CAT 2015 Topper Interview: 100 percentiler Pranit Arora says, you need exposure in subjects not expertise to crack CAT
Urvashi Dalal, 13 Jan 2016, #CAT
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Pranit Arora secured 100 percentile in CAT 2015. Pranit achieved this distinction in his very first attempt. Son of a doctor couple, Pranit opted for engineering to pursue his interest in science and industrial functions. An IT enthusiast, the CAT topper now wish to pursue an MBA from any of the old IIM to pursue his career in Information Technology domain. In this interview with Careers360, Pranit says that cracking CAT was not very tough for him as he already had a good hold on Quant and Reasoning happened to his interest area. Read more on his experience on taking CAT:

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Careers360: Congratulations for being a 100 percentiler in CAT 2015. Were you expecting this high percentile?

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Pranit: Thank you so much! Well, this came as great news to me and my family. I started preparing for CAT a few months back and my hard work paid well. This is just a step closer towards my career goals.


Careers360: Tell us your sectional scores, your educational background and why you want to do an MBA?

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Pranit: My overall percentile in CAT 2015 is 100. My sectional percentile are, Section 1- VA and Comprehension- 99.6; Section 2-DI and LR- 100; and Section 3-QA- 99.96. I am currently pursuing B.Tech in Production and Industrial engineering from IIT Delhi. Prior to joining IIT Delhi, I was a DPS R.K Puram student. I come from a Doctor family, but medicine never attracted. I have always been interested in Science, so I wanted to do engineering first. Now I want to do an MBA to take my level of interest in Science to a next level. I think a management degree will strongly help my career in IT industry.


Careers360: What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT?

Pranit:  CAT was an easy test for me. I started preparing for the test a few months back mainly via online sample papers, mock test and through materials available on the internet. I had always been interested in solving Logical Reasoning questions, so this section of CAT was already done for me. The Data Interpretation was a section I had to prepare, so I practiced as much as I could. Now the key to crack this section is speed, so I practiced with a sharp eye on my speed. Last was Quantitative Ability, which again was easy, not because of my engineering background, but because of my sharp basics in mathematics. You need exposure in subjects and not expertise in all the topics to crack CAT.


Careers360: How was your overall experience of appearing CAT?

Pranit: The experience was great. I liked how the paper was designed. I was confident about my preparation and that lead to my success reflected in my scores.


Careers360: Do you think the new pattern was helpful? In terms of Non-MCQs, the time limit etc.? 

Pranit: I found the pattern easier as compared to last year. Speed was the key to crack this test as it has a sectional time limit. Especially in the DI&LR section, which was the lengthiest, the candidates had to be fast while attempting this section. The addition of Non-MCQs was made it a little difficult as the options seemed to be tricky. The new pattern, according to me, is same, the type of questions remain same, it’s just the layout is enhanced. Overall, the changed pattern was advantageous.


Careers360: How did you prepare for CAT during your engineering classes?And what were your re-creational activities?

Pranit: I used to prepare from the material available online. I attended my regular classes, completed the assignments and gave at least 1 hour for CAT preparation. But on weekends, I used to give most of my time towards preparations for CAT. I am not a bookworm. I managed my time well between relaxation and studies. I used to play, participate in college cultural activities and followed a normal routine. Taking stress can never get you success.


Careers360: What are your plans now?

Pranit: I have an offer from an IT company right now, but at this moment it’s not the priority for me. I am taking a break for a while and will start my preparations for GD-PI-WAT next.


Careers360: How are you going to prepare for the GD/PI-WAT?

Pranit: I have my plans for preparations for the GD/PI-WAT stage, but it will start after a few days of break. I will start by gathering last year’s GD and WAT topics, prepare myself on current topics, and improve my resume for PI stage.


Careers360: Any advice for the CAT 2016 aspirants?

Pranit: It is important to stay relaxed and not get nervous for the test. Stress leads to failure which must be avoided. So do not overthink, stay calm and confident.


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for OBC category there will very less relaxation. But there is high competition but number of seats available is very less.

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CAT exam score hold a 45-50 % weightage for admission at IIM Kozhikode. You have so good qualification in the rest. If you put more effort into it then you can get it.

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In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.

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