I’m definitely not a CAT Person

It came, it saw and it bit, scratched and tore my hair out!

That just about sums up my experience today with CAT 2006.

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Set out with Madam A, followed her directions and landed up at Thakur College of Commerce. Would have waited there, but for Elroy who called and said the colleges were different. Found out I had to go to a totally different place few kilometres away. Thank God I had a bike!

Thakur Polytechnic

Did get to the right college well in time. Sat down and waited for 10.30pm. The wait in the classroom just before the paper is simply the worst. I could hear my heartbeats!

Looking at the answer sheet I realized one thing, a different paper pattern with 5 options (instead of 4) and a max of 120 questions.

The CAT format has changed every year for the past two years and so I expected it to be different so wasn’t shocked. However, the question paper was shocking.

Turned out to be only a 75 question set, with each question four marks with wrong answers attracting a penalty 1 mark each.

I’ve given a 75 question paper before so this wasn’t a surprise, the marking was.

Anyway, began with Maths. Attempted 14 and I know for sure 1 is incorrect. Maths was really simple I must say, so simple that everyone could do it. And I managed to screw that up royally and I don’t even know why

Then began Verbal. It was horridly difficult and confusing. And I ran out of time for DI.

Kinda dejected by the outcome of this. Shall await the results patiently and I hope I get into the other places I applied. My tentative scores as per TIME indicate me not clearing any cut-off, not to mention my overall score being horrible. I have a dirty feeling that this time my percentile will be lower than my past two, and then I hadn’t even bothered studing!

Have few more individual tests left. These shall receive my full attention.

And the next two days see me completing the applications.

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18 Comments

  1. @Jason, I wish so too, but I totalled my scores. Turned out to be worse than I expected. Thanks for your wishes.

    @Melody, Thanks dear 🙂

    Have put the CAT2006 as one bad experience.
    I got around 5-6 entrance exams left, am going to do my best there 🙂

  2. Hey, I like the comment from ur Dad hehe.
    Well good luck for the rest of the tests! 🙂
    And how did ur intw go??

  3. Hi, well firstly my sincere sympathies for the CAT thing!! I can understand how you feel coz i hv equally squandered my chance this year. Have managed to clear the DI & Verbal cutoffs but blew up the Quant as was short on time. Nyways me 2 am feeling as if i m definitely not a CAT person ….so all the best for your coming exams!! Im sure u will do [email protected]};-

  4. yah gave IIFT another head-spinning paper, but went off well alteast cleared the cutoffs as per the coaching keys!Planning to give JMET tomorrow and SNAP. What abt you? Btw i am working in a Private Co.! God knows if the work ex can save my skin in the results of CAT. Wat abt you? Giving any other xam?

  5. Over 4 years. Yah i guess thats the prob, if only i had managed to attempt a couple of more Quant sets, wuldnt be in a lurch today. Nyways u working as well? Ur blog is swell..!! TIME’s verbal key is a bit flawed, try for IMS. Well all the best for NMAT. If possible keep in touch on mail. Me pushing off from office. Cya! 8-X

  6. Didn’t give IIFT and not JMET.

    I’ve got NMAT tomm, followed by SNAP, XAT and FMS as of now. Planning to give CET as well.

    How much workex do you have? The problem is that the first criteria is the CAT score in many colleges, work ex is secondary 🙁

  7. 4 years is a good amount of time.

    Glad to know you like the blog 🙂

    Not working currently. Thanks and all the best for your exams too!

  8. hi, so how was NMAT? Some of my friends who gave said it was a mixed bag..they weren’t too sure abt how they performed.What abt u? As for me JMET went off quite well. So whats ur educational background? Engineering or MCA? Hv a nice day 🙂

  9. an engineer.well read that the NMAT cutoff was too high abt 90 i guess. so hows the prep on for SNAP? god i m really dreading the day of the CAT results. GOD knws whats gonna happen..!(:

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