As there are more and more MBA aspirants than ever before, the trend is everybody wants to get into to the management and to be the best of the lot one wants to get into the IIMs of the country, and who want to know more and more about CAT exam, which is the most important exam which is conducted to get into the IIMs of the country, so go through this one sure you'll find it exciting...
The damn myth!
Of all the MBA's entrance examinations conducted all over the world, there is one ridiculously conducted mysterious exam for all MBA aspirants and it's called CAT. New entrants may think the full form as Common Aptitude Test, but veterans pretty well know it's not the thinking that matters but it is the ability to think that matters. It is called Common Admission Test. Majority of the rookies may try the exam for fun for the first time while second timers would be pretty serious about CAT. If you want to mark an oval as your answer on the OMR sheet or if you want to click the correct option on your computer based test, as CAT goes online, the very first thing needed is to dispel the myth that "CAT is tough". It does not mean cracking CAT is easy but it's definitely not tough. Yes, you read it right. It's NOT tough.
One would definitely find questions of his choice in the exam that he can answer. But it is that they may not be visible to you outright. To identify those questions that you can answer it takes solid practice, availability of good coaching material, cool head, time management and the wonder medicine that many CAT aspirants search for, confidence. There can be other factors but the above mentioned are the essential factors. The sheer thrill that you are competing with 3 lakh students for those 1500 seats available makes CAT one ripper of an entrance test.
Once through, the plethora of opportunities that a student gets from the IIM's makes all the hard work put in cracking CAT, even more pleasant. For few, it's just the pride of pursuing Management in IIM's that matters. A sea change of your life style, education, culture, acquaintances is waiting for you at the IIM's. Our online management coaching portal is there to assist you in the process of tapping your potential with abundance of examples in reserve. It's good to sit in the coaching centre and listen to what the teacher is explaining on the board. My Uncle did the same too. But isn't it cool to sit in your home and try various solved examples, with voice and blackboard explanations that are available anytime on demand? How is that for a great offer? Besides this you can always have your cup of hot tea aside.
A good start for any venture is always important and this is just the place from where you can really take off. Cracking CAT has never been easy. But then if it's easy the whole thing, from planning to execution, lacks mystery.
Over 3 lakh attempt it, but only 10,000 get calls from IIM's. Why?
Of the 3 lac students who attempt CAT, ever wondered why only few receive calls from the IIM's? It is because those few guys have worked harder than what you have done. In addition to their sharp analytical and mathematical skills, they slog harder than you've expected. But they just don't appear that way. That is called practice. Often people without admitting to anyone, quickly acknowledge the one who cracked CAT is talented than himself. What they don't acknowledge is the one who cracked CAT has put in more hardwork than himself. Practice gives that speed to your brain and the hand. Practice tells you what questions you can attempt and what questions you can guess. Practice also gives you that extra time to answer one additional question which would enable you to clear the cut-off. If the guy who looked like a loser sitting next to you all throughout your coaching stint, suddenly received a call from IIM, it's not out of sheer talent or the lucky charm that he wore on that day that helped him, but it's the amount of practice, dedication, confidence and most importantly his time management skills which were a tad better than yours have helped in getting his first call. This is just one guy out of 10,000 whom you have seen knocking the doors of IIM. Remaining 9,999 you won't see them but you will only hear of them. They all know that there is no short cut to success. So it is upto you to do the hard yards and construct the path barefooted to get that first recognition from the premiere institutes. Do I want to join the majority of the lot who becomes a living legend of attempting CAT multiple times to scare the hell out of beginners saying - CAT is tough or do I want to join the bunch of hard working people who got into the IIM's? The question and answer lies with the person himself.
CAT? Oh, No. It's too difficult for me to crack.
The number of people attempting CAT has been increasing with every passing day. On an average, a total of 3 lac students will be taking the mysterious exam conducted on the third Sunday of November every year. If one splits the entire lot of people attempting CAT into various sections without the statistics, they include people from different backgrounds like arts, commerce, engineering, heads of coaching institutes, working class, casual takers who are not bothered about the examination fees and then comes the majority of the lot - the first timers.
If one disects the lot with a bit more interest, they get to know that first timers and second timers form the bulk of the people who take the exam with passion. Even though there are good number of first timers who crack CAT in their first attempt, it's the second timers who know the intricacies of the examination and the questions.
After knowing that any graduate purusing candidate can attempt CAT, there are few more things that one has to be to be aware of. To attempt CAT, the math skills required is only your 10th class level. But the standard of English should be higher than your 10th class level to have any chance of clearing the cut off in the verbal section. Good chunk of the questions in the verbal section include solving Reading Comprehension (RC) or passages. And the last time one could have possibly attempted an RC before attmepting a CAT level RC, would be the straight forward RC, where once can quickly find the date of the birth of the author in the first line of the RC.
If you felt that CAT is still difficult for me to crack after getting some idea on who all can attempt the exam, then first thing one has to do is to dispel the myth that CAT is impossible for me. Afterall, it's not the end of the road if one cannot crack CAT. There are other good management institutes which offer excellent courses all through out the country and the world. But that nagging feeling, that I could not crack CAT, will always be at the back of your mind even if you have become a vice-president of an MNC in your coming years. It's always better to give your best shot and forget than to put a half hearted effort and regret.
I hate online training
Ever since coaching institutes have started, sitting in the classroom studiously and solving the examples diligently even after you were done with your schooling days, has become the norm. There is absolutely no other substitute to coaching institute. You always have a tutor to answer your question right at the moment. Sitting and solving questions alone and staring the monitor has never been fun. One cannot get a decent explanation online. It doesn't give one a real feeling of solving the question even if everything is done on paper. I still prefer running through the booklet for questions and solving them than clicking the 'next' option for the next set of questions. Online training doesn't allow me to skim through all the questions in one shot. I am somehow uncomfortable with the sight of the monitor while it's rays are jamming straight into my eyes leaving me dazed for a while. Apart from all these, I can scribble next to the question on my booklet which I can never do on my monitor.
There are rumours that CAT will go online in the coming years where staring and clicking the monitor becomes inevitable. All those short comings of your staring at the monitor have to be overcomed with ease. For that an online training is the best place to start with. One would get used to it and by the time one sits for the exam, all the nerves of solving a question paper by sitting in front of the monitor, should be settled. Infact a place which is as good as a coaching centre, where one could obtain detailed explanation of solutions on the blackboard is not so bad an offer.