A student contemplating the pros and cons of dropping a year to get into a top B-school of her choice

Is it worth taking a one-year drop for CAT?

Manoj and Swati have cleared MBA entrance examinations with good percentile and have begun getting calls from many of the top B-schools in India. However, neither Manoj nor Swati have secured a call from the B-school where they want to study. Manoj plans to take a one-year drop for CAT and other MBA entrance examinations.[…]

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Normalization – Do you need to answer all questions in CAT exam?

Priyanka and Pankaj are going to appear for the CAT exam. They have completed their BBA from a very good college and have been preparing for over a year. However, Pankaj does not know much about the concept of normalization which is being applied to the results. The following is a conversation between Pankaj and[…]

How to prepare for various entrance examination for MBA

Ideal time versus accuracy ratio in MBA entrance exams

How to decide how much time to dedicate to each question in MBA entrance exams? Anisha and Sagar, who are very good friends, are preparing for different MBA entrance exams. When taking a break from studies, they like to play a game where they are supposed to burst maximum balloons in minimum time but with[…]


What difference can last minute preparations make in CAT Exam?

We did it in school, then why not the CAT exam? We did not have many thrills during our college days, but one such thrill which we consistently and thoroughly enjoyed involved last minute preparation. The adrenaline rush while constantly looking at the clock, like a metronome, the sweaty palms, the thumping heartbeat, and the[…]

Compete with repeat test takers of the CAT exam

Can you really not compete with someone who has taken CAT exam multiple times?

Mehek is preparing for the 2016 CAT exam. She goes to a coaching centre where she has enrolled for a mock test series. Mehek has made friends with some of her fellow test takers. This is what they were discussing one day after a mock test. Shubham: “I appeared for CAT last year. I got[…]

CAT exam – Does the rural population have an equal chance as the urban population?

“Do I have to be a city resident to crack CAT exam?” His tears mixed with the running water in the river, as his sullen form positioned itself near the river bank like a stone. The cool breeze in the mountains of Munnar rustled in his air, while the trees swayed around, almost beckoning him[…]

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Should you practice only the tough questions for CAT exam?

CAT exam doesn’t have easy questions. Should I even practise them? Natasha and Pratik were two students from Kolkata, preparing for their CAT exam. They were both engineering students. Pratik used CAT preparation books, and Natasha had got herself enrolled into online CAT coaching classes. They had practised a fair amount of Maths during their[…]

How non-engineers can deal with the quants section in CAT exam

CAT Exam- Does solving the quantitative section require you to be an Engineer?

I happen to remember one of my school Alumni meets where I met a lot of my old school chaps. By that time we were on the verge of completing our graduation courses.  This event strikes me the most because it was a turning point in the life of many of my friends. We had a[…]

Role of Intelligence in cracking CAT Exam

Will High IQ Guarantee Success in MBA Entrance Exams?

Will my IQ solely determine my success in MBA entrance exams? [“Sheldon: Is that the prototype drive system for the high-G rover? Howard: No, Bernadette got me a Fitbit so she can track how much I’m exercising….”] “I wish I had Sheldon’s IQ. I could do such a lot more than engineering.” My 19 year[…]

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Acing CAT exam – Do you need to walk in the footsteps of previous toppers?

A tete-e-tete with CAT exam toppers During a regular interview session after CAT, the interviewer had 5 toppers before him and the question put forward was: “Please tell us about the one thing that you did to achieve this galloping success.” Topper 1 – “I woke up early in the morning and studied for CAT[…]