Common Admission Test

The common admission test (CAT) which is conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) is just two days away- starting from October 27 to November 24. It is one of the most sought after entrance exams that can get an individual admission into the premier management college in India.

Similarly be it engineering, medicine or any other field, common entrance tests (CET) have become a norm.

The days when students were judged and given admission only on the basis of the marks secured in HSC are the thing of the past. The rule for scoring admission into a professional degree course has become more meaningful now with CET. Various autonomous entrance exams are conducted by respective individual institutes today.

The national common entrance exams such as CAT and CET that are accepted by the leading business schools have made life simpler for students considering a few years ago most institutes conducted their own written test. With large number of institutes accepting this test, the students can now focus on the preparation for the test rather than the many different test schedules. The newer developments of making the test online and discussions of making it available at different times of the year like the international GMAT for example, are all student centric initiatives and will help in the management of higher education.

The CETs in India are increasingly becoming popular among students as they allow them to apply to various colleges in various states of India. The common entrance examinations are held in almost all the professional courses such as medical, engineering, MBA, MCA, pharmacy, law, nursing and others making them eligible for reputed colleges.

For specialized courses such as the BMS, BMM and other courses individual entrance exams are conducted by respective colleges. Several colleges who have assumed the status of a deemed university and therefore conduct their own entrance exams for admission to different courses that they offer.

The students who are appearing for any CET should at least have minimum of 50% marks for qualifying in the examinations. For reserved category students the minimum percentage is reduced to 45%.

With the minimum marks criteria, one has to also understand that a CET exam requires proper planning and time management. The CET exams consists of three broad sections English, Math and Logical Reasoning and hence it requires a lot of training. The test essentially focuses on the language, vocabulary, problem solving, analytical abilities and reasoning power of the students. The exam consists of answering specific number of questions within a prescribed time limit. One has to prepare accordingly with a focus on time management to fare well in the examination. Today, there are many institutes like Welingkar Education, Ramchandar’s Kalra Shukla, Brilliance Academy, TIME and IMS among others that conduct special batches to make students ready for the exams.

The institutes conducts regular mock tests to give a feel of the final exam and review the student’s performance. While these exams have made the run quite competitive it should be understood that these tests are only the first step to receiving call for interviews and detailed selection processes conducted by the specific business school. Once the exam is over and scores are out stage, two starts based on the entrance exam score an HSC marks, students are allotted a list of colleges they can apply to according to their preferences . The best institute is selected on the basis of options provided by students matching their score.

Any entrance exam is a highly competitive affair and requires intensive training, hard work, and determination on the part of an individual. So, a better planning and proper coaching can go a long way in cracking any entrance test.

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