First step towards MBA: Common Admission Test – CAT

The first step for an aspirant of master in business administration is to choose the subject he/she wants to specialized during his post-graduate degree. This is one of the most critical decisions in an aspirant’s life. Your choice is the foundation to your future and progress during rest of your life.  There are many MBA entrance exams held such as CAT, MAT, XAT, etc for top MBA colleges in India. CAT is one of the important Management Entrance Test for an applicant considering to go for Masters in Business Administration.

We understand that sometimes an aspirant is stuck dilemma in what to choose and from where to start from. Here we have chalked down important detail about CAT and how to prepare for them.

Common Aptitude Test (CAT)

CAT is a computer-based test conducted by universities for entrance to their highly prestigious business administration programs.

The entrance test has three sections:

Quantitative Aptitude

·        Arithmetic

·        Algebra

·        Geometry

·        Commercial Mathematics

·       Miscellaneous

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

·        Logical Reasoning

·        Data Interpretation, Sufficiency

Verbal Ability Test

·        Reading Comprehension

·        Verbal Logic

·        Vocabulary

·        Grammar Correction

Every section has fix Percentile scores and are a combined score for the entire exam.

How to prepare for CAT?

CAT is one of the important as well as toughest exam to crack. You need to be clear with your basics while having a fair knowledge about the subject. This is a distinguished, exalted and venerated national-level management competitive exam and to get into a prestigious business school, you need to score well with clear understanding about your choice.

Allocation of marks

In general, you would get 4 marks for every correct answer whereas for every wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted.

Some of the important tips which can help you prepare better for CAT are as following:

Comprehend the syllabus well

This is a useful tip not only for CAT aspirants but all exams in general.  As mentioned above, the exam tests your knowledge in Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.  The concepts used are basically that of class X level. This, however, should not make you complacent as the questions are pretty tricky and require high level of thinking and reasoning abilities. The best way forward is to put in as much practise as you can.

Set your target

CAT exams are extremely hard to crack and you should keep all the doors open. Start by being clear about your goals and objectives. Do you want to study only in IIMs or other top management institutes accepting the CAT score are also on your radar?  Do not forget to check out previous years sectional as well as overall percentile cut off of these institutes.  Each institute has in place its own set of criterions for admission and your awareness about them could help to a considerable extent in your admissions.

Selection for Group Discussion and Personal Interview

Candidates who secure the sectional cut-offs as well as the overall cut-offs in the written test are called for GD/PI by institutes they have applied for. This is the ultimate step of the selection-process.

What if I do not get good percentile in CAT?

It is good to be optimistic but it always helps to have a contingency plan in case things do not turn out according to your initial estimation.  If you do not get good percentile in CAT, it does not mean the end of world for you. There are many other top-quality management institutes in India who accept scores of other highly notable management entrance exams like XAT and MAT.  You can prepare for these exams as well while preparing for CAT as the pattern followed by almost all major competitive management entrance exams are more or less the same.

MBA at Panipat Institute of Engineering and Technology

We at PIET, Haryana have always been at the forefront of introducing new trends into our course curriculum. We are the first college in Panipat to include ‘Enterprise 4.0’ in our curriculum. No other college offering Engineering, Management or Diploma courses in Panipat is providing Enterprise 4.0.

We strive to provide our students with both theoretical knowledge as well as practical exposure to make them industry ready. If you are studying Management at PIET, you would have learning access to the world of Business AnalyticsData AnalyticsBlockchain technology. They would also learn how Artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things work in tangent giving them an edge over others. This would eventually give you an edge over other students competing to get a job as well as increase your job and industry learning.

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