T.I.M.E


Chat on B-school selection!
(Chat Transcript)

alex : WHAT IS THE CORRELATION BETWEEN IIFT SCORES AND PERCENTILES ?
vanitabakshi : It is the same as CAT a percentile is the number of students who have scored higher than you. while the raw score s are the actual marks scored by you.


dha : SIR I GOT 198 IN NMAT??CHANCES OF GETTING A CALL FROM NMIMS BANG AND HYD??SINCE LAST YEAR CUT OFF WAS 195
rajesh : yes you do have a chance


shamili : GOOD EVENING SIR,HOW MUCH CMAT SCORE DOES JBIMS ACCEPTS?
chandrajyoti : 320+


vb : HELLO .... IS XAT DIFFICULT THAN CAT
vinnayraj : the areas tested are the same with an addition of gk and essay writing section..the level of difficulty is more or less the same...


vb : WHAT IS THE APPROXIMATE SCORE TO GET 95%ILEOR MORE
rajesh : 160 plus


t : WHICH ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT AIMCATS FOR REVISION ?ASKING SINCE I AM JUGGLING BTW MY SEM EXAMS
rajesh : last 6 aimcats make you gret the confidence of reaching 90 plus percentile


alex : WHAT ARE THE COLLEGES IN TOP 20 WHOSE LAST DATE FOR APPLICATION IS BEFORE CAT ?
asim : SP JAIN, FMS DELHI, NITIE MUMBAI, MDI GURGAON are some of them.


agarwal_07 : WHAT IS THE MINIMUM SCORE REQUIRE FOR THE GD PI CALL FROM NMIMS MUMBAI IRRESPECTIVE OF WHAT ONE'S ACADEMIC BACKGROUND
bharat : 209


nidhi : SIR THERE IS TOOL CALLED "B-SCHOOL SELECTION GUIDANCE TOOL" ON SHP .I FILLED IT. HOW IT WORKS
asim : Which city?


nit16 : SIR IN AIMCAT 1704 MY %TILE IS 67,,, HOW MUCH IT WILL BE IN ACTULE CAT???
chandrajyoti : I hope you will score more than what you have got. However, there is no fixed figure that can be mentioned.


anju : SIR, IF I HAD TO CHOOSE TO WRITE ONE EXAM AMONG SNAP, CMAT OR TISSNET , WHICH WOULD BE A BETTER OPTION?
rajesh : snap


rahul : GOOD EVENING.. CAN ANYONE PROVIDE ME WITH THE LIST OF COLLEGES FOR WHICH THE APPLICATION WINDOW IS ON WITH THEIR LAST DATE OF APPLICATION...
asim : Check http://www.time4education.com/local/articlecms/notifications.php?course=CAT/MBA


har : FIRST IS THAT I GOT 95 PERCENTILE IN THE LAST ON THIS BASIS PLZ SUGGEST BSCHOOLS AND THE SECOND IS THAT I HAVE EXAMS FROM 25 NOV HOW SHOULD I PREPARE IN THE LAST AS EVENTUALLY I WILL ALSO HAVE TO PREPARE FOR GRADUATION EXAMS
rajesh : 95 percentile and above is valid foer schools aft IIM Abckli


abi : HELLO SIR.. HOW DOES NEW IIMS FARE AMONG IITS AND PRIVATE COLLEGES LIKE SP JAIN, MDI, NITIE? PLEASE RANK THEM
gautam : It is difficult to rank the absolutely new ones as they do not yet have a track record. So to that extent SPJain, NITIE etc would, at this juncture, be better. But you must understand that they belong to a strong Brand Network. So ultimatley it is whether you want to look at the long term or the absolutely short term.


abhi : SIR MY PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT IS AROUND 60 TO 70 I WANT TO FILL TATA INSTITUTE BUT I M CONFUSE WHAT TO DO FILL OR NOT FILL THE FORM PLEASE CLARIFY ME
chandrajyoti : It is going to be difficult. But never give-up.


mm : SIR, I GOT A SCORE OF 182 IN NMAT. ANY CHANCES OF GETTING INTO ANY OF THE NMIMS UNIVERSITIES?
supratim : Suggest you to retake.


shubham_mathur : I GOT 223 IN ACTUAL NMAT. DO I NEED A RETAKE?
supratim : You may . But its a good score to get call.


bhavik : SIR SINCE NUMBER OF STUDENTS APPEARING FOR AIMCAT 1704 WAS ONLY AROUND 9K CAN WE SAY IT IS NOT AN EFFICIENT WAY TO MEASURE PERCENTILE?
bharat : yes... because the folks who take the test are among the more serious CAT aspirants.


sahib : SIR I M GETTING 70-80%ILE IN AIMCATS CONSTANTLY WHICH COLLEGES SHOULD I GO FOR IS UBS CHANDIGARH VIABLE OPTION?
supratim : Suggested : IISWBM , UBS , MICA , BIM Trichy , GIM , IMT . But I think you can improve your percentile considerably if you work hard for next 20 days. Please follow a daily study schedule . Its possible to improve. All The Best.


dha : @RAJESH SIR HOW STRONG ARE MY CHANCES??
rajesh : good


neel01 : SIR, I GOT 208 IN NMAT. WILL I GET A CALL? I HAVE 91% IN 10TH AND 92.6% IN 12TH AND 77.9% IN GRADUATION AND NO WORK EXPERIENCE.IF I GET A CALL,WHAT ARE THE CHANCES OF CONVERT?
vanitabakshi : A score of 208 in NMAT is a border line score so you have a 50-50% chance.AS for your converting that depends on your interview.


agarwal_07 : I GOT 212 IN NMAT, 10%- 87 12TH% 86.20 BTECH 75.54% NO EXPERIENCE WHAT ARE MY CHANCES FOR NMIMS MUMBAI. DO I NEED TO GIVE RETAKE?
supratim : You are on border line. As per last years data you have a good chance of getting call. But we do not have enough data of this year . Suggest you to go for retake.


nidhi : BANGALORE (SIR THERE IS TOOL CALLED "B-SCHOOL SELECTION GUIDANCE TOOL" ON SHP .I FILLED IT. HOW IT WORKS)
asim : Our faculty members would consider your inputs and recommend a list of B-schools.


shubham934 : SIR IN 1704 I GOT 88.69 PERCENTILE.... WHICH COLLEGES SHALL I LOOK FORWARD TO?
arvind : TA Pai, IRMA, BIM, K J Somaiya, IMI Delhi


alex : MINIMUM SCORES TO GET A CALL FROM IIFT ?
asim : Cannot predict the cutoff marks as it depends on difficulty level of paper.


raj : SIR, EVEN AFTER PRACTICING THE TIME QUANT TEXBOOK SECTION B OF MANY CHAPTERS LIKE GEOMETRY , NUMBERS , P&C, ALGEBRA I FIND IT HARD TO TACKLE QUESTIONS IN THE ONLINE INTERMEDIARY LEVELS?
rajesh : you need to priortise on topics rather than practice on ageneral scale


shubham934 : SIR IN 1704 I GOT 88.69 PERCENTILE.... WHICH COLLEGES SHALL I LOOK FORWARD TO?
asim : Please mention range of your average AIMCAT percentiles, cannot decide based on a single AIMCAT.


vb : I AM VERY MUCH ANXIOUS ABOUT CAT ... HOW TO DEAL WITH IT... WHAT IS EXPECTED THIS YEAR ABOUT CAT IS IT GOING TO BE TOUGHER AS LAST YEAR IT WAS EASY
vinnayraj : one of the main reasons that affects students performance in the test is excessive anxiety..so instead of worrying too much about the difficulty level focus on working on the fundamentals and take mock tests and analyze them thoroughly to get an idea about how the actual test feels like..that will reduce the anxiety a bit..also try to be relaxed in the days building up to the d day and i am sure you will do well and maximise your potential..


abhi : SIR PLEASE TELL ME WHAT TO DO IN THIS LAST WEEKS TO INCREASE MY PERCENTILE MY %TILE IS AROUND 60
supratim : Follow the daily study schedule : Solve 2 LR sets, 2 DI sets , 2 RC's , 10 FIB's , 2 RC's.


rohit : HI..AIMCAT: STRUCK AT 75-80%..WANT TO GET INTO GOOD DECENT B SCHOOL DIS YR ONLY..WAT B SCHOOLS YOU SUGGEST TO APPLY FOR? NMAT WAS TOO BAD, ALREADY APPLIED FOR SYMBIOSIS. ANY SUGGESTIONS TO INCREASE DIS PERCENTILE?
rkrishnan : You can expect around 82 to 88 in the actual CAT.You may look at TAPMI,IMTN,IFMR (Good for finance), KJ Somaiyya(if u have work ex)Kirloskar,BIMTECH(Noida) , Weilingker(Bangalore)


anju : WILL IT SUFFICIENT TO START PREPARING FOR THE GK SECTION OF SNAP AFTER THE CAT EXAM?
gautam : If you have been doing some general reading, you might be able to prepare well for the GK section. However starting from zero and doing well in a span of one fortnight might be difficult.


t : SHOULD I APPLY FOR IMT GHAZIABAD ? WHAT ARE REQUIRED SKILLS AND OTHER PREREQUISITES
asim : Its a good B-school,the cutoff is usually around 90 percentile in CAT/XAT.


rahul : SIR CAN U APPROXIMATELY SAY WHAT IS THE SCORE REQUIRED TO GET 90 PERCENTILE AND ABOVE IN CAT.. FOR A ROUGH IDEA..
rajesh : do let me know how you are faring in ntha AIMCATS


raj : SIR IS THE LEVEL OF ADVANCED SECTIONAL TEST AT SHP CORRESPONDING TO ACTUAL CAT
supratim : Yes.


aki : HI SIR,DOES MDI GURGAON HAS SECTIONAL CUTOFFS? ALSO, WHAT IS THE CUT OFF FOR SPJAIN?
rajesh : it is a good school known for good placements but what are you really looking for


rekha : SIR CAN U TELL ME HOW IS IIFM INSTITUTE OF FOREST MANAGEMENT ?
asim : Pretty decent, if you are interested in their program content, opt for it based on interest. T.I.M.E. counts it among the BB grade B-schools


nit16 : SIR IF U HV A QUITE GOOD %TILE IN AIMCATS ,,THEN ONLY CAT EXAM WILL BE ENOUGH FOR U TO GET A GOOD MBA COLLEGE????? OR I SHOULD GO FOR SNAP N XAT??/
cherian : It's always better to have options. If for some bad luck you are not able to do well in CAT, then XAT score will save you. So try for the top 30 colleges


alex : I AM SCORING CONSISTENTLY 98+ IN AIMCATS. SCORED 98.04 IN CAT 15. WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW TO GET INTO THE 99+ BRACKET ?
rajesh : re work on your strategy because i feel that you are having the same stategy for all AIMCATS


pranayo : HOW MUCH IN CAT IS A 90 PERCENTILE ?
vinnayraj : difficult to predict.focus on improving the test taking strategy...


ebu : HELLO SIR(ALEX)!!! IS'NT THE LAST DATE OF APPLICATION FOR SP JAIN "DEC 13"
bharat : yes... http://www.time4education.com/local/articlecms/notifications.php?course=CAT/MBA


t : WHICH IS BETTER CMAT/MAT?
cherian : you get better colleges through CMAT compared to MAT


agarwal_07 : SIR MY AVERAGE AIMCAT % IS 78% BUT FROM LAST 2 3 AIMCATS I M UNABLE TO DO WELL INSTEAD OF KNOWING THAT THE PAPER IS MUCH MORE ON THE DOABLE SIDE PLZ HELP ME HOW TO TACKLE THIS ISSUE?
rajesh : what is the actual issue whereby i could guide you and where do you think where you are actually going wrong


bhavik : SIR MY AIMCAT1704 SCORE IS 110 QA-22 VA-56 LRDI-32 PR-86% SIR HOW SHOULD WE LOOK AT THIS PERFOMANCE ?
arvind : its decent. What was your percentiles in previous AIMCATs


shubham934 : SIR I AM GETTING IN THE RANGE OF 75 TO 88 PERCENTILES FROM LAST TEN AIMCATS..
vanitabakshi : A consistent 80-88% with a balanced score in all 3 sections should get you calls from the top colleges if you clear all 3 cutoffs


shubham934 : SIR I AM GETTING IN THE RANGE OF 75 TO 88 PERCENTILES FROM LAST TEN AIMCATS..
arvind : Okay, Whats your question ?


shubham934 : SIR I AM GETTING IN THE RANGE OF 75 TO 88 PERCENTILES FROM LAST TEN AIMCATS..
cherian : You can expect around 83 to 90 percentile based on current performance.


aimandachieve : HI SIR, MY AIMCAT PERCENTILES HAVE BEEN STUCK IN 96.XX RANGE FOR THE LAST 3 TESTS. SHOULD I EXPECT THE SAME IN CAT TOO?
chandrajyoti : You can expect to have a percentile better.


mm : SIR, HOW TO QUICKLY FINISH THE CAT QUANT FUNDAMENTALS??....SINCE THERE IS HARDLY A MONTH LEFT FOR CAT
vinnayraj : firstly work on the basics of the concepts you havent yet covered and get comfortable in solving the basic level problems..there will be easy questions in the exam and they can be from any topic and you need to be able to solve them..once you are done with that revise the topics that you have already covered and try to solve a mix of basic,intermediate and advance level problems..try to revise multiple topics daily as there is shortage of time..


raunak : HELLO SIR...I AM CONSTANTLY GETTING %ILE IN THE RANGE OF 65-75 IN THE AIMCAT'S...HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SCORE TO GET ATLEAST 90 %ILE....
supratim : Please follow the daily study plan. Solve 2 LR sets , 2 DI sets , 2 RC's , 10 FIB's , 25 Quant Questions. All The Best.


agarwal_07 : I GOT 212 IN NMAT, 10%- 87 12TH% 86.20 BTECH 75.54% NO EXPERIENCE WHAT ARE MY CHANCES FOR NMIMS MUMBAI. DO I NEED TO GIVE RETAKE
asim : Decent chance, though there is no harm in taking a retest, if you are sure of doing better.


sal06 : SIR, WOULD YOU SUGGEST IBS BUSINESS SCHOOL? THEY SAY THEY HAVE PROGRAMS SAME AS IIM'S.
cherian : IBS Hyderabad is the best but since intake is very high the quality of placements won't be very high. IIMs definitely have the edge in placements


rahul : @RAJESH SIR.. MY SCORE IN AIMCAT ARE IN A RANGE OF 105 TO 120 ON AN AVERAGE.. HOW MUCH SCORE IS REQUIRED IN CAT TO GET AROUND 90+ PERCENTILE..
rajesh : 95 plus percentile to go to a really good B school


shrey : IN IIFT IS THERE A CUTOFF FOR SUBSECTIONS ALSO?
asim : There is sectional cutoffs, not subsectional cutoffs.


sahib : SIR IS UBS A GOOD OPTION AND I M BIT SCARED BECAUSE I M STUCK BETWEEN 70-80%ILE RANGE IS IT POSSIBLE TO GET 90%ILE IN ACTUAL BY THEN COZ UBS NEEDS 90%ILE?
supratim : You can improve further. Do not worry . UBS is a good college. Apply.


raunak : WHAT SHOULD BE MY FOCUS THESE DAYS TO SCORE WELL IN IIFT...???
rajesh : general awareness -because this is very important


targetisiim : SIR, I M CONTINUOUSLY GETTING PERCENTILE IN RANGE OF 60-65.. MY PERCENTILE IS NOT INCREASING AT ALL DESPITE SOME EFFORTS IN STUDYING..DO I NEED TO STUDY WHOLE DAY ACCORDING TO MY CAPABILITY TO TARGET IIM. I NEED A VERY GOOD SCORE IN CAT..I WILL DEFINITELY WORK HARD IN THE REMAINING DAYS..WILL DO ANYTHING U SAY..SIR TELL ME SOME SMART TECHNIQUES OTHER THAN HARDWORK..WHICH ALSO I WILL DO
gautam : In CAT (and also the AIMCATs) do not answer question by question. Go through all the questions in 3 waves. 1st one - Answer only the easy ones. 2nd wave - the lengthy but easy ones. 3rd wave - the difficult ones. Give yourself time limits for each of these. In this way you will be able to answer all the easy questions and improve your scores. Apart from this do the sectional tests associated with the syllabus that you have completed.


pncc6s208 : HI,HOW IS THE PROFILE BASED COURSE FOR SP JAIN?
cherian : Typically works if you have a marquee college like IIT or a marquee company like Goldman Sachs in your CV. Otherwise it's difficult to crack


alex : @RAJESH: WHERE CAN I FIND THE TEST TAKING STRATEGIES VIDEOS IN MY SHP ? I HAVE ENROLLED IN ENHANCED WITH DISCUSSION VIDEOS FOR AIMCATS..
rajesh : wiil check in please send in number


aki : RAJESH SIR, I AM ASKING WHETHER MDI GURGAON CONSIDER SECTIONAL CUTOFFS?
bharat : yes, it does. 95 overall with 70 sectional


neel01 : MY PERCENTILE RANGE IS 85-90. IN WHICH COLLEGES I SHOULD APPLY?
asim : IMT G, MDI GURGAON, IMI DELHI, IIT KHARAGPUR/KANPUR/MADRAS, XIMB, DFS NEW DELHI, DSE NEW DELHI, SIBM PUNE, SCMHRD, NMIMS MUMBAI/BANG/HYD. ( Assuming you to be general category engineer ).


raunak : HELLO SIR...I AM CONSTANTLY GETTING %ILE IN THE RANGE OF 65-75 IN THE AIMCAT'S... WHICH COLLEGES SHOULD I PREFER TO APPLY CONSIDERING MY PERFORMANCE ...????
chandrajyoti : Amrita, Balaji, IMM-FOSTIIMA, IMT Hyderabad, IMT Nagpur, MNNIT, SDMIMD, CUIM, BIMTech, XIME-B


naman : HI, MY AVERAGE AIMCAT PERCENTILE IS AROUND 97-98. MY PLAN IS TO GO THROUGH ALL THE AIMCATS IN THESE LAST 20 DAYS ALONG WITH WRITING NEW ONES EVERY ALTERNATE DAY. CAN YOU SUGGEST ANYTHING ELSE?
gautam : Analyse the performance in each of the AIMCATs to see if there is any learning in how you can improve your scores. I suggest you do this in-depth. Check how you are answering the AIMCATs. Ensure that you tackle ALL the easy questions.


ank : I COULDN'T ATTEMPT 12-14 DI QSTNS IN MY NMAT. I AM AFRAID I WON'T BE ABLE TO CLEAR THE SECTIONAL CUT OFF. SHOULD I APPLY FOR A RETAKE ?
arvind : yes


lisa : I HAVE BEEN SCORING IN THE RANGE OF 85-90%ILE IN AIMCATS ON AN AVERAGE. BUT IN THE LAST 2 AIMCATS MY %ILE HAS DROPPED TO 75%ILE. WHAT SHOULD BE MY STRATEGY AT THIS POINT NOW?
arvind : Dont worry about the last two aimcats. Forget and put your best in the coming AIMCATs


rohit : FOR LAST 20 DAYS, WAT IS BETTER? 1) SOLVING PAST YEAR CAT QUESTIONS OR 2) SAMCATS AND SECTIONAL TESTS?
vinnayraj : a combination of everything..try the intermediate and advanced sectional tests too..


alex : WHAT WOULD BE A GOOD STRATEGY NOW ? TO SOLVE NEW QUESTIONS OR TO REVIEW ALL PREVIOUS AIMCAT QUESTIONS ? FOR QUANTS AND DI/LR IN PARTICULAR.
cherian : It may be better to go for AIMCAT review since you'll cover questions of a higher calibre


pncc6s208 : HOW DIFFICULT IS IT TO GET INTO TISS,I M MOST INTERESTED FOR ITS HRM PROG?
chandrajyoti : It has only 60 seats. So, it is going to be difficult.


krishna : IS THERE ANY MAJOR CHANGE IN THIS YEARS CAT EXAM PATTER WHEN COMPARED TO LAST YEARS ?
rajesh : not as such cos there are chances that there may be 4 questions more in verbal/rc


abhi : WHAT IS CAT AND XAT CUT OFF LAST YEAR FOR UBS CHANDIGARH
bharat : around 84%ile


abhi : GOOD EVENING SIR, THIS YEAR I AM APPEARING FOR SNAP EXAM. IS IT WORTH APPLYING FOR SIMS AS MY FATHER IS IN DEFENCE??
supratim : Depends on your aspiration. Its an average college.


divya : FROM WHERE DO WE NEED TO STUDY GENERAL AWARENESS SECTION FOR IIFT??
supratim : Please read news paper daily. Please read MBA education & Careers magazine.


ind : IS JBIMS ACCEPTING CMAT SCORE THIS YEAR?
asim : DTE Maharashtra will release the notification for admission in couple of months.


bhumi123 : SIR, MY AIMCAT PERCENTILE IS BETWEEN 80 TO 85.PLEASE SUGGEST ME SOME COLLEGES.
vanitabakshi : If you are consistently scoring an 80-85%tile you could choose any B-school from the AAA+, AAA and AA category from the B-school list given on your home page.


goldy : SIR I AM MUCH WORRIED ABOUT CAT EXAMS AS I HAVE MISSED SEVERAL AIMCATS AND CLASSES DUE TO MY COLLEGE PLACEMENTS.. NOW I HAVE STARTED DENSE STUDY..WAT SUD I DO TO GET GOOD %ILE?
rajesh : do not worry ,23 days of consistency can be a game changer /please concenterate on priority topics


neel01 : DOES JBIMS CONSIDER CAT SCORE?
arvind : Yes


raku : SIR, SIBM BANGLORE IS IN TOP 30 MBA COLLEGE? IS IT A GOOD COLLEGE??
asim : Check B-school categorization tab at the following link http://www.time4education.com/CAT-MBA/About-MBA/Why-MBA?#


ebu : SIR CAN YOU JUSTIFY ME IN APPLYING FOR FMS AND SP JAIN WHEN MY AIMCAT OVERALL PERCENTILE IS 80-85%.
vinnayraj : if you keep working hard and fine tune your test taking strategy there are chances that you can score a very good percentile in the cat..many students have done it before..if you dont want to miss out in case you do very well and want to keep your options open you can consider applying..


anish : SIR, IS THE CUT-OFF FOR MDI? WHAT WAS THE CAT CUT-OFF LAST YEAR?
supratim : Approximately 94 percentile.


ind : SIR WILL REVISING ALL THE AIMCATS HELP IN THE REMAINING DAYS BY THE VIDEO SOLUTIONS?
vinnayraj : it surely will..also go back to the fundamentals of a few topics if required..


anik : IS THE SYMBIOSIS MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS THE BEST ONE TO GET INTO FILM BUSINESS
cherian : That is one method. Lot depends on the career path you choose after MBA


pravesh : SIR WHAT ARE THE MAXIMUM QUESTIONS TO ATTEMPT IN READING COMPREHENSION IN STIPULATED TIME. MY ATTEMPTS ARE GENERALLY 14-15 WITH 75% ACCURACY?
gautam : Difficult to talk of number of attempts. That is all relative to the exam. However, you should work towards improving your accuracy. Keep the speed of attempting the questions the same and improve accuracy to 90%. That should do the trick.


shamili : SIR HOW MUCH PERCENTILE SHOULD WE GET IN SNAP, PUNE CAMPUS?
asim : If you belong to gen category then for SIBM Pune aim at 97+ percentile atleast.


priyanka : HELLO SIR, I'VE BEEN GETTING AROUND 70 PERCENTILE IN THE AIMCATS. WHAT PERCENTILE RANGE SHOULD I EXPECT IN ACTUAL CAT ?
rajesh : 85 plus


targetisiim : FOR NMAT DO THEY WILL CONSIDER THE BEST AMONG THE RETAKE OR HOW DO THEY SELECT??
bharat : best score


prashant : SIR. I HAVE MORE THEN 90% IN BOTH 10 TH 12TH AND 80% IN BTECH. I WANT TO SOME GUIDLINE TO SELECT COLLAGE THOSE WHO TAKE MORE ATTANCE IN PROFILES SO I WOULD GET MORE ADVANTAGE .... ALSO HAVING GOOD PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT... PLS ADVISE ME...
rajesh : every b school does look into profiles so please enhance your profiles asap


agarwal_07 : @RAJESH SIR, ON DAILY BASIS I AM DOING READING SOLVING PASSAGES TAKING TEST ANALYSING PREVIOUS AIMCATS STILL I M UNABLE TO CLEAR THE CUT OFF VARC SO PLZ HELP?
rajesh : you need to change your method cos are you getting a block on reading


abhi : HII WHAT IS %TILE CUT OFF FOR(BIMTECH,NIRMA,SIESCOM,SIMS PUNE.SIOM NASIK)
arvind : around 86


neel01 : IS XIMB BETTER COLLEGE?
asim : T.I.M.E. counts it among the AA grade B-schools.


riya : GOOD EVENING SIR. I HAVE BEEN SCORING BETWEEN 60 TO 65 IN THE AIMCATS .IN WHICH COLLEGES SHOULD I APPLY.
rkrishnan : You should get around 65 to 80 in the actual CAT. You can look at LBSIM(Delhi),Kirloskar,BIMTECH(NOIDA),Amritha,Wellingker (Bangalore)SDIMD(Mysore), IMDR,NIBM,SCMS


buttercup : HOW SHOULD WE PREPARE IN THE LAST 20 DAYS? SHOULD WE SHOT TAKING MOCKS A WEEK BEFORE CAT?
vinnayraj : it is a wise idea to conserve energy in the week prior to the exam and you need to feel fresh..but taking one or two mocks if you are up for it not a bad idea..just ensure you dont get exhausted..a couple of days before gradually reduce the intensity of preparation..


amit : GOOD EVENING SIR, I WANA KNOW HOW GOOD IS FASHION AND BRAND MANAGEMENT N WHICH CLG SHLD I PREFER FOR THT???
gautam : It always safer to go to a mainstream Bschool rather than a niche one. The reason is if the placements in that sector dry up then you will be in some trouble which will not be the case with a normal MBA programme. For fashion, NIFT is good. MICA is good as a stand alone marketing college.


abc : SIR WHAT WILL BE THE CUT-OFF FOR OLDER IIMS FOR COMMERCE STUDENTS
bharat : different for diff IIMs... at a general level, over it would be over 99%ile.


neel01 : WHAT ARE YOU VIEWS ON IMI?
bharat : New Delhi campus --- AA category school... 180 intake... over 14.96 lakh fee... cutoff over 87%ile... avg pay 14.3 lakh


goldy : SIR I AM MORE FOCUSSED ON CAT RATHER THAN IIFT..SO WHICH AREAS SHOULD I COVER SO AS TO GET GOOD %ILE IN IIFT PARALLEL TO CAT?
rajesh : pleaase do not ignore rc/para jumbling


shreya43vij : SIR IS IT NECESSARY TO HAVE WORK EXP FOR MDI
bharat : no


t : WHAT COULD BE THE GAME CHANGER TO GET >95% FOR LAST FEW DAYS PREP FOR CAT
asim : To begin with,you must analyze your performance so far in AIMCATs, at micro level, ie figure out which chapters/type of questions are troubling you and then work on those kind of questions from rest of the study material. You must take a SAMCAT on alternate days ( preferably at same time slot as CAT ), carry out analysis of your performance, before taking the next SAMCAT. On the remaining days ( days when you are not taking the SAMCAT ), you must revise the AIMCATs and take previous CAT papers ( till 2008 ). Make sure you take all the remaining AIMCATs without fail.


alex : WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO TRY OUT NEW STRATEGIES. I CAN ATTEMPT NOT MORE THAN 2 MOCKS PER WEEK FROM NOW...
supratim : Try them in first 2 Mocks. Then try them in online sectional tests.


t : WHAT ARE THE BEST B SCHOOLS FOR HR APART FRM XLRI
gautam : TISS has a very good programme.


shamili : THANK YOU @ASIM SIR
asim : Welcome.


souravroy : I HV A SERIOUS PRBLM DT CANT STUDY BEFORE 1MONTH OF XAM,NOW I KNOW ALL BUT LACK OF PRACTICE I AM FACING AROUND 50 SCORE IN AMCAT,PROB FACING IN RC SECTION AVG 5 RIGHT 15 WRONG,QA DILR OK.WHAT TO DO? I M TARGETING FMS AND NITIE FOR SURE SC CATAGORY ?
rajesh : you need to get atleast 22 correct cos accuracy matters


shobhit_johri : SIR, HOW DO YOU PROPOSE I IMPROVE MY DI/LR SCORES WITH CAT AS THE PERSPECTIVE? I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO REGISTER MORE THAN 40 IN THE SECTION EVEN ONCE.
supratim : Please solve / revise all DIHO's and LRHO's. Solve DEX 4 and LRPE 1 to 4 handouts. Revise all AIMCAT LR/DI section.


ajay : WHAT IS PERCENTILE REQUIRED FOR CALL IN SP JAIN,SCMHRD ,WELINGKER MUMBAI ,GIM GOA ,GREAT LAKE, TAPMI . MY BACKGROUND IS COMMERCE GENERAL CATEGORY 10 AND 12 91% AND B.COM 75%
arvind : SP Jain 85 for profile base, 95 for non-profile base GIM - 90 percentile


anik : WHAT ARE THE BEST BSCHOOLS TO APPLY IF MY RANGE OF PERCENTILE IS 80TO90 WITH GOOD AVERAGE PACKAGES
asim : IMT G, IMI DELHI, FORE DELHI, LBSIM DELHI, BIM TRICHY, UBS CHANDIGARH,IFMR CHENNAI, TAPMI MANIPAL, NIT TRICHY are some options.


kelly : SIR, I HAVE BEEN SCORING 69-72 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS. HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY SCORE? FROM WHICH COLLEGES CAN I EXPECT A CALL ON THE BASIS OF MY AIMCATS SCORE?
arvind : Amritha, SDMIMD, BITs Pilani


buttercup : PASSAGES IN IIFT ARE VERY LOMG. WE NEED TO FIND MULTILE DATA FOR A PARTICULAR QUESTION, HOW DO WE SOLVE RCS IN IIFT EXAM?
vanitabakshi : In the IIFT exam the RC passages are long but the questions and answers are direct so you could work with the ke words from the questions.


bhumi123 : SIR, I SCORE BETWEEN 80 TO 85 PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT.I AM AIMING FOR NMIMS MUMBAI.IS IT TOO FAR FETCHED FOR SOMEBODY GETTING PERCENTILE IN MY RANGE OR IS IT FEASIBLE?
vinnayraj : it isnt too far fetched..there are chances if have gradually improved and have got a hold on the test taking strategy and are thorough with the fundamentals..all the best...


rahul : WHICH IS GOOD TAPMI , GIM OR GREAT LAKES. BOTH FOR FINANCE AND MARKETING
bharat : all are equally good... same category... avg pay between 9.1 to 9.3 lakh... almost similar fee levels.


viraj : CAN YOU PLEASE KINDLY LET ME KNOW THE BEST COLLEGES FOR HR,
asim : XLRI,TISS MUMBAI, MDI GURGAON, SCMHRD, IIM RANCHI, XIMB,IMI DELHI are some options.


kelly : DO WE HAVE TO FILL A SEPERATE FORM TO APPLY FOR NIRMA?
supratim : Yes.


priyanka : SIR AFTER CONSTANTLY ANALYZING MY MOCKS, I'VE REALIZED THAT IN EVERY PAPER I EITHER MISS OUT ON QUESTIONS THAT I CAN EASILY SOLVE OR END UP MAKING SILLY MISTAKES WHICH RESULTS IN THE WRONG ANSWER? DUE TO THIS I END UP GETTING 10-20 MARKS THAN EXPECTED. EVEN AFTER GIVING NUMEROUS MOCKS, THE PROBLEM IS PERSISTENT. WHAT STRATEGY SHOULD I ADOPT TO MAXIMIZE MY ATTEMPTS IN THE PAPERS?
vinnayraj : this happens to a host of students..these mistakes happen mainly due to anxiety or if you put too much pressure to score very high looking at the competition..so pause for a few seconds before you mark the answers in the next mock you take..and focus only on improving your scores and not catch up with the competition..also try not getting stuck in difficult questions and try to reach the end of the section to ensure you solve all the easy questions if possible..and try to relax as much as possible and take the test when your energy levels are high...


vinay : SIR I AM ALWAYS GETTING AROUND 80% IN AIMCATS. ONCE OR TWICE I HAVE GOT MORE THAN 90% SO IS THERE ANY CHANCE FOR ME TO GET ABOVE 95% IN ACTUAL CAT?
rajesh : yes you can --provided you have analysed as to where you are really missing out cos this might help me in guiding you perfectly


agarwal_07 : @RAJEST SIR SORRY I DIDNT GET U .
rajesh : i need to exactly where you think that things are going wrong


rahul : HI SIR, CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME IS TISS ONLY FOR HR OR ALSO FOR FINANCE?
gautam : It is among the premier colleges for HR


raku : SIR,HOW MUCH MARK I NEED IN SNAP, FOR PUNE AND BANGLORE CAMPUS??
supratim : Depends on paper difficulty level & performance of all test takers. Both are not in your hand. So please concentrate on what is in your hand. Write Mock papers to get the right picture.


abhi : SIR I HAVE COMPLETED MY GRADUATION THIS YEAR WITH OUT ANY BACKLOG SO SHOULD I TAKE 1YEAR AND APPEAR FOR CAT 17? WILL THEY TAKE 1YEAR GAP IN A NEGATIVE WAY?
rajesh : one year gap is never taken in a negative way


no500 : @VINNAYRAJ: HAVE WE REACHED A PHASE WHERE ONLY EXTREMELY SERIOUS CANDIDATES ARE TAKING AIMCATS? AND THEREFORE SCORE THAT ONE NEEDS TO FETCH A DEACENT PERCENTILE HAS CONSIDERABLY RISEN?
rajesh : vinnay its a matter of perception -please focus you can do it you still have23 days


piku : SIR I HAVE A MAJOR PROBLEM IN VRC SECTION AS MANY HAVE DUE TO BENGALI MEDIUM,CONTINU GETTING 5 TO 6 RYT AND 12-16 FALSE IN VRC SECTION,FOR THIS GETTING ARROUND 50-60 SCORE,WHAT TO DO FOR BOOSTING IN THESE SECTION? CONSIDERING THAT I AM TARGETING FOR FMS AND NITIE AND IIMS, SC CATAGORY ALSO STRONG IN SOME SECTION OF QA AND DILR
gautam : In CAT (and also the AIMCATs) do not answer question by question. Go through all the questions in 3 waves. 1st one - Answer only the easy ones. 2nd wave - the lengthy but easy ones. 3rd wave - the difficult ones. Give yourself time limits for each of these. In this way you will be able to answer all the easy questions and improve your scores.


shobhit_johri : SIR, WILL DOING PAST YEARS FOR CAT BE HELPFUL IN IMPROVING DI AND QUANT SCORES, GIVEN THAT THE FORMAT IS QUITE DIFFERENT..
supratim : It will help.


jerin : WHICH COLLEGE IS BEST FOR FINANCE
bharat : IIMs ABC, FMS, XLRI and JBIMS


pravesh : SIR WILL IIM INDORE CONSIDER ME INSPITE OF MY NOT SO GOOD ACADEMICS..10TH: 7.2CGPA AND 12TH(COMMERCE) 62% AND GRADUATION(B.COM)CORRESPONDENCE : 57%
chandrajyoti : Your academics is really very important for the final selection. Different institutes have different criteria for selection. It keeps on changing from year to year. You try to score as good as possible in CAT.


kel : SHOULD I APPLY TO FMS DELHI WHEN MY AVERAGE PERCENTILE IS 90+ ?
supratim : Apply. You still have time to improve. Work Hard. All The Best.


kelly : WHAT IS THE CUTOFF FOR TISS?
arvind : 75 marks


amish : SIR WHAT PERCENTILE IS REQUIRED FOR A GENERAL CATEGORY STUDENT TO GET INTO SPJAIN, MDI AND FMS?
bharat : this is for getting a GDPI call -- FMS - over 98.5%ile; SPJIMR & MDI - above 95%ile


bhumi123 : IS THERE ANY SCALING DONE IN NMAT?IF YES THEN HOW ?
vinnayraj : there is a normalization process employed to arrive at scaled scores from the raw scores across different test forms..statistical methods are used that are difficult to explain here..


targetisiim : MY QUESTION WAS TOO LONG..NOW IT HAS DISAPPEARED N I THINK U HAD ALREADY ANSWERD..BUT M NT GETTING IT..WHERE IT IS?
gautam : Please check against your name.


buttercup : THINGS WHICH ONE SHOULD NOT MISS OUT WHILE PREPARING IN THE LAST 20 DAYS ARE?
vanitabakshi : The most important things to do in these last days is to keep taking as many tests as you can and analyze each one of them. Try to see which areas you need to improve.


arli : SIR/MAM I AM INTERESTED IN HR. WHICH COLLEGES SHOULD I APPLY TO.
supratim : IIM's , XLRI , SCMHRD , TISS , NM , XIMB


lnca6o953 : SIR I AM GETTING LAST 4 -5 AIMCAT SCORE 75 TO 83 FROM WHO RIGHT B-SCHOOL MINE
rkrishnan : A similar question already answered in this CHAT.Pl. check previous answers.


agarwal_07 : @RAJESH SIR, WHEN I SOLVE THESAME RCS DURING THE ANALYSIS I AM ABE TO DO THAT BUT AT THE TIME OF TEST I DIDNT ABLE TO DECIPHER IT ENDING UP MARKING WRONG ANSWER SO WHAT SHOULD BE MY STRATEGY IN THE LAST FEW AIMCATS TO IMPROVE ?
rajesh : please bring yourself into a focussed comfort zone and try revising-never lose hope because verbal and rc are equally important


jb : I AM GETTING 60-65PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS. I WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT FEW COLLEGES LIKE- IMI KOLKATA, IISWBM, BIMM PUNE. ARE THESE COLLEGES GOOD FOR MBA IN HR.
arvind : Do you have any reservation? Decent, improve your performance.


ind : SIR/ MAM WILL IT HELP TO REVISE THE AIMCATS IN THE REMAINING DAYS THROUGH VIDEO SOLUTIONS TO KNOW THE METHODS?
vinnayraj : it surely will..at the same time work on the fundamentals of concepts as well especially the ones you havent covered yet..


rahul : HI SIR IS FINANCE, MARKETING ARE ALSO IN TISS?
gautam : HR only


bhumi123 : IS THERE ANY RESERVATION FOR MAHARASHTRIAN CITIZENS IN NMIMS MUMBAI.
ramnath : No


: SIR WHAT CAN BE THE EXPECTED DIFFICULTY LEVEL OF THIS YEAR'S CAT PAPER? SPECIALLY QUANT SECTION. WILL IT HAVE ANY SIMILARITY WITH THE MOCK PAPER IN THE OFFICIAL WEBSIDE?
vinnayraj : difficult to predict..in any case the aimcats have prepared you for all different types of possible papers with varied difficulty levels..dont read too much into it and be prepared to face any kind of paper..


souravroy : LAST NIGHT I HAVE GIVEN CAT MOCK,SURPRISINGLY VERY VERY EASY QUESTION IN QA AND DILR SECTION COMPARED TO AMCAT,CAN I ASSUME SAME QUES PATTERN IN CAT 16? IF ELSE WHAT CAN I LEARN/SIGNIFICANCE OF CAT MOCK AT OFFICIAL CAT SITE ?
cherian : The only thing predictable about CAT is that it's unpredictable. So impossible to say. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst


lisa : HOW IS NMIMS BANGLORE IN TERMS OF PLACEMENTS?
bharat : NMIMS BLR claims 9.8 lakh pa (2016)


sahil : CUTOFF FOR NMIMS MUMBAI
bharat : 209


bhumi123 : WHAT CHANCES DOES A FRESHER(NO WORK EX),NON MAHARASHTRAIN, HAS OF GETTING INTO NMIMS MUMBAI
gautam : Domicile or Mother Tongue has no bearing on admission to NM. Please remember the Kelvani Mandal is run by Gujaratis. A good score plus good performance in the PI would do the trick. Do not worry.


shreya43vij : SIR I AM PLANNING TO GO FOR MBA FROM A TOP 20 COLLEGE ONLY, IS IMT MDI JBIMS SIMB TISS ARE GOOD ENOUGH?
cherian : Please check our rankings. They certainly are good colleges


saloni : HOW TO JUDGE BETWEEN OPTIONS FOR "SUITABLE TITLE FOR PASSAGE" QUESTIONS? I USUALLY END UP WITH TWO VERY SIMILAR ANSWER OPTIONS.
rajesh : from the main theme come onto the central idea and then based on the prevailing evidence please take the title


saloni : WHEN SOLVING LR SETS, SOMETIMES I MISS OUT ON CERTAIN INFORMATION AND MESS THE ENTIRE SET. NOW THAT I HAVE WASTED 10-12 MINUTES ON THIS SET, SHOULD I MOVE ON TO THE NEXT SET OR ATTEMPT IT CORRECTLY?
vinnayraj : the highest concentration you have to maintain in the three hours is when you attempt rcs and lr sets as any slight wandering of the mind will completely jeopardize your chances of solving them..try to be more careful the next time you solve lr sets and make sure you have gone through all pieces of information..if the set seems a lot easier after you include the missing information then solve it otherwise move to the next one.you can always come back to it if the others are more difficult..


saloni : SHOULD I SKIP PARAJUMBLES AS THEY ARE TIME CONSUMING AND MY ANSWER IS RARELY CORRECT? I TRIED PRACTICING THEM FROM TIME BOOKS BUT THEY ARE EASIER COMPARED TO AIMCATS. I AM GOOD WITH SUMMARIES, ODD ONE OUT QUESTIONS.
rajesh : please do not /try again and again and try to go by process of elimination


its786 : SIR WHAT UR VIEWS ON IIFM BHOPAL??
bharat : BB category... 93 intake... 75%ile cutoff... 4.8 lakh fee... 6.5 lakh avg pay


buttercup : TITA QUESTIONS IN QUANT LOOK TEMPTING BUT WHEN I SOLVE THEM, I USUALLY GET THEM WRONG.
vinnayraj : there is an obvious temptation to attempt all of them as there is no negative marking but dont waste too much time on them if you find a few of them difficult..but definitely you have to look at them for you never know which questions are easy..


alex : WHERE CAN I READ MORE PASSAGES LIKE THE "ROMANTICISM" PASSAGE IN AIM 04. ? ALSO PASSAGES RELATING TO POLITICAL IDEAS LIKE LIBERALISM ETC.
rajesh : please do not try to read so many right now .just try to understand what the central idea is


neel01 : WHAT ARE YOUR VIEWS ON NMIMS HR?
gautam : It is best to take up the Core programme in any institute. I would rank NM Core programmes higher than its HR programme.


bhumi123 : SIR,I AM NOT ABLE TO DECIDE FROM THE SCHOOLS BASED ON THE LIST ON OUR SHM.PLEASE SUGGEST ME SOME INDIVIDUALLY. I SCORE BETWEEN 80 TO 85 PERCENTILE
vanitabakshi : some of the colleges you could apply to are IMT, IMI Sydenham, XIMB, BIM Trichy, fore, GIM, Great Lakes, IRMA, and if you are an engineer you could also look at IIT Mumbai and Delhi.


saloni : @RAJESH SIR, WHAT ABOUT NON MCQ PARA JUMBLES?
rajesh : attempt it please


kelly : WHAT IS THE CUTOFF FOR NIRMA?
chandrajyoti : 75 percentile overall with 40 percentile sectional or 95 percentile without sectional cut-offs.


kelly : HOW IS NIRMA IN TERMS OF PLACEMENTS?
gautam : Quite decent given its ranking. (After all placements are relative.)


vinay : SIR AS OF NOW MY PACKAGE IS AROUND 7 LAKHS AND I HAVE TWO YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN IT.I AM GETTING AROUND 80% PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT SO CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHICH ALL COLLEGES SHOULD I APPLY APART FROM IIM'S,SP JAIN,IMT,MDI AND TAPMI?
rkrishnan : FORE,KJ Somaiya, BIMTECH(NOIDA), GIM, LBISM, IFMR,University Business School,NIBM


abhi : SIR ALMOST 1MONTH LEFT FOR SNAP, WHAT SHOULD WE DO NOW? AND ON WHICH CHAPTERS DO WE NEED TO GIVE MORE EMPHASIS FROM WHICH MAXIMUM NUMBER OF QUESTIONS CAN COME.
supratim : Solve Logic . Solve lots of them . Prepare for GK . Write Mock SNAP papers . In Quant solve / revise all arithmatic chapters well along with APGP , Quadratic Equation , Inequality , Numbers , Geometry .


piku : GAUTAM SIR WHAT IS YOUR SUGGATION FOR PEOPLE WHO FIND DIFFICLUTIES TO UNDERSTAND THE RC PASSAGE BUT STRONG IN GRAMMER? ASSUMING 30DAYS TO CAT WHERE I HAVE TO BE FOCUS MORE? GRAMMER OR RC DAILY ? I NEED GUIDE PLZ SUGGEST ME HOW TO TUCKLE WITH RC IN THESE DAYS.
rajesh : rc is very important and keep reading different articles that come acoss your way


ad : SIR MY PERCENTILE IS AROUND 90 IN AIMCATS ,HOW MUCH CAN I EXPECT IN CAT?
feroz : If everything goes well, you may expect at least 3-4 percentile points more in CAT. Stay focused. All the Best


sonal : WHAT IS THE AVERAGE PACKAGE ONE GETS FROM NMIMS BANGALORE & GREAT LAKES CHENNAI ?
arvind : around 9 lakhs


abi : SIR.. OBC CANDIDATE WITH 90-95 PERCENTILE CAN EXPECT CALLS FROM WHICH COLLEGES?
asim : Almost all the B-schools ( including some of the IIMs ) following reservation policy. Apart from them IMT G, IMI DELHI, FORE DELHI, TAPMI MANIPAL etc


ebu : SIR!!!HOW ABOUT THE PERCENTAGE OF FRESHERS IN EACH IIM.THIS DISRUPTS ME IN MY PREPARATION WHETHER TO GAIN WORK EX(IF IT'S BEST) OR TO TAKE ON AS A FRESHER.IT WOULD BE GREAT IF YOU CLEAR MY VISION SO THAT I WOULD PREPARE IN FULL FLEDGE
bharat : focus on your test prep... freshers comprise nearly 25% at most top colleges


targetisiim : MAY I WRITE THE WHOLE QUESTION AGAIN?? OKAY THEN.....HERE I WANNA INCRESASE MY % I M CONTINUOSLY GETTING IN THE RANGE OF 60-65...IN THE REMAINING DAYS TO CAT..TELL ME SOME SMART TECHNIQUES TO SCORE VERY GOOD..I CAN N I SURELY WILL DO THAT..IF IT ANSWER IS HARDWRK..I SHALL SURELY DO IT..SINCE I NOT TOOK ATTENTION EARLIER..I WUD DONOW..PLZ TELL ME STUDY HRS..CAN I GET A A+ COLLEGE?
ramnath : While it is not much time now, hardwork can help you push your percentile up considerably. Ensure that you focus on your weak areas and work on your question selection. Ensure that you look at all questions in the paper and attempt the doable ones while taking care not to get stuck in the difficult questions. All the best


mbaspirant : HI, FEMALE DIFFERENTLY ABLED CANDIDATE WITH 2.5 YEARS IT EXPERIENCE, 10TH: 91.8%, 12TH: 90% BE (CSE): 80%.INTERESTED IN MBA-HR, PLEASE ADVISE ON THE COLLEGES I SHOULD APPLY FOR AND MINIMUM SECTIONAL CUT OFF TO GET INTO TOP 20.
cherian : If you are looking at only HR profiles, look for XLRI, SCMHRD,TISS and IIMs. For DA candidates the cut off is quite low.


prathamesh : MY SCORE IN NMAT 2016 IS-TOTAL-210(QS-88,LS-53 & LR-69).WILL I CLEAR CUT OFFS.MY 10TH ,12TH & GRAD MARKS ARE -94%,94% & 73%.WILL I CLEAR CUT OFFS & SHALL I GO FOR A RETAKE?
nvs : Last few years the cut-off for MUMBAI campus has been around 208-210. YOu stand a good chance but retake if it can improve your score even by another 5-10 marks it'll be great boos to your application. Worth a try.


as : WHICH B-SCHOOLS AMONGST SIMS PUNE, WELINGKAR, SYDNEHAM, KJ SOM, GIM BEST FOR MARKETING ?
gautam : Sydenham>KJS>Welingkar. Being in Mumbai these colleges have an advantage in terms of placements and also projects. GIM would be at the same level as Sydenham. SIMS would be the last.


abhi : HELLO SIR PLEASE TELL ME CUT OF FOR SIMS PUNE AND SIOM NASIK IN SNAP AND HOW GOOD IS THIS BSCHOOLS
rkrishnan : SIMS 75+ , SIOM 80+ . We put them in the BBB category of business schools which means that they are well regarded in the industry .While some students get very good placements.,they may not have 100% placement record.Pl. go through our rating of B schools in the October issue of our monthly magazine


divya : SIR, FROM WHERE SHOULD I STUDY GENERAL AWARNESS FOR IIFT??
bharat : our magazine - MBA Education & Careers. For GK prep, go through the GAT papers, each with 50 questions. Check out the GK Special material published in the June-July/August/September/October issues of MBA Education & Careers. Also, in the various issues of this magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle. Further, please run through the 150-question exercise titled, Improve your GA. Do not forget to read the newspaper (any daily) and Manorama yearbook.


pooja : SIR, WHICH COLLEGE ARE GOOD FOR STRATEGIC AND OPERATION MANAGEMENT?
ankur : for operations, IITs, NITIE and SIOM. for strategic management - all the best colleges of the country offer this - so the top 10 colleges are the best.


its786 : SIR MY %TILE IN VA/RC SECTION IS 60 IN AIMCATS CONSISTLY,,,HOW MUCH IT WILL BE IN ACTUAL CAT IN VARC SECTION WITH SAME PERFRMNCE??
supratim : I think you can improve if you work hard. Please do solve at least 2 RC's and 10 FIB questions everyday.


jb : @ARVIND- NO I DONT HAVE ANY RESERVATION. BETWEEN THESE 3 COLLEGES WHICH ONE IS BETTER IN TERMS OF EVERYTHING. IMI KOL, IISWBM, BIMM
chandrajyoti : IISWBM


t : SIR/MAM I DIDN'T FIND SOME OF MY QUERIES ANSWERED ,WHERE COULD I FIND
rajesh : what is it regarding


jb : WHAT IS THE CUTOFF FOR NMIMS BLORE?
ankur : likely to be around 190-200


pooja : IF I AM SCORING 75-85%ILE IN AIMCAT AND HAVE PROFESSIONAL DEGREE AND GENDER DIVERSITY? HOW MUCH %ILE I REQUIRE AND WHICH COLLEGE I SHOULD TRY FOR?
ankur : you can try the top 30 colleges. you need 90%ile in the CAT for that.


vinay : AFTER ANALYSING MY AIMCAT MARKS I CAME TO KNOW THAT I AM GETTING VERY LESS MARKS IN GEOMETRY AND NUMBERS TOPIC SO CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME THE STRATEGY TO SCORE GOOD MARKS IN THOSE SECTIONS?
feroz : Work on your basics in these areas and take a lot of sectional tests


rangoli : HOW AUTHENTIC ARE THE RANKINGS GIVEN TO MBA COLLEGES IN THE OCTOBER TIME MAGAZINE? HOW ARE THE COLLEGES XISS AND NIRMA?
bharat : Our b-school categorisation is 100% authentic -- no personal interest, no favouritism -- all names in a particular category are in alphabetical order.


: SIR IF I SOLVE LAST 20 YEARS CAT PAPER CAN I EXPECT TO GET SIMILAR QUESTIONS? SPECIALLY IN QUANT SECTION.
rajesh : please practice the material and handouts that we have given currently


pncc6s208 : I NEED TISS IMPORTANT TOPICS FOR QUANT AND WHR TO PREPARE GENERAL AWRENESS FORM ?
chandrajyoti : For the section on GK, In addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources: • Also, in the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important tid-bits). In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, Improve your GK. • Go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions. • Manorama& CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions


kelly : DOES TISS CONSIDER CAT MARKS ALSO OTHER THAN TISS-NET MARKS?
chandrajyoti : No.


yashgadhia : HOW IS THE SCORE OF 115 IN AIMCAT 1704 CONSIDERING IT'S DIFFICULTY LEVEL??
arvind : around 85 percentile


t : WHICH AIMCATS ARE TO THE LEVEL OF ACTUAT CAT
ankur : no one can say since CAT pattern and level is not defined or declared in advance. CAT may be similar to any AIMCAT or may not be similar to even one aimcat


oj : SIR, WITH 3 YEARS OF EXP IN IT. WHICH B-SCHOOL FORMS TO BE FILLED SO THAT I CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS EXPERIENCE AS WELL?
bharat : depends on combination of factors -- most importantly, its your AIMCAT scores -- at a generic level, look at any top 35 college


priyanka : SIR WHEN ARE THE DEADLINES APPLICATIONS FOR MAJORITY OF DECENT COLLEGES? DO THEY END BEFORE OR AFTER THE CAT EXAM?
nvs : Each college will have it's own application deadline, check under NOTIFICATIONS on T4E website


divya : SIR I AM NOT ABLE TO FIND MY QUERY ANSWERED
gautam : Please check. Supratim sir has answered it.


saloni : @VINNAYRAJ SIR THANK YOU.
vinnayraj : welcome..all the best !!


farhan_time : GUDEVE... SIR, WHAT ABOUT PGDM(RETAIL) AND PGDM(INSURANCE) OF BIMTECH NOIDA ?? IS IT GOOD?
rajesh : please really analyse what your current profile is and what you really want as a good career


shobhit_johri : SIR, HOW WOULD YOU RATE FMS EXECUTIVE MBA?
ankur : executive MBA is good for people who are unable to leave their jobs. these courses do not offer placements and hence most people don't apply to such courses.


bhumi123 : SIR SECTIONAL TESTS OF WHICH LEVEL VIZ INTERMEDIATE OR FUNDAMENTAL MUST BE PRACTICED FOR NMAT(I AM NOT VERY GOOD AT SPEED MATHS)
ramnath : At this stage, you should look at intermediate. Basic tests are meant to be taken when one is starting on the concepts


jb : I AM NOT APPEARING FOR IBSAT. DOES IBS MUMBAI OR HYD ACCEPT CAT OR NMAT SCORE? WHAT IS THE CUTOFF
ankur : NMAT score is accepted. since this is the firs time they are taking the score, it is difficult to predict but chances are that it shall be much lower than NMIMS Mumbai cutoff.


pncc6s208 : HR COLLEGES TO APPLY FOR A PERSON WITH GOOD ACAD BACKGROUND SCORING ARND 70 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS ?
vanitabakshi : you could apply to XLRI, TISS, and also SCMHRD.


targetisiim : HOW IS IBS HYDERABAD?? TELL ME VERY GOOD COLLEGES FOR CMAT PLEASE AND IS THERE ANY RESRVATION FOR MARATHIS IN MAHCET?
nvs : In MAHCET the reservation is only for local students i.e. domicile based. IBS HYD is an OK college ranked around 90-100, with avg placements around 5-6 lpa.


pncc6s208 : I CANT FIND MY QUESTIONS POSTED ?
bharat : all your questions are answered


rahul : HI CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME IS TISS ALSO FOR MARKETING & FINACE ?
bharat : only HR


pncc6s208 : THEY R GETTING POSTED BUT NOT ANSWERED!
rajesh : please can i take your query


cat_aspirant : SIR, MY 10TH-93% 12TH-97% AND GRAD-84% AND IN THE RANGE OF 80-85% IN AIMCATS. IS THERE ANY CHANCE FOR SP JAIN PROFILE BASED CALL?
ankur : typically such calls are for work-ex people.


dolphin : HELLO SIR , I SCORED 194 IN NMAT WILL I GET GOOD CALLS OR SHOULD I BE GIVING RETAKE ? AND ALSO WHAT SHOULD BE MY STRATEGY? #POSTINGSECONDTIME
nvs : Looking at last few years score trend, a score of 194 may just be good enough for HYD or BGLR Campus, but not for MUMBAI- it may actually require about 210. Take a few mock NMATs and identify where you can improve in this short time, and if you feel you can then go ahead and take a retest


ashwin : I AM DOING BBA IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS. SO WILL IT BE MORE BENEFICIAL IF I DO MBA ALSO IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS. IS THE CAREER SCOPE EQUIVALENT TO OTHER MBA COURSES. WHAT ARE SOME GOOD COLLEGES FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS?
gautam : Except for SPJain all other Bschools allow you to decide on your specialisation in the second year. My suggestion is that you go thru the first year and then take a call, once you make it to a good Bschool. You need not specialise only in International Biz. You could take up others too.


vb : HOW IS IMT GHAZIABAD FOR HR..WHAT IS APPROXIMATE SCORE REQUIRED FOR IT
ankur : it is ok. there are better colleges than it like XLRI, TISS, MDI(HR), IIM Ranchi for these you need XAT score (96%ile), TISSNET good score, MDI (95%ile in CAT), IIM Ranchi (95%ile in CAT) presuming you are general category


lnca6o953 : SIR WHAT IS THE CUTOFF JBIMS THIS SCHOOL TAKE CAT SCORE
vanitabakshi : JBIMS is a T-10 college so you would require a 98+%tile


kelly : WHAT ARE THE BEST COLLEGES IN TERMS OF PLACEMENTS IF ONE SCORES IN AIMCATS IN THE RANGE OF 69-75 PERCENTILE?
bharat : Nirma University; Christ University, Bengaluru; NIBM Pune; IIFM, Bhopal; Hyderabad Central University (HCU); WE School, Bengaluru; IISWBM, Kolkata; BIMTECH, Noida; XIME Bangalore; NIA, Pune and NIT Calicut.


tuhin : HALLO SIR,I WANT TO PERSUE
rajesh : persue what course


piku : FOR 80 PERCENTILE IN CAT 16, HOW MANY QUESTION I NEED TO BE ANSWERED CORRECTLY(SECTIONWISE) ACCORDING TO PREVIOUS YEAR STATICS. I WANT JUST A CLEAR VISION.
vinnayraj : it could be completely different this year as it depends on the composition and the difficulty level of the sections..so focus on the strategy and make sure you dont get stuck for too long in difficult questions and in the event that the entire section is difficult spend a little more time in solving questions and dont panic if the attempts are less as the cutoff is going to be comparatively lower...


scarecrow007 : REGARDING IIFT GK SECTION, WHICH ALL AREAS MUST BE COVERED?
bharat : For GK prep, go through the GAT papers, each with 50 questions. Check out the GK Special material published in the June-July/August/September/October issues of MBA Education & Careers. Also, in the various issues of this magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle. Further, please run through the 150-question exercise titled, Improve your GA. Do not forget to read the newspaper (any daily) and Manorama yearbook.


tuhin : HALLO SIR, I WANT TO PURSUE MA HR
rajesh : every b school persay has combined level of topics ain the first year after which you could take the specialisation you desire


krishna : WHAT IS THE APPROX CUT OFF FOR IIFT TO GET A CALL OVERALL AS WELL AS SECTIONAL ? GEN CATEGORY
supratim : Depends on paper difficulty level and performance of all test takers.


vb : HOW IS IMT GHAZIABAD FOR HR..WHAT IS THE APPROXIMATE SCORE FOR IT.
vanitabakshi : IMT is better known for operations and marketing as for HR it is ok the cutoff would be between 90-95 %tile


oj : AFTER TAKING REGULAR AIMCATS AND OTHER MOCKS. I AM GETTING GOOD PERCENTILES BUT IN ONE SECTION AT A TIME. LIKE IN AIMCAT07 I GOT 93 PERCENTILE IN LR/DI BUT NOT SO GOOD IN OTHER 2 SECTIONS. SIMILARLY I HAVE REACHED HIGHEST 92 IN VARC AND 80 IN QUANT. IS THERE ANY ADVICE YOU CAN GIVE ME HOW CAN I CLUB MY BEST PERFORMANCE TOGETHER?
nvs : Frankly speaking there's no reason for such a performance i.e. One secction at a time. The very fact that you're able to do well in individual sections show that you're capable of getting a good score. I feel either you lack concentration or you're taking the tests a bit casually. Focus and analyze your good as well as bad performance and check for what gets you good and what leads to bad performance and I'm sure it'll be evident either poor question selection or careless mistake etc and then try & rectify them. One more way can be take a retest of the sections which you did badly and see if you can better your earlier score, this will surely give confidence to better in the balance test.


rm : DOES JBIMS ACCEPT CMAT, MAT, AND XAT SCORES?
ankur : OMS candidates can apply through these routes.


jb : FOR HR BETTER OPTION BETWEEN BIMM/IISWBM/IMI KOL?
ankur : no specific preference. check websites for placements in HR. that can help you decide.


raku : WHAT IS THE CUTOFF FOR NMIMS HYDERABAD?
ankur : likely to be around 190-200


bhumi123 : ARE THERE FAIR CHNACES FOR TISS MUMBAI IF I SCORE 80 PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT
ankur : yes seems so. but still try harder.


komal : SIR REGARDING THE FORM FILLING OF COLLEGES WHICH TAKE CAT SCORE, I CANT DECIDE WHICH ONE TO FILL ? I M REALLY CONFUSED. I HAVE A AVG PERCENTILE OF 80'S IN AIMCAT AND ONCE OR TWICE I GOT ABOVE 90'S. SO SHOULD I ACTUALLY FILL FORMS OF ALL TOP 30 COLLEGES ? WHAT IF I DONT GET THAT MUCH PERCENTILE ? WHAT CLLGS SHOULD I SELECT TO BE OVERALL ON THE SAFE SIDE COVERING ALL THE GOOD ONES ? #POSTING_SECOND_TIME
chandrajyoti : 80-84.9: IFMR, LIBA, WE-Mumbai, UBS, NITT 85-89.9: TAPMI, IRMA, BIM, SPJIMR, FORE, LBSIM, SIMSR, IMI-ND, Great Lakes


aniket : WHICH PROGRAMME SHOULD I PREFER FIRST PGDIM OR PGDISEM WHILE FILLING FORM OF NITIE ?
ankur : read the features of the both and then decide what you want in life. pgdim is the flagship course similar to mba.


mia : HELLO SIR WHAT WOULD BE A DECENT SCORE IN NMAT MOCKS TO GET ADMISSION IN NMIMS MUMBAI N BANGALORE AND WHAT IS THE CUT OFF THIS YEAR FOR BOTH
ankur : you should get appx 210 for nmims mumbai. for nmims bangalore around 190-200. if you are near these scores in the mocks then you can expect a call


rangoli : NORMAL MBA IS BETTER OR EXECUTIVE MBA? PLEASE DON'T BE VAGUE!
gautam : Without any details about yourself it is impossible to say what will be good for you - vague or otherwise.


: SIR FOR ABOVE 90 PERCENTILE HOW MANY QUESTIONS SHOULD I HAVE TO ATTEMPT CORRECTLY APPROXIMATELY IN EACH SECTION?
vinnayraj : a similar query was just answered..


pooja : I AM NOT FINDING ANS OF MY QUERIES...!!
rajesh : pooja what is your query


priyanka : WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SALARY PACKAGE OF COLLEGES INTAKING STUDENTS WITHIN THE RANGE OF 80-85%ILE IN CAT?
chandrajyoti : It varies from 6.5 - 9.


sanyam : IS IT NECESSARY TO APPLY TO ALL B-SCHOOLS SEPARATELY??
supratim : Yes except IIM's which one automatically applies through CAT.


souravroy : SIR , FOR LR SECTION WHICH CHAPTERS ARE IMPORTANT MOST AND NEED TO BE COVERED FAST? ACTUALLY I HAVE A LITTLE IDEA IN THESE SECTION. HOPE U WILL GUIDE ME PROPERLY.
vinnayraj : popular and frequently appearing question types are seating arrangements(linear,circular,queues,floors),distribution based problems,venn diagrams,binary logic,family tree etc..


ashwin : WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF CAREER IN MBA IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS?
rajesh : good


div : SCORED 217 IN NMAT
supratim : Good Score.


its786 : SIR CURRENT AIMCATS %TILE IS ARROUND 70,,, WHAT IT WILL BE IN ACTUAL CAT {PLZ TELL ME COMPARE TO CAT2015
nvs : If the performance is replicated then you may be able to get around low-mid 80 percentile


sanyam : CAN A COMMERCE GRADUATE APPLY IITS? HOW TO APPLY IN IITS? WHAT ARE THE CUT OFFS AND DO WE HAVE TO APPLY SEPARATELY FOR ALL
asim : Yes, IIT Delhi and IIT Madras accept on engineers also. The notification is usually released by the IITs after CAT results are announced. You need to apply to each of them separately.


jayesh : CAN I KNOW BEST INSTITUTES FOR FINANCE?
ramnath : All the IIMs and top 20-30 schools. Outside this, schools like IFMR, NIBM etc are good too.


aniket : BEST B-SCHOOLS FOR OPERATIONS ?
ankur : nitie, IITs, SIOM


div : SCORED 217 IN NMAT. 90 IN QUANT.. 65 IN LR.. 62 IN LANGUAGE. SHOULD I GO FOR SECOND ATTEMPT?
vanitabakshi : Yes, you could go for a second attempt with a more balanced score in all the sections.


123 : SIR,I SCORED 225 IN NMAT.HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE NEXT ROUNDS.
gautam : Please check with your centre, they would have planned for some GDPI rounds and maybe also some Knowledge Sessions.


saloni : WE CANNOT BOOKMARK AIMCAT QUESTIONS.
ramnath : You can, now. The facility to bookmark is available.


div : EXPECTED CUT OFF OF NMAT FOR XIMB HRM?
ankur : around 200


alphago : SIR/MAM, WHENEVER I TRY TO CONSCIOUSLY TRY AND INCREASE MY SPEED IN READING, I LOSE GRIP OF TONE AND MEANING. HOW CAN I THEN INCREASE SPEED ? ALSO, WHAT CAN BE THE MINIMUM SPEED FOR 95%ILE+ IN VA/RC ?IS 120-150 WPM GOOD ENOUGH?
rajesh : right now please do not worry about speed at this stage please improve your rc/para jumbles


neeraj : SIR I CANT FIND MY QUESTION IN CHAT..HAVE YOU ANSWERED ABOUT MBA COLLEGES FOR CAPITAL MARKETS ?
nvs : If you get admitted to any top B-School and take up Finance, then you can surely work in the Investment baking area.


neel01 : WHAT ARE YOUR VIEW ON K J SAUMAIYA?
gautam : It is a good college. Within MU its rank would be JBIMS>Sydenham>KJSomaiya.


priyanka : WITH CAT PERCENTILE BETWEEN 80-85, WHICH CATEGORY OF COLLEGES SHOULD I LOOK FOR APPLYING? (FROM THE CATEGORIES GIVEN IN THIS MONTH'S TIME MAGAZINE I.E AA, A, BBB. BB ETC.)
chandrajyoti : BBB+ and BBB


sumanth : SIR AFTER WORKING HARD FOR MONTHS I INCREASED MY PERCENTILE FROM 85 TO 91 IN AIMCATS.... WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST I DO IN FURTHER WEEKS...AND ALSO IS 97+ WITHIN REACH FOR ME IN CAT OR I STILL HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO
ramnath : It is within reach. Check your question selection and error reasons. These 2 can push your score up significantly.


bhumi123 : WHAT SHOULD BE THE TEST TAKING STRATERGY FOR SCORING 220 ABOVE IN NMAT
supratim : Start with VA/RC section . Then move to logic and take QA at end . Mark all answers and reach till end. But please remember that NO strategy works without knowledge . Know more to score more. All The Best.


euam : SIR,I HAVE BEEN PREPARING FOR CAT FOR THE LAST 6 MONTHS.BEING AN OBC CANDIDATE WITH 10TH CGPA 10,12TH 94% AND GRADUATION (BTECH) CGPA 8.56 WHAT SHOULD BE THE MINIMUM PERCENTILE I SHOULD GAIN TO GET A CALL FROM IIM A,B,C & K??
nvs : Mid- 90's should be decent but obviously higher the better chances of final conversion. I've known NC-OBC students getting 98+ and still not being able to A. So, don't take anything for granted and work hard.


piku : @VINAYRAJ SIR I UNDERSTAND COMPLETELY DIFFERNTENT BUT JUST FOR A AVERAGE IDEA AND TRACK MY TARGET, I REALLY WANT TO KNOW,COULD YOU PLZ PROVIDE ME, AVERAGE HOW MANY QUES NEED TO BE CORRECT FOR 80 PERCENTILE, (MY TARGET IS 95+ PERCENTILE)
vinnayraj : i reiterate the earlier statement..difficult to predict..to give you an example of lets say di/lr section-if the section is very difficult around 7-9 questions correct may be enough and if it is very easy even 14-15 correct may not be enough..so it is very important to go with an open mind and be flexible in the strategy..if the section is easy try to solve as many as possible and focus on speed and if the section is difficult spend more time on questions to answer them correctly and dont panic if the attempts are less..also in the coming days analyze the mocks and revise the fundamentals and be positive and confident and i am sure you will meet your target and even go beyond..all the best...


neel01 : WHICH IS BETTER IMI OR XIMB? WHY?
chandrajyoti : ROI is better in IMI-New Delhi XIMB has 360 seats and has slightly higher cut-offs.


anshul : I AM GETTING AROUND 90 %ILE IN AIMCATS..WHICH COLLEGES SHOULD I OPT FOR
ramnath : You may look at those with around 93-95 cutoffs. IITK, XIMB, IITR, DFS, DSE, IMTG, KKIT are some of the good schools in this range


sahil : WHEN WILL APPLICATION FORM FOR JBIMS OUT
asim : DTE Maharashtra is expected to release the notification in few weeks.


ashwin : IN FORE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT THE CUT OFF FOR NORMAL PGDM IS AROUND 85 BUT FOR PGDM IN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS ITS AROUND 75. WILL THIS AFFECT THE PLACEMENTS SCENARIO AND TO WHAT EXTENT MAY IT AFFECT?
vanitabakshi : Yes, as the placements for IB is much slower and the packages are lower too. the IB packages would be about 2-4 L lower.


its786 : SIR AS I OBSERVED IN LAST 2-3 AICATS ONLY A FEW STUDENTS R PRTICIPATING,,, ARRONLY ONLY 10000,,,, IT EFFECT ON AIMCAT %TILE CAMPARE TO STRTING AIMCATS LIKE 1722,1721???
ankur : yes it can - but only serious students are writing aimcats now so surprisingly your percentile is likely to go down here but be higher than this in the CAT


dolphin : TIME GK AGAZINES ARE SUFFICIENT FOR IIFT , SNAP,TISSNET GK?
ankur : nothing is ever sufficient but yes the magazines are a good starting point.


asif : WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SALARY PACKAGE OF COLLEGES INTAKING STUDENTS WITHIN THE RANGE OF 70-75%ILE IN CAT?
asim : Most of them will have average salary of around 6 lacs p.a. ( assuming cutoff for general category ).


komal : IM NOT FINDING ANSWERS TO MY QUERIES..!! I HAVE POSTED TWICE
asim : Answered check


shubham : SIR MY AIMCAT SCORE IS 60 MARKS (STILL IMPROVING),WHAT SORT OF COLLEGE SHOULD I GO FOR?
nvs : Right now focus on improving your AIMCAT score and leave the worry regarding college selection to post-CAT results as most of the colleges accepting students in the range of 80percentile will most probably be accepting applications even then. In case you really want to apply to some particular college, just check it's deadline and apply only for that in case it's closing before pre-result period


law : SIR\MAM I AM CONFIDENT OF GETTING 99 %ILE + IN LRDI AND QA BUT SOMEWHERE VARC I AM IN DBT WHETHER I 'LL BE ABLE TO CLEAR THE CUT PLS ADVICE SOMETHING SO THAT IT IMPROVES MY CHANCES IN THIS PARTICULAR SECTION IN LAST 25 DAYS
rajesh : concenterate on enhancing your skills on RC and PJ


ahw : HI SIR, WHAT WOULD BE CUT OFF FOR DEPARTMENT FOR FINANCIAL STUDIES , DELHI UNIVERSITY FOR OBC CATEGORY?
ankur : around 91-92%ile


riya : SIR HOW IS IIFT KOLKATA AS COMPARED TO NMIMS MUMBAI?
gautam : They are ranked in the same category by T.I.M.E. I would say NM has an edge over IIFT (Kolkata)


vb : IS WORK EXPERIENCE NECESSARY FOR IMT MARKETING
supratim : No.


neel01 : HOW IS IB OF MDI?
asim : Pretty good.


mathi : HOW SHOULD PREPARE GK&QUANTS FOR IIFT
asim : Except for the section on General Awareness, all the other sections of IIFT get well covered with a good preparation for CAT. However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed mathematics as some of the questions under Data Interpretation tend to be calculation intensive. While preparing for the GK section in IIFT entrance test, a student should focus on issues related to national & international events, world bodies, and foreign trade-related information. From the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, read OMET GK Special material published in the June-July/August/September issues; Business GK; Current Issues & Events; Current Event Chronicle, and GK Model Papers feature titled, Improve your GK. GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). GAT papers, each with 50 questions (10 papers) Manorama & CSR Year Book – they help in preparation for stock type questions. In any such book, please focus on the following chapters: Who is who; What is what; Science scan; Human body; Computers; Landmarks of history; The Universe. Finally, OMETs for IIFT question papers question papers are perhaps the best source for preparation. It comes very close to the actual IIFT entrance exam paper and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.


pm : SIR ALSO I TOOK NMAT ON 9TH NOVEMBER AND IT WAS TOUGHER THAN AIMNMATS..MY SOCORE WILL BE TOO LOW..WHAT SHOULD I DO?
nvs : Look at it realistically and weigh your chances of bettering the score in time available now and if you feel confident only the apply for re-test, else look at other exams like CAT, CMAT, MAT Etc


anurag : SIR CAN A COMMERCE BACKGROUND STUDENT APPLY FOR MBA PROGRAMME IN IITS?
supratim : Yes some of them as per last years criteria. Please keep on checking for this years criteria of different IIT's.


souravroy : THANK YOU VINAYRAJ SIR,I HAVE LACK OF CONFIDENCE IN RC SECTION,MAINLY STUCK BET 2 OR MORE ANS CHOICES,CZ OF WEAK IN ENGLISH AND DOES'NT UNDERSTAND CLEARLY THE PASSAGE,NOW PRACTISING DAILY 4 RC FROM TIME SITE AND MATERIALS,APART FROM THAT WHAT I NEED TO DO FOR A EFFECTIVE RESULT IN THESE DAYS? I AM READY FOR VERY VERY HARD WORK. JUST GUIDE ME SIR.
vinnayraj : welcome..and you will get better with practice..so continue what you are doing but more importantly after solve an rc in the timed mode try to look at the questions and check your answers again..see if you have changed and understand why you did so..and then look at the solutions and try to understand the reasoning behind the answer choice and get comfortable with it and take the learning to the next passage..practice and more practice is the only way to go about it and if required consult your mentor..i am sure you will improve..


srush21 : SIR HOW MANY SEATS ARE THERE FOR MAHARASHTRIAN (NOT A MUMBAI UNIVERSITY STUDENT) IN NC-OBC CATEOGORY IN JBIMS?
bharat : 27% of15% seats allocated for non-Mumbai Univ Maharashtra students.


art : XIMB VS IMT-G??
arvind : Both are good, XIMB has a slight edge over IMT-G


ab : MIN % REQD TO EXPECT A CALL FROM IIMS?
ramnath : That depends on your category. General it is around 95, NC-around 70-75, SC around 65 and St around 55-60


sowgatabag : SIR FOR MARKETING, WHICH COLLEGES ARE BEST ?
bharat : IIMs ABCIKL, FMS, IITs B&D, JBIMS, XLRI


ebu : SIR MY QUES HAS BEEN UNANSWERED"IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FRESHER AND WORKEX IN TERMS OF COURSE UNDERSTANDING AND PLACEMENTS".PLEASE EXCUSE ME AS IT MAY BE OUT OF THE QUERY
ramnath : Many freshers "trump" those with workex both in placements and in academic performance. The reverse happens too. So, there is no direct correlation here.


aniket : PGDIM OR PGDISEM, WHICH SHOULD BE PREFERED FIRST WHILE FILLING FORM OF NITIE ?
supratim : PGDIM.


sahil : HOW GOOD IS JBIMS
bharat : how good is your AIMCAT percentile range?


rangoli : PLZZ TELL HOW IS XISS AND NIRMA.. HOW GOOD ARE THESE COLLEGES IN ALLLL ASPECTS OF PLACEMENT PACKAGE AND BRAND VALUE? RANKINGS ALSO?
ankur : xiss is rated in B category whereas nirma is BBB. these colleges are good at this level which means that if you can get through these and you like what they offer in terms of salary, placements, profiles, studies etc then they are good for you. if you can't get through these then try harder or compromise when you run out of time. if you don't like these salaries then try harder for next year. for placements check their websites. for brand value, well, our rating is their brand.


its786 : ANKUR SIR WHAT IS A IDEAL SCORE IN INTRMEDIATE SECTIONL TEST???
ankur : for what?


komal : SHOULD I FILL SNAP OR TISS ?
supratim : Why not Both. Take a call where to join after you get both. Now concentrate to do well in both exams and get your desired colleges.


prakash : CAN YOU TELL SOMETHING ABOUT MICA, AHMEDABAD. HOW MUCH WEIGHTAGE DOES MICA CONSIDER FROM CAT. N HOW TO PREP MICAT
vanitabakshi : MICA is a good college for mass communication. For MICA you will have to take the MICAT after the CAT so it would be a good idea to attempt some of their sample papers from the net. MICAT tests language skills so you have to do very well in the VA section. For MICA you have to score 90+ MICA is a very good college for mass communication. For MICA you will have to take the MICAT after the CAT so it would be a good idea to attempt some of their sample papers from the net. MICAT tests language skills so you have to do very well in the VA section.you have to score 90+%tile in the VA section the other two sections are not considered.


law : I AM TRYING HARD TO IMPROVE MY RC SKILL FOR THE PAST 6 MONTHS FROM 30 %ILE TO 99%ILE IN MOCKS STILL THR IS NO STABILITY WHICH WORRIES ME PLS HELP OR SUGGEST ANY STRATEGY
rajesh : where is the basic issue could you tell me


its786 : ANKUR SIR I M TALKING ABOUT TIME'S HOMEPAGE INTRMIDATE TESTS
ankur : yes - but which section and what are you targetting. without this info, one can't answer your question.


ank : DO NMIMS MUMBAI CONSIDERS BEST OF ALL RETAKE SCORES ?
asim : Yes


fmsaspirant : ANKUR SIR,LAST YEAR CUTOFF CALL FOR FMS WAS 78.XX PERCENTILE. I WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS SAFE SIDE FOR SHORTLISTING AND SELETED BY FMS? AND FOR THAT PERCENTILE HOW MANY QUES NEED TO BE ANSERED CORRECTLY. I WANT A ROUGH PICTURE FOR TRACKING. PLZ PROVIDE ME ,I KNOW THESE VARY YEAR TO YEAR. SC CATAGORY
ankur : it is impossible to answer the question because percentile and score corelation depends on difficulty level of the paper. if you can tell me the number of easy, moderate and difficult questions in CAT 2016 then I can answer your question. the only way to track is what is the percentile you are getting in the aimcats. if you are above 70 then you have a more-than-good chance.


farhan_time : ANY DECENT COLLEGE TAKING THROUGH MAT/ CMAT ??????
ramnath : Check T.I.M.E's bschool ranking here http://www.time4education.com/local/articlecms/page.php?id=343. The tests for all the schools are listed.


pr31 : IS IT IMPORTANT TO REVISE PREVIOUS AIMCATS BEFORE CAT? IF YES HOW TO DO THAT
ramnath : It may help, from the perspective of understanding what you could have done better and to understand/refresh the approaches for some tough questions


lnca6o953 : SIR FOR HR & FINN.FROM WHO BEST SCHOOL
bharat : IIMs ABCIKL, FMS, XLRI, MDI, JBIMS, TISS


velu : HELLO SIR, I HAVE DONE B.SC. I AM GETTING AROUND 90-95%TILE. WHICH COLLEGES SHOULD I APPLY FOR? IS NITIE ONLY FOR ENGG.?
nvs : Can't apply to NITIE, but you can apply to IIT Delhi & IIT Madras. Target SPJ, MDI, IMI, IMT-G, etc. Colleges such as DSE, DFS too if you're looking for FIN Specialization and are looking at good ROI


protim : SIR IN SAMCATS MY SCORE HOVERS BETWEEN 130 AND 140... EXCEPT 2 OF THEM... THE QUANT IS REALLY TOUGH? IS IT SO? OR IS IT ONLY ME GETTING BEHIND.... QUANT IS TOUGH RIGHT?
ramnath : That depends on your preparation and comfort levels Protim. The QA difficulty levels vary between SAMCATs as they do for AIMCATs.


rumi : GUD EVENING SIR, MY QUESTION IS WHICH IS THE BEST IIFT, NMAT OR CAT? MY AVERAGE PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT IS 90 TO95
nvs : IIM > IIFT > NMAT.


tushar11 : HELLO SIR, I AM GETTING 98.5+ PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS, WHAT COLLEGES SHOULD I TARGET?
vinnayraj : top 10 colleges are within your reach and you can keep back up options just in case..there are chances that you will get calls from the top iims(if you are academics are decent) and you can look at sp jain,fms,mdi,iift,xlri,jbims,iitm,iitd,nitte..


kelly : IS TISS GOOD COLLEGE FOR HR SPECIALIZATION AND HOW IS IT IN TERMS OF PLACEMENT?
rajesh : good


saloni : FOR RCS, SOMETIMES MY ACCURACY IS ABOVE 90 AND SOMETIMES NEAR TO 50. WHAT SHOULD I DO? I TEND TO GET CONFUSED WHEN I AM NOT ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE THEME OF THE PASSAGE.
gautam : I would suggest that you skim through the questions to see if you are comfortable with the subject matter and then take a look at the questions. See if there are any direct questions that you can easily answer. This might help you deal with the RC set. The other thing is that you need not answer all the questions that are in the RC set. When you are confused about options do not try to further select the right answer. What you could try is to eliminate an option. It is easier this way and might help you eliminate the negative answers.


its786 : ALL 3 SECTION SECTION ,,,M TARGETINGG 85-90%TILE IN CAT
ankur : getting 60-70% marks is a good beginning in that case


targetisiim : CANT FIND MY QUESTION!!
ramnath : Found it and answered it for you :)


mathi : WHAT IS THE BEST STRATEGY FOR LAST MINUTE QUANT PREPARATION IN CAT
feroz : have faith in yourself. Just remember you have put in a lot of efforts in this for all this time. Don't pressurize yourself. be calm and relaxed. All the best


kelly : WHAT IS THE CUTOFF FOR SYMBIOSIS?
ramnath : Which school of Symbiosis?


law : @RAJESH- I AM DOUBLE READING A SINGLE LINE SOMETIMES THOUGH COMPREHENDED WHOLE BUT STILL FAILS TO RECONNECT WHILE ANSWERING
rajesh : please do try reading the basic matter and please mail me so i could give you focussed ideas


art : MFC VS DSE VS SYDENHAM VS KJ ?
ankur : mfc, dse and sydenham are in AA category. kj is one rank lower due to higher fees otherwise placements are actually better or similar. if money is a problem go to a lower fees college. mfc has finance focus. if you like it and want to make a career in it then go there. otherwise don't apply. dse has programs in HR and IB. if you like them apply there otherwise don't


protim : I CANT SPEND 15-16 LAKH IF I DONT GET INTO TOP COLLEGES. SO CAN YOU SUGGEST SOME CENTRAL UNIVERSITIES.. WHERE I CAN APPLY FOR MBA? PLEASE ANSWER
chandrajyoti : FMS, NITs, FMS - BHU, UBS-Chandigarh


pm : SIR I'M GETTING VERY LOW SCORE EVEN AFTER STUDYING SO MUCH.WHAT SHOULD I DO
rajesh : please tell me your study pattern


jack : GD EVNG SIR, IS THEIR ANY RESERVATION FOR NC-OBC IN BIM TRICHY AND IF THEIR THEN WHAT IS THE EXPECTED CUTOFF?
nvs : The cut-off has been around 75 for NC-OBC


piku : SIR WHAT IS THE SAFE PERCENTILE/SCORE TO GET SELECTED BY FMS IN SC CATAGORY AND IIT D SEPRATELY ?
bharat : SAFE? ANYTHING ABOVE 85%ILE


vicky : MY 10TH PERCENTAGE IS 73 AND 12TH PERCENT IS 87 I WILL GET 65-70 PERCENT IN COLLEGE I GOT NO WORK EXPERIENCE MY AIMCAT PERCENTILE RATE IS 80-88 WHICH COLLEGE I CAN EXPECT
nvs : If you belong to General Category and if you can get around 90-92 (based on your avg AIMCAT Performance), then you can apply to IMT-G, IMI, IITRoorkee, FORE, LBSIM, NIRMA etc etc


rahul : SHOULD I FILL UP THE FMS AND MDI FORM? I HAVE BEEN GETTING ABOUT 90 PERCENTILE IN MY AIMCATS ?
rajesh : please do


goldy : LAST FEW DAYS SUGGESTIONS ABOUT QUANT???
supratim : Solve / revise study material booklet , write online sectional tests. Revise / Solve AIMCAT papers. Daily Schedule : Solve 30 Quant questions.


lhp2016 : ANY SPECIAL PREPARATION FOR IIFT'S DI SECTION? I FOUND THE SETS QUITE DIFFICULT AND CALCULATION INTENSIVE.
ankur : your assessment is correct. you need to practice this type of DI


div : SHOULD I FILL MDI AND FMS FORM IF M SCORING AROUND 85%ILE IN AIMCAT?
asim : You can, provided you are planning to work hard in the remaining days and improve your performance.


neel01 : WHAT AREYOUR VIEWS ON RAJIVGANDHI PETROLEUM UNIVERSITY, NOIDA?
rajesh : it is good


ashwin : WHAT IS THE CUT OFF FOR MBA/MIB FROM DELHI SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS?
ramnath : Around 92 percentile


oj : SIR, I HAVE FILLED MDI, SPJAIN, IMT, DSE, NMIMS, TISS
rajesh : good


poo : HOW MANY TIMES A YEAR WE CAN GIVE NMAT
supratim : Maximum 3 attempts . Window Period : Oct to Dec.


dgs : HAS IIFT ADMIT CARD RELEASED?
ramnath : Not yet.


rahul : HI SIR CAN YOU PLEASE SUGGEST ME WHICH INSTITUTE OF SYMBIOSYS UNIVERSITY TO APPLY FOR FINANCE?
vanitabakshi : SIBM and SCMHRD.


poo : HOW IS ACTURIAL SCIENCE BRANCH OF NMIMS MUMBAI
rajesh : good


srush21 : SO SIR THERE ARE JUST 3 SEATS FOR NON MUMBAI UNIV MAHARASHTRIAN. SO IS JBIMS WORTH THE SHOT?
ramnath : Definitely yes, if you think you can get the kind of percentile required.


rumi : SIR THIS MEANS IIFT IS GOOD THAN NMAT?
nvs : IIFT Delhi will be ranked above NMAT, placements are better and better infra and chances of getting foreign assignments


akii : SIR, HOW DO THE BABY AND NEW IIMS FARE WHEN COMPARED TO B-SCHOOLS SUCH AS FMS, SJMSOM AND XLRI
supratim : Get all. Decide later. You have enough time for it.


dgs : I HAVE BEEN GETTING AROUND 70 PERCENTILE .. IS IT STILL POSSIBLE TO GET ABOVE 90 PERCENTILE
vinnayraj : yes it is..keep working hard and take tests and analyze them thoroughly..make sure you have covered the fundamentals of all topics and revise them regularly..most importantly believe in yourself and stay positive and if all goes well on the d day you may be pleasantly surprised with your performance.. all the best..


raku : WHICH IS BETTER SIBM BANGLORE OR NMIMS BANGLORE ? WHY?
bharat : similar category... get calls from both... convert both... get final admission... we will help make the decision at the right time.


its786 : ANKUR SIR WAITING FOR UR ANSWER
ankur : answered now


vin : HOW MUCH TIME WE SHOULD TAKE TO COMPLETE RC SECTION?I USUALLY TAKE AROUND 50 MINUTES TO COMPLETE ALL RC QUESTIONS SO CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME THE STRATEGY FOR VA AND RC SECTION?SHOULD I LEAVE ONE RC AND ATTEMPT VA SECTION?
rajesh : reduce your time because RC is important and you need a focussed approach


protim : PLEASE SUGGEST SOME CENTRAL UNIVERSITIES AND CAT CUT OFF SCORES.... WAITING FOR AN ANSWER
chandrajyoti : FMS (around 98) DFS (around 90) Delhi School of Economics (around 92) FMS BHU (around 90) UBS (around 84) Delhi School of Management (around 75) Osmania University ( HCU (around 75)


kelly : WHAT IS THE AVERAGE SALARY PACKAGE OF TISS?
ramnath : Around 16 lpa


rahul : HI SIR WHERE I CAN GET GAT PAPERS TO PREPARE FOR GENERAL AWARENESS
ramnath : If you are a TIME student, your center would give them to you via classes/workshops. PLease check.


ekt : HELLO SIR MY PERCENTILE IS AROUND 70-75 IS IT WORTH IF I APPLY FOR IMT AND MDI
bharat : hmmm... honestly, no... as MDI needs at least 95%ile while IMT needs at least 90%ile.


poo : HOW TO GET SOLUTION OF AMCATS OFFLINE LIKE ON PAPER ...DO THE INSTITUTE PROVIDE?
supratim : Please visit our center nearest to your home/office.


souravroy : THANK U VINAY SIR,LAST DOUBT, FOR RC WILL I HAVE TO DO JUST PRACTISE AND ANALESE, OR PARALALY LERNING VOCABULRY MAY BOOST, THIS IS NOT REQUIRED?
vanitabakshi : Just keep up the practice. as far as vocabulary is concerned mot of the difficult words can be understood from the context.


sahil : HOW GOOD IS JBIMS IN RANKING AND WHAT ABOUT PLACEMENT
ramnath : It is one of the top 10 schools in the country with excellent placement


its786 : THNX ANKUR SIRR
ankur : welcome


komal : AS ONLY A FEW DAYS ARE LEFT SO RIGHT NOW I M SOLVING PREVIOUS YEAR CAT PAPERS AND A FEW LAST YEARS AIMCATS AS IM DONE WITH THIS YEARS. IM NOT COVERING THE ENG SEC OF THESE PAPERS.SO IS IT OKAY TO FOLLOW THIS STRATEGY ? WHAT CHANGES WOULD YOU SUGGEST THAT I SHOULD DO IN MY PREPARATION KEEPING IN MIND THAT I HAVE MY SEM EXAMS FROM MID NOV
rajesh : why are you ignoring this section could i know


prakash : SIR, THIS IS MY THIRD TIME. PLZ RESPOND. CAN YOU TELL SOMETHING ABOUT MICA, AHMEDABAD. HOW MUCH WEIGHTAGE DOES MICA CONSIDER FROM CAT. N HOW TO PREP MICAT
nvs : Pl go thru this link https://www.mica.ac.in/postgraduate-programme/selection-process-and-timelines They do not give weightage to CAT or XAT etc, it's of qualifying nature only


rahul : CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME TOP 5 SYMBIOSYS INSTUTES FOR FINANCE?
ankur : sibm pune, scmhrd pune, sibm bangalore, sims pune, sibm hyderabad


rahul : VINAY RAJ SIR. COULD YOU TELL WHAT SHOULD WE BE THE DAILY THINGS WE SHOULD BE DOING NOW THAT WE HAVE ONLY A MONTH LEFT. I HAVE BEEN PREPARING SINCE JANUARY AAND AVERAGE 88 TO 97 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS.
vinnayraj : firstly in the next week go back to fundamentals of concepts where you feel somethings are not clear,if any..try to solve problems from different areas on a daily basis..also try to solve a couple of sets of rc,di and lr daily if possible..sectional tests when you have the time..and look at the previous aimcats and continue taking mock tests and analyze them..most importantly stay positive and conserve energy..your scores are pretty good and you can do much better in the actual exam..all the best..


abi : HELLO SIR.. I AM SCORING AROUND 80-90 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS. WHICH COLLEGES SHALL I APPLY? OBC CATEGORY
nvs : With this score IIMs should be very much possible and hope you've applied to IFT. In addition apply to FMS, IITs (if you're an Engr), NITIE, and other colleges in the range of CAT percentile 85-93 say IMT. IMI, FORE etc


rumi : SIR IIFT KOLKATA AND IIFT DELHI IS SAME OR HAVE SOME DIFFERENCES??
ramnath : They have the common admission, placement processes and faculty too and hence are the same for most practical purposes


aayushi : WHAT PERCENTILE IS NEEDED FOR SPJAIN IN CAT
supratim : 85 and above. But they give profile based call. Please remember that . To get score based call try to have approx 97 percentile. Consult a faculty member before applying.


poo : WHICH COLLEGES ACCEPT SCORE OF IBSAT
nvs : IBS Hyderabad


ekt : HOW IS UNIVERSAL BUSINESS SCHOOL?
gautam : Quite decent. It is in the BBB category alongside NM (Hyd)


sahil : HOW MANY MARKS IN CMAT FOR JBIMS
nvs : Top 25 ranks if you're not a local student i.e around 75%age


rbm7 : MY NAME EXAM ON 9TH DIDN'T GO TO WELL . SHOULD I SCHEDULE RETEST NOW OR WAIT FOR THE RESULT.
ramnath : You could wait as there will be time for you to take a call after the result based on the score


bhumi123 : SIR WHICH COLLGES TO APPLY FOR HR OR MARKETTING IN PERCENTILE RANGE 80 TO 85
vanitabakshi : If our %Tile in AIMCATs has been in the range of 80-85 and are clearing all the cutoffs then you can select colleges from the AAA+, AAA and AA category given in the B-school list on the SHP


divyjain : SIR I HAVE MY NMAT ON 16TH ANY LAST MINUTE ADVICE....
supratim : Solve / Revise what you have already learnt.


abhi : HOW GOOD IS THE MGB PROGRAM OF SPJAIN?
ankur : it is not rated by us since it is outside india. try to find placement records.


neel01 : CAN YOU TELL ME SOMETHING ABOUT DELHI SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS?
ramnath : It is a good school in the AA category with around 9-10 lpa CTC. The fee is around 10 lakh


ekt : WHICH COLLEGES I SHOULD APPLY FOR AIMCAT %ILE 70-75
bharat : Nirma; Christ; NIBM Pune; IIFM, Bhopal; HCU; WE School, Bengaluru; IISWBM, Kolkata; BIMTECH, Noida; XIME Bangalore; NIA, Pune and NIT Calicut.


poo : STRATEGY FOR CMAT SCORING
asim : The section on language comprehension,comprises 25 questions, most of which have a bend towards Critical Reasoning,at varying levels of difficulty. So, it is best advised to revise concepts pertaining to Critical Reasoning(especially on identifying argument structure and argument elements, and inference based questions), The Critical Reasoning questions have been part of the course for the CAT students. For the rest of the English Language part, it would be advisable for students to revise concepts pertaining to RC, Sentence correction, and Vocab based questions. Questions in these areas have been very doable, and effective revision would help students cash in on these questions. The RC passages in CMAT have been short (a paragraph usually)and quite easy to read. Students have time to read carefully and analyze the content, and must do so, since the choices are, sometimes, close. There are approximately 9-10 passages,drawn from varied subjects such as social sciences,business, arts and humanities and current issues. The student should focus on the following with respect to RC: Central idea and the supporting ideas in the given paragraph Tone of the author Recognising phrases, idioms,and figures of speech in reading practice. Summarising/ restating the paragraph/drawing conclusions Identifying missing data/ interpreting indirect information Seeing from the author's perspective What is primarily required is an active participation in the reading of the text, which does not stop with just reading and understanding, but goes beyond the peripherals, and asks /answers questions that are related to the text . The student should be wary of underestimating the passage due to its short length or simple language,as the options, as mentioned earlier, are quite close. For the section on Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, a good preparation for CAT should be more than sufficient, though it would be advisable for a student to focus more on areas like Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry (Basically Heights & Distances), Statistics, Quadratic Equations, Progresions, Permutations & Combinations, Probability and Number System apart from topics mentioned in the basic study material. . For the section on logical reasoning one has to prepare on all the reasoning topics like linear arrangement, circular arrangement, selections , distribution puzzles, comparisons, binary logic, cubes, Venn diagrams, deductions, and connectives.The question pattern is slightly different from the CAT pattern. Unlike CAT here one would find individual questions on all the above topics. Sometimes data may not be sufficient to figure out the complete solution , but would be sufficient to answer the given question. The other areas of reasoning including number series, coding and decoding, symbols and notations, blood relations, direction sense, input-output, calendars and clocks should also be prepared. For preparation on General Awareness, in addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources: Also, in the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important tid-bits). In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, Improve your GK. Go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions. Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions In Manorama Year Book and CSR, please focus on the following chapters. Who is who What is what Science scan Human body Computers Landmarks of history The Universe Finally, OMETs for CMAT are perhaps the best source for preparation. It comes very close to the actual CMAT entrance exam paper and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.


drcc6y027 : SIR I HAVE SCORED 93%ILE BUT CANNOT CLEAR VA SECTIONAL CUTOFF.PLEASE PROVIDE SOME TIPS FOR IMPROVEMENT.
nvs : Focus on RC as that's an area which can yield better results given the shortage of time. Practice atleast 4-5 passages everyday and even though you may take more time say 10-12 min per passage, ensure that atleast 3/4 are correct. and later on once you get confidence you may reduce the time to say 8-9 min per passage. Definitely analyze why are you getting the answer wrong as well as right - it shouldn't be because of blind guess.


bhumi123 : NOT GETTING MY QUESTIONS ANSWERED
ramnath : Just answered a couple of them..please check.


sam : PERCENTILE RANGE IN AIMCATS : 88-98%. WHATS THE SCOPE IN CAT? I AM GIVING SECTIONAL TESTS DAILY AND COMPLETE MOCKS EVERY 3 DAYS.
vinnayraj : extremely good...continue working hard..make sure you analyze the mocks thoroughly before you take the next one..pay attention to the silly mistakes and the missed easy questions....


jay : I DON'T KNOW IF I SHOULD STUDY OR SHOULD LOOK FOR THE COLLEGES, CAN I START APPLYING THEM AFTER CAT? I'VE APPLIED FOR MDI NMIMS
supratim : Do both. You have to apply before the last date is over. Keep an eye on that.


saloni : DOES NITIE ACCEPT NON-ENGINEERS?
bharat : NOOOOOOOOOOOOO :-(


aayushi : SINCE I HAVE SCORED 195 IN NMAT SO I'M CONSIDERING RETAKE, SO WHAT EXTRA EFFORT SHUD I DO TO CLEAR NMIMS MUMBAI CUT OFF, MY SCORE-61 ENG, 72 MATHS, 62 LR IN NMAT
nvs : With these sectional score you won't have issues with your sectionals but a sccore of 195 is low for Mumbai, so worth trying for a retake. All the best


kkk : SIR WHAT IS THE USUAL CUTOFF FOR MDI GURGAON FOR A GEM?
ramnath : 95 percentile


kkk : AND WHAT ARE THE CUTOFFS FOR VARIOUS IIT'S?
ankur : iitb - around 98 iitd - around 95 for everyone iit downwards you can deduct 2-3%ile points after this


vb : HOW IS IMT GHAZI A BAD
nvs : Pretty good college, good infra and good placements, only problem is the bigger batch size. So you need to be pretty smart to ensure a good final placement


velu : SIR MY FINANCIAL CONDITIONS ARE NOT VERY GOOD. I DONT THINK I'LL BE ABLE TO APPLY TO ALL OF THESE. I GUESS 5-6 I CAN APPLY MAX. AND SINCE I M GETTING AROUND 90%TILE WOULD IT BE WISE TO APPLY FOR 95-98%TILE COLLGS. I MEAN CAN I RISK IT
supratim : Yes. Apply to at least 3 such colleges. Work hard to know more , apply better and score more. Its possible to improve in next 20 days. All The Best.


rs : SIR IS NITIE NOT ON THE TIME B-SCHOOL LIST
bharat : it is there! its a AAA+ school - top 25


abi : THANK YOU NVS SIR.. I HAVE APPLIED FOR IIFT. SP JAIN AND MDI ARE NOT LISTED BY YOU. IS THAT BECAUSE THE LISTED COLLEGES ARE BETTER THAN THOSE TWO OR MY PERFORMANCE IS NOT SUFFICIENT FOR THOSE COLLEGES?
nvs : SPJ & MDI will require 96+, so decide


raj : HAII, SIR, IAM AN CAT SC CATEGORY APPILICANT. HOW QUESTIONS SHOULD I ATTEND TO CLEAR THE CUTOFF?
asim : Cannot be predicted as it would depend on difficulty level of this year's exam.


jay : I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DECIDE THE SPECIALISATION FOR MBA COURSE WHILE FILLING SP JAIN FORM. HELP ME.
supratim : Consult a faculty member . Visit your nearest T.I.M.E. center.


souravroy : FOR 85+ PERCENTILE (ASSUMING CAT 16) , WHICH COLLEGES SHOULD APPLY(SC CATAGORY),71/60/71, BEFORE CAT ?
vanitabakshi : As an SC category with an AIMCAT%tile of 85 you could apply to colleges from the T-10, AAA+, AAA and AA categories from the B-school list given on the SHP.But o get calls you need to clear the cutoffs in all three sections.


kkk : WHAT'S THE CUTOFF FOR NITIE
ramnath : 97 percentile


govind : HOW GOOD IS MICA. SOME PREP TIPS FOR MICAT
asim : As far as mathematics and DI is concerned, a good preparation for CAT should be more than sufficient. With respect to preparation for Logical Reasoning of MICAT, it would be advisable for students to revise concepts pertaining to Critical Reasoning, Visual Reasoning, and Data sufficiency. The CAT students have received the reasoning study material - SM 1001707 (this SM is with solutions). SM 1001707 has practice exercise for visual reasoning. There was a discussion on these kinds of questions in Logic Basics - 7 and 8 (LRHO 1001707/08). The approach to tackle XAT essay topics will be discussed in class with Writing Practice Exercise Tests - WPE1021301 and WPE1021302. It is advised that students keep essay writing in mind when they do their reading comprehension exercises,focusing on expression of central idea, the idea flow, and the tools employed for effectively putting across ideas. A thorough awareness of social and political changes of the times will be an add on to present your case. For preparation on General Awareness, in addition to reading newspapers regularly, it would be advisable for a student to prepare from the following sources: Also, in the various issues of MBA Education & Careers magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle (this feature captures important tid-bits). In addition to the above, please run through the GK Model Papers feature titled, Improve your GK. Go through the GA Note (Study Material) booklet for stock GK (like history and geography). Also use the GAT papers, each with 50 questions. Manorama & CSR Year Book - it helps in preparation for stock type questions In Manorama Year Book and CSR, please focus on the following chapters. Who is who What is what Science scan Human body Computers Landmarks of history The Universe While preparing for this section, it would be advisable for students to focus more on issues related to business, economics and politics related to business environment. Finally, OMET for MICAT and Sample MICAT paper ( available on MICA's website, link provided above ) are perhaps the best source for preparation. They come very close to the actual MICATentrance exam paper and one should give maximum importance to these question papers.


omh : NMIMS BANGLORE(PGDM) OR XIMB (MBA IN HR) WHICH IS BEST ?
supratim : Neither . Its XLRI . Between the mentioned colleges XIMB is better.


ashwin : WHAT IS THE CUT OFF FOR MBA/MIB IN DELHI SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS?
asim : Aim at 90+ percentile ( assuming you to be general category candidate ).


pj : I AM CONTINUOUSLY SCORING 65 PERCENTILE SINCE LAST FEW AIMCATS WHICH ALL COLLEGES/BSCHOOL SHOULD I APPLY FOR IN DELHI?
bharat : pretty few... FOSTIIMA Delhi and FORTUNE


sam : HOW MANY HOURS PREP( SERIOUS PREP) PER DAY IS SUFFICIENT?
vinnayraj : as many hours as you can with complete focus and ensuring that you dont get exhausted as you need to conserve energy as well to be ultra fresh on the d day..around 5-6 hours is good and you can go beyond if you have the time and have the stamina to focus..


rohitjoshi : SIR MY MARKS IN AIMCATS ARE FLUCTUATING IN A RANGE OF 81 85 41 87 109 WHAT TO DO....
supratim : Please identify your weak areas . Work hard to improve on them. Know more to score more.


savy : I BELONG TO A MARINE BACKGROUND. I AM INTERESTED IN IIFT.WHAT EXTRA DO I NEED TO DO FOR IIFT PREP...ESP THE G.K AND QUANT SEC
bharat : For GK prep, do the foll: For GK prep, go through the GAT papers, each with 50 questions. Check out the GK Special material published in the June-July/August/September/October issues of MBA Education & Careers. Also, in the various issues of this magazine, focus on features like Business GK, Current Issues & Events, and Current Event Chronicle. Further, please run through the 150-question exercise titled, Improve your GA. Do not forget to read the newspaper (any daily) and Manorama yearbook.


its786 : ANKUR SIR IF FINAL YEAR GRADUTN STUDENTS HV LESS AGG. % WHICH IS REQUIRE TO ELIGIBLE TO FILL FORM,,,SIR M EXPECTION MORE 5 IN MY FINAL YEAR ,, CAN I APPLY?/
ankur : you can't apply. sorry.


bhumi123 : WHICH COLLEGES TO FILL IN SNAP FOR MARKETTING OR HR
supratim : SIBM Pune , SCMHRD.


pj : IS LBS ( DELHI) A GOOD OPTION?
bharat : compared to what? LBSIM -- A category... 240 intake... 83%ile cutoff... 9.2 lakh fee... 8.3 lakh avg pay


ashwin : WHAT ARE SOME COLLEGES IN RANGING 80-90 PERCENTILE(GENERAL CATEGORY) IN DELHI NCR?
nvs : IMI, FORE, LBSIM


rbm7 : IN NMAT A PERSON BESIDE STARTING READING THE QUESTIONS FOR ENTIRE 2 HRS IN LOUD VOICE. SHOULD I COMPLAIN TO THE INVIGILATOR IF I FACE A SIMILAR PROBLEM IN CAT
nvs : Why not if that disturbs you


scarecrow007 : STRATEGY FOR IIFT PLEASE
ankur : time to allocated in proportion to the MARKS of the section since there are different marks per question in the sections. rest same as CAT.


savy : WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF TISS..CN IT BE KEPT AS AN OPTION...
supratim : Do you want to study HR or other courses offered by TISS ?


neeraj : WHICH COLLEGES TO CONSIDER FOR GOOD ROI IN SNAP AND MAT ?
chandrajyoti : Under SNAP: SCMHRD, SIBM-P MAT: CUIM


rashi : SIR I HAVE SCORED 160 MARKS IN NMAT .SHOULD I TAKE RETAKE FOR NMAT.
nvs : With this score the admission chances are very very bleak or should I say not there. If you think you can ramp up the score by atleast another 40 marks only then think of giving it another shot.


aayushi : SIR U SAID SPJAIN ALSO GIVES A PROFILE BASED CALL.. SO WHAT ALL IS CONSIDERED IN THAT..I HAVE VARIOUS CERTIFIATES IN CULTURAL ACTIVITIES MAINLY INTRA COLLEGE N SCHOOL.. SO CAN I EXPECT THAT CALL..PLS ELABORATE
nvs : It's possible and it depends on the level of participation and the number of events you've participated and what sort of diversity you bring to the class i.e it'll depend on other applying too. Still it's worth giving a shot at it


akii : SIR, ARE CAT SCORES NORMALIZED ON THE BASIS OF LOCATION OF TEST TAKER?
ramnath : No.


sowgatabag : BHARAT SIR HOW MANY QUES ROUGHLY NEED TO BE ANSWERWED CORRECTLY FOR GETTING ABOVE 75 PERCENTILE ?
nvs : Percentile is calculated based on performance of all the applicants, so it'll be difficult to say exactly. But if I've to guess then a 35%age score should get around 75%ile


rashi : SIR AM SCORING 60 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS ? WHAT WILL BE MY AVERAGE SCORE IN REAL CAT ?
vinnayraj : generally the scores are higher in cat compared to a student's average aimcat percentile.and if you keep working hard and stay positive and all goes well on the d day it can be much higher..hopefully 75 percentile plus..


scarecrow007 : I AM CONFIDENT WITH THE QA SECTION BUT A BIT SHAKY WITH THE VARC, SO WAHT SHALL BE MY STRATEGY IN ALLOTING THE TIME?
rajesh : do not worry please allocate time based on the content of the RC and mange the RC on the following 3 basics-Main theme -Central idea -tone and opinion /try to analyse the rc base by getting into authors idea of implied thoughts in the passage


sam : IS IMI DELHI WORTH THOSE MANY LAKHS? WHAT IS THE CUT OFF?
chandrajyoti : Fee: 14.96 Avg Sal: 14.3 Overall Cutoff: 87 percentile


tapan : HI SIR I AM IMPROVED A LOT IN DI SECTION BUT STILL FACING DIFFICULTY IN LR SECTION KINDLY SUGGEST THE STRATEGY
supratim : Please solve / revise LRHO & LRPE handouts. Solve online sectional tests of LR/DI.


savy : PROS AND CONS OF TISS.?
bharat : top 25 college -- one of the best for HR... small intake... great pedigree... super industry linkage... very good placements... NO CONS!


pj : SIR APART FROM XAT, MAT & CAT IS THERE ANY OTHER EXAM SCORE ACCEPTED BY ANY DELHI COLLEGE?
bharat : CMAT


scarecrow007 : I AM CONFIDENT WITH THE QA SECTION BUT A BIT SHAKY WITH THE VARC, SO WAHT SHALL BE MY STRATEGY IN ALLOTING THE TIME FOR IIFT?
supratim : Start with VA/RC section anyway . Do VA questions first what you know. Then move to RC . Read questions first and then move to read the passage. Please remember time is also a crucial factor . And we take least time for GK , VA/RC. So start with VA/RC and end with GK . GK can take time pressure.


priyansh : I AM GETTING 80-88 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS.
asim : Answered check


saloni : WHY HAVEN'T THE VIDEO SOLUTIONS FOR QUANT AND LR DI BEEN UPLOADED FOR AIMCAT1704?
ramnath : They will be uploaded tomorrow


kelly : SHOULD I FILL MICA
ramnath : That should depend on your interest - in marketing/advertising. If you are interested in these areas, go ahead.


rashi : SIR WHAT SHOULD BE THE STRATEGY FOR LAST DAYS PREPRATION ? AM TOTALLY CONFUSED ? HOW TO STUDY SO THAT I CAN REVISE ALL BASICS AND AIMCATS TOO?
rajesh : please keep ypur composure-am sure that you have prepared well-please go through and prioritize topics which you feel are your strong points so you could do well as also please lend athought to certain topics which you found a bit difficult yet you have confidence in doing CAT is about accuracy and you can do it all the best


krish : SIR, I HAVE 4 AND 1/2 YEARS WORKING EXPERIENCE. WHICH MBA COLLEGES SHOULD I TARGET?
ramnath : You should be looking only at the top 20-30 schools only to get enough worth for your workex


ishadrca6b011 : I GET 60 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS...I M TRYING TO PUSH MY SCORE BUT I JUST WANT TO KNOW... HOW MUCH PERCENTILE I CAN GET WITH PRESENT AMOUNT OF STUDIES PROVIDED MY CAT GOES LIKE MY AIMCATS GOES?
supratim : Solve 2 LR sets , 2 DI sets , 2 RC's , 10 FIB questions , 25 Quant Questions daily . Solve lots of Geometry questions in quant. I think you have the potential to cross 90 percentile or more . You just need the motivation and self belief . Work Hard. You can. All The Best.


priyansh : I AM GETTING 80-88 PERCENTILE IN AIMCATS...WHICH COLLEGE SHOULD I GO FOR ? ANY IDEA....
chandrajyoti : 80-84.9: IFMR, LIBA, WE-Mumbai, UBS, NITT 85-89.9: TAPMI, IRMA, BIM, SPJIMR, FORE, LBSIM, SIMSR, IMI-ND, Great Lakes


abhijeet : I DON'T GET MORE THAN 65%TILE , WHICH IS THE BEST COLLEGE FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME WHO DON'T WANT TO DROP A YEAR FURTHER FOR COACHING.
vanitabakshi : you will have to apply o some colleges in the BB and B category given in the B-SCHOOL list on the SHP, but it advisable to try again if you CAT scores are the same.


pj : SIR WHAT IS THE NORMALIZATION DONE TO YOUR CAT SCORED BASED ON?
vinnayraj : the normalization is done across the two slots(morning and evening of 4th december) and also across the three sections...


souravroy : WHICH AICATS ARE NOW IMPORTANT TO REVISE ? CAN I ASSUME THAT LAST 10 AIMCATS ARE CLOSE TO CATS ? IN TERMS OF DIFFICULTY OR FOR WROST SENARIO.? I AM JUST SOLVING QAT PAPER AND MATERIAL NOW,AFTER THAT WHAT I NEED TO DO PARALLELY ?
ramnath : AIMCATs vary on difficulty levels, across sections and across AIMCATs too. SO there is no such thing as an important AIMCAT or an not-important AIMCAT. Analyse them (if possible all of them) to know and understand the type of errors you made, the kind of questions that you were not able to crack. Use this to push the scores in the coming AIMCATs.


komal : DOES ACCURACY ALTER THE CAT PERCENTILE. ASKING THIS AS A REFERENCE TO THOSE BOX QUES INTRODUCED IN CAT WHICH DONT HAVE NEGATIVE MARKING. SO EVEN IF WE MAKE A GUESS AND THE ACCURACY IS WRONG THEN WILL IT OVERALL AFFECT THE PERCENTILE ?
nvs : As per the available info, accuracy is not considered while arriving at the Scaled score. As regards the Non-MCQ questions i.e the boxed ones, they do not carry any negative marks so you should definitely guess.


velu : SIR, I WANT TO DO MBA OPERATIONS. DONE B.SC. AIMCAT SCORE AROUND 90-95%TILE BUT FLUCTUATES. HAVE SCORED AS LOW AS 77%TILE.WHICH COLLGS SHOULD I APPLY FOR?
nvs : Don't worry about your lowest score but look at your current avg score, since it's around 90-95, don't worry. You should apply to the IITs as well as NITIE & some of NITs & BIT Pilani as the course will be cheaper abd there's a high focus on Ops.


velu : SIR, I WANT TO DO MBA OPERATIONS. DONE B.SC. AIMCAT SCORE AROUND 90-95%TILE BUT FLUCTUATES. HAVE SCORED AS LOW AS 77%TILE.WHICH COLLGS SHOULD I APPLY FOR ?
vanitabakshi : The colleges good for Operations are SPJIMR,SIBM, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rothak,IIM Udaipur.


souravroy : WHICH AIMCATS NEED TO BE SERIOUSLY ANALASE AFTER EXAM THESE DAYS ?
ramnath : Just answered a similar question..please check


bhumi123 : WHAT EXAMS SHOULD I APPLY TO EXCEPT CAT SNAP XAT NMAT. SCORING BETWEEN 80 TO 85 PERCENTILE IN AIMCAT
bharat : CMAT and MAT... but if you are scoring between 80-85%ile, then consider the following colleges: Around 85—89.9 percentile —IMI, New Delhi; K. J. Somaiya; BIM, Trichy; FORE, New Delhi Around 80—84.9 percentile —TAPMI, GIM, IFMR, LBSIM, UBS, Welingkar, LIBA, & NIT Trichy.


rashi : GOOD COLLEGES FOR 80 PERCENTILE SCORE?
bharat : Around 80—84.9 percentile —TAPMI, GIM, IFMR, LBSIM, UBS, Welingkar, LIBA, & NIT Trichy. Around 70—79.9 Percentile Nirma University; Christ University, Bengaluru; NIBM Pune; IIFM, Bhopal; Hyderabad Central University (HCU); WE School, Bengaluru; IISWBM, Kolkata; BIMTECH, Noida; XIME Bangalore; NIA, Pune and NIT Calicut.


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