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CAT is one of the most strenuous entrances in India which takes place in November-December and MBA aspirants across the country start preparing for the exam in around six to eight months prior to the schedule. Undoubtedly, the exam’s preparation requires regular practice and tremendous efforts. So, here arises the question whether working professionals taking CAT should quit their job for preparation or not.
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Every year, around 2 lakh candidates take this test to get into one of the best B-schools of the country and the number is increasing with each passing year. This makes the competition tougher for CAT test takers. But, if someone prepares for it strategically, it is easy to crack, and, one need not quit their job as well. Here we explain why let’s just first dive into the selection criteria of CAT.
CAT score is one of the many parameters among several others that are considered for selection criteria in IIMs. The other parameters include- your score in class 10th, 12th and graduation, your stream in graduation, and your work-experience.
You know work experience will add weight to your profile. Also, only CAT Score isn’t the factor that can take you to your dram college. Lastly, as we all know success ratio in CAT is quite low as it is a risky exam. Hence, our suggestion here for all working professionals is not to give up their job.
We are going to further explain the pros, cons and the Preparation Strategy in both the cases: in case someone quits job and when someone doesn’t.
The only pro we can see in quitting job for CAT preparation is- one gets a lot of time for preparation and he/she can solely focus on CAT. But, is it worth taking the risk of quitting job. The answer is again no.
If we talk about cons here, there are definitely more than one. The first big concern here is that quitting job will create a year gap in your profile. If someone takes a year off for CAT preparation after having working, the gap in profile will be a hurdle while getting into an IIM as well as during placements.
Apart from this, another disadvantage of quitting job is the risk factor. What if you don’t get a CAT score good enough that can fetch you a seat in any top B-school. In that case, decision of quitting job would be a little risky. So, unless you have a backup plan ready, do not quit your job for just CAT preparation.
After managing the work and doing well at workplace, you can still get a decent CAT score without a sabbatical of any kind. What it takes is optimum utilization of time, discipline, and hard work. Here are a few CAT Preparation Tips for working professionals.
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Though, as we mentioned already, quitting job is not required in order to prepare for CAT. However, still you have decided to give it a shot and solely prepare for the CAT, here are a few tips that might help you in making good preparation strategy.
However, it’s very much possible to crack CAT alongside your job. Almost 60% of students at top IIMs have work experience during the admission. And, this work experience adds weight to one’s profile and allows them to participate somewhat better during placements. Make your proper schedule and a balance between work and study, you will be able to clear CAT and secure a seat in one of the top B-Schools across the country. Best of luck!
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