CAT Preparation Strategy – Tips for Beginners Part 2

January 22nd, 2018 by

CAT Prep Tips for beginners is probably something that cannot be covered in just one post. That is the reason why I am writing the second one in the series. I seriously recommend that you go through the first post on CAT Prep Tips for beginners before reading this. CAT Prep Beginner Tip 8: Coaching is not necessary (but it helps) A lot of CAT aspirants / MBA aspirants believe that Coaching for CAT is compulsory. There are a few CAT aspirants on the other spectrum that believe that it is not required at all. I have been involved in the CAT coaching industry for over a decade and I have


Subrata Speaks – How knowing oneself helps in IIM Interviews

January 19th, 2018 by

Starting today, I will be writing a series of articles, which gives a sense of perspective for the average Joe interviewee, helping him understand what an interviewer looks for during a CAT interview. In this article, we start at the basics - knowing oneself. An interview is an intensely personal experience and the first thing to ace, is to know yourself thoroughly. Remember that the interview is all about you, your experiences, your dreams, your personality and your unique perspective. The interviewer is there, trying to gauge you as a person and it is up to you to present your best side t


CAT Preparation Strategy – Tips for Beginners Part 1

January 18th, 2018 by

What are some of the best 'Tips for Beginners' who are just starting their CAT Preparation? Have you decided to take the plunge and try your hand at CAT 2018? Are you pretty much clueless about what the hoopla is all about? I will try to answer these and many more questions related to CAT preparation especially from the perspective of beginners who are trying their hand at CAT for the first time. CAT Prep Tips for Beginners #1: Focus on your graduation Most CAT aspirants start preparation for CAT in their final year or pre-final year. As a matter of fact, if someone forced me to gue


How to approach a case study based Group Discussion

January 17th, 2018 by

The process of a case-study group discussion is almost similar to that of a topical discussion in that there is a preparation time of about 5 minutes, the panel starts the discussion and observes the discussion without moderating it, and the group is at complete liberty to understand, analyse, and interpret the case as it deems appropriate in order to make a recommendation. There are however 2 key differences. The first is that instead of an opinion-oriented or a descriptive topic, the participants are given a case statement, which they must read so as to prepare within the given prep


Group Discussion Tips – How to approach a topical Group Discussion

January 15th, 2018 by

Perhaps the most common group discussion types, topical group discussions are an integral part of the evaluation processes many of the top B-schools. Topical group discussions are called so because they have a clearly-defined topic framework within which the group discussion takes place. Topical group discussions are broadly of two types: opinion-oriented, and descriptive. For example, a discussion titled as “Should B-schools do away with their entrance examinations?” is the former type, whereas, “India in 2030” is the latter. Within these two categories, you may find two sub


IIFT 2017 Scorecard and Cutoffs

January 13th, 2018 by

The IIFT scorecard was released today. You can download the IIFT scorecard and view it from the link below. Typically, IIFT releases scorecards in 2-3 days after the result but this time it has taken a lot longer than that. Another surprising thing was the extremely low sectional cutoffs. To be honest, I was expecting them to be slightly higher than that. This is actually good for a lot of students. Very often, specially in IIFT, a lot of students cleared the overall cutoff but missed the sectional cutoffs - I doubt that would happen in IIFT 2017 Check your IIFT Scorecard for 2017 exa


Group Discussion – Definition, Tips, and other rules to follow

January 12th, 2018 by

As the exam season comes to an end and the Group Discussion stage usher in, we can begin our preparations for the round two by looking at some basics of the Group Discussion (GD) process. In this article we shall explore the process of the GD, different formats of the GD, the evaluation criteria, and the background preparation required to give us a firm foundation in whichever GD we participate in. Having been an integral part of the selection process until the last few years, the GD has been replaced by WAT (Writing Ability Test) at most IIMs. However, IIM-K still conducts the GD along wit


CAT 2017 Cutoffs: Apply to top MBA Colleges and B-Schools based on CAT Score

January 9th, 2018 by

Now that the results for the CAT 2017 Exam are declared, one of the most common questions that I get from students is which colleges can I apply to and which colleges can I get a call from. While there are no hard and fast rules to such things, I have still tried to compile a list of colleges that you can and should apply to. In case you have already applied to some of them, you will be able to access if you stand a chance at getting calls from any of those colleges. I will be talking about the non IIM colleges in this blogpost. Also, there is still time left to apply for Post Graduate


Scaled Score vs Percentile in CAT 2017

January 8th, 2018 by

CAT 2017 results were declared today (8th January) and our team has been tirelessly collecting data for the mapping of Score vs Percentile. For CAT 2016 we had compiled a list with the help of our students and some other CAT aspirants who sent us their scorecards. We have gotten approximately 100 scorecards till now and we are able to make some pretty good projections from the same. We are working on the same for this year as well. We will release all this information in public domain and hopefully, it would help future CAT aspirants make a better judgment. If you want to contribute


CAT Results Declared – Download Scorecard of CAT 2017 Exam to Check your Score

January 8th, 2018 by

CAT 2017 Results - Check your scorecard Loading... Official link: CAT 2017 Results - Score Vs Percentile We request you to please email us a copy of your scorecard (PDF / Screenshot) on [email protected] You can also Whatsapp it to us on 09765142632. Using that data, we will compile a list of what CAT score would get what percentile. We did something similar last year and it was really helpful for a lot of students. We will share the information here: CAT Score Vs Percentile Overall Scaled Score Vs Percen