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Top IIMs offer admission to their flagship MBA programmes to CAT toppers who have not only scored 99-100 percentile but also have an excellent academic diverse profile. Key trends in CAT exam reflect that CAT toppers are from diverse back ground including engineering, Arts and Humanities, Commerce, Science among others. Shared below are the interviews of 50+ CAT toppers with their inspiring stories of their CAT preparation journey, hardships they faced, sacrifices they made and eventually converted top IIMs. This page will be further updated with more CAT 2023 toppers’ preparation journey after release of CAT 2023 result. Read the Table of Contents below to check the CAT toppers’ interviews with their preparation strategy 

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Table of Contents

  1. CAT 2023 Toppers’ Interviews
  2. Know Your CAT 2022 Toppers
  3. CAT 2022 Toppers’ Interviews: Success Stories with Preparation Strategy
  4. Know your CAT 2021 Toppers
  5. CAT 2021 Toppers’ Interviews: Success Stories with Preparation Strategy
  6. Know your CAT 2020 Toppers
  7. CAT 2020 Toppers’ Interviews: Success Stories with Preparation Strategy

1. CAT 2023 Toppers’ Interviews

CAT 2023 exam was held on November 26, 2023 with highest number of 2.88 lakh test takers in the history of CAT exam. CAT result is expected in the first week of January 2024. The success stories of CAT 2023 toppers will be updated soon after release of CAT 2023 result

2. Know Your CAT 2022 Toppers: Scored 100%ile & 99+ %ile

Below are details of some of the CAT 2022 Toppers with 100 and 99+ percentile

CAT 2022 Toppers

CAT Toppers List

Some of the CAT 2022 toppers with 100 percentile, 99+ percentile with their academic background, preparation strategy are as below:

Name of CAT Topper
CAT %ile Score
Academic Back Ground
CAT Preparation Strategy
Suneet Kumbhat
B.Tech IITD; IIMC Alumnus
CAT Coach
Maruti Konduri
IIMA Alumnus
CAT Coach
Renjith Thomas Joshua
CAT Coach in Kerala
Srajal Gupta
Prepared with Coaching
Soumik Banerjee
B.E. (Mech Engg)
Self Preparation Read More
Shreyasee Sarkar
B.Tech (ECE)
Prepared with Mindworkzz; Read More
Risshi Agrawal
Took T.I.M.E Mock Tests
Pranav Chaturvedi
Prepared with CL Coaching
Parul Arora
Prepared with MissionCAT coaching
Akshit Agrawal
Self prepared with Arun Sharma Books
Adit Sanjanwala
Self Prepared with Books and study material, Mocks
Geet sai sumant
Prepared with iQuanta coaching
Pranav Bahedia
Prepared with Coaching
Atish Naskar
Prepared with Coaching
Mohul Kishore
B.A. Hons - DU
Self Prepared with Arun Sharma Books and joined Takshzila coaching
Shauray Tiwari
B.Com. - DU
Self Prepared with Arun Sharma Books and joined Coaching also

3. CAT 2022 Toppers’ Interviews: Success Stories with Preparation Strategy

In their Interviews with, CAT 2022 Toppers have shared their success stories with CAT exam preparation strategy, how they overcame their weak areas, how they prepared for GD-PI-WAT.  Many of these CAT 2022 Toppers who have scored 99+%ile, self-prepared or joined some of the best Coachings or opted for a combination of coaching and self preparation.

(1) CAT 2022 Topper Soumik Banerjee Interview: CAT 99.95 %ile; Self Prepared

A B.E. in Mechanical Engineering and working professional for 6 years in BPCL, CAT 2022 topper, Soumik Banerjee cracked the exam with 99.95 percentile with his self preparation and with some Online Coaching help. Soumik was shortlisted by IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, other IIMs and MDI Guragon but planned to join IIM Ahmedabad. Read his CAT preparation strategy and success mantra Read Full Interview

(2) CAT 2022 Topper Shreyasee Sarkar: CAT 99.68 %ile; Prepared with Mindworkzz; Student of IIM Calcutta 2023-25 Batch

An IT professional, CAT 2022 topper, Shreyasee Sarkar cracked the exam with 99.68 percentile. She prepared for CAT with Mindworkzz and had converted number of top B-schools including IIM Calcutta. Before joining and improving the academic diversity at IIM Calcutta, she earned 3.5 years of work experience as Software Tester. Read Full Interview


CAT 2022 Topper Risshi Agrawal-99.99 %ile: IIT Delhi alumni Risshi Agrawal scored 99.99 percentile in CAT 2022 exam. He belongs from Mirzapur, UP and is a graduate from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. He has work experience as an Associate Analyst at Putnam – a heathcare management consulting firm. He referred to TIME coaching materials and CL mock test series. His CAT 2022 Sectional scores are: DILR: 99.99%, VA: 85.65%, QA: 100%

CAT Topper 2022 Parul Arora, 99.93%ile: IIM Ahmedabad Student 2023-25 Batch

Hailing from Bhatinda, Punjab, Parul Arora is one of the top scorers of CAT 2022. This was her first attempt to CAT. She is a BTech in Computer Science from NIT Jalandhar. Parul has worked at Accenture. Her CAT 2022 sectional scores are VARC – 99.41; DILR – 99.55; QA –99.63


CAT 2022 Topper Akshit Agrawal, 99.91 %ile: Akshit Agrawal was a final year B Com Honours student from Ramjas College of Delhi University. He scored 99.91 percentile. His overall score and percentile in CAT 2022 were 111.36 and 99.91 percentile. He referred to Books by Arun Sharma for both QA and DILR. This was his first attempt to CAT. He did not join a coaching institute. His Sectional scores are VARC – 42.49 (99.48 percentile); DILR – 35.04 (99.74 percentile); QA – 33.83 (99.11 percentile)

4. Know your CAT 2021 Toppers: CAT Toppers List

CAT 2021 was successfully conducted by IIM Ahmedabad on November 28, 2021 at 438 test centres spread across 156 cities in India on 28 November 2021 in three shifts. The duration of the test was of 120 minutes. Around 1.92 lakh candidates appeared for the exam out of 2.30 lakhs registered eligible candidates. The overall attendance was approximately 83%. Out of the 1.92 lakh candidates taken the exam, 35% were Females, 65% Males and 2 candidates represent Transgender.


Total 9 Candidates had scored maximum 100% in CAT 2021. All were males. Maximum number of CAT Toppers – 4 Toppers --were from Maharashtra! UP had 2 Toppers. Maximum number of CAT 99.9 Toppers – 4 Toppers -- were from Maharashtra and Gujarat! Total 19 Candidates had scored 99.9 % in CAT 2021. Again, all were males. As per CAT 2021 result, CAT Toppers were:

CAT 2021 Toppers

5. CAT 2021 Toppers’ Interviews: Success Stories with Preparation Strategy

  • Sumedha Srinivasan, a CA and Asset Management Expert cracked CAT 2021 with 94.78%ile and got into IIM Ahmedabad – Read More
  • Padmasandhya S, a CA, NTSE Scholar and a Published Poet cracked CAT 2021 with 98.49% and got into IIM Ahmedabad – Read More
  • Rahul Chodankar from Mumbai, a mechanical engineer from IIT Kanpur, scored 99.87 Percentile in CAT 2021 with his 4 months of prepration;
  • Ghaziabad boy Sahil Siddharth scored 99.68 % in CAT 2021;
  • Shaunak Vora, a chemical engineer from Mumbai scored 99.10 percentile in CAT 2021.
  • Chirag Gupta, student of Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Pune, is one of the nine candidates to secure 100 percentile in CAT 2021. Chirag started preparing in March 2021, and relied on self-study -- following books and notes apart from taking mock tests. He managed to crack CAT in his first attempt itself. Chirag wants to get into any one of the Top 3 IIMs- IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta.
  • Soham Katkar cracked CAT 2021 with 100 percentile. Soham belongs to Mumbai and has done graduation in Engineering in Computer Science from K J Somaiya College of Engineering Mumbai. 
  • Ritik Gupta has secured the 99.99 percentile in CAT 2021. He is from Faridabad and is pursuing BBA from a private university in Gurugram. Ritik was pursuing MBBS from DY Patil Medical College, Pune after qualifying NEET but to pursue his interest he prepared for CAT to join MBA. He wants to launch his own start up
  • Yash Mandhana has scored 99.99 percentile in CAT 2021. A student of B.Tech Mechanical Engineering at IIT Bombay, Yash is targeting IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Calcutta. After completing his MBA he plans to take up career in an FMCG Company in the area of Finance or General Management or Strategy
  • Maruti Konduri, Co-founder of CAT Coaching Cracku scored 100% in CAT 2021.
  • Amrit Anwesh cracked CAT 2021 with 99.98 percentile. Amrit is a student of final year of engineering at NIT Rourkela. He cracked CAT in his first attempt and with his self preparation. Amrit is targeting IIM Ahmedbad, Bangalore, Calcutta and plans to become an entrepreneur after completing his MBA.
  • Sayali Kale, also Co-founder of Cracku, excelled in CAT 2021.  She secured 99.97 percentile. Sayali Kale is also an alumnus of IIM-Ahmedabad. Sayali is from Mumbai and completed her B-Tech in Computer Science from VJTI Mumbai.
  • Gauravi Kabadi scored 99.95 percentile in CAT 2021 in her first attempt. Gauravi was a working professional with an MNC Analog Devices after completing her B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT Bhubaneswar. She quit her job to prepare for CAT. Gauravi belongs to Maharashtra and is targeting IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore. She plans to launch her own start up.
  • Palli Dolananda Saivardhan has secured the 99.94 percentile in CAT 2021. He is from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, and has completed Computer Science Engineering from VIT University, Vellore. He is currently working as a Software Developer at Wipro.
  • Rudrakha Gupta scored 99.9 percentile in CAT 2021. Rudrakha did his B.Tech from IIT Delhi and was a working professional with Invest India. He belongs to Indore.
  • Shubh Agarwal Noida has 99.61 percentile in CAT 2021. His Sectional scores are 99.98%ile in VARC, 93.65%ile in DILR and 95.35%ile in QA. He is looking for admissions to IIM and FMS Delhi.

These CAT toppers share their CAT success stories and Preparation mantras in detail. Check Here

6. Know your CAT 2020 Toppers: List of CAT Toppers

CAT 2020 Toppers

CAT Result was released on January 2nd. Here are some important CAT Toppers details. IIM Indore CAT Centre 2020 has shared following important details about CAT 2020 Toppers with

  • 9 candidates have scored an overall 100 percentile in the CAT 2020 examination. They are all males.
  • 7 out of the nine candidates receiving the highest overall percentile are from the engineering/technology background, 1 candidate is from mathematics background and 1 is from management background.
  • Of the nine candidates, 5 candidates are from the IITs, and the remaining four candidates are from IIM Indore (IPM program), BITS Pilani, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, and YMCA institute of Engineering respectively.
  • Of the candidates scoring an overall 100 percentile, 3 candidates are from Rajasthan and the remaining six candidates are from Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh respectively.
  • 19 candidates have scored an overall 99.99 percentile in CAT 2020, of which 18 are male and 1 is female. Out of these candidates 16 are from the engineering/technology, 2 are from economics and 1 is from management background.
  • A total of 1,90,144 candidates had appeared for the examination. The gender distribution of candidates who appeared for CAT 2020 is as follows:
    • Number of female candidates: 66,755
    • Number of male candidates: 1,23,388
    • Number of transgender candidates: 01

7. CAT 2020 Toppers’ Interviews: Success Stories with Preparation Strategy spoke to many CAT 2020 toppers and summary of their journey is below. 


(1) Nandan Goel, IIM Calcutta Student, Cracked CAT 2020 with 99.95 %ile; shares CAT Preparation Strategy & Key Tips  Read More


(2) Ekansh Gupta, a Poet and Working Professional from Moradabad cracked CAT with 99.91 %ile & Got into IIM Calcutta for MBA 2021 Read More


(3) Nancy Jain, A Graphic Designer, Painter with B.Tech, Cracked CAT 2020 with 99.72 %ile and got into IIM Calcutta for MBA 2021-23  Read More


(4) Shubham Bajaj, a Software Developer at Nomura and IEM Kolkata Graduate from Surat - cracked CAT with 99.98%ile and got into IIM Calcutta  Read More


(5) Yashvi Bansal, a BBA Graduate and Fresher from Surat, Cracked CAT with 94.72%ile and got into IIM Udaipur for MBA 2021 Read More


(6) Pranita Maheshwari, an Arts & Craft lover, a blogger with BMS, Cracked CAT with 98.81%ile and got into IIM Udaipur for MBA 2021  Read More


(7) Jaipur’s Jitesh Mittal scores 100 percentile in CAT 2020: Jaipur’s Jitesh Mittal has scored 100 percentile in CAT 2020. Jitesh graduated in civil engineering from IIT-Gandhinagar in 2020 and hopes to pursue MBA from IIM Ahmedabad. Not getting a good campus job proved to be a blessing in disguise for him. “Had I got the job, I wouldn’t have given my best shot in the exam,” said Jitesh.


(8) Navi Mumbai’s Ashish Sen cracks CAT 2020 with 99.99 %
Ashish Sen hails from Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. His CAT 2020 score is Overall 99.99 Percentile; VARC % - 99.98, DILR % - 99.95 and QA % - 99.46 percentile. Ashish started his CAT preparation in June 2020. He took a few full-length tests to gauge himself. Based on that, he made a 2-month study plan. Post that, he started taking mocks and analyzing them. He had opted for the study materials and Test series from T.I.M.E. He applied only to Top IIMs and FMS Delhi.


(9) Himachal student Vishesh Garg scores 99.9 percentile in CAT 2020
Another engineer Vishesh Garg, who hails from Himachal Pradesh, has scored 99.99 percentile in CAT 2020. After completing his BTech from NIT Hamirpur in 2019, Vishesh worked nearly two years in a leading IT company in Bengaluru. IIM Bangalore and FMS Delhi are Vishesh’s top choices when it comes to B-schools. IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Calcutta are close second. He took online coaching from TIME and took guidance from online resources, followed toppers’ preparation strategies, and studied books like Arun Sharma’s CAT series. “Two things that helped me score well are the mock tests and a thorough study plan,” said Vishesh.


(10) Debrup Poddar scores 99.11 percentile in CAT 2020
Debrup Poddar has scored 99.11 percentile in CAT 2020. This was his third CAT attempt. His score is Overall % - 99.99 Percentile, VARC % - 97.07%ile, DILR % - 85.41 and QA %ile is 99.56. Speaking with, Debrup said, “I started my preparation in May 2020, giving myself an ample 5-6 months to complete the syllabus and practise mocks and past year papers. Having already appeared for CAT 18 (96.88 percentile) & CAT 19 (95.13 percentile) before, albeit without any preparation, I was determined to crack CAT 20. Hence I joined a local coaching class and spent my mornings attending lectures and evenings revising concepts. By the end of it all, I had taken nearly 30 mocks in the new format to build confidence.” Debrup’s dream colleges are SPJIMR, IIM Bangalore & IIM Indore. He plans to build his MBA career in Marketing.

Other CAT 2020 Toppers with 99+ Percentile 

  • Priyamm Garg of Delhi scored 99.81 Percentile
  • Shubham Yadav from Gurgaon got 99.7 percentile  
  • Kshitiz Garg from Mohali has scored 99.61 percentile
  • Vishal Agarwal of Cuttak scored 99.44 percentile
  • Gaurav Dhawan of Mohali has scored 99.29 percentile
  • Sargam Bansal from Chandigarh has scored 99.17 percentile
  • Himani Goyal has scored 99.05 percentile in CAT 2020

Stay tuned to for list of CAT 2020 Toppers List & Interviews.


Also Read:

CAT 2019 Topper Highlights

  • 10 candidates have scored overall 100 percentile
  • All the 10 candidates are males and are from the engineering/technology background.
  • Of these 10 Toppers, 6 candidates are from the IITs, 2 candidates are from the NITs, and 1 candidate is from Jadavpur University.
  • Of the candidates scoring an overall 100 percentile, 4 candidates are from Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • 21 candidates have scored an overall 99.99 percentile in CAT 2019. Again, 19 candidates are from the engineering/technology.


Meet CAT 2019 Topper Rahul Gupta: Makes Mumbai proud
A B.Tech from IIT Roorkee, Rahul Gupta from Mumbai has scored 100 percentile in CAT 2019. Presently, IIM Ahmedabad student of PGP 2020-22 batch, Rahul Gupta has also converted IIM Bangalore, Calcutta and Lucknow. He also converted XLRI with a XAT percentile 99.99. Rahul was a working professional when he started preparing for the exam. He suggests to begin with basics, understand the logic behind the solution and then apply them while attempting the questions. Read More about his CAT and GD-PI-WAT Preparation Strategy


Meet the 2 CAT 2019 Toppers from IIT Bombay

Rahul Manglik and Somansh Chordia, both friends and students of the final-year mechanical engineering programme at IIT Bombay, have cracked CAT 2019 – that too in their first attempt! Nagpur boy Somansh Chordia scored a perfect 100 percentile, and Delhi lad Rahul Manglik scored 99.99 percentile. Both of them prepared for CAT 2019 together, and focused on Mock Tests and analysed their performances after completing the test. They attempted at least 30 mocks during preparation. Not surprisingly, IIM Ahmedabad is the dream B-school for CAT 2019 Topper Somansh Chordia.

Meet Mumbaikar Rishi Mittal who scored 100% in 1st attempt!
Mumbai boy Rishi Mittal is a final year BTech civil engineering student from the National Institute of Technology (NIT) Surat who scored 100 %tile in CAT 2019. What makes his success remarkable is that CAT 2019 was Rishi’s first attempt at belling the CAT! Rishi scored 99.99 percentile in Quant, 100 in Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, but scored 98.76 percentile in Verbal abilities. CAT is an easy exam, one can crack it if they are honest in their preparation, is Rishi’s message to CAT aspirants. Not surprisingly, Rishi wants to join one of the Top 2 IIMs.


Meet PESIT Bangalore student Ashwin who score 100 % and wants to join IIMB
Ashwin H., a 22-year-old engineer from Bengaluru, has secured a perfect score of 100 %ile in his second attempt at CAT exam. The electronics and communications engineer graduated from PESIT last year and joined a private IT firm. Last year, he secured 99.36 percentile in CAT 2018. He wasn’t satisfied with the score even though he got calls from FMS Delhi and IIM Kozhikode. He wrote CAT 2019 and rest is history! Ashwin is aspiring to join one of the top IIMs – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta or FMS-Delhi. Indeed, But IIM-Bangalore is his top choice as he will not miss his family.


Meet Jadavpur University student who scored 100 % but said no to IIMs
Debarshi Chanda, who scored a perfect 100 percentile in CAT 2019, is presently studying for her Masters in Energy Studies at the School of Energy Studies in Jadavpur University. But Debarshi does not want to go for an MBA degree. He has higher aims. He wants to do Phd in Economics and contribute towards developing the economic condition of the country. Debarshi has done his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Jadavpur University and had joined a private bank where he worked from 2018 to 2019, before joining his Masters program. 

Meet Patrick D’Souza, who scored 100 Percentile sixth time!
Mumbai based MBA coaching faculty Patrick D’Souza scored a 100 percentile for the sixth time. D’Souza, who has been taking the exam for the past 16 years to understand the changing pattern of the papers, scored a perfect 100 percentile. “This was my sixth time getting a 100 percentile. I took the test to understand how the patterns are changing every year so I can teach my students accordingly,” said D’Souza.


CAT 2019 Toppers​ List – 100 Percentilers

CAT Toppers

CAT 2019 Percentile

Rahul Gupta


Somansh Chordia


Patrick D’Souza


Rishi Mittal


Ashwin H.


Debarshi Chanda



CAT 2019 Toppers​ List – 99.99 Percentilers
21 candidates have scored 99.99 percentile in CAT 2019. A list of these CAT toppers with their qualifying degree and home city is given below:



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CAT 2019 Toppers’ Interview on CAT Preparation Strategy
CAT 2019 toppers with Diverse bavk grounds and varying percentile in the range of 97 to 100 have found admission to 2020-22 batch in top IIMs, MDI among other B-schools with their well devised preparation strategy. Shared below are the exclusive interviews of such CAT 2019 toppers with


Shantanu Yadav: 99.7%ile in CAT 2019; Gets into IIM Ahmedabad
Shantanu Singh Yadav, CAT 2019 topper from Surat, cracked the exam with 99.73 percentile and has converted number of top B-schools including IIM Ahmedabad. A graduate from NIT Hamirpur, Shantanu belongs to a modest service class family. While preparing for CAT exam, he earned 3 years of working experience in a fertilizer industry. Read here his CAT preparation strategy and success mantra


Sruthy S Kumar:  97.71%ile in CAT 2019; Gets into IIM Lucknow

Sruthy S Kumar, CAT 2019 topper from Alappuzha, cracked the exam with 97.71 percentile and has converted number of top B-schools including IIM Lucknow. A graduate from NIT Calicut, Sruthy belongs to a modest service class family. While preparing for CAT exam, she earned 2½ years of working experience in Reliance Industries. Read her CAT preparation strategy and success mantra


Tanuj Ruia:99.69%ile in CAT 2019: Gets into IIM Bangalore

Tanuj Ruia, CAT 2019 topper with 99.69 percentile took 30 Mocks before the exam. A Chartered Accountant from Surat, Tanuj is a fresher and converted IIM Bangalore and Calcutta but preferred to take admission in MBA 2020-22 batch at IIM Bangalore. Tanuj appeared in XAT 2020 also and scored 98.8 percentile. Read his CAT preparation strategy and success mantra


Chandanbala Shyamsunder Dhanawat: 98.28 %ile in CAT 2019: Gets into IIM Udaipur

Chandanbala Shyamsunder Dhanawat cracked the CAT 2019 exam with 98.28 percentile and has converted number of top B-schools including IIM Udaipur, Rohtak, Raipur, IMT, IMI among others. A graduate in Commerce with moderate percentage of marks, Chandanbala earned 2½ years of working experience in Sales while preparing for CAT. Read her CAT preparation strategy and success mantra


Anushree Naik: 98.20%ile in CAT 2019; Gets into IIM Ahmedabad

Anushree Naik, a Chartered Accountant and Graphologist doing full time Finance Job cracked CAT 2019 with 98.20 percentile in her first attempt and got into IIM Ahmedabad PGP 2020-22 batch. She also converted number of other top B-schools including IIM Bangalore, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Indore, IIM Shillong, SPJIMR Mumbai. Read her CAT preparation strategy and what is her success mantra


Nikita Agarwal: 99.22%ile in CAT 2019; Joins MDI Gurgaon leaving IIMs

Nikita Agarwal, CAT 2019 topper from Surat, cracked the exam with 99.22 percentile and has converted number of top B-schools but preferred MDI Gurgaon to the new IIMs. A BBA graduate from SDJIC Surat, Nikita has also taught at an NGO. Coming from a modest business family, Nikita cracked CAT in her first attempt. Read her CAT preparation strategy and success mantra


CAT 2018 Toppers List and CAT 2018 Toppers Interview: Rounak Majumdar, Swapnil Suman

CAT 2018 Result were declared at 10AM on January 5, 2019. Here are some key trends with list of CAT Toppers and their interviews on CAT preparation strategy:

  • Maximum 100 percentile was secured by 11 students in CAT 2018. Rounak Majumdar & Swapnil Suman are two of them.
  • All 11 toppers are Male and all are from Engineering/Technology education background.
  • A total of 21 candidates have scored an overall 99.99 %. Out of 21, 19 candidates from engineering or technology background.
  • Out of 2,09,405 candidates who took CAT 2018, 1,36,075 were male students and 73326 were girls
  • Seven students from Maharashtra have secured 100 %, while two from West Bengal, and one each from Karnataka and Bihar.
  • Twin brothers and IIT Delhi students have both secured 99.9 percentile! has published CAT Toppers List and CAT Toppers Interview below. Check now.

CAT Toppers 2018 

cat toppers 2018

CAT 2018 Topper List
Overall Percentile
Amit Bikram
Niranjan Prasad
Rickshesh Manchanda
Rounak Majumdar
Swapnil Suman
Kaustubh Vyas
Kishan Kashyap
Mayur Arora
Kushaagr Panwar
Kuldeep Atri
Avinash Misal
Pratik Mishra
Sakshat Goel
Tushar Goel
  1. CAT 2018 Topper - Amit Bikram
    Scaled score in CAT 2018: 235.18
  • Overall 100 Percentile
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension - 79.59 (99.6%)
  • Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation - 60.51 (99.93%)
  • Quantitative Ability - 95.07 (100%)
  • Amit Bikram belongs to Mumbai and he plans to join one of the top three IIMs-IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore or Calcutta.

Preparation Strategy:
Amit Started Self Preparation in May 2018. He spent first two months in concept revision and strengthening the fundamentals and did not take coaching for theory part. He started Taking Mock from August 2018 with one Mock per week and analysed it for mistakes and improved.


Later he took one mock per day during the month before CAT 2018 exam day. In all attempted 30+ Mocks he was weak in VARC and DILR and consistently worked upon to improve on them and scored well.


Amit took the Mocks from Career Launcher and registered for e-Test series of IMS and practiced the variety of questions from Arun Sharma. He improved vocabulary and reading skills by reading a lot. He did not believe in taking short cuts and practiced a lot.


Message for CAT 2019 Aspirants
According to Amit, Four months are good enough to complete CAT syllabus. He suggested to take only need based coaching. He said to Know your own strengths and weaknesses is the key to success in CAT. Make preparation plan accordingly and don’t follow others’ preparation strategy. 


  1. CAT 2018 Topper- Niranjan Prasad
    Scaled score in CAT 2018: 230.49
  • Overall: 100 Percentile
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension – 89.63 (99.98%)
  • Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation – 73.15 (100%)
  • Quantitative Ability – 67.71 (99.81%)

is studying B.Tech (Dual Degree) in Final Year student IIT Madras and has scored top Rank in National Talent Search Competition. He belongs to small town Manipal in Udupi District. He started his self preparation Last Year and identified his weak areas first then practiced more to make them as his strengths

  1. CAT 2018 Topper - Rickshesh Manchanda
  • Overall: 100 Percentile
  • VARC:99.44 percentile

Rickshesh Manchanda is an IIT Delhi graduate working in a bank. He prepared for CAT 2018 without any coaching. This was his second CAT attempt in CAT 2017 he had scored 99.99%. Last year’s CAT preparation clubbed with practicing and analysis of mocks helped him ace the CAT 2018 exam


  1. CAT 2018 Topper - Rounak Majumdar
  • Overall: 100 Percentile
  • VARC: 99.95
  • DILR: 99.98
  • QA: 100

Rounak is a graduate from IIT Kanpur, and he has cleared Chartered Financial Analyst Level I. Rounak Majumdar’s preparation was focused on Mock Tests. He says he attempted around 30-35 mocks before the exam! He has applied to top IIMs, FMS and XLRI. He wants to pursue a career in finance, preferably investment banking, after MBA. Rounak says “Time management is the key. One should approach the easy questions first and maintain accuracy while gaining speed.”

  1. CAT 2018 Topper - Swapnil Suman
  • CAT 2018 overall percentile: 100 %
  • VARC percentile: 99.23 %
  • DILR percentile: 99.99 %
  • QA percentile: 100 %

Swapnil Suman is a Mechanical Engineer. He was born in Patna and is working in Petrochemical industry. Proper use of Mock Tests was his success mantra at CAT 2018

He did not join any coaching institute for preparation but used Mock test series from prominent coaching institutes.

  1. CAT 2018 Topper- Kaustubh Vyas
  • Overall CAT 2018 Percentile: 99.99 %

Kaustubh is a Final year B.Tech Electrical Engineering student from IIT Bombay he is from Nagpur. He started preparing for CAT 2018 from the summers after completing the internship. He enrolled in T.I.M.E especially for the test series they provide. Apart from that, he relied on Self Studies mostly. He made it a point to practice as many Mocks as possible.

  1. CAT 2018 Topper - Kishan Kashyap
  • Overall CAT 2018 Percentile: 99.99 %
  • VARC – 99.23 %
  • DILR – 99.95 %
  • QA – 99.97 %

Kishan is a resident of Delhi and is CAT 2018 Topper from Delhi. He took CAT 2018 in second shift

  1. CAT 2018 Topper - Karan
  • Overall Percentile: 99.91
  • Quantitative Aptitude: 99.49 %
  • DILR: 99.4 %
  • VARC: 999.88 %

Karan has been preparing for CAT 2018 for last 9 months. Karan joined a top coaching center to prepare in an organized manner. Mocks were the most important part of his CAT 2018 preparation and would have attempted 20+ Mocks. His preparation strategy is: Write mocks, check your scores and percentile, analyse all the questions in the paper, identify errors and weak areas, and work on them.

  1. CAT 2018 Topper - Mayur Arora
  • Overall Percentile: 99.88 %
  • Quantitative Aptitude: 99.83 %
  • DILR: 99.59 %
  • VARC: 97.75 %

Mayur started his prep somewhere around July, he thinks 6 months are more than enough to study all concepts and take 15-20 mock tests. He took test series of IMS and TIME. He has applied to IIMs, FMS, MDI, XLRI, SPJIMR.


Mayur would like to work in a marketing/ product management function post MBA

  1. CAT 2018 Topper - Kushaagr Panwar
  • Overall CAT Percentile: 99.56 %
  • VARC: 99.69 %
  • DILR: 98.76 %
  • QA: 97.3 %

He started his preparation in July. He thinks minimum 6 months are required to get a decent percentile. He had attempted around 40 Mocks of CL and Time. He has applied to all IIMs, FMS and XLRI. His dream career choice would be Strategy Consulting after MBA.

  1. CAT 2018 Topper - Kuldeep Atri
  • Overall: 99.44 Percentile
  • VARC: 97.44
  • DILR: 99.16
  • QA: 98.43

Home Town: Udaipur (Rajasthan)

  1. CAT 2018 Topper - Avinash Misal
  • Overall CAT 2018 Percentile -99.37 %
  • VARC: 99.4%
  • DILR: 98.49%
  • QA: 96.79%

Avinash did CAT Coaching at TIME in Bangalore. He studied at Sir M. Visvesvaraya Institute of Technology. He is a Software Engineer by profession. His strategy was to give at least one hour every day for LR-DI and then give as many mocks as possible to expose him to different types of questions. He said mocks were crucial for his results. He gave close to 40 mocks. Mock Tests simulated a test day scenario and thus kept him on his toes with various twists and turns.

  1. CAT 2018 Topper - Pratik Mishra​
  • Overall Percentile: 99.33 %
  • VARC Percentile: 97.1 %
  • DILR Percentile:99.7 %
  • QA Percentile: 996.9 %

Pratik Mishra started seriously preparing for CAT 2018 in August only. He used Quantitative Aptitude by Arun Sharma and solved Sudoku puzzle daily! He didn’t study at any coaching institute but the test series provided by coaching centres prove to be of great help. He also used Arun Sharma’s book on DI. Pratik Mishra has applied to all IIMs, FMS Delhi and NITIE Mumbai.


14. CAT 2018 Topper – Sakshat Goel

  • Overall Percentile: 99.21 %
  • VARC Percentile: 95.15 %
  • DILR Percentile:99.66 %
  • QA Percentile: 97.45 %

Sakshat focused more on taking mock tests on a regular basis to analyse the weak areas and improve accuracy. His most important advice to prepare for CAT is to channelize all the energies towards CAT preparation. Work on time management skills and try giving as many mocks as possible. To prepare for GD-PI-WAT, he read newspaper on a regular basis, undertook mock GD and practice interview rounds. Sakshat was offered admission by MDI Gurgaon, IIM Shillong, IIM Kozhikode, New IIMs and SPJIMR. He preferred SPJIMR Mumbai to any IIM and other top B-schools. 


15. CAT 2018 Topper – Tushar Goel

  • Overall Percentile: 98.89 %
  • VARC Percentile: 98.25 %
  • DILR Percentile:92.22 %
  • QA Percentile: 98.6 %

Tushar joined T.I.M.E. classroom course to prepare for CAT exam and used to go to classes and work on weekdays. He subscribed to IMS mock tests and took 1 AIMCAT and 1 SIMCAT on weekends. Analyzing the mocks helped him in cracking CAT. To prepare for GD-PI-WAT, he read the newspapers regularly so as to get acquainted with the recent happenings. Besides, he appeared in mock GDs and PIs with T.I.M.E. and IMS. Tushar converted SJMSOM-IITB, MDI, NMIMS, All the new IIMs under Common Admissions Process (CAP) with SPJIMR but he opted for SPJIMR Mumbai. His message to CAT aspirants is to understand what they want from the MBA program, then see what various B-schools have to offer before choosing the right MBA college.  

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  • Yogesh Taneja

    Exam score : 100.00 percentile

    By cracking CAT 2017 with 100 percentile, Yogesh, a commerce graduate, has proved that IIM-CAT is no more an engineers’ domain nor it can be conquered only by students of Metros. Coming from the small town of Kaithal in Haryana, Yogesh, a B.Com from SRCC Delhi, belongs to a modest family which runs a poultry farm in Kaithal.


    Yogesh, now a student of IIM Calcutta for PGP 2018-20 shares with his CAT preparation journey for the benefit of CAT aspirants

    Q. What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT?

    A. I started preparing for CAT’17 during the month of June 2017. For me, the time till the final exam day can be divided in two phases. First, when I spent most of the time learning new things each day, figuring out my weak spots and not worrying about the performance in mocks/test sheets etc. In the second phase, along with practicing those concepts I used to constantly evaluate through mocks from different coaching institutes, sectionals, workshops and spent an equal amount of time analysing my performance to find key areas that could help me improve.


    Q. How did your prepare for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)?

    A.  As someone who isn’t very strong at vocabulary, I had decided to focus on other aspects of the VARC section. I began with the RC portion considering its huge weightage and focused on getting accuracy first by practicing without any time limit. To improve my reading speed, I decided to read random online articles about things that are not my direct area of interest like botany, psychology etc. I couldn’t get my accuracy high enough in the VA section and thus I decided to focus most of my exam time on the RCs. Also while attempting the exam, my strategy was to keep track of the amount of time I spent on each of the RCs (which would roughly be 2 minutes per question towards the end).


    Q. What was your preparation Strategy for Quantitative Ability (QA)?

    A. For me QA was the section I spent the most time on given its vast variety of questions. I started off by learning the concepts through basic questions from each topic and increased the difficulty gradually. Once I was done with the printed material provided by TIME, I started taking sectionals with increasing difficulty level and solved the printed material once again with focus on speed this time. I usually used to look up the solution of questions that took me more than enough time to solve in order to figure out a faster way. Also, I realized that it’s not mandatory for someone to cover all the topics rather it’s more important to be able to face any question from the topics that you have covered, hence I ensured that I was thorough with whichever topic I was doing.


    Q. How did you prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Section in CAT?

    A. DILR is the section that has the greatest amount of surprise element in it. Hence, the key lies in practice. The more you practice, the better you are at choosing the right sets and figuring out how to crack it. Time is a crucial factor for all the sections but most of all for DILR. But during the initial stage, I decided to focus more on accuracy and approach. Gradually, I was able to increase the number of questions I could attempt. Also, one needs to be able to decide when to stop trying to do a particular set and for the same I used to ensure that I don’t spend more than requisite time on a particular set.


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

    A. In the initial few mocks, I struggled a lot with selection of the right LRDI sets, something that almost everyone faces. Soon I realized that the problem is stemming out of my lack of practice with different sets at the same time. Thus I started writing full-fledged sectionals for the section and was able to make the right picks gradually.


    Q. What role did Mocks play in your success? How many mocks did you attempt before the exam?

    A. During the first half of my preparation period, my focus was not on the mocks as much as on the basic concepts. But as the time progressed, I moved from the books to the sectionals to the mocks. Towards the end, most of my preparation time would be taking and analysing mocks. The idea was to have faced every possible scenario before the final exam and after writing roughly 40 mocks(both TIME and CL), I was comfortable with any surprises that the exam had.


    Q. Did you self-prepare or attend a coaching centre and why?

    A. I attended regular 1 year coaching classes offered by TIME. Since CAT has very limited guidance on syllabus and an even limited material to refer to from the past years, I decided to join the coaching to get a better insight regarding the exam and to be able to do the syllabus in a more structured way. Also, to be in a classroom full of people writing CAT helps you keep up with the competition, after all, it’s a relative scoring exam.

  • 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, asked Gyayak Jain about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow:

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

   Other than CAT, which exam did you appear?

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

   Which institutes did you apply for admission?  

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

   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, asked Mukesh Goyal about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow:

  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.    

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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

   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.

  • Kumar Ravi

    Exam score : 99.99 percentile

    Kumar Ravi has scored 99.99 percentile in CAT 2017 and is now the student of MBA 2018-20 batch at FMS Delhi.  Kumar is a B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering from VNIT Nagpur and has earned


    8 months working experience in Pidilite Industries Limited before joining FMS Delhi.


    Kumar Ravi hails from Munger, Bihar. Apart from CAT 2017, he also appeared in XAT 2018 and scored 98.8 percentile. Apart from FMS Delhi, Kumar was offered admission at XLRI-BM, MDI-PGPM but preferred to join FMS Delhi

    Q. What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT?

    A. For CAT preparation i first started by framing the challenges in front of me. The challenges which I identified in the first few mocks were as follows:

    1. Score consistently in all sections, specially VARC.
    2. Have focus on marks and not on completing the syllabus or having extra knowledge about the course material.
    3. Develop a monitoring system to gauge the work division amongst all three sections.


    Q. Please share your sectional preparation strategy for CAT? How did you prepare for

    • VARC: For VARC i started with improving my Vocabulary and grammar as that is the foundation for a better english. I started reading THE HINDU daily and also bought a kindle as it has a very nice vocabulary builder tool. In a few months i noticed that i had improved my VA skills and consistently practiced the parajumbles questions with a basic rule that the book is always right. In few months time i had improved a lot upon the VARC part but was still struggling with RC which comprised 60% of the marks. For RC i started back with the basics again and started with the practice of summarising whatever i read using a pen and paper. The understanding of passages improved in a month and my only problem left was how to reduce negative marking. For that i realised looking at the mock analysis that i was not gauging the difficulty level of each test and used to attempt 70% of questions in all tests. I started developing the ability to gauge the difficulty level and answer accordingly. By the last 3 mocks i performed consistently enough to foster enough confidence for the final CAT exam.


    • Quant:For quants i did not have to struggle much as i was already very good with maths since school days. My only challenge was to convert this knowledge into marks in the tests. For this i realised that it is all about correct choice of questions to leave and a throughout speed in the paper so as to necessarily reach to the end of paper comfortably. With this mindset i started approaching the tests and every mock test i used to analyse with 2 mindsets. First was asking myself how could i have scored more in the test with the same level of knowledge and skills i have. Second was to find that one thing which if i knew would have fetched me maximum marks in the tests. Working upon this strategy i was at a comfortable position on the day of CAT’17.


    • DILR:For DILR I figured out that there are 2 things which should be followed. First is expanding the number of types of sets you are familiar with. Second is getting the right strategy to attempt the paper. For first one needs to solve all the sets he finds and know which are the types he/she is comfortable with. For second the strategy is solving in the increasing order of difficulty and towards end solving only the parts of the sets and not necessarily the entire set.


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

    A. I was particularly weak at VARC and the strategy is already conveyed in the above section in all details. But i will still boil it down to 3 words here- basics, perseverance and guidance.


    Q. What role did Mocks play in your success? How many mocks did you attempt before the exam?

    A. I attempted around 20 mock during my preparation. Mocks played a very crucial role in my success. Mocks were the feedback I required about my preparation and were also a testing ground for the strategies which I had framed. They also were a decent representation of what all types of papers could come in CAT and the hence the strategy framed should be capable to deal with all the kinds of mocks faced.


    Q. Did you self-prepare or attend a coaching centre and why?

    A. I joined the TIME coaching centre in bangalore majorly because I had quit my job and had all the time in hand. The coaching centre would serve to provide me with a base level to start and with the help of knowledge and experience of the faculties I learned and grew fast to reach the best level.


    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 strategy for CAT day was to be at my best performing state. That state has the features like being well fed, not sleepy and having a calm mind. I ate a light lunch before exam, had perfect sleep the night before and had well enough confidence in me on the day of the exam so as to avoid any panic. Also I had been practicing yoga and meditation since a long time and that really helped me to have a very composite and calm mind on the day of the exams.


    Q. Your final message and tips for candidates preparing for CAT 2018.

    A.  Be confident of your ability. Cracking CAT with top percentile is no big deal if you have invested smartly. Hours of work do not count much but the clarity of what you are studying and why you are studying is what counts. Have a sound strategy and a calm composed mind.


    Q. Did you face any weak moment when you self-doubted your preparation and scared failure? Please narrate it, if so.

    A. Till the last mocks i was performing at around 98%ile and i had build up some doubts. But then my brother said that all who score more than 95 can score 100 if they perform well on the day and stick to their strategy rather than being carried away by their impulses. I believed in his words and started meditating even more and removed any doubts from my mind.

  • Vipul Kukkar

    Exam score : 99.99 percentile

    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 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.