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Anuraag Reddy, a fan of News reading, secured a perfect 100 percentile in CAT 2014 Results. An engineer from IIT Bombay, puts all his focus in his weak areas and took mock test classes to crack CAT 2014 and become a CAT 2014 Topper.
In this exclusive interview with Careers360, Anuraag shares his life experinces, educational background and strategies which let him secure a 100 percentile. He has already received a placement offer in one of the top IT companies and is now aiming to get an admission in IIM Ahmedabad.
An avid follower of news and Real Madrid fan, Anuraag shares his CAT 2014 experience. Read below to know more what the perfect percentiler says on cracking CAT.
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Careers360: Congratulations on your CAT 2014 100 percentile Result. It must be dancing on the cloud 9 right now. Tell us about yourself.Anuraag: Thank you. Yes, it’s great to secure a 100 percentile and called as a Tooper and giving interviews. I was expecting a good percentile but 100 came as a big good surprise. I am happy and my family is cherishing the moment as well.
I completed my schooling from Vijayawada and presently pursuing last year of engineering from IIT Bombay. I am a great follower of News and like to keep myself updated about the happenings all around. Besides that am a football fan, specifically Real Madrid Fan and I enjoy what life offers to me.
Careers360: What was your strategy in the CAT 2014 exam that made you secure a 100 in the results? Also share your exam day strategy.Anuraag: Since I am an engineering student I am good in Maths, so tackling the Quants and DI section of CAT exam was easy for me. But my weak area was VA and LR, for which I took mock test classes, which are important to keep a track of your performance.
To sharpen my weak area, I practised a lot by reading, marking difficult words and improvising upon the LR by mock tests. CAT is all about focus and time management, focus in preparations and time on D-Day to crack CAT with a high percentile.
Careers360: Why did you opted for a management programme? Is there any preffered spcialization you are aiming for? What about your placement?Anuraag: I am aiming for a specialization in Finance. The reason, I opted for a management programme is as it attracted me in a way. I wanted to give an extra edge to my technical, mathematical and managerial skills.
Yes, I have received a very satisfactory placement offer from a Top IT company. My academic scores, practical marks and overall educational experince along with my hard work in IIT Bombay yeild me this opportunity.
Careers360: Which Top IIM or B-school are you aiming for?Anuraag: I want to go for the IIM brand, specifically IIM-A, but since I want to pursue a specialization in Finance, IIM-C and other top 5 IIM’s are on my mind. Before applying and investing money, I need to think smart and hard, as this decision is important for my future.
Careers360: Now CAT Results are out, it’s time to prepare for the next steps of the admission procedure- GD-PI and WAT. How are your preparations going on?Anuraag: It harldy matters if your CAT scores are in the 95-100 percentile bracket, if you are unable to present yourself or express your views in GD-PI & WAT, yur marks are useless. Communication and practicles are an important aspect of management education.
As for my preparations, I have already started searching for good coaching institutes for GD-PI. My focus is to be able to represent myself as the most eligible candidate and an overall topper who can be a great addition in a particular batch. I have started presenting myself and my focus is to have clear and sharp communication skills along with pleasing gestures which can impress the panel at the time of GD and PI. For WAT, my focus is to be able to write the best structured article in a limited time. Since, I am an avid reader of news I know the details about most of the topis, which is one key element of WAT- to know your topic. I am now learning to pen down clear, precise and structured thoughts.
Careers360: It seems that you have had a busy preparation schedule. How did you managed to get time for recreational activities?Anuraag: It was actually a vey busy schedule while I was preparing for CAT. I had my classes at IIT Bombay, along with presentations and other asignments, then mock tests and coaching classes etc. But the key to tackle all the challenges, for me, was time management. I made sure that I plan out my entire schedule and give time not just to studies but also to recreational activities.
Recreational activities are important things to indulge in, as only studies will let you loose your focus. To maintain a proper concentration in your studies you must divert your mind in extra curricular activities. For me the activities were watching football, Hollywood movies, news and reading just anything and everything. Even if you have one hour of leisure time, try to indulge into an outdoor sports. This is also a key to crack CAT exam.
Careers360: Any tips for CAT 2015 aspirants.Anuraag: Learn to manage your time and do not loose your aim or focus. Prepare for the exam atleast 3 months before and anlyse your preparation by mock tests. It is easy to relax, but it is imprtant to not to let yourself relax. Keep preparing for the further steps, and importantly indulge in recreational activities.
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