Friday, 25 March 2011

CAT 2011

CAT 2011

Those who are preparing to study in any of the reputed MBA institutes in India, they are well aware of the Common Admission Test, better known as CAT.This is a test held annually for the admission to the Post-graduate and Fellow Programs in management courses of several management institutes in India including top business management schools like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kolkata, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Indore , IIM Bangalore, FMS New Delhi, JBIMS Mumbai , SPJIMR Mumbai, IILMGSM, IMT Ghaziabad, MDI Gurgaon, NITIE Mumbai.CAT examination is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) and it is on the basis of CAT result that the eligible candidates are short listed and called for a Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

CAT is considered to be a major requirement for a candidate seeking admission to the prestigious management institutes of India. The percentile secured in CAT is assessed by the B-Schools in India for short-listing candidates for admissions to their various MBA Programs.

CAT has become one of the most competitive exams to judge the potential of the candidates willing to pursue their career in business administration.

CAT Eligibility Criteria

For applying to the CAT, a candidate must hold a Bachelor's Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of candidates belonging to SC/ ST or Persons with Disability], of any of the Universities or Institutes recognized by the UGC or the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. The Bachelor's Degree or equivalent qualification obtained by the candidate must be of minimum three years duration after completing Higher Secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent. Candidates in their final year of graduation/ equivalent qualification and those who have completed the exams and are awaiting results are also eligible for the CAT 2010. They must produce a certificate from the Principal / Head of the Department/ Registrar/ Director of the University / Institution certifying that he / she is currently in the final year awaiting final results. The CAT 2011 notification is expected in the month of July/August 2011.

Obtaining the CAT Application Form
The Common Admission Test application form and the bulletin can be obtained from Monday, 30th August to Monday, 4th October from the selected branches of Axis Bank on payment of Rs. 1400/- (Rs. 700/- for SC/ST candidates). Under exceptional circumstances, CAT 2010 application form and bulletin can also be obtained from any of the IIMs by sending a crossed demand draft of Rs. 1400/- (Rs. 700/- for SC/ST candidates) drawn in favor of the respective IIM. Request for the bulletin should be accompanied by a cloth lined self-addressed unstamped envelope of 12” x 10”.
IIMs Participating in CAT: IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Kolkata, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Kozikode, IIM Shillong, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak.

CAT Results

CAT 2010 results would be available from 12 January 2011. CAT results can be accessed on and also by using sms facility or by sending a mail. SMS should be sent to 57333 after inserting CAT test registration number date of birth (dd mm yy) or CAT test registration number application number.

Top CAT Coaching Centers

The CAT preparation centers centers groom the students by providing them with the necessary study materials and making them aware of the mistakes to be avoided during the CAT exam. They also take Mock Tests to evaluate the potential of the students and give them the feedback. Some of these learning centers are -

Career Launcher
Top Careers and You
Prime Tutor
Bulls Eye IGNOU Tutor

CAT Exam Pattern

The CAT question paper has four different segments, namely, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Problem Solving and Data Interpretation. These multiple choices questions and the test is computer based same as year 2009.You should have a deeper understanding of concepts and their applications to succeed in the CAT. It is to be noted that you have to perform well in all the three sections of the CAT as the test evaluates the overall aptitude of the student.
CAT 2011 Exam Preparation Tips

Focus on English Vocab : Reading newspapers is an excellent resource to keep your vocabulary updated and upto the mark.

Solve previous years papers :
Solving the question papers of previous years helps one identify the pattern and boosts the confidence.

Preparation for Group Discussion and Personal Interviews
: It is a wise decision to start preparing for the next level of tests i.e. group discussions and personal interviews alongwith the written test preparation.

Study Material :
Study material from good coaching centers ideally helps you with great preparation tips such as calculation shortcuts and useful formulae to crack the exam.

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