Jan 5, 2007

The CAT-alogue (Edited )



( Disclaimer :- This post contains many terms familiar with CAT aspirants, unfamiliar with the common public... Please bear with it )

Well.. my hobnobbing with this fair lady has ended.. The scores were better, the sectionals were better, and may be I expected a lot based on TIME and CL verbal keys... Anyway ., thats the end of it...

Looking back, it was in 2003 that I first tried this...

In the first attempt, ( which I think was my best paper till date ) , my chances were runied by a guy called Ranjit Don who leaked up the paper and sold it for as high as 16 lakhs as per the news reports.. The retest didnt go well.. DI-LR was the main culprit that year...

Second attempt in 2004 was a whitewash..Was not serious , was perhaps a bit carried away with my work in Oracle..etc, it was a big flop..Thats when I started studying well..

The third attempt was in 2005...After giving one of the toughest CAT-papers till date, I had a bit of hope..And that hope translated into a single IIMB call.. Prepared well for the interview...had a decent interview , but slipped to the Waiting list..and ultimately lost out.... Later on enlightened ppl told me that that they give weightages to sectional scores, overall percentiles etc in the final selection.. And, that did me in that year..

The fourth and final attempt was CAT-2006....Had put in one more rigorous year of mocks and preparations... And, I thought I performed well.. Seeing the verbal keys of TIME and CL , my expectations went sky high... Only to be brought down on Jan - 2 ... Still the score and was better than last year..and the sectionals were reasonable... ( QA - 90.28 , DI - 98. 25 , VA - 96.8 , Overall 98.08 ) ..Somehow, hopes of an elusive call was still kept alive .... Slowly by slowly, each IIM killed the hopes.... Seeing Pagalguy threads, I find there are much better deserving ppl than me who missed out..So, I shouldnt be complaining... Eitherway, thats the end of it.. Got to find something more interesting ...

Below is a link to an interesting thread in PG which mocks the selection criteria at IIMB .. Nice read.. Atleast I think B deserves some criticism

( Added later : Yesterday I remaked to my friend .." Seeing the call patterns of B and L, it seems its not worth preparing for CAT if u have low acads.." .. This was a bit of rash statement..For, regarldless of how arbitrary the process is, if u manage to get in, an education
wich can change your perspective awaits you... So, its something thats worth preparing.... But then, be prepared to take slips like this.. For, if couple more questions in QA/VA would have turned correct , I would have put posts here like 'how to crack CAT ..etc ".. So, its all a game.. A game which requires you to have a basic aptitude , a good day and lots of luck... But its a game which can go wrong too... )


Ajith

16 comments:

Sanjiv said...

Maybe you are destined for better things such as becoming a hard core techie ! .. Keep faith buddy

Vinay said...

or maybe an international MBA :)

Flyaway Mind said...

ya..life has something else in store for you!!! everything happens for a reason!!

Ajith said...

@sanjiv -- Well, whats the use in going that way ? I dont see myself there definitely..

@vinay-- Nopes..Too expensive for me.

@flyawaymind -- Everything happens for a reason.. But,I really don't know if that reason will ever turn out to be in my favour.. :)

Deepak said...

Don't worry da. Try again. Or contemplate on what you really want.

Serendipity said...

If not an international MBA then how about ISB?

You should be having some 3 years work ex now :)

Ajith said...

@deepak -- Trying again seems to be a very very remote possibility.. As u said, I'm thinking whether I really need it or not..

@serendipity -- Have not ruled out ISB option..but then, that'll wipe out my savings and put a burden of 16lakh loan on me.. If u get a good abroad job, its fine..But otherwise, its not worth it.. Yeah.. It is almost 3yrs into stagnant 'career' at Oracle :)

Hitchhiker said...

Hmmmm :) ummmm...aaah...hmmmm. oooooo....ok I give up..I have nothing to suggest ... all I know is you will find your answers :) like I will...like everybody does at the end of the day.

Hitchhiker said...

Hmmmm :) ummmm...aaah...hmmmm. oooooo....ok I give up..I have nothing to suggest ... all I know is you will find your answers :) like I will...like everybody does at the end of the day.

Anurag said...

hey dude
writing something i just thought of now....every failure is a step to a greater success
maybe there are other better things in store for u...like GMAT
keep those dreams alive.....keep that spark in ur eyes
n NEVER GIVE UP on ur dreams
adios

The Regular Joe said...

Your article had me nodding all the way. All the very Best!

-A fellow MBA aspirant

Ajith said...

@hitchhiker -- lets see :) I hope I do find my way out..

@anurag-- Thx man.. Will definitely keep up that spark..GMAT n all doesnt look a possible option for me as of now .

@the regular joe -- Thank you:) thanks for dropping by :)

Sreejith Kumar said...

:O If you still like to have it, why don't you give it another shot? Thinking whether you need it or not, and then acting would be more wise and economical.... All the best!

nikhil said...

dont worry dude, Someday you will bell the CAT and i hope i do too!

Dimple said...

heyy dont worry...try it again this year..!!

Ajith said...

@nikhil -- ATB to u :)

@dimple -- Its easier said than done..I've lost many good things in life by running behind these exams ..Neways, lets see :)