Wat Topper Mantra
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.
At IIM Ahmedabad we got a case study there. At IIM Lucknow, we had a WAT round. This was followed by PI.
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.
WAT topics at IIMs were:
IIM Bangalore: ‘Should politicians have a mandatory retiring age?’
IIM Calcutta: ‘Social media platforms are increasingly becoming a source of news. Is this trend welcome?’
Akshay Kumar Singh
Akshay hails from Purnea Bihar. He is a B.E in Mechanical Engineering and had a work experience of 6 months before joining MBA at SIBM Pune after scoring 99.97 percentile in SNAP 2015. He has great interest in Playing cricket, watching Bollywood Movies, Listening to music. His source of inspiration is his family.
WAT was different at different institutes. We were supposed to write a small essay based on a small video or on a still picture shown to us. At some it was divided into two parts where one of them consisted of questions like “Describe yourself in two sentences?” or “Strength and weakness” and the other part was again essays on video or picture.
PI started with the familiar question of “Tell me something about yourself?” at most of the institutes.
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.
The WAT topics consisted of case studies, abstract topics and even extempore.
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.
WAT experience 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.
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.
The WAT topics were varied.
IIMA- small workplace situation. Had to analyse it and answer questions.
IIMB- About de-globalization. Were asked to write our views.
IIMC- About women safety.
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.
In IIM Ahmedabad, the WAT had no specific instruction to write in paragraphs, so I used this opportunity to write in bullet points and I believe that it impressed the interviewers.
Jethwa Satyarajsinh Pradyumansinh
Satyarajsinh Jethwa has done Electronic Engineering from BVM college, Vallabh Vidyanagar. He is a fresher and got admission in IRMA without any work experience. Satyarajsinh belongs to Bhuj, Kutch. His father serves in Gujarat Police, Mother is Homemaker and Brother is pursuing Computer Science Engineering.
Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Satyarajsinh appeared in XAT exam and scored 85 percentile. He also scored 28 in IRMASAT.
He has interest in Playing Chess.
The WAT topics consisted of case studies, abstract topics and even extempore. My WAT topic was about how to increase job opportunities for youth. We needed to priorities the 8 given points.
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.
WAT Experience 1:
The WAT for new IIMs was a good experience although I don’t remember the topic. Anything under the Sun can form the WAT topic.
WAT Experience 2:
For NMIMS, we were given a case wherein we had to decide whether the pharmaceutical companies should continue to produce drugs that fetched them a higher margin and ignore others that were low margin drugs.
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.
NMIMS also gave a case discussion. WAT topic at SCMHRD – was something which I did not expect. It made us keep our thinking hats on. A picture was given where a boat was about to fall off the cliff near a waterfall and we had to write – ‘Had we been on the boat and woke up to see the scene affront what would be our next steps.’
WAT at SIBM was even more interesting. A picture of a person with weird ears and different complexion was shown from nose to chest suited as a corporate and there was an elephant foot over his head. This picture was shown to us for a minute on the screen and we had to write about it.