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Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 has been the most anticipated notification for graduates who intend to get themselves enlisted into India's top B-schools in 2018.

Changing its directing body each passing year with an aim to have one of a kind CAT exam, the current year's CAT 2017 is being led by the old set up B-school, IIM Lucknow.

CAT 2017 is being held for graduates who aspire to pursue their Masters in Business Administration i.e. MBA as their post-graduation course from India's top B-schools such as IIM's, FMS and so forth.

CAT 2017 will be directed by IIM Lucknow. Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow is the most sought-after MBA institute with decades of experience and 100 percent placement record. Having been assigned the duty to direct CAT 2017, IIM Lucknow's chair professor would be designated as the "Convener" during the current year's CAT. The final date of CAT is still under planning but most likely it will be held in November or December 2017. 

Among all the hype, it is necessary to prepare thoroughly for this exam, so given below are some important topics which must be covered under CAT Syllabus 2017

1.   Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

This section is considered to be tricky and very time consuming by most aspirants. For 2017, the topics students should emphasise more while preparing are:


     Number System Approximately 3-4 questions can be expected to be asked covering sub topics such as divisibility and remainders and number properties. 


While preparing number system students should keep in mind to clear the basics because it can be tough to understand without getting the base right.

     Arithmetic - Though it is considered important, since past three years not many questions are asked from it.

So, candidates should concentrate only on those type of questions which were asked in previous years’ CAT exam.

     Algebra - Since past three years a lot many questions have been asked from algebra. Students should pay a lot of attention towards preparing probable sub topics like anything and everything where there is an equation with the variable 'x'.
2.Quadratic and Linear equations
3. Functions and Graphs
4. Maxima and Minima
5. Logarithms
6. Sequences and Series

Candidates should prepare these topics thoroughly and also they should learn and practice the pattern of questions which have been asked previously in CAT

Geometry: This topic too has been asked a lot in the past years. Sub topics such as Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Circles, Coordinate Geometry and Mensuration have been asked a lot over time.

Geometry can also be very time consuming so candidates should prepare in such a way that they have practiced various aspects of Geometry along with its implications and uses.

Permutation and Combination/Probability: This is another topic that contributes around one to two questions to the exam.

But there are chances that number of questions can increase, candidates should think very logically when attempting questions of this kind.

2- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

This section will check a candidate’s decision-making skills in less time. As for any successful manager, this skill holds the utmost importance. The manager is required to make many quick decisions and the scope of error is very less.

Data Interpretation: Questions from topics such as Tables, charts, data sufficiency, caselets will be asked to assess candidate’s ability to use common sense and logic to understand the situation given correctly.

Logical Reasoning: Data arrangement, Venn Diagrams, Matching Puzzles, Family Tree, clocks and calendars, assumptions and statements, all these hold a lot of importance.

Candidates should always consider questions based on such topics as a game. Logic and quickness in thinking will be judged or assessed through such questions. A manager has such situations to be taken care of in real life where his/her logic and objectivity is put to test.

 3- Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)

This section is divided in two parts which are Reading Comprehension and English Usage.

     Reading Comprehension: Usually it carries 5 passages, each having 3-4 questions.



Tip: Candidates are advised to inculcate a reading habit. For quickly solving reading comprehension, students should be in a habit to skim through a paragraph with speed and at the same time being able to understand what is the summary of that paragraph. Only then can candidates score well in these questions.

      English Usage: Questions are ideally asked from topics like Fact Inference Judgment, Fill in the blanks, Grammar, Para Completion, Para Jumble, Sentence Correction, Verbal Reasoning, Word Usage (Vocabulary)

Tip: Candidates should learn new English words and use those words every day. Having a very strong base in grammar will help students in scoring more.

The CMAT eligibility must be met independent of what category a candidate belongs to or which post-graduate programme/college they have opted for. The criteria are same irrespective of category or college chosen by the applicant.

All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) determines the CMAT Eligibility Criteria every year for all contenders to show up for the exam. The choice and assignment of seats are done on the basis of qualification, eligibility and rank in the CMAT examination

The applicants who do not satisfy the CMAT qualification standards will not be permitted to take CMAT 2018 examination and all procedures further will be crossed out regardless of what the phase of affirmation and execution in the CMAT examination had been.

Subsequently, the hopefuls need to check eligibility before they begin CMAT Registration.

General CMAT eligibility criteria

The CMAT candidate must be an Indian to fulfill the qualification criteria for CMAT 2018.

The applicant must be a graduate (10+2+3) from any recognised university in any stream to fulfill the qualification criteria.

 Course wise CMAT eligibility for 2018

The CMAT 2018 eligibility criteria for admissions to the management programmes (Diploma and Post-Graduation) will vary according to the kind of management programme.

The CMAT 2018 eligibility criteria for management programmes are:



Candidate should have completed graduation of minimum 3 years duration from a recognised college or university



A Bachelor's level degree of at least 3 years duration. 

Passed with a minimum percentage of 50 percent (for general category) and 45 percent (for reserved category)

Executive PGDM


A Bachelor's degree of least 3 years duration.

Must have minimum 5 years working experience in managerial and supervisory work profile.

Minimum percentage required to apply for General category students is 50 percent and for reserved category students it is 45 percent

Documents required to be eligible for reservation:

Candidates wanting to seek reservation in CMAT under any of the mentioned categories will need to produce the documents listed below.

Percentage of Reservation

Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Caste Who Converted to Buddhism (SC ) 13.0 percent
Scheduled Tribes including those living outside specified areas (ST ) 7.0 percent
Vimukta Jati & Denotified Tribes (VJ/DT) i.e. NT (A) 3.0 percent
Nomadic Tribes – 1 (NT-B) 2.5 percent

Nomadic Tribes – 2 (NT-C) 3.5 percent
Nomadic Tribes – 3 (NT-D) 2.0 percent

Other Backward Classes (OBC ) - 9 percent

Total Reservation - 50 percent

Reports as declarations to be produced for applying under any reservation category:

Caste certificate

Dependent Certificate

Income Certificate

Proformas etc., whichever applicable, according to the guidelines of the particular college/ institute.

Category once indicated by the applicant at the time of submitting his/her CMAT 2018 Application form, along with the documents as proof, cannot be changed later under any circumstances. Thus, the student must read and comprehend the criteria of reservation of seats deliberately before applying for CMAT 2018




Without sufficient documentary proof, no candidate will be given any benefit of reservation of seats through CMAT 2018.

CMAT Eligibility Overview



Education Qualification

Graduation (From a recognised college/university)

Students in final year of graduation

Are eligible to apply

Minimum required percentage in graduation

50 percent



CMAT Exam Highlights



Application Process Starts

Second week of October 2017

Application Process Ends

Fourth week of December 2017

Release of Admit Card

Third week of January 2018

CMAT 2018 Exam

Fourth week of January 2018

Announcement of Result

Second week of February 2018

CMAT Exam Pattern

CMAT exam is conducted in computer based mode. The total duration of the exam is three hours. It is divided into four sections. The table given below provides more information on the exam pattern of CMAT 2018 –

S. No.

Types of Questions

No. of Questions


Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation



Logical Reasoning



Language Comprehension



General Awareness


As far as the marking scheme is concerned, the candidates are awarded 4 marks for every correct answer, while 1 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer. The total number of questions asked in the exam is 100 (25 questions in each section) and the maximum marks is 400.



CMAT Cut-off

CMAT cutoff means the minimum score required to qualify CMAT exam. Institutes will announce their individual cut off score on their website after the CMAT results will be announced.

Qualifying candidates will be called for Group Discussion and Personal Interview in various colleges based on their CMAT score.

Name of Institute

CMAT Cut off 2017

Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida

82 percentile (170)

Pune University Department of Management Studies (PUMBA DMS)

96.42 percentile (210)

Goa Institute of Management, Goa

99.85 percentile (260)

Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi

75 percentile (160)

Dr. D. Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune

75 percentile (160)

K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research (KJSIMSR), Mumbai

99.20 percentile (246)

XISS Ranchi

95 percentile (199)



Planning to study abroad and confused as to how best to pay for your fees and other expenses through Forex? Here are some Forex tips that will make your task easier. There are typically 4 steps in the process:
1. Application: A student narrows down on the universities of his choice and on an average applies to 5-6 of them. Some of the universities require an application fee and some of them do not. Where application fee is required, the payment is usually done through wire transfer.
2. Upon acceptance, some universities require you to pay an enrollment fee. Again, wire transfer is the preferred option here.
3. Once you receive an offer letter from your university of choice, it is time to apply for a VISA. After procurement of a VISA, you will be required to pay your Tuition Fee. Depending on the university, this fee can be paid in one go or a partial payment can be done before joining and the rest can be paid in person once you reach the university. If you are required to make an advance payment, wire transfer is the preferred option, and for in person payments, a Forex card is the best option.
4. Maintenance and living expenses. For your day to day expenses, a forex card is recommended, as it is cheaper than wire transfer and can be easily reloaded online.
Some universities still accept payment through Demand Drafts, but this is fast becoming an antiquated option.
The total amount of foreign exchange used by a student both in terms of forex cards and wire transfers, in a financial year must not exceed USD 250,000 for educational purposes. This amount usually includes forex costs for maintenance/living expenses as well as your tuition fee. However, in case your tuition fee exceeds this amount, you can justify it by furnishing your fee slip.
Difference between Wire Transfers and Forex Cards
Wire transfers or remittances are a popular method of transferring funds abroad, and use SWIFT platform for transfer (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication). To remit money, you will need to have a sending bank account and a receiving bank account. There will be a prevailing Forex rate which will be frozen at the time of transfer, a sending fee levied by the sending bank and a Beneficiary fee or BEN charges levied by the receiving bank. So, for instance you are sending $10,000 abroad, you might be charged a sending fee of INR 250 to 2,500/- and BEN charges of $13-$15. Depending on your destination and your choice of sending bank, these charges vary.
Forex cards are prepaid cards onto which you load money in local currency which then gets converted into the foreign currency of choice at a fixed FX rate. Forex cards can be used to withdraw money from ATMs, swiped at terminals, and can also be used to make online transactions. Forex cards can be reloaded with fresh funds in case one runs out of forex. Depending on which bank you purchased from, some forex cards come with an issuance fee in the range of INR 100-350.
Here, it is worth noting that you cannot use a forex card issued in your sibling/relatvie/friend's name for your own purpose. Forex is highly regulated and KYC compliant. Post demonetisation, Customs search at airports is increasingly stringent and has been tightened. If you do not have a valid proof of forex purchase, your entire forex amount is liable to be confiscated. This amount can be redeemed only upon submission of a proof of purchase.
Advantages of Forex card over Credit/Debit Card
Forex cards offer clear advantages when compared to Cash, Debit or Credit Cards. Here are some of them:
Issuance fee - There is NO Issuance fee for forex cards if purchased online. However, some banks may charge between INR 0-350. Most international debit cards have an issuance fee and it typically ranges between INR 0-500. For international credit cards the issuance fee is usually between INR 0-1500.
Withdrawal fee - For forex cards, $2 or its equivalent in other currency is charged per withdrawal at ATMs, whereas up to INR 500 is charged per withdrawal for international debit cards, and up to INR 1000 per withdrawal for credit cards.
Merchant service fee - Forex cards do not have any merchant fee, whereas for international debit card and credit cards, an additional 3.5 percent merchant service fee can be charged.
FX rates - For forex cards, exchange rates are frozen at time of loading, thereby having no possibility of rate fluctuations. Whereas for international debit and credit cards, it is not possible to freeze rates, and the highest rates for the day is applied for any transaction.
FX conversion charges - No additional conversion charges are applicable for forex cards, but for international debit and credit cards, a cross currency markup of 4-6 percent can be applied on every transaction.
Types of Forex cards
There are several cards from AXIS, ICICI, HDFC which are student friendly and geared towards making university payments easy and hassle free.
There are two types of Forex cards:
Multi-currency cards - Multi-currency cards allow you to load different currencies onto a single card. You can load up to 18 currencies on a single card, based on the vendor.
Single-currency cards - Single-currency cards are card loaded with single currency, and these can be a good option if travelling to a single country.
You can purchase cards from banks, online as well as offline vendors. Look out for 'Free ATM Withdrawal' offer on the cards, for without this facility you may end up spending $1.5 to $2 each time you withdraw.
You can purchase a forex card or do a wire transfer from:
1. Banks
2. Local Vendors
3. Online Sites
Banks usually cater to account holders and have a higher margin on rates and sending fee. Local vendors are a very convenient option, owing to proximity, but a chance of cash counterfeiting may be high and reloading forex may not be as easy. Online vendors are of two types - bidding engines or aggregators where you can compare offline vendors and bid for rates, and online portals where you can purchase forex completely online and upload documents online as well.
Online portals usually offer further discounts on existing dollar rates and offer easy reload options in case you run out of cash when are abroad. Moreover, most online portals offer all ATM withdrawals free, leading to higher savings.
Forex cards can be purchased directly from the banks offering them, through offline vendors and through online portals. Wire transfers typically done through Banks, but can also be routed through online & offline vendors which offer these services at much better rates.
Documents required for purchasing Forex
You will need to furnish a copy of your air ticket, education visa, passport (an I-20 form is also needed for American universities).
For remittance, you will be required to furnish an offer letter from the university, ID Proof Of Remitter, Passport, PAN Card, A2 Form (given by the service provider).If a parent is sending you money, they will need to submit proof of identity and proof of residence apart from a PAN card.
Ideally, forex can be purchased a month before you leave for the university. It is always good to keep an eye out on the rates in the market and also on the rates offered by different channels. A good strategy would be to have a mix of remittances and forex cards, which if purchased from an online vendor can lead to a saving of 5-7 percent over traditional banks.
The author is Ananth Reddy, founder & MD of, an online platform geared towards offering end to end Forex solutions for the Indian student wishing to study abroad. 
With great strides in technology being made across the globe, the communication landscape has evolved at an unmatched pace. The advent of internet and digital means of communication have made it possible for people to have access to unimaginable amounts of information with just a tap of their finger. Impactful visuals are drawing more attention than the text that accompanies them. Traditional ways of communication are fast making way for the new and with all of this, the workplace has evolved in its own way - the age of the 'smart' worker as opposed to the 'hard' worker has long dawned. Today's hiring managers look out for candidates that bring more to the table than the conventional skills. Creativity and innovation are the buzzwords in the corporate arena today. So what does all of this mean for a job aspirant? How often do we come across friends and acquaintances whine about not getting any interview calls despite relevant experience and qualification? This is where a smartly designed infographic resume can come to the rescue, especially if it is a role that demands loads of creativity.



“An infographic resume is a great way to stand out from the crowd,” says Lauren Ferrara, a creative recruiter for Creative Circle, a US based staffing firm that specialises in advertising and creative staffing. “Recruiters and hiring managers review hundreds of resumes on a daily basis and if you can find a way to differentiate yourself, you should take that opportunity.”

Smartly designed infographics pep up your resume and helps grab the eyeballs of recruiters by transforming the several pages of boring text to creative visual data. Let us see exactly how an infographic resume scores over its traditional counterpart.



1.Visually attractive

Research proves that human brain is naturally wired to be drawn to attractive visuals. A resume that features colourful graphics definitely scores over it's black and white 'text only’ counterpart in the 'attractiveness’ parameter. Since a resume is the first step in marketing yourself to recruiters, an attractive resume garners positive attention from the recruiters - and helps to engage them better.



2. Highlights key points and saves time

Infographics make it possible to present important information such as key achievements and career milestones that you wouldn't want the recruiter to miss, in a concise yet engaging manner. So it helps save your time as well as the recruiter's, besides conveying the key points in an interesting way.



3. Demonstrates creativity

An infographic resume demonstrates your creativity - a must have skill especially in advertisement, media, marketing and communications areas. What’s more, it also proves your digital savviness and expertise at Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.



4. Compelling story of yourself

Another great thing about an infographic resume is that it enables the use of visuals for communicating what's special about you. In other words, it helps create a compelling story about you as a professional.

It ensures your achievements and uniqueness is not constricted by the traditional format. You can play around with graphics to emphasize on points that prove you are the bet fit for the job.



“A digital resume gives you so much more freedom and creative flexibility to tell your story,” says Perotto of DocuSign - a leading electronic signature technology and Digital Transaction Management services provider. “You can take your experiences and make them visually appealing and unique to you through graphics.”