CAT 2015 Pattern - What are the Changes in CAT 2015 Pattern

CAT 2015 is going to have a new pattern which is quite different from previous years. Here is a brief summary of key changes along with tips to handle it well:
  • 3 Sections instead of 2
  • Total allotted time 180 minutes instead of 170 minutes
  • Test would be held on single day - 29th November 2015
  • Total number of questions remains same 100
  • You would be given an on screen calculator 
  • You cannot switch to other section if you finish early. Each section has been allotted fixed time of 60 minutes 
  • Some of the question would not be multiple choice type, instead it would be a direct question.
The 3 Sections in CAT 2015
CAT 2015 paper would be divided in 3 sections as per below distribution:

No Switching between Sections
Candidates would have no longer the flexibility to switch between the sections. If a candidate finishes a section early then he cannot start attempting the next section. 60 minutes allotted for each section is meant to be spend on the same section. 
What should you do if you finish a section early? 
Tip : There is nothing more you can do except below 2 things.
1. You should make a habit of  reviewing your attempts so that any mistakes could be avoided.
2. If you are done reviewing all your attempts and you still have time, then relax yourself so that you can attempt the next section in a more composed way.


Usage of online Calculator
This is first time calculator is allowed in CAT. (Candidates would be given an onscreen calculator)
Tip : You must get familiar with usage of on screen calculator and learn to use it in speedy way to solve questions quickly. Furthermore you should be careful while using online calculator and avoid in mistakes while entering the digits or symbols. The details of exact calculator (whether it would be windows calculator or any other calculator app) is not yet known, the details of same would be made available on the blog as soon as it is known.


Direct Questions
This is another big change in the format when compared to previous years. Some of the questions in each section may not be multiple choice type question, instead it would be a direct question where you have to type the exact answer on to the screen.
Tip : To earn marks you should ensure you are not making any typing mistakes (typo errors) while entering answers for such questions.

 
Online Tutorial
Tutorial to understand the format of the examination will be available on the CAT website from 15th October 2015.
Tip : You are highly advised to work on the tutorials once it is available along with usage of onscreen calculator.



Things to note:

  • Though CAT would be held in 2 sessions, still Candidates will not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly. 
  • Candidates must pay the registration fee through online mode only, including Credit Card, Debit Card, and Net Banking. 
  • The fees is Rs 1600 (General and NC-OBC candidates) and Rs 800 (SC/ST/PWD/DA) candidates.

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B Schools with best ROI - MBA Colleges with lowest fees and very good placement

MBA is all about joining a good college with an awesome placement. You must wear business thinking hat before deciding to join a college as doing MBA involves good amount of investment in terms of money as well as Time.

Before joining any college you must analyze ROI(Return on Investment) which you going to get out of your MBA based on below factors : - College's Reputation- Ranking,  Placement - Average Salary and College Fee's

Below is list of some of the best MBA college's of India with lowest fees and very good placements :

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1. FMS, Delhi
The Faculty of Management Studies focuses on management education more than just business management. The commitment is thought leadership with a deep understanding of business. 


ROI Scorecard
College Fee: Rs.11,000 P.A.
Avg. Salary: Rs. 16+ Lacs
Reputation: Top Class
Exams: CAT & GMAT
ROI : The Best





Selection Process
Unlike IIMs, FMS selection process doesn't involves too many parameters. FMS Selection Process involves 2 Stages:
Stage:1 - Shortlisting of Candidates based on CAT score
As per 2015 selection process of FMS, Candidates are selected for 2nd round only based on their CAT score.

Expected CAT Cutoff Percentile for FMS : 99+
Stage:2 - Group Discussion / Personal Interview
Shortlisted candidates based on their CAT score are then called for a Group discussion and Personal interview round

Final Selection:The final selection is based on the cumulative performance of the candidate in the CAT Score as well as the group discussion and personal interview round.

Website: http://fms.edu/



2. JBIMS, Mumbai
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) is considered to be unique in management education as it is firmly rooted in the local soil and capable of articulating the Indian ethos. At the same time JBIMS has also adapted itself to meet the emerging challenges, sentiments and opportunities that are coming with the new economic order.


ROI Scorecard
College Fee: Rs. 1.1 Lac P.A.
Avg. Salary: Rs. 16+ Lacs
Reputation: Very Good
Ranked Among Top 15 Colleges 

Exams: CAT, MH-CET & GMAT
ROI : Very Good




Selection Process
Along with CAT or MH-CET score, JBIMS selection process also involves GD/PI and past academics evaluation 
Stage:1 - Shortlisting of Candidates based on CAT or MH-CET score
 

As per 2015 selection process of JBIMS, Candidates are selected for 2nd round based on their CAT/MH-CET score
Expected CAT Cutoff Percentile for JBIMS: 99+
Stage:2 - Group Discussion / Personal Interview  

The candidates shortlisted in Stage-1 will have to appear for an in-person assessment that may consist of a group activity, personal interview and written ability test to be held at Mumbai.
Final Selection: 
A candidate will be admitted based on the combined scores of CAT/MH-CET score, GD/PI & content writing assessment along with their past academic and extra-curricular achievements.

Website: http://www.jbims.edu/ 



B Schools with best ROI - MBA Colleges with lowest fees and very good placement

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3. SIMSREE, Mumbai
Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education - SIMSREE’s parent institute, Sydenham College is one of the most renowned Commerce Colleges in India. Sydenham College, the first college of commerce in Asia, was established in October 1913. 
The college's motto is "Labor Omnia Vincit"("Work conquers all") and in Sanskrit,"samudyogo hi vishvajita" {Diligent Efforts Conquer the World}


ROI Scorecard
College Fee: Rs.67,000 P.A.
Avg. Salary: Rs. 10.06+ Lacs
Reputation: Very Good
Exams: MAH-CET, CMAT, CAT, XAT, MAT, ATMA
ROI : Very Good




Selection Process
Unlike IIMs, SIMSREE selection process too doesn't involves too many parameters. SIMSREE Selection Process involves 2 Stages:
Stage:1 - Shortlisting of Candidates based on CAT score
 

As per 2015 selection process of SIMSREE, Candidates are selected for 2nd round based on their score in any of the following exams :MAH-CET, CMAT, CAT, XAT, MAT, ATMA
Expected CAT Cutoff Percentile for SIMSREE : 99+
Stage:2 - Group Discussion / Personal Interview
Shortlisted candidates based on their CAT score are then called for a Group discussion and Personal interview round

Final Selection:The final selection is based on the cumulative performance of the candidate in their Score MAH-CET/CMAT/CAT/XAT/MAT/ATMA as well as the group discussion and personal interview round.
 
Website: http://www.simsree.org/



4. MIB & MHROD DU, Delhi
M.I.B. and MBA (IB) is taught at Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. The main objective of the programme is to develop candidates suitable for entry level managerial positions in the field of international business management. The course has been designed in a manner so that the students gain an in-depth knowledge and analytical skills which will enable them to efficiently and effectively carry out various marketing and international business operations of an organization in the emerging globally environment. 

M.H.R.O.D/MBA (HRD) programme of the Department of Commerce has been designed to cater to the growing needs of industry and business for professionally qualified young man and women in the area of Human Resource and Organizational Development. In liberalized framework of the Indian economy, corporate experts in HRD will be amongst the key resource personnel needed for corporate strategic planning and control.





ROI Scorecard
College Fee: Rs. 34,496 P.A.
Avg. Salary: Rs. 8+ Lacs (expected)

Though its not officially shared
Reputation: Very Good

Exams: CAT
ROI : Very Good


Selection Process
Along with CAT score, MIB selection process also involves GD/PI.
Stage:1 - Shortlisting of Candidates based on CAT

As per 2015 selection process of MIB, Candidates are selected for 2nd round based on their CAT score
Expected CAT Cutoff Percentile for MIB & MHROD at DU: 92+
Stage:2 - Group Discussion / Personal Interview  

The candidates shortlisted in Stage-1 will have to appear for an in-person assessment that may consist of a group activity and personal interview to be held at Delhi.
Final Selection: 
A candidate will be admitted based on the combined scores of CAT score, and GD/PI performance.

Website: http://www.commercedu.com/ 



 

B Schools with best ROI - MBA Colleges with lowest fees and very good placement

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5. MFC DU, Delhi
The Department of Financial Studies (DFS), under the prestigious Delhi University, has been an institution of learning for students who aspire to enhance their managerial efficacy in the finance industry. For the past two decades, DFS has been providing the industry with qualified, proficient and dedicated finance professionals through a full-time two-year Master of Finance and Control (MFC) Programme.

ROI Scorecard
College Fee: Rs. 20, 000 P.A.
Avg. Salary: Rs. 9.2 Lacs 
Reputation: Very Good
Exams: CAT
ROI : Very Good


Selection Process
Along with CAT score, MFC selection process also involves GD/PI.
Stage:1 - Shortlisting of Candidates based on CAT

As per 2015 selection process of MFC, Candidates are selected for 2nd round based on their CAT score.
Expected CAT Cutoff Percentile for MFC at DU: 92+
Stage:2 - Group Discussion / Personal Interview  

The candidates shortlisted in Stage-1 will have to appear for an in-person assessment that may consist of a group activity and personal interview to be held at Delhi.
Final Selection:
The final selection is based on the cumulative performance of the candidate in their Score in CAT as well as the group discussion and personal interview round. 

Website: http://mfc.edu/index.php
 


6. MBE, DU Delhi
The Department of Business Economics, under the prestigious University of Delhi, pioneered the Masters Program in Business Economics, MBE, combining fundamentals of economic analysis with the practical aspects of business. Over the years, the department has evolved into a mature management institute with national reputation, imparting high quality education to the students.

ROI Scorecard

College Fee: Rs.20, 000 P.A.
Avg. Salary: Rs. 8.2 Lacs
Reputation: Very Good
Exams: CAT
ROI : Very Good



Selection Process
MBE selection process too doesn't involves too many parameters. The Selection Process involves 2 Stages:
Stage:1 - Shortlisting of Candidates based on CAT score
 

As per 2015 selection process of MBE, Candidates are selected for 2nd round based on their score in CAT.
Expected CAT Cutoff Percentile for MBE at DU: 90+
 Stage:2 - Group Discussion / Personal Interview
Shortlisted candidates based on their CAT score are then called for a Group discussion and Personal interview round

Final Selection: 
The final selection is based on the cumulative performance of the candidate in their Score in CAT as well as the group discussion and personal interview round.

Website: http://www.mbe-du.org/


 

Placement Percentage of Top B-Schools of India - B School Percentage of Total Students Placed in 2014

Below are latest placement percentage statistics of 51 MBA Colleges of India
Note: Details of some colleges might be missing in below list, hence you should not consider this as ranking of top 51 colleges. If you do not see details of any college below  then please do share the details to tipsforcat.mba@gmail.com

College
Placement Percentage
IIM, AHMEDABAD
100
IIM, CALCUTTA
100
XLRI, JAMSHEDPUR
100
FMS, DELHI
100
SPJIMR, MUMBAI
100
MDI, GURGAON
100
IIM, KOZHIKODE
100
IIM, INDORE
100
IMI, DELHI
100
IIFT, DELHI
100
NMIMS, MUMBAI
88.7
NITIE, MUMBAI
100
XIM, BHUBANESWAR
97
SIBM, PUNE
92.5
DMS, IIT DELHI
96
JBIMS, MUMBAI
100
VGSOM, IIT KHARAGPUR
97
TAPMI, MANIPAL
100
SJMSOM, IIT BOMBAY
98.2
Sydenham Institute of Management
100
BIMTECH, GR NOIDA
94.7
SYMBIOSIS CENTRE FOR MANAGEMENT HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT (SCMHRD)
90
IRMA, ANAND
71
IIM, SHILLONG
100
INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, NIRMA UNIVERSITY
95
GOA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT
96
KJ SOMAIYA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, MUMBAI
88
LN WELINGKAR INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, MUMBAI
92.5
LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, DELHI
97
MANAGE, HYDERABAD
100
DMS , NIT, TIRUCHIRAPPALLI
64
AIMS SCHOOL OF BUSINESS (FORMERLY ACHARYA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT & SCIENCES)
84
LIBA, CHENNAI
80
BIM, TIRUCHIRAPPALLI
100
IISWBM, KOLKATA
90
PSG INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, COIMBATORE
98
IIM, RANCHI
100
ASIA-PACIFIC INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, DELHI
100
AMITY BUSINESS SCHOOL, NOIDA
100
IMT, NAGPUR
97
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF FOREST MANAGEMENT (IIFM)
100
ITM, NAVI MUMBAI
96.7
RAJAGIRI CENTRE FOR BUSINESS STUDIES, KOCHI
86.2
XIME, BANGALORE
80
JAIPURIA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, LUCKNOW
95
GITAM INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, VISAKHAPATNAM
94
PRESTIGE INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, INDORE
90
SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT, KIIT UNIVERSITY
100
RCM, BHUBANESWAR
88
IILM INSTITUTE FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
90
NIILM-CMS, GR NOIDA
93.8



Placement Percentage of MBA Colleges 2014 - Placement Statistics of Top MBA Colleges 2014 of India - Placement Percentage of B-Schools 2014 - Placement  Statistics of Top B Schools 2014 of India 


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