Make a separate note of key concepts in every subject and revise, says Ankit Kumar Daluka, CAT Topper and IIM Lucknow student
Ankit Kumar Daluka, a Chartered Accountant from Patna with over two years of work experience did not let his weak areas come in between his success in cracking CAT 2015. A student of IIM Lucknow, Ankit focused on his weak area, which is Quantitative Ability by getting conceptual clarity, revising them as well as solving questions from each area simultaneously. At the same time, he prepared other two sections by building up reading and comprehending habits.
According to Ankit, making a separate note of key concepts in every subject comes in handy while revising. He suggests the CAT 2016 aspirants to take as many mocks as possible with individual analysis. And last but not the least, to study hard, study smart and remain calm.
Read the full interview below:
Careers360: How was your experience of CAT, since the pattern changed, calculator was introduced?
Ankit: Introduction of calculator meant only one thing- that questions were going to be more conceptual than calculation-based. Believe you me; I did not use the calculator even once in the exam. I welcome this change as this helps students focus more on basics and grasping underlying concepts than focusing on the speed of calculations.
Moreover, separating QA and DI into two sections only makes sense (as does separating LR and VA). The two are similar yet substantially different. Also, it helps in evening out the advantage that engineers apparently had over non-engineers.
Another positive change implemented in few questions was “typing” in the answer instead of selecting from choices given, ensuring there is no chance for hit and trial or back calculations.
So yes, overall the changes introduced this year are, in my opinion, in good taste.
Careers360: What made you pursue MBA, and why did you prefer IIM over other B-schools?
Ankit: MBA is a programme that really polishes you as an individual. It catapults one more than 2 years ahead in professional life and gives you the confidence to be able to face the most demanding of situations as a decision-taker. Attaining a holistic overview of a business and being sensitive to the slightest of change in the environment are big takeaways. Building a great professional network and interacting with people from all walks of life is an enriching experience. Certainly, MBA has a positive impact, a lasting one at that.
Learning at a B-School primarily happens from one’s peers and teachers. There is absolutely no denying the fact that the quality offered at IIMs, right from alumni base, industry contacts, and faculty to peers is unparalleled in our country. Also, the brand image of an IIM is definitely a lure from personal, professional and society point of view.
Careers360: Since when did you start CAT preparation? Did you change your preparation strategy after the announcement of the pattern change?
Ankit: I started preparations in the month of August 2015 by when the notification for the changed exam pattern was already out. I did notice though, that students started stressing more on concepts than on using calculation-centric questions. Also, students who felt they could score well in QA and could manage DI as both were clubbed in previous years, realized the importance of DI skills as it was a separate session now along with LR. As a prospective Manager, it is only imperative that data skills are tested exhaustively.
Careers360: Please share your sectional wise preparation strategy?
Ankit: Being a non-engineer, I needed to put in that extra effort in QA. Though the greater number of problems you solve the better you get, it is equally important to be able to remember the concepts learned from different questions. I used to maintain a separate notebook wherein I would just write down the important concepts learned by solving. They helped immensely while revising for the examinations.
DILR was a section I really enjoyed and took naturally to. The trick was to being able to identify that one missing part of the puzzle which would then help in solving further. I took DILR more as a game challenging my analytical abilities and thoroughly relished the challenge. Going with a free, confident and calm mind is the key for DILR I reckon.
As regards VA, lots of varied reading was the key. Since majority questions were expected to be RC, reading a lot helped improve speed and understanding what the passage is trying to convey. Again it is futile if one reads just for completing ‘n’ number of books. It is not about just skimming, but about how much one is able to comprehend what is being conveyed.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you tackle your weak area in the test?
Ankit: My strong area was the DILR section. I thoroughly enjoyed the questions. QA was definitely the Achilles’ heel for me. Even if I managed to solve correctly, I was taking more time than I ideally should have for a high percentile. The only way out is to practice and practice hard. After understanding and learning the formulas, it is important to solve as many quality questions as possible to get a grip of application of the concepts and formulas. One interesting thing noticeable was that a higher percentile in QA does not have as much of an effect on one’s percentile as a higher percentile in VA or DILR. So, while it was important for me as a non-engineer to work doubly hard for QA, I obviously could not do that at the expense of other two subjects.
Careers360: What was your Time Management formula for the CAT?
Ankit: As regards preparation, I made sure to give each subject some time every day. While studying, one always tends to have some favourite and some not-so-favourite topics. I tried my best to give almost every topic my best shot. I also ensured to read few newspapers every day, including editorials, which apart from improving my language would aid me greatly in my GD, WAT, and PIs.
In the examination, I planned not to waste a lot of time on one question. It is wiser to move on than to be stuck at one question. Like with me in DILR paper, I was not able to crack a question after giving it reasonable time but at the same time it was not easy to let go as I felt I was very near to the solution. However, after few seconds, considering I was making no leeway, I went ahead. In the end, while I was skimming through unattempted questions, I somehow managed to crack that question. So, a change of mind also sometimes helps in solving previously unsolved questions.
Careers360: After the exam, how did you prepare for the PI-WAT rounds?
Ankit: It is a function of both- what you already know and how much you can know in those few weeks. Key was staying abreast will all recent happenings in all areas- politics, business, environment, etc. Being thorough with newspapers and attending every mock GDs conducted by coaching institute goes a long way. I realized that confidence really plays a big role in interviews wherein more than your knowledge, they try to gauge how confident you come across. So, one should not be let down if some answers are not know in the interview.
Careers360: What are the key factors that influenced your selection at the PI stage?
Ankit: Firstly I would attribute it to my confidence. Even if I did not know any answer, I would just maintain calm, smile and take it in my stride. Also, being a Chartered Accountant does help when applying for a B-School. Everyone needs a differentiating factor and they probably saw merit in the way I think and observe things.
Careers360: What was your WAT topic and how did you structure your write up?
Ankit: Our WAT topic was “Taking the road less travelled by made all the difference”. Honestly, it was not a difficult topic but a generic one. I started by identifying the poem and the poet, Robert Frost. I then moved over to explain what the topic wants to convey. I gave examples of imminent personalities from Elon Musk, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates to Amir Khan, Sachin Tendulkar and the likes to further validate the saying. I briefly described how they had trodden thorny paths and achieved success. I ended by implying how such unconventional ways can also help make India a better country by taking roads hitherto not taken, by making policies unthought-of of till now.
Careers360: What is your message for CAT 2016 aspirants?
Ankit: For all you do, it is those few hours that make or break. So the imperative thing to do is to not to lose confidence. If it is difficult, it is not just for you, it is for everyone. Start with a well-made study plan, with help of your mentor, concentrating on weak areas. As exams start nearing, take as many mocks as possible but again, no point taking another mock without analysing your mistakes in the previous mocks. Make a separate note of key concepts in every subject that comes in handy while revising. Also, the best comes out when you enjoy what you study. So, identify your likings and read them to break the monotony. Study hard, study smart and remain calm.
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