CAT 2015 Topper Interview: 100 Percentiler Sabyasachi Mishra credits mock tests to his success
Sabyasachi Mishra of IIT Kharagpur has secured a perfect 100 percentile in CAT 2015. The final year Mechanical Engineering student wishes to be an entrepreneur. He has bagged a job at EXL Analytics and plans to work for a couple of years before joining the MBA bandwagon to enhance his learning and placement chances.
An avid Squash player, bookworm and an active member of Entrepreneurship Cell at IIT Kharagpur, Sabyasachi’s dream B-schools are IIM Ahmedabad and Calcutta. He has Interned in several start-ups and organizing fests at the campus along with his preparation for CAT 2015. In this exclusive interview with Careers360, Sabyasachi shares his preparation strategy, aspirations and tips for aspirants.
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Excerpts of the interview:
Careers360: Congrats on securing a perfect 100 percentile! Were you expecting it?
Sabyasachi: Thank you! Frankly speaking, based on my performance in mock test I was sure of getting above 99 percentile but I did not know that I could get an absolute 100 percentile. I am really happy with my results.
Careers360: What are your sectional percentiles in CAT 2015?
Sabyasachi: My section wise percentiles are:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) – 99.62 percentile
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) – 99.88 percentile
Quantitative Ability (QA) – 100 percentile
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself and your family.
Sabyasachi: I hail from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. I have done my schooling from Rashtriya Indian Military College, Dehradun. I had taken a year off to prepare for engineering entrance exams and took admission in IIT Kharagpur thereafter. I am currently in the final year of IIT Kharagpur Mechanical Engineering department.
My father is an engineer working for Odisha State Government and my mother is a teacher. My mother is my pillar of strength and motivated me a lot throughout.
Careers360: What motivated you to pursue MBA?
Sabyasachi: I am an entrepreneurship enthusiast and would like to start my own venture in future. An MBA from a reputed B-School will give me the right exposure and guidance to move towards my goal. Hence pursuing MBA after engineering seemed the right plan for me.
Careers360: What was your overall preparation strategy to crack CAT?
Sabyasachi: I had started my preparation few months prior to CAT. I started with mock tests and prepared the areas and topics where I faltered. My focus was on VARC and DI & LR. Since Quant was my strength, I did not have to spend much time on this section. Taking mock tests and getting them analyzed by experts was my preparation strategy.
Careers360: This year the exam pattern had undergone several changes and introduced features like calculator and non-MCQs. How was your exam day experience in this new pattern?
Sabyasachi: The overall exam taking experience was smooth. I had finished my sections earlier than the schedule. As far as the overall navigation was concerned, it was fine. The new features did not make much difference to me. Since Quant is my strong area, I did not require the help of calculator. The descriptive questions also did not pose any difference in the overall pattern or my performance. I was not happy with the sectional time limits and particular order of appearance of the sections. I had completed the Quant section much earlier. If I had the scope, I would have started the exam with Quant section and ended with VARC section.
Careers360: What is your dream B-School?
Sabyasachi: I am aspiring to get admission in IIM Ahmedabad or IIM Calcutta. In case I get shortlisted by IIM A and convert the call, I will opt for the deferred admission and join after 2 years. Since I have been placed in EXL Analytics, I would like to get a couple of years’ work experience first since it will enhance my profile during the placement process. However, if I convert IIM Calcutta call, I will weigh my options and decide accordingly.
Careers360: Have you thought about your career path?
Sabyasachi: I want to be a venture capitalist after gaining work experience in Consulting domain. As mentioned before, I would like to start my own venture in future. Before that, I want to gain quality industry experience and exposure to know the nitty gritties of how things work in the market.
Careers360: You underwent a hectic preparation schedule. How did you unwind?
Sabyasachi: My hobbies include sports and programming. I am an avid squash player. Whenever I felt stressed, I played Squash with my friends. I also like reading novels. And at the cost of sounding boring, I have to admit that I love programming. Apart from that, I am a part of the Entrepreneurship Cell at IIM Kharagpur and other clubs as well which used to keep me on my toes.
Careers360: So what is your plan now? Have you started your preparation for the interview rounds?
Sabyasachi: I have not started my interview preparation yet but I would start with it shortly. Currently I am preparing for my final semester exam.
Careers360: What is your message for the CAT 2016 aspirants?
Sabyasachi: Target for a high percentile. Do not get worked up with the toughness level of the questions as these are basic Standard VIII to X level questions. Anyone can crack CAT with regular practice.
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As you have not mentioned your home state so considering it as Rajasthan according to your profile.
See it is little bit difficult to predict exactly whether you will get seat in any government medical college or not because different colleges have different cut-offs for State quota and All India Quota. Also, cut-offs are bound to change every year depending upon various factors such as the number of candidates appearing in an examination, the number of candidates qualifying an examination, difficulty level of the paper, and so on.
But if we go through previous years NEET cut-off trends in Rajasthan then there are good chances for you to get seat in some of the GMCs, the reason being is last year the lowest cut-off marks was 564 for Government Medical College, Barmer for Management quota seat under Home State quota for OBC category.
You can check the previous years cut-offs through the link given below :-
To have a list of all those colleges which you can get based upon your marks, category, and state you can use NEET College Predictor:-
I hope this information helps you.
I have scored 90.2% in 10 and scored 95.6% in class 12 with (commerce+maths) and currently I will be joining the University of Delhi for B.com.(Hons), I want to enrich my profile to make it CAT interview ready. please suggest some tips and activities which I should follow during this 3 year?
Hope you're doing well.
Your academics are quite strong. MBA colleges such as IIMs, FMS, etc , they look for people who have a good academic record, CAT percentile of more that 95, mostly. And, if you have a good hold of communication skills(professional), you'll surely be preffered.
Apart from CAT preparation, During your Bcom, just focus on your studies and try to keep your CGPA decent and good. Try to engage in extra curricular activities. Work on developing your skills. And, if you have working experience, more preference would be given to you. So, you should do a few internships and if possible get some job experience after completing Bcom. You should follow books like RS agarwal and arun sharma for a good hold of quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, data interpretation, verbal and nonverbal reasoning.
All the best.
i got 48 rank in ews cat in bhu msc zoology do i have any chance of getting admission in bhu or its affiliated colleges..? please reply asap
As per your rank in EWS CAT in Banaras Hindu University, you are eligible to get admission in main campus. Also you are more preferable to get admission in affiliated colleges of Banaras Hindu University which offer Msc Zoology. Visit the official website for regular updates regarding counselling and other admission process.
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As per the NEET Marks you have secured & your Estimate RANK is 2409, As per marks specified by you and based on the community BC-B Women there is a chance to get MBBS seat in following colleges as per the last year admissions
1. Govt. Medical College Govt. General Hospital Road, Anantapur,
2. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Putlampalli, Cuddapah District,
3. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Srikakulam, Srikakulam District,
4. G.S.L.General Hospital & Medical College NH-5, Laxmipuram, Rajahmundry-533294, East Godavari District,
5. Katuri Medical College Katuri Nagar, Chinakondrupadu, Guntur-522019, Guntur District.
As per the last year admissions with last rank admitted in various colleges,
For more details on NEET Cutoff, Fee, Colleges Information on NEET Predictor please refer below mentioned link :
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The preparation time totally depends upon your background knowledge and the source and method you are following. It really depends from people to people and 4 months is also good, if you have enough knowledge for preparing according.
In this 4 months you can solve sample paper and solve last years paper.
For more information ,go through the given link below:-