What is CAT?

The Common Admission Test, an abbreviation popularly known as CAT, is a national level MBA entrance exam which is an essential prerequisite for admission in IIMs & other MBA institute’s across India. It is a computer based management aptitude test conducted all over India. This test is conducted once in every year by Indian Institute of Management based on rotation policy. These institutes also provide research services in business and management globally. CAT is conducted in the last week of November and over 2 lakh MBA aspirants appear for the test annually. The CAT examination is considered quintessential for every prospective student aspiring to apply into an MBA institute. Candidates appearing for the exam must possess a Bachelor’s degree irrespective of any field but from a reputed university from anywhere in this world.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER FOR CAT 19:

CAT 2019 Dates
CAT Notification July 27, 2019
CAT Registration Start Date August 5, 2019
CAT 2019 Registration Last Date September 20, 2019
CAT 2019 Registration Closing time to Complete & Submit CAT Form 11.59 PM
CAT Registration Fees ₹ 2000/-
CAT 2019 Registration Last Date with late fee Not Announced
CAT Exam November 24, 2019

SUBJECT AND SYLLABUS:

CAT comprises of three subjects:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  2. Data Interpretation
  3. Logical Reasoning (DILR) & Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC). The syllabus and exam pattern remains same every year except for minor changes in the number of questions.

The Quantitative Aptitude segment involves key arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Commercial Mathematics (word problems). These are based on 10+2 trouble dimension.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning involves questions which are dependent on certain information given. This information may be in the form of diagrams, tables, graphs and passages. It tests the applicant's ability to comprehend information and capacity to apply that information into logical problems.

The Verbal Ability segment tests the understanding of standard English sentence structure and grammar. The syllabus includes basic questions based on grammar rules and vocabulary. Reading Comprehension includes a range of abstract topics followed by inferential questions. The aggregate of these 4 subjects determines your overall score and percentile in the examination.

CAT Exam Pattern:

CAT exam consists of 100 questions for a total of 300 marks, with the breakdown of 3 marks for each correct answer while 01 mark will be deducted for each incorrect response.

Section - Time Total questions Total MCQs (With negative marking) Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking) Total maximum marks
VARC - 1hr 34 23 to 27 7 to 10 102
DILR - 1hr 32 24 8 96
Quant - 1hr 34 23 to 27 7 to 11 102

The exam duration is 3 hours and the time allotted for each section is 1 hour.

One cannot select the sections as per choice and cannot switch to the next section before 60 minutes. After the completion of one section, candidates cannot go back to the previous section for any purpose.

The questions will be asked in English language only.

CAT EXAM ELIGIBILITY:

  • The candidate should have completed 20 years of age.
  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor's degree with a grade of above 50%
  • Candidates who are in their final year of graduation and are awaiting results can also register for the examination equivalent CGPA (45% in case of Scheduled tribe, Scheduled Caste or person with any disability)
HOW TO REGISTER FOR CAT EXAM:

The CAT exam registrations process will begin in the first week of August and conclude in the month of September. The application form can be filled online only. The fee for registration is ₹2000 and should be paid at the time of submitting the form. The registration process can be explained as follows:

  1. Candidates will have to register on the official website by entering personal details and get verified by entering OTP received during the process.
  2. After the registration ,candidates will receive a user ID and password on their respective email ID or mobile numbers which can be used to access the application form The forms must be filled carefully with valid information only.
  3. Lastly the candidates can proceed to payment option after furnishing all the details. Fees can only be paid online through net banking or credit/ debit card.
STATISTICS TO NOTE!

Though CAT is easy, it is also a highly competitive examination as over 2 lakh MBA aspirants appear for this exam every year.

  • The number of registrations have increased from 214000 registrations in 2012 to 240338 registrations in 2018.
  • CAT 2019 will be held at 374 centres in 147 cities across India.
  • The CAT score is valid for one year
  • Over 212 institutions across India accept this score which includes more than 100 B-schools as well.
  • Most of the students appearing for CAT are from commerce background or have done their engineering.
  • The overall percentage of women at B schools have increased to 33.5% from 26% last year. Sai Reddy who scored 100 percentile in cat 2017 with a score of 232.32/300 is the highest score recorded in CAT.
Top B-schools Accepting CAT 2018 Scores with Cut offs (Source - MBA Universe)
CAT 2018 Percentile Institute Institute CAT 2018 Cut off Percentile:
Minimum criteria by IIM, B-schools
Average Batch CAT Percentile:
Expected as per past trends
CAT 2018 98%+ IIM Ahmedabad 80 98 Closed
IIM Bangalore 90 99 Closed
IIM Calcutta 90 98 Closed
FMS Delhi 90 99 Closed
CAT 2018 95-98% IIM Lucknow 90 97 Closed
IIM Indore 90 92 Closed
IIM Kozhikode 90 95 Closed
NITIE, MUMBAI 91 97 Closed
SJSOM,IIT BOMBAY 80 98 Closed
DMS, IIT DELHI NA 97 Open
CAT 2018 93-95% SPJIMR, MUMBAI 85 90 Closed
MDI, Gurgaon 90 94 Closed
IIM Tiruchirappalli 90 93 Closed
IIM Shillong 92 92 Closed
IIM Udaipur, IIM Rohtak, IIM Kashipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Raipur 90 93-94 Closed
Vinod Gupta School of Management (VGSoM) IIT Kharagpur NA 95 Open
CAT 2018 90-93% Baby IIMs: IIIM Visakhapatnam, IIM Nagpur, IIM Amritsar, IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Jammu 90 90 Closed
IMT, GHAZIABAD 90 90+ Open | Apply Now
IMI, New Delhi 90 90+ Open | Apply Now
XIM, Bhubaneshwar 90 92
DMS IIT CHENNAI NA 95 Open | Apply Now
CAT 2018 85-90% TAPMI, MANIPAL 85 88+ Open | Apply Now
MICA, Ahmedabad 80 85+ Open | Apply Now
Great Lakes, Chennai 80 85+ Open | Apply Now
GIM GOA 80 85+ Closed
SIMSR, MUMBAI 80 86 Open | Apply Now
IRMA ANAND 80 88 Open | Apply Now
CAT 2018 80-85% FORE New Delhi 80 85 Open | Apply Now
WELINGKARMUMBAI 80 84 Open | Apply Now
LBSIM, NEW DELHI 80 85 Open | Apply Now
CAT 2018 70-80% BIMTECH, GREATER NOIDA 70 80 Open | Apply Now
IFMR CHENNAI 70 75 Open | Apply Now
SOIL, GURGAON Open | Apply Now
BIM, TRICHY 70 Open | Apply Now
BITS, PILANI Open | Apply Now
IFIM, BANGALORE 70 70 Open | Apply Now
XIME, BANGALORE 70 75 Open | Apply Now
SDMIMD, MYSORE 70 75 Open | Apply Now
LIBA, CHENNAI 70 75 Open | Apply Now

MBA Colleges in Chennai accepting CAT 2018MBA Colleges in Chennai accepting CAT 2018

Institute Institute CAT 2018 Cut off Percentile:
Minimum criteria by IIM, B-schools
Average Batch CAT Percentile:
Expected as per past trends
VIT,VELLORE 60 69 Open | Apply Now
RAJALAKSHMI, CHENNAI 55 60 Open | Apply Now
SCMS Cochin 60 65 Open | Apply Now

MBA Colleges in Delhi NCR accepting CAT 2018

Institute Institute CAT 2018 Cut off Percentile:
Minimum criteria by IIM, B-schools
Average Batch CAT Percentile:
Expected as per past trends
JAIPURIA, LUCKNOW 65 69 Open | Apply Now
NDIM, NEW DELHI 55 65 Open | Apply Now
IMS, GHAZIABAD 60 65 Open | Apply Now
JIMS, ROHINI 65 69 Open | Apply Now
JAIPURIA, NOIDA 65 68 Open | Apply Now
DELHI SCHOOL OF BUSINESS 55 60 Open | Apply Now
EMPI, NEW DELHI 55 60 Open | Apply Now
JAYPEE BUSINESS SCHOOL NOIDA 60 65 Open | Apply Now
FIIB, NEW DELHI 60 69 Open | Apply Now
ACCURATE INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT AND TECHNOLOGY 60 60 Open | Apply Now

MBA Colleges in Mumbai accepting CAT 2018

Institute Institute CAT 2018 Cut off Percentile:
Minimum criteria by IIM, B-schools
Average Batch CAT Percentile:
Expected as per past trends
ITM Navi Mumbai 60 69 Open | Apply Now
N.L. DALMIA, MUMBAI 65 69 Open | Apply Now
SIES, MUMBAI 65 69 Open | Apply Now
IES Management College And Research Centre, Mumbai 65 69 Open | Apply Now
CHETANA’S INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT AND RESEARCH, MUMBAI 65 69 Open | Apply Now
VESIM Mumbai 60 60 Open | Apply Now
DSIMS Mumba 60 65 Open | Apply Now
Guru Nanak Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai 55 60 Open | Apply Now
SDA Bocconi Asia Center 60 65 Open | Apply Now

MBA Colleges in Bangalore accepting CAT 2018

Institute Institute CAT 2018 Cut off Percentile:
Minimum criteria by IIM, B-schools
Average Batch CAT Percentile:
Expected as per past trends
IBA, BANGALORE 60 65 Open | Apply Now
AIMS INSTITUTES 60 65 Open | Apply Now
National School of Business 60 69 Open | Apply Now
GIBS Business School, Bangalore 60 60 Open | Apply Now
AIMIT Bangalore 60 60 Open | Apply Now
ABBS Bangalore 60 65 Open | Apply Now

MBA Colleges in Hyderabad accepting CAT 2018

Institute Institute CAT 2018 Cut off Percentile:
Minimum criteria by IIM, B-schools
Average Batch CAT Percentile:
Expected as per past trends
IPE, HYDERABAD 65 68 Open | Apply Now
VJIM, HYDERABAD 60 60 Open | Apply Now
GITAM Hyderabad Business School 60 60 Open | Apply Now
VISHWA VISHWANI HYDERABAD 60 60 Open | Apply Now
GSIB, VISAKHAPATNAM 60 60 Open | Apply Now

MBA Colleges in Pune accepting CAT 2018

Institute Institute CAT 2018 Cut off Percentile:
Minimum criteria by IIM, B-schools
Average Batch CAT Percentile:
Expected as per past trends
ISB&M, PUNE 60 68 Open | Apply Now
Indira Institute of Business Management, Pune 60 60 Open | Apply Now
NIA Pune 60 65 Open | Apply Now
IIMS Pune 60 60 Open | Apply Now

MBA Colleges in East India accepting CAT 2018

Institute Institute CAT 2018 Cut off Percentile:
Minimum criteria by IIM, B-schools
Average Batch CAT Percentile:
Expected as per past trends
MDI Murshidabad 65 69 Open | Apply Now
KIIT SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT CAMPUS, BHUBANESWAR 60 65 Open | Apply Now
Calcutta Business School 55 60 Open | Apply Now
Birla Global University, Bhubaneswar 60 65 Open | Apply Now

CAT Results:

CAT results are announced on the first week of January. For CAT 2018 the results were announced on 5th January 2019. It is published in the form of scorecard and can be accessed by candidates from official website iimcat.ac.in. B schools across the country, short lists candidates for Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds based on their percentile along with other factors like 10th grade, 12th grade, work experience, extracurricular activities etc. Currently the CAT score is valid for one year. There is no prescribed score to pass CAT. It is a relative measure of your performance when compared with others.

GATE Examination Cut-Off and Stats:

Approximately 10 Lakh Students Appear for the GATE examination each year. Out of which, on an average only 12-17% students who attempt the GATE exam pass. Candidates who are among the top rankers (AIR 200 and less) have an opportunity to get direct admissions to the IISc and IITs. GATE Scores from 600 to 800 stand a chance of a call to these institutes depending upon the discipline applied to.

OTHER ALTERNATIVE EXAMS:

CAT is not a sole exam for getting into MBA institutes. There are various other alternatives to get into good management institutes. There are some institutes which conducts the entrance test of its own. XAT, NMAT, SNAP, MAT, IIFT, MAH-CET, ATMA, etc are some of the entrance tests conducted by different top management institutes in India.

These exams are similar to CAT however the portion may vary from one exam to another. Some entrance also include General knowledge as a parameter to test the candidate’s awareness. Apart from this, the two primary entrance exams for MBA in foreign countries are GRE and GMAT. These exams too are more or less similar to CAT but it also places emphasis on your command over english language. TOEFL and IELTS are language proficiency exams that are accepted by top international business schools across the world. Here is a list of few exams and their exam dates-

EXAM NAME INSTITUTE MONTH OF EXAM
XAT Xavier's association of management 5th January 2020
SNAP Symbiosis International University December2019
NMAT Narsee Monjee Institute of Management and Studies 4th October 2019 to 17th December 2019
IIFT Indian Institute Of Foreign Trade November 2019
MAH-CET JBIMS,SIMSREE, SIMSR,IES etc March 2020
ATMA Association of Indian Management Schools July 2019
CMAT All India Council for Technical Education January 2020
MICAT Mudra Institute of Communications February 2020
TISSNET Tata Institute of social sciences January 2020
CAT 2019:

The official registration procedure for CAT 2019 commenced from August 5,2019 onwards. CAT 2019 is expected to be held on 24th November, 2019 conducted by IIM Kozhikode. Like CAT 2018, the registration fee for CAT 2019 will be ₹2000 for general category and ₹1000 for reserved category.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR CAT:

When to give for a SY/SE student:

One can appear for CAT in the final year of graduation (this is the earliest one can apply). So candidates must ideally start preparing at the beginning of the pre final year of graduation or at least 8 to 10 months before the examination.

STUDY MATERIAL:

The study material that you refer to while preparing for CAT plays an essential role. To choose reliable study material is important. If you have joined a coaching institute then you can stick by those books. Just make sure these books are relevant and helpful enough. Also if you have completed practising all the sums in those books twice you can try practicing sums from other books too. For those who are preparing by self can borrow second hand books from seniors who had joined any coaching class. Apart from that, you can opt for these books:

Quantitative Ability:
  1. How to prepare for quantitative aptitude - Arun Sharma
  2. Quantitative aptitude quantum- Sarvesh Verma
  3. Quantitative aptitude for CAT- Nishit Sinha
  4. Quantitative aptitude for competitive examination- RS Aggarwal
  5. NCERT books(1-6)
VARC:
  1. Verbal ability and reading comprehension- Arun Sharma
  2. Word power Made Easy- Norman lewis
  3. 30 days to a more powerful vocabulary- Norman Lewis
  4. Wiley's exam an expert MBA, Verbal Ability
  5. Verbal and Non verbal reasoning- RS Aggarwal
DILR:
  1. How to prepare for data interpretation- Arun Sharma
  2. Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation- Nishit Sinha
  3. How to prepare for logical reasoning- Arun Sharma
  4. Speed mathematics- Rajesh Thakur
STUDY PLAN:

The most important thing is to plan according to the time left for the exam. Before you make a solid prep plan, decide whether you want to study with the help of a coaching class or through self study.

If you are planning to join a coaching class, know how which one can help you reach your dream institute by visiting our website www.studysid.com . This will help you to decide which class to choose.

If you are preparing all by yourself you should be well acquainted with the portion. Gather the relevant study material and practice as many sums as you can. Make sure you appear for mocks available online. Secondly, it is necessary to realise the time left for preparation and schedule it accordingly. Do not forget to consider these points in schedule:

  1. Basics: Many people tend to skip this part and jump into sums directly. But starting from the basics like tables, mental calculation tricks, grammar, formulas,etc makes a huge difference.
  2. Practice: Once all the basics are covered, you should make sure that you practice as many sums as you can. The more questions you solve the more templates you will come across. An easy question would not take much time later when you are appearing for the actual examination as you have already done a similar type questions previously.
  3. Mocks and analysis: Taking mocks regularly is the most integral part of consideration. Also make time for analysis of each mock given by you. This improves your efficiency and helps to avoid the same mistake again and again. Building a proper test taking strategy can save time and increase your accuracy.
TOP COACHING CLASSES IN PUNE:
  1. TIME:
    TIME is number 1 coaching classes till date because of its expert faculty irrespective of branch and reliable study material. AIMCAT test series are very famous set mocks provided by them. It is best when it comes to improving accuracy.
  2. IMS:
    IMS has some best CAT trainers that the industry has to offer. Also the are famous for their workshops like Club 100, CAT Finale etc where students get proper exposure. SimCAT is one of the most popular test series offered by this coaching centre.Also they have free repeat coaching if you don't make it up to a B school.
  3. CAT KING:
    CATKING faculty consists of alumni from top B Schools and have a keen interest in the well being of students. There are numerous subject wise tests conducted by the faculty and their mocks help to improve accuracy as they give a balanced analysis of the same.
ONLINE PREPARATION:

With the availability of excellent resources in both written study materials as well as audio-visual resources; online education and training has emerged as a pivotal factor for aspirants preparing for the CAT.

Preparing online can help you to eliminate cost and learn in a cost effective way. It depends from where you prepare. There are a bunch of cost effective sites which help you to prepare for CAT that offer a myriad of practice papers with solutions. Also these sites offer doubt solving too.

On the other hand, online courses require a greater amount of reading and assignments compared to traditional classes. The flexibility that comes with online preparation can be a disadvantage if you struggle with time management.

Also cons of free sites are that the question sets are limited and doubts may not be solved for free. So opting for online preparation differs from person to person.

Here is a list of some famous websites including average fees:
Career Launcher

(Rs 16000- Rs 20000)

Mindworkz

(Rs 15000)

Testfunda

(Rs 9000)

Iquanta

(Rs 17000)

Edushastra

(Rs 1 per lecture)

SELF STUDY:

Coaching classes are not the only resort to get a good score, online coaching can prove to be efficient as well if you are dedicated and disciplined. It is a cost effective solution as well. The cost factor depends on the study material you purchased and also if you have enrolled yourself into any online counselling or coaching. Although in the absence of any professional guidance, you can get confused if there’s no one with whom you clarify your doubts. You may become complacent if you don’t manage time efficiently. But if you’re self-driven, then you should be fine with the self-study option. One can prepare for CAT by self by keeping these things in mind:

  1. Gather relevant study material and start preparing by following a time table. Begin preparing from the basic level by going through the latest mathematics book of 10th standard and then upgrade yourself to some other books.

  2. Religiously go through all the formulas,theorem and check at what extent you are able to recollect these concepts. Solve the problems randomly and continue this practice everyday. If you are clueless about a few things you can get the doubts and concepts solved online for free. But if you are struggling with many things instantly approach a coaching class.

  3. Try to solve reading comprehension daily to get a firm grip. When it comes to Verbal Ability try to read as many passages, novels, newspapers etc regularly. Memorize 10 to 15 words daily to improve vocabulary.

  4. Attempt maximum logic questions as you can. If you have a good grip over quants DI will be a cakewalk for you. Although DILR requires rigorous practice so try solving it from various books.

  5. Make sure you stick to the timetable everyday. Analyse your mocks and prepare test giving strategy. Make sure you learn to solve questions with equal speed and accuracy.

  6. Have a check on the official websites of entrance exams simultaneously so that you don’t miss any important notification.

  7. Find a trustworthy mentor who will guide you and solve your doubts.

5 Steps to ace the CAT

1 Set your target
Even if your past years academic scores aren’t good enough do not waste time thinking about the same. There's surely a chance to excel in upcoming exam. Also do not just focus on CAT exam if you are also aiming to appear for other entrances.

Target topics, not time
Do not blindly follow the time table which you prepared as the target is to understand the concepts and not just to abide by the time table.

3 Take maximum mocks
It is a stereotype amongst the students that mock tests must be appeared in the end. An aspirant must take as many mocks as he can parallel to learning concepts.

4 Study all the subject daily
It is important to give equal attention to all the subjects and not just one. Try to study all the subjects daily to have a balanced knowledge of each subject.

5 Analyse, revise and Repeat
Allot a day or two for revision of concepts learned in the previous week. Analyse the mocks given by you and prepare a strategy to attempt mocks. Lastly do not give up and repeat these 5steps till the end.

CAT EXAM DAY TIPS
  1. Revise all important concepts a night before the exam but also do not go for any mock test or learn a new topic or concept before exam.

  2. It is essential to sleep for at least 7-8 hours before giving the exam for a calm mind

  3. To eliminate any last minute confusion, avoid last minute cramming or revising

  4. Reach the centre before the reporting time as the gates will be closed after a certain time.

  5. Remember to carry the CAT admit card failing which the candidates will not be allowed to appear for the exam. Also carry ID proof along with it.

  6. Avoid wearing heavy jewelry, jacket, wristwatches, clothes with pockets etc

  7. Read all the instructions carefully as missing even a single point is highly risky; it may backfire at any juncture of the exam.

  8. Attempt the questions while maintaining speed and accuracy at the same time.

  9. Lastly stay confident and calm which is the key element to excel in the examination.

CAT LAST MINUTE PREPARATION TIPS:

Last minute preparation counts as a very crucial part of your preparation. So revision and lots of practice is the key element to ace at exams. Do not change the method of solving the sums in the last moment to avoid confusion. Just keep on revising what you studied throughout the year. Books will remain the same whether for last minute or early startup but the best last minute preparation is appearing for mocks. At the same time do not strain yourself during the last few days, make sure you are well rested and not overworked.

On the exam day, you can go through the formula book that you have made during preparation hours. Make sure to keep your mind fresh on the big day and you aren't exhausted before the exam day.

WHAT AFTER CAT:
HOW TO BUILD A PROFILE BEFORE MBA:

Your academic performance plays an important role in your resume so make sure it is noteworthy. With B-schools trying to create diversity in the classrooms, knowledge of any foreign language will boost your profile.

The experience of volunteering for a social committee can help you enhance various interpersonal skills. Knowing how to play a musical instrument or your involvement in any sport can add to the versatility of your profile.

Having a startup or operation of your own can impress the interviewers to the core. Although many B schools also take freshers in their institutes they prefer candidates who have experience working in the corporate world previously for a year or two.

People find it difficult to manage work and studies together but if you stay focussed and organised you can manage it well. Make sure you give priority to college and studies before work. Also ensure that your employer knows your availability. Make maximum utilization of weekends for your CAT preparations.

TOP 10 COLLEGES and Average cut offs:
  1. Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (cut off -98 percentile)
  2. Indian Institute of Management, Bengaluru (cut off -99 percentile)
  3. Indian School of Business, Hyderabad(cut off -98 percentile)
  4. Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata (cut off -98 percentile)
  5. Indian Institute of foreign Trade, Delhi (cut off- 48.5 percentile)
  6. Xaviers Labor Research Institute, Jamshedpur (cut off -95 percentile)
  7. Management Development Institute, Gurgaon (cut off -94 percentile)
  8. Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (cut off -97 percentile)
  9. Faculty of Management Studies (cut off -98 percentile)
  10. NMIMS, Mumbai (cut off -94 percentile of NMAT score)
Breaking down the prerequisites to get into the best universities.
Ace the CAT

Firstly, aim for achieving 90+ percentile to get into top B schools. Now that you know what it takes to score the desirable marks, give your 100% for CAT preparations. Practice loads of questions, appear for ample of mocks, give equal importance to all the subjects, work on your weaknesses and manage your time properly.

Personal Interview

Enhance your communication skills to pass the different rounds like GD and PI. For that you need to participate in all possible competitions like debates, MUNs, group discussions etc. This will help to boost your confidence and enhance your communication skills. Attend various workshops as it provides great amount of exposure. Perform well in your academics as B schools select freshers on the basis of their academics quite often. While preparing for CAT make sure you don't neglect college examinations. Taking a break of a year or two can have a negative impact as well. Ensure that you have strong resume to create an edge over the others. A strong resume is enough to attract the B schools.

Work Experience

Before applying for an MBA Programme you must have expertise and experience of an industry, doing so would encourage the university to accept your application as they can play a role in accelerating your already established career. Having said that MBA Programmes are often catalysts for people aiming for a career change or a re directed approach, however having tangible experience is always a must.

Statement of Purpose and Letters of Recommendations

It is extremely essential for you to have a strong Statement of Purpose, defining why the university needs to have you and justifying that you’re a perfect fit for the university. Make sure you do your research and take into consideration what the university expects out of its students before writing the SOP.

Letters of Recommendation are excellent ways to prove your ability to create value and your competence. A letter from an employer and an educator or a previous teacher is a must, for these credible sources will help establish the right image of yourself to the admissions department of the university.

SCHOLARSHIP

Good B-schools have great impact on students and offers peer to peer learning. Also it ensures job offers from top management companies with high packages. But the opportunity cost is substantial and it becomes difficult for one to afford. This is where scholarships play an important role.Scholarship aid in MBA is very common nowadays and among best schools there is an arm's race to provide more of it deserving students. Scholarships are offered on the basis of following criteria:

Academic percentage in 10th and 12th standard
CAT or any other entrance percentile
Performance in written test conducted by that college
Performance in GD/PI
Scholarship for SC/ST/Physically challenged students
Merit based scholarship
Based on previous work experience
Sports scholarship for those who have represented at state or national level

Here is a list of few scholarships for MBA in India:

Aditya Birla Scholarship Programme
Forte Fellows Programme
PSitaram Jindal Foundation
Performance in GD/PI
Nirankari Rajmata Scholarship Scheme
Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Fund
Global Business Scholarship

Those who couldn’t get scholarship on merit basis can pay the fees through student loans too. Nowadays student loans are the most popular sources to meet urgent requirement of money. Also to get educational loan is easy in India. If you are looking for guidance on which loan to choose, look here.

PLACEMENT AND JOB AFTER MBA:

The job placements depends on the specialization as well as the college or university from which you have done your MBA. Top B schools have their campus placement close to 100%. Once you become a part of such universities you need not worry about the job placements. The returns is surely more than the investment you pooled in. The range of packages that people end up after MBA can range from 10 lakhs to 80 lakhs. Top companies like Amazon, Hindustan Unilever, Samsung, TAS,etc are among the highest recruiters recruiting 10 to 18 offers.

IIM A,B,C,L offer salary packages ranging upto 20 to 25 lakhs while highest domestic package may go upto 60-70 lakhs per annum. Apart from top IIMs other universities offer high salary placements in the range of 12 to 18 lakhs.

COMMUNITIES:

One can find useful resources available on the internet. These communities offer learning modules in the form of videos, discussion forums, live tests, and a lot more. The perks of learning from such sites is that you can study at your own pace and comfort. You can find solutions to the questions by interacting with experts from these communities too. Here are some tools which will help you to prepare for CAT:

  1. This is an amazing online forum which provides lots of information and keeps you updated about CAT. It offers free quiz and contest based on the three subjects. Prepathon is a mobile app created by them for CAT aspirants.

  2. It is one of the most friendly websites for every student who wishes to study at a lower cost. It has over 600+ videos, live classes, full length mocks, and even study material provided in the form of pdf and document.

  3. This online platform provides free practice tests along with study material which includes vocabulary flashcards, guide to GDPI, weekly puzzles, e-books along with reviews, etc.

  4. This source is ideal for reading comprehension and vocabulary building. It can largely help to improve one’s reading speed and helps to enhance focused reading. It helps to maintain accuracy along with stipulated time.

  5. This website offers plenty of free resources with its premium study content. You can appear for free mocks, solve previous CAT papers, and have access to cheat sheets. They also upload weekly videos to explain concepts in detail.

  6. This is a youtube channel created by a bunch of experts. It is highly recommended for people who find Quants to be difficult as it helps you to clear concepts from zero level.

  7. Other youtube channels:

    You can have access to free videos for preparation of cat by searching these names on youtube:
    - Examrace
    - Pyoopel
    - Unacademy
    - Edusaathi
    - easy vocab
    - Learn4exam

  8. iQuanta is a famous Facebook group where students can post their queries which can be addressed by some other students. Also you will also get a mentor who will clarify your doubts. This is a very active group and if you love to study in a group you should join it.

CAT SUCCESS STORIES:

Even though the journey may seem hard, one shouldn't lose their calm. CAT may be a highly competitive exam but know that you are no less than others. Before you cry over your past years academic results, try to focus on the preparation of upcoming exams. And maybe this can be your lucky day to receive call from IIM. Here are some interesting stories of CAT 2018 toppers:

  1. Amit Bikram
    - 100 percentile
    - VARC 79.59
    - LRDI 60.51
    - QA 95.07
    Preparation: Amit spent two months for revising all the concepts and strengthening the basics.Also he didn't join any coaching classes.He started attempting mocks from August on a regular basis from Career Launcher and analysed his mistakes. He noticed that he wasn't that good in VARC and DI so he worked on it and practiced rigorously. Also he practiced from variety of other books like Arun Sharma and IMS e test.

  2. Raunak Majumdar
    - 100 percentile
    - VARC 87.62
    - Quants 96.99
    - DILR 66.77
    Preparation: Ronak did attend full time coaching classes but put in a lot of effort to practice as much as he can. He believed that analysing mock is more important and devoted much time to plan his paper solving strategy. Ronak started his preparations from August as his Quants was strong and he devoted time for time management and problem solving strategy.

    From these toppers we understand how important it is to start early and manage time. Also rigorous practice and keeping calm is what needs to become a topper. One superior quality is that these toppers had their strategies pre planned which helped them to ace. Lastly, do not worry about the marks and which college you will get into and just keep on going.

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