I thank all for the ideas expressed...
@ hurricane: I don't want to express doubt upon the intentions of IIMs, but the only thing that prompts me to start this thread is that, if I compare CAT vis-a-vis GMAT,
1. Ask a sample of 100 odd people to write GMAT and CAT three times and I am sure that the results of GMAT would be much more consistent than those of CAT.
If you actually want to test the aptitude and the pressure handling capability, then why is there a chance or luck factor involved?
IIMs are by far the most respected B-schools in India and they should aim to select the best of the students... I have also worked part time as a faculty member with TIME and feel pained to see that quiet a good number of deserving candidates, who have proved themselves against the challenges of a good number of mocks, fail to make their mark coz of the whims of the day...
To quote a personal experience of my own, in CAT 2007, when the invigilator came to me for the attendance signature, she found that the form number and qtn. paper no. were not as per the seating plan... she found that she had mistakenly swapped the papers between me and the guy sitting behind me.. Puzzled, she left us wondering for 10 mins and consulted IIM contact person for the solution... and asked both of us to swap our seats as well... All this was 20 mins into the CAT paper.... I was really upset with this mismanagement and goof-up ...
I won't like to take this as an excuse ... but how is CAT measuring the best aptitude?
CAT is not measuring the best aptitude.
First of all we must remember that the IIMs and all top MBa colleges in India are spoilt for choice. They will always get more than they need.
And with the sudden rise in CAT applicants 1.4 lakhs in 2004 to 2.3 lakhs this year, do you think iims have much of choice than to put a test which is as arbid as the CAT.
True CAT is not a standardized exam. Infact if i take it again, i may not even get a single call.
But truly speaking IIMs are not bothered about that. Infact they can't afford to bother so much. If they start bothering about who is deserving and who is not, they would never get required number.
In a country which can put up new reservations after 60 years, don't you think its futile to blame the IIM profs.
Rather than finding the purpose of CAT, why don't you yourself give a more better way of selecting a few 1600 from 2.5 lakhs aspirants.
Don't tell me GMAT. Half the people won't be able to take the test for lack of infrasttructure and facilties.
Dude, these things have been thought over and over again by people who are far more learned and intelligent than we are.
And i feel bad to say that this is the most effective way if not the most best way