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Entrance Exam

CAT 2019

Top MBA colleges will announce its cut off at the earliest, for short listing aspirants for the selection process separately.
Candidates must cross the overall cut off to be able to apply for subsequent rounds. The overall cut off for IlMs usually falls between 90-99 percentiles. Ahmadabad, Bangalore and Calcutta are top 3 IIMs having their cut off set at 99+ percentile, whereas for FMS, JBIMS and SPIJMR it is 95+ percentile.

The expected CAT Cut off for top management colleges is-

Name of InstituteCAT Cut off in Percentile
IIM, Ahmedabad99.6
IIM, Bangalore99.5
IIM, Calcutta99.5
IIM, Lucknow99.5
IIM, Shillong98.5
FMS, Delhi99
JBIMS99
IIT, Bombay98.5
IIM, Kozhikode96.3
IIM, Indore94.7
  • There will be no age restriction for taking the CAT examination.
  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s or its equivalent degree.
  • Pass the above exam with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA with 145% marks for SC/ST categories.
  • Candidates appearing the final year of their bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination.
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  • Candidates appeared for an equivalent examination recognized by the MHRD, Government of India [AMICE of the Institution of Civil Engineers ‘India)can also apply.

Questions asked in the exam are up to 10+2 levels that cover section-wise sub-topics topics, reading and verbal reasoning, antonyms and synonyms, analogies and reverse analogies, sentence correction, facts inference, judgments and comprehension.

SectionSub-topics
Verbal and Reading ComprehensionVerbal reasoning, antonyms and synonyms, analogies and reverse analogies, sentence correction, facts inference judgments, critical reasoning, fill in the blanks, syllogism, summary questions, passage based questions
Data InterpretationArea graph, Venn diagram, Line and Pie Charts, Column and Bar graphs, Caselets and Tables
Logical ReasoningNumber and letter series, Syllogism, Clocks, calendars and cubes, Directions, Blood relations, Binary Logic, Coding-decoding, Logical sequence, Matrix and linear arrangement
Quantitative AbilityNumber system, Geometry, Algebra, Permutation and Combination, Mixtures and Alligations, Ratio & Proportion, Logarithm, Time & Work, Functions, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry and Mensuration

Written Ability Test (WAT)

The (WAT) has students writing an essay on the topic provided by the institute.
The topic can be related to socio-political issues, current affairs or some idea. The essay should generally be completed within 30 minutes.

Group Discussion (GD)

For the GD round, applicants are divided into groups of 8-10 members wherein, they are required to discuss about the given topic.

Personal Interview (PI)

PI is the final round wherein aspirants are interviewed by a panel of 4-8 judges. This panel assesses the profile of individuals to see if he is fit for the chosen course
Each round is conducted in the institute itself, where, later the full and final merit list is published.

  • Mode – Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • MBA Duration – 2 sessions, 180 minutes (3 hours).
  • Type – Objective and subjective.
  • No. of Qs – 100.
  • Marks – 3 for the correct answer, negative marking for MCQs.



SectionsSubjectsTime AllottedNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks
Section IVerbal Ability and Reading Comprehension60 minutes34102
Section IIData Interpretation and Logical Reasoning60 minutes3296
Section IIIQuantitative Ability60 minutes34102
Total180 minutes100300
EventDate (Tentative)
CAT 2019 Official NotificationJuly 29, 2019
CAT 2019 Application FormAugust 8, 2019
CAT 2019 Form Correction WindowSeptember 27- September 30, 2019
Release of CAT Admit Card 2019October 24 – November 25, 2019
CAT 2019 Exam DateNovember 25, 2019
CAT Result Date 2019Second Week of January 2019

NMAT 2019

Business schools undertaking the NMAT exam scorecard will have their individual cut-offs announced.
However, candidates can find attached the expected 2019 cut off for NMAT examination:

COURSELANGUAGE SKILLS (96)QUANTITATIVE TECHNIQUES (144)LOGICAL REASONING (120)OVERALL CUT OFF (360)
MBA Program/ MBA Banking/ MBA Capital Market/ MBA HR557461208
MBA Pharmaceutical Management505050169
PGDM557055200
  • Less than 25 years old.
  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s or its equivalent degree.
  • Candidates appearing in the final examination of the qualifying exam are also eligible to apply.
  • International applicants with 2+ years of experience post graduation are preferred. (Admission is subject to visa clearance).
  • Minimum aggregate score of 50% in qualifying examination in the 1st attempt itself.
GMAC, for the convenience of applicants, has structured a composite guide to NMAT, complete with sample papers, solved papers, practice questions, full-length NMAT question set, and tips & strategies for exam preparation, which candidates can consider for the preparation of NMAT 2019.

SectionNMAT Syllabus
Language SkillsReading Comprehension, Synonym and Antonym, Idioms, Vocabulary, Fill-in-the-blanks, Syntax and correct Grammar, Language Usage and their Rules, Para Jumble
Quantitative SkillsAlgebra (Linear/Quadratic Equation), Trigonometry, Bar/Line graph, Tables, Pie Chart, 2D and 3 D Geometry, Modern Maths and Statistics, Number Systems, Percentage, Ratio/Proportion, Profit and Loss, Average, Time-Speed-Distance, Work/Time, Mixture & Solution/Alligations, Simple/Compound interest, Mensuration, Probability, Permutations and Combinations, Coordinate Geometry
Logical ReasoningNumeric Grid, Series, Coding and Decoding, Family tree, Calendar, Puzzles, Critical Reasoning, and Arrangement
Institutes that have NMAT-type entrance examinations will shortlist candidates on the basis of their academic qualifications, work experience (if any), NMAT scores and their performance in the Case Discussion (CD) and Personal Interview (PI) round. However, the applicants are advised to go through websites of their preferred colleges for further details. Here’s some basic information –

  • Most B-schools conduct the process at their campuses with few of them conducting the process out-of-campus, mid-city, for the convenience of students.
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  • The CD and PIare carried out to gauge the applicant’s knowledge on diverse topics, confidence, and ability to perform under pressure, amongst other factors.
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  • CD is carried out for about 15-20 minutes.
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  • Selected candidates from the Case Discussion round are then qualified for a PI with the concerned person.
  • Mode – Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • MBA Course Duration –120 minutes (2 hours).
  • Type – MCQs.
  • Sections – 3 (Language + Quantitative Skills and Logical Reasoning).
  • Total Marks – 120 for each section = 360 total marks (1 for each question with no negative marking).
 
SectionNumber of QuestionsTime Allotted (in minutes)Marking Scheme
Language Skills3222Each question carries a score of 3; no negative marking
Quantitative Skills4860
Logical Reasoning4038
TOTAL120120360
EventDate
NMAT 2019 Online RegistrationJuly – October 2019
NMAT 2019 SchedulingJuly – October, 2019
Late Registration acceptance WindowOctober 1st week – 2nd week, 2019
NMAT 2019 Registration – RetakeOctober – December 2019
NMAT 2019 ReschedulingDecember 2019
NMAT 2019 Exam DateOctober – December 2019
NMAT 2019 Result will be declared inJanuary 2020
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