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What are the IIMs' selection criteria?
October 25, 2005

What is the weightage given to your performance in the Common
Admission Test, the group discussion and the personal interview if you want to get admission to an IIM, asked a student in a recent Get Ahead chat with CAT expert AKRS Srinivas, director of T.I.M.E., Mumbai. This was his answer: "The distribution varies from IIM to IIM. However, a broad way of distribution is as follows -- written test: 40 to 60 per cent; group discussion and interview: 30 to 40 per cent, academics and work experience: 10 to 20 per cent."

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CAT: Tips, strategies...more Srinivas is an alumnus of IIM-Calcutta. He has an engineering degree in Electronics and Communication from Osmania University and has worked with Maruti Udyog Limited in Gurgoan, Delhi and Kolkata before joining T.I.M.E., Hyderabad, as director of the CAT course. Teaching is his passion and he has been training students for CAT for the last 15 years. Fot those of you who missed the chat, here is the transcript:

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Vikram: Hi,I have work experience of five years in call centre, 2 years at the entry level and 2 years as Team Leader i am ataking CAT this year howver iam facing problem in Quant i am still not confident.My first qstn is what should do for Quant Secondly should i aim for abroad what say you which if you can help me with this ,of course recover my fees by staying in there i mean job scenario as such.

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Another reason could be that the tension is slowly building up in you. academics and work experience: 10 to 20 per cent. during the start of mock tests. Inzamam delighted with result Hodge. However. people with 52+ marks got calls from the IIMs. any tips of wat i am doing wrong ARKS Srinivas: I guess you need to find out what went wrong in the last few weeks. Symonds for Windies Test Yuvraj's century rescues India South Africa elect to field 'Tough for Ganguly to return' India to keep experimenting narayan: How good is FMS? IS there any cut off in FMS entrance test? Is that toucher than CAT? How much must one score to get into FMS ARKS Srinivas: Hi Narayan. CAT is a relative grading exam. Nalbandian overpowers Coria Tajikistan put Pakistan out Maharashtra down Bengal Federer survives Ljubicic scare 'I played like a champion' Organisers slam Agassi pullout msk: what is the distribution of performance in GD and CAT to get into IIMs? ARKS Srinivas: The distribution varies from IIM to IIM. There is. Relax and concentrate on the exam instead of the result. you require to score about 10 to12 marks in Quant. Study fashion designing at NIFT Study in Australia Entrepreneurs: Win Rs 2. What is the minimum one should attempt to qualify in these two areas. Quadratic Equations. a cut-off. England scent victory India-South Africa ODI dossier SA gunning for record ODI run Today in Sports 'Anger over pullouts justified' James leads Cavaliers to victory Magath expects Ballack to stay Portugal held by N. Numbers.com/getahead/2005/oct/25cat.000 How safe are mutual funds? Today in Cricket Pakistan tame England in Multan jackson: Does work experience of 6 months count in any of the IIM's for people who have just graduated? ARKS Srinivas: It does to an extent.htm (2 of 6)11/16/2005 6:15:33 PM .written test: 40 to 60 per cent. Concentrate on key areas like Geometry. Either you have not been studying enough or the papers are getting difficult. a broad distribution is as follows -. Which http://in. Last year. Ireland vpower: Sir. GD and interview: 30 to 40 per cent. FMS is as good as any of the top 10 institutes.rediff.00.What are the IIMs' selection criteria? ARKS Srinivas: Vikram. pks: Hello Sir I would like to know what should be the strategy for those who are weak in maths and data interpretation. if you look at CAT for the last few years. i used to get great scores (alongwith cutoffs) although in the last 3-4 tests my performance has dropped. the IIMs give more weightage to people with more than one year of work experience. FMS gives more weightage to the written test. of course. Thank you for the real music Do you have a yen for pasta? Want to ace CAT? Revise Worried about the new GRE? Do you speak English well? Customer care associates for BPO sheela: How tough was CAT 2004? ARKS Srinivas: Hi Sheela. for instance. Inequalities and a couple more and you should easily reach that score. It does not matter how tough it is. However.

Functions and Graphs (which is second in line as far as the number of questions expected is concerned) and then Arithmetic ie ERPV. QE and Progressions. Time and Work and Time and Distance. you need to realise that getting about 15 marks in QA would be much more than sufficient. you can take it only in your final year of graduation.. Percentages. Since CAT for you is a year away.rediff. i would like to know if i could take the CAT next year to know where i stand. ARKS Srinivas: Hi PKS.. rk: Sir should i give mock cats of various coaching classes every day from now .or should i revise because i feel test practise is ideal practise.Tech-IIT R) and will take cat next year-2006.a total of about eight to 10 from now to CAT.how much does work ex counts in the IIM Selection? ARKS Srinivas: Have answered this... First.so how to plan it from today to next yr Nov'06.. To get that... You can join a coaching class sometime in the January-April period. i am working in a software engg (B.htm (3 of 6)11/16/2005 6:15:33 PM ...What are the IIMs' selection criteria? chapters need to be given more importance to get better marks in math?pks. It is also a way to check on whether your strategies are working or not. Jaspinder: Hi ARKS. Inequalities.com/getahead/2005/oct/25cat.i want to ask.. This seems to be the general problem.. That should be more than enough. ARKS Srinivas: No Hari. Almost all institutes give it about 5 to 15 percent weightage.or is there anyother way to asses my relative performance. ARKS Srinivas: Hi Manoj. concentrate on Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability.. hari: Sir. http://in. i am studying in XII clas. Manoj: Hello Srinivas.. ARKS Srinivas: This is a very good question. Try to improve your performance from mock to mock. Averages. The purpose of writing mock tests is to judge where you stand vis-a-vis the junta. You can take these eight to nine topics and spend three days on each of them till the CAT. Take two mock tests in a week -. Start working on Basic Speed Math fundamentals and basics of Math from January-February. you need to divide Quant into the following areas: Numbers and Geometry (which should get the most questions).

my strong point is VA/RC.. Every other day. Do I need to appear for CAT or GMAT? ARKS Srinivas: You can appear for CAT also.htm (4 of 6)11/16/2005 6:15:33 PM .What are the IIMs' selection criteria? hi: Hi.moderate and difficult.my strategy is that i scan the paper across all sections and mark easy. how to enhance my speed in DI . Keep analysing each paper and solve as many questions as possible. there is none. it should be fine even if you score 25 marks as long as you score about 15 to 20 each in the other two sections. ARKS Srinivas: Hi Ashirvad.do u feel i can still make it . Is there any age limit for taking CAT exam? ARKS Srinivas: No. Though toppers get 40+. ARKS Srinivas: Dev. ashirvad: hi ARKS..my accuracy is 80 percent . Is http://in.. But GMAT would do for some of the IIMs. vpower: Sir.i cant attempt mor than 25 in a 3 sec paper. I solve the easy (45 mins) moderate (40 minutes) and difficult (35 mins) (across all sections). If you can do your best on D-day... im worried since my scores r very low when compared to them.com/getahead/2005/oct/25cat.n attempt abt 55 to 60 questions. but those toppers get in the range of 40 and above. i normally get b/w 2530 in mockcats in this section. i want to improve in quant and dI.what should i do to get my score to that level.. 25 attempts in a DI section is GOOD. dev: Hi Arks . you will make it.. ARKS Srinivas: At the end of the day.. rk: Sir i have people telling me that u shud cross 50 in all mock cats which i fAil to cross but am working at it .. ARKS Srinivas: Spend about two to three hours each on these areas for the next 20 days. you have to perform on D-day.rediff.. take a slip test on one of these areas. Quietly study and do not bother about rumours.. jairam: I am 36. I am currently doing Master's in Australia and thinking of going for IIMs. srividhya: hello sir. This will improve familiarity with the questions and help increase your marks.

you need to decide what aspirations make you think of doing an MBA. i would require to atleast get a call from the IIMs(am a ST canditate). If you are into research.2+ and you should get a couple of calls from the IIMs. Divide the paper into sections and then divide the time accordingly.rediff. ARKS Srinivas: Hi. raghav: Sir . what would have it been if it ws the score in last year paper n what can it be this year around. ARKS Srinivas: ST. the marks will be significantly lower. I think it is better not to waste too much time in marking the difficulty levels. Other management institutes also take CAT scores.htm (5 of 6)11/16/2005 6:15:33 PM . It could be in the 80 percentile range for some of the IIMs. Thims: I done my doctoral degree and am working for a MNC. sudhir: what is cat? ARKS Srinivas: Common Admission Test. ARKS Srinivas: Hi Thims. ARKS Srinivas: Yes. abhinav_111_sh: what would my percentile be if say i have a score of 12i in Quant. i would like to know the marks.What are the IIMs' selection criteria? this a good strategy solving questions across all sections. it is an unproductive job. Still I feel to study Business courses. Raghav. You need to take it if you want admission to the best management institutes (IIMs) in the country. It depends on what you want to do after that. However. kanasu: Till Now I am able to score aroun 30+ in Mock test having 55 + as cut off. ARKS Srinivas: Should be a comfortable 99. Do you think I have chance to get in IIMs.this is raghav. then management research or teaching could be an option. Very much so. CATnMOUSE: Can someone with 6 yrs of work ex and 10+2+2 education take CAT ? ARKS Srinivas: I don't think so! ST: Sir. Please advice me. http://in. Can please confirm whether quant can be conquered in these 30 days.com/getahead/2005/oct/25cat. 18 in DI and 25 in EU+RC.

. You need to study in a very focused manner. revealed Countdown to CAT: A few tips CAT 2004: Strategies. You can cross 60. if you add one mark per day from now on wards. more Share your comments What do you think about the story? Read what others have to say: Number of User Comments: 2 Sub: enquiry is there way to crack cat in 25days having appeared two times earlier Posted by pranodbhat Sub: Can NRIs appear in CAT? Is there a online test scheme for CAT? I want to appear from London. All Rights Reserved.com/getahead/2005/oct/25cat. DON'T MISS! q q q q q q q q q How important is vocabulary Do you need an MBA from Wharton? 10 tips to ace CAT Why English Usage is so important Are you good at group discussions? Why do you want an MBA? Key GD tips.. tips.What are the IIMs' selection criteria? ARKS Srinivas: Kanasu.htm (6 of 6)11/16/2005 6:15:33 PM . http://in.com India Limited.rediff. possible? Posted by s das Disclaimer HOME NEWS BUSINESS GET AHEAD CRICKET MOVIES SPORTS SHOPPING MATCHMAKER MOBILE RINGTONES BLOGS JOBS | CARS Copyright © 2005 rediff. Theoretically. you need to think that you can get it. You can still make it.

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