CAT 2014 Topper Interview: Perfect 100 percentiler Soumyadeep Chakraborty wishes to be an Entrepreneur
Updated on Dec 29, 2014 - 2:15 p.m. IST by Ashish Jha
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CAT 2014 topper 
Soumyadeep Chakraborty cracked the IIM entrance test with a perfect 100 percentile. In this exclusive interview with Careers360a 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.

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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 ChakrabortyYes, 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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Sampriti Student Expert 22nd Jan, 2020
The minimum cutoff required by SPJIMR for both CAT and XAT this year is 85 percentile (for profile based shortlisting process). Since you have performed really well in both the exams and have a percentile above the required one and considering your profile you can definitely get a call from SPJIMR during their profile based shortlisting process. Since your XAT scores and better then you may get a call through XAT. But you can get other colleges also based on your scores like
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my cat percentile is is 75% which colleges i can get

Shaktik Guria 22nd Jan, 2020

First of all congratulate for your percentile in cat exam. About your percentile you didn't get admission in IIT,IIM,NIT . But you should definitely got chance in LIBA,Chennai, and XIME,Bangalore two  best non IIM MBA college in India.


Hi, Can you suggest good colleges for CAT 2019 percentile 87.78 in general category with good ROI. VA : 81.2, LR : 89.0, QA : 87.11, Overall : 87.78. 10th : 84%, +2 : 95.7, Btech : 7.0/10 (65.45%) I have 4 yrs of experience and 5lpa package currently. Also can i apply for IITs with this percentile?

Sampriti Student Expert 22nd Jan, 2020
The best B schools you can check out with their respective academic fees are
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  • GIM Goa (approximately 16 lakhs)
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  • BIM Trichy (14.5 lakhs)
  • LIBA Chennai (15.2 lakhs)
  • LBSIM Delhi (16.3 lakhs)
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They are all very reputed colleges and offer excellent ROI. The average compensation package offered in these colleges are nearly 10-12 lakhs.

You can also check out some IITs like Department of Management, IIT Madras ( fees = 8 lakhs) and FMS BHU( fees = less than 1 lakh) with your CAT percentile. They also have good placements. But if you're considering IITs then IIT Madras would be the best option and it is way better than FMS BHU.

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my cat percentile is 90.66 but havent cleared sectional cutoffs in dilr, what colleges can i aim ?

Sampriti Student Expert 22nd Jan, 2020
You have a very good CAT percentile and you can definitely get a call from a lot of good colleges who only consider the overall percentile and not the sectional ones. You can expect a call from these colleges ( provided that you've applied for them)
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All these colleges are very good and some of them are in fact better than the newer IIMs so you can definitely go for them. You can easily get an average compensation package of around 10-12 lakhs in all these colleges.

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