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Jethwa Satyarajsinh Pradyumansinh

Satyarajsinh Jethwa  has done Electronic Engineering from BVM college, Vallabh Vidyanagar. He is a fresher and got admission in IRMA without any work experience. Satyarajsinh belongs to Bhuj, Kutch.  His father serves in Gujarat Police, Mother is Homemaker and Brother is pursuing Computer Science Engineering.


Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Satyarajsinh appeared in XAT exam and scored 85 percentile.  He also scored 28 in IRMASAT.


He has interest in Playing Chess. 

The WAT topics consisted of case studies, abstract topics and even extempore. My WAT topic was about how to increase job opportunities for youth. We needed to priorities the 8 given points.

Karan Kokane

Karan completed schooling from Symbiosis Secondary School, Pune with 89.23% in the 10th standard and 92% in 12th standard. With no gap in studies Karan scored a 192 out 200 in the MHT CET 2009 (Engg entrance) exam in the same year and got 69th rank in the whole state of Maharashtra.

Karan opted for computer engineering from College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), and secured a CGPA of 8.6 on a scale of 10 in COEP and was amongst the top 15% in a class of 90 students. Along with maintaining his academics, Karan was active in extracurricular activities. He was the Event head of the event Circuit-Fixer in Mindspark’11 and a sponsorship coordinator in Mindspark’10. Mindspark is COEP’s national level technical festival.

After completing graduation in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering, Karan Kokane got  placed in HARMAN International India Pvt. Ltd. as a software programmer and worked with them for 20 months. Karan was awarded the HARMAN Superior Performance award for contributions to the project, and for his performance and potential. Karan was also one of the few employees to get a four star rating in the yearly assessment review.

With a percentile score of 99.993 in the MAH MBA CET exam Karan stood among the three toppers.

WAT Experience 1:

The WAT for new IIMs was a good experience although I don’t remember the topic. Anything under the Sun can form the WAT topic.

WAT Experience 2:

For NMIMS, we were given a case wherein we had to decide whether the pharmaceutical companies should continue to produce drugs that fetched them a higher margin and ignore others that were low margin drugs.

Madhur Mehta

An inspiration for non engineers and for Symbiosis B-school aspirants, Madhur Mehta has done his Bachelors in Pharmacy. He is a consistent performer. He scored 88.31% in 10th Std; 76.85% in 12th Std and 7.62 CPI in B.Pharma.  Madhur not only cracked SNAP 2016 with 99.23 percentile but also scored 96.65 percentile in CAT 2016; 214 in NMAT 2016 and 99 percentile in MICAT. Despite receiving calls from other B-schools, he preferred Symbiosis Pune as it was his dream B-school.


Madhur is a fresher and got SIBM Pune immediately after his bachelors. He belongs to Bhuj (Kutch) in Gujarat. Madhur attributes his success to his father who has been his inspiration. He loves playing Basketball, Writing and Acting.

NMIMS also gave a case discussion. WAT topic at SCMHRD – was something which I did not expect. It made us keep our thinking hats on. A picture was given where a boat was about to fall off the cliff near a waterfall and we had to write – ‘Had we been on the boat and woke up to see the scene affront what would be our next steps.’


WAT at SIBM was even more interesting. A picture of a person with weird ears and different complexion was shown from nose to chest suited as a corporate and there was an elephant foot over his head. This picture was shown to us for a minute on the screen and we had to write about it.

Mohit Sharma

Mohit Sharma has done B.E (Electronics & Communication) and belongs to Nagpur.  He had 28 months of work experience before joining IIFT MBA (IB) 2016-18 programme. He loves reading and listening music. Mohit Sharma attributes his success to his father.


My essay topic was ‘Public-Private partnerships: a boon or bane’. I first introduced the subject and mentioned some of the latest happenings in the field that might have triggered this topic. I then went on to enunciate the benefits of PPP by giving examples. I also mentioned some of the projects that were not able to achieve the desired results and concluded by mentioning how PPP were the way to go and though there are still some creases, it will not be beneficial to term PPP as a bane.


The important thing while writing the essay is to make sure that your sentences are coherent and your change of paragraphs is smooth and flawless.

Mukesh Goyal

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.

WAT topics were mostly related to current affairs especially related to Indian economy.

Nitesh Padhi

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 

My WAT Experience:  Topics at other B-schools

Regarding my Topics at other Institutes, they were largely based on open-ended topics such as “Work from Home Culture” rather than any specific topic. They don’t want to gauge your knowledge, they want to see your thought process and communication skills. There’s more than enough time during the MBA Course to work on your knowledge.

Priya Sahni

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,  


Saransh Garg

Saransh belongs to Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh.  He scored 9.6/10 in class 10 and 90.6% marks in class 12. Saransh has completed graduation in civil engineering from NIT Warangal with a score of 7.19 out of 10. Saransh preferred to join FMS Delhi to other IIMs and B-schools that offered him admission.

Apart from devoting time to study, Saransh has great interest in Cricket, Football, Texas Hold’em poker and watching TV shows. He attributes his success inspiration to his mother, Cristiano Ronaldo – the renowned football player and his willingness to get recognized.

At IIM Ahmedabad it was a case study to be attempted in 30 minutes. IIM Calcutta asked me to write on ‘How do you feel about people walking on street whilst talking to mobile phones’ in 20 minutes. The topic at IIM Lucknow was ‘How much do I love my country?’ FMS Delhi has no WAT round. There is extempore speech just before the PI round.

Shashank Heda

Shashank belongs to Jaipur, the capital city of Rajasthan. He attributes his success to his parents and teachers. Shashank is a B.Tech in  Electrical Engineering (Hons.) with Minor in Computer Science from IIT Gandhinagar.  He had gained 11 months of work experience with Texas Instruments to his credit before joining IIM Bangalore. He loves sports along with his studies and has keen interest in Athletics especially in Sprinting & Swimming. 

Almost all the IIMs conduct WAT round alongwith PI. Shared below is my experience of WAT in IIMs -

IIM Ahmedabad: WAT topic was  related to conflicts involved in decision making process for a manager

IIM Bangalore:  ‘Free basics and its impact’

IIM Calcutta: WAT topic was related to a financial event that happened probably in January

IIM Kozhikode: Relevance of reservation for girls at top academic institutions in today’s context 

IIM Lucknow placed an abstract topic for WAT

Shekhar Kapoor

Shekhar is a B.E. in Electronics and Communication Engineering  and has a work experience of 21 months. A working professional, Shekhar had to balance his professional duties and the study hours but made it sure to score high in XAT 2016 and CAT 2015 get into SPJIMR Mumbai, one of the highly ranked B-schools in India.

My WAT topic at SPJIMR was: “What is that one area which people are good at but you can never be?” It took me a while to gather my thoughts and then present them in the form of an essay. I talked about my inability to develop and sustain namesake personal relationships. I have had come across a lot of people who are friends with someone for an ulterior motive.  The structure was the basic Intro-Body-Conclusion type wherein I started with my philosophy in life, followed by a description of an instance, followed by what I learnt from it.


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