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CAT 2014 topper Soumyadeep Chakraborty cracked the IIM entrance test with a perfect 100 percentile. In this exclusive interview with Careers360, a humble Soumyadeep Chakraborty who is a student of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering in Jadavpur University, proudly attributes his success to his entrepreneurial dreams and his time management strategies.LATEST: Candidates who want to apply for CAT 2016 can download CAT 2016 admit card here
The CAT topper from Kolkata, who secured the rare excellence in his very first attempt in CAT, tells Careers360 that an early preparation strategy helped him to perform well on the D-day. The CAT topper strongly believes that focus on your ultimate goal while multi-tasking helps you to get through. An avid soccer fan and player, Soumyadeep also advocates a balanced routine life full of fun besides sincere and hard work.
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Read this interview to peek into his success strategies, dimensions of his personalities and his key advice to CAT aspirants.
Careers360: Many Congratulations for cracking CAT with a perfect percentile!Soumyadeep Chakraborty: Thank you.
Careers360: Did you expect this high percentile?
Soumyadeep Chakraborty: Though my preparation was well and I was confident, this comes as a pleasant surprise. I was not very sure of my performance in VA section, although my score card reflects that I performed better in the same.
Careers360: What was your section-wise and overall percentile?
Soumyadeep Chakraborty: VA percentile -100; QA percentile-99.97; and overall percentile- 100.
Careers360: Did you also use Careers360 Result Predictor for CAT 2014? How was your predicted score as compared to your actual result?
Soumyadeep Chakraborty: Yes, I appeared for CAT 2014 in Slot 1 of Day 1 testing on November 16 and used Careers360 CAT Result Predictor on November 18. Now, I find my actual result very close to what was predicted by the tool. Since I had filled a lesser than expected score, the result reflected by the tool was accordingly. Now, I find that had I filled my actual expected scores, the predictions would have been very close to the actual one.
Careers360: Now that you are on top among CAT 2014 takers. Which B-schools are there in your wish list?
Soumyadeep Chakraborty: Well, I understand that I am a fresher and I have also heard that even 100 percentilers sometime do not make it to the top IIMs. Still, I wish to get an IIM seat in Ahmedabad. My second preference is IIM-Calcutta and then IIM-Bangalore. This is what I have thought as of now.
Careers360: Tell us about your academic background?
Soumyadeep Chakraborty: I am currently pursuing my Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering from Jadhavpur University. Prior to joining my engineering course, I have done my Class X and Class XII from a school in my hometown in Kolkata.
Careers360: You are pursuing your engineering now, but your CAT results reflect your strong inclination to enter management. What is your thought behind shifting your professional inclination?
Soumyadeep Chakraborty: It’s true that I am pursuing Engineering. But, while doing my projects, I understood that developing a good product alone is not sufficient. To make it successful, it needs marketing and strategies to take it to the end users. Therefore, I wish to pursue an MBA so that I can learn a holistic way of running a business.
Ultimately, I wish to be an entrepreneur. I strongly feel about it and I think that my CAT result is one of the steps in that direction.
Careers360: CAT 2014 exam pattern changes this year. But since, there has been controversies surrounding it for last few years, how was your experience with CAT as you were a first-timer?
Soumyadeep Chakraborty: To me, it was a good experience; the best part was that it was held in two days only. Therefore, it did not create much nuance as I heard last year. Also, the new Testing Agency, TCS has so far handled the testing part well.
The change in paper pattern was also good. As the questions were easier this year, we could attempt more questions.
Careers360: You are currently pursuing your Engineering course. In a way, your CAT result stands exceptional as you managed your CAT preparation and regular academic activity very well simultaneously. What was your time management formula?
Soumyadeep Chakraborty: My only formula was to start early preparation. Since, I had failed to get an IIT seat after my class 12th, I was determined to prepare well for IIMs. That is how I worked on an early preparation strategy. I started my preparation right after first year of my Engineering.
I knew that third year is going to be a little tough as project works keep you engaged throughout the year. I did basic preparation in the second year itself and polished it during my third year. For last few months, I was taking mock tests and worked on the areas where I found myself a little weak.
Careers360: Didn’t this hectic schedule stress you? How did you use to relax?
Soumyadeep Chakraborty: Since, I loved my studies and passionately prepared for CAT. Justifying my academic study hours, I did not feel stressed. I also used to take some time out to play soccer and watch some Hollywood movies.
Careers360: Your message to CAT aspirants.
Soumyadeep Chakraborty: Work hard and be sincere towards your goal. It is very much possible to stay focused on something, while doing many things simultaneously. I have experienced it!
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