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Mouse beats Cat .. Students Suffer November 30, 2009

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Last two days I have been observing the happenings in the world of education and careers. Thousands and lacks of career aspirants putting ahead their next step ( aglakadam ) into the CAT trap.. just to find that, for a change, this ime the Mouse has trapped the Cat …

Well this now looks a as an issue more serious than just a technical bug.. an examination f the international stature being conducted across the globe for admissions to an institute which is identified to churn out the Best of the best human resource to the industry.. could not even manage an entrance test… Is Technology so unmanageable in today’s world of hi tech revolution?

Or is this the out sourcing which is the culprit! but then an institute of the stature of IIM is only expected to outsource such critical function into a highly reputed and well trained & safe hands .. well Prometrics is a name of repute.. but is it that they were over confidant and did underestimate the technical challenges in the process..

Whatever may be the issue, this flaw of CAT examination mismanagement has highlighted a few thoughts :

1. Utter failure of a MANAGEMENT institute of world repute to MANAGE entrance examination! जिसकी एंट्रंस ऐसी हो, आगे क्या होगा (Jiski Entrance aisi ho, age kya hoga)?

2. Total lack of planning, no rehearsal before actual execution!

3. Failure of Outsourcing model in conducting online examinations!

4. Failure of antivirus protection systems, how safe are our websites?

Whatever may the reasons, the losers are the serious students who intended to appear for the CAT examination.. as is well known that this test is not just the test of your IQ & subject knowledge it as well tests you EQ… one needs to be well prepared, more than well studied to take on the tests.. I have seen students into the process of mental make over just before CAT examination dates .. they all will have to redo their efforts .. A few such students have their academic calendar’s ahead and some had even booked travel reservations for successive dates .. those from small cities and towns…

Is the IIM listening to the problems faced by such students?

Ajit Varwandkar / http://www.aglakadam.com // 30.11.2009


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

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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

Irony, IIM’s could not MANAGE CAT well! November 28, 2009

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Common Admission Test, one of the biggest and the toughest MBA entrance examination which was scheduled to begin from today has been cancelled at some centers, as per some TV news reports. Students were sent back to homes. All shocked!

CAT is believed to be the golden opportunity to get into your dream land, IIMs, the biggest Business Schools in the country. Many of the students were already lost in their dreamland when suddenly their dream got a jolt with the cancellation of examination in many of the test centres.

CAT examination did not go online properly at some centers and has been reported to be put off on account of some technical problem server crash. However IIM Authorities have denied any such reports of cancellation of examination due to any technical/network problems. However they said that examination was not cancelled but rescheduled at certain test centres which are Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Indore, Pune and Bhopal because many of the students had signed up in multiple test centres.

Whatsoever may be the reason for the snag, ultimately it was the students who were affected the most. First of all, the examination pattern was completely new for them. Then the system was still in its experimental phase. It takes a hell lot of mind set frame work to get prepared to take on the tests.. many students had alternate plans for days just after the test, all squandered now.. We stand informed that Prometrics has done the technology for these test. Such tests should not be organized in jest. Proper piloting with simulation exercise should be role played to understand the challenges in advance.. for an institution like IIM, this does not project proper MANAGEMENT!!

Students, who had to appear in today’s examination, are in a state of confusion about the next examination dates and test centres. However online guides and directional maps have been made available for the students’ convenience.

Since the IIMs are the autonomous bodies, whatever decision they come up with shall be final. But let’s take it as a chance for those who still feel their preparation not up to the mark…and hope that the students will be back with fresh mind and preparation… Get going you still have an opportunity to BELL the CAT!

Shilpa Sharma / http://www.aglakadam.com / 28.11.2009 / 3.03 pm

CAT is not the END of Life .. still do ring the BELL November 27, 2009

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Many of the MBA career aspirants are ready for the battle, all of them trying to bell this CAT (Common Admission Test). Just one day to go for the examination and students’ heart beats already thumping high. Combined Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the IIMs is believed to be one of the toughest exam in the world, more gruelling than the GRE and the GMAT put together.

Where the number of applications has decreased this time due to online examination system, the stress level has also been doubled.

But don’t worry!!! Even daring to face it is itself a bold step towards your dream.
It doesn’t matter what you have done till now as you can’t change it. What matters is that what shall you do from now onwards to make that change..

It is not always necessary that everybody can and will be able to crack the test with ease in the first attempt. I have seen many people with far worse percentiles. No person is defeated until and unless he believes that. So never let the option of defeat for yourself. CAT is not the end of life… There are many more options available in life.

Cracking CAT is also not an impossible target .. many students achieve this target year on year …. It just needs the right preparation, passion and approach. Afterall the achievers are also the simple students like us and not the superheroes…Moreover the word impossible itself says,”I M POSSIBLE.”

Always remember..”Hard work never goes waste and always shows it’s colour in some or the other form.”

My Best Wishes to all the MBA aspirants…

Shilpa Sharma / http://www.aglakadam.com / 27.11.2009 /