‘Attempt CAT with a composed mind’, says CAT Topper Mridul Rajput of IIM Udaipur
The Common Admission Test or CAT is one of the most coveted entrance exams for MBA aspirants. You need determination, focus, hard work and exam strategy to tackle this test and secure a high percentile. For Mridul Rajput, his focus on preparation and maintaining composure on the exam day are the factors which made him a topper in CAT 2014 and secure admission in IIM Udaipur.
An ex engineer, Mridul secured a percentile of 98.4 and is now pursuing PGP from his preferred IIM. His strategy of planning studies made him prepare for the test in a systematic way, leading towards completion of entire syllabus. He made sure that he works upon his weaker section by practicing via mock tests, so that he scores well in each section to secure a high percentile.
At the time of test, Mridul made sure that he maintained his calmness and attempt CAT with a composed mind. This mantra helped him to concentrate and manage time in a way that made him complete and revise the test before the exam duration was over.
Read what how Mridul’s strategy to become a CAT Topper.
Careers360: How was the overall experience of appearing in CAT 2014? What was your preparation strategy for CAT 2014 as the pattern was changed?
Mridul: I was enrolled in a coaching institute for their one year programme that directed me towards the right strategy with the right attitude. I focused on taking mocks and especially on analysis and improving my weaknesses. The overall experience of appearing in CAT 2014 was nice, relaxed, a little difficult LRDI, quite easy Quant and Verbal.
Careers360: Share your preparation strategy for the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning separately?
Mridul: Being an engineer, Quant and LRDI were my strong areas, hence every day I used to solve 30-40 questions in Quant and 2 sets of LRDI. The most important part was to improve on Verbal, hence I started reading newspaper daily, with Times of India for first 2 months and switched to The Economic Times, and started solving 3-4 reading passage every day.
Careers360:What was your Time Management formula for the CAT?
Mridul: Taking out time for studies is the most difficult part when you are working. I planned my time such that my studies did not hamper my work, and hence started studying during my travel in metro, followed a strict study schedule from 10-12 pm and started taking mocks & analysis every weekend. Moreover, spending time with my family and dog is something which I cannot compromise on and I made sure that I spend quality time with them.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you tackle your weak area in the exam?
Mridul: I believe it’s all about how calm and composed you are during the exam. I worked on my weak areas with a strict schedule for about 1 year, hence was confident that if I stay calm, I will be able to perform. Also, I made sure that I am not over-confident on my strong areas and concentrated on not wasting too much time on few questions.
Careers360: After the exam, how did you prepare for the PI-WAT rounds?
Mridul: Once the CAT result were announced, I enrolled myself to PI-WAT coaching with Career Launcher where they worked on each and every minute personality trait, held workshops on diverse subjects and took personal interviews. Moreover, my past habit of reading newspaper really assisted me in getting through the process.
Careers360:How did you prepare for your PI? What are the key factors that influenced your selection at PI stage?
Mridul: PI is like mathematics, the more you practice, the better you become. Hence, my main objective for PI was to practice with everyone. I started giving interviews to my friends, office employees, family, and almost to everyone.
Careers360: What was your WAT topic and how did you structure your write up?
Mridul: WAT topic was based on religious activities on the banks of Ganga being the major cause of its pollution. I was very comfortable with the topic since I had facts and data on Ganga. I started with a quote from Mahatma Gandhi, based the essay on history on how cleaning of Ganga started with Rajiv Gandhi, build it on the major and minor causes of pollution with facts and figures and concluded with how it could be related to Swachh Bharat Campaign. The structure must be the focus.
Careers360: What is your message to this year’s CAT aspirants?
Mridul: With just few days to go, avoid wasting time in asking questions on Facebook like which profile will be required, what minimum score is required, instead focus on preparation, reading, taking mocks and their in-depth analysis, weak areas and refining of strong areas. Do not put yourself in too much stress, enjoy your last 2 days before CAT and be relaxed during the exam
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