Friday, March 9, 2007


Today AIMA-CME offers various programmes to suit the requirements at different levels of management. They are divided into four main categories as below:PhD in Business AdministrationThe Doctorate in Business Administration (PhD in Business Administration) programme was launched in January 2000 keeping in mind the needs of working professionals who wanted to be in touch with latest management concepts & techniques and have an academic bent of mind.

The PGDM is the most sought after programme of AIMA-CME. It is being offered since 1993 and is widely acclaimed for its strong curriculum in the industry and academic circles. It is designed not only to impart the knowledge of core subjects such as Accounting, Economics, Finance and Marketing but also lays special stress on developing skills and competencies through exposure to real business situations in the form of case studies. AIMA leverages its close linkages with the industry to assess emerging needs and factor them on to its programmes. The latest and updated PGDM curriculum has been launched from January 2005.

A major new initiative of AIMA-CME was the launch of one-of-its kind PGDITM programme in 1994. It was also the first programme to be approved by AICTE combining the best of both Management and Information Technology (IT). Since then the course has gone through major revisions in 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2004 so as to maintain its lead as the most contemporary course addressing management tasks in the IT sector.

The Professional Diploma Programmes are targeted at working people who want to enhance their knowledge base.

The Advanced Diploma Programs, in contemporary areas of management, are of short duration to meet the knowledge upgradation needs of working managers / professionals.

The aim of in-company programmes of AIMA-CME is to contribute towards corporate excellence. These programmes are designed keeping in view the specific needs of the organization.


Northern Region
Dr O. N. Kapoor (Director-Academic)
Mr M. Saihjpal
Ashirwad InstituteSCF-30, Sector 15C, Chandigarh - 160015
Mr S. K. Sharma, Director

Faridabad Instt. Of Mgmt. Studies (FIMS)Kanishka Residency, Ashoka Enclave,Ext.-III, Sector-35, Faridabad - 121003
0129-2278895, 2273403,
Mr Abu Itty (Director)
Mr Harshit Sinha9335209608
Rajiv Gandhi School For Management Studies & Research234, IInd Floor, Lekhraj Khazana Building,Indira Nagar,Faizabad Road, LUCKNOW
0522 - 5006502,3949004,
Mr S. S. Sharma, I.A.S. (Retd.)Principal Director & Head
Mr Ramesh Nair,9899291565
Netaji Subhash Instt. Of Mgmt SciencesCity Tower, Mall Road, Netaji Subhash Place,Pitampura,New Delhi – 110034
Tel : 47020055,Fax :

East Region
Dr Z N Sharma, Director
Dr Sangeeta Tripathi
North Eastern Regional Institute of Mgmt. (NERIM)Parakuuty Bhawan, Nabin Nagar, R.G Baruah Road, GUWAHATI- 781024 (Assam)
0361- 2452437, 2453293, 098640-41517Fax: 0361- 2209328
Prof Prabir Pal, Director
Dr S. Mangaraj
Regional College of ManagementGD 2/12 & 13, ChandrashekharpurBHUBANESHWAR - 751 023
Mr Bhaskar Banerjee, Director
Prof J. B. Bhattacharya Prof S. Bhaduri
Institute of Business Management188, Raja S. C. Mullick Road, Jadavpur, KOLKATA - 700 032

West Region
Capt. Ashish Kumar Mishra (Retd),Director

Instt. of Mgmt Training & Study Centre203, Raunak Tower, Srinagar Main Road,Near Anand Bazar, Indore - 452001 (MP)
0731-4056363, 9826222362Fax :
Mr Rakesh Jain, Director

National Instt for Career & EducationNICE College,Silver Sanchara,Opp. DAVV & RNT Marg,Indore – 452001
0731-2552344, 4061125,

South Region
Dr Anil Rawat - Director
Mrs Vasantha Lakshmi
Institute of Business Mgmt and Tech.No. 298, 100 ft Ring Road, 4th Phase, 7th Block Extention, Banshankari 3rd Stage,BANGALORE- 560 085
080-26791740, 26798528Fax :
Mr. Rakesh Gupta – Director

Orbit Institute of Science and Technology104, Liberty Plaza, Himayatnagar,HYDERABAD - 500 029
Dr R Nandgopal – Director
Ms Hemamalini
PSG Institute of ManagementP B No. 1668, Avinashi Road, Peelamedu,COIMBATORE - 641004
0422- 2577 252,
Fr Dr Thomos C Mathew, Principal
Mr Tomy K Kallarakal :
Christ College Room No.711, 2nd Floor, Block-II, Christ College, Hosur Road, BANGALORE – 560 029
080-25526166, 25536280, 40129122/100Ext.: 345, 355Fax : 080-25535863
Mr Manish Kothari, Director
Ms Pushpa Shetty
Institute of Business Management & Research IBMR House, # 44, 6th Cross,Wilson Garden, Hosur Main Road,BANGALORE - 560 027
080 22484302 / 51103455, 98451-00510
Dr M. R. Pattabhiram - Director
Prof. H Muralidharan09448237712
M. S. Ramaiah Institute of ManagementM. S. Ramaiah Nagar,M.S.R.I.T. Post, New B.E.L. Road,Bangalore- 560 054
080-23608769, 23606909,, Academic Dean: Prof. M V Madan
Maj S Lakshmanan - Executive Director
Prof V. Chandrasekhar
Madras Management AssociationMMA House, 148-K,Old Mahabalipuram Road, Thoraipakkam,Chennai – 600096
S. No.
Name of Nodal Centre& Address
Phone No.& E-mail

Northern Region
Mr V. S. Chowdhry (Director)
Ms Rimneet/Ms Kritika Aggarwal
Mastermind F-8 Lajpat Nagar III, New Delhi 110 024
Mr Lalit Mohan Khungar (Director)
Mrs Sudesh Saxena/Ms Kirti
Delhi Instt of Mgmt & Services806, Akashdeep Building, Barakhamba Road, NewDelhi- 110 001
011-23316475,23312187,23315018/19, 23738304,Fax:
Mr Rajiv Ratan Bhatia (Director)
Ms. Suman Sharma
Asian Institute of Management Studies B 6/2, 1st /2nd Floor, Ramesh Nagar (DS)Near Metro Pillar No. 371 New Delhi 110 015
011-25454921, 20533258,
Mr Abu Itty (Director)
Mr Shubhendu Bhattacharjee
Rajiv Gandhi School for ManagementStudies & ResearchKeswani Complex, 20-B, Hashimpur Road, Opp. Kamla Nehru Memorial Hospital, Allahabad-211 002 (U.P.)
Mr Y. K. Sachdev (Director)
Mr Arun Sachdev / Ms Rekha Sharma
DIMS Institute of Management Studies G-6, Ground Floor, Hans BhawanBahadurshah Zafar Marg, (Near ITO)New Delhi 110 002
Mr A K Mathur (Director )
Ms Sangeeta
Vishwa Bharati Institute of Mgmt.Sector 28, Noida- 201 303
95120-2455197, 2455142/,
Mr Mukesh Gupta (Director)
Mr Amit Gupta
Vision Institute of Advanced Studies218, Vision Complex, Behind Prem Kuteer Apartments, Sector-9, Rohini, NEW DELHI-110085
011-27562497,27566995,9891072163, 9891072163,
Prof P. K. De, Director
Mr Kamal Kundra / Ms Manisha Bhatt
Jagannath International Mgmt. School CC-31, Kalkaji ,NEW DELHI 110019
9312400271,9899182388,26237887, 26462385, 26462368,Fax:,
Dr R. P. Gupta Director
Mr Harbhajan Singh, 09855888188
Gian Jyoti Institute of Management & Technology (GJ-IMT)Phase 2, Sector-54,Mohali 160055 (Chandigarh)
0172-2264566, Extn.225Fax: 0172-2225438,
Col. (Retd.) R. B. Khanna, Director
Mrs Poonam Madan
Asia Pacific Institute of ManagementD-186-7, Bhrigu Marg, Bani Park, Kanti Chandra Road, Jaipur-302016
0141-2205924/25, 9829772988Fax: 0141-2207458,,,
Mr Satish Kumar Pal, Coordinator

Maharshi Markendeshwar Instt of Mgmt.M. M. Educational Complex, Mullana-133203 (Ambala), Haryana
01731-275792/94/97,274777/78/79, M): 09416146167Fax:

West Region
Prof Dr Sanjay B. Chordiya, Director
Ms Savita, 020-64001115
Suryadatta Institute of Management &Mass Communication (SIMMC)2074, Sadashiv Peth, Vijayanagar Colony,Behind S. P. College, Pune - 411 030
020-2433-0425/435/6000M: 09422083909,Fax:,

South Region
Mr Thirupathi Raju

National Institute of Mgmt. Studies 10-50-22, Siripuram JunctionVisakhapatnam - 530 003
0891-2755380/2745664,2595103Fax: 0891-2762177,
Air Cmde K. S. Anand Rao- Director

Bankatlal Badruka College for Information Technology Kachiguda,HYDERABAD-500 027
Fr P. Christie, Director
Mr P. Rajeshwar/Mr ASiluvairaja
Liba Informatics CentreLoyola College,Nugambakkam,CHENNAI-600 034
044 -28175353/54/55, Fax:
Dr T RangarajanDirector
Ms Jinsy
Dayananda Sagar Business SchoolShavige Malleswara Hills, Kumaraswamy LayoutBangalore-560078
Tele-fax: 080-26665461/62,,,
Prof Kiran Reddy, Principal
Acharya Institute of Mgmt. & Sciences1st Cross, 1st Stage, Peenya Industrial Area,Bangalore 560 058
080-28390433, 28390434, 28376430Fax:

East Region
Prof Suman K.Mukerjee Director
Prof M. K.Banerjee
Birla School of ManagementL. N. Birla Building, 1, Moira Street,Kolkata 700 017
Telefax. 033-22817479,
Mrs Shikha Singh (Director)
Ms Debaratidebrati_s@hotmail. com
Annex College of Management Studies 77 Lenin Sarani, (Opp. Union Chappel Church)Kolkata 700013
033-22456855,22160770,23214221, 23584850,,
Mr Nirmal Agarwal (CEO)
Prof R. K. Ghosh
Academy for Professional Excellence2/1C, Townshend Road, Bhowanipore,KOLKATA 700025


Global Enterpreneurship & Management Academy (GEMA)Near Vijay Nagar More, Opp. IBP Petrol Pump,Rukanpura, Bely Road,Patna 800014
09334339385, 098350598020612-3090890, 3254523,2655549/,
PDs only
Mr P K Pathak (Director)

Yash Education SocietyAIMA Nodal Centre42, Malviya Nagar, Usha Preet Building,Above Wills showroom,BHOPAL-462003
0755-2572701, 2576333,
Mr P. Appalaraju, Director

Guru Nanak College CampusI. S. Gill Centre for ExcellenceCHENNAI – 600 042
044-22443661, 22447640, 09840050803,


Candidates should check the Roll No and Test Centre details for the test from AIMA website, 7 days prior to the date of test.
Candidates may also view/download the MAT Score from AIMA website / after 3 weeks from the date of the test.
Candidates may clarify queries regarding MAT Score, if any, at e-mail : MAT Score is acceptable even to certain other Institutes for considering admission of candidates for Post Graduate Degree / Diploma programmes, besides the above Institutes, subject to specific cut-off marks and other admission parameters


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Last date of Availability of MAT Bulletin : 18 April 2007 (Wednesday)
Last date for Receipt of Filled form At AIMA, New Delhi : 20 April 2007 (Friday)


HOW TO APPLY To obtain MAT Bulletin and Application Form by post, send a Demand Draft of Rs. 690/- to AIMA-CMS, drawn in favour of All India Management Association - CMS payable at New Delhi along with two self addressed slips/adhesive stickers. Send your request to Sr Dy Director, All India Management Association, Management House, 14, Institutional Area, Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110 003.
Obtain MAT Bulletin and Application Form on cash payment of Rs 650/- at AIMA counter at Delhi (Tel:- 24653382), select UTI Bank Branches, AIMA Nodal Centres and other outlets.

Management Aptitude Test 2007 (MAT 2007)

Management Aptitude Test 2007 (MAT 2007)
Centre for Management Services (CMS) is the specialized division of AIMA undertaking testing and other management services. The testing services have been in operation since 1988 under the trademark All India Management Aptitude Testing Services (AIMATS) facilitating academia, industry and government to screen and select candidates for higher studies, recruitment, promotion etc. Hundreds of organizations and lakhs of candidates have availed these services. AIMATS has the unique distinction of being the first to be awarded with ISO 9001: 2000 Certification for the range of services under its scope.
Management Aptitude Test 2007 (MAT 2007) has become popular with over hundreds of AICTE approved Institutions & University departments and over lakhs of MBA aspirants having availed All India Management Association’s (AIMA’s) testing services in the past six years and now MAT is approved as a National Entrance Test vide Government of India, Ministry of HRD letter no. F.17-20/2003-TS.I dated 23 November 2004.

(MAT 2007):Eligibility for Management Aptitude Test 2007 (MAT 2007):

Eligibility for Management Aptitude Test 2007 (MAT 2007):
Graduate in any discipline from a recognized university. Final year degree course students can also apply.

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Widespread network for sale of bulletins.
Test Centres located all over the country and abroad.
Lowest bulletin cost which includes registration and test fees

Wednesday, March 7, 2007

Indian Institutes of Management Banglore

Indian Institutes of Management Banglore
Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore 560076
Established 1973
Phones 6633901, 6632450
Fax 080-6644050
Management Autonomous
Director Dr M Rammohan Rao
Dean Dr V Nagadevara
Web Site
Courses PGP Duration 2 Yrs Seats 180
Equivalence P G Diploma in Management/PGP of IIM Bangalore has been recognised by AIU as equivalent to Master degree in Business Management.

Reservations Eligibility, Selection, Application Procedure Refer common details under ‘IIMs’.

Fees Yearly expenses on tuition, room boarding teaching materials, computer facilities Rs 75,000 (approx.); personal expenses on travel, clothes are extra. For overseas candidates the fee per year is US $ 8,000.

Financial Assistance financial support is given to deserving students.

Hostels Facilities are available for over 400 students.

Placement The Institute’s Office assists IIMB graduates in career planning and obtaining placements in business, industry, government systems, financial institutions etc.

Summer Assignment 3 months project training during summer.

Curriculum Case method, project work, term papers, seminars, group work, guest lectures, role-play, dissertations etc.

The Institute’s main focuses in functional areas of management; Finance marketing, Systems, production, Organisation Behavior and Corporate Strategy. It also offers courses in Sectors: Education, Energy, Transportation, Human Settlements, Environment and Agriculture.Facilities Well-equipped library, computer centre and audio visual system etc.Training Programmes Full time residential Management Programme for Technologists (MPT). Short duration Management Development Programmes, Tailor made Organisation Based Programmes and specialisation programmes.Research Studies FPM Fellow Programme in Management (phD) is designed to equip students with professional skills suitable for careers in management teaching, research, training and constancy.Miscellaneous Commencement of Academic Session July Faculty Strength Professors 35 Associate Professors 10 Assistant Professors 18 Visiting Faculty 15.

Indian Institutes of Management Ahmedabad

Indian Institutes of Management Ahmedabad.
Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380015 .
Established 1962.
Phones 407214.
Fax 079-6427896.
Management Autonomous.
Director Dr Jahar Saha.
Dean Dr P M Shingi.
Principal Dr A A S H Barbhuiya.
Web Site .
Courses PGP Duration 2 Yrs Seats .200.
Equivalence PG Diploma in Business management/PGP of IIM,
Ahmedabad has been reecognised by AIU as equivalent to MBA degree..

Reservations, Eligibility, Selection, Application Procedure Refer common details under ‘IIMs’..

Fees & Expenses Rs 63,000 per annum..

Hostels Facilities available for 400 students. Expenses Rs 12,000 pa; Mess charges Rs 6,500-8,000 pa..

Scholarships Industry merit scholarships, Govt. of India merit-cum-means scholarships ( including waiver of part tuition fee) to 25% students, SC/ST scholarships, IIMA’s. need based scholarships..
Methods of Instruction Case method, seminars, group exercises, role plays, simulations and games, lectures, discussions, audio-visual aids, etc...

Summer Assignment Each student spends 8-10 weeks working in an organisation during summer.

Evaluation Evaluation at the Institute is continuous through class participation, quizzes, home assignments, mid term and final exam.

Course Structure The first year covers the basic disciplines (economics, organisatinal behavior and mathematics), functional area ( marketing, operations management and finance) and tools oriented courses ( accounting, statistics and computers).
The second year covers Statistical Methods of Data Analysis, Explorations in Role land Identity and Lab in Entrepreneurial motivation in addition to independent project course.

Research Studies ‘Fellow programme in Management (phD). In addition to PGP and FPM programmes, the Institute conducts Management Development Programme, short term management development programmes etc.

Top Business Shools in Australia

University--- Duration ---Work Experience Required---- Tuition Fee
Melbourne Business School--16 Mnth--2 yrs-- $ 42,000
Macquarie University ---1 Yr ---5 yrs ----$ 29,440
Queensland University of Technology --1.5 Yrs--- Bachelor's Degree 2 yrs --- $ 15,000
University of Queensland ---1-2 Yrs--- 2 yrs ----$ 24,000-36,000
University of Adelaide ---20 Mnths--- 2 yrs--- $ 32,000

Top Business Shools in United Kingdom

University----Duration--- Work Experience Required---- Tuition Fee
London Business School ---21 months--- 3 yrs---- £ 10,500
Cranfield School of Management---1 yr--- 3 rs--- £ 12,500
Edinburgh University Management School--- 1 yr--- 2 yrs ---£ 8,850
Manchester Business School--- 18 months--- 2 - 3 Yrs----- £ 18,000
Ashridge Management School ----2 yrs ---5 yrs ---£ 15,000

Top Business Shools in U S A

University---Duration---Work Experience Required---Tuition Fee .

Harvard University --690 days ---4 years--- $ 27,250 .
Stanford University ---725 days --4.5 years ---$ 27,243 .
University of Pennsylvania --691 days ---5 years ---$ 28,116 .
Massachusetts Institute of Technology--- 700 days--- 5 years ---$ 28,200 .
Northwestern University ---690 days ---5.1 years--- $ 27,273 .
Columiba University --700 days--- 4 years ---$ 29,174 .
University of Chicago ---690 days --4.5 years ---$ 28,107 .
Duke University ---677 days ---5 years ---$ 27,671 .
University of Michigan ---675 days ---5 years ---$ 26,685 .
University of California ---689 days ---5 years ---$ 20,262 .

The Best 100 Business Schools IN INDIA

Rated by Business World - Dated 22-09-2003
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad .
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore .
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta .
Indian Institute of Management Lucknow .
National Institute of Industrial Engineering Mumbai .
Management Development Institute Gurgaon .
Xavier Labour Relations Institute Jamshedpur .
S.P. Jain Institute of Mgmt & Research Mumbai .
Faculty of Mgmt Studies, University of Delhi Delhi .
Shailesh J. Mehta School of Mgmt .
IIT-Bombay Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode .
ICFAI Business School Hyderabad .
University Business School Chandigarh .
Dept of Mgmt Studies IIT-Delhi .
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar .
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management New-Delhi .
Institute of Rural Management Anand .
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade New Delhi .
International Management, Institute New Delhi .
Goa Institute of Management Goa .
Institute of Management Technology Ghaziabad .
T.A. Pai Management Institute Manipal .
Indian Institute of Management Indore .
Fore School of Management New Delhi .
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management Pune .
Regional College of Management Bhubaneswar .
Indian Institute of Modern Management Pune .
NIILM Centre for Management Studies New Delhi .
Prin L.N.Welingkar Inst. of Mgmt Development Mumbai .
Loyola Institute of Business Administration Chennai .
Vinod Gupta School of Mgmt IIT - Kharagpur .
Institute for Technology & Management Mumbai .
Alliance Business Academy Bangalore .
Graduate School of Business & Administration Noida .
PSG Institute of Management Coimbatore .
Prestige Institute of Mgmt & Research Indore .
Institute for Financial Mgmt & Research Chennai .
Jaipuria Institute of Management Lucknow .
Indian Inst. of Social Welfare & Business Mgmt Kolkata .
Bharathidasan Institute of Management Tiruchirapalli .
Asia Pacific Institute of Management New Delhi .
Department of Management Science, Pune University Pune .
Amrita Institute of Management Coimbatore .
Rourkela Institute of Mgmt Studies Rourkela.
Rajagiri School of Management Cochin .
Indian Institute of Rural Management Jaipur .
N.L. Dalmia Inst. of Mgmt Studies & Research Mumbai.
Indian Institute of Health Management Research Jaipur .
Master School of Management Meerut ...
Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies Harihar ..
Inst. of Business Administration & Training Bhubaneswar .
Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management Secunderabad .
BLS Institute of Management New Delhi Institute of Management Education .Ghaziabad .
Sri Sringeri Sharada Institute of Management New Delhi .
Dept of Management Studies, University of Kashmir Kashmir .
SDM Institute for Management Development Mysore .
K.J. Somaiya Institute of Mgmt Studies & Research Mumbai ...
Symbiosis Institute of International Business Pune .
Dept of Business Management, Osmania University Hyderabad .
Sydenham Inst. of Mgmt Studies & Research Mumbai .
School of Mgmt Studies, Hyderabad University Hyderabad .
Jagan Institute of Management Studies New Delhi .
New Delhi Institute of Management New Delhi .
Mount Carmel Institute of Management Bangalore .
Dept of Management Studies, REC Tiruchirapalli .
Institute of Public Enterprise Hyderabad .
National Institute of Management Calcutta .
National Inst. of Agricultural Extension Mgmt Hyderabad ..
United Institute of Management Allahabad .
Gitam Institute of Foreign Trade Visakhapatnam .
Birla Institute of Management Technology New Delhi .
Dhruva College of Management Hyderabad .
KLS Inst. of Management Education & Research Belgaum
Integrated Academy of Mgmt Technology Ghaziabad .
College of Mgmt Studies, GITAM Visakhapatnam ..
Dept of Business Admin. Guwahati University Guwahati .
Aravali Institute of Management Jodhpur .
Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies Pune .
Shiva Institute of Management Studies Agra .
Integral Institute of Advanced Management Visakhapatnam .
Xavier Institute of Social Service Ranchi .
Department of Commerce & Management Studies Calicut .
Bharati Vidyapeeth's Inst. of Mgmt Studies Mumbai .
International Institute for Special Education Lucknow .
School of Mgmt Studies, Cochin Univ. of Sc. & Tech. Kochi .
Kousali Institute of Mgmt Studies Dharward .
St. Joseph's College of Business Administration Bangalore
Institute of Technology & Science Ghaziabad ..
Siva Sivani Institute of Management Secunderabad .
Alagappa Institute of Management Karaikudi .
Institute of Productivity & Management Ghaziabad .
Institute for Technology & Management Chennai .
Institute for Technology & Management Bangalore .
Inst. of Finance & International Management Bangalore .
Indian Institute of Science & Management Ranchi .
Institute of Management Studies Noida .
Institute of Mgmt & Information Science Bhubaneswar .
Department of Business Administration Bhavnagar.

MBA Entrance Examination Dates - India

Date Examination
01 May, 2007 ICFAI Business School
01 March, 2007 Avinashilingam University for Women Admission 2007
17 March, 2007 Madurai Kamaraj University Admission 2007
07 March, 2007 ICFAI Flexible Education Admission
07 March, 2007 Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) MBA Admission 2007
03 March, 2007 University of Pune Admission 2007
04 February, 2007 Management Aptitude Test 2007 (MAT 2007)
December, 2006 Institute of Management Technology Ghaziabad & Nagpur
21 February, 2007 Indian Institute of Information Technology
28 February, 2007 Birla Institute of Management Technology
07 February, 2007 Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship (XIME) - PGDBM
11 February, 2007 Association of Indian Management Schools AIMS
12 December, 2006 Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR)
31 December, 2006 ITM Business School24 February, 2007 Thiagarajar School of Management2006 - 2007 Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
10 December, 2006 Joint Management Entrance Test 2007 (JMET 2007)
10 December, 2006 Narsee Monjee Management Aptitude Test (NMAT) 2007
07 January, 2007 XLRI XAT 2007
17 December, 2006 Symbiosis International University (SIU)
31 January, 2007 Army Institute of Management & Technology
January, 2007 ICFAI Institute for Management Teachers
31 December, 2006 Goa Institute of Management
17 December, 2006 Symbiosis National Aptitude Test
19 November, 2006 Common Admission Test 2006 (CAT 2006)


If you want to become a management graduate and make a mark in the management of business in the country or abroad, there are many institutes, both State - run and private, which can provide you the requisite degree. For getting admission into these management institutes, you have to appear for entrance tests. These include CAT (for IIMs), MAT (AIMA), XAT (XLRI), FMS, JMET (IITs & IISc), OPENMAT (IGNOU) and a large number of others. Of these, we are going to talk about two major admission tests CAT (Common Admission Test) and MAT (Management Aptitude Test), which can open the floodgates of opportunities in this field.COMMON ADMISSION TEST (CAT) : The CAT paper has traditionally been a 120 - minute test. The questions in the CAT paper are generally not very difficult but there is always an exceptionally high emphasis on the speed required to solve the questions in the paper.CAT mandates that the test taker perform equally well in all sections of the test. It is not sufficient to get a good score in the test as a whole - the candidate also has to perform well in each of the three/ four sections of the CAT paper. When we talk of performing equally well, we have to look at it as a relative measure. Among the one lakh plus candidates expected to take CAT this year, you should be able to score a certain number of marks more than the average in each of the selections in order to qualify. Hence you have to aim at crossing a minimum cut - off mark in each section to be eligible to get a call for the Group Discussion (GD) and Interview stage. The minimum cut-off required in each section could vary from IIM to IIM and also for each of the other 30+ institutes that use CAT scores for their selection process. It would be fair to assume that the cut - off scores required for many of the other institutes would be slightly lower than those required for the IIMs.If proper planning is not done, there is a danger that one may actually get much more than the total minimum required marks to be eligible for the IIMs but one may not cross the cutoffs in a particular section. This brings us to the basic rule that applies to the CAT paper - do reasonably well in every section rather than concentrating on and doing extremely well in every section rather than concentrating on and doing extremely well in one/ two sections. Getting a very high score in one or two sections at the expense of the others would fetch you nothing and defeats the very purpose for which you are taking the test! The test consists of the following :-Quantitative AptitudeReading ComprehensionVerbal AbilityData InterpretationReasoningData Sufficiency. The number of questions varies from year to year.The key to crack the CAT exam is to keep your cool and maintain your composure during the entire length of the test. This may sound deceptively simple but is easier said than done. The pressure levels would be high, yes, but you have to use your adrenaline to work faster and smarter. There is no point getting bogged down at any point in the paper. CAT does not require/ expect you to attempt all or even nearly all the questions. It is test of speed but not only of speed. Accuracy is needed too.It is no great secret that the test itself comprises a significant number of questions that are not very difficult. The knack, then, would be to maximise your score by completing the easy ones rather than getting bogged down by the more difficult ones especially since, no extra marks are awarded for solving the more difficult questions.Even within each section, there is very clear need for a planned strategy of attempting questions. Unless a clear cut timed strategy for attempting the test is in place, there is every chance that one may miss out on very easy questions which may be at the end of the section and instead end up solving all the difficult questions that may have been given at the beginning. It is imperative to realise that there is no rule that says that the difficult questions will be at the end of the section nor is there a rule that says that easy questions are at the beginning of each section. Then why should there be any discrimination while attempting the questions? The common tendency among students is to start the section from the very first question. Much as it may be the best starting point, it loses its relevance if all the questions in a particular section are not read. By not reading a question or a set of questions, one is obviously at a disadvantage when compared to a student who carefully plans out the time limits within each section and ensures that he or she picks and solves the easy questions given in each section.One important point to note for the CAT exam is that, there are no individual cutoffs for the areas within a section. The instructions on the front page of the question booklet of CAT clearly specify that you should do equally well in all sections. Hence, depending on your comfort level in each of the areas, you should allocate the time for the areas within a section.There is negative marketing in the CAT paper and for every wrong answer a certain score is deducted from your total. The IIMs do not disclose the way they calculate the negative marks for the wrong answers.One Golden Rule that needs to be followed is to ensure that there is no question which is unread at the end of the test. This will ensure that all possible easy questions have been attempted or at least looked at. Unfortunately, CAT does not have any special notations pointing to the easy questions and neither do they scream out at you from the paper. It is up to you to find them and make sure you do most of them. The easy ones could be anywhere - at the beginning, in the middle or at the end - just about anywhere.MANAGEMENT APTITUDE TEST (MAT) :All India Management Association (AIMA) has been providing the service of aptitude testing since 1988 under the scheme of All India Management Aptitude Testing Service (AIMATS). Several lakhs of candidates and over 300 institutions have derived benefit under this testing facility. This, as such, is the testimony as to the validity, reliability and usability of aptitude testing of AIMA. Management Aptitude Test (MAT) is being conducted four times a year. The test consists of five sections viz.Language ComprehensionMathematical SkillsData Analysis & SufficiencyIntelligence & Critical ReasoningIndian & Global EnvironmentEach section consists of 40 questions. The total of 200 questions is to be attempted within 150 minutes. It is an objective type test with multiple choice answers.In order to attempt the Language Comprehension section, some candidates prefer to read the passage, then switch to attempting the questions while others prefer reading the questions prior to the passage reading the questions prior to the passage so that they know the answers they need to look for. Either of these strategies or the combination of both is fine. Use them depending on the difficulty of the passage.Mathematical Skill and Data Analysis & Interpretation sections provide a good opportunity to score well and save time. As the D-day approaches, continue practicing these questions regularly and building speed. Basic arithmetic calculations and formulae should be on your fingertips. It would be worth making flip cards at the last stage of examination of some key formulae and short-cut methods that you would have learnt in the preparatory stage. It is very helpful to review these formulae at the stage of examination.Questions in the Intelligence & Critical Reasoning section tilt more towards reasoning. Candidates are required to practice these types of questions extensively, as there is no formulae for such questions never pays. Practice as many formats of questions as you can. It is very useful in confidence building.General and business awareness under Indian & Global Environment section is a key component in the entrance procedure to a management institute. Keeping abreast of happenings around is definitely an onerous task. Unlike preparing for the other sections like Mathematical Skills and Data Analysis & Sufficiency, general and business awareness requires keeping abreast of happenings.MAT as in any other MBA entrance test carries negative marks for wrong answers. Hence it is never a good strategy to answer all questions. As you work through a section, skip those questions that you are not sure of. Time permitting, you can always revisit and try to answer them. Coming back with a fresh approach to questions that could not be attempted earlier means that these questions can be tackled successfully quickly. Resorting to guess work through the entire question paper is not a good policy. Never base a strategy on guesswork. It should be your last resort and never an alternative strategy.It can be said that last minute preparation in a competitive test is a very important part of entire preparation. Moreover this part relates to the candidates' ability to properly manage the emotions, nervousness, etc, a systematic planning and strategy will definitely help the candidates to take the competitive advantage over others.Since selection for a management course is largely a process of aptitude testing, the most knowledgeable need not necessarily succeed. Time is at a premium in the examination. As in MAT 200 questions are to be answered in 150 minutes. Performance is relative. Therefore, considering that variable that governs success in the examination, it is important to build a test taking strategy as the test approaches to tackle it successfully. Towards the last days of test, developing proper test taking strategy is an approach that a candidate has to develop in order to ensure that he is able to leverage his strengths while attempting the tests. Any strategy that you intend to follow necessarily needs to revolve around the time saving measures to answer the maximum number of questions in the allotted time.CAT vs MAT : But there is a qualitative difference. CAT - affiliated B - schools are ranked a tad higher than the MAT - affiliated ones. The CAT, which is administered by Indian Institutes of Management, is also accepted as the qualifying exam by about 20 other institutes, other than IIMs. In contrast, the MAT is a relatively new test, administered by the All India Management Association (AIMA), for other institutes. Though very few students in metropolitan cities appear for the MAT, most students in smaller towns try to adopt a combined strategy for cracking both, the CAT and the MAT, in hope of making it at least to one exam. The CAT is generally held on the last Sunday of November and MAT on the first Sunday of December every year.There are structural variations between the CAT and MAT papers. In sections on Quantitative Aptitude and Data interpretation the main difference pertains to the level of difficulty as well as the types of questions asked. The MAT is more formula - based while the CAT is entirely application - based. Therefore, the strategy for MAT should be to rely entirely on the "Frequently Asked Questions" given in reputed publications. Since the MAT seldom springs surprises, the section tests that one takes while preparing for the CAT would suffice. A student with average aptitude, comfortable with concepts, will get through the MAT, but you need to have an analytical bent of mind to crack the CAT. In the English section also there are variations. In the MAT paper, the emphasis is on facts - the stress is on grammar through analogies like match the following and fill in the blanks. But in the CAT paper, questions are inference - based like sentence structuring, the logic behind creating paragraphs, understanding the assumptions made in the passage, etc.In the CAT, time management plays a very crucial role for if you are able to crack 80-90 percent of the questions of a section, it would be considered a very good attempt. At the same time, there is virtually no pressure of time while cracking the MAT.There is no General Knowledge test in CAT. But in the MAT, such a test exists under the section "Indian and Global Environment". For this you may need to do some extra bit of preparation.GROUP DISCUSSION AND INTERVIEW :The CAT being a more sophisticated instrument for testing intelligence and critical reasoning, it puts the weightage of 50 to 60 percent on Group Discussion and Interview. In the MAT, on the other hand, the importance attached to these two vis - a - vis the written section is only 30-40 percent. Therefore, the rejection is also very high in the CAT. In 2004 about one lakh students appeared for the 11,000 seats (IIMs and about 20 other institutes), of which only 30,000 received final interview cells. It means, selection rate was one in three. In case of MAT, everybody can hope to receive a call, although, it may not be from an institute of your choice.A good score in the written test is a prerequisite for a student to be called for the group discussion and a personal interview conducted to assess the students, personality and demeanor, with the final selection made on the student's overall performance in the three rounds.SCORE EVALUATION & REPRESENTATION :The raw score is the simple numerical count of responses, such as the number of correct answers on an intelligence test. The usefulness of the raw score is limited, however, because it does not convey how well someone does in comparison with others taking the same test. Therefore, percentile scores, standardised scores, etc. are the devices for making this comparison. Percentile score is the most common method of reporting results in management aptitude tests.Percentile scoring expresses the rank order of the scores in percentages. The percentile level of a person's score indicates the proportion of the group that scored above and below that individual. When a score falls at the 50th percentile, for example, half scored lower, a score at the 80th percentile indicates that 20 percent scored higher and 80 percent scored lower than the person being evaluated. The aptitude test scores reflect ability. Those scores do not determine ability. The scores may suggest, but never prove.