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 didnt end up giving headaches to its students instead of results” –Braindead

(From talktime. URL:

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

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


  • 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.

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.


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.

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