Before getting into the article, I would like to discuss a little about Career growth and guidance. Many of the students and working professionals always strive to have career growth in every step of their lives. Career growth is necessary for financial increment/stability, and also it would be an open gate for many other opportunities in our lives. This career growth may vary from person to person. But for Students or White-collared professionals, that can happen only by cracking exams or interviews. While there are many exams and interviews to climb up the ladder, one of the most Prestigious ways is to crack India’s one of the most challenging entrance “Common Admission Test” popularly known as CAT.
In this article, I would give you a complete analysis of CAT Entrance. If you want to know about another prestigious entrance GATE, click here. Let’s get started.CAT is a management entrance such as XAT, IIFT, SNAP but CAT is considered the toughest, and it is a gateway to IIM’s and other top B-schools to study management courses in India. CAT score is accepted by 90% of B-schools, which is why it is more popular. This is conducted every year by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) on a rotational basis.
A two-year post-graduate degree in management(PGDM) from one of the top IIMs assures you for a bright career in the corporate sector. This degree is very much different from a standard MBA degree. Apart from financial remunerations, candidates get to learn management principles and develop leadership qualities while working in top multinational companies. CAT remains one of the most sought-after competitive examinations and attracts graduates from all streams. Many working professionals also appear for CAT to step up the corporate ladder. The score is accepted by the IIMs and by other 100+ top-notch B- Schools across the country. The IIMs offer approximately 4,000 seats.
So to crack this entrance, some of the vital information like (syllabus, eligibility, exam pattern, selection process, best B-schools) are required. I want to collaborate with all those at a single table.
|Name of Entrance||Common Admission Test|
|Purpose of Entrance||Qualifying test for admission to 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India|
|CAT 2021 Exam Date||28th November 2021|
|CAT Entrance exam sessions||3 sessions/ Slots|
|Slot Timing (As per CAT 2020)*||Slot 1 (8.30 am to 10.30 am)|
Slot 2 (12.30 pm to 2.30 pm)
Slot 3 (4.30 pm to 6.30 pm)
|Conducted by||IIM – Ahmedabad|
|Exam type||National level|
|Periodicity||Once in a year|
|Score/Percentile Validity||One Year|
|Annual Number of Test Takers||Over 2.9 lakh in 2020|
|Pattern of Test||MCQs and Non-MCQs|
|Test Duration||2 hours/120 minutes(40 minutes each section)|
|Marking Scheme||+3 for every correct answer|
-1 for each wrong answer
|Syllabus||Questions from VARC, QA and DI & LR|
|Mode of Conduct||Computer-based|
|CAT 2021 Convenor||Prof M.P Ram Mohan, faculty at IIM Ahmedabad|
|Reservation of seats in IIMs and B-schools||As per the Government of India regulations|
Some changes have been made to CAT this year. Some questions may not be choose the answers, instead they are now implementing TITA model means some questions are fill in the blanks where you need to type in answers. By this they are increasing the difficulty level. Only the perfect answers are considered.
|Notification||31st July, 2021|
|Online Registrations||August 4th, 2021|
|Last date to apply||15th September, 2021|
|Admit Card release date||27th October 2021|
While the exact number of questions has not been mentioned in notification but it is expected to be same as 2020 pattern. So please check below table..
|Section No:||Section Name||Duration||MCQ’s||TITA||Total|
As you have got all the details about the exam, if you are serious about cracking it, then you should start preparing TODAY. Yes, there are many of them who are capable enough to start their preparation before three months and crack it; that won’t be everyone’s cup of tea. As for my suggestion, you should at least have the time of 10-12 months for preparation. In that time, mainly you have to give three months for your Mock tests.
CAT is a type of exam where your patience is tested. It is also not a type of exam where you can directly read a question and get an answer by a formula. Even for a section like QA, you should read the questions carefully and then solve them by your IQ and not by formulae. You should thoroughly learn every topic from its scratch but not formulas or techniques.
As a CAT aspirant, I can confidently say that all three sections have equal importance in gaining a good percentile. Also, the deciding factor of the exam is the DI&LR part, where most of the bright students fail to get answers. For the VA&RC section, the main agenda should be reading. You must have a habit of reading a lot and the ability to deduce the correct meaning. If you don’t have a habit of reading, inculcate it. Also, you can check this link where you can find articles on various types which are equivalent to CAT level. For the QA part, you should start your preparation from basics, many of them ignore this section as they think it is high school maths, but it is not. This is completely different, and you need to brush your skills from the ashes. Coming to DI&LR, the most important factor of your score, you should solve all types of questions to ace them in your final exam. Remember, CAT preparation is a marathon, not a sprint. You must have a lot of patience and determination to crack it.
Finally, here you go with the list of top B-schools in India. The below table is divided into tier-1, tier-2, tier-3 colleges so that you can have a clear knowledge about them.
|These institutes are top of the line in the list. There is no particular order. IIM’s( Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Indore), FMS- DELHI, SJMSOM – IIT B, XLRI, ISB||These are next in line, having established their brand name and consistent placement record. List of colleges in no particular order ( IIM Shillong, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Raipur, IIM Udaipur, IIM kashipur, IIM trichy), IIFT Delhi, IIT Delhi, IIT Mumbai, IIT kharagpur, SPJIMR, NITIE, XIMB, other IIM’s.||TAPMI, GIM, KJ SOMAIYA, IMT GHAZIABAD, XISS, XIME.|
After providing all these details, if I won’t suggest the best coaching institute details it would not be the end of the post. Two of them are the best Institutes on which you can rely on.
- TIME- Triumphant Institute of Management Education
- 2IIM Institute
Hope I have covered everything, still if you have any doubts, please comment down below. Happy Exploring and Learning.