CAT is not the end- Explore more in Management Studies

CAT is not the end- Explore more in Management Studies

The CAT being the most popular management exam in India, most of the management aspirants lose all hopes after failing to crack it. There are Other Management Entrance Tests (OMETs) which can also be focused on. This provides you with a back up plan for making a career in India's many other quality management institutes.
OMETs include XAT, SNAP, CMAT, MAT and some institute specific exams like NMAT, TISSNET, IRMA and IIFT.

Individual exams that are conducted by specific institutes are:

1. IIFT for Indian Institute of Foreign Trade

2. TISSNET for Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

3. NMAT for Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies.

4. MICAT for Mudra Institute of Communications.

5. IBSAT for ICFAI Business School.

Writing these exams besides the CAT is even more important as the pressure gets reduced when you have more options. All these exams have very minor differences in their patterns and are also a little different from each other in the difficulty levels. So it gets easier for you to decide which one suits your strength.

For candidates who do not have a good aptitude in the Quant section can give a try to the TISS exam as it focuses more on general awareness. The SNAP and the IIFT are also respectable options for students who are good at general awareness.

The XAT and the TISSNET are conducted almost two months later than the CAT. So you get more time to prepare for them. But you should know how these exams differ from the CAT so that you have adequate information about the exam and not make assumptions.
If you still find the above mentioned exams difficult then you must go for the Common Entrance Test (CET) for management institutes in Maharashtra, Management Admission Test (MAT) for AIMA registered institutes. MAT is the only management exam that is conducted four times a year.
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  • RE: CAT is not the end- Explore more in Management Studies -Sourav Kumar (05/30/18)
  • I agree with the post. I remember when I was preparing for the CAT exam to get into an MBA program. It was a tough time because I did a lot of hard work to crack it but unfortunately I couldn't. Then I gave MAT and was able to get a seat in Thapar School of Management in Marketing program. I am very happy with my decision as I am working at Nestle as a Marketing Manager. So I want to tell you that its ok if you couldn't crack CAT. There are many business schools in India that could help you lead a successful career.