The Metamorphosis of the Feline !

It’s again that time of the year that sets the onset of MBA Entrances – The most talked about being none other than The Common Admission Test – CAT !!

A CAT 2013 taker would tell you how controversial can an online examination can get around. The pattern that existed – 2 Sections [Quantitative Ability – Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability – Logical Reasoning]  with 30 questions each in a span of 70 minutes. Over that we had the slots spread across cities for over 30 days. And, this particularly called for the normalization process that has blown away the minds of the stalwarts alike. The mystery surrounding this so-called fair process was put to questioning and protest when IIM Indore revealed CAT 2013 scores on January 14, 2014. When some tears were out of sheer happiness and joy.. The same carried shock, surprise and dismay at the sight of completely unbalanced scores. Candidates attempting questions in single digit numbers scoring way above 90 percentiles when the confidant lot who attempted a minimum of 15 questions or so had abysmally low scores in the range of 22 percentiles and below. They were the same candidates who scored exceptionally high [more than 95 percentiles] in the other sections. A complete non-belief prevailed that led to a series of protests out of anguish that costed the dreams of so many aspiring candidates.

Though nothing fruitful arised out of the protests, there seems to be an effect that I realised when I happened to come across the below article shared on facebook.


So many changes over one year ?! :O

No more windows available for slot booking. CAT is now a 2 day show only spread across 4 slots – the major change I see. And, dates are now going to be decided by IIM Indore. Candidates can just now apprise the conducting agencies of their 4 preferences of the location for taking CAT with the most preference being given to the very first choice. This, in turn, might imply diminishing effect of ‘Normalization’. Further, no more rushing for FCFS kinda slot booking to get the desired slot – a huge relief indeed.. Pheww !

The number of questions have now been increased to 50 in each of the sections with an extension of overall time limit to 170 minutes from 140 minutes. And, most importantly, candidates now have a flexibility to choose questions between the sections as well. Now, this is something great. Looks like IIM Indore is taking efforts towards making CAT a more candidate friendly examination. Candidates now need to adapt to the new pattern that calls for speedier attempts due to the increase in the number of questions. Also, candidates get quite good amount of time as well as the dates happen to fall in November end. In addition, candidates need not wait till January for results. Results would be out even before the New Year arrives.

Hope things smoothen out this time. May the best ones sail through and land in their desired B-Schools.

Cheers and All The Best ! 🙂


Safety In Your Hands !

It’s the Road Safety Week this week around being celebrated at office. A very sensitive issue that needs our immediate attention.

Reports say India in among the countries that has recorded one of the highest rates of road accidents and the consequent deaths. And, this is something very alarming.

Road Safety Week !

Road Safety Week !

With so many headlines on road accidents striking the news every other day , TCSers ensured they constituted at least 40% of the same – just a rough estimate. Every other news headline popping up on your feeds must have carried the TCS tag – be it in Mumbai, Chennai or else where. It’s just not that TCSers are at stake but everyone else as well. An analysis says most deaths occur due to road mishaps. Bearing all these in mind, our CEO, N Chandra, has made it a point to ensure ‘Zero’ deaths in and around the vicinity. And as such, the TCS Safety Week at our Office locations starting 21st July till the 25th.

When you go back and analyze the factors contributing largely to the road accidents, we see many are quite avoidable.  Of all the reasons that I can think of, following is the categorization;

– Not following the prescribed traffic rules.

– Distractions.

– Lack of awareness of traffic /riding related information over roads.

– Negligence.

– Other factors .

No surprises in guessing one of the important factors – breaking traffic rules and regulations. How often are we not tempted to break through the impeding traffic signal and rush through for an urgent meeting or so ? How enthralling is it to over speed ? I know not all break the rules or not all over speed, but don’t we realize these are the people who often fall prey to such acts of riders who actually break signals and over speed ? Riding on the wrong side just to save time is another treat here. All of these are valid in major cities with exponentially rising population but even the small towns are no less victims. I think the very concept of ‘footpath’ is likely to be replaced with “riders’ path” as hardly pedestrians get to walk over the space meant for them in big cities. A FaceBook status has just hit my mind –

“Generally, people ride on the left of the road. But, in Bangalore, people ride on what is left on the road.”

How true ! This can even be generalized to other cities.

There was an era of Landlines. Wireless phones replaced them. Then, came mobiles. And, now is the age of smartphones that keep us hooked to them every now and then. With changing technology and increasing luxury, working over smartphones and tablets is now common. And, the temptation persists even when we ride ! How often have we tried ourselves to avoid these especially while driving ? A lot many cases quote this as a major cause of the accidents.

Another cause can be attributed to lack of awareness of traffic rules and regulations. The Safety Week Program held at my office actually raised my consciousness levels.

Negligence can again be attributed to breakage of traffic rules and regulations.

There are other major contributing factors as well. A very recent incident in Medak District of Telangana has seen this in the light – drinking and driving that cost the lives of innocent ones. Poor visibility owing to climatic conditions again pave way to road accidents.

Well yes, if destiny has it – we cannot escape out of all this. However, there are lot many factors that can be avoided only if we are aware, conscious, responsible  and shrewd enough.

Thanks to TCS Hyderabad for the Safety Week that we had. Well, an interesting week that called for some interesting initiatives at the corporate level involving the Delivery Managers and the Delivery Heads ensuring their respective teams adhere and follow the guidelines issued henceforth. The very first day had us taking pledge that ensure our safety in all aspects possible arising out of the contributing factors. We were supposed to fill an online survey on our driving habits and had our awareness tested. The Safety Week Awareness programs on the subsequent days were a real eye opener. Safety tips ensued hence forth. The week ended on a note on our changed driving habits, quoting of real incidents and discussions on safety measures that can be implemented.

After all, our safety lies in our own hands and only we are responsible for our lives !

Lets be more responsible from now on and lend in our hands towards ensuring ‘Zero’ Deaths ! 🙂