CAT Topper Interview: Strengthen your weak areas, says Abhishek Srivastava of IIM Raipur
Abhishek Srivastava, an M.Sc graduate in Applied Geology aspired to pursue MBA to enhance his intellectual and decision making skills. To follow his passion, Abhishek appeared in CAT 2014 and secured a percentile of 98.13 and admission in PGP batch of 2015-17 of IIM Raipur.
In the Careers360 special series of CAT Topper Strategies, we bring to you Abhishek’s overall CAT experience and how he was able to secure a high percentile. His preparation strategy focused on strengthening his strong area- Data interpretation, and tackling his weakness in Reading Comprehension. He owes his success of consolidating his weak area to Careers360’s CAT Prepmeter tool, by which he was able to identify his weak and strong areas and concentrate on improvising upon the same.
Read his interview to know how he was able to crack CAT with a changed exam pattern.
Careers360: After M.Sc. in Geology what made you pursue management?
Abhishek: After gaining valuable insight of the know-hows of the industry at my workplace, I needed to hone my intellectual and decision-making skills to serve in a better way. That’s where MBA came into the picture. My pursuit for MBA was focused as more of a value addition, catering to the overall profile of mine.
Careers360: How was the test experience? What was your preparation strategy for CAT 2014 as the pattern was changed?
Abhishek: CAT 2014 was a simpler paper in comparison to previous year papers. But at the same time the level of competition remained fierce. Though quant section was easy but the paper on the verbal ability section was pretty evenly balanced with tough questions in between. Also the ability to switch sections created more avenues for time management as one could utilize it to his/her advantage.
My focus was to prepare while aiming for higher marks with more accuracy which I achieved over a gradual span of nearly 25 online mock tests.
Careers360: Share your preparation strategy for the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning separately?
Abhishek: Prior to CAT 2014, for the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, I mainly focused upon textbooks such as ‘Quantitative Aptitude’ written by Arun Sharma, published by TMH Publications. For data interpretation, I referred to ‘The Pearson Guide to Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations’ by Nishit K Sinha.
For Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, I followed ‘Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehensions’ by Arun Sharma.
Other reference materials included ‘Word Power Made Easy’ by Norman Lewis for vocabulary building and I read novels and newspaper (The Hindu) for comprehensions and improving reading skills.
Owing to the tight schedule of my work, I was unable to join any classroom programme, but I read preparation material available on the web.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you tackle your weak area in the exam?
Abhishek: Thanks to Careers360’s Prepmeter tool, I was able to identify my weak and strong areas and concentrate on improving upon them. I came to know that in Verbal Ability, reading comprehensions was my weak area and Data interpretation overall was my strong area.
During exam, I solved only those problems in verbal first which were easy or should I say, less confusing. Then only I switched to harder problems. As the candidate was allowed to switch between quant and verbal ability at any time, I spent more time in quant and data interpretation rather than verbal ability.
Careers360: After the exam, how you prepared for the PI-WAT rounds?
Abhishek: For PI-WAT rounds, preparations should be focused towards primarily three issues
a) Current Affairs
b) Your profile and frequently asked questions regarding it.
c) Your body language and non-verbal communication during interviews.
I was prepared with my resume and was through with the profile sheet filled for IIM process. I also referred relevant textbook related to my area of specialization.
Careers360: How did you prepare for your PI? What are the key factors that influence your selection at PI stage?
Abhishek: PI preparation requires complete knowledge of your own profile as you fill in the IIM document. You can expect questions from your work experience, college-level projects, term papers, and any extracurricular and even basic math questions. I read The Hindu for updating my current affairs knowledge and day to day happenings. My PI was nearly of 45 minutes, and it was good. The key factors for my selections were
Proper explanation of the current affair questions related to my work experience and my extra-curricular.
Positive body language and clarity of thought.
Calm and well-framed answers.
Preparedness with the generic questions such as ‘tell me about yourself’ and others.
Careers360: What was your WAT topic and how did you structure your write up?
Abhishek: My WAT topic for the 6 IIMs was a small paragraph of four lines which summed up as ‘to comment on the evolution of technology and its effects on the modern day nuclear families’.
I subdivided the whole body of the essay into four parts. The opening constituted mostly a brief summary of the topic and the key topics to be discussed. Continuing with the flow, the pros and cons were discussed in subsequent three paragraphs. Attention was provided in keeping the paragraphs crisp yet well-articulated, structured, legible and reinforced with examples in actual world scenario. Finally, a conclusion was drawn, as inferred from the above-written structure. About 5 minutes were kept at the end for revision.
Careers360: Your message to this year CAT aspirants?
Abhishek: Work hard, really hard. CAT is and will never be predictable, so prepare for anything and everything. Work on speed and your weak areas. Get your basics right, especially for quantitative ability section. Practice as many mocks as possible, at least 30 mocks from various sources, of various difficulty levels.
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