CAT pre­pares you for most other b-school tests

En­trance ex­ams of XLRI, Narsee Mon­jee and IIFT fol­low sim­i­lar pat­terns

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Shrin­wanti Ban­er­jee

In the frenzy of b-school hunt­ing, can­di­dates in­evitably get lost in a myr­iad of man­age­ment en­trance ex­am­i­na­tions — their gate­ways to the pre­mier b-schools of the coun­try. While sev­eral in­sti­tutes con­duct ad­mis­sions on the ba­sis of the In­dian In­sti­tutes of Man­age­ment (IIMs) Com­mon Ad­mis­sion Test, pop­u­larly ab­bre­vi­ated as CAT, sev­eral of the hottest b-schools such as XLRI, In­dian In­sti­tute of For­eign Trade, Narsee Mon­jee In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment Stud­ies and Sym­bio­sis hold their own en­trance ex­ams.

The ad­van­tage of pre­par­ing for CAT is that it pretty much pre­pares you for most other man­age­ment en­trance tests in In­dia. The level of CAT is ei­ther the same or higher as com­pared to the other tests, so pre­par­ing for it ac­tu­ally puts CAT can­di­dates at an ad­van­tage.

Com­ing to the pat­tern of CAT, it con­sists of two sec­tions – one on quan­ti­ta­tive abil­ity and data in­ter­pre­ta­tion, and the other on ver­bal abil­ity and log­i­cal rea­son­ing. The syl­labus is Class 10 level, but don’t let that fool you. The ques­tions can get very dif­fi­cult. Even in the case of the other en­trance tests, the syl­labus is the same. The pur­pose of all these ex­ams is the same – to test your ba­sic in­tel­li­gence.

The IIFT en­trance test and the Sym­bio­sis Na­tional Ap­ti­tude Test or SNAP have pat­terns sim­i­lar to that of CAT. The key dif­fer­ence is that they also have a sec­tion on cur­rent af­fairs, to pre­pare for which you sim­ply need to fol­low the news reg­u­larly. Also, the ex­am­i­na­tions al­low you to fo­cus on your sec­tion of strength. In CAT you are given a fixed du­ra­tion to solve each sec­tion.

The XLRI Ad­mis­sion Test or XAT is con­sid­ered dif­fi­cult, pos­si­bly more than CAT. The flex­i­ble pat­tern and un­pre­dictabil­ity of the pa­per make it chal­leng­ing. Its dif­fi­culty level varies from year to year. In ad­di­tion to the usual sec­tions as in CAT, there are ad­di­tional ques­tions on de­ci­sion-mak­ing, ethics, etc. Hence, XAT would nor­mally re­quire some more prepa­ra­tion.

NMAT is mod­elled like CAT with the dual ad­van- tages of no neg­a­tive mark­ing and a chance for a retest if you are not sat­is­fied with your first at­tempt.

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