogical. How am I supposed to sit without shoes in this cold weather?”
Apart from this the notice also states that candidates with ‘mehndi on their palms’ or having any other cosmetic colors will not be allowed in either.
As far as the exam pattern is concerned there was no change from CAT 2015. The question paper had three sections and the candidates were given three hours to complete the test. The sections comprised of Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal and Reading Comprehension.
“The paper was really tough, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) part was the most difficult section,” said Amit Sharma to India Today.
Registrations for CAT 2016 show the preference towards the MBA ; around 2,34,434 candidates applied this year, a seven-year-high in applicants. This makes it tougher and tougher to get through to a dream college.
Opting for Plan B:
Considering that the competition toward precious seats in prestigious IIM and other distinguished colleges, it always pays to register for alternate examinations like the MAT, XAT, SNAP, GMAT and a host of others. These examinations often fall on adjacent weekends to the CAT, so preparation for one puts you on the track for the others.
Gain on experience:
Research and industry know-how show that most programs prefer candidates with a few years worth of work experience vs freshers. This means, you have a better chance to an MBA with work experience. And how do you do that? With AMCAT.
This is the right time to take up the AMCAT which gives you a platform to connect with 700+ companies and get an interview call from one of the best in the field. AMCAT, a computer adaptive test measures job applicants on critical areas like communication and comprehension skills, logical reasoning, data interpretation, quantitative skills and job specific domain skills thus helping recruiters identify the suitability of a candidate. The
The sections in the AMCAT test is not very different from the CAT. If you have given your best shot for CAT, you are sure to kill it in AMCAT and get some decent interview calls with good salary packages. So, what are you waiting for? Isn’t it better to grab the opportunity at hand rather than regretting it later?