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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  • Madhur Mehta

    Exam score : 96.65 percentile

    An inspiration for non engineers and for Symbiosis B-school aspirants, Madhur Mehta has done his Bachelors in Pharmacy. He is a consistent performer. He scored 88.31% in 10th Std; 76.85% in 12th Std and 7.62 CPI in B.Pharma.  Madhur not only cracked SNAP 2016 with 99.23 percentile but also scored 96.65 percentile in CAT 2016; 214 in NMAT 2016 and 99 percentile in MICAT. Despite receiving calls from other B-schools, he preferred Symbiosis Pune as it was his dream B-school.

     

    Madhur is a fresher and got SIBM Pune immediately after his bachelors. He belongs to Bhuj (Kutch) in Gujarat. Madhur attributes his success to his father who has been his inspiration. He loves playing Basketball, Writing and Acting.

  • Karan Kokane

    Exam score : 96.42 percentile

    Karan completed schooling from Symbiosis Secondary School, Pune with 89.23% in the 10th standard and 92% in 12th standard. With no gap in studies Karan scored a 192 out 200 in the MHT CET 2009 (Engg entrance) exam in the same year and got 69th rank in the whole state of Maharashtra.

    Karan opted for computer engineering from College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), and secured a CGPA of 8.6 on a scale of 10 in COEP and was amongst the top 15% in a class of 90 students. Along with maintaining his academics, Karan was active in extracurricular activities. He was the Event head of the event Circuit-Fixer in Mindspark’11 and a sponsorship coordinator in Mindspark’10. Mindspark is COEP’s national level technical festival.

    After completing graduation in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering, Karan Kokane got  placed in HARMAN International India Pvt. Ltd. as a software programmer and worked with them for 20 months. Karan was awarded the HARMAN Superior Performance award for contributions to the project, and for his performance and potential. Karan was also one of the few employees to get a four star rating in the yearly assessment review.

    With a percentile score of 99.993 in the MAH MBA CET exam Karan stood among the three toppers.

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

    Q. What was your strategy in testing room to attempt the questions from different sections: Quantitative Ability & DI, Verbal Ability & LR? 
    A. I would always start with my strongest section. Also, I would solve the easiest questions first. This ensures that I not only solved many questions quickly in the beginning without wasting time but also I gained confidence. Confidence is an important ingredient while taking exams. Once all the easy questions from the strongest section were done, I would move on to the difficult questions in that section. In this way, I would move from the easiest question from my strongest section to the most difficult section from my weakest section. For me this used to be in the order Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability.

    Q. Which all exams did you write? How did you prepare for them? What score did you get?
    A. I appeared for various exams such as CAT, NMAT, XAT and MAH MBA CET. Most of the exams have around 80-90% of their topics in common with each other. I focused on these common topics first. Once I was comfortable with these topics, then when an exam neared, I would concentrate on the rest 20% of the questions that would be different and specific to that exam. For example, it is important to be good at Algebra, TSD or Geometry no matter which exam is next. But when exams such as XAT or CET neared, I would do Decision making or Visual Reasoning to improve at those specific topics. I got 98.763 percentile in NMAT; 96.42 percentile in CAT; 98.25 percentile in XAT and 99.993 percentile in MAH MBA CET.

    Q. The institutes that offered you admission?
    A. SPJAIN- Fin, JBIMS, new IIMs except Rohtak and NMIMS 

    Q.What advice and tips you would like to share with the candidates preparing for CAT? 
    A.1. It is important to start early to achieve better results. 
    2. Keep in touch with all topics on a daily basis.
    3. In the midst of all this preparation, it is important to not lose contact with one’s hobbies and interests. Do things that interests you on a daily basis to relax and recuperate. 
    4. While giving the exam, stay calm and focused.
    5. Take mocks seriously, but don’t take the percentiles seriously.
       
    Q. Your message to future MBA aspirants.

    A.Never give up. Keep grinding, keep fighting and keep believing. Dreams are meant to come true. Also know that an MBA is not the be all and end all in life.

  • Priya Sahni

    Exam score : 96.00 percentile

    Priya Sahni scored 96 percentile in CAT 2016 and converted her call to IIM Indore. Priya had a work experience of 8 months to her credit before joining IIM Indore. She balanced her work place requirements during her CAT preparation. Priya preferred self preparation instead of joining any coaching institute to prepare for CAT exam.

     

    Priya belongs to Kanpur, one of the 5 KAVAL towns of Uttar Pradesh. She comes from a modest and educated family. Priya’s father is an accountant, mother a home maker and sister is Company Secretary (CS). Priya is a B.Tech in Electronics (ECE) and is fond of listening music.

     

    In view of Priya, it is important to devote more time to the section in which you are weak. This will take you out of dilemma and will strengthen your preparation. A role model for working professionals preparing for CAT 2017, Priya not only cracked CAT with her smart and intelligent preparation, but got into her dream B-school, despite having limited time to study after working hours,  

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Priya Sahni 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?
    Priya (CAT topper): CAT is a qualitative exam and not a quantitative exam. CAT tests your aptitude so it is very important to be very thorough with the concepts and enhance your analytical skills. Every person is good at one section and has another section as a weakness. It is very important to identify both of them and plan your strategy accordingly.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How did you prepare for each section QA, VARC & DILR? What study materials and books did you use?
    Priya (CAT topper): For VARC section, the most important part is the maximum time that you can devote to reading. Read a lot. Apart from this practice at least 5 RC’s in a week and analyse them after solving them. Try to find out why your answers went wrong. Do the RC’s in a strict time frame.

    DILR gets better the more you practice. Try to solve one set every day and never leave any set unsolved no matter how much time it may take.

    For Quant also practice is the key. Try to be clear with the concepts. Try to come up with your own shortcuts and logics. I referred to Arun Sharma for my preparation

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
    Priya (CAT topper): I was weak at English. I devoted approximately 40 % of my preparation time just to English. I read in all my free time. Devote more time to the section you are weak at.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?
    Priya (CAT topper): I feel that just taking a mock test is not enough. Go for a thorough analysis. I gave 3 hours for the mock test and almost the same amount of time for its analysis. Analyse each question that you did wrong or left. Try to find out which questions were easy and you couldn’t do. Try to improve on those questions.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?
    Priya (CAT topper): No, I didn’t go to any coaching centre.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Other than CAT, which exam did you appear?
    Priya (CAT topper):  None

     

    MBAUniverse.com:  Which institutes did you apply for admission?  
    Priya (CAT topper): I applied 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?
    Priya (CAT topper): CAT is not a theoretical exam for which you need to do any last minute preparation. Do not study anything for at least 24 hours before the exam. Just chill before the last day and go for the exam

  • Nitesh Padhi

    Exam score : 96.00 percentile

    IIFT 2016 topper with 99.44 percentile studying in IIFT MBA (IB) 2017-19 batch Nitesh Padhi suggests the IIFT 2017 MBA entrance exam aspirants  to go for speed reading the news papers as it will help not only the RC passages but will also help in GK section and in your future life. 

     

    Nitesh comes from a modest family of Bhubaneswar, Orissa. His father is a businessman and mother is employed. He has a younger sister studying in class 10.  Nitesh has a consistently good academic record to his credit. He did his class 10 with 8/10 CGPA, class 12 with 79.40% marks and did his BBA in Finance from NMIMS Mumbai with 75.12% marks. Nitesh had gained a work experience of 10 months with Genpact India in Gurgaon before joining IIFT MBA (IB) 2017-19 batch. 

     

    Nitesh loves playing football and was Captain of School & College Football Teams. His hobbies include photography, reading (Lord of the Rings and Matthew Reilly), blogging among others. 

     

    Nitesh Padhi not only scored 99.44 percentile in IIFT entrance exam, but also scored 96 percentile in CAT 2016 and 99.07 percentile in CAT 2015 and above 98 percentile in NMAT. However, Nitesh preferred to join IIFT instead of any IIM or other B-school.

     

    Sharing with MBAUniverse.com, Nitesh highlights his experience in preparation journey to IIFT and modestly attempts to give the ‘success mantra’ to the IIFT 2017 aspirants 
     

  • Ebel Benny

    Exam score : 92.78 percentile

    Ebel Benny has done B Tech - Mechanical. He has a Work Experience in IT – Operations (14 months) and got admission in IRMA. Ebel belongs to Cochin. 

     

    Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Ebel appeared in CAT exam and scored 92.78 percentile. 

     

    He has interest in Football, Trolls,Travelling.   

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

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

     

    MBAUniverse.com: What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT2016/ XAT 2017?
    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): Learning from previous mistakes. This was my last attempt for CAT

    A proper time table was made where time was allotted for all the three sections .I made sure that I attempted atleast 5 mock tests a week which improved my speed and decision making skills to attempt and not attempt the right questions.

     

    After continuously working for long hours I used to reward myself with small breaks which included movies, small outings and parties. This helped me to refresh myself and resume working with more vigour. 

     

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

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): Best material for IRMASAT is YOJNA and Kuruskshetra. Since its beyond our limits read Yojana & Kurukshetra GIST. Apps like Knappily and in shorts might come in handy

    IRMASAT portion is of two parts.
    1. Static : Govt. programs, development activities, Planning commission etc (pre 2014)

    2. Current : Government schemes implemented recently (post 2014)

     

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

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): If time permits read ‘Manorama Year Book’. It had covered almost all the areas of general knowledge required for attempting IRMASAT.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Please share your sectional preparation strategy for CAT2016/XAT 2017? How did you prepare for each section VARC, DILR, Quant? What study materials and books did you use?
    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): I tried to improve the speed of my reading so that I wouldn’t waste my time in the reading comprehension parts. I had made the time table for preparations in such a way that equal time was allotted for DILR and Quant sections. My daily time table was in such a way that I worked on a combination of an easy and a difficult chapter. This ensured that I was not overloaded with work but covered all the chapters at the right time of time.

     

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

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): I was weak at Verbal Section. I get bored after reading passages. So on a daily basis I practiced 10 RC on time bound and during test I attempt 4 or 5 RC out of the 6 RC.

     

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

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper):  Mock Test are to devise strategy for the D day. Try as many strategies as possible and identify the best one suited. After which it should be practised for at least 60 days (20 mocks). Analysing test is the most important part. For 3 hours test, atleat9 hours should be given for analysis 

     

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

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper):  Partly Yes. I had two mentors who guided me through the test and interview preparation. They were part of a premiere coaching institute (IMS)

     

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

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): SNAP

     

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

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): IRMA , IIM – Ranchi, I got selected to IRMA

     

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

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): Never study on three days before CAT then everything would be in our hand. Ensure that you have high score for the last mock test attempted before CAT. Never attempt any mock on last three days.

    My scoring area is quant so I used to leave last 3 minutes of DILR to keep my mind freshen for the quant section. It worked on the D day also

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Please share your GD/WAT topics & PI questions at different institutes and the ones who offered you admission?

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): IRMA had two group activities, of which one is HR level question and other is logical level. PI was mostly centered on “know thyself” and details on work experience.

     

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

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): IRMA .It was my first and last option

     

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

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): Be calm throughout the preparation and the day of the exam as well. Kill the stress by yourself. For IRMA use both XAT and CAT score.

  • Rajat Tomar

    Exam score : 92.50 percentile

    Rajat Tomar has done B.Tech in Mechanical Engg. from HBTI Kanpur and is now pursuing PGDRM from IRMA. He has a Work Experience of around 2 years in United Breweries Ltd. Rajat belongs to Baraut, Uttar Pradesh. His father is a teacher in primary school and his mother is a house-wife.

     

    Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Rajat appeared in CAT exam and scored 92.5 percentile. 

     

    He has interest in Reading and Analyzing World Politics, Spirituality, Cricket, Badminton. 

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Rajat 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?

    Rajat (CAT topper): I started my preparation for XAT 2017 four months before the exam date. I joined the TIME test series. I used to give one or two tests every week and thoroughly analyzed my mock test answer sheets, based on which I came to know my strengths/weakness and worked on the topics where I wasn’t up to the mark.

     

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

    Rajat (CAT topper): I regularly read the newspaper(the Hindu) and books which helped me in IRMASAT.I scored 20 marks in it.

     

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

    Rajat (CAT topper): - Regularly read newspaper and stay informed about the current events.

    -Be aware of the government schemes especially rural ones.

     

    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?

    Rajat (CAT topper): VA/RC –  I solved Time study material. Regularly reading newspaper/ books, mock test series helped me a lot in getting a good score.

    DI/LR- I focused on Time study material and mock test for this.

    Quant- I mainly focussed on my calculation speed as my basic concept of quant was good due to my background and solved different type of questions.

     

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

    Rajat (CAT topper): I was weak in VA/RC. I devoted more time for that and tried to solve more and more RC’s/Para jumbles/Para completion exercises and also started reading books/newspaper to increase my comprehension and inferential ability and also my reading speed.

     

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

    Rajat (CAT topper): Review all the tests you give to identify your weaknesses and spend at least 4-6 hours in assessing the test . That is important so that you can work on those weaknesses specifically.

     

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

    Rajat (CAT topper): IIFT(97%) and SNAP(98.1).

     

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

    Rajat (CAT topper): I got admission in IMI New Delhi,IRMA, SCMHRD, TAPMI, FORE, SIIB, XIMB(HR).

     

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

    Rajat (CAT topper): By the time I was going for XAT, I had prepared all the sections and was intending to attempt as much question as possible. First I solved easy questions then average difficulty level question and in last tricky and difficult questions.

     

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

    Rajat (CAT topper): I chose IRMA as this is a B-school which is unique in many respects. Being from a fairly rural background myself, I have seen and experienced the issues which farmers face in their day to day lives. This is a course which channels management study towards a social cause. Thus, I could relate more with IRMA’s mission as it aligned with my aspirations. 

     

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

    Rajat (CAT topper): Study Hard .Just focus on your study , don’t think about the result as result/fruits of your action is not in your hand as stated in Bhagwad Gita.

  • Jhalak Agrawal

    Exam score : 83.59 percentile

    Jhalak Agrawal  has done B.Com (Hons.). She is a fresher and got admission in IRMA without any work experience. Jhalak Agrawal belongs to Guwahati.  Her  Father is a Businessman and her Mother is a housewife. She has younger brother and sister.

     

    Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Jhalak Agrawal appeared in CAT exam and scored 83.59  percentile and in XAT exam scored 98.225 percentile. She also scored 18 in IRMASAT.

     

    She has interest in reading novels, watching movies and travelling.        

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Jhalak Agrawal about her 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?

     Jhalak (CAT topper): I prepared for XAT along with the preparation of CAT. My preparation started from the month of July. My focus was just to cover all the topics of CAT prescribed generally since I also had my college from 10 to 5.

     

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

    Jhalak (CAT topper): I looked into various information on internet regarding literacy in different states, poverty in India, various schemes implemented etc. My score was 18 out of 40.

     

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

    Jhalak (CAT topper): Be clear about the basic knowledge of the above topics and look into the places where the schemes are implemented.

     

    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?

    Jhalak (CAT topper): I purchased a Byju’s tablet and used it and the study material that came along with it. For RC, I focused on why my chosen answer was wrong and a particular answer correct. The level of DILR and Quant in CAT was quite high for me which justifies my low score in the same. In XAT I could solve the questions easily.

     

     

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

    Jhalak (CAT topper): Yes, I think I was weak in all three sections of CAT and still am in DILR and Quant. I overcame my weakness in VARC by practicing number of cases.

     

     

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

    Jhalak (CAT topper):  One should make full use of mock tests. They prepare you in a way in which I was never prepared. I took just one mock test before the day of CAT exam and didn’t finish it.I am not habitual to looking at computer screen except for watching movies. Even staring at computer screen for 3 hours on the day of exam was a chore for me.

     

     

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

    Jhalak (CAT topper): No, I did not go to an offline coaching centre. I think a coaching centre saves you time that I wasted going through the syllabus only and better prepares you for the exam with the number of mock tests they give.

     

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

    Jhalak (CAT topper): I did not appear for any other exam other than CAT/XAT.

     

     

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

    Jhalak (CAT topper): I applied to all the IIM’s and IRMA and converted only IRMA.

     

     

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

    Jhalak (CAT topper): I wasn’t done with all the topics till the exam of CAT. Till XAT exam I had covered everything and went with a cool mind after a good night’s sleep

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Please share your GD/WAT topics & PI questions at different institutes and the ones who offered you admission?

    Jhalak (CAT topper): In IRMA, there was a group activity where two cases were discussed. The cases were related to management activities. In PI questions were asked regarding current affairs and the literacy in India.

     

     

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

    Jhalak (CAT topper): I decided to join IRMA as it is the pioneer of Rural Management and I like to learn things from the scratch.

     

     

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

    Jhalak (CAT topper): Try to complete the syllabus on time and practice by taking as many mock tests as you can.

  • Umang Agarwal

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    Umang Agarwal: IIM Ahmedabad batch 2017-19

    Ph.D in Animal Sciences

     

    A Ph.D. in Animal Sciences from University of Maryland, Umang has six years of experience in animal and human nutrition research in the US. He worked with multiple animal species and humans to understand the partitioning of nutrients for increased production efficiency (in animals), and to understand the mechanisms of disease (in humans).

     

    He believes that practical scientific interventions, coupled with the best management practices, are required to bring about a successful large-scale impact in the agribusiness sector. Towards this end, a PGP-FABM degree would make him a technical generalist who understands the scientific nuisances of the business along with the big picture of the food and agri-business sector.

  • Rashmi Teltumbde

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    Rashmi Teltumbde: IIM Ahmedabad batch 2017-19

    BBA from USA: Tennis Player, Ex-Captain – India Junior Fed Cup

     

    Rashmi Teltumbde is from Mumbai. She finished her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University in the US as BBA in Economics and Management in 2014 and has 14 academic awards there. She has a work experience of 28 months in Nettech Pvt Ltd as a Business Development Executive.

     

    Being a professional tennis player, she has represented the country in 3 junior Grand Slams (two Australian Open and US Open) and also captained the junior Indian Fed Cup team. In her free time, she likes to coach tennis to kids, cook and travel.  She believes a degree from IIMA would equip and ensure her goals would be reached quickly.

  • Ozair Hamdani

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    Ozair Hamdani: IIM Ahmedabad batch 2017-19

    Educated in Africa: National level Chess Player

     

    Pursuing MBA to help convert his ideas into actions, Ozair has previously interned with a start-up on a project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has spent the majority of his life on the African continent, twelve years in Botswana, and four years pursuing his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He is also an avid reader, writer, and a national level chess player.

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