CAT (Common Admission Test)
CAT is an all-India test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam for the management programmes of its 11 business schools and Top MBA Schools. Other than IIMs, CAT scores are also accepted by many other MBA Institutes across India. The CAT is one of the world’s most demanding entrance examinations for any graduate institute. The test taker is expected to excel in arithmetical problem solving, geometry, statistics, data interpretation, logical reasoning in solving complex puzzles, and English language skills.
Importance of CAT
CAT, is a key for admission in 13 IIMs and top B-schools in India. Performance in CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. Apart from that many other colleges accept the CAT scores and give it a strong emphasis apart from other educational qualifications. So if you have a dream to study in one of the best MBA colleges in India you have to appear for CAT. With so many new sectors opening up — retail, insurance, BPO, telecom — it would seem the job pie has grown exponentially. Better salary, designation and job profiles are offered to the MBA’s
CAT is a computer-based test (CBT) since 2009. The processes include:
- Written Ability Test (WAT)
- Group Discussions (GD)
- Personal Interviews (PI)
IIMs may use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. For more information you may refer the admissions policies of IIMs from their respective websites. The timing allotted to solve the questions always varies.
The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA 45 per cent in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently abled (DA)categories],from a recognized University. 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. 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.
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 mark sheet 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.
How to Apply
A CAT aspirant must be aware of things that would be needed for registration process. These things are:
1. CAT voucher: Before you register online for CAT, you should obtain a voucher from selected Axis Bank branches. Fill the pay-in-slip at the selected Axis Bank branch near your home to obtain the voucher. This voucher is your first step to top B-schools of the country in. The pay-in-slip has two copies one of which will be stamped and given back to the CAT aspirants. This copy shall be retained by the candidate during the entire examination process. The voucher number can be found under the scratch-off area of the voucher you purchase at an Axis Bank branch.
2. Necessary education documents: Before starting the registration process which is online, you should be ready with all your important education documents such as mark sheets of higher secondary, senior secondary and your college. Also be ready with your diplomas if you have pursued higher education. You should calculate your percentage in all your examinations.
3. Work Experience letters (if applicable): If you have work experience, then you should be ready with your experience letters from the companies you have worked with.
4. Desired programmes: Prepare a list of IIM programmes you wish to apply to as per your interests and aptitude. Try and make informed decisions.
5. Exam Date: You should know well in advance which day and time slot you wish to appear for the test.
MAT (Management Aptitude Test)
Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is an entrance test for those who want to pursue career in management. It is conducted by All India Management Aptitude Testing Service (AIMATS), New Delhi conducts the National Entrance Test for admission to MBA and equivalent programmes of the various participating institutes. MAT results are accepted by All India Management Association – Centre for Management Education (AIMA-CME) and other AICTE-approved Management Institutes (MI) and university departments.
Importance of MAT
If you are planning to pursue MBA from a mid-tier college which will save your money as well as your effort of competing for tier 1 colleges then MAT could be a good option for you Moreover if you pass out from a mid-tier MBA college with sound practical knowledge the chances for you ending up in a decent paying job are still high. Though not particularly but many good corporate prefer to hire from mid-tier colleges due to various reasons. So don’t worry even if you were not successful for taking admission in top notch colleges. All you have to do is to work hard and acquire more and more practical knowledge and more increase your networking.
Candidate can choose any one of the two options to take the test:
- Paper Based Test
- Computer Based Test.
It is an objective type test with multiple-choice answers. The test judges following areas
- Language Comprehension
- Mathematical Skills
- Data Analysis and Sufficiency
- Intelligence and Critical Reasoning
- Indian and Global Environment
Though GK marks are not included for score calculation but it is recommended that students attempt this section and not leave it.
The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50 per cent marks or equivalent. The minimum qualification for appearing in MAT is graduation in any discipline from any recognized University or equivalent recognized degree. A final year student in any undergraduate can also appear provisionally. Usually, there is a minimum percentage requirement in graduation, which is different for different MIs/University. For this refer to the prospectus of the particular MIs/University
Admission criteria for every institute are different. All MIs participating in MAT are either AICTE, DEC approved; University affiliated College, University Department. For further information you may contact the MIs/Universities of your choice. The list of various MIs/Universities is available in MAT bulletin along with the admission notification. It may be worthwhile to go through the brochure of the MIs for detailed information.
A student may apply online either through Credit Card/Debit Card or Demand Draft. Certain details of credit card or demand draft are required while registering online. The documents required before starting online registration are – Credit Card/Debit Card/ATM Card (Approved by Master/Visa) or Demand Draft, Passport size photograph in soft form saved as .jpg/jpeg format (not exceeding size of 50KB) and resume in soft form saved as word format (not exceeding size of 150 KB).With the above documents ready, one can apply as well as pay online.
An auto-generated Registration Number is allotted to the student on successful submission of online registration form and will appear on print version of the Registration Form. The candidates paying through demand draft are required to send their demand draft with a print out of the filled online application form with auto generated Registration Number and a duly signed photograph to a mentioned address. AIMA website link: http://aima-ind.org/ may be checked by candidates fifteen days before the date for downloading Admit Card.