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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Aman Raj Student Expert 3rd Apr, 2020

Hello Veeru

Gate Cutoffs varies from branches to branches and Categories to Categories.

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Hi there! Im doing engineering in B. Tech Food technology and currently in 6th semester. Which career portion will be good for me , I should go for GATE Or CAT exam.

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See, no course is good or bad.Both the courses are equally good and can enhance your chances if etting good jobs in future but you its you who has decide what you actually want to do,where your interest lies.MBA is about business,finance,sales,marketing,different types of management jobs etc. On the other hand if you work further in technology field or research/teaching then you should go with GATE.
Both will reward you good jobs in future if you are hardworking and determined.

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My class 10th cgpa is 9.4,whereas my class 12th percentage is 94.6 and, graduation (b tech) Cgpa is 7.6. I am planning to appear for CAT in next exam. Is there any chance that i can get good IIMs Or any other good management clg, if I do well in my CAT exam.

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 2nd Apr, 2020

Hi Shivam,

Yes, absolutely. You have good academic scores apart from your graduation score. You can get call from some of the top colleges/universities like FMS, IIM Calcutta, Kozhikode, Shillong and other cap IIMs. Older IIMs are still a bit dicey in the matter and all the admissions will be mainly based on your CAT score. Given you are a Btech student then you should target a score of 99+ percentile to get a call from these B-school.

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I scored 93% in 10th (CBSE), 74.2 % in 12th (Science) (CBSE). Im in my final year of BA and would finally score somewhere between 70-75% though from a reputed distance university. Do I stand any chance to get into IIM A/B and what should be the score I should be aiming for in CAT?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020


see iim evaluated your academic score besides your cat score and there is also separate percentiles to clear like quant, verbal, reasoning. since you have already graduated right now you need to focus on your cat exam, need to work on your communications skills, the cutoff score is comes different for different category of students. I suggest you to regular practice. previous years IIM ahmedabad overall cutoff percentile was as follows,

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is droping a year after BBA for preparation of CAT is good option.

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020

Hi Isha,

Don't take a complete drop instead work part-time/full time and prepare alongside for the Common Admissions test - CAT. Prepare step by step or get yourself enrolled for a weekends program with a good coaching institute depending on your preparation level. This will not only give you an edge over other freshers who will be applying but also will give you an idea on the stream/domain in which you want to pursue your MBA in.

For starters appear for a mock test or do a sample paper and access your preparation level as of now and then decide.

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