The much awaited CAT 2016 Result has been announced by IIM Bangalore on January 09, 2016. This year, a whooping number of 20 candidates, all male and from the engineering background have scored 100 percentile. Now as the result is out, needless to say, the question that must be in the mind of all the candidates is What Next? There are many options that are open for all the candidates including those who have not qualified CAT 2016. Each student must plan out according to their priorities but whatever step one plans to take, it must be taken with full caution. Now, keeping in mind the career prospect of all the candidates, lets check the possible options post-CAT 2016.
Candidates who qualified CAT 2016
For candidates who have qualified CAT 2016, now is the time to buckle up for the Written Admission Test and Personal Interview round to be conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other B-Schools. Assuming that candidates have already started preparing for the post CAT 2016 rounds prior to the entrance test, this is the time to brush up those edges for both the rounds.
Writing Admission Test (WAT)
In the written test, candidates have to prepare essay topics based on General Affairs, burning topics or any other abstract topics. Through the written test, the institutes will check the candidate’s thought process, quality of expression and awareness about current affairs. As candidates will be given a duration of 15-20 minutes to write the essay, to ace the written test, candidates must practice keeping in mind the duration allotted for the test. Per day, candidates must ensure to practice at least 10 essays of 300-400 words. For a more effective preparation, consider the following points while writing an essay:
- Before starting the essay, candidates must spare a minute to understand the topic.
- Candidates must structure their essay into an introduction, main body and a conclusion.
- Use simple language and refrain from using jargons.
- After completing the essay, proof read to make sure all the ideas have fallen into its place.
Personal Interview (PI)
In the PI round, candidates will be judged on the basis of the ability to think and how well a candidate can express oneself. In this round students have to answer questions about their subjects in graduation, work experience, current affairs etc. Therefore, the preparation for this round must be done thoroughly giving equal importance to all the factors. Also, candidates must reflect confidence in the interview. The interviewers might cross question to check the confidence level of the candidate. Therefore, keep your calm and answer with honesty.
Candidates who qualify in the above-mentioned subsequent rounds will be selected for admission in the IIMs and other significant B.schools.
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Candidates who couldn’t qualify CAT 2016
Let’s accept the fact that it is not an easy task to bell the CAT. And due to any reason, if candidates couldn’t qualify CAT 2016, they should not get disheartened. Life doesn’t stop so it is important to keep options open. Students may consider the following alternative if CAT 2016 didn’t work out for them:
Appear for other entrance test
Apart from CAT 2016, there are many entrance examination such as XAT, SNAP, IIFT, MAT, CMAT etc. whose scores are considered for admission to PG Management courses offered by numerous Management Institutes and B-schools across the country.
There are also many Private Institutes which will be happy to take aspirants on board. So, candidates can also apply for entrance exams conducted by Institutes such as Manipal University, SRM university, Amrita University, S.P. Jain Institute etc.
Prepare for CAT 2017
Its all right if some candidates didn’t make it this time, life always gives us a second chance so use that wisely. Try again next year by preparing more sincerely for the test. By now, on the basis of this year’s performance, candidates must be aware of their shortcomings. So, instead of sulking around, candidates now have an entire year to turn the table around by analysing what went wrong this year, working on the weak points, focusing and preparing for the test in a more dedicated manner.
To conclude, in whichever category you fall in at the moment, with determination and self assurance, the pinnacle of success is not difficult to conquer.
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