Chat on MBA as a career option!
(Chat Transcript)

rahul : HOW TO SELECT STREAM IF NOT SURE OF INTERESTED STREAM?
sridharan : Go for other factors such as the institution's strengths,employment potential etc.


aman : WHICH FIELD IN MBA IS THE MOST EMERGING ONE AND MOST POPULAR ONE?
sridharan : Individual instituitions are introducing new areas but some of the old like HR, Marketing etc have their own charm.


r : SIR AS IIFT D AND THE NEW IIMS FALL IN THE SAME CLUSTER, SHOULD IIM RANCHI BE PREFERRED OVER IIFT-D?
bharat : YES


sanam : WHICH ARE THE BEST INSTITUTES IN INDIA FOR MBA IN FINANCE?
bharat : IIMs, esp. ABCIKL, XLRI, FMS, JBIMS, SPJIMR, MDI and IITs BOMBAY & DELHI.


mba : DURING DISCUSSION IN CLASS WE CAME TO KNOW ABOUT A MIM COURSE BEING OFFERED(FOR A PEROID OF 1 YEAR ) IS THIS EQUAL TO M.B.A IN DEGREE AND IN CONSIDERATION FOR PLACEMENTS
sridharan : MIM is generally offered by foreign universaties. However MBA On any day has a better value.


archangel89 : SIR, I HAVE ALREADY DONE MY M.TECH IN STRUCTURAL ENGG. IS THAT GOING TO BE A PROBLEM IN MBA PERSONAL INTERVIEW SECTION?
adityasrivastava : No, not at all. It all depends on how you connect the dots in your career story and if it looks good in totality ?


sara : IF I DONT CRACK THE CAT, IS LIBA AT CHENNAI A NICE OPTION FOR A B SCHOOL ?
bharat : BBB category school; intake is 120; average pay around Rs8 lakh; 50% seats reserved for students from catholic christian community


neha : WHICH ARE THE NEW FIELDS IN MBA?(EXCEPT THE 4 WE ALREADY KNOW OF)
bharat : HR, IT, General Management, FINANCE, MARKETING, OPERATIONS


raj : WHY FMS HAS LOWEST FEE STRUCTURE?DOES IT DEPENDING FACILITIES AVAILABLE IN FMS?
adityasrivastava : Because it is a govt institution. Lowest fees has nothing to do with Infrastructure and it is a terrific Brand.


shivam : WHAT IS GENERALLY THE PROCESS OF CHOOSING A MAJOR WHILE DOING AN MBA ?
raghavender : It is not necessarily a process as such. You will be able to choose a major depending on your aptitude towards something. Get yourself exposed to the different major specializations - do some research on them and have an idea first before you take a call.


devika : WHICH IS A BETTER STREAM , HR OR MARKETING. I AM A BCOM STUDENT.
rajeshsaraf : Both are equally good. The idea is to know more about these streams.


csk : SIR WHICH SPECILIZATION BEST SUIT FOR BTECH STUDENT.
rajeshsaraf : In any of the B school, there are four to five core specializations like Finance, HR, Marketing, Operations, Strategy. In general, the idea of joining B school is to broaden one's horizon.


bendid : WHICH ONE TO PREFER IIT ROORKEE OR IIM KASHIPUR???
adityasrivastava : IIM Kashipur should be a safer bet, however the difference will not be too large !!!!


saurabh : SIR, IS QUITTING THE JOB AND PREPARING FOR MBA A GOOD OPTION?
rajeshsaraf : NO !! MBA preparation demands about 6-7 hrs of active quality time preparation. You can squeeze this out from your job time


aman : WHAT EXAMS OTHER THAN CAT ONE SHOULD LOOK FOR WHEN ASPIRING FOR MBA?
ramnath : Check this link out..http://time4education.com/cat-mba/B-school-Entrance-Exams.aspx


anurag : 1 YEAR JOB EXPERIENCE OR KNOWLEDGE OF A FOREIGN LANGUAGE, WHICH IS MORE BENEFICIAL FOR MBA SELECTION?
omveer : Almost all B-School(except some like FMS) gives some points for work-ex but none for foreign language. Foreign language may help during interview and so will work-ex.


sara : IS IT A WASTE OF MY ENGINEERING DEGREE IF I DO AN MBA AFTER ENGINEERING ?
adityasrivastava : Definitely not. If you are passionate about engineering then also you can become a great technical manager/operations manager.


gaurav : SIR, COLLEGE IS BEST FOR MBA IN FINANCE AFTER IIMS
ramnath : All top schools are good in multiple streams..XL, JB,FMS, SPJain etc


query : SIR I BELONG TO ST CATAGEORY GOT 89 % IN 10 TH 93 % IN +2 BUT 5.98 CGPA IN B.TECH WHAT ARE MY CHANCES OF RECEVING A CALL FROM IIM -A/C
ramnath : Yes...if you do well in CAT..all the best


deep : WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS IN COMPARISON TO FAMOUS STREAMS LIKE HR,FINANCE,MARKETING ETC
rajeshsaraf : All of these provide excellent career opportunities


raj : HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO MAKE A DECISION ON STREAM YOU WANT TO PURSUE BEFORE GOING IN FOR YOU PI. IS IT EQUALLY ALRIGHT IF THE DECISION IS TAKEN AFTER FINISHING YOUR FIRST YEAR OF MBA?
rajeshsaraf : You need to have some clarity over different streams, career opportunities, your own level of interest etc. Doing a comprehensive analysis before PI round is always advantageous. The choice may change later on, but that should not stop you from doing this basic research work


shri : WHICH SPECIALIZATION IN MBA IS THE MOST WELL PAID ?
ramnath : Pay is largely independent of specialisation. some/many in finanace earn more than those in marketing but the viceversa is also true. Choose your stream based on your interest


raj : CAN I GET IIMS IF I SCORED GOOD IN YEAR OF CAT 15
ramnath : Yes..Raj a Good enough CAT score can overcome your acad lows. Many schools give veryu low weightage to acads/work etc


annal : HI AM A MBBS INTERN AND WILL BE COMPLETING MY INTERNSHIP IN ANOTHER FOUR MONTHS. I WOULD LIKE TO PURSUE MBA HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT A/ HOSP ADMIN, AND VERY SURE OF IT. I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE PROSPECTS OF IT AS A CAREER FOR A MEDICO FROM YOUR POINT OF VIEW
adityasrivastava : This should be a good option for you with leading hospital chains being the target recruiters....plus you can also target pharma companies.


csk : SIR CONFUSED BETWEEN LPU AND MSRIM WHAT TO SELECT PLZ REPLY
ramnath : We dont rank LPU in our list of top 150 schools. MSRIM is in the others category. What other options do you have? Did you consider taking CAT again?


srik : WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE IN DOING AN MBA INDIA AND ABROAD ?
bharat : If you study in a top college abroad, then adv: greater, especially international, exposure; highly diverse (student) peer group; better pay, and some really top notch faculty. Major disadvantage: Very very high fee... an MBA at Harvard or Chicago's Booth may cost you upwards of Rs72 lakh in fee alone -- add to that living costs (incl books, food and insurance) it comes to a total of Rs1.1 crore to R12 crore. In India: at top schools, great quality of education (no diversity though) at affordable fee.


shahid : DOES MBA IN CORRESPONDENCE HAS ANY VALUE IN GETTING A GOD JOB?
rajeshsaraf : when compared to regular course, it stands a disadvantage


bendid : ADITYASRIVASTAVA SIR SC CATEGORY WAITLIST NUMBER 541 IIM RAIPUR,525 IIM UDAIPUR AND 402 IN IIM KASHIPUR...........,,,,,,,CAN U PLZ TELL ME ABOUT MY CHANCES OF CONVERTING ANY .....OR SHOULD I PREPARE FOR NEXT YR....PLZ HELP I HAVE ALREADY WASTED A WHOLE LOT TIME WAITING FOR THESE RESULTS
adityasrivastava : From the waitlist numbers it looks difficult but one can never be 100% sure.However please start preparing for the next year.A little improvement will do wonders for you and you may land into the old top notch IIMs. All the very best.


paritosh : WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PGDMA AND MBA
omveer : Autonomous institutions (IIMs and XLRI) offer PGDM while institutions under university system (accredited by AICTE) offer MBA. Two year PGDM is equivalent to MBA given that college offering the PGDM course must have accreditation from AIU (The Association of Indian Universities).


adi : HOW DOES THE ISB'S 1 YEAR MBA PROGRAM FAIR AGAINST IIMS 2 YEAR PROGRAMS ?
sridharan : IIMS courses are more valuable.


nithin : SIR HOW IS PGDM AT GIM ?
ramnath : GIM is a good school in the BBB category. What other options do you have?


time : WILL THE INSTITUTE BE PROVIDING UPDATES REGARDING THE APPLICATION TO CAT/XAT.....
ramnath : Yes


abk : SIR I BELONG TO GENERAL GOT 95% IN 10TH AND 97% IN +2 BUT MY CGPA IS 7.85 AND IM FROM IIT B.TECH. WHAT CAT PERCENTILE SHOULD I GET TO GET A CALL FROM IIM A-B-C??
sridharan : 99.5+ may be required.


sara : WILL AN MBA COURSE BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR ME, AS I HAVE DONE ENGINEERING AND NOT DONE BBA OR ANY COURSE RELATED TO MBA IN MY UNDERGRADUATION?
sridharan : There is absolutely no need for anyone to do BBA before doing an MBA. In fact most of the students in IIMS are from engineering stream only.


raj : I WANT TO BECOME ENTREPRENEUR.HOW CAN I UPDATE ALL ISSUES OF BUSINESS AND STOCK MARKET
ramnath : Follow a good financial newspaper like BS/ET


gaurav : WHAT I AM WORKING BUT NOT IN A BIG ORGANISATION WILL MY WORK EX BE COUNTED
sridharan : Work ex does not mean only in big organisations.


sanam : TO GET INTO AN IIM, HOW MUCH OF WORK EXPERIENCE DO THEY LOOK AT?
bharat : NONE! Work experience is NOT compulsory for admission into any TWO YEAR program at any school. More than number of years, it is the quality of learning from work that will weigh more.


bhavna : SIR I'M A B.SC STUDENT WITH MATHS AND STATISTICS BACKGROUND, WHICH SPECIALIZATION SHOULD I CHOOSE?
raghavender : Bhavna, your choice of specialization should depend on your aptitude towards something and not necessarily on your background. You will be able to choose your specialization after you have overall understanding of the different streams during your initial time of MBA.


csk : SIR FOR BTECH STUDENT MARKENTING IS BETTER; WHAT ARE BASICS TO BE LEARNT
ramnath : It is not that way. Btechs excel in other streams too. It is the interest that matters


anurag : IS MBA A GOOD OPTION AFTER DROPPING A YEAR AFTER GRADUATION AND WITHOUT ANY WORK-EX?
sridharan : Definitely MBA is a good option but there is no need to drop 1 year deliberately for that.


ashu : SIR LOW 10TH 12TH AND B.TECH MARKS WILL BE A BARRIER IF I WANT TO ADDMISSION IN TOP 10 B-SCHOOLS.??
ramnath : Not in most cases. Schools like FMS/XL dont look at them. IIMA has AR score which can be easily cleared by average/just below average students. Yes to some extent for schools like IIMB.


bhcb50392 : SIR IWANT TO DO MBA IN OPERATIONS....HOW MANY IIMS AND BSCHOOL ARE HAVING THIS STREAM
adityasrivastava : NITIE and IIT SOM are known for Operations.


shahid : AFTER STUDYIMG MBA IN FINANCE WHICH ARE THE COMPANIES WHERE WE CAN GET JOB OPPORTUNITIES
bharat : Mainstream retail banks, insurance, mutual funds, investment banks, or for that matter any company that needs resources for its finance department.


abhinav : WHAT AMOUNT OF HARD WORK AND PRACTICE IS REQUIRED FOR ME TO BE DONE IN CAT-16 TO GET ADMISSION IN ONE OF REPUTED IIM'S? I AM A B.COM STUDENT.
rajeshsaraf : Hard work, discipline, dedication etc are definitely some of the prerequisites. But these alone cannot guarantee success.


krishnarjun : I DID MY BTECH.IF I WORK IN TIME AS A FACULTY, WILL THAT TOO BE COUNTED AS WORK EX?
bharat : Yes, if it is full time paid work for minimum of six months after graduation.


kranth : HOW I SHOULD PREPARE TO GET 95 PERCENTILE IN ENGLISH BUT I NEVER SOLVED RC IN AIMCAT
adityasrivastava : Why do you not attempt RCs ? RCs are a must to get 95+ percentile. and they are not that difficult if you read regularly and practice.


chance : I BELONG TO ST CATAGEORY 85 + % IN 10 TH 90+ % IN 12 TH 5 POINTER IN DEGREE WITH GOOD RECORD OF EXTRA-CURICULAR ACTIVITES BOTH IN SPORTS AND PUBLIC SPEAKING COMPETETIONS AROUND HOW MUCH PERCENTILE SHOULD I SCORE IN CAT TO GET CALLS FROM IIM'S.
sridharan : Aim at aroud 80 .It will be a very good chance.


addi : IS ISB HYBD A GOOD OPTION?
bharat : Indian School of Business? A very very good school... profile of Class of 2016 is -- 816 students, average age at 27 yrs and avg work ex at 4.7 years.


bhavna : SIR I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT BUSINESS ANALYTICS SPECIALIZATION.
ramnath : You shciold look at the PGDBA course started from this year by IIMC, ISI and IITKGP together https://programslive.iimcal.ac.in/pgdba-about-programme


gaurav : SIR,WILL THEY SEE HOW MUCH I HAVE GAINED DURING MY WORK EX. AND CAN IT PROVE TO BE A DISADVANTAGE IF I DONT HAVE SUFFICIENT KNOWLEGE OF THE AREA I WANT TO PURSE
sridharan : In the interview probably yes.


shri : DO THE IIMS OFFER ANY PHD COURSE ? WHERE CAN I FINF INFORMATION REAGRDING IT ?
sridharan : Yes. Go to their websites.


june : SIR ...IS "BTECH IT WITH MBA IT" A GOOD COMBINATION..?
ramnath : Yes


mucc5t025 : IS W.EXP A MUST FOR MBA ADMISSION?
ramnath : No. Lot of freshers get in...in many schools freshers are more than those with workex


devika : I HAVE DONE A PART TIME JOB AT A VERY SMAAL ORGANISATION , FOR A TIME PERIODOF 1 YEAR.
bharat : Devika, all kinds of work ex matters... most importantly, quality of learning from work will matter more... however, for the IIMs, work ex counts only if it is full time paid work for minimum of six months after graduation.


manoj : IS THERE AN MBA SPECIALIZATION SPECIFIC TO THE SOFTWARE INDUSTRY?
sridharan : Systems.


girish : SIR I AM INTERESTED IN FINANCE,
raghavender : Ok, what is your question?


ironfist : I AM WEAK IN QUANTS, BUT STRONG IN VERBAL SECTION, THANKS TO THE VERBAL SECTION MY OVERALL PERCENTILE COMES TO AROUND 90, BT DUE TO QUANTS I CANT GO AHEAD WITH MBA. IS THERE ANY MBA EXAM WHICH IS MORE VERBAL CENTRIC?
sridharan : You can try GMAT where there is more emphasis on reasoning.


paritosh : FACTORS TO CONSIDER FOE SELECTING B.SCHOOLS...??
omveer : Reputation of the institution, faculty, infrastructure, placement, quality and size of batch, personal interest and fees are some factors


paritosh : NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF BANK MANAGEMENT HOW GOOD IT IS...??
ramnath : It is a good option for those interested in Finance


shri : IS THE ADMISSION PROCEDURE FOR PHD PROGRAM DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF PGDM FOR IIMS ?
adityasrivastava : Yes. You have to write an exam called RAT. Please go though any top IIM B School website to read about FPM programmes.


anurag : WHAT KIND OF WORK MBA PASS OUTS IN MARKETING DO?
sridharan : Anything related to marketing say field work, making plans, budgets, strategies etc.


annal : CAN U PL FURNISH THE LIST OF BEST COLLEGES OFFERING HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT. I ALREADY DID THE SEARCHJ ONLINE YET I NEED EXPERT ADVICE ON THE SAME
bharat : TISS, TAPMI are the only top schools that offer programs on HM.


saurabh : SIR, WHAT IS THE MINIMUM PERCENTILE THAT MUST BE SCORED IN CAT TO GET A GOOD COLLEGE?
bharat : anything above 80%ile will help you land in a good college


vaishali20 : WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF ENTERING INTO BANKING SECTOR WITH AN MBA DEGREE? IF SO,SPECIALISATION IN MBA SHOULD BE IN WHICH DEPARTMENT OF MBA?
sridharan : Can be finance.In promotions it may help. It may help even in securing a job.


raj : DOING MBA IN INDIA OR ABROAD ,WHICH WOULD BE BETTER?I LIKE TO KNOW ABOUT GRE,WHAT WOULD BE MINIMUM EXPENSES OF DOING MBA FOR GRE YIPPEE?
adityasrivastava : Min expense for MBA abroad is 50 Lakhs while in India it is around 12-15 lakhs.If you can get into top B Schools in India, it should be better from financial point of view.


arvin : SIR, WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN PACKAGE BETWEEN AN MBA AND MS?
raghavender : Depends on where (univ) you graduate from. Also, one should not just compare the two degrees based on initial offers as the career paths are different.


girish : SIR WHAT IF ANY OF THE IIMS DNT SEND U A CALL, CAN U STILL APPLY FOR THAT PARTICULAR INSTITUTE?
raghavender : Girish, you choose which programs at respective IIMs interest you and choose them when you fill in the CAT Appli form itself. So, then itself you are automatically applying to IIMs. However, for non-IIMs that accept CAT score as admissions criteria, you will have to apply separately.


chakshu : SIR....WHAT IS THA PROBABILITY OF CAT 2015 EXAM IN OCT ???
sridharan : October/ november is the likely probability.


abk : I AM NOT THAT GOOD IN MY CORE ENGINEERING SUBJECT. DOES THAT MATTER IN THE PI?
rajeshsaraf : Escapist attitude will not take you anywhere !! In case, if you are not good in your engg subjects, work hard. There may be a few questions related to that in PI


tripti : HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FR QUANTS? I'VE MISSED MANY CLASSES OF MATHS IN TIME
adityasrivastava : The answer is get a reschedule of all the missed classes. and work seriously on Quant books you have got from TIME.


sara : CAN U EXPLAIN HOW PERCENTILES ARE CALCULATED?
sridharan : For ex. 99 percentile means 1 percent of those who wrote the exam are above you.


deep : SIR WHAT IS THE MINIMUM PERCENRILE FOR SC STUDENTSTO GET A CALL FROM ANY IIM?
omveer : It varies from year to year. Don't worry about cut-off. Focus on your preparation and clear cut-off of all IIMs.


addi : WILL IT BE LITTLE TOUGH FOR A FRESHER FROM ENGG BACKGRND TO COPE UP IN MBA?
adityasrivastava : No not at all.There are lot of freshers and they do fine.It all depends on the individual.


gaurdee : HELLO SIR, I AM NOT SURE ABOUT THE STREAM I WANT TO CHOOSE AFTER MBA. BUT I WANT TO ADVANCE IN MY CAREER , WITH WORK LIFE BALANCE BEING CRUCIAL TO ME. WHICH MBA SPECIALISATION WOULD BE BEST FOR ME? AND WHAT ARE THE BEST COLLEGES FOR THAT SPECIALISATION?
rajeshsaraf : Typically one can go for single or dual specializations like Finance, Marketing, Systems, Operations, Strategy or HR. Dual specializations will happen depending on the number of electives you take. As far as which one will suit you the best, it all depends on, it depends on your interest. There are some who are excited by happenings in stock market or corporate finance, venture capital etc..for them, finance will do good. Any of the B School provides specialization is these areas


kittu : DO INTERNSHIPS COUNT AS WORK EXPERIENCE?
bharat : NO.


deep : SIR WHAT IS THE MINIMUM PERCENTILE FOR SC STUDENTS TO GET A CALL FRM ANY IIM
bharat : 70%ile is a safe score


addi : @ BHARAT SIR: IS THAT THE MIN REQUIREMENT?
bharat : 2 years of work ex... GMAT... application essays and interview.


saurabh : SIR, HOW MUCH PERCENTILE IS REQUIRED IN CAT TO GET A CALL FROM XIMB?
adityasrivastava : Around 92-94 percentile.


krishnarjun : MY 10TH - 83.4%, INTER - 90.8%, BTECH - 73.5%. SIR, IS MINE A GOOD ACADEMIC PROFILE. I DONT HAVE LOT OF EXTRA-CURRICULARS SO WHAT IS THE CAT %ILE SHOULD I NEED TO GET INTO AN IIM? AND IS MY OVERALL PROFILE CONSIDERED GOOD?
adityasrivastava : Your profile is good.To get into old IIMs 98+ percentile is required and for new ones you may get calls even at 96+ percentile.


rajat11 : I AM A REGULAR STUDENT AT TIME LUCKNOW. MY PREPARATIONS WAS GOING SMOOTHELY TILL THE FEB BUT AFTER THAT DUE TO SOME ACCIDENTS IN FAMILY, I WAS NOT ABLE TO STUDY FOR LAST 3 MONTHS AND NOW EVEN I HAVE FORGET MANY CONCEPTS. CAN I STILL MAKE IT?? THE ONLY AIMCAT 1624 I HAD ATTEMPTED AND I HAD SCORED 84.55 % OVERALL. 93 IN QUANT AND 55 IN VERBAL
adityasrivastava : There is still lot of time left.Please make the most of it.


abk : IS TISS A GOOD OPTION?? IN COMPARISON WITH IIMS IF I CHOOSE HR
sridharan : Equally good.


ramya : I AM AN ARTS STUDENT WITH AVERAGE MARKS IN SCHOOL. WILL THAT AFFECT ME FROM GETTING INTO A TOP MBA COLLEGE EVEN IF I GET A GOOD PERCENTILE?
sridharan : It may not if you do very well in CAT.


ojas : HI, I HAVE COMPLETED PGDM FROM WELINGKAR INSTITUTE, MUMBAI THROUGH DISTANCE LEARNING MODE. I HAVE BEEN IN COACHING/ACADEMIC PLANNING INDUSTRY FOR 2 YEARS. I WANT TO DO FPM FROM IIMS/ISB/MDI ETC. I WANT TO KNOW IF MY PGDM THROUGH DISTANCE LEARNING MODE IS CONSIDERED TO FULFILL THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA. IT IS RECOGNINZED BY DEC, GOVT OF INDIA.
bharat : Not sure about this, Ojas. You will have to check with the IIMs (visit their websites) for clarity.


vaishali20 : FOR CAT'15 STUDENTS, WHAT SHOULD BE THER DAILY SCHEDULE FOR STUDY AND HOW SHOULD IT BE DIVIDED AMONG DIFF. SECTIONS?
ramnath : Vaishali..the key is to not waste any time. How you divide it among diff sections will depend on your comfort level with each of those sections. More time to weak sections and relatively less time for the others.


raj : HOW TOUGH GD, PI AND WRITTEN EXAM AFTER CLEAR CAT
bharat : pretty tough... however, the rigorousness of the GWPI process changes between schools... at top schools, it is very tough... read extensively... focus on academics... know a lot about the work you do... hobbies... career plans... current affairs & GK... essentially, what they look at is level of preparation, clarity of thought, career planning, and seriousness of purpose.


gaurdee : SIR, CAN AN AVERAGE GUY (AVG AT ACADEMICS) SURVIVE THE PRESSURE AT IIMS?
sridharan : An average need not remain an average guy throughout life. The sheer ambience may drive you great heights.


titli : I AM A SUPPLY CHAINAMAGEMENT HONOURS STUDENT IN FINAL YEAR.
ramnath : Ok..what is your question?


sanam : CAN YOU GUIDE ME AS TO HOW TO APPROACH QUANT? ITS NOT A VERY STRONG POINT FOR ME
rajeshsaraf : Take it step by step. Split this word Quants into multiple sub-areas like "Numbers, Geometry, mensuration, Trigo, Functions, Graphs, Time & Work etc" (ALmost close to 25 chapters). Next, again split a particular area say "NUMBERS" into individual sub-topics like LCM, HCF, Remainders, etc (close to 25 such sub-topics). SO, the first step is to have a complete grip of all the topics/sub-topics which are there in quants. NEXT, identify which are the areas where you want to start with. Take up that chapter, go through the sub-topics, solved examples and finally the exercise problems. In case, if there are any difficult questions, encircle that. You can always come back to that question/that sub-topic later on.


addi : WHAT CAN BE DONE ABOUT D CLASH OF CAT EXAM DATE AND ENNG EXAM DATE?
raghavender : You need to have a Bachelor's degree to get into a Masters program.


raj : DOES GROUP DISCUSSION IN B SCHOOL CANCELED
sridharan : Not totally though most IIMs have done away with that and replaced them by essay writing.


hatoosh : SIR ,WHAT ARE THE BEST FIELDS IN MBA SUITABLE FOR A BCOM GRADUATE ?
bharat : any field that interests you, sustains your passion... and one that you can make a career in... typical specialisations opted by nonengineering students: HR, finance, marketing and general management.


brucewayne : HOW CORRELATED ARE AIMCAT SCORES WITH THE ACTUAL PERCENTILE? CAN I GUESS SOMETHING WITH THE TRACK RECORD OF SCORES HERE?
sridharan : They at times reflect the position. Again even within percentiles are not similar throughout which proves that it is at best an indicator enabling you to draw lessons.


tripti : SIR IS THERE NEGATIVE MARKING IT CAT? SHOULD I ATTEMPT ALL THE QUES OR BE SELECTIVE?
ramnath : Yes...http://www.time4education.com/CAT-MBA/CAT.aspx


manideep : SIR, CAN I COPE UP IN COMMING CAT EXAM IF I START NOW
raghavender : Manideep, sure you can. Have a study plan, stick to it. Take the online tests, AIMCATs, analyse them and learn back from the mistakes. You should try to put in about 3 hrs a day on working days and about 6 to 8 hours on holidays.


rajat : I RESIGNED MY JOB IN APRIL'15 FOR CAT PREPARATION. WHAT SHOULD I DO TO TO MAKEUP FOR IT SO AS TO DEFEND MY SELF DURING THE PI?
sridharan : By getting an excellent score you can say that you were able to do so because of the resignation.


csk : SIR WHAT IS DUAL SPECILIZTION
omveer : Speciliztion depends on your electives in 2nd year. In dual specialztion a student select certain minimum number of electives(vary from inst. to inst.) in 2 domains.


june : HOW IS MBA FROM IIT'S..??
ramnath : IITs like D, B, have excellent programs, almost at opar with some of the newer IIMs


addi : WHAT TYPE OF WORK IS DONE AFTER DOING FINANCE MBA
raghavender : Depends on what kind of courses you take in Finance. You could get into Corporate Finance, Banking, Investment Banking, Insurance etc.


santhosh : HI SIR, MY 10TH % - 90.8% 12TH % - 88.98% UG CGPA -7.01AND I'M SC. HOW MUCH CAT PERCENTILE SHOULD I SCORE TO GET IN TO IIMS??
sridharan : Aim at something around 90.


hatoosh : WHAT ARE THE OTHER CAREER OPTIONS FOR A BCOM GRADUATE IF NOT MBA OR EQUIVALENT ?
sridharan : CA, CFA, ACS ETC.


raj : WHAT IS MINIMUM PERCENTAGE FROM ACADEMIC TO GET SEAT IN IIM
omveer : Please go through the eligibility criteria and selection process of IIMs. Links are given at TIME home page.


utsav : HI, APART FROM THE CAT PREP, WHAT GENRE OF BOOKS WOULD YOU SUGGEST TO BE READ IN ORDER TO ACE THE GD/PI? (FOR ABC)
sridharan : Related to economics, politics especially current affairs, science etc.


praveen : SIR....HOW MANY WORKING SHEETS WILL BE GIVEN AT TEST CENTER..WHAT SHOULD BE OUR STRATEGY??
rajeshsaraf : A couple of years back (Prometric regime), the number of worksheets provided was limited to 8. However, last year, there was no such restriction. So, most likely, the similar scenario may prevail this time


mranilji : HOW IS ASIAN BUSINESS SCHOOL?
bharat : Not recommended.


raj : MINIMUM %ILE FOR IIM, INDORE
adityasrivastava : We have seen somebody getting a call at 91 percentile because they place a lot of weightage on academic scores. However to be safe you must target 98+ percentile.


chakshu : SIR....HOW MCH PERCENTILE IS REQUIRED FOR COLLEGES LIKE SP JAIN,MDI,NITIE,JBIMS IN CAT??
bharat : diff for diff colleges... like its 94%ile for MDI and over 99%ile for JBIMS... that's the range -- 94-100%ile for top schools.


saurabh : SIR, HOW MUCH PERCENTILE IS REQUIRED IN CAT TO GET CALL FROM IMI?
bharat : IMI New Delhi cutoff is at 91%ile overall with sectional cutoffs


sun : WHAT KIND OF WORK DO WE GET AFTER GLOBAL MBA
raghavender : Depends on what your majors are, what type of industry you get into etc.


akhil : SIR HOW DO YOU RATE THE FOLLOWING COLLEGES-FMS GHAZIABAD,AMITY NOIDA,IILN NOIDA?
bharat : hmmm... Amity is better of the three.


kittu : SIR I AM B.COM STUDENT I WILL BE COMPLETING MY GRADUATION IN 2016.IF I WILL BE ABLE TO GET GOOD PERCENTILE IN CAT15,THEN CAN I GET ADMISSION IN ANY IN ANY BSCHOOL IN 2016.
sridharan : Yes CAT 2015 is for 2016 admissions .


mucc5t025 : I WANT FOREIGN PLACEMENTS WHICH B SCHOOLS SHOULD I TARGET?
bharat : I do not know about your fascination with foreign jobs... such jobs come to students at the IIMs, IIFT, MDI, SPJIMR, XLRI, & JBIMS -- ONLY if they fit the profile the recruiters are look for.


june : WHAT IS THE MINIMUM CAT PERCENTAGE REQUIRED TO LAND IN A GOOD IIT ?
ramnath : For OCs, it will be around 90


shriram : SIR, CAN YOU EXPLAIN ESSAY WRITING IN BRIEF? HOW SHOULD THE CANDIDATES APPROACH TOWARDS EW BE? WHAT ARE THE PROBABLE TOPICS FOR ESSAY WRITING?
adityasrivastava : Essay writing is not much different from the essays that we use to write in our school days.It must have am introduction, followed by the main body of around 200 words followed by the conclusion.Topics can vary but usually the topics that are prevalent in news are askd. For eg ban on beef, legalising gay marriage etc.


hatoosh : SIR , ARE CAS,CFAS,ICWAS COMPETITION FOR MBAS...IS DOING MBA IN FINANCE ADVISABLE OR SHOULD GO FOR MARKETING ?
rajeshsaraf : You can dual !!


sara : WHAT ARE THE SUITABLE STREAMS TO CHOOSE IN MBA FOR A CSE ENGINEERING STUDENT?
omveer : Private colleges don't have reservation system. Ex.- MDI, XLRI etc


raj : WHAT IF I WILL GET A CALL FROM IIMS BUT FAILED IN GD & PI ??
sridharan : You may try again or with good scores try in some other good Bschools.


sam : SIR WHAT IF SOMEONE STARTS PREPARING FOR CAT 2015 RIGHT NOW VERY SERIOUSLY.... DO THEY HAVE ANY CHANCE TO GET IN IIMS.
rajeshsaraf : YUP


mranilji : HOW IS IBS GURGAON?
bharat : NOT IN TOP 100 SCHOOLS... city level college... intake is high (460)... fee over Rs7.5 lakh... Average pay, as claimed by the institute, is Rs5.4 lakh...


hatoosh : IF YOU WANNA GRADE MBA ,CA, CS,ICWA, CFA ...HOW WOULD YOU DO ..JUST TO GET A CLEAR PICTURE
raghavender : Some of them are degrees while some are professional programs and CFA is a certification that can add value to your overall profile. Normally, someone who wants to become a CA starts very early ... as early as after 12th grade. They are all different and depends on what you want to see yourself doing in your future.


gk : I ALWAYS FEEL DIFFICULTY WITH BIG CALCULATIONS INVOLVED IN DI QUESTIONS. IS THERE ANY CUT-OFF FOR ONLY DI SECTION? IF SO PLEASE SUGGEST ME FEW TIPS TO OVERCOME MY DIFFICULTY IN DI PROBLEMS.
sridharan : There is no cut off for DI alone. It is a part of quants. However doing well in DI is crucial to securing good percentile. Attend our classes for knowing short cuts to do the calculations.


june : IS THERE ANY COLLEGE WHICH DOES PROVIDES NO RESERVATION BASED ON CASTE
bharat : no reservation at SPJIMR, XLRI, MDI, IRMA, MICA, IMT, IMI


abhinav : IS CONFIRMED JOB PLACEMENT OFFERED BY IIM OR NOT WITH A GOOD AMOUNT OF PACKAGE?
bharat : there is no certainty about anything... incl job offers at the IIMs... you will have to work hard, do well in the program, impress the recruiters with effective knowledge and communicative ability... sorry to disappoint you but hard work and a great willingness to learn are essential to getting a job.


dlca5ou46 : SIR,IAM FROM ARTS BACKGROUND,THAT IS WHY I AM WEAK IN MATHS SO SUGGEST ME WHAT SHOULD I DO???
omveer : Attend classes regularly, revise and practice at home. Be in touch with the faculty at your centre.


snehbhat : SIR,HOW TO DO WELL IN RC'S AND VA ?
bharat : right question... wrong chat... wrong time...


kunwar : I HAVE 81.6% IN 12TH N 90.2 % IN 10TH, PRESENTLY IN PRE FINAL YEAR OF BTECH FROM IIIT GWALIOR.WHAT ARE MY CHANCES ???
adityasrivastava : You have a good profile. Good chances are there if you do well in CAT.


mucc5t025 : HOW DOES MBA HELP FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS?BCOZ WE KNOW MANY ENTREPRENEURS WHO DID IT WITHOUT GOING 2 B SCHOOL? LIKES OF STEVE JOBS,BILL GATES,RICHARD BRANSON,SAM WALTON?SO IS MBA A MUST FOR FUTURE ENTREPRENEUE?
raghavender : They are big names, but understand that they are exceptions...only a handful. MBA will always help you get a grip on the diff facts of business and will surely help you.


manideep : HOW MANY YEARS THE CAT SCORE IS VALID FOR SIR
bharat : one year...


jazz : HELLO! I AM GENERAL, MY 10TH- 84%, 12TH- 64%, UG (B.TECH.)- 65%,NO WORK EXPERIENCE. IS THERE ANY CHANCES FOR CALL FROM IIM AHMEDABAD. AND AT WHAT MIN. %ILE IN CAT. ANY OTHER TIPS FOR INCREASING MY CHANCES FOR IIM AHMEDABAD? THANKS.
sridharan : It is difficult though not impossible. You may have to try around 99.75+percentile.


sachu : WHAT IS THE MINIMUM CAT PERCENTILE REQUIRED TO GET ADMISSION IN ANY OF THE IIT
bharat : for general category, it is over 92%ile


kunwar : HOW MUCH I SHOUL TARGET FOR IIMS N OTHER TOP MBA COLLEGES LIKE FMS DU ETC??
bharat : over 97%ile


abhinav : I HAD NOT TAKEN MATHS AS A SUBJECT IN CLASS 11TH AND 12TH AND I AM PREPARING FOR CAT-16 IN WHICH THERE IS A QUANT SECTION, WILL I BE ABLE TO PERFORM WITH A DEDICATION OF TIME IN QUANT?
raghavender : Sure, don't worry. CAT tests you on high school Math.


june : IS NO WORK EXPERIENCE, A BIG HURDLE FOR SELECTION INTO IIM'S AND IIT'S ?
raghavender : Not at all!


kunwar : ALSO THERE IS ONE PROBLEM WITH THAT PRESENTL MY CGPA IS NOT GUD ,ONLY 6.7
omveer : I have 64% in grads and got call from 8-9 IIMs. So, you have good chances. prepare well for CAT.


aman : DOES OMET'S ALSO TAKE PLACE AROUND THE SAME TIME AS CAT DOES?
sridharan : Mostly after CAT but within a month are two.


sam : AS WE KNOW THE DIVERSITY ASPECT WHICH COMES INTO PICTURE WHILE GETTING INTO IIMS.... AND I STUDY IN NIFT(NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF FASHION TECHNOLOGY), SO DOES THIS INCREASES MY SCOPE IN GETTING ADMISSION IN IIMS
sridharan : It will to some extent .


dinesh : IS IT GOOD TO GAIN SOME WORK EX BEFORE DOING MBA OR BEING A FRESHER IS NO HARM TO OPPORTUNITIES??
raghavender : The earlier you start, the better you gain long term!


raj : AIMCAT AND ACTUAL CAT WOULD BE RELATIVELY SAME?
raghavender : Yes, AIMCATs are a fair representation of the actual CAT. They prepare you at various levels of difficulty and comprehensively.


deep : SIR WHICH ARE THE NEW IIMS?
adityasrivastava : IIMs Kashipur, Raipur, Rohtak, Trichy,Ranchi and Udaipur.


kanhaiya : SIR,HOW TO IMPROVE MY WORD POWER?
sridharan : Read a lot. Refer to dictionary. Use the words whereever you can.


addi : CAT CAN BE ATTEMPTED HOW MANY TIMES?
raghavender : Once in one testing window.


csk : MSRIM OR LPU
bharat : MSRIM -- avg pay at Rs4 lakh... fee at Rs5.4 lakh


jazz : HELLO! I WILL BE GRATEFUL IF I COULD GET SOME ADVICE OR TIPS FOR IMPROVING MY ENGLISH COMMUNICATION SKILLS, ALSO I LIVE IN A NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING ENVIRONMENT. THANKS.
sridharan : You have to seek avenues for speaking in English if they are not available in your place.


abk : I HAVE DONE INTERNSHIPS UNDER PROFS OF IIML AND TISS. DOES THIS ADDS TO MY CHANCES OF GETTING INTO TOP IMMS?? I DONT HAVE ANY W.EXP
raghavender : They don't count as work exp. However, internships on your resume will surely add value to your overall profile.


sarah : I AM IN FINAL YEAR AND WANT TO ATTEMPT CAT2015. HOW SHOULD I PREPARE TO GET INTO IIM WITH ONLY 5 MONTHS REMAINING FOR EXAM.
adityasrivastava : Make the most of this time. The time left is not very less.Go for it full on. Study for at least 4 hours daily.


sam : SCORING 98 PERCENTILE IN CAT EQUALS APPROX HOW MUCH MARKS OUT OF 300?
ramnath : That depends on the difficulty level of the paper..do not target any particular score...try to maximise the score as much as you can


manideep : SIR I GOT 10TH-80% AND 12TH-82.63% AND B.E OF 6.77 CGPA WHAT %TILE SHOULD I GET IN CAT SIR
sridharan : It depends on to which category you belong to.


dinesh : AND RAGHAVENDER SIR BEING A COMPUTER SCIENCE ENGINEER WILL HR BE A GOOD OPTION FOR ME?
raghavender : We do not recommend that you decide on specialization right now itself. Pls do some groundwork on what these majors are, what kind of jobs people do with these majors etc before you take a call.


rcreigns : IS IIM AMRITSAR A GOOD INSTITUTE FOR MBA?
bharat : Not yet started.


ananya : IS ITM NM WORTH JOINING AND FOR WHICH PROGRAM?
ramnath : What is your CAt percentile and background?


snehbhat : HOW MANY MINIMUM ATTEMPTS REQUIRED TO SCORE 99+ IN VA SECTION?(WITH ACCURACY PERCENTAGE)
omveer : There is no such magical number. Attempt as many as you can.


csk : HOW ABOUT LPU. WHAT IS AVG PACKAGE
ramnath : we dont rank it among the top 150 schools of the country


mucc5t025 : WHY D HELL DOES IIM CHARGE SO MUCH FEES?IT WILL TAKE 1-1.5 YRS OF OUR INCOME TO REPAY BACK.IS IT ADVISABLE TO DO MBA FROM FMS THAN IIM IF I WANNA BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR BCOZ WE LEARN LESS FROM SCHOOL AND MORE FROM D JUNGLE(MARKET).
ramnath : The brand IIM commands commensurate returns and hence it needs to be looked at as an investment to get it. That said, if you have an FMS offer and you sure want to be an entrepreneur, you should go for it. All the best


mayukh : SOME GUY'S MULTIPLE DOUBTS ARE BEING ANSWERED WHILE FEW UNFORTUNATES ARE WAITING FOR THEIR SOLE QUERY TO BE REPLIED.
adityasrivastava : What is your query ?


gaurdee : GOOD EVENING SIR. IS A GAP BETWEEN YOU STUDIES AND CAT INTERVIEW A DISADVANTAGE? DOES IT LOWER YOUR CHANCES OF GETTING SELECTED?
raghavender : Don't worry. As long as you show that you have been using your time productively, it should be fine.


annet : SIR PLEASE REPLY AS ITS VERY URGENT. I HAVE IMT NAGPUR AND SIESCOM MUMBAI IN HAND. WHAT SHOULD I PREFER??
ramnath : SIESCOM..better category - BB, compared to IMT nagpur - B


sam : WHEN ARE THE GD AND PI SESSIONS HELD AFTER THE RESULTS ARE OUT
bharat : As soon as the results are out -- within the first week after the announcement of the results.


champ : HOW RELEVANT ARE THE VOCAB CARDS PROVIDED BY TIME..BCOZ IN THE PAST FEW YES CAT I HAVEN'T SEEN DIRECT VOCAB QUESTIONS BEING ASKED
sridharan : The cards only give you an idea of various possibilities. Contextual usage is more important. So read a lot.


csk : RAMANATH SIR LPU OR MSRIM
ramnath : MSRIM


deep : SIR HOW IS GIM?
bharat : BBB category... 240 intake... fee at Rs10.5 lakh and avg pay at Rs7.9 lakh...


gk : WHAT IS GLOBAL MBA?
raghavender : There is not one particular way to understand it. But, as a start: "Global MBA" refers to a MBA program that positions itself as having diversity in students, faculty. Also, one that has a curriculum that has/matches international standards and is not inclined towards teaching courses that are relevant to only a particular geography.


ananya : 26PERCENTILE IN CAT AND DONE B.COM.
ramnath : If you can wait for another year and give another shot at CAT, it is worth trying - provided you are sure that you can out in the necessary focus and prep to improve your CAt percentile. Else go for IMT or any other offer you have in hand


niti : HI SIR.10%,12%,BBA%=84,65,70.GENERAL.HOW MUCH DO I NEED TO SCORE IN CAT?
sridharan : For IIMS around 99+


abhinav : WHAT AMOUNT OF DAILY TIME PERIOD IS TO BE INVESTED IN STUDIES AS I WILL BE APPEARING FOR CAT-16?
ramnath : A similar question has been answered earlier..please check the transcript


aimcat : WHAT IS DECENT PERCENTILE TO GET INTO IIMS?
ramnath : Depends on one's reservation category...can get in with about 60 percentile (SC/DA) upto 92-94 (OC)


ca_yatin : I HAVE 83.6% IN 10TH AND 94.2 % IN 12TH, 79% IN B.COM WITH CA AND CS. HAVING WORK EX OF NEARLY 12 MONTHS. WHAT ARE MY CHANCES IN IIM A B C ???
omveer : Your chances high. But you have to get good percentile in CAT.


sarah : WHAT IS DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF SNAP?
ramnath : The test areas are similar to CAT, with GK added in. Difficulty level is a couple of notches lower than that of CAT


gaurdee : SIR CAN YOU SUGGEST ANY NEWSPAPER APART FROM THE HINDU THATS GOOD FOR GENERAL AWARENESS? WE DO NOT GET THE HINDU DAILY IN MY CITY.
sridharan : Any national daily today is equally good. You can go for The New Indian Express, TOI, DC etc.All are equally good.


ca_yatin : SIR WHICH IS THE BEST B SCHOOL FOR PURSUING MBA IN FINANCE IN INDIA?
bharat : IIMs A,B, & C.


kanhaiya : SIR,WHETHER WORK EXPERIANCE BEFORE GRADUATION IS COUNTED OR NOT?FOR EXAMPLE..... WORK EXPERIANCE AFTER DIPLOMA
bharat : No... only full time paid work for minimum of six months AFTER graduation


arjun : IS IT ADVISABLE TO JOIN A REGULAR COURSE FOR PG AFTER B.COM IN GRAD,THEN GO FOR MBA?
raghavender : No. You can start your MBA soon after B.Com.


annal : HOW GOOD IS INSTITUTE OF HEALTH MANAGEMENT RESEARCH (IHMR),JAIPUR RAJASTAN AND DELHI FOR HEALTHCARE MANAGEMENT\
bharat : avoid these two... and no major info is available about Symbiosis program


santu : SIR DO TISS COLLEGE OFFER PGDM COURSES LIKE IN IIM'S? IT IS SAID I HAS ONLY SPECIALIZATION BRANCH IN HR STREAM IS IT TRUE?
bharat : TISS offers Master of Arts (MA) programs... equal to PGDM or MBA... you are right - it offers an MA in HRM only.


shri : WHICH SPECIALIZATION IS BETTER SUITED FOR A COMMERCE GRAD ?
bharat : already answered... check transcript


aa : WHT SHOULD I DO TO IMPROVE MY SPEED IN AIMCATS??
sridharan : Dont concentrate too much on speed at the initial stages. Your choice of questions is very important. By choosing easily doable questions you can improve the no. of questions considerably.


aa : WHT SHOULD I DO TO IMPROVE SPEED??
ramnath : Question selection is the key, along with good practice on speed maths and reading speed improvement. Cutting down on silly mistakes contributes a lot too


mayukh : SIR, I ALREADY POSTED IT WELL BEFORE. I WANTED TO KNOW WHETHER IS IS ADVISABLE FOR AN IIT BTECH GUY TO PERSUE MBA FROM AN IIT ? I MEAN MOST OF THE THE MBA GUYS FROM MY INSTITUTE ARE GETTING <= THE BTECH GUYS, I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOUR OPINION ?
adityasrivastava : I will agree with you.


rcreigns : SIR I AM GENERAL CATEGORY STUDENT WITH 87% IN 10TH ICSE,75% IN 12TH AND 66% IN BTECH... WHAT PERCENTILE SHOULD I AIM AT FOT TOP 50 COLLEGES?
sridharan : Anything above 95 at least.


ojas : HELLO RESPECTED FACULTY, I REQUEST YOUR RESPONSE ON THE BELOW QUESTION: "HI, I HAVE COMPLETED PGDM FROM WELINGKAR INSTITUTE, MUMBAI THROUGH DISTANCE LEARNING MODE. I HAVE BEEN IN COACHING/ACADEMIC PLANNING INDUSTRY FOR 2 YEARS. I WANT TO DO FPM FROM IIMS/ISB/MDI ETC. I WANT TO KNOW IF MY PGDM THROUGH DISTANCE LEARNING MODE IS CONSIDERED TO FULFILL THE ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA. IT IS RECOGNINZED BY DEC, GOVT OF INDIA."
ramnath : Graduation is the required eligibility for FPM..so do not fret about your PGDM..if you have a 4 year degree, it is good enough


gh : I'M FINAL YEAR ENGINEERING STUDENT WITH BTECH MARKS 69%, 10TH 76% FROM ICSE BOARD AND 75% IN 12TH FROM ISC BOARD. NC OBC AND GOOD EXTRA CURRICULAR RECORD. IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO MAKE TO TOP IIM I.E A,B,C,L WITH THIS PROFILE AND IF YES THEN WHAT SHOULD BE THE EXPECTED PERCENTILE IN CAT 15 FOR TOP CALLS
ramnath : Yes..A percentile in the 90-95 range will help you get a good number of IIM calls


manoj : FOR DOING A PARTICULAR MBA SPECIALIZATION, SAY, FINANCE, IS PRIOR KNOWLEDGE ALWAYS DESIRED? FOR A B.E. GRADUATE, SUCH KNOWLEDGE MAY NOT EXIST. SO, SHOULD SUCH A GRADUATE WORK ON GETTING THIS PRIOR KNOWLEDGE ALONG WITH PREPARING FOR THE CAT?
adityasrivastava : Not necessary.


jazz : HELLO SIR! FOR 99.75 %ILE & ABOVE IN CAT-15, WHAT MIN. PERCENTILES SHOULD I BE SECURING IN MY AIMCATS? THANK YOU!
sridharan : Dont worry about the percentiles in AIMCATS right now as the AIMCATS are for several other purposes.


cat : SHOULD WE FOLLOW NEWS PAPERS FOR GENERAL AWARNESS/VOCABULARY ALONG WITH OUR PREPARATION FOR CAT ?
sridharan : Yes it should be done simaltaneouly.


rahul : ANY GOOD COLLEGES OFFERING ENTREPRENEURSHIP COURSE OTHER THAN IIMS AND TOP ONES
bharat : SPJIMR & NMIMS


dinu : HOW GOOD IS ISB HYDERABAD COMPARED TO IIM-A,B&C?
adityasrivastava : IIMs A , B and C are definitely better.


cat2016 : I HAVE 81.6% IN 12TH N 90.2 % IN 10TH, PRESENTLY IN PRE FINAL YEAR OF BTECH FROM IIIT GWALIOR.WHAT ARE MY CHANCES ??? HOW MUCH I SHOUL TARGET FOR IIMS N OTHER TOP MBA COLLEGES LIKE FMS DU ETC??: ALSO THERE IS ONE PROBLEM WITH THAT PRESENTL MY CGPA IS NOT GUD ,ONLY 6.7, GENERAL CAT
sridharan : If you can get above 99 you can fancy your chances in some good schools if not in IIMS.


kanupriya : DEAR SIR, I HAVE DONE MFM FROM NIFT AS MY POST GRADUATION. IS IT A WRONG DECISION TO DO MBA NOW? WHAT FIELD SHOULD I OPT FOR IN MBA IF I HAVE TO DO MY OWN BUSINESS?
adityasrivastava : It will still not be a wrong decision. If you have to open your own business Marketing should be a good choice.


deep : SIR WHICH ARE THE BEST COLLEGE FOR AN AVERAGE STUDENT?
ramnath : Deep..with about 5 more months to go, there is not such thing as an avg student. With enough focus, hardwork and dedication, you can lift yourself up to the top schools of the country..all the best


dips : EVENING SIR, DO U THINK INTROVERTS OR THOSE WHO ARE NOT THAT SOCIAL CAN DO WELL IN THE MBA PROGRAMME EVEN IF THEY MANAGE TO CRACK CAT? DO U THINK THEY CAN SURVIVE THE BUSINESS WORLD?
sridharan : It all depends on how well you adjust to changed circumstances.


anurag : A GOOD STRATEGY FOR FLOWING NICELY THROUGH 21 AIMCATS LEFT BEFORE CAT 2015 ?
ramnath : Analyse each of your AIMCAT performances thoroughly, identify your weak areas and work on them before the next AIMCAT


dky : SIR WHEN TO APPLY FOR MBA EXAMS...
ramnath : The CAT notification will be out in July-aug. The other exams too bring them out in Aug-sep


shri : ARE THE QUESTIONS IN AIMCATS TOUGHER THAN THE ACTUAL CAT ?
sridharan : Sometimes yes. But on the whole they are similar.


ananya : WHICH COLLEGES OFFER 1YEAR MBA OTHER THAN IIM?
bharat : ISB, GLIM, XLRI, SPJIMR


dinu : @ADITYA SIR : ISB HYD. VS IIM KHOZEKHODE?
adityasrivastava : I guess it depends also on your budget.You may not expect a lot of difference either way.


rahul : DO ONE CAN TAKE ADMISSION IN CURRENT YEAR AND ALONG WITH START PREPARE FOR CAT FOR NEXT YEAR?IS IT ADVISABLE?
sridharan : Genarally not. However it depends on where you join.


gh : ITS BEEN ALMOST 40 MIN AND I HAVE NOT BEEN ANSWERED
ramnath : Just answered..please check


kanupriya : I THINK OUR TIME IS BEING WASTED AS THERE IS NO FIFO SYSTEM FOR QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED. ONLY SELECTED STUDENTS ARE GETTING ANSWERED HERE.
adityasrivastava : Please tell me your query.


rhlgupta : ON AN OVERALL PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL LEVEL, HOW DOES PURSUING AN MBA AFFECT YOU AND IMPROVE YOUR PROSPECTS IN COMPARISON TO BEING JUST A B.TECH ?
raghavender : First, it is a Masters degree. Second, it is a professional degree. Third, it puts you into the 'managerial' path of your career and will put you in roles that involve decision-making, strategy etc. Fourth, the salaries for MBAs from the top BSchools!


jazz : I HAVE JUST PLANNED TO DO MBA FROM ONE OF THE IIMS BUT DON'T KNOW IN WHICH STREAM. SHOULD THAT BE NECESSARY TO DO SOME HOMEWORK BEFORE APPEARING FOR CAT EXAM OR GDPI?
adityasrivastava : Not necessary.


hatoosh : SIR, WAS AIMCAT622 OF THE SAME LEVEL AS ACTUAL CAT?
sridharan : Probably yes.


deep : SIR DOES 10TH ND 12TH MARKS PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN MBA ADMISSION
bharat : yes, in case of some schools, and no, for most schools!


rahul : WHICH STREAM TO SELECT IF ONE WANTS TO TAKE SOME WORK EX AND THEN OPEN ONES BUSINESS?PLS HELP
adityasrivastava : It will help to take Marketing stream and then work in a similar set up before taking the jump into launching your own business.


sanam : YOU SAID 10TH AND 12TH MARKS PLAY VITAL ROLE IN MBA ADMISSION...IS IT VITAL FOR IIMS?
adityasrivastava : They are important but every institute has a different style and criteria.


kanupriya : THANK YOU ADITYA SIR
adityasrivastava : welcome.


sktgpel : PLZ REPLY FAST THERE R TONS OF QS REMAINING.
bharat : ha ha ha... you seem to be in tearing hurry... with no question from you! We are trying hard to answer all queries.


dips : SIR, DOES LACK OF CO CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND PARTICIPATION IN CLUBS ETC.. HAVE A NEGATIVE EFFECT IN THE SELECTION PROCESS?
sridharan : Not necessarily if you can explain them away convincingly.


hatoosh : SIR,AT MOST HOW MANY SHIFTS ONE SHOULD MAKE FROM ONE SECTION TO OTHER DURING AIMCAT IN ORDER TO NOT GET EXHAUSTED AND CONCENTRATE EFFECTIVELY ?
adityasrivastava : That depends totally on the individual. No standard answers here.


aa : IM PREPARING FOR CAT, STUDYING DAY N NIGHT, BUT I DNT GET MARKS IN TESTS CONDUCTED BY TIME .IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR REASON BEHIND THIS ??
sridharan : Preparing hard and preparing with focus on tests are two different things. But dont worry . If you prepare well you will see the results soon if not immediately.


bhupesh : SIR,I AM CONFUSED AS TO WHETHER I SHOULD GET SOME EXPERIENCE BEFORE ENTERING AN MBA PROGRAM OR NOT..? I'VE HEARD A LOT THAT MOST OF THE IIM STUDENTS HAVE SOME EXPERIENCE AND TYAT GIVES THEM AN ADVANTAGE. PLEASE CAN YOU PUT SOME LIGHT ON IT?
raghavender : Bhupuesh, a good no. of students make it to the IIMs without work exp. The earlier you start, the better your prospects are long term.


jazz : YEAH I KNOW BUT FOR WHAT %ILE FIGURE SHOULD I BE AIMING TO REACH TILL THE END OF MY AIMCATS FOR 99.75 %ILE & ABOVE IN CAT-15? THANK YOU SIR JI!!
sridharan : Keep it around 90+ from the start.


sk88 : I GOT 77.69 IN MY X,63.50 IN XII,60 IN XV(BMS).SO I WANTED TO KNOW WILL IT B POSSIBLE FOR ME 2 GET IN TOP TOP 10 B SCHOOLS IF I GET GOOD CAT SCORE?I HAV A 2 YR GAP.I WAS 2 GRADUATE IN 2014 BUT I GOT A KT SO I GAV THAT KT EXAM IN NOV AND GOT MY RESULT IN 2015.SO NOW I HAV NO KT.BUT I WASTED 2014 & 15 WITH NO EXP.SO CAN I GET INTO TOP B SCHOOLS PURELY ON MY CAT SCORE+GDPI SCORE???
adityasrivastava : It is difficult though not impossible.But you can most probably get into one of top 20 schools if you perform good in CAT + GDPI.


iaf007 : I HAVE DONE MY +2 IN SCIENCE, MY GRADUATION IN FINANCE (CORE SUBJECTS), HAVE WORK EXPERIENCE IN CONTENT WRITING AND MARKETING. I WANT TO DO MY MBA IN MARKETING. DOES MY HISTORY OF LEARNING DECREASE MY POSSIBILITY OF GETTING A GOOD COLLEGE? HOWEVER I HAVE DECENTLY WELL IN ALL THESE SPHERES?
adityasrivastava : No issues here.


rcreigns : WHICH MBA STREAM WILL HELP ME ESTABLISH MY OWN BUSINESS?
adityasrivastava : Marketing followed by a couple of years of work ex in a similar field.


vaishali20 : TOP B-SCHOOL FOR MBA FINANCE IN INDIA?
adityasrivastava : Already answered.Check transcripts.


jazz : SR PLZ ANSWER MY QUESTION....WAITED FOR TOO LONG!!
adityasrivastava : done.



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