10 Commonest Errors While Filling CAT 2020 Form
Filling the CAT 2020
form is a simple task, yet students often have doubts on form filling. I shall
try to address the 10 commonest errors made by students and doubts faced by
them in this blogpost.
Error 1: Entering
wrong name or Date of Birth.
Your name and date of birth should be EXACTLY
as they are in your CLASS TENTH
MARKSHEET. Any discrepancy in this can lead to serious consequences
Error 2: Exchanging
Photo and Signature.
This might seem silly but some students actually end up uploading photo in
signature’s column and signature in photo’s column. In recent years CAT has not
offered a review window. Making this error can also lead to serious
Doubt 3: How
do we enter Delhi University
as there is no “University of Delhi” option.
Answer: In the dropdown box please check “Delhi”.
“Delhi” stands for University of Delhi
Doubt 4: Do we need to include
optional subjects in percentage calculation?
Answer: The CAT form explicitly states that
ALL SUBJECTS need to be counted regardless of Board Regulations. Thus if you
had Computer Science as an optional subject in Class 12th apart from
5 subjects, you need to calculate your percentage including the marks you
scored in Computer Science
Doubt 5: How
to convert CGPA into Percentage.
Answer: Please check your marksheet. It
will have conversion formula. Different Boards and Universities have different
formulae. Traditionally CBSE and University of Delhi follow a multiplication
factor of 9.5. GGSIPU traditionally follows a multiplication factor of 10. If
no multiplication factor is given by your Board/ University use 10.
Ex 1. If you have only 5 subjects and have scored 10 CGPA in class tenth in
CBSE. You will do 10*5*9.5=475 in TOTAL
MARKS. And MAXIMUM MARKS will be
2. If you have 5 compulsory subjects in which you have scored 10 GPA, one
optional subject in which you have scored 9 GPA and optional subject is not
counted by your board in calculating CGPA your calculation will be as follows. [(10*9.5*5)+(9*9.5*1)]
=560.5. You will need to round this off 560.50
Assumption is your board has conversion formula of 9.5. In absence of conversion
formula use 10
Doubt 6: The
input box is not accepting my percentage.
Answer: After entering total marks and
maximum marks, your percentage needs to be filled in, in the format nn.nn. Thus
you need to round off to two decimal places. In example 1 above you will enter (475*100/500)=95.00%.
In example 2 above you have to calculate (561*100/600) which works out to 93.41667
which you will round off to 93.42%
Doubt 7: How to
enter Honours Degree?
Answer: In CAT Form there is no provision
to enter Honours. Ex. If you have done B Com (Honours) you need to enter B. Com
Doubt 8: I
want to enter my internship/ part time work ex. How to do it?
Answer: In the CAT form to enter work
experience following criteria must be met
must be full time paid work experience
must commence AFTER your graduation
will be counted till July 31st
the following do NOT count as work
experience: Internships, Trainings, Projects, Articleships including CA
Articleship, Part time work experience, work experience gained during
graduation even if it is a correspondence degree
Doubt 9: Which all programmes do we select?
Short answer: Please tick ALL programmes.
Long Answer: IIM’s will call you for an
interview ONLY If you are eligible. I don’t want to reveal this but for the
record FPMs are Ph.d Equivalent programmes and PGPEMs/PGPXMs are Executive
on the above how many of you decided not to fill FPMs/ PGPEMs? This is why they say a little knowledge is dangerous. Engineers are also
eligible for FPMs. FPMs at IIMs are very prestigious programmes. While cut off
of work ex. for PGPEM/ PGPXM ranges from 3 years to 6 years.
the lesson is why eliminate choices at this stage especially when you can do it
later. Please Tick ALL Programmes
Doubt 10: Which
test centre to choose especially for Delhi NCR?
Answer: You need to fill 6 options. Whichever
city you are filling from, check if a convenient nearby city is available.
Example, mercifully this year NCR has been broken into 7 parts Gurgaon, Noida,
New Delhi, Ghaziabad, Faridabad and Greater Noida and Delhi. Earlier it could
happen that someone from Gurgaon could be allocated Greater Noida as a test
centre on choosing Delhi NCR. This would mean waking at 5 AM and leaving at 6
AM for 9 AM slot as you need to reach an hour early at least
read this blogpost carefully and make no mistakes in filling your form! If any
AnkGanit student still has a doubt feel free to call me!