CAT 2018 toppers

A total of 20 candidates have scored an overall 100 percentile in CAT 2017. Two women candidates and Non-Engineers are amongst CAT 2017 Toppers! IIMs declared CAT results on January 8, 2018. “While in CAT 2016 all the top 20 candidates were male and engineers, this year the top 20 list contains two female candidates and three non-engineers,” informed IIM Lucknow, the coordinating IIM for CAT 2017.

 

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  • Vishal Vohra

    Exam score : 100.00 percentile

    Vishal Vohra has scored 100 percentile in CAT 2017. His sectional score in Verbal Ability in Reading Comprehension (VARC) is 98.9; in Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) the score is 100 percentile and in Quantitative Ability (QA) the score is 99.99 percentile. Vishal also appeared in IIFT entrance exam and XLRI - XAT 2018.

     

    Vishal is an Engineering graduate in Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. He loves playing Cricket and Badminton and one of his hobbies is Cooking.

     

    During his prepration for CAT 2017, Vishal first tried to find out his weaknesses in each section and worked upon them to turn them into his strengths. Along with this he ensured to continue improving his strong areas. Vishal despite being offered admission by many IIMs, plans to join one of the top three IIMs namely, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta or IIM Bangalore.

     

    Preparation Strategy
    Vishal focused on his weaknesses and further improved his strengths during his CAT 2017 preparation journey. He attempted as many Mock Tests as possible before the CAT 2017 exam day. After taking the Mocks, Vishal analysed each of them and tried to improve further on each of his weaknesses. He worked hard to improve his speed with accuracy and the Mocks also played important role in helping him achieve this goal.

     

    DILR – Tough Section  
    According to Vishal, DILR was tough section for him in CAT 2017. Despite this, Vishal has scored 100 percentile  in DILR section.

     

    Self - Preparation Remains the Key to Success 
    Vishal did not attend any regular coaching classes although he opted for best Mock Tests Series. To crack CAT 2017 he opted for self study and took need based help wherever required. In his view, if one is confident and deploys sincere efforts in CAT preparation, it is possible to crack CAT with high score with self - preparation. 

     

    Key Preparation Tips by Vishal Vohra

    1. Identify first the Strengths and weaknesses section-wise
    2. Understand the Basics first and make your concepts and fundamentals clear
    3. Take as many Mocks as possible and analyse each mock to assess your performance
    4. Improve your Speed with Accuracy
    5. Coaching is not mandatory. Focus on self preparation and opt for need based coaching
  • Pattrick D'Souza

    Exam score : 100.00 percentile

    Patrick DSouza has scored 100 percentile in CAT for the fourth time. He is 41 years old and runs a coaching centre in Mumbai and takes the exam to understand the key changes in its pattern and syllabus every year. For the last 14 years he has been taking CAT every year.

     

    DSouza belongs to Thane, Mumbai and has done B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from  NIT Allahabad in 1997.  For the first time, he appeared in CAT in 2000 but could not get one of the top IIMs. However, he cracked MAH-CET and joined JBIMS Mumbai to pursue the flagship MMS programme.

     

    Preparation strategy

    Before launching the coaching for CAT, Patrick had worked in Corporate sector for four years.

     

    While teaching the students to prepare for CAT exam, he came to realize his first time mistakes. His main focus is on logic and aptitude and he grooms students to understand and grasp the subjects well.

     

    With the consistent practice and improved skills focused on to the point preparation, DSouza found the way to crack CAT 2017 with 100 percentile as he has been doing for the last four years.

  • Meet Agarwal

    Exam score : 100.00 percentile

    Q1 What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT 2017?

    I Joined Endeavor Careers in Surat for coaching. Initially, I could not devote all my time to CAT as I was also preparing for Chartered Accountant course. In the last 3 months rigorously prepared for CAT devoting 16 hours daily.

     

     Q2 Please share your sectional preparation strategy for CAT 2017? How did you prepare for each section VARC, DILR, Quant? What study materials and books did you use?

    In the last 3 months rigorously prepared for CAT devoting 16 hours daily. Practiced more mocks.

     

    Q3 How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?

    Taking mock tests and analyzing them well are the most important steps in the preparation. Attempted more than 80 mock tests to achieve this course.

  • Sai Praneeth Reddy

    Exam score : 100.00 percentile

    Sai Praneeth Reddy who scored 100 percentile in CAT 2017 has done B.Tech from IIT Madras. He belongs to small place Anantapur in Andhra Pradesh. Sai had prepared well for CAT 2017 exam and had also expected a very good score but probably scoring 100 percentile was not in his mind. He is very happy on scoring the highest score in CAT exam. Sai belongs to a business family but has been motivated to do well in IIT entrance and then in CAT. 

     

    Overall & sectional CAT scores

    His overall score is 232.32 which has led to 100 percentile. On sectional front he has scored 64.43 in VARC leading to 95.65 percentile; 73.87 in DILR leading to 100 percentile and 94.01 in Quant leading to 99.97 percentile.

     

    Preparation strategy

    Sharing his preparation strategy, Reddy says that he focused more on Mocks and AIMCAT. According to him he was very punctual in writing a mock daily from 9AM to 12noon and analysed it later well after evaluation for the errors. This strategy has helped him to crack CAT 2017 with 100 percentile.

    Reddy’s strong areas are Quant and DILR but he needed hard work in VARC which he took up in the last one month. Mocks helped him to improve a lot in CAT preparation.

     

    Key advice for CAT 2018 aspirants

    His only advice to CAT 2018 aspirants is to learn from mistakes and don’t miss AIMCAT. To improve in VARC the best way, according to him is to start reading novels and articles and to further strengthen the Quant the CAT 2018 aspirant should have the clarity on basics and strong furndaments.
  • Gyayak Jain

    Exam score : 100.00 percentile

    CAT 2017 can be conquered with 100 percentile by the determined students is proved by Gyayak Jain, a student of PGP 2017-19 batch at IIM Ahmedabad. Gyayak Jain scored 100 percentile in CAT despite the fact he was a working professional and had to keep a balance between work and CAT preparation.

     

    Gyayak preferred self preparation instead of joining some coaching although he made it a point to attempt as many mocks before the CAT exam as possible. More importantly, Gyayak analysed each and every mock and developed his own logic to solve the problems.

     

    One of the key strategies he adopted was that he moved on to next problem, if he was not satisfied with the tailor-made solution which did not conform to his logic.

     

    Gyayak advises CAT 2017 aspirants to believe in themselves. In his view CAT is an easy exam but you need to believe in yourself.

     

    Gyayak Jain is from Indore and has done B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from IIT Delhi  in 2016. Before joining IIM Ahmedabad, he was working for 7 months with Deloitte. Photography and reading comics are his hobbies.

     

    Apart from CAT exam, he did not appear in any other MBA entrance test.

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Gyayak Jain about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow:

     

    MBAUniverse.com: What was your preparation strategy for CAT?

    Gyayak (CAT topper): My overall preparation strategy for CAT 2016 revolved around giving mock tests, reviewing my performance and improving in the areas where the performance was not good enough.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How did you prepare for each section QA, VARC & DILR? What study materials and books did you use?

    Gyayak (CAT topper):

     

    For VARC, I slowly improved as I took mock tests and tried eliminating issues associated with various sections of it.

     

    For DI/LR, after giving many mock tests, I came out with a section attempting strategy. It was selection of appropriate sets out of 8 sets of questions, in which mostly 4 were DI and 4 of LR. I tried to look through all the sets in one go in starting in first 2-5 minutes and decide on (based on my comfort level of those type of problems) which were my first 2 sets to be attempted, then next 2, and so on. I tried distributing these 2 sets by selecting 1 set from DI and 1 from LR.

     

    For Quant, I used TIME study modules to get me acquainted with various formulas and tricks of solving various types of problems. The practice for it was done in mock tests. Also, I had no guilt in leaving questions which I was uncomfortable with or was unsure about. I did not waste time in re-solving a question more than once if I am not getting any of the options.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?

    Gyayak (CAT topper): I believe I was weak in VARC and therefore I started by looking into model answers given in the solutions and tried to understand if I associated with the logic given in the solution. If I was satisfied with the logic given in the solution, which was not always true, I tried to look problems from that point of view also in the next mock. When I was not convinced with the solution, I ignored the mistake and went ahead with my intuition/logic in next mocks too. If I find that same mistake is repeating, then I tried to find out situations where my logic will not work. I tried experimenting with various exam attempting strategies and realised I get fatigued if I do same kind of problems together in one go, so I mix-matched various types of questions.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?

    Gyayak (CAT topper): Mock are the best place to learn about the areas of improvement as by looking through the solution you realise the types of questions you could have done and type which you have no clue about, so that you can modify your preparation strategy accordingly. Also, one can experiment with various exam attempting strategies and come upon an optimal one, best for oneself. So, I believe that mocks are to be used with most effectiveness as their results have no effect on your life.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?

    Gyayak (CAT topper): No, I am therefore unable to answer about the role it can play.

      

    MBAUniverse.com: Other than CAT, which exam did you appear?

    Gyayak (CAT topper):  None. I appeared only in CAT 2016

     

    MBAUniverse.com:  Which institutes did you apply for admission?  

    Gyayak (CAT topper):  I applied for IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore

     

    MBAUniverse.com:  Please share your strategy for the CAT Day. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your CAT test taking?

    Gyayak (CAT topper): For CAT day, I tried to be relaxed and a day before the exam, I tried to base my confidence by looking at the mock in which my performance was good. According to my experience, a good night sleep is more fruitful then last minute preparations. Also, an important aspect is time keeping, i.e. to come up on your average time taken for a problem and trying to stick to it on the CAT day.

  • Mukesh Goyal

    Exam score : 100.00 percentile

    CAT 2017 can be conquered with 100 percentile by the determined students from small towns and with their self preparation, is the message Mukesh Goyal, CAT 2016 topper with 100 percentile and student of MBA 2017-19 batch at FMS Delhi shares with the CAT 2017 aspirants.

     

    Apart from CAT, Mukesh appeared in XAT 2017 and IIFT 2016 also. He scored 99.795 in XAT and 99.84 in IIFT but preferred to join FMS Delhi as it was his dream B-school.

     

    Mukesh hails from a modest family of small town Sunam in Sangrur district of Punjab. His father is a businessman and mother is homemaker. Sunam, as the name reflects represents a good reputation and true to the reputation of his birth place, Mukesh has added flying colours to it. Few may be aware that Sunam is also the birthplace of Shaheed Udham Singh, the great martyr who laid his life in Indian independence Movement by avenging of Jalianwala Bagh Massacre where British killed hundreds of innocent Indians.  

     

    Mukesh Goyal was a working professional when he started his CAT 2016 preparation. He balanced his CAT preparation with his working hours and managed both. It was not only simple preparation but also a good deal of devotion was required to overcome the weakness in VARC section.

     

    Breaking the myth that Coaching is required to crack CAT exam, Mukesh remained stuck to self preparation but took as many Mocks as possible. An inspiration to CAT 2017 aspirants, Mukesh advises the MBA aspirants to take more and more Mocks, analyse them and have peer discussion which will help in boosting your score in CAT 2017.

     

    Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) of Delhi University is the dream B-school for CAT toppers who prefer the campus to IIMs and other top B-schools due to the various USPs of this highly ranked B-school which has a legacy of more than 60 years. FMS Delhi is the highest RoI B-school with very low fee structure and high placements.

     

    Mukesh has been a consistent performer throughout his academics. He scored 91.2% in class 10; 87.8% marks in class 12 and 72% marks in Bachelor in Engineering (B.E.). Mukesh had worked as Market Analyst at Futures First before joining MBA 2017-19 at FMS Delhi. Mukesh has great interest in playing and watching Cricket & Football doing  Acting among other hobbies.

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:
    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Mukesh Goyal about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow:

     

    MBAUniverse.com:What was your preparation strategy for CAT 2016?
    Mukesh Goyal (CAT topper): My strategy was to improve my weak areas and strengthen my strong areas. I focused on mocks as I think through Mocks, one can check his/her preparation level easily and can accordingly improve. Also, I used to have discussion with my friends who were preparing for CAT as well and that helped me a lot in my preparation.    

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How did you prepare for each section in CAT exam – VARC, DILR & QA? What study materials and books did you use?
    Mukesh Goyal (CAT topper): I prepared for CAT mainly through mocks. I used to write 1-2 mocks per weekend and then analyse those mocks and make changes to my approach accordingly. I used to prepare mainly through mocks, sectional and topic specific tests.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Was there any particular CAT exam section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?Mukesh Goyal (CAT topper): I was weak at VA section. I practiced sectional tests and topic specific tests in order to improve this section. I used to focus on analysis part of these tests. I used to solve a lot of RCs and CR questions.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How can candidates use Mock tests better in CAT 2017 exam? What is your advice?
    Mukesh Goyal (CAT topper): One can try different types of strategies in mocks and accordingly see what kind of strategy suits him/her better. All the mock questions – incorrect, correct and un-attempted should be analysed properly. Through proper analysis, one can know about his/her weak and strong areas and can work accordingly. Attempting the easy and doable questions first and leaving the difficult ones for the last is really important and one can learn about this through mocks.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?
    Mukesh Goyal (CAT topper): I did not go for any offline coaching. I think apart from providing subject knowledge, coaching might help you in getting in regular touch with studies. It depends on the individual whether he/she needs coaching or not. Students have done well in CAT with coaching as well as without coaching.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Other than CAT, which exam did you appear?
    Mukesh Goyal (CAT topper):  I appeared for XAT 2017 and IIFT 2016. I scored 99.795 percentile in XAT 2017 and 99.84 percentile in IIFT.

     

    MBAUniverse.com:  Which institutes did you apply for admission?  
    Mukesh Goyal (CAT topper): I applied for IIMs, FMS, XLRI and IIFT .

     

    MBAUniverse.com:  Please share your strategy for the CAT Day. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your CAT test taking?
    Mukesh Goyal (CAT topper): For the CAT day, I just had one simple thing in my mind that I need to be calm. I knew that if I would be calm, I would do well as I was well prepared. I had no particular test taking strategy in my mind. I just wanted to see the exam first and then make the strategy accordingly. I did not want to have any preconceived notions and that thing to affect my exam.

  • Avidipto Chakraborty

    Exam score : 100.00 percentile

    Avidipto Chakraborty scored a perfect 100 percentile in CAT 2016 in his first attempt itself! What’s interesting about Avidipto is that he completely relied on self-studies and did not take get enrolled in any coaching centres. Avidipto believes that his success is due to the number of mock tests he has taken for the CAT preparation. Avidipto took 80+ mock tests for preparation! Avidipto is now targeting MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad. He wishes to be an entrepreneur in the future.

    Avidipto Chakraborty scored a perfect 100 percentile in CAT 2016 in his first attempt itself! What’s interesting about Avidipto is that he completely relied on self-studies and did not take get enrolled in any coaching centres. Avidipto believes that his success is due to the number of mock tests he has taken for the CAT preparation. Avidipto took 80+ mock tests for preparation! Avidipto is now targeting MBA from IIM-Ahmedabad. He wishes to be an entrepreneur in the future.

  • Abhay Agarwal

    Exam score : 99.99 percentile

    Abhay comes from a modest family of small town of Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh where education facilities are not so equipped as those in metropolitan cities. Abhay completed his schooling from St. Mary’s School Bijnor (U.P.) and has held a consistent good academic record. He scored 86.83% marks in class 10 and 91.71% marks in class 12. Apart from devoting time to study, Abhay has great interest in reading novels and playing guitar.

     

    Abhay was studying in B.Tech (Biotechnology), Pantnagar University, Batch 2012-16 when he appeared in CAT last year. He scored 74.87% marks in his B.Tech exam and cracked CAT simultaneously with a high score of 99.99 percentile. Abhay converted his call to FMS Delhi, IIM Lucknow and other new IIMs who offered him admission but he preferred FMS Delhi.

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice
    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Abhay Agarwal about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow

     

    Q. What was your preparation strategy for CAT 2015?
    A. My Preparation was primarily based on several Mock Tests and their analysis. I started regular and serious preparation from January, 2015. I used to build up my content by attending weekend coaching and studying a lot on my own. 
    I used to keep a check on my preparation by mock tests and used them to identify my weaknesses. By November 2015, I had identified and removed several of my weaknesses and had a dream run in the CAT exam.

     

    Q. How did you prepare for each section QA, VARC & DILR? What study materials and books did you use? 
    A. We all have a weak section and a strong section. When I took first few mocks, I realized that I was pretty decent in DI/LR. Not being overconfident, I used to regularly give sectional tests for this.

    But my English was pathetic and also I needed to speed up my calculations in Quant to be able to attend more questions in the given time. There were several speed tests that helped me in this regard. Study Material was available online and also I borrowed some of the Arun Sharma books from my friends.

     

    Q. Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
    A. Yes, I was weak in English. When the new pattern for CAT’15 was announced, I was demoralized because I used to escape English by attempting more of LR questions. But then it became a compulsion.

    I applied all my efforts in improving my English. I read 4-5 novels in a span of 1-2 months. I read novels which were not at all interesting. This reading habit helped me greatly in focussing on the RCs. I could then critically analyse the passage and could answer the questions properly. Although it took me many attempts in the mocks but finally English was one of my best sections in CAT’15 Result.

     

    Q.  How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?
    A.
    Mock tests can be a great tool for students. Merely sitting for a mock test of 3 hours is not the solution. A Candidate needs to analyse his/her performance very deeply as he can find his strengths and weaknesses in that analysis. Identify your weaknesses and never repeat them again. Learn from your mistakes. Find new and faster ways to solve those questions which consumed most of your time. Apart from this, There can be n number of problems specific to each candidate and answer to all those problems lies in that analysis.

     

    Q.  Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?
    A. I studied at Pantnagar University in Uttarakhand. There is no permanent coaching there but there was a provision of weekend batches of TIME. I used to attend those classes. I believe that while coaching can strongly guide a student, he/she should not be too much dependent on coaching. Coaching can only set a path for you. It is you who has to walk on it. So, Self-Study is very important along with coaching.

     

    Q.  Other than CAT, which exam did you appear?
    A.
    I appeared for IIFT entrance exam. I cleared the written examination of IIFT with 97.6 percentile and got a call for PI round. For MBA, I only appeared for IIFT and CAT. Apart from this I also appeared for AFCAT as I also wanted to try for defence services.

     

    Q. Which institutes did you apply for admission?
    A.
    I applied for IIFT, all major IIMS and FMS.

     

    Q.  Please share your strategy for the CAT Day. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your CAT test taking?
    A.
    My CAT test center was Meerut and it took me almost a day to reach there just a day before CAT. I knew that I was well prepared but it all comes down to those 3 hours which can change your life. I did not prepare anything extra on penultimate day and trusted myself. The Realization of the importance of those 3 hours sent chills down my spine but I knew that key is to remain Calm. As my exam started, I was devoid of all the other thoughts and the only thing that mattered to me at that time was the question flashing before me on the screen. DI/LR was difficult but I kept trying and ultimately after 3 hours, I realized that I had performed better than any of my mock tests.

     

    Q.  Which B-school you decided upon and why?
    A.
    I ultimately was offered admission by IIML, FMS and other new IIMs. I decided upon FMS after doing lot of research on IIML vs FMS, and the factors that drove me in favour of FMS are its limited batch strength,  ROI among others. I wanted to build a profile for myself. Reviews from my seniors also gave me insight that FMS can help me in doing that.

    Also, as I stated, Limited Batch Strength at FMS is also a strong point. The Kind of opportunities I saw at FMS were exactly what I was looking for. ROI factor was also a major factor which helped me in finalizing my decision and each day I feel proud of myself for taking that decision.

     

    Q.  Any message you would like to share with the candidates preparing for CAT 2016. 
    A. CAT is not a tough exam but the impact that it has on careers of the students makes it seem tough. Do not be tensed about the outcome. Focus on the efforts. There will be several demoralizing moments but you need to get past all that. Be Confident. There will be several things to push you down and in this quest only the last man standing wins the battle.

  • Shashank Heda

    Exam score : 99.99 percentile

    Shashank belongs to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. He attributes his success to his parents and teachers. Shashank is a B.Tech in  Electrical Engineering (Hons.) with Minor in Computer Science from IIT Gandhinagar.  He had gained 11 months of work experience with Texas Instruments to his credit before joining IIM Bangalore. He loves sports along with his studies and has keen interest in Athletics especially in Sprinting & Swimming. 

    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Shashank Heda about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow

     

    What was your preparation strategy for CAT 2015?
    I began CAT preparation in July 2015. In my case, apart from the test material, analysis of mock test results was a key source of learning throughout the four months before the exam

    How did you prepare for each section QA, VARC & DILR? What study materials and books did you use? 
    I referred the material that I received from my coaching centre for sectional preparation. A few mistakes many people do is referring to multiple books/material for a topic but the strategy should be comprehensive and not exhaustive.

    Also, one must not spend too much time on a single topic. Joining a test series helps a lot in analysing the areas that need more focus. Major resources for the exam include coaching centre material (to learn the theory), mock tests (to analyse section-wise performance and to improve time management) and chapter-wise mock tests.

    For interview preparation, reading newspaper, forming a rational opinion on important global/national events/policies, complete knowledge of recent happenings in the areas of your personal liking (for example, hobbies) etc. is helpful.

    Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
    In my case, the scope of improvement in VARC was more when compared to other sections. Thus, I spent more time in solving passages and did detailed analysis of that section’s result in each mock test.

    How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?
    The mock tests make it very easy for a person to find his/her areas of improvement. Advice from my experience:

    -CAT pattern changed in 2015 and the total time available for each section was restricted to 60 minutes. Formulate the strategy as per the CAT format for the year. In my case, the focus was to reach the last question of the section by the time 60 minutes allotted to it were over. It involved attempting/skipping a question (and coming back to it later if time permitted) after estimating the time the question would probably take.

    -Analyse the mistakes in each section. Identify the gaps. Go back to the test material if you are not able to solve questions from a particular chapter (conceptual issues are seen mostly in QA and sometimes in VARC).

    -Check if all ‘Easy’ and ‘Medium’ difficulty questions were attempted. There might be something wrong with time management/question selection if most of the questions that were attempted belong to ‘Difficult’ or ‘Very difficult’ section. This would imply that the time spent in solving two ‘Very Difficult’ questions could have been better utilized in solving three ‘Medium/Easy’ nature questions.

    -Concentrate more on weaker areas. Look for the problems that were of ‘Easy’ nature and took more to solve time than usual. Learn the approach to solve them. This is because arriving at the answer in minimum possible time is more important than just finding the answer.

    Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?

    I received test material from my coaching centre and joined its test series as well but did not join the regular classes. Personally, I feel that the most important aspect of a coaching centre is its faculty and peer group. For any doubt/problem, try resolving it with peers, if any to save time. Otherwise, make a list of your doubts and interact with the faculty. Concentrate more on learning the approach than arriving at the answer.

    Other than CAT, which exam did you appear?

    None

    Which institutes did you apply for admission?
    I applied to IIM A, B, C, K and L.

    Please share your strategy for the CAT Day. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your CAT test taking?
    Last minute preparation involved revision of complex QA formulae. I feel that no preparation is needed for DILR and VARC on the CAT day as there is not much that can be done for those sections in short-term.

    Test taking plan developed over the time through analysis of mock test results. The focus was not to cover each question of the section in the specified order but to reach the last question of the section by the time the duration for the section ended. For a few candidates, the exam centre may not be the first preference that was filled in CAT form. Plan the travel in advance to avoid last minute anxiety about reaching the centre.

    Which B-school you decided upon and why?
    I chose IIM Bangalore among the final converts (B, C and K). To decide a B-school, I would suggest participating in city meets held by each B-school after the final results are released. Also, interact with seniors/alumni to find the best fit.

    Any message you would like to share with the candidates preparing for CAT. 
    For CAT exam, do not focus on a particular subject/topic. Be ready for surprises related to change in CAT format and most importantly, keep calm and believe in yourself.

  • Saransh Garg

    Exam score : 99.98 percentile

    Saransh belongs to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.  He scored 9.6/10 in class 10 and 90.6% marks in class 12. Saransh has completed graduation in civil engineering from NIT Warangal with a score of 7.19 out of 10. Saransh preferred to join FMS Delhi to other IIMs and B-schools that offered him admission.

    Apart from devoting time to study, Saransh has great interest in Cricket, Football, Texas Hold’em poker and watching TV shows. He attributes his success inspiration to his mother, Cristiano Ronaldo – the renowned football player and his willingness to get recognized.

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice
    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Abhay Agarwal about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow

    Q. What was your preparation strategy for CAT?

    A. I came to Delhi for 40-50 days in June-July and I sat through all the Quant modules at ‘Alchemist’ which gave me a base. I started reading to increase my reading speed.

    From September to November, I gave 20-25 mock tests. Each mock paper had different kinds of questions and solving 20-25 of them covered almost every type and pattern, which was essentially helpful for DI-LR section. I had 2 friends who were also preparing for CAT and after appearing in a mock paper, we used to discuss every question and compared the timings. This gave me an idea about my weak areas and while discussing, I sometimes got to know faster way of doing a similar problem. Also my strategy was to kill any kind of nervousness or impatience involved by giving mocks so that it feels normal on the Judgement Day.

    Q. How did you prepare for each section QA, VARC & DILR? What study materials and books did you use? 
    A. For QA, I sat through all the modules in my coaching. Then I solved some chapters in face-to-face CAT to practice previous year questions. Then I gave mock papers and analysed my mistakes and speed after each paper. I used TIME material for formulas in different chapters.

    For VARC, the question paper pattern changed a lot from 2014. There were 24 RC questions. So I started reading articles from different domains to increase my speed. For practice, i relied on mock papers.

    For DILR, I solved face-to-face CAT for previous year’s questions. There are 8 sets of DILR and you get 60 minutes to solve them. So while giving mocks, I focussed on not spending more than 7-8 minutes on a single set.

    Q. Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
    A. I was weak in VARC as you can see my sectional percentile scores. I overcame this through practice and reading.

    Q. How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?
    A. The sincerity while giving a mock should be such as if it’s the final CAT paper and there should be no internal and external disturbance for those 3 hours and you should only focus on the screen. Taking Mock in actual test condition will eliminate nervousness; will help greatly in time management; and will give you a lot of confidence. Post mock analysis is extremely important, or else you won’t improve. Lastly, you should give the same mock untimed (without the 3-hr restrain) to realize whether to work on speed or content.

    Q. Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?
    A. I went to Alchemist Delhi for a crash course. It gave me a belief and confidence that I can score a high percentile. Also, studying with other students help you realize where you are and how much who have to work to be the best.

    Q. Other than CAT, which exam did you appear?
    A. I appeared only for CAT exam.

    Q. Which institutes did you apply for admission?
    A. Apart from CAT, which in itself is an IIM application form, I applied for FMS Delhi.

    Q. Please share your strategy for the CAT Day. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your CAT test taking?
    A. For preparation of the CAT day, I started taking mocks aligned with my CAT timings so as to be more comfortable on the final day. This may seem strange; I appeared in my CAT exam wearing a track pant and a loose t-shirt to go along with slippers to make it like an absolutely regular day for myself. My plan to take CAT was to attempt as many questions as possible (I attempted 92-93) and not getting stuck on a question for more that 2 minutes. While there was a 15-minute wait for the paper to start, I was singing “waving flag” in my head to remain calm and motivated.

    Q. Which B-school you decided upon and why?
    A. I decided upon FMS Delhi. My first priority was IIM-A which I could not convert but post that I prioritized FMS as it is one of best b-schools of India.

    I considered the feedback provided to me by alumnus from my graduation college, NIT Warangal who had gone onto study in IIM C, IIM L and FMS. Also, I believe that the exposure you get in Delhi is better than others.

    Q. Any message you would like to share with the candidates preparing for CAT 2016.
    A. I would ask all the candidates to remain calm and confident. Do not give up because it’s not as difficult as it looks. Read as much as possible. Also, learn to say no to a question and move to the next as time available is less. Focus equally on all the sections and lastly, I wish good luck to all.

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