Bitten by the CAT

Correct, Arrange and Complete:

A. The IIM faculty that was/were chosen to set the paper is/are at sixes and sevens about how to set an unambiguous paper to avoid censure/censor.
B. The very previous year(,) they had done the exact same thing.
C. I am beside(s) myself with rage at their using a comma to decide the fates of hundreds of students.
D. Regrettably/Regretfully, this has led to a healthy distrust/mistrust of the mechanism for selection.
E. Nothing could be further/farther from the truth that any rationale for such a paper could be credulous/credible.


Para conclusion:
(1) Being over-exclusive is the easiest way to pretend to have quality.
(2) As far as IIMs keep many good people out, they would be able to sustain the myth that those that get in are better.
(3) You need mind reading skills to be a manager.
(4) If luck screws you out of an IIM seat, then it would have screwed you even if you had got in. So why bother?
(5) You'll appreciate this post only if you did NOT get into an IIM, and will disagree with it if you did.

P.S: you might not get it if you haven't seen the CAT'07 paper.


  1. I wrote this a few days after CAT'07. It was before I knew how I had done in the test, and hence avoided performance bias (those that do well think it was great, and those that didn't, complain it was arbitrary).

    One year hence, I completely stand by the views expressed in this post. Whats changed is that I now realize that CAT was only about as random as all the other subsequent stages it led to.

  2. though i havent written cat yet...I agree with the comma is not only stupid, downright silly to expect a student to spot a comma or an apostrophe mistake... that is no indication of level of toughness...neither is it fair to ask such qsn in case a word can be used as plural as well as singular in current usage... how can a student be expected to mug some archaic fundae?? neway this rant comes out of cat prep.. hope i do well and the random luck favors me.,.

  3. I remember asking you who wrote this on Pagal Guy.
    Many others will agree with this post after Nov 16th ;)
    I was always convinced luck wud screw me..
    so why bother the CAT

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  5. @Tanmay
    I dont think that putting everything in the hands of fate is a justifiable argument for not having done well in CAT. As ergodicity would have it, you might get screwed in one or two attempts but there is a good chance to even out the chance factor if you stick to it for the third time.

    This again cannot rule out the quality of the paper and its contents for deciding the fate of deserving candidates. But for that matter CAT captures a lot of essence of thinking deeply on problems(though I wouldn't agree with it seeing the output of the exam). But then again the question is what other alternative do we have for judging this volume of candidates in a such a small time frame. It is hard to formulate a full proof system for selecting candidates for a profession which requires a healthy mix of subjectivity and objectiveness. It is also true that the lack of this element leaves many a deserving candidates out of the IIMs.


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