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.
GD - An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind was my GD topic for new IIMs
I am not really able to recall any PI questions that I was asked in any institute.
At IRMA, there was one case study and second group activity was to prioritize the objectives of education and discuss over it in a healthy way. In NMIMS, there was also a case study based on marketing.