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Changes in CAT Exam 2014 Pattern

Changes in CAT exam


Indian Institute of Management (IIM), the CAT conducting body has recently announced major changes in CAT examination pattern this year. While some have been accepted with fervor, some are yet to go down well with MBA aspirants. Apparently, these changes have been made so as to ensure that maximum no. of candidates apply this year.

CAT, which is commonly conducted in a testing window of 21 days in the month of October and November, has been reduced to a 2-day window and will be held on Nov 16 and Nov 22 respectively and covered in 4 sessions spanning morning and afternoon. This is to be seen whether the conducting body will be able to do it all in 2 days as efficiently as it used to do it in 21-day-window earlier.

This year CAT is supposed to be held in 99 cities at 354 testing sites where earlier there used to be 40 testing cities with 76 testing sites, which explains the agenda of IIM to encourage maximum no. of applications to this exam. However, CAT 2014 aspirants cannot have the privilege to select their preferred slots as the Exam will be held on two separate dates.

As per the CAT 2014 pattern, all aspirants are supposed to register themselves ONLINE from august 6 to September 30, 2014, through online payment of required registration fee. Thus, the availability of off-line voucher option has been scraped from now onwards.

Questions in CAT 2014 have been increased to 50 in each section from the existing 30 questions. Thus, practically, the exam duration has also been increased to half an hour, making it 170 minutes which somehow nullifies the ‘extra time’ cause.

This time around, CAT 2014 aspirants are supposed to do the tutorial sessions well in advance from the website as tutorial won’t be available prior to the examination.

Probably one thing that remains unchanged is the exam syllabus. The candidates shall face the same four sections:Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

MBA across the world – MBA Entrance Exams

Master of Business Administration or MBA is one of the most popular courses opted by students across the world. Not only does it provide a successful career graph, but also a fat paycheck at the end of every month. But before any of this could happen, the entrance exams in the forms of CAT, XAT, MAT, NMAT, SNAP, IIFT and much more await aspirants. The stifling process of cracking entrances and GD-PI sessions is conducted in a way as to make sure that the best is selected from thousands of aspirants across the country.
A good and stable career plan is pre-requisite for entering a B school, without which any MBA aspirant would find it really hard to stick to institution’s rigorous 2-year regime.
An aptitude test is all what it takes to get into the best MBA colleges of India where a spectrum of questions is put before the applicants including Mathematics, General Awareness, Logical Ability and Vocabulary related questions. Preparations to get into a B school should begin at least one year prior to entrance exams. Here are a few things one should keep in mind while preparing for MBA entrances-
1. While preparing for CAT or any other MBA entrance exam, one should follow a consistent and disciplined schedule with minimum 7-8 hours of study time.
2. Mostly, MBA entrances follow negative marking. So, bluffing your way out isn’t going to help much.
3. Keeping regular updates of what is happening around the world or general awareness is in direct relation with scoring fairly well in MBA entrance exams. In GD-PI sessions, students are mostly quizzed on current affairs .So, make sure that you take your time out from busy schedule for daily enlightenment dose.
4. MBA entrance exam is no child’s play and that is why according to one’s own capacity, one should either take formal coaching or start structuring their preparation foremost.
5. Quantitative ability sections are perks for engineering students where they can perform questions comparatively in less time and concentrate on other sections.
6. Applicants should practice from solved test papers keeping in mind the time frame where one paper should be solved. This will provide help in increasing efficiency of applicants.

7. And above all, hard work is the key to everything, be it a top notch B school or any other opportunity in life, consistent hard work never gives away to failure in life.

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