Participate in CNBC TV18 B-school Survey

India’s premier business news channel CNBC- TV18 in association with Career Launcher presents ‘A of B Ranking’, the nation’s most exhaustive B-school Rankings. This endeavor is for the benefit of MBA aspirants, who will gain an in-depth understanding of B-Schools and their rankings when results of the survey are reported in September.

Last year, CNBC-TV18′s A of B rankings emerged as one of India’s largest & most comprehensive studies of B-schools, involving multiple stakeholders that included Aspirants, Deans, Recruiters, Head Hunters & Alumni spanning multiple-platforms (4-part TV series, hugely popular book & online presence) and representing a dual methodology – Data & Perception Study. At the end of the 3 month exercise, we’d reached over 5000 students, over 100 B-schools, India’s top head hunters & recruiters. Replicating last year’s multi-platform launch, this year too, the final rankings will be announced through a plethora of media that include: Television, Print and Online.

This survey is available exclusively for Career Launcher students. The same can be accessed through your SIS login page. We would like to solicit your participation to make this study a bigger success than last year .Your contribution is extremely important and shall be highly valuable to the process.

Click here to Participate in the ‘A of B Ranking’ Survey

Career Launcher to conduct first online All India Mock CAT

Career Launcher, the leading education service provider of India, will conduct the first ever Open Online Mock CAT test series across the country

Tests to be conducted in all major cities including Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi/NCR, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Bhubaneshwar, Indore, Pune, Chennai, Kochi, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Rajkot etc.

Career Launcher, the leading education service provider of India, will conduct the first ever Open Online Mock CAT test series across the country. The tests will be conducted in various major cities across India, between 25th July to 2nd August.

This test series spanning over eight days will be open to non Career Launcher students as well. Speaking on the importance of this test, Mr. R. Shiva Kumar, Director, R&D and Academics, Career Launcher said, “There has been a lot of anxiety and apprehension about the Computer Based CAT (CBT-CAT) in past few weeks and we intended to acclimatize aspirants with the new format in a live test environment. This test will also help them identify their areas of concern and in course correct them in the next few months. This is a first of its kind mock test held in the history of MBA test preparation in India. We have created a total of 1500 slots and expect over 50,000 students to take this test, it will serve as an effective benchmarking tool for the new CAT format.”

The students can choose time slots (7 am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm) according to their convenience and take this test at the computer labs in the designated test centers. The entire process, from booking a time slot to getting the scores has been simulated to give the students a real life experience of the actual exam. “We have created an actual test environment in our centers which will help the students to try their mettle under the same pressure and test conditions as the actual CBT-CAT. Since Career Launcher had introduced online mock tests for its students from June 1 itself, we feel our students already have an edge over others”, added Shiva Kumar.

Source: Indiainfoline

When it comes to Proc Mocks, you made the right choice!

Dear CL Student,

Two of our Proctored Mocks are over and a third one – the All-India Open Proc Mock – is just around the corner. We are pleased to find that our Proc Mocks have generated a lot of positive response from the student community. Discussion forums on sites like Pagalguy and even those of our competitors are abuzz with compliments about the way the Mocks were managed.

Here are some excerpts:

“…career launcher has already completed 2 online invigilated cats and they were spot on in management.” – tOoFaNo_Ka_SiKaNdAr

“CL’s management of its mocks is far better..it didnt end up giving headaches to its students instead of results” –Braindead

(From talktime. URL: http://www.time4education.com/talktime/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=999273323&whichpage=1)

However, if you visit the same forums, you shall see that students who have enrolled with the test series of one of our competitors are anything but pleased about their experience. In fact, they have complaints about almost every aspect of the way our competitor handled their first Online Mock CAT.

These include:

* “ have been waiting since eternity ,and now they tell me they dont hav my results !!!” – billythekid

* “I had taken the test, but it somehow says that either i didn’t take the test, or didn’t fill my registration no. properly.” – oval

* “i ws almost done wid my paper and about to submit when the screen disappeared..whn i asked the concerned person he made me submit my test agn….bt my answrs were not saved...- sizzlysonal

* “There are only two systems available in this centre. I dont how they are going to conduct rest of the MOCK CATS with such an infrastructure.” – Phirozz

* “my result shows that I had 1 attempt in English while i had at least 20-22. 4 attempts in maths and I made 10. 1 attempt in DI and I made 7. What is this” – xineohp

* “in the results page, the no of test takers approx 26000. on the page where they apologize, they say around 33000.” – aspcat

(Note: All excerpts take from ‘Talk time’ – T.I.M.E’s discussion forum and the forum on AIMCAT1018 on pagalguy.com)

These are, indeed, serious issues that can frustrate any student. The main reason for such mismanagement is simply a lack of competency when it comes to conducting a test online. And this is exactly where you are in safe hands.

We promised we won’t catch you sleeping when it comes to Online CAT.
And we stand by our promise.

All the best for the All-India (Open) Mock.

Marketing Team

Deadlines for applying to IIMs and other B-Schools on the basis of GMAT

You might be late for IIM – C and IIM A, but you still have a chance to apply IIM – B, IIM-L, ISB, XLRI, Harvard, Wharton, Stanford, Kellogg, Sloan, Chicago, Columbia, LBS, Insead, Cambridge and Oxford etc. Check the deadline and plan your GMAT accordingly

ISB 1st round – 15th Sep
IIM – Bangalore – 30th Sep
IIM – Lucknow – 10th Nov
XLRI – 30th Nov
IIM – Indore – 15th April
Insead – 1st round – 30th September
Harvard – 1st round – 1st October
Wharton – 1st round – 1st October
Cambridge – 1st round – 1st October (estimated)
Kellogg – 1st round – 2nd October
Stanford – 1st round – 7th October
Columbia – 1st round – 7th October
Oxford – 1st round – 9th October
London Business School – 1st round – 14th October (estimated)

For more details regarding GMAT preparation and Admission counseling please contact us at the numbers:

Delhi: 911141513309 or 919873124287.
Mumbai: 022-26133344, 26134029
Pune: 020-65296428, 32502168
Hyderabad: 040-66254600, 66254100
Bangalore: 080-32902754, 41512990
Cochin: 0484-4055700
Chennai: 044-42146046, 42146045

Enrol for MBA Test Prep on Demand by 31st July and save Rs 1500/-

Inaugural discount for MBA Test Prep on Demand is ending on 31 July 09.

The existing product price details are:

For CL Classroom Students (of CAT 2009 programs): Rs 499/- For everyone else: Rs 999/-

From 1 Aug 09 onwards:

For CL Classroom Students (of CAT 2009 programs): Rs 499/- For everyone else: Rs 2499/-

Enrol for MBA Test Prep on Demand by 31st July and save Rs 1500/- Access will be valid for 300 hours till 31-Dec-09.

All the best!

The CL Team

To know more about MBA Test Prep on Demand, click here

Good times are back: Job offers flood IIMs

Article Summary:

BANGALORE: Pre-placement offers from all sectors pouring in for IIM grad class 2010

IIM-B:

  • Consulting firms that participated in last year’s summer placement announced PPO results – all students received PPOs.
  • Vineet Sharma, Placement rep :  IIM-B is only institute with 100% success rate – better than even last year.
  • Last year’s PPO highlights:
    • 120 companies confirmed participation for 270 students
    • 12 consulting firms participated in these process – McKinsey & Co, Boston Consulting Group, Bain & Co. etc.
    • Consulting majors Alvarez & Marsal and Result recruited for the 1st time.
  • Last year’s summer placement breakdown:
    • consulting – 24%
    • finance – 21%
    • investment banking – 20%
    • marketing – 13%
    • general management – 13%
    • 2-3 international offers as well.

Source: Economic Times << Full Article here

CAT: The what and how of a computer-based test

R Shiva Kumar

The stripes of CAT 2009 are now getting a little clearer. It has been some time since the IIMs made the announcement of making CAT a computer-based test (CBT) and here is an attempt to make meaning out of the various issues and put them in the correct perspective.

A few facts first:
1) CAT – CBT is going to be conducted over a period of 10 days. This would mean that students appearing in different slots will get different papers. So Prometric, which has been awarded the contract to conduct the test, will have to create as many papers as the number of slots in the 10-day period of equal levels of difficulty. These tests must be “standardised” statistically so that the percentile performance of any students does not change, irrespective of the paper s/he gets.

2) The CBT is not an adaptive test like GRE and GMAT. The student can make a choice of the questions he/she wants to attempt, unlike an adaptive test where attempting every question is mandatory.

Implications
The implications of moving from a paper format to a computer-based format are manifold:

Environment change impacting performance
The first impact is the change in the testing environment affecting the performance in the test. The familiarity with the online medium is likely to enhance or hinder performance to a significant extent. Research has shown that ‘reading speed’ drops by as much as 20-30 per cent when shifting from reading from print to that from the computer screens.

Moreover, comprehension and manipulation of data become a lot more challenging in the new medium. So, sections that are likely to see the maximum impact are Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation. The rest of the CAT sections are not going to be significantly impacted.

Test-taking strategy
The ability to choose questions to attempt could be “limited” by the format of the paper. For instance, if the test format allows one to scroll across the paper from the first question to the last, the ability to choose would be similar to the paper pattern. On the other hand, if questions can be seen one at a time, it completely changes the “paper scanning” process.

This format is definitely not the friendliest to a student, but most aptitude exams conducted on the computer are in this form.
There are many other formats that could be enforced.  A third one that could completely shake the strategy of a student is the “sectional time” limits. Most competitive exams have time limits for their various sections, this becomes difficult to administer because of the “logistical” problems in invigilation. With a CBT this might not pose much of a problem .

Access to computers for “practice”
Access to computers becomes key to gaining an edge in test taking. It is likely to play a big role given the nature of the student community that appears for CAT.

Content change
Finally, though the conceptual learning does not change, the types of questions could. This is in keeping with the new environment.

Preparation

All these converge into one question: how should a student prepare for CAT with so many ‘uncertainties’?

Essentially, a student should do the following:

1. Get adequate practice on computers. Some of the tests taken should be outside the comfortable confines of one’s home. The performance in a computer lab outside home could be at least 15 per cent poorer than at home. Hence, it is important to test oneself in a simulated environment.

2. Focus on the basics. The subject does not change because the medium has. However, the types of questions could alter a bit. There is likely to be a flavour of GMAT, GRE this year. So stay away from very difficult DI sets and very long RC passages. Make sure that you do not ignore your vocabulary books.

3.  To take care of the eventuality of section-wise timing, it is important that you do not completely skip any section. For instance, do not decide, “I shall not do RC at all”.

None of the above would be possible without sufficient time spent in practising the questions on the new medium. So, make sure that you spend enough time practicing before you appear for CAT 2009. Best of luck!

The author is Director (R&D and Academics), Career Launcher India Ltd.

As Published at Rediff.com

Buy Online Tests for CATs at Rs 75 each

CL Mocks are available for online purchase at http://www.careerlauncher.com/mba/online_cat/take_free_test.html

There are 22 tests for CAT for 6 for other exams like XAT, FMS and SNAP.

Additionally one can also enrol for MBA Test Prep on Demand, CATScan and/or purchase CL’s study material for CAT 2009.

In case of any questions, please send an email to helpme@careerlauncher.com

All the best!

TTE takes a ride to B-school

KOLKATA: At first sight, Anurag Verma looks like any other fresher on the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta (IIM-C) campus. Tall and stout, the 23-year-old melts easily into the crowd of new arrivals. It’s tough to spot him actually, but when one does so, he is a show stealer. For, Anurag is a travelling ticket examiner (TTE) with Northern Railway on lien to study at the prestigious B-school.

Down-to-earth and rustic in parts, the lad from Kanpur was checking tickets on trains till May 30. He was actually on a train in the Moradabad-Kanpur sector when the news reached his home. He had cracked this year’s Common Admission Test (CAT) and found a place on the IIM-C rolls.

Read More..

Source:  The Times of India

CAT 2009: Frequently Asked Questions (1 July 2009)

Q1: I hear that CAT will be held online. Is that correct?
A1: CAT is going to be a computer based test (CBT) and not internet based test (IBT). I.e. Candidate does not take the test on an internet site. Instead of reading the questions in a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer-sheet, a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option.

Q2: I hear that CAT will be a computer adaptive test. Is that correct?
A2: No, CAT is not going to be a computer adaptive test.

Q3: Will the format of the test change?
A3: The format of the test will remain more or less the same except that a candidate reads question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer.

Q4: Can I take the test from any computer?
A4: No. A candidate will take the test only at designated test venues in about 25 cities across India. Detailed information will be provided in the CAT 2009 advertisement.

Q5: But how do I do rough-work and calculations while arriving at the answers?
A5: At the test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a writing pad with numbered pages for calculations. After the test, candidate must leave the pad including all the pages in it at the desk. Rough-work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet as nothing will be allowed to be taken inside the test hall.

Q6: Can you give more details on taking test in a CBT format?
A6: We will be giving more details at a later stage.

Q7: But when is the CAT 2009 advertisement going to appear in newspapers?
A7: Advertisement for CAT 2009 will appear during the later part of August 2009.

Q8: How much is the test fee for CAT 2009 and how do I pay?
A8: Candidate Testing Fee is Rs. 1400 (Rs. 700 for SC/ST candidates). A prospective candidate buys a CAT 2009 Voucher from designated locations/bank branches after advertisement appears in newspapers. Sufficient time will be given for purchasing the voucher. More details will be available on our websites after the advertisement appears in newspapers.

Q9: How do I register for CAT 2009?
A9. The Voucher bought by the candidate gives instructions on how to register for CAT 2009. At this time, it would suffice to say that candidates are expected visit CAT website to register for CAT 2009. Sufficient amount of time will be given to register online. More details will be given in the advertisement and the voucher.

Q10: How do I get my admit card for the test?
A10: After you fill-in, review, and submit the registration information during online registration, you will receive an email containing your Admit Card.

Q11. Does that mean I need to have an E-mail account?
A11. Yes, you must have a valid E-mail account throughout the selection process.

Q12: What do I need to bring at the time of test?
A12: You must bring the printed copy of the admit card, one picture ID, and any other ID not necessarily with a picture. Do not bring any other material and personal belongings with you, for no personal belongings and materials will be allowed in test-hall. More details will be provided later.
Q13: Can you please tell me when will the CAT 2009 be conducted?
A13: CAT 2009 will be conducted during a ten-day window starting at the end of November 2009. Exact dates will be mentioned in the advertisement.

Q14: Can I take CAT more than once during the testing window?
A14: No, a candidate can register to take test only once during the CAT 2009 testing window. Admit cards and picture ids of the candidates will be checked, and candidate pictures and biometric information will also be captured at the test venue.

Q15: When are CAT 2009 result expected to be declared?
A15: CAT 2009 results are expected to be declared by the end of January 2010. Exact date of result declaration will be informed at a later stage.

Q16: When will we get more updates?
A16: Any important developments may be posted on IIM sites and CAT website about a month later.

Source: IIM A website

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