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CAT Results: What to expect and next steps

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Greetings from Jaipuria Institute of Management.

CAT 2017 results are going to be released in the coming week and we are sure you must be eagerly (and somewhat nervously) awaiting them. With the DILR section being on the slightly difficult side this year, we expect scores to come mostly from Quantitative Analysis section of the question paper.

Date of CAT, 2017: 26th November | Total no. of registrants: 2.31 lakhs

Here are a few tips that will help you to understand the results and prepare for the next stages.

Checking your test score
The process for checking your score is as follows:
• CAT 2017 Result with overall percentile will be sent to the candidates through SMS on their registered mobile phone
• CAT 2017 Result in detail can be downloaded from CAT website iimcat.ac.in on the CAT result date
• Step-1 is to click on the ‘Download Scorecard for CAT 2017’
• Step-2 is to ‘Login to View/Download Application Form/Score Card’. Enter your CAT 2017 registered user ID and password and click on login.
• Step-3 is to click on the icon ‘Score Card’ in the next window that opens before you
• Step-4 is to click on ‘here’ in the message displayed ‘Click here to download your scorecard’
• Your CAT 2017 Scorecard is downloaded and you can now take the print of the same as well

Understanding your test score
The result of CAT 2017 will be announced in the form of percentile and section wise & overall scaled scores.

Scaled scores are raw scores (marks scored on the basis of correct and incorrect answers in each section) moderated for the assessed difficulty levels of each slot in which the CAT was conducted. This is done to even out the differences in the difficulty levels of each slot’s test paper. The Scaled Scores of Section-1 (Verbal Ability & reading Comprehension); Section-2 (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning) and Section-3 (Quantitative Ability) are not additive.

To put it very simply, Percentile scores are a representation of how many people are behind you based on your overall scaled score. For example, if there were a 200 people taking a particular test and your score places you in 4th rank. That means there are 196 people who scored less than you. This means that your percentile is 196/200 or 98.
This is what your scorecard will contain:

• Your personal details like Name, Address, photograph, Date of Birth, Email ID
• CAT 2017 Registration number/User ID – Both should be the same
• Your category – General/OBC/SC-ST
• Gender – Male/Female
• PWD Status
• Date & Time of CAT 2017 exam
• Section-wise CAT 2017 exam Scaled Score and Section-wise CAT percentile score
• Overall CAT 2017 Scaled Score and overall Percentile score
• Important Instructions related to CAT result

What next
Once the results are announced, each B-school will announce a cut-off score. Interview calls will be issued based on this cut-off. IIMs and Non-IIM member institutions independently decide how to use CAT 2017 scores on the basis of their own selection process. The scores are to be used only for selecting the candidates to their Post Graduate / Fellow Programme(s) in Management.

On the basis of the CAT 2017 Cut-off list, the candidates will be short-listed for the second stage selection process comprising of – Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI).

Remember that in addition to the CAT score, your Class 10, 12, graduation marks will also count. In addition, preference points are given to certain categories such as female candidates, candidates with work experience, etc.

Make an assessment of the B-schools that you wish to realistically apply to. Your assessment will be based on factors like rankings, quality of faculty, placement track record, fees, alumni strength, location, etc.

Of course, you know your CAT score isn’t going to be valid forever. The CAT 2017 result will stand valid only till December 31, 2018. You got to select your preferred B-school by then.

Also, no query regarding the issuance of CAT 2017 scorecard will be entertained by CAT Centre 2017 after the validity date.

Tips for the admission rounds

Personal Interview (PI): Preparation for PIs involves improving 3 very distinct aspects: a) technical knowledge; b) verbal communication skills (tone, language, diction, etc.); and c) body language (posture, appearance, etc.)

Group Discussion (GD): Preparing for GDs involves developing knowledge about topical events as well as preparing for a hypothetical business situation. So learn how to structure arguments, develop listening skills. Remember GD is not about dominating but convincing. Skills that are evaluated include a presentation, listening, comprehension, leadership, and problem-solving.

Written Ability Test (WAT): WAT is about more than just a candidate’s writing skills. Coherency, clarity of thought process, and clarity of expression are tested here. Essays, Statements of Purpose (SOPs), etc. are forms of WAT.

Self-assessment is most important in preparing for WAT. This will help you to formulate your thoughts in a manner that comes through as honest, clear, and logical. Beyond this, be focused on creative writing skills, improving grammar, and practicing sharp writing is important. The best source for all these is reading and practice.

We wish you all the very best in your application journey.

Be Ready to crack the right B-School.

With best regards,
Team Admissions
Jaipuria Institute of Management

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