CAT 2009 Notification

CAT 2009 Notification has been released by the IIMs. It can be downloaded from http://content.catiim.in/pdf/CAT_Advertisement.pdf

A quick summary is given below

Eligibility

Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. 45% in case of candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Differently Abled Categories

Sale of CAT 2009 Vouchers

Will commence on Sep 9, 2009 till Oct 1, 2009 at Axis Bank branches across the country. Registration fee is Rs 1400 (Rs 700 for SC/ST candidates)

Important Dates and Registration Information

Sale of CAT Vouchers at Axis Bank branches: Wednesday, 9 September 2009 – Thursday, 1 October 2009

Registration for CAT 2009: Wednesday, 9 September 2009 – Thursday, 1 October 2009. You will also be able to reschedule date, time and location of your test during this period at no extra cost. There are two time slots to choose from: 10AM-12.30PM and 3.30PM-6 PM.  Please note that you can only book your slot AFTER purchasing the voucher.

CAT Test Dates : Saturday, 28 November 2009 – Monday, 7 December 2009

CAT Result: Friday, 22 January 2010 onwards

CAT Candidate Care Support

Phone support: From Sep 9 till Oct 1 between 9 AM to 6 PM – Monday to Saturday. The number is 1-800-103-9293

Email support. From Sep 9 till candidates receive their scores. You can send your queries from this URL: http://www.prometric.com/IIM-CAT/contactus

Useful links and other information

Online Registration Instructions: http://content.catiim.in/pdf/registration_inst.pdf

Official demo test for CAT 2009 from the IIMs is available at http://content.catiim.in/catdemo/index.htm

The demo version has these features

a. Questions appear one at a time. A student cannot see all the questions just by scrolling up and down.

b. There are 4 options instead of the 5, that we have been witness to since CAT 2006. Prometric has taken pains to convert questions which had 5 options from CAT 2006, CAT 2007 into ones with 4 options while creating the demo version.

c. You can move to the NEXT / PREVIOUS question. If you want to access any question randomly you can do it by clicking the REVIEW button.

d. The length of the Passage in the demo version is very similar to what we have been giving in our Proctored Mocks.

FAQs: http://www.catiim.in/faq.html

The test duration is 2 hr 15 min. There is a 15 min tutorial at the start of your time slot. There would be no breaks. This is a 15 min reduction in the testing time from the past CAT few papers.

There would be 3 sections: Quant, LRDI and Verbal

There would be 60 to 70 Questions

Official CAT website: http://www.catiim.in

How is CL responding to this information?

The Proc Mock 5, would have the same interface of the test as the demo version. We have planned the rest of the tests – 4 Proctored and 7 Unproctored to reflect the variations.Be rest assured that as and when we get more information we shall respond to it as soon as possible.

Career Launcher’s Test Series for CAT 2009: http://www.careerlauncher.com/mba/online_cat/Test_series.html

7 New IIMs coming up!

Better chance for MBA aspirants to grab a seat at IIMs

The Union Cabinet on August 27, 2009, approved 7 new IIMs to become operational in two phases at:
Tamil Nadu
Jharkhand
Chhattisgarh
Haryana
Jammu & Kashmir
Uttarakhand
Rajasthan.

Phase I – 4 will start functioning from 2010-11, with an intake of 140:
Tiruchirappalli (Tamil Nadu)
Ranchi (Jharkhand)
Raipur (Chhattisgarh)
Rohtak (Haryana)

Phase II – Rest 3 will be set up during 2010-2011 and raise intake to 560 per year.

Preparation plan for last three months till CAT2009

Beginners:

If you have just begun your preparation for the CAT, I would suggest that the first step should be to take a diagnostic test. This would help you determine where you stand today, which in turn will help you understand the extent of effort you need to put in for success at the CAT. Also, you would get a fair idea of your weaknesses and strengths.

Next, you must chalk out a study plan. Allocate 45 days to get all fundamentals of Quant, Verbal and DI/Logic in place. Slot one hour per area, i.e., 3 hours of study every day. Every week, take one full length test and keep fine tuning yourself. Post first 45 days, start taking full-length tests every 3 days. You must ensure that you learn from the feedback of each test.

Advanced:

If you have already been preparing for the CAT, you must take a mock-CAT to see where you have reached vis-a-vis the IIM call score. Identify your weak areas and focus on them in the first phase. Remember, every mock-test that you take from now on will give you additional areas to focus on. Keep fine-tuning yourself accordingly.

A rough study plan would be:

  • September end till October 1st week – Work on your weak areas so that you can clear the cut-offs. Also, take 3 to 5 mocks.

  • October 1st week till November 1st week : Take about 9 to 10 mocks along with several small practice tests. Focus on maximizing your score in your areas of strength.

  • November 1st week till the CAT : Take one test every 2 days and build your test game plan.

Gejo Sreenivasan                                                                                                                 Principal Consultant

Past trends hold the key to cracking CAT 2009

At this point, there is not much students know about how CAT 2009 will unfold and aren’t sure what to expect in terms of the structure of the paper. Still a large number of students in popular forums are delivering judgments on mock papers, whether the mocks are like CAT or not.

To provide a little more clarity on what the contours of CAT 2009 could be, here we take a look at what could be expected.

While presenting the possible scenarios, we have kept the following assumptions in mind:

Assumption 1: The IIMs knew they wanted switch to a computer-based test (CBT) format at least two years ago. (We did read about CAT going online immediately after CAT 2007.)

Ampssution 2: The IIMs knew that a CBT can be conducted only by a seasoned testing authority that possesses a huge tested database. This had to be one of the key players in the GRE/GMAT space.

Assumption 3: The IIMs would have desired for the test to not have a huge shift going from paper-based to computer-based format, in order to let students experience seamlessness in the pattern. So, the trends from the previous few years must point to the final outcome in the CBT format.

Armed with these assumptions, we have analyzed at the data interpretation and the verbal ability sections of the CAT in the past three years and have tried to extrapolate it into the future. One may ask why we’ve chosen to look at only these two sections; it is because these are likely to change the most in the new format.

Before I move ahead here is a fact file.

Data Interpretation / Data Sufficiency


  • Comprehension questions are based on interpretation of data illustration.

  • Calculation questions check your ability to pick data and calculate fast.

  • Logical types of question are based on “interpreting” after synthesis of data.

  • Analytical reasoning questions are based on “assignment” based on given conditions.

Looking at this fact sheet, a few things are obvious. These are also the things that I recommend students to master while preparing for CAT 2009.

For Verbal Ability the key thrust areas are:

  • Build your vocabulary before you take CAT.

  • Don’t waste your time solving long RC passages. Focus on passages that are short which test your comprehension and not speed.

  • Grammar is making a strong comeback. Do sufficient practice of questions that are based on Grammar.

  • Para Jumbles, FIJs and similar types of questions have a very slim probability of making an appearance in CAT. Even if they do, they would constitute a very small part of the paper.

  • Critical Reasoning is closer to Para Completion. Do sufficient practice in this area.

All the above in fact, point to one thing. Areas that are checked in GMAT / GRE could become a very key component of this CAT.

Data Interpretation has been one area of concern for many students. The period between 2003 and 2006 saw a major shift from calculation-based DI sets to Logic-based sets.

But over the past two years we have seen a comeback of calculation-based sets. So if you do not want to be caught on the wrong foot, it becomes imperative that you have had sufficient practice in calculation-based sets. Do not get intimidated by the logic sets.

All this would mean a lot of practice. These recommendations are meant to help you manage your time more efficiently in the next 90 days. Let us hope that like GRE / GMAT organizing bodies, we get sufficient cues on the pattern when the IIMs come out with the notification on August 30.

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

R Shiva Kumar

IIMC students gave up seats at foreign B-schools

  • Several IIM Calcutta’s 2009-11 batch students turned down foreign B-schools – LBS, Stearn (NYU), Cornell University, University of Texas, Georgia Tech Univ. and Univ. of Southern California etc.
  • 20 students of the batch left jobs paying over Rs 20 lakh p.a. to pursue MBA at IIMC.
  • Av work ex – 27 months. Students from – Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, McKinsey, Merrill Lynch etc.
  • Adamya Chandra, 23, mech. engineer from Kamla Nehru Institute Of Technology, Sultanpur refused seat at LBS to join IIMC, reason : reputation of the institute and professors, strong alumni network, it being the only institute in a metro and its distinction as ‘the’ financial campus of India – would help further his career in finance.
  • Another mech. engineer from Delhi College of Engineering, 23, quit his 20 lakh p.a. job at a trading firm to join 2009-11 batch, reason: “I decided in favor of value-addition, as it will provide security in the long run. As you move up the corporate ladder one needs an MBA degree and no better place than IIMC which is the best when it comes to finance.”
  • IIMC Batch Profile:
    • 408 members – largest across the 7 IIMs
    • Av. age – 24 years
    • 3 students scored 100%ile in CAT
    • Another 62 with over 99.9%ile.
    • 19 overseas students with av GMAT score – 728.
    • No. of female students increased to 10%, those with work experience – 63%.
    • Diverse mix – sportspersons, former World Bank and RBI employees, rock-climbing instructors, those working on starting butterfly farm chains, involved in massive projects such as the modernizing of the Bangladesh Railway System. At least 7 students have own startup ventures. Large number have worked with NGOs on issues such as rural upliftment and education of slum children.

Source:  Economic Times


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Latest FAQs on IIMA website

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Q1: When is the advertisement for CAT 2009 going to appear?

A1: CAT Advertisement will appear in leading newspapers on Sunday, 30 August 2009.

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Q2: Once the advertisement appears, is one expected to buy CAT bulletin from designated banks?

A2: No. One does not have to buy a bulky CAT bulletin. We want to go paperless. A prospective candidate buys a scratch-voucher from the designated bank branches, and, later registers online for CAT 2009.

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Q3: When does the sale of voucher start and end?

A3: Sale of vouchers starts on Wednesday, 9 September 2009 at designated bank branches and their associate outlets. The sale ends on Thursday, 1 October 2009.

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Q4: When and how do I register for CAT 2009 after buying the voucher?

A4: Online registration for CAT 2009 will also begin on Wednesday, 9 September 2009 and end on Thursday, 1 October 2009. Instructions on access to online registration will be given in the voucher, and, detailed registration instructions will be on the CAT website.

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Q5: When will CAT be held and can I choose a test date?

A5: CAT will be held during the period Saturday, 28 November 2009 – Monday, 7 December 2009. Yes, you can choose a test date, session (morning/afternoon), and venue across thirty centres (cities) all over India, subject to availability.

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Q6: Can you give more details on taking test in a CBT format?

A6: Starting Sunday, 30 August 2009, CAT website (www.catiim.in) will provide all the details.

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