Summer of discontent at IIM-I as slump bites

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The global economic slump has affected the summer placement at IIM, Indore.

Some students from the institute, which was the first business school to organise summer placements, failed to secure internships during the placement that ended on Monday. And those who have managed to get one have not got lucrative packages.

The highest package was bagged for a two-month international internship with Vega Foods for Rs 1.15 lakh. The highest domestic offer stood at Rs 50,000 for a similar internship with Coca-Cola. The highest package last year was the double of this.

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Former president Kalam to teach at IIM-Ahmedabad

Former Indian president Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam has accepted the invitation of the Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad (IIM) to teach at the prestigious institution.

Come September, India’s ‘Missile Man’, will begin delivering lectures for 70 students.

Dr Kalam, who had earlier worked as a scientist at the Ahmedabad project of the Indian Space Research Organisation, will conduct 20 sessions of lectures and discussions on ‘Globalising resurgent India’ through innovative transformation from September 13 to November 27.

According to sources at IIM, Dr Kalam will also speak on the crisis in leadership and how India is creating followers but not quality leaders to take the country in the right direction.


CAT to go on-line from 2009: confirmed

AHMEDABAD: The Common Admission Test (CAT) for the management courses is likely to go on-line from the next year.

“We were planning to make CAT on-line from 2008, but since we have only eight months left for the test, it might not be possible this year. But it will be on-line from 2009,” IIM-A Director Sameer Barua said

Source: Economic times

CAT 2007 Analysis



On the whole, the CAT 2007 paper was tough, with no section providing much of a respite to the aspirants. Comparatively speaking, the students would have found Data Interpretation (DI), with a mix of calculations and logic to be on the easier side. Data Sufficiency in its old format reappeared in CAT after a span of three years, more so in two different sections! The emphasis in the DI section was definitely on speed of calculation.

But Quantitative Ability (QA) proved to be mind bogglingly difficult for the average student. However, on a closer look 7-8 questions could have been solved using options without using deeper mathematical knowledge.In Verbal Ability (VA), the number of Reading Comprehension (RC) passages was more than last year, though they were not lengthy. The number of questions per passage was low, just three each. Though, for a change, there were no abstract questions in RC, however, each passage required meticulous reading. As a section, it is safe to infer that the VA section checked almost all the aspects, including verbal logic, vocabulary and grammar. Continue reading

CAT Reactions

You saw what the students said before the test. Here’s what some of them had to say after the test:

CAT in Your City

Now that CAT is over, if you are wondering what students in cities across India are thinking about this year’s “king of exams”, then you have come to the right place.

We bring to you city-specific views on CAT 2007, courtesy our newly discovered journos! In this audio posting, they talk about how many students appeared for CAT in their city, their opinions, sections they loved and loathed, what to do before cut-offs start pouring in, etc.

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Estimated cut-off by some other institutes

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Time: Overall – 90; QA 20; LRDI 28; VA 20
Career Forum: Overall: 123+; QA 31; VA 42;