The students of the Delhi based B-school, International Management Institute, in a rare show of magnanimity, have come up with an innovative initiative to help out the CAT aspirants. The initiative which is aptly titled CAT HELPLINE is first of its kind and is a brainchild of students of the coveted Institute. It is an endeavor to help in addressing the dilemma and doubts of CAT aspirants by the students who scored at least a 99 percentile in the 1st online CAT test. Soumyo Mukherjee, Secretary, Students Admissions Committee at IMI, says that its an initiative that has a strong buy-in from the current 1st year students. 'IMI has high cut-offs in CAT. We want students to do their best in the exam so that they clear the cutoffs for the interview calls and thereby they perform well in the group discussion. There is a wealth of knowledge within the student community on how to crack the online version. We have decided to share it with the others.' says Soumyo. So how does it work? Students can choose one of the three options – post their query on www.facebook.com/imiadmissions wall page; send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org; or Call between 7pm-8pm on 8860480961. The helpline will also extend it support to answer the next level queries, that is, after the written exams, students would want to have guidelines on Group Discussion and Personal Interview will be provided with support on questions such as how to prepare for Group Discussion and Personal Interview; students should keep themselves updated with the current affairs; the academics topics that students should prepare before going for the round of interview.
Sanjeet Kumar, who scored 99.4 percentile in CAT 2009 and is one of the mentors on this initiative would be himself answering queries on the helpine. 'The last few days are very crucial. I was lucky to get insights from some seniors who told how I could address particular areas to improve my overall score. It could make the difference for that getting that coveted call,' says Sanjeet. Suhan Sarkar, a student who hails from the city of joy Kolkata, asserts that when his batch mates approached him for volunteering for the initiative, he was initially apprehensive. 'We are too busy with our schedule and in addition to that our summer placements were also going on. My apprehension was that volunteering for the imitative would mean an extra burden and would require sacrificing some hours from my sleep time. But finally I realized that even I as an aspirant felt the same agony and dilemma last year and if I could help in quelling fears of current aspirants, it would be great.' So if you are looking to get last minute help from students who cracked it last year, feel free to drop a mail or call. The students of IMI, Delhi have taken up the cudgels to help you out.