UPSC tougher than CAT exam

By Kamalika Bhattacharya

Born into a family of IAS and IPS officers, Pruthviraj Mina, who had appeared CAT and was a alumnus of IIT Mumbai feels appearing for CAT and securing admission to one of the most prestigious B-schools in India was easier in comparison to appearing for the Union Public Service Commission exams.

Although on his very first attempt, he secured a rank of 874. He felt that appearing for UPSC is a completely different ball game and there can be no comparison between CAT and the UPSC exam.


When preparing for UPSC exams, you require lot of time, patience and the results are absolutely unpredictable. Compared to that, after three hours of answering the questions in CAT, one can easily predict the percentile score.

The UPSC exam takes place across a span of one year, beginning with the preliminary or elimination round in the month of June, wherein nearly 3 lakh students appear of which around 12,000 get selected. Moreover, scores gained in the elimination round are not even counted for the remaining two rounds, which is the main examination round in October and the interview after that. Meanwhile, CAT preparation takes not more than three to six months.

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