So all those who thought they have belled the CAT successfully – Congratulations. A word of caution- don’t get complacent. Get a back up plan. And for all those who thought they have lost it. Relax results aren’t out yet!
Having said that, I wish to emphasize that this post is not at all a lecture from any coaching institute. It is based on some facts that most of us missed or overlooked.
Firstly, all those coaching institutes which you rely for your preparations are all crap. That is not to say that you must not join them, but a simple fact that what may work for you may not necessarily work for me.
Secondly, don’t go by the cut-offs they tell you as they are as wild guess as you and I can make. I estimate a score of 105 will get you a call from IIM A. My analysis is based on the fact that in CAT 2006 IIM A called candidates which had atleast 25% (and not percentile) in each section and 35% overall. Given the fact that CAT 2007 was tougher than CAT 2006 this score can even be lower.
Thirdly, don’t trust the answers the IMS, Career Launcher & Time etc. publish on their website. They are no one to provide solution or analysis to the paper. Their analysis is just as good or as bad as mine. This is evident from the fact that even the answers provided by these institues differ from organization to organization. Eg: The question “mistrust/distrust” in the verbal section of CAT 2007 has different answer in each of the sites of Time, IMS and Career Launcher.
Fourthly, and most importantly, if I am correct even though CAT 2006 had a couple of wrong questions, it was never officially accepted by the IIMs. Now on the face, it wouldn’t make much difference but as you can see from CAT scorecard of 2006 . The percentage marks for each section are given in decimals (upto two decimals)!!! Now, by CAT 2006 marking scheme, if 25 questions carry 4 marks each and 1 mark negative for each incorrect answer, the maximum you can score in each section is 100. There is no way you can score in decimals hence YOUR PERCENTAGE CANNOT HAVE A DECIMAL VALUE IN ANY SECTION but quite a lot of students got their sectional percentage in decimals.
Hence it is quite evident that CAT marking is beyond what is told to us. It has something which is beyond +4 and -1 rule. Something of which we are not even aware. And this hidden and untold marking rule can have a significant effect on your score!!!