CAT 2014 Topper Interview: Maram Maheedhar, gets perfect 100 percentile without coaching
Updated on Dec 29, 2014 - 6:33 p.m. IST by Apratim Chatterjee
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Maram Maheedhar cracked the most coveted management exam with a perfect 100 percentile. In this special interview with Careers360, a cool and confidentMaram Maheedhar who is currently an eighth-semester student of Electrical Engineering in IIT Delhi, attributes his success to hard work and self-confidence apart from family support.

The CAT topper hailing from Andhra Pradesh, securing the rare excellence in his very first attempt in CAT 2014, tells Careers360 that he has bagged the perfect score on his own. He shares that a good hold on vocabulary and fast calculations helped him to bell the CAT. The CAT topper strongly believes that focusing on your strong areas and working upon the weaker ones help you to be above all. A passionate cricket fan and player, Maheedhar also advocates that one needs not to certainly go for coaching help, if one is hard working.

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Read this interview to peek into his success strategies, dimensions of his personalities and his key advice to CAT aspirants.

Excerpts of the Interview –

Careers360: Many Congratulations on cracking CAT with a perfect 100 percentile!
Maram Maheedhar: Thank you so much.

Careers360:Were you expecting the perfect score?
Maram Maheedhar: I was not very much sure about his, though I have put on my best and was wishing it to be good but that this much. I am happy that I was able to do this.

Careers360:Share your overall and sectional percentile.
Maram Maheedhar: VA percentile–99.99; QA percentile–99.99; and overall percentile–100. 

Careers360:With the perfect 100, which B-schools are there in your wish list?
Maram Maheedhar: Grins… I know that being a fresher and no work experience, counts on me. Still, I wish to get an IIM-A seat, followed by IIM-B and if not these two then IIM-C.

Careers360:What is your academic background?
Maram Maheedhar: I am an eighth-semester student of Electrical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. I have passed 10th and 12th form Vijayawada. 

Careers360:You are now pursuing your engineering now, but such a success tells dedication towards management studies. What can be the possible reason for changing your career?
Maram Maheedhar: Yes, I am pursuing Engineering from the core branch from the prestigious IIT Delhi and have been offered a placement in Samsung Bangalore but I wish to go certainly for my MBA. My family and relatives who are in the same profession (Engineering) said that a MBA degree from the prestigious IIMs count while working for the big corporate houses.

After I have worked for a few years, say 5-6, I see myself as an entrepreneur.

Careers360:Did you adopt any perfect strategy for this perfect score?
Maram Maheedhar: I adopted a simple and well-known formula – Work Hard. Frankly saying, there was no such perfect strategy. Nor does any exist, it is just your hard and self-confidence that leads you to be the one.


Form the very first I was pretty confident regarding Quant and LR as I had practiced it since my school days. Moreover, I would like to mention my mother here, who is a gold medalist in Mathematics from Hyderabad Central University, who taught me the tricks of fast and accurate calculations.

At first, I was not confident about my vocabulary portion and VA; but I got hold of that by reading daily newspapers, watching English movies, consulting Oxford Dictionaries and increased by vocab power.

I did not have any routine study, though whenever I felt like studying, I did it satisfactorily and believed in my hard work.

On the D-Day; I first attempted Quant section, as I can do fast calculations, and then moved on to LR and at last VA. Time-management strategy was a part of this. Overall, I was keeping myself cool and was concentrating on attempting the paper with accuracy as much as I can.

Careers360:Did you take any coaching guidance for the most coveted exam?Do you think it is necessary to join coaching to crack CAT?
Maram Maheedhar: I did take coaching guidance a year back but left after 2-3 months. After that, I practiced myself taking help from newspapers and dictionaries and different practice seats.

Now, after bagging the 100 percentile, I feel coaching guides you only, the rest are upon you. You have to practice, perform and be the perfect. The 3 P’s always lead you to success.

Careers360:What did you do to relax yourself apart from preparation schedule? Do you watch movies? What was your recent one?
Maram Maheedhar: I am passionate about cricket. On every weekend, I play cricket. Even before the D-Day, I did play Cricket. I prefer cricket over watching movies. Recently, I watched PK.

Careers360:Your message to CAT aspirants.
Maram Maheedhar: Always believe in your inner-instincts. They are your inner-voice. Don’t stress yourself regarding preparing. Work-hard and devote yourself completely while studying. Work on your weak areas and focus on the stronger ones. It’s is indeed true that practice makes perfect. I have a first hand experience.

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