CAT 2019 toppers

CAT 2019 Toppers List, Highlights & Interview

CAT 2019 Toppers

CAT 2019 Result was declared on January 4, 2020. Check list of CAT 2019 Toppers, Highlights and CAT 2019 Toppers Interview. This page will be updated regularly...

 

CAT 2019 Topper Highlights

  • Only 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.

CAT 2019 TOPPER LIST

Meet 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 Topper Rahul Gupta makes Mumbai proud
Rahul Gupta from Mumbai has scored 100 percentile in his third attempt.

 

Meet CAT 2019 Toppers from Hyderabad

  • Satwik Rao Kolluru scored 99.99 %tile in CAT 2019. He is pursuing final year Civil Engineering at IIT Mumbai.
  • Sameer Ahmed scored 99.88 %tile in CAT 2019. He works at L&T, and is alumnus of NIT Warangal.
  • Sujith Ramagiri scored 99.79 %tile in CAT 2019. He is a Student of NIT, Warangal. He is placed in Quantiphi Analytics.

Meet 99 Percentiler Rahul, Prasoon, Shreyansh from Kanpur & Lucknow
It’s not just big town boys that have done well in CAT 2019. Students from smaller cities like Lucknow and Kanpur have also fared well.

 

Shreyaansh Gupta, final year undergraduate student at the IIT Kanpur scored 99.99 percentile in his very first attempt. Shreyaansh prepared for CAT at TIME Kanpur. “My CAT score is according to my expectations as I was giving mock tests of TIME and was scoring 99.5+ in it. I always dreamt of doing MBA from the top IIMs and I am elated on getting such a good score,” said Shreyaansh.

 

Rahul Sharma of coaching centre Team Satyam also scored 99.99 percentile at the CAT 2019 exam. Team Satyam claimed four students from their coaching institute have secured a 99+ percentile score, with more than 23 students getting more than a 90%ile. According to a media report, their student Vaibhav Tiwari got 99.77 %ile, Aditya Mohan 99.26 %ile, Abhishek Paul 99.05 %ile.

 

Prasoon Botham, who scored 99.88 percentile, prepared at TIME Lucknow. He did his engineering from MNNIT Allahabad in Computer science. This was his first attempt at the test.

 

Meet 3 Toppers from Chandigarh - Sahil Singla, Mannat Kaur, Muktesh Singh Anand
Sahil Singla scored 99.88 percentile in CAT 2019. Singla had been preparing for the CAT examination since February 2019. He belongs to Punjab’s Bathinda district but he was getting coaching at Chandigarh-based coaching institute Bulls Eye. Singla did his graduation in computer science at IIIT-Hyderabad.

 

Muktesh Singh Anand, a final year student of Computer Engineering at Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, scored 99.79 percentile.

 

Mannat Kaur, final-year student of BTech at Panjab University’s Hoshiarpur campus, scored 99.61 percentile in her first attempt at the CAT. Kaur studied at DPS Chandigarh and Mount Carmel School.

 

CAT 2019 Toppers​ List – 100 Percentilers

CAT Toppers Percentile
Somansh Chordia 100
Patrick D’Souza 100
Rahul Gupta 100
Rishi Mittal 100
Ashwin H. 100
Debarshi Chanda 100

 

CAT 2019 Toppers​ List – 99.99 Percentilers

Candidate  City CAT 2019 Percentile Education 
AMIT BIKRAM Mumbai 99.99 BTECH
SAATHWIK KOLLURU Mumbai 99.99 BTECH
SHUBHAM PANDIA Pune 99.99 BE
DEVAVRAT MAHAJAN Pune 99.99 BTECH
KAUSHIK VYAS Pune 99.99 BTECH
RAJESH B Chennai 99.99 BTECH
LAKSHYA KUMAR Delhi 99.99 BMS - Management Studies
ABHANSHU GUPTA Delhi 99.99 BTECH
ADITYA GARG Delhi 99.99 BTECH
DHOLE SHREYAS KIRAN Delhi 99.99 BTECH
RAHUL MANGLIK Delhi 99.99 BTECH
ANURAG Faridabad 99.99 BTECH
RAHUL SHARMA Faridabad 99.99 BTECH
SHREYAANSH GUPTA Haryana 99.99 BS/BSC
SUMIT KHANNA Chandigarh 99.99 BTECH
SWAPNIL SUMAN Bihar 99.99 BTECH
LOKESH SONI JODHPUR 99.99 BTECH
KULKARNI SAURABH SADASHIV Maharashtra 99.99 BTECH
THOMBRE SUSHANT SUNIL Nashik 99.99 BTECH
RENJITH THOMAS JOSHUA Trivandrum 99.99 BTECH
B GAUTHAM RAO Mangaluru 99.99 BTECH

 

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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 CAT Toppers trends for CAT 2018.

  • 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!

MBAUniverse.com 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
100
Niranjan Prasad
100
Rickshesh Manchanda
100
Rounak Majumdar
100
Swapnil Suman
100
Anubhav
99.99
Kaustubh Vyas
99.99
Kishan Kashyap
99.99
Abhishek
99.97
Karan 
99.91
Mayur Arora
99.88
Kushaagr Panwar
99.6
Kuldeep Atri
99.44
Avinash Misal
99.37
Pratik Mishra
99.33
Sakshat Goel
99.21
Tushar Goel
98.89
  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.  

Read Detailed CAT Toppers Interviews by MBAUniverse.com

  • Vedant Mukesh Mehta

    Exam score : 98.39 percentile

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

     

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

     

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

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

  • Angshuman Kakoty

    Exam score : 98.09 percentile

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

     

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

     

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

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

     

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

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

  • Reema Bhagia

    Exam score : 98.05 percentile

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

    PR & Communications professional

     

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

     

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

  • Chhandak Biswas

    Exam score : 97.97 percentile

    A B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from NIT Durgapur Chhandak Biswas scored 97.97 percentile in CAT 2017 and has converted MDI Gurgaon.

     

    Chhandak has a work experience of 23 months.  He is the youngest in his family of four.  His father is a retired government employee, mother is a working professional and his sister is a doctor.

    Q. What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT?
    A.  I started preparing around March 2017 and I used to study at night after my office hours. Initially, I cleared all my concepts and solved practice sets from study materials. After September, I started taking up mock tests and I used to analyse them diligently till the CAT exam. Besides that, I used to read newspapers and novels daily. This was my overall preparation strategy.

     

    Q. Please share your preparation strategy for VARC section in CAT
    A. I prepared this section by mainly reading newspapers and novels on day to day basis. Reading the editorial sections of newspapers like Hindu helped me tackling the RC passages which require strong comprehension skills. In addition to that, I practiced other types of questions like odd one out, summary type questions, jumbled paragraph etc. from study materials of various coaching institutes.

     

    Q. How did you prepare for Quantitative Ability (QA) section in CAT?
    A.  I was comfortable with this section as I have an engineering background. Initially, I just went through all the concepts and mugged up the formulae. Learning to solve a question in shortest possible time was the crux of this section and it comes from regular practice. I made sure to practice quant at least for an hour every day and revised the formulae regularly.

     

    Q. What was your preparation strategy for DILR Section?
    A.  This is usually the toughest section of CAT every year and it becomes the differentiating factor between good and excellent students. There is no hard and fast method of mastering this section as most of the concepts are quant based. This section requires rigorous practice of different kinds of sets and analysing them is much more important. I made sure that I solve 4-5 sets daily and I used to invest 10-12 minutes on solving each set and after that 15-20 minutes in analysing the concepts behind it. 

     

    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 section from the beginning and it remained my weakest link till the end as evident from my sectional percentile. To improve this section, I used to read newspapers like Hindu, Economic Times etc. The editorial articles were particularly useful as they involved understanding the opinion of the author and the RC passages asked in CAT exam requires the same. Learning 4-5 words everyday was also beneficial because it becomes tough to understand some passages due to poor vocabulary. In addition to these, regular practice of different types of questions from study materials helped me a lot to overcome this weakness.

     

    Q. What role did Mocks play in your success? How many mocks did you attempt before the exam?
    A. Taking up mocks are more important than learning and understanding the topics. I appeared for around 32 mock tests conducted by career launcher. I used to contribute 6 hours after every mock to analyse my mistakes and to understand the loop holes in my preparation. Each and every unsolved question provided a new perspective and brushed up many untouched solving skills. The wrong questions particularly helped me to judge my mistakes and I made sure not to repeat them ever again.

     

    Q. Did you self-prepare or attend a coaching centre and why?
    A.  I prepared by myself as there was no coaching centre available near my home.

  • 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.

  • Aashima Garg

    Exam score : 96.40 percentile

    Aashima Garg got admission to MDI Gurgaon after scoring 96.4 percentile in CAT 2017. Prior to joining MDI, Aashima had worked for 31 Months as Software developer with IndiaMART Intermesh Ltd.

     

    Aashima has done BPIT, GGSIPU Delhi; is a B.Tech in Computer Science. She hails from small town Palwal in Haryana. Her father is a pharmacist, mother a housemaker and brother a software developer.

    Q. What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT?
    A. I had joined Tathagat coaching Institute. It is one of the best in Delhi/NCR. The faculty is brilliant and they give you personal attention unlike most of the coaching institutes out there. I was sincere, solving the sheets on time, attending every doubt session. Doubt sessions are extremely important. I read a lot for verbal. I daily took out time after office, for at least one hour of practice. Weekends meant classes plus more practice. I joined TIME Test series and attempted almost all the tests. They are great help.

     

    Q. Please share your preparation strategy for VARC section in CAT
    A.  I read The Hindu daily, focussing on the editorials. I read books by some imminent authors like Charles Dickens, Ayn Rand etc. I practiced RC material given by the institute. Besides that, I read a lot of articles online on websites like Arts and Letters Daily.

     

    Q. How did you prepare for Quantitative Ability (QA) section in CAT?
    A.  I solved a lot of questions. I re-solved them. I focussed on getting my concepts cleared rather than picking up numerous books. I never gave up on any question, gave time to everything.

     

    Q. What was your preparation strategy for DILR Section?
    A.  I Practiced questions given by the institute and those in Time sectional tests. A book of puzzles by George Summers is also good.

     

    Q. Was there any particular section/area that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
    A. Data Interpretation (DI) was a challenge. I had to increase my practice hours in it.

     

    Q. What role did Mocks play in your success? How many mocks did you attempt before the exam?
    A. They are a necessity. CAT is all about time management and being calm during those 3 hours. Mocks teach that.

     

    Q.  Did you self-prepare or attend a coaching centre and why?
    A.  I attended a coaching centre to maintain regularity which was otherwise difficult along with a job.

  • 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.

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