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1 CAT-General

1. Is there any fixed structure for CAT?

No there is no fixed structure of CAT. The test can be in various combinations like 4 sections (each timed for 30 mins or non-timed), 2 or 3 sections again timed or non-timed etc. But the CAT questions are based largely on the four areas, Problem solving, Data Interpretation, Reading Comprehension and Verbal ability.

2. What is the minimum score required to clear the CAT?

There is nothing like a minimum score to clear the CAT, the score cut-off varies every year, as it is relative scoring.

3. Do we have to clear every section separately?

Yes, you have to clear each section and do well in all the areas that are being tested.

4. What is the minimum cut-off for each section?

Again the cutoff for each section varies for every year and the minimum cut-off is not known. But from our years of experience we believe that as a thumb rule an attempt of 70% of the questions with an 80% accuracy rate is required to clear the cut-off score.

5. Is the cut-off same for each section?

The cutoff for each section also varies within a test and is not fixed.

6. I am an average student can I clear CAT?

We believe that discipline, determination and purposeful practice will lead you towards success in the CAT. CAT is neither a test of intelligence nor is a measure of your intellectual capability. You can achieve a good score by extensive preparation and purposeful practice.

II CAT-Exam

1. What are the other institutes, which accept CAT scores I don't get into     IIMs?

There are various institutes, which accept the CAT score as a pre requisite for admission. Some of the institutes are good and well recognized. Please click here for the list of other institutes.

2. How many hours do I need to study everyday?

Any limits are established by the individual medical licensing boards, and they can vary from three to six times, while a few states have no limit. Once again, you should check this with the FSMB or the individual licensing authority in the state where you intend to apply for licensure.
IMS believes that six months are enough for CAT preparation. During these six months students should show discipline and determination by studying regularly for at least 2 hrs a day.

3. I would like to know that since the CAT 2010 is going to be a     computer-based test, how different it will be from the older format of     CAT?

Every year the CAT has changed in some way or the other. This year, the change is with respect to the mode of taking the test. As far as preparing the concepts are concerned, there will not be any change. However, you have to go through sufficient online practice to acclimatize yourself with the online testing process.

4. When will the IIMs announce the final pattern and dates of CAT 2010?     When and where will the CAT 09 be conducted?

USMLE stands for the United States Medical Licensing Examination. It is a professional test to assess the professional abilities of a medical practitioner before being granted a medical practice license in the United States. The test is conducted by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). It is taken in three parts known as Steps. USMLE Step 2 is further divided into two steps- USMLE Step 2 CK and USMLE Step 2 CS.
The IIMs will announce the final pattern and dates of CAT 2010 in July in their CAT bulletin. CAT 09 will be conducted across various centers in India over a 10-day period.

5. I heard that for CAT 2010, one should be the computer savvy. My     concern is that I am not very comfortable working on the computer. Will     it affect my performance even if I am a more than average student?

You do not need to be computer savvy to take an online test. All that is required is the ability to use the mouse and a few basic keys. Do not worry on that front.

6. What are the good books to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal     Ability, Reading Comprehension etc especially for a computer-based     CAT?

The nature of study preparation doesn't depend on whether the CAT is a paper-based or a computer-based test. You need material that will cover basic concepts explained in a friendly manner, CAT application based questions for practice with explanatory answers and test papers. Also check out the material of most of the reputed MBA training institutions.

7. How are test prep institutes, like IIM, assuring students for preparing     online CAT? Which factor should I look upon before joining an coaching     institute for my CAT prep?

IIM offer a complete online study plan for our students which compliment their offline preparation. The online component of CAT preparation has a comprehensive mix of full length tests on the line of previous year's CAT as well as concept tests for practice.
 
2) The most important factor to look at for joining any institute is the kind of mentoring and counseling that the institute offers to the student at various stages of the preparation.

8. I am a working executive; I won't be able to join any CAT coaching     institute. Please tell me from where and what study material can help     me for online CAT preparation?

Since you cannot join any institute, please ensure that you maintain self discipline and study regularly on a daily basis.

9. Do I need experience to get admission in the IIMs? Should I go for a     little work-ex before applying?

Work experience is given weightage by the IIMs. More than 50% of the students in IIMs have work-ex and the rest are freshers. It will help to have work experience, but it is not necessary to have it before applying to the IIMs.

10. What does the CAT judge?

The CAT is not a test of intelligence; it only indicates whether you have the necessary aptitude to do well in the course you wish to study. This test also identifies your general scholastic ability.

11. Is there any fixed structure for CAT?

No there is no fixed structure of CAT. The test can be in various combinations like 4 sections (each timed for 30 mins or non-timed), 2 or 3 sections again timed or non-timed etc. But the questions are based largely on the four areas, Problem solving, Data Interpretation, Reading Comprehension and Verbal ability.

12. What is the minimum score required to clear the CAT?

There is nothing like a minimum score to clear the CAT, the score cut-off varies every year, as it is relative scoring.

III CAT

1.Do we have to clear every section separately?

Yes, you have to clear each section and do well in all the areas that are being tested.

2. What is the minimum cut-off for each section?

Again the cutoff for each section varies for every year and the minimum cut-off is not known. But from our years of experience we believe that as a thumb rule an attempt of 70% of the questions with an 80% accuracy rate is required to clear the cut-off score.

3. What are the other institutes, which accept CAT scores I don't get into IIMs?

There are various institutes, which accept the CAT score as a pre requisite for admission. Some of the institutes are good and well recognized.

4.How many hours do I need to study everyday?

IMS believes that six months are enough for the preparation of CAT. During these six months students should show discipline and determination by studying regularly for at least 2 hrs a day.

5. What is an interview?

An interview is a personality test. In an interview, the panel looks for a sound grasp of your discipline, self-awareness, clarity of goals, and a well-rounded personality.

6. Why do management institutes conduct interviews?

The institutes call you for an interview because they don't know you, and they want to get to know you in order to assess if you have the qualities that would make a good manager. In a GD these qualities are revealed by your participation in the group. In an interview, the panel deduces these qualities from your answers.

7. What is a GD?

A GD is a methodology used by the institute to gauge the candidates' capability to function as a part of a team. In this methodology, the group of candidates are given a topic or a situation, given a few minutes to think about the same, and then asked to discuss the topic among themselves for 15-20 minutes.

8.Why GDs?

The reason why institutes put you through a Group discussion and an interview, after testing your technical and conceptual skills in an exam, is to get to know you as a person and gauge how well you will fit in their institute. The Group discussion tests how you function as a part of a team. As a manager, you will always be working in teams, as a member or as a leader. Therefore how you interact in a team becomes an important criterion for your selection. Managers have to work in a team and get best results out of teamwork. That is the reason why management institutes include GD as a component of the selection procedure.

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