“The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. – John F. Kennedy”
One can be very superstitious about the CAT or perhaps some myths prevail in our mind which can nothing but help you bogged down and grip you in tension. Let go of the myths, rest assured, with the right preparation and right direction, you can actually ace the CAT exam.
The level of preparation differs from person to person and there is no ‘one way’ to prepare for CAT. But there are a lot of myths that are faced by the aspirants. Here the most common myths revolving around CAT exam are compiled and debunked.
- Girls cannot solve quantitative aptitude and hence there is less number of girls in IIMs:
The recent statement by Chanda Kochhar, who said, “Make quants easy for girls in CAT” has stirred some controversy, but the truth is, maths has nothing to do with gender. There have been many 100 percentile candidates in CAT who are girls and have aced the test to pursue their dream. The proportion of girls and boys appearing the test makes the classes of IIMs less gender diversified. According to CAT 2016 convenor, Prof. Rajendra K. Bandi,
“CAT aims to ensure that questions in the test do not give any specific advantage to candidates from any specific academic background or for a particular gender. Every question is carefully reviewed to ensure that it is academics and gender neutral. We want to strengthen and retain the positive changes made last year towards this.”
CAT is meant for IITs or engineering:
Mentioned in the first point, the CAT exam has nothing to do with the educational background of the candidates. Remember as long as you hold a valid graduate degree, you are eligible to appear for CAT and other managerial examinations. People from the academic background other than engineering are equally good.
Do not mix your public speaking or debating skills with verbal ability:
You still need practice in verbal questions. The time limit and the closeness of options are confusing enough to choose. Even the best toastmasters falter because of lack of practice and expertise. Questions for the verbal ability test can vary from being fill in the banks type or cloze passages or jumbled words. More than 50% of the questions come from Reading Comprehension section. So, if you are a good orator, then buckle up and start preparing for the exams. Candidates can check the Mathematical approach to solve Reading Comprehension to learn effectively.
People will work experience has an advantage over the ones who are appearing in the final year of graduation:
Even though work experience helps boosting the overall selection procedure, they have to surpass the sectional cut offs. We need to note that preparing with a job is a lot more difficult with all the targets, deadlines and job-related responsibilities. Whereas the final year students usually have the leeway with fewer credit subjects and projects to cover- leaving more number of hours to prepare at their dispense.
MBA is all about IIMs:
Not true, a lot of Non-IIMs have made it to the top MBA institutes in India. S P Jain, Narsee Monjee, FMS-Delhi, Symbiosis and XLRI are just a few examples. Check the articles for the detailed list of cut offs of the top management colleges.
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