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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  • Nishant Gupta

    Exam score : 99.97 percentile

    An inspiration for IIM aspirants with non-engineering back ground, Nishant Gupta is a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts- Economics) from Shri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi University. He not only cracked CAT 2015 with 99.97 percentile but also converted the call to many top B-schools including IIMs and decided to join IIM Bangalore. 

    Post his graduation Nishant decided to have some work experience and before joining IIM Bangalore, had to his credit a 24 Months work experience at EXL Services in Business and Financial Research.  Nishant  belongs to Delhi and has keen interest in politics, likes Debating and  listening to music.

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

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

    What was your preparation strategy for CAT?
    This was my first attempt at CAT. I had always planned to work for 2 years before going for MBA. I started preparing for CAT in November 2014 through coaching. However, I seriously started studying for CAT from March 2015.

    My preparation involved solving all the material given by TIME, solving some sectional tests towards the end, and giving lots of mock tests as I had also joined the test series. I wrote one mock test per week from May onwards. The biggest thing which helped me was constant practice.

    As I was working, I had very little time to study on my own, so I used to utilize my time on the Metro every day to work. Irrespective of whether I got a seat or whether the metro was very crowded, I used to make it a point to study Quant or DILR or Verbal. This helped me complete my syllabus and also figure out shortcuts to solve questions as I used to solve the Quant questions on the margins of the book.

    How did you prepare for each section QA, VARC & DILR? What study materials and books did you use? 
    QUANT: I solved all text book exercises, tried to do different sectional tests and extensively analysed mock tests. This was my weakest section so I devoted most of my prep time on studying QA. I also made notes of the concepts and the good questions I found so that I can revise them before the exam.

    DILR: This was a very volatile section for me in mocks, so I practiced a lot to reduce the volatility. This was the differentiating section in CAT 2015, so it was important to give due importance to this section. TIME advanced questions had a good mix of different question types. In addition, I tried to solve almost all practice tests for DILR to increase speed, identify the sets which should be attempted first, and understand different ways to solve.

    VERBAL: This was my strongest section from the starting, so I didn’t focus too much on VA. I solved a few RC and VA exercises, but not too many.

    Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
    I was weak in Quant and I tried to maximise my QA practice to overcome this weakness which I did also. Key was to make this as strong as possible, while maximizing my score in other sections. In the final CAT, while I got 95.8 percentile in QA, I got 99.6 percentile in DILR and 99.7 percentile in VA, both of which were moderately strong for me.

    How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?
    Mock tests were very important for me. One strategy I used was to give the tests on weekends, and then analyse them in the night after work when I could not do new things. This helped me utilize my evenings effectively and analyse the mocks.

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

     I went to TIME CP centre. It was an important component in my prep

    Other than CAT, which exam did you appear?
    I appeared for XAT in which I got 99.934, and I appeared for IIFT in which I got 98.57 percentile

    Which institutes did you apply for admission?
    I had applied to IIM A, B,C,L,K,I, FMS, XLRI BM, SP Jain, IIFT, MDI.I converted IIM B,C,L,K, XLRI BM, SP Jain and MDI. I didn’t appear in interview for IIM I and FMS.

    Please share your strategy for the CAT Day. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your CAT test taking?
    On CAT day, my strategy was to ensure maximum attempts in VA, and aim for accuracy in DILR and VA. I did not do much last minute prep, just looked at previous year CAT papers and revised quant formulae. Formulae are also important as CAT 2015 had formula based questions as well.

    Which B-school you decided upon and why?
    I finally decided on IIM Bangalore due to its focus on holistic development and renowned faculty. I was very confused between IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta for a long time, but in the end, assessing fit is important. I chose IIMB as I felt it was a better fit for my personality, and I am very happy with my decision.

    Any message you would like to share with the candidates preparing for CAT.
    Stay focused, stay calm, and keep on working hard even if you get low marks in some mock tests. The process is an important life lesson, even if you don’t get into a B school of your choice. So enjoy it. You would always remember the memories you make on this prep journey, and once you become successful the memories become all the more special. Finally, remember that not getting into an IIM is not the end of the world. Many successful people in this world are non-MBAs

  • Ananth Radhakrishnan

    Exam score : 99.85 percentile

    Ananth Radhakrishnan  is a B.E (Hons) in Computer Science from BITS Pilani. He belongs to Kozhikode and his interests include debating, singing and reading. Steve Jobs is Ananth’s source of inspiration. Ananth scored 99.85 in CAT 2015 and finds the exam not very difficult but it needs better time management and accuracy.  He preferred to join IIM Bangalore although converted call to other IIMs also

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice

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

    Q. What was your preparation strategy for CAT?
    A. My primary strategy when it came to CAT was to prepare myself in terms of getting timing and accuracy right.  What I always felt was that CAT is not a difficult paper inherently in terms of the topics covered, rather because of the time limit in which you have to complete it coupled with the dire need of accuracy while doing so. To this end, I used to regularly do mock tests (one every 3-4 days), analyse what would go wrong and try my best to mend those mistakes before the next test.
     

    Q. How did you prepare for each section QA, VARC & DILR? What study materials and books did you use? 
    A. In terms of sectional coverage, what I mostly focussed on was getting my quant basics right. I always found it hard to complete the questions within the time limit, and would often have poor relative accuracy as well. Post the mock tests I would complete, I would analyse the topics I was weak in and work on those.

    When it came to LR/DI what I realised was that it was just a matter of getting into the groove of things with practice over time so that was my main strategy for it.

    VA being a relatively more random topic in the sense that it really was hard to prepare for in a quantifiable and tangible manner, so again, learning from the mistakes in the mocks was my primary preparation. I used solely material from TIME to complement my preparation.

    Q. Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
    A. Quant was definitely my Achilles’ heel, as it was both the case that I found it hard to complete the section in the given time, as well as the fact that my accuracy was absolutely atrocious as well.

    But like all things, the only way forward is to really put in some good old hard work. Analysing mock results to understand the topics I’m finding hard to manage, and when that step was climbed, finding the topics that were causing me to take too much time really helped. Another important thing is to make sure to not spend too much time on any one question, and to develop your own personal heuristic to judge that while attempting a question

    Q. How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?
    A. Mock Tests are literally the biggest help you can get in your preparation. Considering your performance in CAT is relative, at the end of the day that can only be simulated through mocks. So I’d advise you to take Mocks seriously, and attempt them as you would in your final exam. Most important is to analyse your results post the exam, and then keep improving continuously.

    Q. Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?
    A. Yes, I went to TIME coaching at Pilani. Coaching centres allow you to get a rough base in every topic before finally starting your self-study, but I’d advise you to not rely solely on it alone for your preparation.

    Q. Other than CAT, which exam did you appear?
    A. Nothing other than CAT.

    Q. Which institutes did you apply for admission? 
    A. Only the IIMs.

    Q. Please share your strategy for the CAT Day. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your CAT test taking?
    A.
    The most important thing is to remain calm, and just attempt it like any other exam. One good thing about doing so many mocks was that by the time I took CAT, it literally felt like another mock test! Make sure to arrive early to the venue, and get enough sleep and rest the night before. And I really can’t emphasise it enough, there is no need to panic.

    In terms of how to actually approach the exam, the kind of strategy you use would solely depend on what you are comfortable with. Also, last-minute preparation would be only mocks over the last 2-3 weeks. Do not bother yourself too much with anything on the last night.

    Q. Which B-school you decided upon and why?
    A. IIM Bangalore, because of the wide diversity in terms of your peer group.

    Q. Any message you would like to share with the candidates preparing for CAT.
    A. Do not worry about CAT. People have made it out to be a bigger beast than it really is. The topics themselves won’t be too hard, so don’t fret over that. Constantly work to improve yourself while preparing, and don’t allow a good mock score to let you rest on your laurels. Don’t study hard, study smart! All the best!

  • Chanchal Gupta

    Exam score : 99.79 percentile

    CAT topper with 99.79 percentile and IIM Ahmedabad student of PGP 2017-19 batch, Chanchal Gupta is a fresher without work experience. She preferred self preparation instead of joining some coaching although she made it a point to join the CAT Mock test series offered by the coaching institute. Chanchal suggests to improve your accuracy level instead of trying to attempt more number of questions in CAT 2017 and ensure to analyse all the mock tests that you have taken. 

     

    Chanchal Gupta is from Indore and has done B.E. in Computer Engineering. Sharing her experience how she prepared for CAT exam, Chanchal advises the CAT 2017 aspirants to clarify all their doubts quickly. Apart from CAT exam, she did not appear in any other MBA entrance test.

     

    Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Chanchal appeared only in CAT exam and did not apply to any other B-school apart from IIMs. With her right preparation strategy and well devised plan, she cracked the exam with a high percentile.   
     

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

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

     

    MBAUniverse.com:What was your preparation strategy for CAT?
    Chanchal (CAT topper): I appeared for multiple mock tests in the last 3 months leading up to CAT. Instead of trying to attempt all the questions, I focussed on improving my accuracy in the questions that I solve.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How did you prepare for each section QA, VARC & DILR? What study materials and books did you use?
    Chanchal (CAT topper): I read newspapers for VARC. For DILR and Quant, I practiced from the books by Arihant, Pearson, TMH

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
    Chanchal (CAT topper): I was weak in DILR. Instead of solving all questions of a common data set, I solved only the ones which took less time.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?
    Chanchal (CAT topper): The best way to use mock tests is to analyse them afterwards. The mistakes should be identified and worked upon.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?
    Chanchal (CAT topper): No. I joined only the test series. Coaching centre helps in maintaining regularity and provides a competitive environment. But it depends on the individual whether he/she requires it or not.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Other than CAT, which exam did you appear?
    Chanchal (CAT topper):  I applied only for CAT and no other exam.

     

    MBAUniverse.com:  Which institutes did you apply for admission?  
    Chanchal (CAT topper):  I applied for admission to all IIMs. 

     

    MBAUniverse.com:  Please share your strategy for the CAT Day. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your CAT test taking?
    Chanchal (CAT topper): I did not go for last-minute preparation. I went with a cool mind.

  • Akhil Garg

    Exam score : 99.73 percentile

    Putting a positive note to inspire CAT 2017 aspirants in their preparation journey, CAT topper with 99.73 percentile and IIM Ahmedabad student of PGP 2017-19 batch, Akhil Garg shares his experience on CAT preparation journey which he completed with self preparation. He suggests to improve on your weak areas and monitor the improvement regularly.

     

    One of the key facts about the preparation for CAT by Akhil is that he never went to any regular offline coaching institute to prepare for the exam. However, he suggests to take as many Mocks during your CAT 2017 preparation but emphasizes that without due analysis of Mock, attempting a mock test may not be useful.

     

    Akhil Garg has done B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Kanpur. He is a fresher and got IIM Ahmedabad without any work experience. Akhil belongs to Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh). His father is Senior Manager in THDC Pvt Ltd and mother is a home maker. His interests include playing Table Tennis, watching TV Series and reading novels.

     

    Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Akhil appeared only in CAT exam and did not apply to any other B-school apart from IIMs. With his right preparation strategy and well devised plan, he scored 99.73 percentile.

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

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

     

    MBAUniverse.com:What was your preparation strategy for CAT?
    Akhil (CAT topper): My main preparation strategy was regular practice. I regularly solved questions of each section with time limit, and also gave mocks at least once a week.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How did you prepare for each section QA, VARC & DILR? What study materials and books did you use?
    Akhil (CAT topper): VARC and LRDI section in CAT do not require any specific theoretical understanding, and having a mathematics background I was fairly familiar with the concepts needed for Quant Section. However, I did do some separate preparation for VARC and DI. I wrote down whatever new words I encountered after reading at least 5-6 newspaper articles every day and for DI, I practiced approximation techniques for quick calculations.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
    Akhil (CAT topper): I was relatively weak at VARC. Hence, I focused a lot on reading different articles and novels, conversing in English with friends and even watching English TV series and movies.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?
    Akhil (CAT topper): Mocks are not useful until you thoroughly analyse your performance afterwards, understanding where and why you went wrong so that you know which areas to work upon.  Identify your weak areas, plan your strategies and monitor your improvement through future mocks.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?
    Akhil (CAT topper): No, I did not go to any offline coaching centre and preferred to adhere to self-preparation strategy.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Other than CAT, which exam did you appear?
    Akhil (CAT topper):  I appeared only for CAT examination.

     

    MBAUniverse.com:  Which institutes did you apply for admission?  
    Akhil (CAT topper):   IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Kozhikode and 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?
    Akhil (CAT topper): For the most part I chilled out the day before CAT examination, just revising some shortcut formulas for Quant section and vocab words for VARC section. Based on mocks, I had planned which questions I would attempt first and how much time I would spend before moving on to next questions.

  • Abhishek Kumar Pandey

    Exam score : 99.63 percentile

    An inspiration to CAT 2018 aspirants, Abhishek Kumar Pandey has scored 99.63 percentile in CAT 2017. He is offered admission at IIM Calcutta. For the benefit of CAT 2018 aspirants, MBAUniverse.com has brought a round of CAT toppers’ success stories alongwith their success mantra that led them to crack CAT with high percentile. In the series we present the success story and CAT preparation journey shared by Abhishek Kumar Pandey:

     

    MBAUniverse: What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT?

     

    Abhishek: Because of my background, my basics were already clear and therefore I didn’t enrol for any classroom program for CAT ‘17. For improvement, I wrote ~15 all India Mock Tests of a few coaching institutes. I analysed them thoroughly to learn from my mistakes. RC & QA were my key area of strengths, so I tried to capitalize on them by attempting maximum with decent accuracy.

     

    MBAUniverse: Please share your sectional preparation strategy for CAT? How did you prepare for each section?

     

    Abhishek:

    1. VARC:  I never prepared specifically for this section. I have had a habit of reading the Hindu newspaper for past 3 years, because of which my reading speed had improved. Also, since it covered almost all genres of texts, RCs of the mocks and eventually the exam became relatively easier to solve. I suppose this was something that helped me in the VARC section
    2. Quant: My background played a major role here. Because of the basics being already clear, my focus was on giving as many mocks as possible and keep a track of all the tricks I found from the solutions. Besides, I also tried to increase my speed and skip the questions that I found difficult.
    3. DILR:  This section has been my Achilles heel (as evident from my CAT performance as well). The key to acing this section, according to me, was the right selection of sets. I would suggest practicing as many varieties of sets as possible and evolve one’s own strategy for this section.

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

    Abhishek: I was weak at the LRDI section. I tried to improve by solving as many varieties of LRs and DIs as possible and identify the kind of sets at which I was good. This strategy helped in improving my mock scores. However, due to CAT ’17 being quite different and tough in LRDI section this year, my actual exam performance wasn’t as per the expectations.

     

  • Rohan Joshi

    Exam score : 99.63 percentile

    Rohan Joshi, a working professional cracked CAT 2017 with 99.63 percentile. He has been offered admission by IIM Lucknow, MDI Gurgaon but wants to join JBIMS Mumbai for which Admission Process was started on June 7, 2018 and the first CAP 2018 Round is scheduled on June 21. Rohan is confident to get JBIMS, Mumbai as he has scored high percentile of 99.96 in MH CET 2018 and 99.63 in CAT 2017. Both the exam scores are acceptable in JBIMS, Mumbai and Rohan is confident to get admission in JBIMS with such a high percentile.

     

    For the benefit of CAT 2018 aspirants, MBAUniverse.com has brought a round of CAT toppers’ success stories alongwith their success mantra that led them to crack CAT with high percentile. In the series we present the success story and CAT preparation journey shared by Rohan Joshi:

     

    MBAUniverse: What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT?

     

    Rohan Joshi: My main strategy was to learn through mocks. I used mocks to find my weaknesses, strengths. I practiced basics of my weak areas, gave some topic tests and moved on with full length mocks. This helped me gauge my preparation level and improve on a continuous basis. 

     

    MBAUniverse: Please share your sectional preparation strategy for CAT? How did you prepare for each Section

     

    Rohan Joshi: VARC: This section was most challenging for me and my motive was to just clear the sectional cutoff. I gave many specific topic tests for RC’s and almost all sectionals for Verbal.

     

    - Quant: I started with solving basic questions and slowly moved on to higher difficulty levels as my preparation advanced.

    - DILR: CAT is known to ask trickiest questions in this section. I regularly solved different puzzles and Sudoku’s to enhance my logical thinking ability. Gave many sectionals to test my preparation.

     

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

     

    Rohan Joshi: Verbal ability was the section where I was consistently scoring less. To overcome my weakness I practiced solving lots of RC’s which has significant weightage in the VA section.

     

    MBAUniverse: Did you self-prepare or attend a coaching centre and why?

     

    Rohan joshi: I didn’t attend any coaching for my preparations as I feel enough resources are available to get oneself prepared for CAT. But the test series by coaching institutes are a must.

  • Ketki Gupta

    Exam score : 99.58 percentile

    Ketki Gupta has scored 99.58 percentile in CAT 2016. Breaking the myth that only engineers are better placed in IIMs’ Common Admission Test, Ketki Gupta, 3rd year Economics (Hons) student of Lady Shri Ram College for Women – Delhi University cracked CAT 2016 with 99.58 percentile. Ketki got her dream B-schools IIM Ahmedabad. Ketki was shortlisted by all the top IIMs for Writing Ability test and Personal Interview round on the basis of her CAT 2016 score, academic profile and diversity, gender diversity among other key parameters 

     

    Began preparation in 2015

    According to Ketki “I started preparing for the IIMs' Common Admission Test (CAT) from October 2015. This helped me to achieve the 99.58 percentile in CAT 2016.”

     

    Always aspired to become a business leader

    An MBA is a natural choice of Ketki as she always wanted to become a business leader. This belief got further strengthened during her preparation for CAT 2016. At the age when kids are busy in routine plays and games, Ketki at 10 years of age, googled “Best business school in the world”

     

    Coaching strengthened the ambition

    Ketki is of the view ‘through these years of coaching, my belief in my ambition has been strengthened.’ She adds ‘With professional coaching, I found an opportunity to learn from IIM alumni and study in a collaborative yet competitive environment.’

    Ketki searched for best fit coaching institute.  An optimum faculty student ratio, to the point study material, regular teacher performance evaluation were the key parameters to choose the right coaching institute.  Ketki needed an institute which could deliver the content in short with to-the point lectures as well as online service providing practice questions, mock papers, performance evaluators, a teacher-review section, an accurate prediction of CAT percentiles, additional material among others.

     

    Success Mantra: Discipline and Mocks

    The most important factor that determines test success according to Ketki, is discipline. Ketki followed no particular routine. Initially, Ketki’s daily schedule included reading new concepts and completing the worksheets. Then, as months went by, it became more about taking mock tests, analysing them, and marking important questions that she wanted to look at again.

    Closer to CAT, Ketki started revising these questions. Mock sessions helped her to understand the weak points, improve performance, and predict scores. Ketki says “I remember telling my parents after the actual test that it was like a mock test.”

    Ketki shares that one's attitude is even more important. When stepping into the test centre, you should be confident that these three hours will change your life.

    Sharing the ups and downs during her preparation journey, Ketki says “All I needed was a disciplined routine to practise. However, this period has been a roller-coaster ride. There were days when I felt low and unsure of my chances or when I could not study well and did not know what to do. At such times, I needed a mentor who could not only motivate me but also guide me through difficulties.”

  • Vedant Mukesh Mehta

    Exam score : 98.39 percentile

    Vedant Mukesh Mehta has done BE in electronics engineering from Mumbai University. He is a fresher and got admission in IRMA without any work experience. Vedant Mukesh Mehta belongs to Mumbai.  His father is a businessman and mother is a Home maker.

     

    Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Vedant Mukesh appeared in CAT exam and scored 98.39  percentile.  He also scored 29 in IRMASAT.

     

    He has interest in Reading, dramatics, cycling and chess.

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

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

     

    MBAUniverse.com: What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT 2016/ XAT 2017?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): My preparation was very straightforward. I referred to videos by Hitbullseye on YouTube. Then later on, I enrolled for Times test series. I would ensure that I take at least 2  mock tests in a week in the last run-up to CAT like a month back. I would like to reiterate that attempting mock tests is imperative if one wants to score well in CAT. And most importantly, I devoted equal time to all the three sections and this enabled me to score equally well in all three sections.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Please share your sectional preparation strategy for CAT 2016/XAT 2017? How did you prepare for each section VARC, DILR, Quant? What study materials and books did you use?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): For VARC, I installed GRE flash card app to ameliorate my vocabulary. For DILR, I practiced vigorously. For DI , I practiced about 10 sets a day and improved my calculation speed without resorting to a calculator. For Quant, I began with simpler question with simultaneously building on concepts and then gradually moved to more complex problems. This way, I was able to augment my accuracy along with speed.

     

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

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): During the nascent stage of my preparation, I would face some difficulty while solving DILR problems. But rigorous practice in this section turned the tide for me and I was able to score handsomely on the D-day.

     

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

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): Spending more that 4-5 hours on analysis is paramount and dont forget to refer to the solutions of questions which you have attempted correctly as this enables you to go through better alternatives if there are any.

     

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

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): I didn't. I only went for offline centers post my CAT for gdpi preparation.

     

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

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): I didn't appear for XAT. I appeared for IIFT, NMAT, SNAP, MHCET.

     

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

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): I applied to SIBM, IIFT, NMIMS, IIMs, IRMA, SP JAIN, MDI, NITIE, SJMSOM. I converted NMIMS, IRMA, IIM Udaipur, Nagpur, Kashipur, Rohtak, Amritsar, Ranchi. Didn't sit for interviews in MDI and NITIE.

     

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

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): For CAT, last two days before the exams were reserved for brushing up the concepts and going through my notes and I made it a point that I slept for 8 hours in the night before the exam.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Which B-school you decided upon and why?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): IRMA was my first and last choice.

    70% of Indians reside in rural areas, so I sensed a lot of opportunity for my career. Post 2014, the new political dispensation was very much focused on delivering adequate services in the rural sector and made this area very exciting to work with. This acted as a great pull factor for me.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How did you prepare for IRMASAT? Please share your strategy? How much did you score in it?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): My strategy was quite straightforward. I referred to online sources about policies and acts promulgated by the Central govt during the last one year. Apart from that, I brushed basic current affairs especially pertaining to public policy and governance. I scored 29  on 40 marks

     

    MBAUniverse.com: What would you suggest to IRMA aspirants to prepare for IRMASAT 2018?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): 1 simple thing I would suggest that  keep yourself abreast of what is happening around you, especially in policy making and legislative procedures. Be cognizant of current affairs of at least one year prior to the exam.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Any message you would like to share with the candidates preparing for CAT 2017 and for IRMASAT 2018?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): For CAT, I would suggest that one should be focused and prepare diligently without going haywire during the preparation phase as students generally tend to. Just give this attempt as if it's your only attempt and mark my words, everything will fall in place and you will pass with flying colours. In case you don’t score well in mock tests, never get bogged down and feel disheartened as  sincere efforts never go in vain.

  • Angshuman Kakoty

    Exam score : 98.09 percentile

    Angshuman Kakoty has done B.Com (Hons.), CA-IPCC Group 1 along with 3 years of articleship training. He is a fresher and got admission in IRMA without any work experience. Angshuman belongs to Guwahati.  His family consists of his mother, elder brother and his sister in law.

     

    Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Angshuman appeared in CAT exam and scored 98.09  percentile.  He also scored 20 in IRMASAT.

     

    He has interest in Singing, reading fantasy novels, playing DOTA.   

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

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

     

    MBAUniverse.com: What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT 2016?

    Angshuman (CAT topper): I did not take any coaching for CAT. I solved sample papers from various websites including mbauniverse.com. This helped me to understand the types of questions that may come in the examination and I also found out the areas I needed to improve.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How did you prepare for IRMASAT? Please share your strategy? How much did you score in it?

    Angshuman (CAT topper): I prepared from Pratiyogita Darpan and Manorama year book for IRMASAT. I scored 20

     

    MBAUniverse.com: What would you suggest to IRMA aspirants to prepare for IRMASAT 2018?

    Angshuman (CAT topper): I would suggest them to keep themselves updated with current affairs, especially government policies and schemes and also read supplementary books like Pratiyogita Darpan.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Please share your sectional preparation strategy for CAT2016? How did you prepare for each section VARC, DILR, Quant? What study materials and books did you use?

    Angshuman (CAT topper): My strengths lied in VARC and DILR but I was weak in Quant. Hence I tried to focus on this section. I gave some mock tests available online. I used only the NCERT mathematics books for the preparation.

     

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

    Angshuman (CAT topper): I was weak in Quant. I realised through the mock tests that in this section accuracy is far more important than the quantity of questions attempted and hence I tried to answer only those questions I was absolutely sure about. There are plenty of videos available in youtube which too helped me a lot.

     

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

    Angshuman (CAT topper):  From my own experience I can say that mock tests are immensely helpful. Not only they provide insight on the types of questions in the examination but also they give a platform to self-evaluate our preparation and areas of improvement. Also, scoring a decent percentile in the mocks give a lot of confidence for the real exam. I would suggest candidates to give as many mocks as possible as it will also help them in time management which I think is very important for this exam.

     

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

    Angshuman (CAT topper):  No I did not go to any offline coaching centre.

     

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

    Angshuman (CAT topper): Apart from CAT, I only appeared for MAT.

     

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

    Angshuman (CAT topper): I applied for IRMA, GIM, BIM, IMT, IMI, LBSIM, FORE and IMBHU. Apart from IRMA, I was offered admission from every other college listed above.

     

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

    Angshuman (CAT topper): The best advice I can give is to get plenty of rest and don’t think about it too much. We have been giving exams our whole lives and this is just one of them hence take no pressure. During the exam I attempted only those questions which I was sure about and made sure I was not stuck with one question for too long. Give your best and rest will fall into place.

  • Reema Bhagia

    Exam score : 98.05 percentile

    Reema Bhagia: IIM Ahmedabad batch 2017-19, CAT 2016 : 98.05 percentile

    PR & Communications professional

     

    After completing graduation in Media and Communications from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communications, Reema joined Rediffusion Wunderman, an advertising company, where she worked on their largest client - Audi India for 16 months; the first ten months as a Project Executive, the next six as a Senior Account Executive, after being awarded a double promotion. Besides being an avid reader, she is also an adventure sports enthusiast, having jumped off the world’s highest commercial bungee - Macau Tower at 233 meters.

     

    Dancing since she was a child, she is trained in contemporary, jazz, and improvisational dance at Dance Inc India. She aspires to use the knowledge gleaned at IIMA to start a holistic health & wellness company.

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