Why you should target CAT before CET

Why you should target CAT before CET

Here are a few reasons for you to target CAT before MH-CET:


1. There is more competition for CET compared to CAT

Every year approximately 48,000 students/applicants appear for CAT, While, close to 72,000 students appear for CET, as this exam is gaining more popularity since past few years.

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2. Chances of making to top college through CAT is comparatively easy than through CET

As per the analysis, to seek an admission in Reputed and Renowned Institutes accepting CAT scores like IIMs and SP Jain, one has to score 4/10 (assuming 10 as total), whereas seeking an admission in one of the best institutes accepting CET scores like JBIMS, one has to score 9.5/10 (assuming 10 as total).CAT enables students to focus on IIMs. It is always advisable to do MBA in IIM.  Why do people aim to study MBA from IIMs rather than any other college?

3.  Pay package is higher in the colleges through CAT

The CAT scores accepting colleges offer maximum Rs.30 Lakhs annually and minimum Rs.10-15 Lakhs annually, whereas the CET scores accepting colleges offer maximum Rs.17.5 lakhs and minimum Rs.8 lakhs annually.Along with CAT students should also be prepared for GDPI/WAT Sessions

4. CAT less questions & more time whereas in CET it’s less time & more questions

 In CAT exam, there are 100 questions weighing 300 marks & time frame is 170 minutes and the exam is divided in 2 sections, whereas In CET exam, there are 200 questions covering vast sections & time frame is 150 minutes with no sectional limits. Having sectional limits helps you plan your paper well. With the help of CAT 2019 Strategy students can solve the paper in given time

5. To top CAT you require less number of right answers required

In CAT exam, attempting 40 right questions leads the candidate achieving 97%ile, whereas In CET exam, one has to attempt 150 right questions to get 99.99%. The cut off for JBIMS is 99.87%ile approx.

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6. Always better to target CAT than CET

CAT being the first exam of all the management exams; if you prepare well for CAT you have better chances of doing well for the other exams as well. There are tons of exams post CAT viz NMAT, SNAP, MICA etc. CET being the last if you fail you will have to wait till next year.

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Some More Info on CAT & CET:

Both CAT and CET are management entrance exams; conducted to judge the skills of the students on the basis of which they will be selected in MBA Colleges. Although these 2 exams help students to get into colleges; they have vast difference in the pattern and colleges that accept their scores.


CAT is considered to be as one of the toughest entrance examination for getting an admission into management profession and studies.

The CAT examination consists of 100 questions weighing 300 marks and there are 2 sections viz.

  1. Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation
  2.  Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning Verbal Ability
  • Each section consists of 50 questions, i.e. Entire paper comprises of 100 questions and each question carries 3 marks.
  • For each correct answer 3 marks is awarded while for each wrong answer 1 mark is deducted. The time frame of 170 minutes, i.e. 2 hours 50 minutes has been set for the CAT exam.

For the unanswered questions, 0 marks would be given, i.e. there would not be any negative marking for unanswered questions.

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test held in India. This test scores a person on the bases of quantitative ability, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs.

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The CAT score is used separately by each institute along with other parameters i.e. academic performance, group discussion, work experience, written ability test and personal interview to select candidates. The acceptance of CAT score may differ for each institute.

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CET: Online CET Classes

CET Common Entrance Test is conducted in Maharashtra to give the admission in MBA/MMS/PGDBM/PGDBA Courses. The exam is conducted by Directorate of Technical Education (DTE), Maharashtra. Cracking CET is comparatively easier to CAT, as a result of which, there is an escalation in number of students opting for CET. However, both exams are different methods of testing.

The CET examination consists of 200 questions weighing 200 marks.

There are 10 sections/areas in MAH CET:

Analytical Reasoning, Analytical Puzzle, Quantitative Ability, Quantitative Comparison, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency, Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension (RC).

One of the basic differences between the MAH CET examination and the other exams is that there is no sectional division in the question paper. The questions appear from the above mentioned areas and the number of questions also varies in different years.

Each question carries 1 mark and 5 choices/options are given for each question. There is no negative marking in CET. The time frame of 150 minutes, i.e. 2 hours 30 minutes has been set for CET examination.

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MAH CET is getting more popular among aspirants in the rural and sub-urban parts of Maharashtra over Common Admission Test (CAT) as there is no provision for group discussion and personal interview and any student scoring above zero in the entrance test is sufficient to secure a seat. With such kind of implementations, Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has made the test a cake walk compared to other MBA entrance exams like CAT.

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Another puller attraction with CET over other MBA admission tests is the 15 per cent outside Maharashtra state (OMS) quota seats that can be filled by candidates from Maharashtra.Data compiled on the number of students who appeared for the CET compared with the availability of seats indicated marked upsurge.

Difference between the CAT & CET exams:

It is important and necessary to understand difference between the two tests.

CAT is a test designed to select only top percent from a large pool of students. As a result, it is a conceptual test, which is a good mix of moderate to difficult questions and where selection of questions is crucial.

On the contrary, CET is a test to have uniform distribution on both sides of normal curve. As a result, CET is designed as a speed-based test, which consists of easy to moderate questions.Colleges through CET

Again, in CAT one has to perform across all sections covering various areas of expertise.

In CET there is no sectional cut-offs. Randomly distributed questions make things difficult if you want to attempt your preferred area of expertise across the test. Also there is no negative marking in this exam.

Hope this helps; feel free to post your comments on the article.


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