What should non-engineers focus on?

he current concern among the student fraternity is not just education per say, but the entire concept of what could be a good job and career after their graduation. Most of the B-schools especially the IIMs have started looking forward to admitting non-engineers into the system.

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The current concern among the student fraternity is not just education per say, but the entire concept of what could be a good job and career after their graduation.

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This dilemma is more prevalent in students who are from the art and science stream i.e. the non- engineering stream, wherein during previous times the students were assured jobs based on their curriculum. However, the situation has changed and so has the competition. With the increase in the number of educated people, the scenario although looks bright, yet it has only increased the competition levels.

Focus of non-engineering stream students

Instead of worrying, the students who’ve joined the non-engineering stream should focus on the brighter side, one of the major ones being MBA in the top B-schools in India through CAT and other management entrance tests.

Most of the B-schools especially the IIMs have started looking forward to admitting non-engineers into the system since they want a better heterogeneity amongst the students who join. The non-engineering stream students are awarded extra points during the selection of the students who receive calls from the IIMs, which makes the entry into these prestigious institutes a little easier for them.

Inferiority complex

The doubt in most of their minds is whether they are capable of competing with engineers and this is evident from the analysis of people who have registered for CAT. However, they should understand that they have also got the ability to do things as well as engineering students do, infact sometimes a bit more. This is so because most of the engineering students have a thought process which is streamlined but may tend to be uni-directional whereas the non-engineering students in the course of their education usually look for non-linear and creative methods for solving problems.

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Excelling the verbal ability in CAT

This is extremely helpful especially in the verbal ability and reading comprehension, and data interpretation and logical reasoning sections of CAT. Another apprehension that most of them have is their lack of touch with the quantitative ability section of CAT but most of the questions that come in the QA section are associated with class 8, 9 and 10 mathematics. Hence basic focus on the areas of QA should help.

With around more than a month left for CAT, they should utilise their semester break from colleges as effectively as possible. It is good if  non-engineering students spend maximum time in preparing for CAT.

A proper study plan also should be designed with the help of a mentor who can help differentiate the difference between the strong and weak areas of the student. The most important aspect is to analyse the performance of the student in the mock tests and ensure that their performance improve constantly.

Being a non-engineeer doesn’t mean that success is far away. The only thing is to be focussed on CAT and extra perseverance from students’ side. A lot of non-engineers do not realise this but following the suggestions will turn their dreams into reality.

source”cnbc”