Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) in CAT has remained a weak point for CAT aspirants to prepare and score high without attracting too much deduction on account of negative marking in CAT exams over the years. On the top of it, the revamped CAT 2017 syllabus and Exam pattern for Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension calls for a smart preparation strategy in next 7 days, advise the CAT preparation experts.
As shared in the earlier published articles, CAT 2017 syllabus and CAT exam pattern have gone into substantial changes and the VARC section, if taken care of without any laxity during these last 7 days left for CAT 2017 exam day, could prove to be a high scoring section in changed CAT pattern. You need a proper study pattern and smart preparation strategy to crack VARC with high score.
Although it will not suddenly take you from 70 to 99 percentile in CAT 2017, experts are of the opinion that with the right strategy you can boost your percentile score in CAT 2017 at least by 30 to 40 points
Updated composition of VARC in CAT 2017
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) section in CAT 2017 exam will contain 34 questions divided in MCQs and No-penalty Non-MCQs. The number and type of questions with time limit to solve are proposed on following pattern
IIM Lucknow proposes to release the CAT 2017 admit card at 1.00PM on October 18, 2017. Admit card will be available for down load from the CAT 2017 website iimcat.ac.in till the CAT 2017 exam day – November 26, 2017. You can view, download and print the CAT Admit Card. After the CAT exam date Admit Card will not be available for download. IIM Lucknow has however cautioned that the Admit card will appear only if your online application form is submitted successfully.
Delay in CAT Admit Card: Last 3 year trends
Since 2014, CAT Admit card could not be issued on announced scheduled date and the issue date is delayed by a few days. The CAT 2017 Admit card may also be delayed by the IIMs by a few days. The delay in CAT admit card issue results in the delay in making your travel plan as you would not know the your CAT exam centre and the CAT exam session before getting your CAT Admit card
CAT Admit Card: Mandatory document
The CAT Admit Card is a mandatory document required to take the exam. IIMs clearly advise that you must print the Admit Card and bring it to the exam centre on the day of the exam along with your photograph identical to the image used in the CAT 2017 registration and application form.Without Admit Card entry to test centre will not be permitted and an aspirant has to ensure to carry the print out of his CAT 2017 Admit Card with him
Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) University of Delhi has opened the admission process to its flagship MBA 2018-20 batch today on October 5. The last date to apply at FMS Delhi is November 20, 2017. The only exam scores acceptable to FMS Delhi are of CAT 2017. Candidates seeking admission to MBA 2018-20 at FMS Delhi need to apply online.
Announcing sectional weightage to CAT 2017 scores in shortlisting criteria, Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) Delhi has also announced that it will not conduct GD round in final admission process.
FMS Delhi aspirants will not only need high percentile scores in CAT 2017 but will also have to score equally good percentile in all of its 3 sections to get shortlisted at the first stage for final admission round.
FMS Delhi will compute composite score giving weightages of 30%, 30%, and 40% to the scores of QA, DI/LR and VRC sections respectively as provided by the CAT Centre for the CAT 2017 Examination for candidates who apply to FMS.
CAT 2017 aspirants apart from appearing in CAT 2017 have to apply to FMS Delhi to seek admission in MBA 2018-20 batch by the last date of November 20, 2017.
How to apply?
The online application process to register and apply for flagship 2 years full time MBA programme 2018-209 and for Doctoral & other programmes at FMS Delhi has started today on October 5 and will close on November 20, 2017.
All candidates seeking admission to FMS Delhi will be required to appear in the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 to be conducted by IIMs on November 26, 2017.
Eligible candidates appearing for CAT 2017 and planning to take admission to 2-year full-time MBA Program at FMS Delhi for the batch 2018-20 can apply online through FMS website. There is no off-line mode to register and apply for MBA 2018-20 batch in FMS Delhi.
Barely 60 days are left for CAT 2017 exam day which falls on November 26, 2017. The time period could be seen as too short to enable you score 99+ or sufficient enough to join club 99. Past CAT toppers prefer the latter situation and in their view 60 days are sufficient to score 99 in CAT 2017.
CAT 2016 toppers and students of MBA/PGP 2017-19 at FMS Delhi, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Indore share 5 step preparation strategy to crack CAT 2017 with high score.
Step-1: Utilise Dussehra Holidays
Those who are preparing for CAT 2017 seriously are advised to utilise their next 3-4 days Dussehra holidays with intense CAT exam preparation and ensure that they are able to overcome their weakness, clarify their doubts and strengthen their fundamentals. Taking Mocks during these holidays and analysing them for the inadvertent errors must be done invariably, suggest the past CAT toppers.
Step-2: Two Months enough to score 99
According to FMS Delhi student and CAT 2016 topper with 99.99 percentile, Atul Goyal “Prepare sincerely and even 2 months are not less to score 99 percentile, just be sincere and devote some time every day to your CAT preparation.”Read all about the CAT success story
The CAT 2017 aspirants should therefore not get disheartened only because of the fact that only 2 months are left. Instead right preparation strategy with the help of different LoD CAT Mocks can lead to high scores and on the CAT 2017 exam day, the actual exam will be no different than another Mock test.
CAT 2017 exam convener Prof Neeraj Dwivedi, faculty at IIM Lucknow has announced a series of assistance measures for PWD candidates. The option to request assistance for PwD candidates will be available from 27th to 30th Sept 2017 on the CAT 2017 website and the already registered PWD category candidates can exercise it by login with their existing CAT 2017 ID and password
Many aspirant friendly facilities for PWD candidates in the registration process and at the exam centre are announced by IIM Lucknow to facilitate smooth and glitch free test for PWD candidates in terms of their access to test centre, seating arrangement among others.
While the option to avail facilities at exam centre will have to be filled up on CAT 2017 website from September 27 to September 30, 2017 the other facilities will be available at the CAT 2017 test venue on November 26, when the PWD candidates arrive at the exam centre.
Request option open now
The range of facilities and assistance will include option of using a scribe, request for a wheelchair, request to enable the zoom feature. This request option is available from September 27 to September 30, 2017.
A candidate may ask for the Scribe Assistance, may request a wheel chair or may ask the CAT 2017 exam centre to enable the zoom feature, if he/she thinks it would be difficult to view the exam or question details in the current format on the computer screen. However all these assistance requirements are to be filled in during September 27 to September 30 as the Assistance Tab remains open during these 4 days.
As predicted by MBAUniverse.com earlier, IIM Lucknow has extended the CAT 2017 registration last date to September 25, 2017. The CAT 2017 registration was scheduled to close today on September 20 at 5PM. MBAUniverse.com was the first to publish the anticipated extension in CAT 2017 registration last date.
IIM Lucknow accedes to CAT aspirants’request
The prime reason for the CAT 2017 registration date extension has been cited as the technical glitch due to which CAT aspirants are not able to finalise their CAT 2017 registration process and have requested the CAT 2017 exam convener to extend the CAT registration date.
CAT 2017 convener Prof Neeraj Dwivedi, while announcing the extension of CAT 2017 registration last date has shared the important announcement on CAT 2017 website, “The last date of registration has been extended to September 25, 2017 (5:00 pm). Candidates are advised to register and complete their applications well before this date. There will be no further extension.”
Past Trends in CAT registration last date extension
For the consecutive third year and following the last two years process, CAT 2017 Registration and application last date has been extended for 5 more days by IIM Lucknow till September 25, from earlier September 20, 2017.
Now the candidates who could not register in time or are facing technical glitches while completing their registration process, may relax and finalise their CAT 2017 registration process in next 5 days. Please however, note that the extended time for CAT 2017 registration stands only upto 5PM on September 25.
Since 2014, it has become a yearly practice followed by CAT convening IIMs to extend or reopen the CAT registration for few more days. IIM Indore, the CAT 2014 convener reopened the CAT registration after the last date; IIM Ahmedabad, the CAT 2015 convener extended the CAT last date to apply; IIM Bangalore, the CAT 2016 convener also extended the CAT registration date by 5 days.
CAT 2017 Registration & CAT 2017 Application Process
CAT 2017 registration opened on August 9, 2017 and will close on September 20 at 5PM After release of CAT notification on July 30 by IIM Lucknow who is conducting CAT 2017 exam. The IIM CAT registration for CAT exam 2017 is opened by CAT convening IIM and the testing agency TCS on the pre notified date released in CAT 2017 notification. CAT 2017 online registration form and CAT 2017 application form is a single document divided in 5 pages and is to be completed online. CAT online registration remains open for more than one and a half month. CAT 2017 exam online registration will have 2 implications – the 1st that CAT 2017 registration form will be online only and there will be no CAT 2017 offline registration facility, and second that CAT 2017 registration last date will fall after a minimum of 45 days from the date of opening of CAT 2017 online registration process.
There is no separate CAT 2017 application form. The CAT 2017 application form is a part of CAT 2017 registration form. CAT online registration process also contains CAT application 2017 as a part of the CAT registration form. You will need to apply for CAT online and while completing your CAT 2016 registration online CAT application 2017 form has to be filled up. The 1st part of CAT online registration form requires your personal details. After completing your CAT 2017 exam online registration, IIMs will send you CAT registration ID. With this unique CAT 2017 registration ID, you will login to CAT 2017 exam online registration form which will also contain CAT online application form and will be a combined CAT online registration and application form.
CAT Registration form and CAT online application will require you to fill up CAT form with your academic details, uploading of photograph, signature and requires category certificates as per the IIMs prescribed format for CAT registration. CAT online application form 2017 consists of programme details on all the 20 IIMs. Candidates filling up CAT online application have to tick by clicking on the relevant programmes of the IIMs for which they wish to attend the personal Interview Process.