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For Harshveer Jain, a management aspirant, obtaining a perfect 100 percentile in CAT 2014 only seemed natural given his meritorious and confident nature. The 100 percentiler, who cracked into the highest rung of the CAT 2014, is a B. Tech from IIT Bombay and is currently working in a real estate service website. However, Harshveer’s inclination lies in Advertising and Marketing field.
In this interaction with Careers360, Harshveer, who bagged the CAT in his first attempt itself, speaks about the necessity of a smart preparation plan to improve one’s speed and accuracy in what is one of the most important management exams in India.
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Below are the edited excerpts from the interview:
Careers360: Congratulations on your perfect 100! Where you expecting this result?
Harshaveer: Thank you so much! Well, you don’t really expect a perfect score. It was definitely news for me. However, I was hoping for such a result.
Careers360: What is your sectional and overall percentile?
Harshaveer: I scored 99.98 percentile in Quantitative ability and 100 percentile in verbal ability.
Careers360: Tell us about your academic and professional background.
Harshaveer: I have a B.Tech in Physics from IIT Bombay. Currently, I am working in Housing.com, a website which provides information on real estate.
Careers360: You have B.Tech degree from IIT Bombay. What made you to switch your career track from engineering to management?
Harshaveer: I have always been interested in Advertising and Marketing. After pursuing B.Tech in Physics, I wanted to study further and explore new options. Between MS and MBA, the latter seemed a good option for me.
You see even when I was in college I was more inclined towards the marketing aspects of things. So, going for a management course only seems natural to me.
Careers360: Are there any B-schools that you are specifically interested in?
Harshaveer: Yes. Given a choice, I would definitely opt for IIM Ahmedabad or IIM Calcutta.
Careers360: Can you share your preparation strategy with us?
Harshaveer: Coming from an engineering background, I have a strong foundation in Mathematics. So yes, that helped me. Besides, I also counted English as one of my strong points. All I had to do is to prepare my schedule smartly in order to improve my speed and accuracy as well as work on the factors where I am not 100% confident.
Careers360: What are your strong and weak points?
Harshaveer: As I mentioned, I was confident in both Quantitative Ability and Verbal Ability. Basically, there were no weak points but yes I had to work on time management.
Careers360: Did you go for coaching or did you prepare through self-study?
It was a bit of both. I did join coaching. But, that was more for the purpose of practice than for concept building. Apart from coaching, I used to give much time for self preparation, clarifying concepts, practice etc.
Careers360: What about your preparation for GD/PI?
Harshaveer: Frankly speaking, I have not started preparing forthe interview rounds. I will start soon. Thankfully, working in a competitive environment somewhat prepares me for the rounds to come.
Careers360: What is your advice for the CAT 2015 aspirants?
Harshaveer: All I can say is, work hard on building concepts and practice. Also, focus on time management as it will help you in the long run and you won’t have to struggle on the exam day.
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