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SNAP 2017 Notification

Symbiosis National Aptitude Test (SNAP) test 2017 will be conducted in 30 cities and the duration of the exam will be 2 hours. The test takers are advised to ensure that the registrations are done before the deadline mentioned below.

SNAP 2017 Notification

Overview of SNAP:

Since 2007, candidates aspiring to join MBA programs offered by institutes of Symbiosis International University have to take the common, mandatory Symbiosis National Aptitude Test. A candidate needs to register for SNAP Exam & then register with the institutes offering his/her choice of program by paying separate institution registration fees.

10 tips to crack SNAP


Graduates in any discipline from any Statutory University with minimum 50% marks (45% for SC/ST candidates) for all the MBA Programmes, except the ones which require graduates with specific subject specializations (mentioned on the respective institute websites).

SNAP 2016 Analysis

ISB Admission Notification

Notification: ISB Admissions PGP Co 2019

ISB has released the application deadlines for their PGP Admissions (Post Graduate Programme in Management). There are two cycles for the application deadlines one for candidates with 2 or 2+ years of experience and the second Early Entry Option for candidates with less than 2 years of work experience.

The programme commences from  April 2018. 

You can register with their website for an information sessions (Click on link or copy paste this url:


You can apply on this link (or copy paste this url:

Indian School Of Business (ISB) has two campus: 

Hyderabad Campus: Gachibowli, Hyderabad – 500 111

Mohali Campus: Knowledge City, Sector 81, SAS Nagar, Mohali – 140 306.

Ph:- +91-40 2318 7474 / 84

Important Topics CAT 2017

Important topics for CAT 2017

As we know that CAT dates are out and the D-Day is on 26th November 2017, there are many students who would be in a state of panic and confusions. There are students who are preparing well from the start. This article aims at giving some important insights about the expected topics in the CAT 2017.

Although there is no standard set of topics which are given by any official body but through the Past CAT papers we can get an idea about the topic. This year IIM L will be setting up the CAT exam paper and in the past when they conducted CAT it was way back in 2010; though lot has changed post that but you can expect certain similarities between the two.

In 2010 verbal was easy whereas quants was tough. While DI / LR were moderately difficult but manageable. Here is a detailed article on what you can learn from 2010 CAT pattern

Quantitative Ability: 

Non-engineering students should focus on this section since they need to maintain their sectional scores and cut-offs. Though the IIMs are prefering non-engineers; tihs year too you can expect this section to be between moderate to tough.

  • Algebra: You can’t afford to take this topic lightly if you are planning to take CAT since it has been a dominated topic from past many years
  • Geometry: You can expect some questions on geometry though never asked directly the concepts are useful to solve some complex questions.
  • Permutation & Combination/Probability: You can expect atleast 2-3 questions from this topic.

Data Interpretation:

This section again demands a lot of practise and students are required to do intensive calculations. It consists of graphs, charts and tables from which you have to analyze data.

Some of the important topics in this section, which you can expect in CAT 2017

  • Data Sufficiency
  • Bar Graph
  • Tables
  • Case-lets
  • Pi-charts

Strategies to crack DI in CAT

While DI is all about understanding the graphs and answering the questions from those; logical reasoning requires a prompt presence of mind. A good practise could be to solve crosswords, puzzles, sudoko and riddles post your regular preparation as these will get you in a good thinking habit for such questions.

Some important Logical Reasoning topics, that you can expect are:

  • Family Tree
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Blood Relations
  • Syllogism
  • Assumptions & Statements
  • Venn Diagram
  • Proposition

Verbal Ability & RCs: 

The Verbal sections is divided into two major parts; Reading Comprehension and English Usage. The RC has good weightage so, this can make or break your scores in the verbal section. Vocabulary is very important since if your vocab is not strong, you would fail to quickly answer some of the easy questions.

Mnemonics can be helpful in your vocab preparation. Learn Mnemonics Online

Some important topics apart from the RC and vocab are: 

  • Grammar
  • Para Completion
  • Para Jumble
  • Sentence Correction
  • Verbal Reasoning

Tips: You can start with easy RC and slowly increase the level of it; ideally it will be good if you can practise more than 100 RC before your actual CAT.  Tone of Reading Comprehension 

All the best for CAT 2017!

CAT 2017

CAT 2017- Probability to get into IIM’s Doubled ?

Common Admission Test (CAT)

CAT 2017Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 Exam for admission to flagship MBA/PGDM programs starting in 2018 and will be conducted by IIM Lucknow probably on December 3, 2017. The entrance exam will be convened by Professor Neeraj Dwivedi who is Admission Chair and Faculty at IIM Lucknow. Referring the past statistics it is expected that 2 lakh+ candidates will register and apply for CAT 2017. CAT has become a 3 hours exam instead of earlier 140 minutes exam. CAT is a mandatory exam to be eligible for IIM’s. The convener Professor Neeraj Dwivedi has done his specialization in Strategic Management.

Probability to get into IIM’s Doubled?

There is a total of 20 IIMs which provides 20,000 seats in total for various MBA Programs. The approximate registration for CAT 2017 is 2,00,000+ Earlier the intake of IIMs was 10,000 seats. But after a meeting held with the IIM Directors, the Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had announced the decision to increase the intake capacity to 20,000 seats. Although the exact seat matrix and intake will be announced after CAT 2017.

CAT 2017 Paper Pattern and Application Process-

CAT 2017 application form is likely to be available only in the online mode from the first week of August 2017. Candidates have to visit the official website of CAT 2017 in order to register and apply. After registration process of CAT 2017,  the candidates will get the login credentials which they have to login and complete the application process by uploading a photograph, signature and other necessary documents and payment of application fee. Although the last date of application is generally the third week of September, almost every year it is extended by a week.


Important Dates to Remember for CAT 2017

One of the most important thing for the candidate is to remember the deadlines of all the entrance exams which quite a lot of people tend to forget. This leads to a massive loss of opportunity and time for the candidates. So the candidates need to make sure to register before the last date.



IIFT 2017- Exam Alerts and Important Dates

Brief Introduction of IIFT Institute-                         

The Indian Institute of Foreign Trade is established in 1963 by the Government of India and is an autonomous public school to help the country’s foreign trade management and increase exports by generating, analyzing, disseminating data and conducting research. The flagship program offered by IIFT is the Master of Business Administration in International Business (MBA-IB).It is the only institute in India that offers International Business Program among the top 10 Business Schools. IIFT started out as a center to provide foreign trade advice to governments and has since played an instrumental role in conducting research in trade policy formation.

Important Dates for IIFT 2017-




Eligibility Criteria for MBA in IIFT 2017-

  • Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years duration in any discipline.
  • Candidates appearing for their final year exam can also apply for the IIFT Exam.
  • Proof of requisite qualification by the beginning of October of the year of the start of the course.
  • There is no age limit to apply for the IIFT Exam.

IIFT Registration Process Online and Offline Mode-

Online Mode- The process of registration for IIFT Exam will start with the release of the official notification. For the registration of the IIFT Exam, the candidates are required to visit the official website and register themselves.


Candidates should retain a photocopy of the completed form and Demand Draft for future reference

Offline Mode- The offline mode registration process for IIFT Exam is same as Online Process. Instead of registering online the candidate can buy the prospectus through Cash or Demand Draft and send the form to the Institute.

IIFT Exam Paper Pattern-



Number of Seats

Currently, 220 students are studying in MBA (IB) at IIFT Delhi Campus and 140 students at IIFT Kolkata Campus

IIFT Fee structure

The IIFT 2018-20 fees structure has not been decided yet. But the current tuition fee is RS 7, 60,000 per year i.e. RS 15, 20,000 for 2 years. Along with this, the student has to pay RS 50,000 for the computer, the internet, library, alumni charges and IMF facilities. Students can pay the fees in three installments every year. Hostel charges at IIFT are under revision also. It was Rs. 47000 and Rs. 57000 per year for a triple and double occupancy accommodation respectively. MBA being a full-time residential program all the students have to apply for hostel accommodation at IIFT.

Neha Rathore’s Secret to Score 98.97 % ile

CAT Exam

Success Mantra of Neha to score 98.97%ile in CAT Exam?

“Believe in yourself and the world will believe in you.” This quote is something that kept me motivated through the whole CAT Exam phase from a dreamer to an achiever. This is something that everyone should follow in order to achieve their dreams.The key is to stay focused and dedicated with no excuses involve.

From which Colleges did you get an Interview Call after CAT Exam?

Scoring 98.97 percentile in CAT Exam opened doors of a lot of colleges. But the colleges that made a huge difference and made me cross check twice to confirm that i was qualified for the interview round were IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Shillong, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore and IIM Rohtak.

Did you appear for any other Entrance Exam?

Other than CAT Exam I appeared for NMAT and my score was 228.

CAT ExamWhat Study Material did you refer for your entrance exam?

One of the major problems that every CAT Aspirant goes through is collecting study material from everywhere and end up panicking because there is too much going on and very less time. So one of the major tips is to follow one consolidated study material. For me, CATKing books and Mocks helped a lot. 20% of the CAT Paper is related to the Past CAT Papers and CATKing Books have all the questions from the Past CAT Exam. Due to this a candidate also gets an idea of what to expect in the exam and the level of difficulty in the exam.

CAT ExamHow many Mocks did you give?

Mocks play a major role in this journey. Every CAT Aspirants should take the Mocks religiously. Every Mock should be assumed to be your CAT Exam. This will help to remove the anxiety and help to build accuracy which would be of great help in the actual CAT Exam. I gave 50 CATking Mocks to improve my accuracy and build my strategies to avoid glitches in the actual CAT Exams. The CATKing Mocks gave detailed video and graph analysis to improve my score and build better strategies to Crack CAT.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Any Important topics that you think the aspirants should focus on?

For Quants – Numbers, Permutation, and Combination, Geometry
For Verbal – Reading Comprehensions and Critical Reasoning
For DI and LR – Arrangements and 1 DI set every day

 What is the idle time to study for CAT per day?

Average 1 hours per day for the first 6 months.
Average 2-3 hours per day for the next 4 months.
Average 5 hours per day for the last 1 and a half month.

What Tips would you give to the future CAT Aspirants that you followed during your preparation for CAT?

One of the major rules that every aspirant should follow is to Believe in themselves and their ability.The moment you start doubting and thinking about all the negative scenarios you tend to take a major step towards failure. So positivity and to believe in oneself is the key to success. Every individual has different weaknesses and strengths and they should build their strategies accordingly. I followed the following rules that i would suggest every CAT Aspirant should follow –

  • Analyze Mocks – Now everyone will tell you to give Mocks but if you give 60 mocks and don’t analyze the mocks it’s of no use. It’s better to give 30 Analyzed mocks. The difference would be huge and you would easily build your own strategies and realize your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Time Management- If a candidate gets stuck on one question they should leave it and move further. If the candidate invests all their time on one question they may lose out on easy questions at the end. Candidates have to get rid of the urge to solve every question.
  • Skimming- The moment you start the exam skim through the section.At times there are easy questions hidden at the end or in the middle of the section. Candidates should not lose out on those hidden easy questions because that would play a major role to make or break your section in the CAT Exam.
  • Focus – “Success is a journey, not a destination” Candidates should make sure to be the better version of themselves. For example, if a person is scoring 8/10 they should not think about the 8 marks that they scored but about the 2 marks that they lost.This is very important and would help you to shoot up your score.
  • This is not a tip just for CAT but in life that I remind myself every day that if you want to achieve something strive for it like there is someone constantly trying to take that away from you this would help you to give your A game in whatever you do.

CAT 2010 v/s CAT 2017 Similarity IIM -L What can we learn from the Past?

CAT 2017 is conducted by IIM-Lucknow and the last time IIM-Lucknow conducted CAT was in the year 2010. It is very important to understand the thought process of the authority conducting the exam.This year IIM Lucknow PGP Admission Chair Professor Neeraj Dwivedi will be the convener of CAT 2017. CAT 2016 was conducted by IIM-Bangalore and the assumptions of Verbal Section being a bit tricky came out to be true.Further, we’ll analyze CAT 2010 exam and try to grasp all the information and the changes that we can expect in the CAT 2017.

Section-wise Analysis of CAT 2010

CAT 2017

CAT 2010 Quant Section was tough but with the coming years, the level of difficulty has gone down a notch or two giving the non-engineers a fair chance to get their dream college. Dividing the chapters according to their weightage and studying the chapters accordingly is one of the way to do smart work rather than hard work. Quants section for CAT 2017 candidate can expect the following breakdown of chapters with the approximate number of questions asked according to the chapters-

CAT 2017

Verbal Section-

Verbal section tests your reading ability and presence of mind. The CAT Verbal Section is all about testing Reading Ability. Fully one third of the Section is Reading Comprehension, with a total of 16 questions on this pattern alone. Apart from the 16 other questions from Logical Reasoning (more on this later), the other question patterns also focus on testing Reading Ability

CAT 2017

Logical Reasoning Section –

The vocabulary used in logical reasoning questions, according to the expert is different from the one used in Verbal Ability hence it is imperative that you must have the knowledge of the terminology used in this part, since the questions are formed on the topics based on the said terminology in CAT. Besides, certain topics on which CAT prefers to frame the questions have specific logical rules to follow to solve them.

CAT 2017


How to Crack CAT 2017 in 5 Months ?

Are 5 months Sufficient to Crack CAT 2017?

Every CAT Aspirant have the same question in their mind. The only difference is the number of months left for CAT Exam. Right now the candidate has 5 months to Crack CAT Exam which sums up to 150 days approximately. So the answer to the query of every CAT Aspirant of whether they can Crack CAT in 5 months is positive. Candidate can Crack CAT with the desired percentile with 5 months of preparation.

CAT 2016 Pattern and Sections-

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

How to start off with the preparation?

The main and the biggest obstacle a student faces is “Procrastination”. The excuse of starting CAT Preparation from tomorrow will only lead a candidate to a position where he/she will search the net on “how to crack CAT in 1 month or a week ?“ Before reaching this point the candidate should get up and start their preparation and don’t delay your preparation even by a day. One of the most important things is not to do the countdown in months but do the countdown in days.


From where to start the preparation?

  • Basics

Candidates should start off by revising their basics. The strength of the building depends on its foundation. Similarly, a candidate through with their basics would face less difficulty than the candidates who are not sure about basics of each section in CAT.

  • Mocks

Candidates should give a mock or two to understand where they stand and what are their weak or strong areas in the CAT Exam. This will help the candidate to understand their level of preparation at the present moment and understand the sections that the candidate should concentrate more on.

  • Past Papers

20% of the CAT Paper is repeated every year. Candidate should give major attention to this data. Since real CAT Papers are not present online candidates can download the CAT Past Papers that are similar to the CAT Previous year Papers. This will not only help because 20% paper is repeated but the candidate will get an idea of what will the rest 80% of the paper consist.

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 Months

This article helps us to crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Things that the candidate should avoid doing during their CAT Preparation.

  • All kinds of Study Material-

Refer to a particular study material. Candidates often buy all the study material available in the market which leads to panic and demotivates them to a great extent. So stick to one set of study material and complete it thoroughly then if needed shift to a different set of study material

  • Only Collecting Information-

Most of the candidates search on the net for various tips and strategies to Crack CAT. But piling up the information from various platforms and zero application would be of no use. Candidates can spend one particular day and search all the strategies and shortcuts on the internet but after that stop searching and start applying it in the mocks and understand whether they are helpful or not.

  • Panic Mode-

Don’t freak out and press the panic button just because the preparation days are getting lesser day by day. Every person is different and has different strength and weakness. The preparation level of every candidate is different so follow your own plan and stick to it.

  • Influence and Environment

However simple or stupid this sounds a candidate’s surroundings, environment and their company play a major role in their level of preparation. Surround yourself with people who are willing to fight and have a positive attitude. This will boost your energy and motivational level which will also push the candidate to put their 110% in the CAT Preparation.

Crack CAT 2017 in 5 Months

This article helps us to crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Things that the Candidate should consider during their CAT Preparation-

  • Analyse Mocks-

Candidate should not give the mock test and analyze the mock on the same day. Take one full day to analyze the mock given and understand the weak and the strong areas.

  • Strategies and Shortcuts

Candidates should try different types of shortcuts and strategies in the practice mocks and decide one strategy to be used in the CAT Preparation. Trying out a new strategy on the day of the exam is a strict no the tried and tested strategy which is in favor of the candidate should be executed in the exam.

  • Number of Mocks

The number of mocks in total given by the student should be at least 40-50 Analysed Mocks. Initially, a candidate should start with giving one mock in a week and after a month when he/she is clear with their basics and know their level of preparation start off with giving 2-3 mocks in a week.


Crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

This article helps us to crack CAT 2017 in 5 months

Points to be considered due to possible changes in CAT 2017 Exam

  • IIM Lucknow is to convene CAT 2017 they are decreasing the difficulty level of Quantitative Aptitude Section to give the non-engineers an equal chance to fight for the highest percentile.
  • This may lead to increase in difficulty level of other sections. This is where the candidates who are thorough with their basics will be benefitted.
  • There may be changes in the number of MCQ’s like the last time.

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CET 2018 Exam Dates,Application Procedure

CET 2018 Exam Pattern, Application Procedure

CET 2018 Exam Dates,Application Procedure

MAH-CET 2018 is state level entrance exam for post graduation in management course. It is  conducted by the Directorate of Technical Education, Maharashtra.By MAH – CET students can take admission for MBA, MMS and PGDM .

MAH-CET Exam Dates 2018

Here are Tentative Dates for MAH-CET 2018. As soon as there will be announcement for the CET 2018 dates it will be updated.

EventsDates (Tentative)
Online registration begins from3rd week of January 2018
Last date of online registration2nd week of February 2018
Last date to edit the details2nd week of February 2018
Last date to print the application formLast week of February 2018
Payment of application fee3rd week of January to 2nd week of February 2018
Hall Ticket Release4th week of February 2018
MAH CET Entrance Exam1st week of March 2018
Result Declaration2nd week of March 2018
 Counselling starts from3rd week of May 2018

MAH-CET Application Form 2018


CategoryApplication Fee
For Open Category Candidates from Maharashtra State
Rs. 1000/-
For Candidates of Backward Class Categories (SC, ST, VJ/DT- NT(A), NT(B), NT(C), NT(D), OBC, SBC) and & Persons with Disability Candidates belonging to Maharashtra State onlyRs. 800/-


Eligibility Criteria
If Candidates are eligible according to eligibility criteria than they can proceed to fill the application form :

  • Candidates should have passed minimum 3 years of Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized university.
  • Candidate must score 50% marks in aggregate in any discipline (45% for OBC/PD belonging to Maharashtra State only).
  • Candidates those appearing in final year are also eligible to apply.

Exam Pattern

  • The exam will be conducted online.
  • There will be  Multiple Choice questions in question paper.
  • There will be total 200 questions in the exam.
  • Duration of exam will be two and half hours (150 minutes).
  • Language of paper will be English only.
  • 1 mark will be provided for each correct response. For incorrect response, no marks will be deducted.

It is very necessary to prepare this 4 sections :-

SubjectsMaximum Questions
Abstract Reasoning25
Verbal Ability/Reading Comprehension50
Logical Reasoning75
Quantitative Aptitude50

Which is easier to NMAT/CET?

CAT 2017 Registration Process & Application Procedure

CAT-2017-Exam-Dates-Procedure-and-Registration-ProcessCAT 2017 Overview

Common Admission Test (CAT 2017) is one of the entrance exams for pursuing post graduation. It offers a big opportunity to candidates for taking admissions in  19  Indian Institute of Management(IIMs).The IIM conducting CAT will issue the application form for the test online.This year IIM Lucknow is going to set paper for CAT 2017.

CAT 2017 Registration Process

CAT 2017 candidate will have to download the application form, a link will be provided on this page for the convenience of the aspirants. Candidates have to register themselves for the test before filling CAT 2017 application form. For login id and password, the candidate must enter necessary details properly.This login in credentials should be used by applicants to fill CAT 2017 application form. Candidates are also required to upload the essential documents and scanned application form.Images of candidate’s photograph and signature. The images must be accurate as per the required size and format mentioned by the conducting authority. Candidates are required to pay the necessary fee. The application fee is expected to be around Rs. 1700/-  (SC/ST/PWD/DA: Rs. 850/-) for CAT 2017. Avoid making mistakes while filling the Application form for Common Admission Test.If there are errors in application form than candidates would be disqualified for CAT 2017.

CAT 2017 Dates

These are the tentative dates:-

CAT 2017

Eligibility criteria

  • The minimum qualification required is bachelor’s degree with 50% marks (45% for SC/ST). If the obtained marks are in the form of CGPA then it would be converted to percentage marks based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where the candidate has passed his/her bachelor degree.
  • The candidates appearing in the final year of bachelor’s degree and whose results are waiting are also eligible to apply for CAT 2017.

CAT 2017Key Features

The candidate must have the following before they start filling the CAT registration form –

  • A valid email ID and a mobile number should be provided. The ID and the number must remain active until the end of the admission process.
  • Scores of Class 10 & 12  and the Bachelor’s degree or equivalent exam percentage or CGPA.
  • The total years and months of work experience.
  • The name of IIM that candidates want to apply.
  • The name of the city in which they wish to appear exam according to their convenience.
  • Scanned image of the candidate’s passport size photograph (colored), signature, and the category certificate under which they are applying.
  • The Net Banking, credit card and debit card details to pay the application fee

Steps that the candidates must follow while filling in the application form of CAT 2017 –

  • CAT 2017 registration is to be done online only.
  • Registration will remain open only until 45 days from the day it starts.
  • You will automatically apply online for CAT 2017 when you register for CAT 2017.
  • In the case of filling incorrect information in online application form, not only aspirant will be treated as invalid but the registration fee will also be forfeited.
  • In 3 steps registration will be completed.
  • Before you start filling the registration form please read the instructions carefully.
  • In registration, form aspirants can edit any number of times and aspirants can also save and exit the form and complete it later or can Save & Continue each section till you submit the application.
  • After aspirants filling CAT online registration form and online application form they have to pay fees.
  • If aspirants do not pay the exam fee after completing the registration form, the application form will be regarded as incomplete and aspirants will not be allowed to appear in CAT 2017 Exam.

Note: –After the candidate has successfully submitted the application form, a confirmation message will be sent to candidate’s registered email ID. So it is necessary to enter email ID correctly while registering for the exam.It will also include additional details such as Admit card window.


Candidates can also click on this link to cross check the official announcement


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