How many times can we take the CAT exam?

June 30th, 2019 by

There are no restrictions on the number of times you can attempt the CAT exam. The first time you can attempt the CAT exam is when you are in your final year of graduation. Post that, there is no limit. Technically, you can attempt CAT every year till you are alive. As a matter of fact, there are plenty of teachers who attempt the CAT exam. If I remember correctly, Sandeep Sir from Indore has written CAT every year since the mid-90s. There are also CEOs who attempt CAT exam well past the age of 50 just to keep their mind sharp. Hopefully, you will only need to attempt the CAT once


What does percentile mean in the CAT exam?

June 28th, 2019 by

Percentiles in the CAT exam are like percentiles in any other field. These are just a representation of how many people are behind you in that test. Example of calculation of percentile Suppose you get the 3rd rank in an exam that was taken by 50 people, then 47 people scored less than you. Your percentile would be 47/50 * 100 = 94 Percentile Suppose you top the exam that was taken by 2000 people, then 1999 people scored less than you. Your percentile would be 1999/2000 * 100 = 99.95 100 Percentile in the CAT Exam Now you might be wondering, how come multiple people get 100 percen


India’s Top Business Schools – Comparison of IIMs

June 27th, 2019 by

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are a group of 20 of the top business schools in India. IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Calcutta were the first ones to be established in 1961 whereas IIM Jammu was the latest one to commence operations in 2016. A lot of CAT aspirants dream of going to the IIMs but not all of them understand that all IIMs are not alike. To understand their differences between the IIMs, it is important that we understand and rate them on a variety of factors. Broadly, the IIMs can be divided into three broad categories: First Generation: IIM Ahmedabad IIM Benga


How many students appear in the CAT exam?

June 26th, 2019 by

The number of students appearing in the CAT exam is approximately 2 Lakhs every year. The interesting part is that the number of students who fill the form is actually a lot higher. If you look at the data of the last 3 years given below you would realize that roughly 30,000 people fill the form every year but decide not to appear for the exam. I would suggest that you are not one of those 30,000 students. Either you shouldn't fill the form or if you do - please at least take the test. It would tell you where you stand. Number of students appearing in CAT Exam Students who filled


What is the purpose/use of the CAT exam?

June 25th, 2019 by

CAT exam (full form is Common Admission Test) is the most important MBA Entrance Exam in India. Approximately 2 Lakh CAT aspirants attempt the CAT exam every year to secure admission into top Business Schools in the country like the IIMs. Other than the IIMs, Management Schools at various IITs, FMS, NITIE, MDI, SP Jain, etc. also accept CAT scores. CAT exam is typically held in the last week of November 2019. India’s top business schools use a wide variety of criteria to select students. Some of them are: Your score in class 10th Your score in class 12th Your score in gr


How to Stand Out as an MBA Candidate

June 24th, 2019 by

From the last few decades, the MBA has become a popular term amongst people of all the age groups. The increase in business transactions and business exchange globally has led Indian students to opt for courses related to the management of the business. MBA holds a world-wide recognition and importance and its demand has been increasing every day in our country. Whether it is climbing up on a corporate ladder or opening your own start-up, through MBA from a good business school, any student can think about it. IIMs, being the premier management schools in the country, practice academic rig


Is CAT Exam difficult / very tough?

June 23rd, 2019 by

Types of questions based on difficulty level With respect to difficulty level, if we classify questions in three categories: 1) Easy 2) Medium 3) Hard Easy level questions are those which can be solved by a good student (someone who scores more than 90%ile) in less than 1 minute on average. There are approximately 7-8 easy questions in Quantitative Aptitude and 3-4 easy questions in Verbal Ability. A Reading Comprehension passage is considered to be easy if it can be solved in less than 10-12 minutes. There will be 1-2 passages which would be easy. In Logical Reasoning and Data In


When should we write the CAT exam?

June 22nd, 2019 by

You can write the CAT exam in the final year of your graduation. You can write the CAT exam after your graduation as well. There is no upper limit on the number of times you can attempt the CAT exam. There is no age limit on the CAT exam as well. Having said that, if you have more than 5 years of work-ex attempting the CAT exam would not be ideal. It would be difficult to get admission into regular MBA programs of most good B-schools. Most good B-schools prefer candidates who have 1-2 years of work experience. Anything beyond 4-5 years is considered a bit much by most good colleges. You


Is there negative marking in the CAT exam?

June 21st, 2019 by

Yes. There is negative marking in the CAT exam.  As you would know from our previous post on types of questions in the CAT exam, there are both objective and 'Type in the Answer' question formats. While there is no negative marking in the 'Type in the Answer' question format, you do get penalized for wrong answers in objective type questions. You get +3 marks for every correct answer in Objective type question. 1 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer in Objective type question. You get a 0 for every objective type question that you skip in the exam. So, the key le


What type of questions are asked in the CAT exam?

June 20th, 2019 by

Types of questions based on method of asking Two types of questions are asked in the CAT exam: 1) Objective Type Questions 2) 'Type in the Answer' Type Questions In objective type questions in the CAT exam, a CAT aspirant is supposed to select one correct option out of the given five options. If the candidate selects the correct option, he/she gets 3 marks. If the candidate selects the wrong option, 1 mark is deducted from his / her score. If the candidate does not attempt the question, 0 marks are allocated to his / her score for that particular question. In 'Type in the answe