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Friday, July 25, 2008

CAT Original question paper

Some also asked for the CAT 2007 question paper (as many of them find it tough to find it) . I am putting here link to last year question paper ( paste this link into your browser address bar & press enter key ).Yeah this cat question paper also contain a solution key to it.Whats my tip to you now is that make a printout of the question paper & take a long breath, & try to solve it. I know you can solve . So what u r waiting for. Do it now. Wait a second. Do not forget to stick to time limit. After all this affair check with the key where you stand in the cat question paper & where you need to improve.

Best of Luck!!!

CAT MBA Eligibility

Many readers asked me about the mba CAT Eligibility. So, what i am putting here the cat mba eligibility.

For all IIM MBA , the minimum eligibility criterion for admission to PGP is at least a three-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent in any discipline recognized by the Association of Indian Universities as eligible for Post-Graduate Studies in Management.

Special eligibility requirements

* IIM MBA Ahmedabad

PGP (Agri-Business Management) (PGP-ABM)

Candidates should have, from an institution recognized by the Association of Indian Universities/

1. Bachelor's or Master's degree in Agriculture Sciences OR
2. a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Agriculture related disciplines OR
3. at least a three-year Bachelor's degree in any discipline, and a strong interest in Agriculture, Agro/Food Processing, Rural and Allied Sectors.
* IIM Calcutta:

Candidates can apply to more than one of the Post Graduate Programmes viz, PGDM, PGDCM and PGDBM. For Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Management (PGDCM), a candidate is required to send a crossed demand draft payable in Kolkata for Rs.600/- in favour of Indian Institute of Management Calcutta along with a self-addressed envelope of size 10" x 5" between August 2 and November 1, 2008. PGDCM Application Forms and a sample paper of Aptitude Test in Mathematics (ATM) will be sent to the applicant on receipt of the demand draft. Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management (PGDBM) is a three-year evening programme. For this programme an applicant must have (i) a minimum of two years work experience (by May 31, 2008) at an Executive /Supervisory level after graduation and (ii) must be employed in a full time job at the time of admission (Details in CAT Bulletin).

**Note (for all IIM CAT MBA):

Candidates who are currently in their final year of Bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) can also apply, provided they expect to complete all their exams and other requirements for obtaining the qualifying degree before June 30, 2008. Such candidates, if selected for admission, will have to submit a certificate at the time of registration, stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor's degree before June 30, 2008. This certificate has to be obtained from the HOD/ Registrar / Principal of the institution where the candidate is studying. In addition, such candidates must produce the final year marksheet and the degree certificate as proof of having satisfied the minimum eligibility requirements, by the dates specified by the respective IIMs in the CAT Bulletin.

Scholarships/Financial Assistance :

It is the endeavour of the IIMs that no student be denied opportunity to pursue the Post-Graduate Programme in Management ( MBA )for want of adequate financial resources. Substantial need-based scholarship schemes covering even up to 100% of expenses are available. (Please see the write-up on each IIM included in the CAT MBA bulletin for details).

Reservations :

As per Government of India requirement 15% and 7½% seats are reserved for SC and ST candidates. 3% seats are reserved for Persons with Disability (PWD) of which 1% each is reserved for low-vision/blindness, hearing impairment and locomotor disability/cerebral palsy.

you can refer to the particular iim website to know more.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Profit by IIM CAT forms

A report states that the seven IIMs in the country- Ahmedabad. Kolkata, Lucknow, Indore, Shillong, Bangalore and Kozhikode made a profit of $5.5 million (Rs.22 crore) from merely selling the cat mba entrance test forms.

IIMs have raised the price of forms for general candidates by Rs200 and for SCs/STs by Rs100. The administrators of the MBA CAT examination, called the CAT group, a body consisting of admission committee chairpersons of each of the IIMs, have raised the cost of forms for so-called 'general' candidates by Rs 200 - from Rs 1,100 to Rs 1,300 - and for those belonging to the scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs) by Rs 100 from Rs.550 to Rs. 650.

The profit from the sale of forms is equally distributed among the IIM after deducting the cost of organizing CAT.

Last year, the IIMs had earned around Rs24.2 crore selling these forms and spent around Rs6.2 crore for conducting the mba cat examination, making a profit of Rs18 crore

CAT MBA forms are out!!

The wait is over.Cat forms are out. check out this information:

Issue of iim mba CAT Bulletins by Axis Bank Starts
JULY 14 2008(Monday)

Issue of CAT Bulletins by Axis Bank ENDS
August 8, 2008 (Friday)

Issue of mba CAT Bulletins by IIMs ENDS
AUGUST 13,2008(Wednesday)

Last Date for receipt of completed CAT Applications by IIMs


November 16, 2008


The CAT Application Form and Bulletin can be obtained from branches of AXIS Bank listed below, between July 14 and August 8,2008 for Rs. 1300/- (Rs. 650/- for SC/ST candidates). Please note that a candidate needs to buy only one CAT Application Form irrespective of how many IIMs he/she is applying to. Candidates buying the form from Axis Banks /IIMs must enclose the 3rd Copy of Bank's/IIMs' Pay-in Slip bearing the Candidate's name with the CAT Application Form. SC/ST candidates should submit a copy of SC/ST Certificate to the Bank/IIM at the time of obtaining the iim CAT Application Form. Candidates should ensure they meet the eligibility criteria of the programme in wihich they are interested, before procuring the CAT Application Form. CAT Application Forms of ineligible candidates and application forms with incomplete information will be summarily rejected. CAT Application Forms, once sold, will not be taken back and no claims of refund of iim CAT Application Fee will be entertained.


ANDHRA PRADESH: Chittoor (Prakasam High Road), Hyderabad Main (Begumpet Road), Hyderabad (Kukatpally), Secunderabad (Rashtrapati House), Secunderabad (Tarnaka), Kakinada (Subhash Road), Kurnool (Railway Station Road), Vijayawada (Rajagopalachari Street), Vishakhapatnam (Dwaraka Nagar), Warangal (Station Road);
ARUNACHAL PRADESH: Itanagar (Teli Plaza);
ASSAM: Guwahati (Dispur), Jorhat (A.T. Road);
BIHAR: Bhagalpur (Patal Babu Road), Muzaffarpur (Club Road), Patna (Boring Road), Patna (S.P. Verma Road);
CHATTISGARH: Bhilai (Off. GE Road), Bilaspur (Near New Bus Stand), Korba (Power House Road), Raipur (Jeevan Bima Marg);
DELHI Delhi Main (Barakhamba Road), Daryaganj (Netaji Subhash Marg), Defence Colony, Greater Kailash-II, Janakpuri, Karol Bagh (Padam Singh Road), Malviya Nagar, Mayur Vihar (LSC), Paschim Vihar, Rajouri Garden (Vishal Enclave), Sector 7, Rohini (Main Road), Shakti Nagar (G.T. Kamal Road), Swasthya Vihar (Vikas Marg), Vasant Kunj (Nelson Mandela Road);
GOA Panaji (Dr. Atmaram Borkar Marg);
GWABAT Ahmedabad Main (Ellisbridge), Ahmedabad (Maninagar), Ahmedabad (Vastrapur), Baroda, (Race Course Circle - North), Bhavnagar (Waghawadi Road), Rajkot (Kalawad Road), Surat Main (Ghod Dod Road), Vallabh Vidyanagar (Near HM Patel House);
HARYANA Ambala Cantt. (Jagadri Road), Gurgaon (Sector-14), Faridabad (NIT), Kurukshetra (Railway Road), Panipat (GT Road), Rohtak (Delhi Road);
HIMACHAL PRADESH Shimla (Kasumpti);
JHARKHAND Dhanbad (Bank More), Jamshedpur Main (Bistupur), Jamshedpur (Sakchi), Ranchi (Main Road);
JAMMU & KASHMIR Jammu (Rail Head Complex);
KARNATAKA Bangalore Main (M.G. Road), Bangalore (J.P. Nagar), Bangalore (Jayanagar), Bangalore (Koramangala), Bangalore (Marathahalli), Bangalore (Malleswaram, Sampige Road), Bangalore (Vijaynagar, West of Chord Road), Bellary (Main Road), Belgaum (Congress Road), Davanagare (PB Road), Gulbarga (Super Market), Hubli (Deshpande Nagar), Karwar (Green Street), Mangalore (Bunts Hostel Circle), Mysore (Temple Road);
KERALA Kochi (Rajaji Road), Kottayam (Near YMCA), Kozhikode (YMCA Cross Road), Thiruvananthapuram (MG Road), Thrissur (City Centre);
MADHYA PRADESH Bhopal (MP Nagar), Gwalior (Madhavrao Scindia Marg), Indore (Main), Indore (Sapna Sangita Road), Jabalpur (Shastri Bridge Chowk), Satna (Rewa Road);
MAHARASHTRA Ahmednagar (Tilak Road), Amaravati (Near Jaistamb Chowk), Aurangabad (Adalat Road), Kolhapur (Station Road), Mumbai (Main Fort), Mumbai (Andheri West), Mumbai (Bandra West), Mumbai (Borivli West), Mumbai (Mulund West), Mumbai, (powai), Mumbai (Shivaji Park), Navi Mumbai (Nerul), Navi Mumbai (Vashi), Nagpur Main (Sitabuldi), Nashik (Sharanpur Road), Pune Main (J.M.Road), Pune (Camp), Pune (Kothrud), Pune (Pimpri Chinchwad), Pune (Sahakar Nagar), Thane Main (L.B.S. Marg);
MEGHALAYA Shillong (Jail Road);
MIZORAM Aizwal (Charmari);
NAGALAND Kohima (UT Complex),
ORISSA Angul (Main Road), Balasore (OT Road), Berhampur (Ganjam), Bhubaneswar (Kalpana Square), Bhubaneswar (Satyanagar), Cuttack, (Badambadi) Rourkela (Kachery Road), Sambalpur (VSS Marg);
PUNJAB Amritsar (Court ROad), Jalandhar (Mahavir Marg), Ludhiana Main (The Mall), Patiala (Rajwara Road);
RAJASTHAN Ajmer (Kutchery Road), Bikaner (Rani Bazar Road), Jaipur Main (Ashok Marg), Jaipur (Tilak Nagar), Jodhpur (Chopasni Road), Kota (Shopping Centre), Udaipur (Chetak Marg);
SIKKIM Gangtok (MG Road);
TAMILNADU Chennai Main (Mylapore), Chenmii (Adyar), Chennai (Annanagar), Chennai (Annasalai), Coimbatore (Avinashi Road), Madurai (Goods Shed Street), Salem (Omalur Main Road), Tiruchirapalli (Salai Road), Tirunelveli (East Car Street);
TRIPURA Agartala (HG Basak Road);
UTTARANCHAL Dehra Dun (Rajpur Road)" Roorkee (Civil Lines), Rudra.eur (Nalnital Road);
UTTAR PRADESH Agra (Sanjay Palace), Aligarh (Ramghat Road), Allahabad (MG Marg) , Bareilly (Civil Unes), Gorakhpur (Bank Road), Jhansi (Civil Lines), Kanpur (The Mall), Lucknow Main (Ashok Marg), Lucknow (Hewett Road), Lucknow (Indira Nagar), Meerut (Boundary Road), Noida (Sector 16), Noida (Sector 18), Varanasi (Shastri Nagar);
WEST BENGAL Burdwan (GT Road), Durgapur (City Centre), Kharagpur (Malancha Road), Kolkata Main (Shakespeare Sarani), Kolkata (Behala), Kolkata (Dalhousie Square), Kolkata (Golpark), Kolkata (Lake Town), Kolkata (Salt Lake City), Kolkata (Shf:am BaZar), Siliguri (Sevoke Road); CHANDIGARH: Chandigarh (Sector 17B), Chandigarh (Sector 34A);

Pondicherry (Bussy Street).

JAMMU & KASHMIR Srinagar (Lal Chowk);


Under exceptional circumstances [such as (a) the stock of bulletins exhausts in the nearby branch of the bank, (b) the bank branch is inaccessible to the candidate, and (c) the bulletin sale through banks has closed], CAT Application Form and Bulletin can also be obtained directly from any one of the IIMs till August 13,2008 by sending a crossed demand draft for Rs. 1300/- (Rs. 650/- for SC/ST candidates with a copy of the SC/ST certificate) drawn in favour of the respective IIM. Request for the bulletin should be accompanied by a cloth-lined self-addressed unstamped envelope of size 12" x 10".

The completed application form for CAT 2008 with supporting documents should be sent so as to reach the concerned IIM mba on or before September 5, 2008

IIMs would not be held responsible for non-delivery or postal delays In case of CAT Application Forms and Bulletins sent by the speedl registered postIcourier anellor non-delivery or postal delays in receipt of completed CAT 2008 application ,forms

Postal Addresses:

Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Management, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad-380015
Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, Bannerghatta Road, Bangal0re-560076
Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Management Calcutta, DH Road, Joka, Kolkata-700104
Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Management Indore, Pigdamber, Rau, Indore-453331
Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode, 11M Kozhikode Campus P.O., Kozhikode-673570
Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Manag!!ment, Prabandh Nagar, Off Sitapur Road, Lucknow-226013

Interactive Voice Response System Numbers:

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad 079-26307258
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore 080-26484650
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta 033-24380266
Indian Institute of Management Indore 0731-4058371
'Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode 0495-2803005
Indian Institute of Management Lucknow 0522-2736666


CAT Website

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
Indian Institute of Management, Indore
Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode
Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow

Sunday, July 6, 2008

IIM pattern to select students via CAT

A 5-page document outlining exactly how IIM Bangalore admits candidates into its PGP program based on cat entrance is available on the institute website.
All those of you giving CAT this year will no doubt be excited by the contents of this post. Here are the details.

a) Stage 1 shortlist: This is prepared solely on the basis of performance in CAT. You need to achieve certain minimum cut offs in each section. Of course these cut offs vary from year to year, depending on how test takers have performed as a whole.
b) Stage 2 shortlist: Here is the real bombshell. For all candidates in the first shortlist, the weighted total of five components are used to prepare a pre-GDPI rank list for calling candidates for the GDPI. These are:

(a) CAT (20%)
(b) 10th board marks (15%)
(c) 12th board marks (10%)
(d) Graduation marks (15%)

(e) Work experience or professional course (10%)
This means having a high CAT score is not enough to get an interview call to IIM B. Your past academic performance matters a hell of a lot.
Interestingly, CA is the ONLY professional course eligible for weight under the criterion 'professional course'. And the formula for work ex gives the highest score to candidates with experience of 36 months duration.
Thus the profile of the candidate most likely to get a call from IIM B is as follows:
* High CAT score, cleared all sectional cut offs
* Consistent academic performance across 10th, 12th and graduation.
* 1-3 years work experience.

It would be wrong to guess that other iim may be following the same patter for selection.