Vipul Kukkar scored 99.99 percentile in CAT 2017 and got admission in IIM Calcutta. He is an Engineering graduate from PEC University of Technology. He belongs to Jalalabad in Punjab (W). His father is a chemist and mother is a teacher.
An inspiration for CAT aspirants, Vipul shares with MBAUniverse.com his CAT preparation strategy and the importance of Mocks in CAT preparation.
Q. What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT?
A: As I gave CAT in 2016 also (2017 CAT was my 2nd attempt) I was pretty sure that my concepts were in place. The only thing needed was practice. So my strategy was to join as my mock series as I can and to give as many mocks as i can till CAT. I prepared mainly through mocks only and didn’t solve any books this time.
Q. Please share your preparation strategy for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
A. VARC had been my weakness right from the start. After CAT 2016 I knew that I had to put in some extra efforts in VARC. For that I started preparing for VARC in February. I started solving at least 2 RC’s per day and I also worked on improving my reading speed as major portion of VARC in CAT is focused on RC’s only.
Q. How did you prepare for Quantitative Ability (QA)?
A. Being an engineer I was good in Quant right from the start. I didn’t prepare much for Quant. It was through mocks only
Q. How did you prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Section?
A. DILR is the make or break section of CAT. For this section I focussed only on set selection i.e. choosing the right sets from the given 8 sets. The idea is to solve 4-5 easy sets to ensure a good percentile. The practice of set selection can be improved by giving mocks only.
Q. Was there any particular section/area that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
A: I was particularly weak in VARC. To overcome this challenge i started reading newspapers right from my 3rd year of engineering. This helped me in improving my vocabulary and in improving my reading speed. For CAT particularly i have already discussed my strategy which is solving at least 2 RC’s every day. The key is to start working on your weak areas as early as possible.
Q. What role did Mocks play in your success? How many mocks did you attempt before the exam?
A. Mocks are very important in CAT preparation. Students need to realise that CAT is a very simple aptitude based exam. The questions are not difficult. The only constraint is time. So you just need to manage the given time to your best potential and this skill can be improved through mocks only. I gave around 70 mocks before CAT.
Q. Did you self-prepare or attend a coaching centre and why?
A: For CAT 2017 I didn’t take any coaching. I took CAT coaching for 2016 so this time I didn’t feel the need of coaching again.