Common Admission Test, commonly known as CAT is the entrance exam for aspiring candidates who desire to make a career in MBA, i.e. management and business administration. This examination is conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs). More than 50 top B-schools across the country apart from IIMs (which are best in this category) consider CAT scores for admissions.
How important is CAT exam preparation?
CAT is one of the toughest and also the most important MBA exam which needs an unconventional approach to tackle questions and techniques to manage time. CAT is an examination that evaluates the caliber and the efficiency of a student and decides whether he/she is suitable for the management job. If you are close to completing your graduation or have worked in the industry for a few years and are planning to pursue MBA from one of the top B-schools in India; then preparing for CAT exam becomes very important.
What are the advantages of giving CAT examination?
Choosing a career in MBA is one of the best options for higher education in
India. There is a diverse range of jobs, an extent of responsibility and ownership that you get as an MBA in your job make it worth. Companies with lucrative salary packages pick students passing out from premium institutes like (IIMs). Students can choose from a range of specializations in MBA, viz Marketing, Advertising, Finance, Strategy, Consulting etc. If you have done MBA from one of the top B-schools in India, then your ability to get capital for starting a new business (entrepreneur) improves tremendously. You also get to interact with the best minds in the country where you can brainstorm your ideas and get a better handle on things. An MBA definitely provides better recognition, opportunities to network and credibility too.
What CAT toppers have to say? Know how you can prepare for it
Five-point rule to excel CAT is-confidence, hard work, 6 hours a day, daily new words and vocabulary, 2 RCs per day, says Karishma Saini, CAT, 98.04 Percentile, NITIE. Her strong area is quantitative aptitude, and weak area is verbal. Therefore, she focused on her weak area and solved as many RCs as possible, took personal guidance from tutors and read many books which improved her verbal skills. She took the coaching classes of Byju in Bangalore accompanied by AIMCAT (TIME Test series). Regular coaching classes helped her in a way that the regular studying routine is set. One needs to study daily even if you don’t want to and there is no scope for laziness. Also, she suggests to take test series side by side to evaluate your understanding. It is a good practice to go for test series once you are well versed in topics. Before knowing the topic if you go for test series and score less marks, that will shake your confidence.
Pranjal Agarwal was a student B.E. (Hons) at BITS Pilani when he made news after cracking CAT 2015 with 100 percentile. Don’t study everything from the beginning, because some topics are too basic to spend time on, says Pranjal. The CAT 100 percentiler and IIM Ahmedabad student says, “I had only appeared for the CAT 2015 exam and had prepared using mock test series. You can use them of any coaching institute, but preferably choose the one that has the most number of regular test takers, as that helps you get a good idea about where you stand amongst all your peers. I used to give a test every week or every other week, then revise the results and work on the topics where I fell short of the mark.”