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'CAT is all about competition'
November 08, 2005 11:57 IST
The countdown to the Common Admission Test 2005 has begun.
How tough are CAT questions?
Which are the best B-Schools in the country?
Can you skip an entire section in CAT?
CAT gurus Asan Dasari and Vinayak Kudva of IMS Learning Resources answered these queries in a recent chat with Get Ahead readers.
Asan is an engineer and has an MBA from IIM-Calcutta. He is the product manager for CAT at IMS, and guides students through their CAT preparation.
Vinayak, an engineer, has an MBA from the University of Mumbai. He is the head of academics at IMS, has rich experience in academia-based research and teaches Mathematics during his free time.
Here is the transcript:
Hari: Can i leave RC totally and do full VA with 90 pct accuracy if CAT will be a replica of last year?
Sahil: How sucessful is the strategy of attempting around 80-85 questions.
vivekagrawal: sir, giving cat but not getting d proper mindset. i.e concentration at d time of simcats. wht should i do
som: hi,am working for an IT company for almost 1.5 years,is this work ex really relevant?
vishu: sir can u tell me how much will a simcat %ile of 95 will turn into actual cat
amit: WITH ABOUT 20 DAYS TO GO HOW MUCH TIME SHOULD ONE DEVOTE TO CAT STUDIES DAILY?
Baresi: approximately how many ppl, from those who appear in CAT, get calls for GD/PI.....also, wat is the cut-off percentile for this??
narayanan: I have finished MSc electronics..is there any poosibility for attempting CAT? WILL that be useful to me?
ram: Hi, I am scoring abt 85 odd percentile in SIM Cats...Realistically what insttitutions should i be aiming for.. I am an engineer with 1.5 years work experience.
Dhiraj: Hello sir, I am working at a financial services BPO (back office).I wanted to know if this will be recognized as valid work experience by the IIMs
Gauri: Sir, is SP Jain Institute of Management a good institute...plllllllllllllllllllzzzzzzzzzzzzz answer me
sm: hi...As CAT is nearing, the thing that baffles me is that my percentiles are not steady...rather they are very fluctuating...sometimes very high and sometimes very low...what do I do??
Abhishek B: Sir, in CL mock cats i have been clearing cutoffs in qa and di, with good score in di, but i'm unable to clearthe cutoff in english section. This has been the story in the last 2 mocks. What should i do till the D-day tobell the CAT?
Sahil: Can you please provide an effective strategy for giving the quant section. Usually I get so involved in attempting probs that I find that many simple probs at the end of the test were not even seen by me
i. Skim through all the questions.
ii. Do the questions you think you will be able to solve easily based on your areas of strength.
iii. If time permits, repeat this exercise for the questions you did not attempt in step two.
asan dasari: Dont you think the iim's should start a model for mba to enterpreuners and the like who just need some skillsets for their business. Probably a requirement-based MBA training ?
divya: what is the best strategy in case of a pattern like last year.considering the 2 mark questions are really tough
suniel: sir,wht is the ideal percentile score for admission into T.A.Pai,& also does it consider any sectional cutoffs.plz answer this question sir.
Mihir: Which exam is more competitive and tougher than CAT or XAT?
Dhiren: I am having 2.5 years expeience. 2 years exp in manufacturing industry and presently i am wth ERP implementation company as Project Consultant.
sm: Are the institutes, SCMHRD and SIBM under the SNAP test good enough?
kishore: Hello sir, I would like to know which institutes in india are at par with IIMs ?
Part I: How to improve your CAT score
Next: Part III of the transcript
Illustration: Dominic Xavier