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What next after CAT?

Published On: 09 Jan 2013 | Last Updated On: 12 Feb 2014

The wait is finally over for the anxious CAT 2013 aspirants with the declaration of Results on Tuesday, January 14, 2014. Over 1.94 lakh aspirants appeared for the computer based test, which was conducted for over 21 days across 36 cities in the country. The CAT 2013 scores will be accepted by 13 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and 150 B-schools across the country.

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Now that you have cleared presumably one of the most difficult steps to secure an admission in a reputed B-school, what should be your next course of action?

Choosing the right B-school and application process:

Securing an admission in a reputed B-school is very competitive process. A step-by-step approach will make your choice easy. The admission process has begun in all B-schools and it is essential that you choose the right B-school for your application. Self-assessment and clarity of goals is important to make the right choice.  Remember, a right B-school is an important factor to make your MBA dream a reality.

Some factors you should keep in mind while choosing a B-school are:

  • Institutes accepting CAT scores
  • CAT Cut-offs
  • B-School Ranking
  • Fee structure and other expenses
  • Placements
  • Faculty
  • Curriculum

Confused about choosing the right B-school? Click here for a complete guide on choosing the best B-school!

Time is one of the most influencing factors while applying. You will have to apply well in advance and keep track of all important details. Missing out on them could cost you your admission. So why wait? Download top B-school applications now!!

Click here for details on the admission and application process in B-schools across the country.

Group Discussion and Personal Interview:

After having made your choice, you should focus on the next two big stages-Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Do not let inadequate preparation for GD-PI ruin your chances of getting into a B-School of your choice. There have been cases of candidates receiving GD-PI calls from all reputed B-schools but failing to turn them into admission calls. So draw a strategy and get cracking!

Every candidate must be aware that group discussions are stimulated exercise throughout which you will be evaluated by the panel members. A lot of candidates complain of not getting a chance to speak in a GD. You will not be given a chance; learn to make chances and make sure you are heard. Make meaningful contributions and be the one to initiate the discussion and if possible also the one to conclude.

Personal interview is all about telling the panel why you deserve the chance to study in their reputed institution. Be confident, answer only what is asked and to the point. Be honest and speak logically. Dress appropriately and remember to be courteous and pleasant.

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