To re-take or not to re-take the CAT

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B-School Selection / CAT / Motivation

April is the cruellest month is how one of the greatest modernist poems starts off and it is kind of applicable to all those who have taken CAT 2016 and are awaiting the results. While some have already made it, others are desperately awaiting the results, while still others are waiting for the results but are not really sure whether they should go ahead and join a b-school this year or give the CAT another shot. It is not an easy call to take but your task will become easy if you ask yourself the right questions and give the most honest answers you can to them.


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Should I quit my job to prepare for CAT?

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B-School Selection / CAT

It’s been a while since I wrote a post, so I thought I will take up a question(s) that I am often asked and is most relevant at this point in time given that some of you might be looking at re-taking the CAT after an underwhelming CAT 2016 and others might be desperate to crack CAT 2017.

  • is it wise to quit my job to prepare for the CAT?
  • will quitting my job have a negative impact on my profile?
  • how can I prepare if I am working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week?

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CAT 2016: GD-PI Toolkit

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B-School Selection / CAT / WAT-GD-PI

Dear CAT 2016 Achievers,

Like we did last year, we have created a folder with articles curated to cover topics that might pop in this year’s WAT-GD-PIs.

The articles are not easy reads by far since they are from sources such as EPW and McKinsey. More than trying to agree or disagree with the views expressed, it would be best to look at them to get a more diverse set of examples and also incorporate view points other than your own into your essays and GDs.

The toolkit also contains all institute specific processes and topics from previous years.

Also, we will be updating this once a week, so do download the folder again next Monday.

CAT 2016: WAT-GD-PI Toolkit

Happy Reading!

CAT 2016: The best online CAT so far

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CAT

Now that the dust has begun to settle on CAT 2016, we can may be take a step back — beyond score calculators, the expected percentiles and incorrect questions — and take a look at it in terms of the evolution of the test.

The test itself, if I am not wrong, for only the third time in its history did not change at all in terms of structure. On the face of it CAT 2016 and 2015 look like twins but like with twins there are significant differences beneath the surface. Read More

CAT 2016: Are you ready for a real test?

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Motivation

From very early on in our lives we are exposed (or subjected) to this word called TEST. As we enter the higher grades the importance that TESTS play or are supposed to play in our lives steadily increases. If we look back, for most of us, tests have always been part of a trinity, they have always been concomitant with two other things —  fear and prayer.

At some point of time all of us when faced with a test (including yours truly) have felt at the least a sliver of fear running through our bodies prior to a test and even most unbelieving of us have muttered a tiny little prayer under our breaths. Read More

CAT 2016: How to take your SimCAT scores to the next level

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CAT Strat

We have just finished SimCAT 9 and if the scores & percentile charts are any indication, test-takers are beginning to find their footing. But here is the catch — for every set of people hitting the 100s for the first time, there will be a set hitting 120s, a set hitting 135s and a set hitting 150s as well for the first time. So some of you while feeling happy to see high scores will also be feeling a bit of a bother when you see your percentiles.

Well firstly, the happiness is warranted so don’t let the percentiles bog you down. What you need to now do is to see your scores, percentiles and the task ahead in the next 60 days in the right perspective. Read More

CAT 2016: How to improve your QA percentile – Part III

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CAT Strat / Quant Strat

In the previous two posts we took at a look at the first two building blocks to increase your score and percentile on CAT Quant — Accuracy & Question Selection. In this post we will look at the third building block — if the first two blocks provide the impetus towards the higher score, this block is the one from where you take off towards a higher score — Speed. Read More

CAT 2016: How to improve your QA percentile – Part II

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CAT Strat / Quant Strat

In the first part of this post we covered on the first building block to achieve higher scores and percentiles on CAT QA — accuracy. In this post we will take up the next one — selection.

QA is the section that gets the maximum attention of test-takers of all stripes and there is always a litany of frustrations and queries that plagues aspirants —

  • I am good at Math and like Math but my score just does not seem to go up!
  • Should one attempt the long Arithmetic questions?
  • I feel every problem is do-able!
  • I get stuck for long with one problem without realising it
  • I realise there were many problems I could have solved when I analyse the test

The answer to all of these questions lies in the way you select questions and the way you navigate between them. Read More