hello and a warm greetings to all the readers. 🙂
normally, this blog acts as collection of various thoughtsand ideas, some of which are my own, and some of them caried or derived from internet.
this post, however talks about 1 of the most important event in my life, “entrance exam for IIM ” known as “CAT.”
IIM, is 1 of the leading management institution in india, and, to get admission, 1 has to go through somewhat tuff exam, which is basically common aptitude test.
the exam, mainly focuses on testing your presence of mind, logical reasoning and overall knowledge in subjects of mathematics, data interpretation, and english.
being in the category of differently able persons because of being visually challenged, according to IIM, i was allowed to bring scribe/writer with me.
he should be of lower qualification then me, and should not be appearing for CAT for this year, and next year.
i’ve been really working hard since last year for this examination, and fortunately, this year, the exam was changing its overall structure and pattern, and from a paper based objective test, it upgraded it self, and, news reads, “cat09 goes online!”
at first, i thought that they will let me use speech output softwares such as screen readers, and i will be able to give the exam on my own, but it turns out that still, there’s a time for extreme upgrades, and despite of the exam going on computers, i have to follow the traditional way, and arrange for scribe.
from going to bank, filling the application forum, getting scheduled for the exam, getting the admit card on email, the process was pretty easy, and everything just worked out to be perfect.
although arranging the perfect scribe, and establishing the coordination for exam is not that easy, and i’d really appreciate if in future such institutes like IIM provides screen readers or other software support enabling us to give the examination individually on our own.
luckily, i was able to find helpful and friendly scribe, and filled the scribe forum just a few days after submitting my own examination forum, and got the approval from IIM to bring him as my scribe.
and, finally, after so many days and nights of tiring studies, came the day when the exam was scheduled, 3rd December, 2009.
i chose the center to be gandhi nagar, amedabad, as it was nearest to udaipur, the place where i’m presently living for final year of my BCA.
reached the place well before time, and located the place where my exam center, Vishwakarma Government Engineering College was situated.
next was to find out nearest hotel, and book rooms for me, my scribe, and parents.
thanks to dad’s strong marketing network, rooms were booked well in advance in the nearest hotel.
the journey from udaipur to gandhinagar was overall good, but i was quiet for most of the time, as it was 1 of very important event of my life, and i wanted to perform at my best in it.
heck, couldn’t even sleep the night before the exam, scaring dreams and thoughts accompanied me the whole night.
at last, it was 6AM!
talked to nikita, 1 of my very good friend, got ready, and left for exam.
the exam time slot was fixed from 10 am, so had to check in the center at around 8 AM, and no late then 8:30 AM.
having near hotel helped for sure, and reached the center well on time.
the staff was really cooperative, got my and scribe’s documents checked and verified, and was allotted the workstation at around 8:30 AM.
my finger prints and picture was taken after a while, and the test begins.
as it was previously mentioned on IIM’s website, the timer started from 3 hours 30 mins instead of 2 hours 30 mins, as extra time is given to candidates who are appearing with their scribe.
now, the main thing, is the exam, which was not that hard overall.
attempted sufficient amount of questions from all 3 section, and the extra time was very well required.
i’m not disclosing any further specific detail of the exam as it is prohibited, but i can confidently say, that i can expect a good result.
tried my best, and gave the exam on satisfactory level.
the results will be declared on 22nd January, and i’ll definitely let you all know when it comes out.
i’d like to specially thank rajpal for being my scribe and for such a grate understanding and friendly support he gave me right from the preparation till the exam.
also, a big thank goes to my parents for supporting me in every possible way,
IMS udaipur for taking the responsibility of teaching me and trying various methods to make me grasp the concepts, and nikita for motivating me whenever i gave up or felt low, and many more peoples who were directly or indirectly involved in making me appear for CAT.
now, i’m off to take a well deserved brake, and relax for a while.
till i blog again, take care everybody! 🙂