Is there any fixed
structure for CAT?
No there is no fixed structure of CAT. The test can be
in various combinations like 4 sections (each timed for 30 mins or non-timed),
2 or 3 sections again timed or non-timed etc.But the questions are based
largely on the four areas, Problem solving, Data Interpretation, Reading
Comprehension and Verbal ability.
What is the
minimum score required to clear the CAT?
There is nothing like a minimum score to clear the CAT,
the score cut-off varies every year, as it is relative scoring.
Do we have to
clear every section separately?
Yes, you have to clear each section and do well in all
the areas that are being tested.
What is the
minimum cut-off for each section?
Again the cutoff for each section varies for every year
and the minimum cut-off is not known. But from our years of experience we
believe that as a thumb rule an attempt of 70% of the questions with an 80%
accuracy rate is required to clear the cut-off score.
Is the cut-off
same for each section?
The cutoff for each section also varies within a test
and is not fixed.
I am an average
student can I clear CAT?
We believe that discipline, determination and purposeful
practice will lead you towards success in the CAT. CAT is neither a test of
intelligence nor is a measure of your intellectual capability. You can achieve
a good score by extensive preparation and purposeful practice.
What are the other
institutes, which accept CAT scores I don't get into IIMs?
There are various institutes, which accept the CAT score
as a pre requisite for admission. Some of the institutes are good and well
recognized. Please click here for the list of other institutes.
How many hours do
I need to study everyday?
IMS believes that six months are enough for the
preparation of CAT. During these six months students should show discipline
and determination by studying regularly for at least 2 hrs a day.
What is an
An interview is a personality test. In an interview, the
panel looks for a sound grasp of your discipline, self-awareness, clarity of
goals, and a well-rounded personality.
Why do management
institutes conduct interviews?
The institutes call you for an interview because they
don't know you, and they want to get to know you in order to assess if you
have the qualities that would make a good manager. In a GD these qualities are
revealed by your participation in the group. In an interview, the panel
deduces these qualities from your answers.
What is a GD?
A GD is a methodology used by the institute to gauge the
candidates capability to function as a part of a team. In this methodology,
the group of candidates are given a topic or a situation, given a few minutes
to think about the same, and then asked to discuss the topic among themselves
for 15-20 minutes.
The reason why institutes put you through a Group
discussion and an interview, after testing your technical and conceptual
skills in an exam, is to get to know you as a person and gauge how well you
will fit in their institute.The Group discussion tests how you function as a
part of a team. As a manager, you will always be working in teams, as a member
or as a leader. Therefore how you interact in a team becomes an important
criterion for your selection. Managers have to work in a team and get best
results out of teamwork. That is the reason why management institutes include
GD as a component of the selection procedure.