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Is the IIM pussyCAT loosing its charm? November 28, 2009

Posted by aglakadam in aglakadam, career guidance and counselling, Career News And updates, CAT, Children n Students.
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Is CAT loosing its charm?

Last year, nearly 276,000 students across India took the test. This year around 50,000 students are expected to appear for the exam over a 10-day period.
( reports : http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Computer-servers-crash-on-first-day-of-online-CAT-Reports/articleshow/5278959.cms#write)

The Common Admission Test has gone hi tech and on line this year onwards; In my opinion this has to do with the IIM trying to make the examination process simpler, faster and transparant. Is it because the test is going hi tech that there is less number of aspirants! At least this seems to be thought process of experts!

But I don’t think so. Todays generation is not at all tech afraid. In fact you give a latest technology gizmo to a class 7th student the chances are that she will decipher all the manual features in just a few minutes! Computer windows are very much comfortable for CAT aspirants by and large …

At least in todays Hi Tech era, Technology should not be blamed for less number of CAT participants ….

I am of the opinion that the new technical format of CAT has ensured that the Munnabhai’s are eliminated. I stand one to one informed by some CAT preparation coaching center owners that they used to encourage studets to appear for the CAT one year in advance, i.e. when they are not eligible & are in the preparation stage… I guess all these applicants got eliminated.

Further there could be hoste of pseudo CAT applicants who earlier did appear for tests only to take record of the test pattern and immediately after the tests they used to vomit the questions to the CAT Preparation centers to help them prepare their guess works, the markatable dossairs etc. Such participants would not have got an opportunity to appear for test this year.

Or is it because of the recession that people have lost charm for the management education? If this is so then the fate of the thousands and lacks of the B Schools Private Limiteds is under threat!

But for the bug at certain examination centers, due to which it is reported that the CAT had to be rescheduled today ( i.e. on 28.11.2009), I feel the new technological format of CAT is an excellent move and the organisers should be encouraged.

I invite friends to think over reasons for less number of CAT aspirants this year.. come lets explore …

Ajit Varwandkar / http://www.aglakadam.com / 28.11.2009

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