It is quite common to find people dissatisfied with results of the competitive exams they give. Those who feel they can do better when given another chance, should take up a job/continue with their present job and write CAT next year. These candidates will be in a better position to identify their strengths and areas of improvement than first-time test-takers.
They could, therefore, be more focussed in their preparation and ensure they land a much better score next year.
CAT does not restrict the number of attempts for a candidate, and it may be better to delay the MBA dream by one year rather than settle or compromise for something lesser this year.
CAT results were out on January 8. Those who have managed to crack the written exam are gearing up for Group Discussion (GD).
Dos and don’ts for GD
1) Be prepared with a 15-20 second introduction which clearly states your name, the place you come from, the degree and the name of the university from which you are pursuing / pursued your degree.
2) Carry a small notepad along with a pen to the GD to take down notes.
3) Address the group members and not the moderator. Once the GD starts, as far as you are concerned, the moderator ceases to exist.
4) Do not try to start the GD just for the sake of starting it. Start the GD only if you are sure that you are adding value to the topic.
5) Do not repeat a point that you / someone else may have already made in the GD.
6) Be crisp in your communication.
7) Make it a point to come into a GD (of 20 minutes) at least 4-6 times.
8) Do not address a GD participant by name. You are not expected to remember their names.
9) Do not seek the assistance / intervention of the moderator during the GD.
10) Always discuss the pros and cons of the topic given. It is a discussion and not an argument or a debate where you need to take sides.
11) You do not get points for proving other participants wrong. Make your point and move on.
12) Do not point fingers at your co-participants or get aggressive with them. It won’t endear you to them and certainly not to the moderator.
13) Maintain eye contact with the group.
14) Do not show disappointment or disgust on your face in case you are not being allowed to speak or when you do not agree with the point that has just been made.
15) Practice as often as possible with different groups, different topics, and in different situations.
Besides asking about your reason to pursue MBA, hobbies, weaknesses and strengths, there are some questions that will help you preparing for the interview round.
Tips for the interview round
1) Where do you see yourself five yrs from now / 10 yrs from now?
2) Why should we select you?
3) Narrate an incident when you failed in your life.
4) Why do you want to study at our B-school?
5) What is your plan B in case you are not selected this year?
– inputs from Deepak Bunde, TIME Hyderabad