Are you an MBA aspirant?
Are you a Fresher?
Are you an Engineer?
Sorry, the going for you just got tougher!
The scenario above is no piece of imagination. While engineers still make up the majority population at IIMs, and other top B-Schools of country, they are no longer most sought after profile. In fact, in an effort to assemble a diverse batch, business schools have moved away from increased CAT weightage, and towards a comprehensive assessment approach (weight to work experience, gender diversity, academic diversity, etc.). Hence, for an engineering MBA aspirant, the battle has only gotten tougher to win. Here are 5 traps that any engineer must watch out for:
1. Complicated relationship with Quantitative Aptitude
Someone rightly said, “While some of us are engineers by choice, most of us are engineers by default.” And, every engineer must know that a default engineering degree does not mean a default command over quantitative aptitude (a skill that is assumed to be possessed by engineers). So, if you have turned all your attention to Verbal Ability, go ahead & take a sectional Quantitative test, a perfect litmus test of your Quantitative problem solving skills.
2. Eleventh Hour Study Plans
All engineers have successfully executed our eleventh hour study plans, in at least one semester or more. What they do not realize is that these temporary hacks meant for only 4 years of graduation soon become a matter of habit. And, this reality strikes hard at time of appearing for Mock Tests when they score bad.
3. Logic vs Language in Verbal Ability
For engineers struggling with Verbal section, remember that while a part of questions in VA section rely on your comfort and proficiency on English Language, rest of questions, though featuring in this section, are actually based on ‘reasoning ability’ as essential skill. This set of questions is your first set to master, and a definite ‘DO NOT’ miss.
4. Capability vs Speed
CAT, in its initial years, was a true test of pure aptitude, i.e., an individual’s ability to approach and solve a problem. So is not the case now. CAT is now an equal game of speed. So, to the engineers out there, while all mental calculation & smart work is appreciated, hard work has not substitute. Practice, and practice some more to for overcome the speed hurdle.
5. Where to cut loss
Experience shows that aspirants from engineering background have a tendency to obsess with problems. Simply meaning, when they are unable to solve a problem, they choose/tend to get stuck, and eventually lose out on time. With changing CAT pattern, and increasing importance of speed, one cannot any longer afford to do that. Hence, if you find yourself a victim of ‘obsession syndrome’, remind yourself to ‘MOVE ON’.