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Thursday, December 23, 2004

Vardan's CAT score

Category: Misc

The CAT result was declared yesterday.

CAT is the objective type Common Admission Test, which is the first step towards taking an admission in the Indian Institutes of Management IIMs.

It is the toughest entrance exam (elimination, rejection exam would be the right words here) in the world, even tougher than Harvard, with an entry level success of 0.75% from the 1.5 lakh odd students who take the test each year.

Negative marking and time factor plays a very important role in increasing the difficulty level of the exam, which can be judged from Vardan's CAT score.
Vardan is my blog friend. I haven't met him irl (in real life).
He secured 44.59% and ranked among the top 1 percentile of test takers.
He scored 99.23 percentile in CAT 2004.
An analysis of the CAT 2004 paper.

Even after scoring 99.23 percentile he got a call for a GD/PI from only one of the six IIMs, that is IIM-Bangalore.

What criteria do the IIMs use to short-list candidates?
I think Vardan scored less in Data Interpretation, and maybe the other IIMs were looking at a certain benchmark in all three sections, which he didn't cross in DI. What do you think of this, Vardan? I suppose, this may be a reason for not getting calls from A,C, L, I, and K.

Vardan, wish you all the best for your IIM-Bangalore GD and PI preparation.

You have one chance, make the best of it.

An IIT-IIM combination sets you in the big league even before you're out of college. Once you are in IIM-Bangalore, whatever happens after two years, please don't sell soaps for a MNC.
IIT-IIM guys should be changing the world, not selling soaps.

Good luck and God speed, Vardan. Best of luck.