How IIMs are using CAT 2018 to take in more non-engineers

IIMs want students to come from diverse academic backgrounds and therefore IIM professors are trying to redesign questions for its MBA entrance exam CAT.  Photo: HT

IIMs want students to come from diverse academic backgrounds and therefore IIM professors are trying to redesign questions for its MBA entrance exam CAT. Photo: HT

New Delhi: As their classrooms continue to be dominated by men and engineers, the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are trying to add diversity, which will ultimately show up in corporate boardrooms over the next few years. At the centre of this strategy is IIM’s Common Admission Test (CAT 2018), which will see a change in the type of questions being asked.

Although the IIMs have decided not to change the broad pattern in this year’s CAT examination, yet questions will be framed in a manner to create a level field for students from all streams, including arts and commerce.

IIM officials say they do not want the CAT pattern to be biased towards engineering students as there is a need for academic diversity in India’s top B-schools.

What kind of questions should you expect in the CAT

CAT 2018 convener and IIM Calcutta professor Sumanta Basu told Livemint that there was no significant change in the broad pattern of the CAT exam. The IIMs are continuing with the same set of three sections:

Section I: Verbal ability and reading comprehension

Section II: Data interpretation and logical reasoning

Section III: Quantitative ability

But within these sections, there is a change. “We may focus on questions that test candidates on fundamentals,” Basu said. “Our effort will primarily involve framing the correct types of questions instead of changing the pattern altogether,” he added.

The CAT exam does not have a syllabus. Only mocks tests, to be posted soon on the CAT website, can help you understand the pattern of questions. In the three-hour-long computer-based exam, candidates get 60 minutes each for the three sections.

According to analysis of previous CAT exams by coaching centres, the focus has been more on testing reasoning and analytical ability than grammar and vocabulary. This could be a reason why engineers have the upper hand in the CAT.

How are engineers filling up IIMs in large numbers

If you walk into a typical classroom in any of the 20 IIMs in India, chances are high you will encounter students who have already completed their engineering courses. Even popular author Chetan Bhagat first studied in IIT Delhi and then joined IIM Ahmedabad before working as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.

IIM Calcutta, ranked consistently among the top management colleges in India, has an overwhelming number of 88% students coming in from an engineering background. The figures may be better in some other IIMs, like the one in Ahmedabad (68%), but the IIMs remain a bastion of engineering graduates.

Engineers dominate list of top scorers in the CAT exams. In 2017, there were only three non-engineers who scored 100 percentile.

What are the other changes in IIM selection process

Over the last few years, the IIMs have been making concentrated efforts to have more academic diversity, not just through the CAT but via other aspects of the selection process.

IIM Calcutta, for example, allots only 15 points out of 50 to the CAT score the while personal interview (PI) and a written ability test (WAT) together receive almost double the weight (24+5). Therefore, a candidate who can write well on a given topic has a higher chance of getting through IIM Calcutta than someone who is good in analysis but has poor writing and communication skills.

IIM Bangalore, on the other hand, wants you to be at your best in PI. The weightage is 30 for PI and 25 for CAT.

If you are applying to IIM Ahmedabad then a science student has to score at least 55% in class XII exams to get 1 point in the preliminary screening process while a commerce student needs only 50% and arts 45%.

How are IIMs giving importance to gender diversity

Besides skewed towards engineers, classrooms at IIMs are also skewed against the fairer sex. IIMs, both old and new ones, are walking the extra mile to ensure that women representation.

The admission of girls in IIMs during the last three years has shown an increasing trend with the total women admitted going up from 881 in 2015-17 to 1211 in 2017-19, according to the union ministry of human resource development. IIM Ahmedabad’s flagship PGP course saw 28% women students in 2017, as compared to 14% women in 2015.

IIM Rohtak has been the most successful so far in gender diversity with a ratio of over 50% going in favour of women.

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CAT examination 2018: IIMs announce registration dates, full schedule and venues

A file photo of CAT aspirants waiting outside an examination centre in Navi Mumbai. Photo: Mint

A file photo of CAT aspirants waiting outside an examination centre in Navi Mumbai. Photo: Mint

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on Saturday announced the schedule, dates and venues where the Common Admission Test 2018 (CAT 2018) for entry into India’s top business management schools will be held. CAT is not only the entrance examination for all IIMs for their MBA programs but is also accepted for admission into several other top B-schools in India. The 2018 CAT examination will be held across 147 cities on November 25. This year IIM, Calcutta, is coordinating the exam.

Here is all you need to know about CAT Examination 2018:

1. CAT 2018 will be conducted on 25 November in two sessions. CAT examination centres will be spread all over the country in 147 cities.

2. Registration for CAT 2018 will be open from 8 August to 19 September. CAT application form can be filled in online mode only and the examination is also conducted online.

3. CAT candidates will be given the option to select 4 test cities in the order of preference. Cities and centres will be assigned to the candidates only after the last date for CAT 2018 registration and hence candidates need not rush to block slots and cities in the initial days of registration.

4. IIMs will try their best to assign candidates to their first preferred city. In case it is not possible, they will be assigned a city following their given order of preference. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted an alternate city. However, candidates will not be able to select which of the two sessions they want to appear at because it will be assigned randomly.

5. Candidates must pay the registration fee through online payment modes only, which will include credit cards, debit cards and net banking.

6. After submission of the CAT application form, candidates will be permitted to download their examination admit card from 24th October onwards, till the date of test.

7. The duration of the test will be 180 minutes. There will be three sections. The first one will be on verbal ability and reading comprehension. Second section is on data interpretation and logical reasoning while the third section is on quantitative ability.

8. Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they will not be allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section. Some questions in each section may not be of multiple-choice type. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed on the screen. The tutorials will clearly explain this. Also, IIMs will allow use of basic on-screen calculator for computation during the CAT examination.

9. Tutorial to understand the format of the CAT exam will be available on the CAT website from 17 October. Candidates are advised to work on the tutorials available on the CAT website well in advance.

10. The CAT website contains a section on Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that addresses some of the commonly asked queries regarding CAT 2018. Candidates may also contact the CAT helpdesk at 1800-2663-549 or [email protected] CAT results are likely to be out only in January.

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IIMs say CAT 2017 registrations lower than 2016

Apart from the IIMs, several other business schools use the Common Admission Test (CAT) score for admission. CAT 2017 will be held on 26 November. Photo: HT

Apart from the IIMs, several other business schools use the Common Admission Test (CAT) score for admission. CAT 2017 will be held on 26 November. Photo: HT

New Delhi: The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) said Monday that while an extended registration window propelled the Common Admission Test (CAT) registration numbers to nearly 231,000, these were still slightly below the 2016 numbers.

By the original deadline of 20 September, the IIMs had received around 211,000. They subsequently extended the deadline to 25 September.

In 2016, the IIMs received 232,434 applications for the test. Apart from the IIMs, several other business schools use CAT score for admission.

“The final registration numbers are around 2.31 lakh. Around around 20,000 (registrations) were added during the extended window,” said Neeraj Dwivedi, convener of CAT 2017.

Dwivedi, also a professor of IIM Lucknow, said exact numbers would be available on Tuesday.

India has 20 IIMs admitting nearly 4,000 students into their flagship post graduate programme in management.

IIM Lucknow, which is conducting CAT 2017, will allow candidates to correct errors in application between 27 and 30 September. CAT 2017 will be conducted across 140 cities on 26 November.

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Axent put on’s cat ear headphones are the stuff of anime dreams

New Yorkers have perfected the artwork of looking however no longer looking. you recognize, whereinyou let your eyes glaze over someone as you pass, so you can take them in without making it apparentthat you‘re analyzing them. because of this I wasn’t completely positive if each person noticed thegiant sparkling cat ears on my head as I walked down the street on my manner domestic from paintings.

Gallery: Axent put on‘s cat ear headphones | 15 photos

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I honestly noticed them. They were big, particularly heavy and oh yeah, did I point out they glow?

with the aid of all rights, as a person who deals with gadgets on a normal foundation, I shouldn’t wantany part of the Axent put on cat ear headphones. in addition to the constant crimson (or inexperiencedor blue or pink) glow, in addition they have audio system within the ears. they have ears, length. Andyet, once I first watched a video of these things in action, some thing about them tickled the private part of my animal brain. I wanted them. I wanted them.

reputedly I wasn’t by myself in that ingesting desire: The cat ear headphones began existence as an Indiegogo undertaking again in overdue 2014, finding extra than 20,000 backers and raising more than $3 million. That became sufficient for Axent wear to ink a deal with Brookstone to fabricate and sell the headphones, which means you could pop into your local mall and snag a couple to the track of $130 ($a hundred on-line). The Indiegogo staff even gave the headphones as business enterprise gifts this pastvacation season — no longer handiest in celebration of the challenge‘s achievement but as a signal of Indiegogo’s choice to play a bigger element in getting its initiatives manufactured and dispensed.

Out of the Brookstone-branded container the headphones are chunky and very glaringly made of plastic, with the faux speaker drivers at the ears making them appearance kind of reasonably-priced. howeverthey do not experience reasonably-priced. they may be pretty weighty and handled a few dings againstvarious desks, doors and a mainly inconvenient metallic pole at the subway simply great. The ear cupssuit simply, and i used to be able to put on them for about five hours earlier than I needed to take them off — not because i was warm or sweaty, but due to the fact the inner fabric overlaying the drivers brushed in opposition to the pointers of my ears in this sort of manner that they commenced to chafe.once more, this took 5 hours, that’s a first rate run time while you consider many headsets might onlyhave or 3 hours of consolation in them.

in relation to being attentive to track, they are fine. nothing awesome; those aren’t going to be giving Sennheiser a run for its money any time quickly. The sound is crisp and clean, with good enough volume. The highs and mids are fine, however the headphones are a tad heavy on the bass, though. but what elsewould you count on given the meant target market of anime children and ravers? I listened to David Bowie, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrack and the Hamilton forged recording, and the whole lot soundeddecent. however, I did on occasion find that some of the older classics lacked a bit oomph, specially in the event that they did not include the low end.

The ear-fashioned speakers on the scarf are a much unique story. optimistically your buddies andneighbors do not specially choice 86f68e4d402306ad3cd330d005134dac sound due to the fact, as befitting their length, the sound from the speakers is a piece tinny and lacking in depth. They is probablyadequate for a quick percentage, or in case you simply definitely, really want to hassle strangers at thesubway.

regrettably, it is very smooth to by chance annoy human beings this way. you notice, the headphones are managed via a chain of buttons on the proper ear cup — all of equal length and form. till you’vememorized their places, you won’t understand if you‘ve pushed the button for the lighting fixtures, audio system, or volume up/down. there’s additionally no LED or other manner to suggest that the speakersare even on, so it is smooth to get confused over whether the ear cups themselves are very loud, or the ear audio system are just turned very low. (I make an apology to all my coworkers who had been sittingnearby whilst I figured this out.)

With all this settled, it become time to take the display out at the streets of recent York town. Asmentioned, New Yorkers have mastered the artwork of now not surely looking at you, making it tough todecide if these had been as attention-getting as I idea. I did capture the eye of the occasional small baby, and there has been an older girl outdoor my apartment building who stated, “those are pretty cool!”thanks, random old lady.

The lights glaringly stand out more at night time; there is something eerie about seeing my reflection in black glass and best making out the pink circles of the ear cups and speaker ears. And it became off-placingto take a look at my shadow on the floor and see a different cat ear form. however it’s no longer like I ever forgot i was carrying them, in case the omnipresent red glow wasn’t already reminding me. you spot, the ears exude a diffused strain on my head, which isn’t always painful but genuinely substantial. Andthey are now not precisely aerodynamic, either: On a particularly blustery day I felt the wind hit the ears, pushing the entire headset backwards on my head. could they be blown off in a in particular robust gust?maybe. at least they’re warm and kept my head quite cozy — which is ideal, because there has been noway my hood turned into going to match easily over them.

The greater I wore the cat ear headphones, the more they grew on me. i’ve worn them at domestic, within the office, on the street and now inside the middle of a blizzard. they are fun to wearno longer just for people‘s reactions as I walk by, but also for how it makes me feel to put on some thing so silly and eccentric. perhaps it is all of the anime i’ve watched over my lifetime, but it seems that someplace innerof me became a cat raver woman just waiting to come out.