Eligibility criteria for CAT

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA)categories], awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated based on the practice followed by the university/institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree. In case the candidates are awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades/CGPA to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where they have obtained the bachelor’s degree. In case the university/ institution does not have any scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at Selection Process of IIMs.

Prospective candidates must maintain a valid email account throughout the selection process.

Note for SC/ST, NC-OBC, and DA Candidates

If you belong to SC or ST categories, your caste/tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate that you send to IIM should be in the Government approved format and should clearly state: (a) Name of your caste/tribe; (b) Whether you belong to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe; (c) District and the State or Union Territory of your ordinary residence; and (d) the appropriate Government of India schedule under which your caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe. A copy of the certificate must be sent to CAT Centre, C/O PGP Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Mangament, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad, 380 015. Mention the Voucher Serial Number on the certificate. Failure to produce a copy of the caste certificate will result in the rejection of your CAT registration.

The caste certificate must be shown and a photocopy enclosed at the time of interviews. Moreover, the caste certificate must be submitted at the time of joining programmes of any of the IIMs.

If you belong to the Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC), you must produce the NC-OBC certificate duly signed by competent authority and enclose its photocopy at the time of interviews. Moreover, the certificate must be submitted at the time of joining programmes of any of the IIMs. Failure to do so during the post CAT selection process will result in you not being considered under the reserved category.

If you belong to Differently Abled (DA) Category, a copy of the DA certificate must be sent to CAT Centre, C/O PGP Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Mangament, Vastrapur, Ahmedabad, 380 015. Mention the Voucher Serial Number on the DA certificate. Failure to produce a copy of the DA certificate will result in the rejection of your CAT registration. The DA certificate must be shown and a photocopy enclosed at the time of interviews. Moreover, the DA certificate must be submitted at the time of joining programmes of any of the IIMs.

Source – http://www.catiim.in/cat_eligibility.html

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Good News For All CAT 2009 Takers!!

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CAT 2009 Important Updates

Given below are very important updates posted by IIM Ahmedabad as FAQs. CAT will be held during the period Saturday, 28 November 2009 to Monday, 7 December 2009. Sale of vouchers starts on Wednesday, 9 September 2009 at designated bank branches and their associate outlets. The sale ends on Thursday, 1 October 2009. Online registration for CAT 2009 will also begin on Wednesday, 9 September 2009 and end on Thursday, 1 October 2009.

Q1: When is the advertisement for CAT 2009 going to appear?

A1: CAT Advertisement will appear in leading newspapers on Sunday, 30 August 2009.

Q2: Once the advertisement appears, is one expected to buy CAT bulletin from designated banks?

A2: No. One does not have to buy a bulky CAT bulletin. We want to go paperless. A prospective candidate buys a scratch-voucher from the designated bank branches, and, later registers online for CAT 2009.

Q3: When does the sale of voucher start and end?

A3: Sale of vouchers starts on Wednesday, 9 September 2009 at designated bank branches and their associate outlets. The sale ends on Thursday, 1 October 2009.

Q4: When and how do I register for CAT 2009 after buying the voucher?

A4: Online registration for CAT 2009 will also begin on Wednesday, 9 September 2009 and end on Thursday, 1 October 2009. Instructions on access to online registration will be given in the voucher, and, detailed registration instructions will be on the CAT website.

Q5: When will CAT be held and can I choose a test date?

A5: CAT will be held during the period Saturday, 28 November 2009 – Monday, 7 December 2009. Yes, you can choose a test date, session (morning/afternoon), and venue across thirty centres (cities) all over India, subject to availability.

Q6: Can you give more details on taking test in a CBT format?

A6: Starting Sunday, 30 August 2009, CAT website (www.catiim.in) will provide all the details.

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Data Sufficiency

Unwarranted Assumptions

With data sufficiency problems, be careful not to read any more into a statement than what is given. The main purpose of some difficult problems is to lure you into making an unwarranted assumption.If you avoid the temptation, these problems can become routine.

Example: Did Incumbent I get over 50% of the vote?

(1) Challenger C got 49% of the vote.

(2) Incumbent I got 25,000 of the 100,000 votes cast.

Solution:

If you did not make any unwarranted assumptions, you probably did not find this to be a hard problem. What makes a problem difficult is not necessarily its underlying complexity; rather a problem is classified as difficult if many people miss it. A problem may be simple yet contain a psychological trap that causes people to answer it incorrectly. The above problem is difficult because many people subconsciously assume that there are only two candidates. They then figure that since the challenger received 49% of the vote the incumbent received 51% of the vote. This would be a valid deduction if C were the only challenger. But we cannot assume that. There may be two or more challengers. Hence, (1) is insufficient.

Now, consider (2) alone. Since Incumbent I received 25,000 of the 100,000 votes cast, I necessarily received 25% of the vote. Hence, the answer to the question is No, the incumbent did not receive over 50% of the vote. Therefore, (2) is sufficient to answer the question. The answer is B.

 

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GRE General Test Overview

GRADUATE RECORD EXAMNIATION (GRE):

What Is It?

The GRE® General Test measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are not related to any specific field of study.

Verbal Reasoning –  The skills measured include the test taker’s ability to:

  • analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it
  • analyze relationships among component parts of sentences
  • recognize relationships between words and concepts

Quantitative Reasoning –  The skills measured include the test taker’s ability to:

  • understand basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry and data analysis
  • reason quantitatively
  • solve problems in a quantitative setting

Analytical Writing – The skills measured include the test taker’s ability to:

  • articulate complex ideas clearly and effectively
  • examine claims and accompanying evidence
  • support ideas with relevant reasons and examples
  • sustain a well-focused, coherent discussion
  • control the elements of standard written English

Who Takes It and Why?

Prospective graduate applicants take the General Test. GRE test scores are used by admissions or fellowship panels to supplement undergraduate records and other qualifications for graduate study. The scores provide common measures for comparing the qualifications of applicants and aid in evaluating grades and recommendations.

Where Do People Take It?

The General Test is offered year-round at computer-based test centers in the United States, Canada and many other countries. It is offered at paper-based test centers in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available. See which format is available in your area.

Who Accepts It?

Any graduate or professional school, any department or division within a school, or any fellowship granting organization may require or recommend that its applicants take the General Test, a Subject Test, or both.

General Test Dates:

Computer-Based General Test:

  • Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • You may take the General Test (computer-based and/or paper-based) only once per calendar month, and no more than five times within any 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.

To register to test in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada, register online or call 1-443-751-4820 or 1-800-GRE-CALL (1-800-473-2255). To register to test at an international location, register online or contact the appropriate Regional Registration Center.REGISTER EARLY TO GET YOUR PREFERRED TEST DATE.

Paper-Based General Test:

  • Paper-based General Test administrations are offered in areas where computer-based testing is not available.
  • Not all test centers are open on all test dates. Download the Test Center List (PDF) for testing locations.
  • Be sure to check the score report mailing date when selecting a test date.

2009-10 Test Dates


TEST DATES
1
10/24/09 02/06/10
United States and Puerto Rico

Registration Receipt Dates at ETS

Supplementary Test Center2 and Monday Administration3 09/04/09 12/18/09
Regular Registration 09/18/09 01/04/10
Late Registration4 09/25/09 01/08/10
Other Locations, Including U.S. Territories

Registration Receipt Dates at ETS

Supplementary Test Center2 and Monday Administration3 08/28/09 12/11/09
Regular Registration 09/11/09 12/28/09
Late Registration4 09/18/09 01/04/10

APPROXIMATE SCORE REPORT MAILING DATE
12/04/09 03/19/10
  • Dates in this table do not apply for testing in China (including Hong Kong), Korea or Taiwan. Refer to the Split-Test calendar.
  • No supplementary test centers will be established for the February test date.
  • Monday test dates will be October 26, 2009, and February 8, 2010.
  • Late registration is available for online registration only for a fee of $25. Late registration closes one week after the regular registration deadline.

Split-Test Administration of the General Test in China (including Hong Kong), Korea, and Taiwan:

The GRE® General Test is offered in two parts in these regions. The Analytical Writing section is offered on computer; the Verbal and Quantitative sections are offered at a paper-based administration. Test takers are required to take both the computer-based and paper-based parts of the GRE General Test in the same testing year, and must take the computer-based Analytical Writing portion first. Two paper-based administrations will be offered.

2009-10 Test Dates

Individuals taking the Analytical Writing section between July 1, 2009, and September 19, 2009, will be registered for the paper-based administration on October 24, 2009. Those taking the Analytical Writing section between September 20, 2009, and May 8, 2010, will be registered for the paper-based administration on June 12, 2010.

Computer-Based Analytical Writing Test Dates Paper-Based Verbal and Quantitative Test Dates Approximate Score Report Mailing Dates
July 1, 2009, through September 19, 2009 October 24, 2009 December 4, 2009
September 20, 2009, through May 8, 2010 June 12, 2010 July 23, 2010

Registration Procedure:

Register for the GRE® Computer-based General Test:

The General Test is offered as a computer-based test in the United States, Canada and many other countries. Paper-based General Test administrations are offered in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available. SeeRegister for the Paper-Based General Test.

Appointments are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to get your preferred test date, and to receive your test preparation material in time to prepare for the test.

Register to Test in the United States, U.S. Territory or Canada:

There are three ways you can register for the computer-based General Test.

Web

  • Online Registration (credit/debit card only – American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or VISA)

Phone

  • Use American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, VISA, or a voucher number.
  • Call the test center directly or the Prometric® Candidate Services Call Center Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Eastern Time (New York), (excluding U.S. holidays), at 1-443-751-4820 or 1-800-GRE-CALL (1-800-473-2255).
  • A confirmation number, reporting time, and the test center address will be given to you when you call.

Mail

  • Download and complete the Authorization Voucher Request Form (PDF) found in the Bulletin.
  • Mail the appropriate payment and voucher request form to the address printed on the voucher, allowing up to 4 weeks for processing and mail delivery.
  • When you receive your voucher, call to schedule an appointment.
  • An appointment to test must be made prior to the expiration date on the voucher.
  • If you lose your voucher, contact the GRE® Program. Only one replacement will be issued.

Requests for nonstandard testing accommodations must be made through ETS®.

Rescheduling or Canceling a Test Appointment in the United States, U.S. Territory, or Canada:

  • Contact either the local center where you are scheduled to test or call 1-443-751-4820 or 1-800-GRE-CALL (1-800-473-2255) no later than 3 full days before your appointment (not including the day of your test or the day of your request).
  • The General Test rescheduling fee is $50.

Standby Testing

Available at permanent test centers on a first-come, first-served, space available basis in the United States, American Samoa, Guam, U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Canada only.

Register to Test in International Locations:

The computer-based General Test is not given every day at all test centers. Contact the appropriate Regional Registration Center (RRC) to verify test dates.

There are four ways you can register for the computer-based General Test.

Web

  • Online Registration (credit/debit card only — American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or VISA). Not available in Nigeria.

Phone

  • Use American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, VISA or a voucher number.
  • Call the appropriate RRC at least two business days before your preferred test date.
  • A confirmation number, reporting time, and the test center address will be given to you when you call.

Fax

  • Use American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, VISA or a voucher number.
  • Fax the International Test Scheduling Form (PDF) to the appropriate RRC.
  • The form must be received at least 7 days before your first-choice test date.
  • A confirmation number, reporting time and the test center address will be faxed or mailed to you.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation of your appointment, call the appropriate RRC at least 3 business days before your first-choice test date. If you missed your appointment and did not call the RRC, your test fee will not be refunded. If you provide an e-mail address, you may receive a confirmation by e-mail.

Mail

  • Mail the International Test Scheduling Form (PDF) to the appropriate RRC with appropriate payment.
  • ETS® now accepts payments via the Western Union® Quick PaySM service for computer-based testing administrations. Only original receipts will be accepted by Prometric.
    • Instructions on how to send a Quick Pay.
    • Locate an agent in your country.
    • When completing the payment services or blue form, please use the following codes under the “Pay To” section:Company Name: Educational Testing Service
      Company Code: GREPROGRAM NJ
      Country: USA
  • The form must be received at least three weeks before your first-choice test date.
  • A confirmation number, reporting time, and the test center address will be faxed or mailed to you.
  • If you do not receive a confirmation, call the appropriate RRC at least 3 business days before your first-choice test date. If you miss your appointment and did not call the RRC, your test fee will not be refunded. If you provide an e-mail address, you may receive a confirmation by e-mail.

Credit/debit cards are not accepted for Nigerian registration fees. This includes anyone who is requesting a Nigerian test center or who has a Nigerian mailing address. Only admission tickets indicating a Nigerian test center will be accepted for testing in Nigeria.

The following preferred forms of payment are acceptable in Nigeria and elsewhere: international money order, authorization voucher from ETS®, international bank draft, and UNESCO coupons.

Requests for nonstandard testing accommodations must be made through ETS.

Rescheduling or Canceling a Test Appointment Outside of the U.S. :

  • Contact the appropriate registration center no later than 3 full days before your appointment (not including the day of your test or the day of your request).
  • The General Test rescheduling fee is $50.
  • You cannot reschedule between sites served by different Regional Registration Centers (RRCs).

Register for the Paper-based GRE General Test:

Paper-based GRE General Test administrations are offered in areas of the world where computer-based testing is not available. You can register for a paper-based administration online or by mail.

Online Registration — Credit/debit card only (American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or VISA). Note: Not available to examinees testing in Nigeria.

Online registration is not available for the following services:

Mail registration – credit/debit card/money order/certified check (American Express, Discover, JCB, MasterCard or VISA)

Download and complete the registration form (PDF) found in the GRE® Bulletin and mail the completed form with payment to the address printed on the form. The form must be received at ETS by the registration deadline. Allow 4 weeks for processing. Registration forms cannot be faxed.

Register for the FREE GRE® Search Service:

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from graduate schools that are searching for students like you. The GRE Search Service matches prospective graduate students with participating graduate schools and fellowship sponsors. If you match the recruitment profile of a participating institution/organization, you may be sent information about graduate programs, admission requirements, financial aid opportunities, fellowships, and other graduate education opportunities.

You will be given the option to be included in the Search Service when you register for a GRE test. Anyone considering graduate study, whether or not they are registered for a GRE test, may also register for the GRE Search Service. To register for the GRE Search Service only, use the online GRE registration form.

When you register for a GRE test, or if you participate in the Search Service, you will be asked to provide background information about yourself. This information is collected for analysis samples, score interpretation data, group statistics and research studies. If you register to participate in the Search Service, your background information, contact information and the broad score bands in which your test scores fall will be added to the GRE Search Service database so that participating graduate schools and fellowship sponsors can locate you.

Participating graduate schools and fellowship sponsors are now able to search the database on broad GRE score bands in combination with undergraduate grade point average (UGPA). The score bands for the Verbal measure, Quantitative measure, and the Subject Tests are 90 points or greater (e.g., 600 to 690) and the score bands for the Analytical Writing measure are a half point or greater (e.g., 4.5 to 5.0). Information on broad score bands or individual GRE test scores will not be part of the output provided to Search Service users.

Information provided to participating schools about you may include any of the following:

  • personal information: address, gender, ethnic background, citizenship status, telephone number, and e-mail address
  • educational background: current educational status, undergraduate institution name, UGPA, undergraduate major, and date of graduation
  • educational objective: field in which you plan to do your graduate work, preference of full-time or part-time graduate study, degree objective, preferred geographic region for graduate study, and intended date of enrollment in graduate school.

Information collected by Educational Testing Service (ETS®) for use in the GRE Search Service will be transferred to Hobsons®, a leading provider of educational solutions. Hobsons is responsible for administering and marketing the GRE Search Service as directed by ETS. By participating in the GRE Search Service, you authorize the transfer of your personal information to Hobsons for the purposes described above. Hobsons is prohibited from using your personal information for any other purposes.

Test takers who choose to participate in the Search Service and would like to unsubscribe at a later date may do so at any time by contacting GRE Services atgre-info@ets.org, or 1-609-771-7670.

Important Things to Remember When Registering for the GRE General Test:

  • Take the test as soon as possible so your scores will be received in time to be considered with your application.
  • Check the GRE online registration system for the most up-to-date test center information.
  • Not all test centers are open on all dates.
  • Test centers fill up quickly so early registration is recommended to get your preferred test locations and date selection.
  • When registering, be sure that the spelling of your name exactly matches the name printed on the identification documents(s) you will present at the test center. If this information does not match, you will not be permitted to test and your test fee will be forfeited. There are no exceptions. See Identification Requirements.
  • You are not allowed to transfer your registration to someone else.
  • As part of your test fee, you may request that scores be sent to as many as four graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors. You will be asked to designate your score recipients either when registering for the test or at the test center on test day.
  • Late registration is available if you register online. Late registration closes one week after the regular registration date. The fee is $25.
  • You will be given the option to register for the GRE Search Service on the day of your computer-based GRE General Test or when you register for the paper-based General Test. The GRE Search Service matches prospective graduate students with participating graduate schools and fellowship sponsors. For more information, visit www.ets.org/gre/stusearch.
  • Beginning in July 2009, you will have access to a new service, the ETS® Personal Potential Index (ETS® PPI). The ETS PPI provides an evaluation of six personal attributes that graduate and professional schools have indicated are critical for academic success. Individuals who register for the GRE General Test will be able to request that ETS PPI Evaluation Reports be sent to as many as four graduate institutions or fellowship sponsors. For more information, visit www.ets.org/ppi.

Repeating the General Test:

  • It may be to your advantage to take the GRE® General Test more than once if you think that the scores you obtained do not reflect your true abilities. If your scores seem unusually low in comparison with other indicators of your preparedness for graduate studies, you may want to consider taking the test again. Those considering repeating a test should be aware that large score increases are unusual, and for some test takers scores will go down. Keep in mind that score reports will include test results obtained within the past five-year period.
  • You may take the General Test (computer-based and/or paper-based) only once per calendar month and no more than 5 times within any 12-month period. This applies even if you canceled your scores on a test taken previously.

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Career with Bank- A Profitable Investment

Careers in banking and related fields are hot careers today, because it assures well-paid, secure and satisfying career prospects. And the banking sector is on a hiring spree. Many Indian banks, particularly in the public sector, which had stopped recruitment a couple of years ago, have, in fact, resumed hiring new candidates. Today, there are 27 public sector banks, 33 private banks and 43 foreign banks operating in the country, providing jobs to lakhs of people. While the public sector banks still hold the biggest share of the banking business, accounting for about 83 per cent of the total deposits, private banks and foreign banks are bringing in a range of new and innovative services to attract customers. All these changes have resulted in the general upgrading of jobs, calling for more people with professional backgrounds.

There are various different caders at which a person can join the bank, but as far as a fresher is concerned, Clerical and Probationary Officer are the levels they can easily get in.

Selection Procedure:


The selection process at most public sector banks follows a similar pattern. It includes a written test followed by an interview of the selected candidates. The key areas included in these tests are

A. For Probationary Officers’ Exam

1. Written Test


The written test of most of the banks shall consist of the following subjects:

Test of Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, English Language.

In addition to this some banks will have the papers like:

Descriptive: General OR Descriptive –English
Computer Awareness, Banking Awareness, Psychometric Test

Most banks give a correct picture about the subjects covered in their exam, in their recruitment advertisement itself.  Most tests also have negative marking for the incorrect answers. There will be penalty for wrong answers marked in the objective tests which will result in negative marks for every wrong answer @ one-fourth or 0.25 of the marks assigned to that question. If the total of the penalty for a test is in fraction, the marks obtained will be rounded off to the nearest integer. The candidate shall be required to qualify in each objective test as per cut-off mark determined on the basis of performance in each test, subject to minimum of (usually 40%) in the aggregate of 200 marks for the objective test. Candidates failing to obtain the minimum qualifying marks will not be declared to have cleared the objective tests. In  most exams the test of English language is for ‘Qualifying purpose’ only. Hence though the candidate has also to pass in the Test of English language, the marks obtained in the test will not be reckoned in the aggregate of 200 marks of the written examination for the purpose of Merit Ranking.

Descriptive Test (if any) tests the wealth of ideas, higher order cognitive abilities, organisation of ideas in a logical coherent manner, written communication skill etc in a concise manner. Language composition, clarity of thoughts and brevity are also matters of consideration in descriptive test. Usually there will be 5 compulsory questions with internal options. The candidates will have an option to write the answers in English or Hindi. In most exams the Descriptive Test carries total marks of 100 with total time duration of 60 minutes. The minimum qualifying marks will be (usually 40%) The status of descriptive test is for qualifying purpose only. Hence though the candidate has also to pass in the Descriptive Test, the marks obtained in the Test will not be reckoned for the purpose of Merit Ranking. Descriptive Test papers only to the extent of 5 times the number of vacancies in case of candidates belonging to General Category and to the extent of 7 times the number of vacancies in case of candidates belonging to the Reserved Category, will be evaluated based on the Merit Ranking of the Objective Test.

2. Interview

A personal interview for 35 marks shall be conducted to assess the candidates’ academic record, power of expression, clarity of thought, qualities of leadership, extra curricular activities, hobbies, general demeanour, behaviour, communication skills etc. Depending on the number of vacancies, such of those candidates who rank sufficiently high in the order of merit in the written test as per the cut off marks decided by the Bank will only be called for interview. The minimum qualifying marks for personal interview would be usually 50% marks (i.e) 17.50 marks ( 45% marks (i.e) 15.75 marks for the Reserved Category candidates) .

Final selection will be made on the basis of aggregate marks obtained by the candidates in the written examination & Interview and will be strictly according to the merit ranking.

B. Clerical Exam

Selection process for clerical staff also follows the same method mentioned in the above PO Selection process. Subjects covered in the clerical exams of almost all banks are also more or less similar to that of PO Exams:

Test of Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude/Numerical Ability, General Awareness, English Language

Some banks don’t have the General Awareness paper, and some bank exams have questions under the following subjects too:
Computer Awareness, Marketing, Clerical Aptitude, Descriptive English
Final selection will be on the basis of the ranking accorded after adding the marks obtained in the Objective Tests and Interview.

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Eligibility for GATE

The candidates with following academic background are eligible to appear in GATE  Examination:


  • Bachelor’s degree holders Engineering/ Technology/Architecture/Pharmacy (4 years after 10+2) and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.

  • Master degree holders in any branch of Science/ Mathematics/ Statistics/ Computer Applications or equivalent and those who are in the final or pre-final year of such programmes.

  • Candidates in the second or higher year of the Four-year Integrated Master’s degree programme (Post-B.Sc.) in Engineering/Technology or in the third or higher year of Five-year Integrated Master’s degree programme and Dual Degree programme in Engineering/Technology.

  • Candidates with qualifications obtained through examinations conducted by professional societies recognised by UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE) as equivalent to B.E./B.Tech. Those who have completed Section A or equivalent of such professional courses are also eligible.status.
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GATE Overview

What is GATE :

The Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) is an all-India examination administered and conducted in eight zones across the country by the GATE Committee comprising faculty from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and seven Indian Institutes of Technology on behalf of the National Coordinating Board – GATE, Department of Education, Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Government of India.


Objective:

To identify meritorious and motivated candidates for admission to Post Graduate Programmes in Engineering, Technology, Architecture and Pharmacy at the National level. To serve as benchmark for normalisation of the Undergraduate Engineering Education in the country.

Why should we take GATE:

  1. M.Tech degree leads to specialization and furthering of interest in a certain area which may lead to Ph.D .
  2. M.Tech degree is best for those wishing to apply for Faculty/Research positions in educational Institutes/R&D centers.

Important Dates:

  1. Availability of GATE forms: October, 1st week
  2. Last Date for filling up forms: November, 1st week
  3. Exam Date: 2nd Sunday of February
  4. Results: March 3rd week

Examination Details:

  1. The examination is a single paper of 3 hours duration and generally consists of Section A (Objective Type) which is of 75 marks and Section B (Problem Type) which is of 75 marks. Total: 150 marks.
  2. You have to opt for your subject and study as per the syllabus mentioned in the GATE brochure.
  3. The subjects of our interest are Computer Science and Engineering, Electronics & Communication Engineering., Electrical Engineering and Instrumentation Engineering. Other subjects are also available such as Mathematics, Physics, etc.
  4. Results of qualified candidates in GATE will give All India Rank and indicate percentile score. For example, a percentile score of 99 means you are in the top 1% category of the candidates who appeared for GATE.
  5. Candidates who get less than 70 percentile get no score card.
  6. GATE scores are valid for 2 years. You may reappear the GATE exam if you are not satisfied with the earlier score and the new score (if better than the old one) will be used for admission purposes.

Note: Validity of GATE 2009 Score will be for a period of ONE YEAR  ONLY from the date of announcement of results.


After the Exam, what next:

  1. After publication of GATE results, students must apply to individual Institutes to get their application forms.
  2. Institutes advertise M.Tech admissions in leading newspapers from 1st April till end July. However some Institutes do not advertise and therefore students have to get the forms themselves.
  3. In the application forms, you have to mention your GATE score alongwith other details.
  4. The concerned Institute may conduct written test and/or interview for the purpose of admission.
  5. General thumb rules: If your GATE score in Computer Science is 96 percentile or more then you can try for IITs, if between 85 – 96 percentile, then apply for top RECs, JADAVPUR, SHIBPUR, ROORKEE, etc. If less than 85, you have to look for appropriate institutes.

Scholarship:

During the pursuit of M.Tech, you are paid a scholarship of Rs. 5000.00 per month by the Government of India. This amount is enough for living expenses including purchase of books, etc. The scholarship is paid for the entire 18 months M.Tech period.


SPECIAL:

It is always better for  3rd year students to also appear GATE alongwith Final Year students since:

  1. GATE score is valid for 1 years.
  2. The syllabus as required by GATE is generally over by 5th semester.
  3. Anyway, it will be a good try ! If it is a bad score you can always try again.

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CAT 2009 will not be a Computer Adaptive Test

FireUp prepares you for the exact test format of CAT as clarified by IIM Ahmadabad.

CAT 2009: Frequently Asked Questions (1 July 2009)

Q1: I hear that CAT will be held online. Is that correct?

A1: CAT is going to be a computer based test (CBT) and not internet based test (IBT). I.e. Candidate does not take the test on an internet site. Instead of reading the questions in a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer-sheet, a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option.

Q2: I hear that CAT will be a computer adaptive test. Is that correct?

A2: No, CAT is not going to be a computer adaptive test.

Q3: Will the format of the test change?

A3: The format of the test will remain more or less the same except that a candidate reads question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer.

Q4: Can I take the test from any computer?

A4: No. A candidate will take the test only at designated test venues in about 25 cities across India. Detailed information will be provided in the CAT 2009 advertisement.

Q5: But how do I do rough-work and calculations while arriving at the answers?

A5: At the test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a writing pad with numbered pages for calculations. After the test, candidate must leave the pad including all the pages in it at the desk. Rough-work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet as nothing will be allowed to be taken inside the test hall.

Q6: Can you give more details on taking test in a CBT format?

A6: We will be giving more details at a later stage.

Q7: But when is the CAT 2009 advertisement going to appear in newspapers?

A7: Advertisement for CAT 2009 will appear during the later part of August 2009.

Q8: How much is the test fee for CAT 2009 and how do I pay?

A8: Candidate Testing Fee is Rs. 1400 (Rs. 700 for SC/ST candidates). A prospective candidate buys a CAT 2009 Voucher from designated locations/bank branches after advertisement appears in newspapers. Sufficient time will be given for purchasing the voucher. More details will be available on our websites after the advertisement appears in newspapers.

Q9: How do I register for CAT 2009?

A9. The Voucher bought by the candidate gives instructions on how to register for CAT 2009. At this time, it would suffice to say that candidates are expected visit CAT website to register for CAT 2009. Sufficient amount of time will be given to register online. More details will be given in the advertisement and the voucher.

Q10: How do I get my admit card for the test?

A10: After you fill-in, review, and submit the registration information during online registration, you will receive an email containing your Admit Card.

Q11. Does that mean I need to have an E-mail account?

A11. Yes, you must have a valid E-mail account throughout the selection process.

Q12: What do I need to bring at the time of test?

A12: You must bring the printed copy of the admit card, one picture ID, and any other ID not necessarily with a picture. Do not bring any other material and personal belongings with you, for no personal belongings and materials will be allowed in test-hall. More details will be provided later.

Q13: Can you please tell me when will the CAT 2009 be conducted?

A13: CAT 2009 will be conducted during a ten-day window starting at the end of November 2009. Exact dates will be mentioned in the advertisement.

Q14: Can I take CAT more than once during the testing window?

A14: No, a candidate can register to take test only once during the CAT 2009 testing window. Admit cards and picture ids of the candidates will be checked, and candidate pictures and biometric information will also be captured at the test venue.

Q15: When are CAT 2009 result expected to be declared?

A15: CAT 2009 results are expected to be declared by the end of January 2010. Exact date of result declaration will be informed at a later stage.

Q16: When will we get more updates?

A16: Any important developments may be posted on IIM sites and CAT website about a month later.

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Tips to improve your Vocabulary

A good vocabulary is a valuable asset in this world. When people listen to you speak, a good vocabulary tells them if you are intelligent or not. By increasing your vocabulary, you can improve you chance of success in written examinations, Group Discussions and even in interviews. In short you increase your chance to crack the CAT.

1. Read more. You need to read more and more books, magazines and newspapers. Read anything and everything that you can place your hands on.
2. Buy a book of vocabulary words. These usually have exercises in the back that will help you reinforce your vocabulary. You can visit www.fireup.co.in for knowing the correct usage of words.
3. Use flash cards. Scan the dictionary for words you are unfamiliar with. Write them on a flash card. Use the flash cards as much as possible.
4. Keep a notebook to help you remember what you’ve learnt.
5. Learn the roots of words, these help you to remember the words easily.

You can visit www.fireup.co.in to improve your vocabulary. www.fireup.co.in helps you prepare for CAT. This site solves all your queries on CAT.

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