Wednesday, January 03, 2007

CAT 2006 scorecard / result out

The IIMs have announced the results for the Common Admission Test (CAT) held on 19th November 2006. After a brief confusion yesterday morning, where the online link after being put up by one of the IIMs was subsequently withdrawn, has been sorted out and you can find out your CAT 2006 scores here now.

For those of you, who have got the desired percentile scores, a hearty congratulations. I hope you are already gearing up for the crucial Group Discussion & Personal Interview rounds. While IIM Kozhikode seems to have announced the results, the other IIMs seem to have delayed the results and the situation will be clearer in a day or two. Officially, 6th January looks to be the new deadline for announcing results.

Now, there were close to 2 lakh students who wrote the CAT 2006 and in spite of your best attempts, there will be lots of you who would miss the desired IIM call. What should one do?

- if you have narrowly missed the call, it may be a very good idea to gain some work experience in the coming year and write the CAT again in 2007.

- if for some or the other reason, you do not want to wait for another year, go for the next best options only: viz MDI Gurgaon, MICA Ahmedabad, NITIE or some of the other top b-schools through the other tests like FMS & XAT

- if your percentile scores are much lower, say below a 60 percentile, then you need to do some serious reassessment of your performance and future options. Do you think you had put in optimum effort this year? If no, then you may try again next year. If yes, then you may have to look beyond MBA. Please remember that there is not much point doing an MBA from just any b-school - an MBA will add value to your profile only if it's done from a decent place so take your time before deciding. Consult your teachers and friends - they would know you well to give you a good advise. At least look at the world beyond MBA also - there are plenty of emerging fields and you would surely find something of your interest. It may not be a bad idea at all to make use of scientific career planning tools like Psychometric Analysis to find out your areas of interest, strengths & weaknesses.

- don't lose heart, always remember that the IIMs are a very good option but not the only one. Cheers!

IIM websites:
Ahmedabad -
Bangalore -
Calcutta -
Lucknow -
Indore -
Kozhikode -

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