CAT Results – Best wishes from 2iim

CAT results are out this week. To begin with, best wishes for all the students who have taken up this exam. Over the past few days, we have got a few calls from students who are facing results-anxiety. So, this is probably a good time to get some perspective. A few thoughts –

1. The biggest business houses in this country were built by non IIM grads. A degree from one of the IIM’s  is a great route to take a big leap, but is not a necessary (nor is it sufficient) condition for success in business.

2. There are probably 40 good colleges in the country now. When we guys wrote CAT 10-12 years ago, there were probably 6 worthwhile colleges to do an MBA from. Now, the anything in the top 40 can give you a boost. If you get 99th percentile and get a call from 4 IIMs, great. If you get 95th percentile, you should still feel good that you are in the top 5 percent in the country. Shoot for the best, but best to be pragmatic as well.

3. If you miss the bus now, there is always next time: India now has plenty of options for doing an executive MBA. This option is open for candidates with 5-6 years of experience. Now, there is also a chance that CAT might be conducted more than once a year. So, there is always next year. Some of our students have cracked CAT at the fifth attempt. So, if you are in the close-but-no-cigar category, probably best to lick your wounds and come back next year.

Once again, best wishes to the guys.

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