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Eligibility Criteria for CAT

September 26th, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

CAT Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA)categories], awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated based on the practice followed by the university/institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree. In case the candidates are awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades/CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where they have obtained the bachelor’s degree. In case the university/ institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at Selection Process of IIMs.

Prospective candidates must maintain a valid email account throughout the selection process.

Note for SC/ST, NC-OBC, and DA Candidates

If you belong to SC or ST categories, your caste/tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate that you send to IIM should be in the Government approved format and should clearly state: (a) Name of your caste/tribe; (b) Whether you belong to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe; (c) District and the State or Union Territory of your ordinary residence; and (d) the appropriate Government of India schedule under which your caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe. A copy of the certificate must be sent to CAT Centre, C/O PGP Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Mangament, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad, 380 015. Mention the Voucher Serial Number on the certificate. Failure to produce a copy of the caste certificate will result in the rejection of your CAT registration.

The caste certificate must be shown and a photocopy enclosed at the time of interviews. Moreover, the caste certificate must be submitted at the time of joining programmes of any of the IIMs.

If you belong to the Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC), you must produce the NC-OBC certificate duly signed by competent authority and enclose its photocopy at the time of interviews. Moreover, the certificate must be submitted at the time of joining programmes of any of the IIMs. Failure to do so during the post CAT selection process will result in you not being considered under the reserved category.

If you belong to Differently Abled (DA) Category, a copy of the DA certificate must be sent to CAT Centre, C/O PGP Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Mangament, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad, 380 015. Mention the Voucher Serial Number on the DA certificate. Failure to produce a copy of the DA certificate will result in the rejection of your CAT registration. The DA certificate must be shown and a photocopy enclosed at the time of interviews. Moreover, the DA certificate must be submitted at the time of joining programmes of any of the IIMs.

Source – http://www.catiim.in/cat_eligibility.html

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September 24th, 2009 | 12 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

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Today’s Puzzle

Painted Cube PUZZLE

Twenty-seven identical white cubes are assembled into a single cube, the outside of which is painted black. The cube is then disassembled and the smaller cubes thoroughly shuffled in a bag. A blindfolded man (who cannot feel the paint) reassembles the pieces into a cube. What is the probability that the outside of this cube is completely black?

Today’s Question

Is the number (2^58+1)/5 prime or composite?

CAT 2009 Test Duration & Pattern

September 23rd, 2009 | 6 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Test Duration and Pattern

The duration of the test is 2 hours and 30 minutes including initial 15 minute tutorial. No breaks will be given during the test. The test consists of questions that evaluate a candidates quantitative, verbal, and logical & data interpretive abilities. Therefore, there are a total of three sections in the test. There will be about 60 to 70 questions in the test.

At the test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. After the test, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room.

Reporting for the Test

If you have registered for Session 1 (morning session), candidate check-in will commence from 8 AM. Candidates are required to arrive at the test centre no later than 8:30 AM. Testing will begin at 10 AM and end at 12:30 PM. If you have registered for Session 2 (afternoon session), candidate check-in will commence from 1:30 PM. Candidates are required to arrive at the test centre no later than 2:00 PM. Testing will begin at 3:30 PM and end at 6 PM.

Candidates will need to bring their CAT 2009 Admit Card, voucher, a valid document as proof of SC/ST eligibility (if applicable) and one photo-identification to the test centre. Acceptable forms of photo identification are Driver’s license, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, College ID, Employee identification card, or a notarized Affidavit with Photo, Signature, Date of Birth and Residential Address. Candidates will not be permitted to take the test if photo identification and Admit Card is not presented. If the name has been changed due to events such as marriage, you must show the documents such as Marriage Certificate, Divorce Decree, Legal Name Change etc. and submit a photocopy at the time of the test, interview and at the time of joining a programme.

Candidate will not be permitted to carry any personal items to the test centre, including but not limited to wrist-watch, pen, cellphones, calculators etc.

SHRI NARAYANA MURTHY AT IIM INDORE

September 23rd, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in Uncategorized

SHRI NARAYANA MURTHY AT IIM INDORE

Shri N R Narayana Murthy, Co-Founder, Chairman and the Chief Mentor at Infosys Technologies Ltd visited the Indian Institute of Management, Indore on February 23, 2009 as the first speaker of the “Distinguished Leadership Series”. He addressed the IIM I academic community. After a warm welcome, Dr. N Ravichandran, Director, IIM Indore requested Mr. Murthy to speak about “The joy of creating Infosys”.

Mr Murthy spoke about how the seeds of Infosys were sown because he believed that creating employment opportunity was the only way to solve the problem of poverty in India. The vision that he had when he started Infosys was “To be the most respected company in India”. This he believed would lead to the highest standards of corporate governance, fairness, transparency and accountability and that financial results will follow.

The Infosys journey in an unfriendly business environment was a difficult one. Mr Murthy explained how they started working with some simple principles – spend less than what you earn, dividends from day one and re-investing earnings,
choosing one leader who will sacrifice the most and look out for the others and deciding every issue based on data and facts. Mr. Murthy also explained that family had no role to play in the business and this belief has always been upheld.
The address was followed by an interaction with the participants. A range of issues related to his experience in creating Infosys were discussed.

• Mr. Murthy pointed out that the purpose of creating Infosys was to leverage entrepreneurship to create jobs, to show that a legal and ethical business in India is possible and to confirm his belief in democratization of wealth.
• On entrepreneurship and recruiting for Infosys, he spoke about focusing on ‘learnability’ as a key factor. He believes in recruiting people who are smart and have a similar value system.
• On the state of Indian IT Industry, Mr. Murthy said that even though it has done exceptionally well, the synchronised downturn is bound to sap the enthusiasm. His view was that the situation should turn around in about 18-36 months.

“It was a pleasure to interact with a person who I hold in such high regard. His belief in his value system and the foundation on which Infosys is built, make me proud of having been a part of it. “ – Prerna Raman, PGP Student, IIM Indore.

“An awe inspiring speaker, his talk showed us what a man is capable of achieving if his principles are sound and his mind is sharp. A truly exhilarating experience” – Pratik Mittal, PGP Student, IIM Indore.

“Its heartening to see a man remain true to his values and succeed as a business man” – Amit Prasad, PGP Student, IIM Indore.

He concluded the interaction by saying that India has no lack of talent and that the measure of one’s value system is the price that one is willing to incur in an attempt to stick to that.

CAT Dates and Other Exam Dates

September 15th, 2009 | 20 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Important Dates for CAT, XAT, MAT, IIFT, SNAP and JMET Management Exams:

Common Admission Test (CAT 2009) Dates

CAT Advertisement : Sunday, 30 August 2009

Sale of CAT Vouchers : Wednesday, 9 September 2009 – Thursday, 1 October 2009

Registration for CAT 2009 : Online CAT form Wednesday, 9 September 2009 – Thursday, 1 October 2009

CAT Test Dates : Saturday, 28 November 2009 – Monday, 7 December 2009

CAT Result : Friday, 22 January 2010 onwards

Rescheduling Window : Wednesday, 9 September 2009 – Thursday, 1 October 2009

XAT Dates

XAT Test Dates: 3rd January, 2010

XAT 2010 Prospectus: 1st September, 2009 to 30th November, 2009

Online Registration for XAT and XLRI: September 1, 2009

MAT Exam Dates

Date of MAT(Paper Based test): 6th September, 2009
Date of MAT(Online test): 7th September, 2009 onwards
Last date of availability of forms: 10th August, 2009
Last Date for receipt of complete application form: 13th August, 2009

Date of MAT(Paper Based test): 6th September, 2009

Date of MAT(Online test): 7th September, 2009 onwords

Last date of availability of forms: 10th August, 2009

Last Date for receipt of complete application form: 13th August, 2009

Availability of Admit Cards: Seven days before the date of test

Online Filling of Management Institute Codes (MI Codes) of five chosen institutes where your MAT score to be sent: Up to the date of test.

SNAP Dates

Last Date for Registration: November 24, 2009 Tuesday

Payment Closes on: November 27, 2009 Friday

SNAP 2009 Test Date: 20th December 2009

SNAP 2009 Result: January 12, 2010 Monday

IIFT Dates

Last date for sale of prospectus by post: 20th August 2009

Last date for sale of prospectus across the IIFT counter: 3rd September 2009

Last date for receipt of completed application: 3rd September

Written test: 22nd November 2009 (10 am – 12 noon)

JMET Dates

Commencement of submission of data for ONLINE Application: Monday, September 7, 2009

Last date for submission of data for Online Application (website closure): Friday, 9th October (6.00 p.m.)

Last date for Receipt of completed Offline and Online Application Form at IISc Bangalore Office: Friday, October 16, 2009

JMET Exam Date: Sunday, December 13, 2009

JMET 2010 Results: Monday, January 4, 2010

Editing possible in CAT

September 12th, 2009 | 1 Comment | Posted in Uncategorized

Dear CAT Aspirants,

CAT is coming closer and you must be preparing hard to bell the CAT. This is a reminder from FireUp regarding important dates and facts regarding CAT which you cannot afford to miss. Have a look.

Important Dates

  • Sale of CAT Vouchers : Wednesday, 9 September 2009 – Thursday, 1 October 2009. Vouchers will be sold through major Axis Bank branches. To locate your nearest branch, click here
  • Registration for CAT 2009 : Wednesday, 9 September 2009 – Thursday, 1 October 2009. Register on www.catiim.in
  • CAT Test Dates : Saturday, 28 November 2009 – Monday, 7 December 2009
  • CAT Result : Friday, 22 January 2010 onwards
  • Rescheduling Window : Wednesday, 9 September 2009 – Thursday, 1 October 2009

Check out your nearest testing center here

Editing Possible!!

From the evening of 18 September 2009, candidates can log on to https://iim.prometric.com/ to

* reschedule their CAT date
* update their Candidate Profile including
o personal details (e.g. address)
o application data (e.g. educational information)
o interview location.
* request for their Admit Card to be re-sent

Candidates who have made an error will be able to access this facility until 8 October 2009 to make any amendments to their Candidate Profile. Rescheduling, however, will still end on 1 October 2009. For security reasons, editing of candidate’s full name and user ID will not be allowed.

If you have purchased a second voucher in panic, IIMs have decided to refund your money. Fill the form given at http://www.prometric.com/IIM-CAT/contactus to get back your money.

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General Knowledge Questions

September 12th, 2009 | 14 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

General Knowledge:

CAT doesn’t has General Knowledge Section, but lot of other MBA entrance examinations do have. This is our effort to give you some very interesting GK facts and gyans. So here you go..

1. “Elephants Cannot Dance” is the title of a book authored by the former chief of IBM.

2. Shakespearean play’s Twelfth Night is parodied in a scene in the Arnold Schwarzenegger flop Last Action Hero.

3. Hydrogen is the lightest and has the atomic number 1 among all.

4. The ‘patella bone’ is better known as the knee cap.

5. Walker Cup is associated with Golf.

Interview Tips

September 11th, 2009 | 32 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Interview Gyan of the day

Creating the Right Impact

You probably won’t be surprised when I tell you that interviewers are looking to recruit motivated and enthusiastic people. But you may be surprised to discover that most of your interpersonal impact comes across not in what you say, but how you say it.

Research claims that up to 55 per cent of our communication effectiveness is determined by our body language, comprising of our gestures, movements, and facial expressions.

A lot of candidates talk about trying to ‘be themselves’ during interviews. These candidates say that they tend to warm up only when they get to know people better and that they feel fake in having to ‘act up’ with interviewers. But remember that interviews are a game of sorts: Interviewers want to hire candidates who are energetic and enthusiastic from the moment they meet, so you need to focus on performing as a dynamic and passionate person – even if that isn’t how you normally like to behave until you know people better.

Today’s Puzzle

How many times a day do the hour and minute hands on a clock line up exactly with each other?

Discuss answers below:

Tips for Group Discussion

September 10th, 2009 | 22 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Tips for Group Discussion:

Following Group Discussion Tips can help a lot in handling the GD

The method of circular response

In a new group it might be useful to begin by using the method of circular response until members become used to the more free interchange of the usual group discussion method.

The circular response method is easy to learn and gives good democratic opportunity to all members of a group. The leader starts a question around the circle. Each person has a turn. He may say, “I pass”, but he may not speak again until his turn comes around. For example, the question under discussion may be, “What is Theosophy?” The first speaker may say, “Theosophy is the Ancient Wisdom.” The second, “Theosophy is the study of religion, philosophy, and science.” The third passes; the fourth says, “I disagree with the second speaker. Theosophy is the body of knowledge discovered by that study.” And so it goes on.

After the question has gone around once, the leader may send it around again, or he may summarize agreements and disagreements and start it around in a new form to embody this progress. A member may use his turn to question the statement of another who answers in his turn, or the question may already have been answered by another before it gets to the one questioned. The group may decide whether the response will go clockwise or counterclockwise in the circle.

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Personal Interview after CAT

September 7th, 2009 | 5 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

Interview Tips: group discussion and personal interviews are two big hurdles after getting good percentile in CAT. These interview tips are for students preparing for their GD and PI.

Creating warmth by smiling

Don’t tell anyone, but here’s a little secret: Interviewers often hire the candidate that they like the most rather than picking the most skilled and experienced person for the job. All interviewers are subconsciously affected by factors such as warmth, rapport, and smiling.

Now, too much smiling makes you come across as a manic Cheshire cat. Following these hints generates an impression of warmth and likeability rather than an unhinged personality:

  • Smile as you greet the interviewers: First impressions really count. So make sure that you are positively beaming when you first meet the interviewers. Project the impression that you are incredibly pleased to be at the interview.
  • Smile when you talk about your strengths or achievements: Smiling would be incongruous when talking about difficult situations at work. But if talking about positive aspects of yourself and your working life, try to add a smile at some point.
  • Smile when you leave the room: When you say your goodbyes and thank the interviewers for their time, give them another broad smile to show that you enjoyed meeting them.

Today’s Question

Why is it better to have round manhole covers than square ones?

Discuss below with your answers and explanations.