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CAT 2015: Beginning your journey to IIMs; how & wherefrom to walk on success …

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CAT 2014 topper: No call from IIMs despite 99 percentile; Shocking story revealed

CAT 2014 topper: No call from IIMs despite 99 percentile; Shocking story revealed | 27 April 2015 10:35 IST

True story of Sukvinder Singh who despite scoring a high percentile of 98.9 in CAT 2014 has not been able to receive a call from single IIM is sure an eye opener for CAT 2015 aspirants

The true shocking story of Sukvinder singh (name changed to protect the identity of the candidate) is shocking and could be a guiding star for CAT 2015 aspirants to prepare in accordance to the requirements of shortlisting criteria. It is not only your percentile in CAT 2015 but other important factors that can help you get and convert your call, are also responsible.

The true story of Sukvinder Singh who despite scoring a high percentile of 98.9 in CAT 2014 has not been able to receive a call from single IIM is sure an eye opener for CAT 2015 aspirants. Sukvinder was initially very happy on scoring such a good percentile but is quite upset as he has not received call from any IIM. Adding fuel to fire, the candidates with CAT 2014 percentile as low as 95 or 96 have received the call from older and newer IIMs and are hopeful of converting the same.

The first person account presented below is to guide and inspire the CAT 2015 aspirants to avoid the mistakes that this candidate did and adopt right preparation strategy and follow it meticulously to score high balanced sectional percentile in CAT 2015.

Sukvinder Singh is a working professional, hails from Jharkhand and works in Mumbai. The candidate pursued the school education from CBSE Board with a moderately high score. Let us have the first person account right from Sukvinder Singh.

I am an Engineering graduate from an AICTE approved Institute and have always secured fairly good score in the examination.  I have a work experience of 2 years with an IT company and have been drawing good salary.   

After completing my graduation in Engineering I have always aspired to pursue MBA from IIM A,B,C,L or from some other reputed B school. Since the gateway to get admission in any of them is to go through CAT with high percentile, the first priority was to prepare well for CAT 2014.

I prepared well for CAT 2014

I quit my job, joined an institute to prepare well and give my 100% to CAT 2014 preparation.  I devised number of tricks and short cuts while sharing quant sessions with the CAT aspirants while for Verbal I used to share the material and preparation tips from faculty members and students alike.

Despite all the changes in CAT 2014 which had different type of questions, less time left per question to solve with more number of questions, my hard work brought me 98.9 percentile in CAT 2014 and I was sure of getting one of the older IIMs.

My order of preference went like IIM B, A, C, L, I, K, S.  I didn’t give much weightage to new IIMs in view of their current infrastructure, learning experience and not so good placement. Other top rated institutes in my favoured list included MDI, NITIE, IMT, FMS, DMS-IIT Delhi and new IIMs.

Not shortlisted by IIMs

It’s shocking but true that IIM A,B,C,L,I didn’t send call to me not to say of converting it. I received call from IMT, MDI, NITIE, DMS-IITD, FMS but not from any IIM.

Uneven Sectional Percentile shattered dreams

My CAT 2014 percentile is not balanced. Overall it is high at 98.9; in quant 99+ but low in Verbal with 80+. High sectional percentile in CAT 2014 was also very important to get shortlisted and to get a call from IIMs. High sectional scores in CAT can also compensate for some low scores in PI round if you are shortlisted.

Besides my academic record in 10th and 12th standard stands at around 73 & 71 percent marks.

Work Experience would have helped if I had got shortlisted as the older IIMs award extra weightage to work experience. But since I was not shortlisted, no benefit of work experience I could get

Plan to prepare for CAT 2015

• I wish to pursue MBA from a top rated B school and to achieve this goal I will focus on both the sections. I am a bit weak in Verbal so will focus more on it especially Grammar part. IIMs need a minimum cut off sectional percentile of 85 to 90 in Verbal Ability. I will target 100 percentile to get an edge over others and to compensate for my moderate academic profile.

• I have however been lucky enough to get my job back and I do not propose to quit it now. I will go for a mix of weekend offline coaching and a regular on-line coaching to give my best.

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CAT 2015: 10 memory sharpening tips for MBA aspirants to crack the exam

With the robe of honour to convene Common Admission Test (CAT) 2015 handed over to IIM Ahmedabad, apprehensions on changes in CAT 2015 are also being contemplated. Since it is a known fact that the face of CAT got totally changed in 2014, further changes in CAT 2015 may not be ruled out.

CAT 2015 is expected to contain 100 questions to be solved in lesser allotted time than used to be awarded in earlier CAT exams. Number of topics, type of questions and allotted time per question are also expected to change. Now CAT 2015 takers would be expected to solve one question in less than 2 minutes in contrast to 2.32 minutes allotted in earlier CAT examinations.

All these and other expected changes in CAT 2015 would call for a higher speed and accuracy from test takers to solve more questions and score a high sectional as well as overall percentile in this coveted MBA/PGDM entrance exam to explore admission opportunity in one of the desired IIMs.

To achieve the goal of success in CAT 2015, your memory will play an important role as the well learnt and practiced concepts on various topics need quick and accurate application. How to sharpen it is shared below by Prof S K Agarwal, Verbal Ability Expert and mentor on CAT 2015 preparation.

The quote of George Eliot ‘The terror of being judged sharpens the memory’, has the message that nearer the day of examination, stronger will become your memory. Since you are going to take one of the toughest and trickiest Management Entrance Examination – CAT 2015, you will need a lot to remember, a lot to analyse and plenty of the material to practice- the solution of which will come from the stock of your rich memory.

Although we all know that a great memory is required in this competitive environment, how to sharpen and make it rich–is, probably, a lesser known phenomenon. Let us share a few tips how to sharpen our memory to crack CAT 2015 with a high score.

Test Your Brain Power

The proverb that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, may not hold good when it comes to testing and using the power of your brain. Scientists have discovered that this old adage simply isn’t true as the human brain has an astonishing ability to adapt and learn—even into old age. This ability is known as neuroplasticity. Brain can form new neural pathways, alter existing connections, and adapt and react in ever-changing ways. The brain’s incredible ability to reshape itself holds true when it comes to learning and memory. You can harness the natural power of neuroplasticity to increase your cognitive abilities, enhance your ability to learn new information, and improve your memory.

Be stress free

In fact physical stress is not so harmful as the mental stress. When your mind is tired, you don’t like anything and the world becomes a useless place to live in. Keep that stress in check.  It is one of the brain’s worst enemies.  Over a period of time, if left unchecked, chronic stress destroys brain cells and damages the hippocampus, the region of the brain involved in the formation of new memories and the retrieval of old ones. It would then create difficulty in concentrating, making decisions and remembering things.

Sound sleep sharpens memory

Skipping the sleep, burning midnight oil and getting up too early with no sleep following day, will not only deteriorate your memory but also the physical health.  The choice is yours. Please do remember A strong memory depends on the health and vitality of your brain. The student or working professional going to appear in CAT 2015, both need to stay mentally sharp, to perform better. You cannot expect to make your brain work at full capacity, when you can’t have good sleep.  Creativity, problem-solving abilities, and analytical skills are compromised due to lack of sleep. 
When sleep overpowers you, it doesn’t need a bed even. It is advisable to have a good sleep to avoid the disastrous effect, the sleeplessness would cause.  Research shows that sleep is necessary to sharpen your memory.  Subconscious mind consolidates itself during the sound sleep with the key memory-enhancing activity occurring during the deepest stages of sleep.

Nutritious diet: Answer to many memory problems

A diet based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, “healthy” fats (such as olive oil, avacados, nuts,) will provide lots of health benefits, and will also improve memory. Just as the body needs fuel, so does the brain. It’s not just what you eat—it’s also what you don’t eat. Colourful fruits and vegetables are particularly good antioxidant "superfood" sources. Try leafy green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, etc. and fruits such as apricots, mangoes, cantaloupe, and watermelon  

No excuse on Exercise

You need regular exercises. Experts always suggest not to skip your exercise any day unless you are advised against it by the doctors. It enhances your ability to process and recall information. Physical exercise increases oxygen to your brain and reduces the risk for disorders that lead to memory loss. It also enhances the effects of helpful brain chemicals and protects brain cells. It keeps you fresh, smart and active physically as well as mentally.

Meditate to sharpen the memory

Meditation works like “magic”. Regular meditators have more activity in the left prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain associated with feelings of joy and equanimity. It also increases the thickness of the cerebral cortex and encourages more connections between brain cells—all of which increase mental sharpness and memory ability. Studies show that meditation helps to improve focus, concentration, creativity, and learning as well as reasoning skills.
Be attentive

Memory works faster on audio-visual than the reading only.  Whenever you watch the news, TV programmes, listen to Radio – be attentive and find out the usage in different contexts.  Try to involve all your senses.  You can’t remember something that you never learned. Similarly, you can’t learn something, if you don’t pay enough attention to it. It takes about eight seconds of intense focus to process a piece of information into your memory.  Try to relate information to anything that is of interest to you- some personality, place, colour, taste. 

Even if you’re a visual learner, read out loud what you want to remember. If you can recite it rhythmically, it will be even better. Focus on understanding basic ideas rather than memorizing isolated details. Practice explaining the ideas to someone else in your own words. Rehearse information you’ve already learned before someone, before the mirror, review what you’ve learned the same day you learn it, and at intervals thereafter.
Be social

Moving with friends or enjoying a funny movie may prove to be a great memory booster. Countless studies show that a life that’s full of friends and fun comes with cognitive benefits.

When you think of ways to improve memory, think of activities such as solving a crossword puzzle or mastering chess strategy, or do more light hearted pastimes.  Humans are highly social animals. We’re not meant to survive, let alone thrive, in isolation. Relationships stimulate our brains—in fact, interacting with others may be the best kind of brain exercise.

In one of the studies from the Harvard School of Public Health, researchers found that people with the most active social lives had the slowest rate of memory decline. So volunteer, join a club, make it a point to see friends more often, or reach out over the phone. If you don’t find a like minded human do not undermine the value of a pet—especially the highly-social dog.

Fun filled life

Do Something out of the routine – Monotonous working brings boredom with it. Do some activity, go outside, enjoy the nature, play with children-they are experts to make you rich in your energy level.  Keep a toy on your desk. Put up a funny poster in your room. Choose a computer screensaver that makes you feel good.  Frame photos of you and your family or friends having fun. New experiences, such as taking a different route to work, trekking, water sports, can also sharpen the memory.

Laugh more often

Early in the morning, you may find people in the park laughing at nothing. Why do they do it- because it is a well established fact thatlaughter is the best medicine. This holds true for the brain as well as the body. Unlike emotional responses, which are limited to specific areas of the brain, laughter engages multiple regions across the whole brain. Listening to jokes and working out punch lines activates areas of the brain vital to learning and creativity.

Laugh at yourself and share your embarrassing moments. Most of the time, people are very happy to share something funny because it gives them an opportunity to laugh again and feed off the humour you find in it. When you hear laughter, seek it out.

Memory, like muscular strength, requires you to “use it or lose it.” The more you work out your brain, the better you’ll be able to process and remember information.

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19 IIMs or 13 IIMs Functional in 2015

New IIMs

19 IIMs or 13 IIMs Functional in 2015; No clarity till now; aspirants looking for opportunity

| 16 Feb 2015 0338IST

By not revealing the key facts, MHRD has strengthened further the doubt among the test takers and other stake holders about its intention to commence the operations of 6 proposed IIMs in 2015

The fog on admission criteria and process for 6 proposed new IIMs announced in the budget 2014 has not been cleared either by mentor IIMs or by Ministry of HRD which has not yet included the names of proposed IIMs in the list of IIMs on its site.

The confusion and panic among the CAT 2014 high percentilers is so high that they have begun raising the query whether the proposed IIMs would at all commence their academic session in 2015 or the budget announcement will simply wash away like the foundation stone of a bridge which is never constructed. MBA aspirants seeking admission in one of these proposed IIMs are now so much perturbed that they have given up the hope of commencement of operations of any of 6 proposed new IIMs.

The Finance Minister announced the establishment of 6 proposed new IIMs in the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha and Punjab in the budget speech of 2014 and reiterated IIM Andhra in Budget 2015. The Minister of HRD Govt of India also quickly laid foundation stone of IIM Andhra at Visakhapatnam and declared that all the 6 proposed IIMs would begin classes in the academic session 2015-16.

But till date no clarity on intake, shortlsiting criteria, admission process has been clarified. By not revealing the key facts, MHRD has strengthened further the doubt among the test takers and other stake holders about its intention to commence the operations of 6 proposed IIMs in 2015.

CAT 2014 high percentilers in dilemma
All the 13 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) declared their admission policy 2015 in public domain  well in advance and even before the CAT 2014 result was declared. The CAT 2014 score cut off-sectional as well as overall percentile; shortlisting criteria; components of Personal Interview (PI)  round and weightage to academic profile, work experience everything is posted on the sites of these IIMs.

Registration for the admission in proposed 6 IIMs supposed to commence the operation in academic session 2015-16, was done with the registration and application form of CAT 2014 way back in August 2014. Ministry of HRD in consultation with older IIMs also decided on the mentorship of these proposed 6 new IIMs. IIM Bangalore will mentor the IIM in Andhra Pradesh; IIM Calcutta will mentor IIM in Odisha;  IIM Indore will mentor the IIM in Bihar;  IIM Lucknow is to mentor the IIM in Himachal Pradesh;  IIM Ahmadebad will mentor the IIM in Maharashtra and IIM Kozhikode will mentor the IIM in Punjab.

The question still remains where the respective proposed IIMs exist as there is no information about them and who can expect to get admission in their flagship programmes in the year 2015.

MHRD & Mentor IIM: Fail to spread awareness
There is no awareness or specific information either from the mentor IIM or MHRD in regard to the proposed 6 new IIMs whose campuses of operation have not yet been decided. The tug of war between State and Central Government is simply making a fun of these proposed IIMs and is playing with the future of MBA aspirants who opted for registration and admission to these IIMs with the registration process of CAT 2014.

There is nothing regarding the intake, shortlisting criteria and PI round for admission to these proposed IIMs that is available on the site of MHRD or mentor IIMs. The website of Ministry of HRD does not even mention the names of the proposed IIMs not to say about their very existence.  CAT 2014 test takers are in a dilemma and are clueless on all the above issues. CAT Centre 2014 is silent on it and is directing the students to raise such queries with IIM Indore that again is unable to respond.

No Logo; No website
Where would you find IIM Bihar; Himachal; Punjab; Odisha; Maharashtra; Andhra, if you try to search on Google about their existence? At the most you will find some information about these proposed 6 IIMs on media sites like TOI,, India Today among few others. But neither any official information nor any logo of any of the proposed IIMs is available anywhere.

Unless the name of the town of the IIM is finally decided, its website may not be finalized as every IIM is known by its city of existence and not by its state. We never address IIM Ahmedabad by its state like IIM Gujarat. Obviously the proposed 6 new IIMs may not be called IIM Punjab, IIM Bihar, IIM Himachal, IIM Odisha, IIM Maharashtra, IIM Andhra Pradesh.

Unwarranted delay
The location of 2 out of proposed 6 new IIMs has been decided by MHRD in consultation with the State Government and mentor IIMs but still the MHRD is refraining from placing the information in public domain for no apparent reason.

The decision to locate IIM Maharashtra in Nagpur and IIM Andhra Pradesh in Visakhapatnam was taken few months back. Nothing after that has been done. At least the process of admission and information about the programme could be placed on MHRD site, mentor IIM site for these 2 IIMs so that admission seekers to them could take timely decision. But moving on its sluggish pace MHRD has found it convenient to forget about these IIMs and the mentor IIMs have thought it proper to complete their own admission process instead of taking care of these babies who are yet to be born.

The slow process may not allow these proposed 6 new IIMs to take shape in academic session 2015-16. Even if at the last moment good sense prevails, these proposed IIMs may not be able to provide good learning experience in the first year unless the entire curriculum and pedagogy is managed by the mentor IIM with its faculty.

What actually is going on in setting up these IIMs is best known either to MHRD or the mentor IIMs who think that hiding information and not making the updates transparent to the aspirants are some good steps they are taking. Neither MHRD nor the mentor IIM is ready to make the process public which means either there is nothing to share or the proposed IIMs may not commence operation in 2015 as committed by Ministry of HRD, putting a big question mark on the efficiency of Government on promoting quality management education to achieve its goal of ‘Make in India’

300 to lose admission opportunity
In the beginning an IIM might go for an intake of 50-60 candidates but the decision on intake is not yet taken nor made public. It is expected at least 50 candidates will be offered admission to each of the 6 IIMs, making it a total of 300 entrants.

If these proposed IIMs do not take off in 2015, the future prospects of these candidates will be at stake. MHRD and mentor IIMs should promptly come out with all the details to defuse the panic situation among the MBA aspirants.

No campus: Conduct classes at mentor IIMs
There is no harm to conduct the classes in the first year of MBA programme of these proposed IIMs at the campus of mentor IIMs in case the decision on campus and location is delayed any further. MHRD in consultation with mentor IIMs should come out promptly with such suitable notification for the benefit of CAT 2014 high percentilers.

The proposal will enable the students of batch 2015-17 getting admission in 6 proposed new IIMs to have the opportunity of getting taught with the fresher batch at the mentor IIM. It will add value to the course also and could prove to be a rare opportunity for CAT 2014 takers who despite scoring less would be taught alongwith the students of IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore and Kozhikode at least in the first semester of the academic session 2015-16.

MHRD and mentor IIMs need to clear the stage of indecision as it may adversely affect the prospective students who have scored the desired percentile and now wish to pursue MBA from one of the IIMs the very existence of whom is still not known.

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CAT 2015: Preparation needs different pattern; Choice of Online or Offline …

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2015 is going to be a different exam as the IIM Bill 2015 proposing to change the nomenclature of management programme at IIMs from PGDM to MBA is going to be introduced in Parliament. It will be the most prestigious entrance examination in the history of CAT as with CAT 2015 students are expected to get admission in MBA 2016-18 batch at 20 IIMs, if the bill is passed by Parliament and becomes IIM Act 2015.

CAT 2015 will be the gateway to MBA in top rated IIMs and other B schools in India. Hundreds of corporate leaders, professors, mentors take CAT to assess where they are. CAT 2015 will award you with the opportunity to get admission in the best B-schools in India. The examination is not going to be a cake walk and would require hard work.

MBA aspirants, determined to crack CAT 2015 should wake up and march on their preparation journey from now on without delaying the CAT 2015 preparation any further. In the process you need to select and seek help of coaching institute to groom you well in your preparation for CAT 2015.

How to choose Coaching for CAT 2015

Since it is amply clear that coaching, taken a little seriously will be a great value addition to your preparation for CAT 2015, how to make an appropriate choice out of many on-line/off-line preparation centres running all over the country, is another situation that is to be analysed, so that the aspirant may have great motivational level without getting duped.

During the last decade numerous coaching centres have sprung up in the country.  Some of them are so good in their strategy of imparting knowledge and intelligent tips to solve CAT questions that students learn them with an amazing ease. But the decision of choosing a good learning centre is not less difficult than making a choice of good B-school. Prof S K Agarwal Expert on Verbal Ability and Mentor on CAT preparation shares the factors you should consider before choosing the suitable Preparation programme for CAT 2015

Choice between On-line and Off-line

Learning centres could be either on-line or off-line. The off line coaching is the traditional class room one while the on-line system is innovative, convenient, easy to approach and computer based, wherein the aspirant doesn’t require to commute to the coaching centre and may take the class right from his office or home.

Number of top preparation centres have either gone online or have added on-line coaching for CAT preparation as thousands of candidates now prefer online preparation to offline conventional method. If we analyse the merits and demerits of the same, we may summarise them as follows-

On-Line Learning

Off-Line coaching

No commuting required. One can take classes from anywhere in the world

Have to go to the coaching centre

Classes through internet system

Have to be present in the class room

One to one interaction Batch size immaterial

If the batch size is large, will be a part of crowd

Facility to go through the recorded class, if the class is missed

Should be present in class, same class may not be repeated.

Time saving

Consumes more time – travelling, batch attendance etc.

Students feeling shy may ask the questions sitting before his/her computer-no one to ridicule at.

Shy ones remain silent for the fear of being ridiculed at.

Every class may be reviewed any number of times

Facility is not available

Absolute punctuality-as class begins on time

The teacher/student may be late. Class will start when the teacher comes; if the student is late, he will miss the session

More cost effective-will save money

Costlier than on-line classes. Sometimes the difference is more than 5-6 times.

The comparison has to be made before proceeding to choose one. There is a growing trend for online classes as the aspirants find them more convenient.

Flexibility of Time

You need convenient time of class to attend the same in off-line system. Timing for Off-line classes is more or less fixed depending upon the batch timing. These classes may be difficult to be conducted late in the night due to various reasons. During day time a working professional may find it difficult to attend it regularly unless he decides to leave the job.

On the other hand, on-line classes offer the opportunity of flexibility and the time can be changed easily. In fact it is a class with convenience and feel of virtual class room. It is one of the important factors impacting the decision in choice of coaching.

Online programme: Less expensive

A coaching institute charging exorbitant fee, only due to its brand name may not be preferred one. Charges for off line preparation courses are higher than the on-line ones. For example, if an aspirant has to spend Rs. 30,000/- on offline classes with an additional expenditure of Rs. 10,000/- in travelling during the entire course or has to live in a rented accommodation if the coaching centre exists in some other town, think of the amount of expenses required to be incurred for the coaching, travelling, lodging and boarding, it will be well beyond Rs. 70,000/- or so.

On the contrary the on-line learning centre will charge much less- so less, that you could buy a new internet connection along with a computer/laptop, if you consider spending the amount equivalent to the charges for off-line coaching when the quality and level of understanding remains the same. A CAT 2015 aspirant preparing with on-line coaching system can attend the class from anywhere in the world, the need is to have an internet connection. One has to take care of this aspect also.

Updated Study material

Good and updated study material for CAT 2015 should be accessible either on-line or in hard copy.  In fact, an aspirant is more comfortable with on-line study material since he can read it anywhere on the screen of his computer with a click of button.  Carrying the load of books might be difficult. Besides updation in the On-line study material can be instant whereas the off line material will require more time, updating and getting the supplements printed after due printing corrections.

Off-line coaching centre: Location a big issue

If an aspirant wishes to go for off line coaching, it is very much necessary to judge the convenience of commuting to the centre.  If you spend 2-3 hours in commuting to & fro the centre, you are wasting your time and won’t be left with time for self-study, which is a pre-requisite with coaching.

Availability of Mocks

Does the coaching Institute have full length Mock Tests for CAT 2015 and can provide the same to you timely? Would the test series be in accordance to the CAT 2015 examination pattern? Answers to these questions must be sought and well analysed before selecting the right coaching.

Basics of Coaching: Check

What shall be number of classes, which topic will have more classes, Batch size, Availability of Doubt clarification classes, ask various question to the institute – its course module, take some feedback. If it is online coaching, ask them to send a few feedbacks of different dates to assess the quality. This will help you going for the best available option. 
Past CAT Results

All the coaching centres claim a lot. Suppose, a coaching centre imparted training to 70,000 aspirants in a session across its different centres and 700 got a good percentile; on the other hand there is a coaching institute that trained 1000 odd students and 100 got a very good percentile – think of the ratio and then decide. 

Check a running Demo Class

In fact special Demo classes are designed to give special effects.  It is better to opt for running Demo class.  You will get a feel of teaching methodology, the level of understanding that you may get. The questions posed by the students in such classes and the answers received by them, will make you form an idea whether to go for it.  If the queries raised by you are duly answered, you will have the satisfaction of selecting the right coaching.

Faculty interaction

Find out how motivated are the aspirants. Check whether the trainer is able to create interest in the topic; whether the topic is relevant to the examination and so on.  It is better to interact with the faculty in regard to preparation strategy.

Key advice is to choose the right coaching for CAT 2015 in accordance with the factors shared above by Prof S K Agarwal, mentor on CAT preparation.

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CMAT 2015 Result: Choose a B school in Maharashtra without registering for …

CMAT 2015 Result: Choose a B school in Maharashtra without registering for MAH CET 2015 CAP round | 02 April 2015 03:00 IST

Many of the Maharashtra B schools offer AICTE approved PGDM programmes on the basis of CMAT scores and will directly accept the admission application

CMAT Feb 2015 takers should not think that they can not get admission in Maharashtra B schools if they did not register for MAH CET 2015 and thereby for CAP 2015.

Although most of the Maharashtra B schools governed and regulated by DTE Maharashtra would not allow admission in their respective MBA/MMS 2015-17 programmes, if you have not registered for MAH CET 2015, number of B schools offer admission to their PGDM programmes on the basis of CMAT scores.

While the registration process for MAH CET 2015 was closed a month back, the dates for Centralized Admission Process (CAP) 2015 have not yet been declared by Directorate of Technical Education Maharashtra.

400 B schools with 44000 seats

There are around 400 B schools in Maharashtra offering admission to 44000 aspirants in their MBA/MMS/PGDM programmes 2015-17. No doubt a major chunk of these B schools have to fill up most of the seats only through Centralized Admission Process (CAP) to be conducted by DTE Maharashtra but many of the Maharashtra B schools offer AICTE approved PGDM programmes on the basis of CMAT scores and will directly accept the admission application. For admission to PGDM programmes these B schools accept CAT/XAT/CMAT/MAT apart from MAH CET scores.

It means that those who have registered for MAH CET 2015 would take the route through CAP 2015 for MBA/MMS programmes and those who have not registered for MAH CET 2015 will apply direct for admission to PGDM programmes in their preferred B schools based on their CMAT scores. Hence the admission opportunities in B schools in Maharashtra without registering for CAP round can also be explored.

Key points to note before applying

It should be remembered that before applying to a B school in Maharashtra, candidates must visit the website of the respective B school or alternatively may contact some authentic MBA counselling portal like to get satisfied about the course they are going to apply. Following points an MBA/PGDM aspirant applying to Maharashtra B schools with CMAT 2015 score and without registering for MAH CET should remember-

• The Management programme offered by B school like MBA/MMS or PGDM. Admissions to most of the MBA/MMS programmes are through CAP in Maharashtra B schools, while admission to AICTE approved PGDM is available without CAP.

• Whether the B school accepts CMAT score without MAH CET registration

• What remained the CMAT score cut off in past years

• Whether the admission application date is open

• Intake, fee structure and past placement record.

• Teacher-student ratio. An ideal ratio can be considered as 1:10, meaning one faculty for 10 students.

• Legacy of the B school. Older the B school larger will be the alumni base. It helps in career development process.

• Other USPs of the B school

Round up of top B schools accepting CMAT scores

Following are some of the top B schools in Maharashtra who will accept CMAT scores and are not supposed to insist upon registration for MAH CET 2015 CAP. If you wish to apply, you should make it fast as most of these B schools are going to close their admission application process in a few days and at the most by April 10, 2015.

We School (LN Welingkar) Mumbai
Expected CMAT Feb 2015cut off range: 220-240

SIES College of Management Studies, Mumbai
Expected CMAT Feb 2015cut off range: 190-210
IES Management College and Research Centre, Mumbai
Expected CMAT Feb 2015cut off range: 180-200

Durga Devi Saraf Institute of Management Studies (DSIMS) Mumbai
Expected CMAT Feb 2015cut off range: 120-140

N. L. Dalmia Institute of Management Studies and Research
Expected CMAT Feb 2015cut off range: 180-200
Universal Business School, Mumbai
Expected CMAT Feb 2015cut off range: 90-110
Audyogik Shiksha Mandal (ASM), Pune    
Expected CMAT Feb 2015cut off range: 180-200
Sinhgad Institute, Pune  
Expected CMAT Feb 2015cut off range: 180-200
Indira Institute of Management, Pune       
Expected CMAT Feb 2015cut off range: 170-190
Balaji Society, Pune 
Expected CMAT Feb 2015cut off range: 140-160
Kirloskar Institute of Advanced management Studies, Pune 
Expected CMAT Feb 2015cut off range: 140-160

MIT School of Business (MITSOB), Pune
Expected CMAT Feb 2015cut off range: 140-160
ISB&M, Pune
Expected CMAT Feb 2015cut off range: 140-160

Christ Institute of Management, Lavasa Pune
Expected CMAT Feb 2015cut off range: 140-160

Maharashtra B schools will offer admission on the basis of the best scores in any of the entrance examinations like CAT, XAT, CMAT and MAH CET 2015.

Although JBIMS, Mumbai wouldn’t consider your candidature on the basis of CMAT scores as it will accept only CAT 2014 and MAH CET 2015 scores for MBA/MMS admission 2015, if you have registered for MAH CET 2015 CAP round all other B schools like SIMSREE, KJ Somaiya, PUMBA, SIES, IESMCRC, NL Dalmiya, DSIMS, Singad Dy Patil and many more will offer admission on the basis of CMAT scores.

You have twin admission opportunity in case you have registered for MAH CET 2015 as you will be considered for admission through CAP round as well as you can apply individually on the basis of CMAT scores to above B schools as they would accept the same direct for admission to their PGDM programmes.

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