CAT 2015 Topper Interview: Rajiv Reddy says CAT is not as tough as it is made out to be
He is not your average MBA aspirant lured by the IIM fantasy. He is definitely not in the race for the next big thing for engineers. No, in fact, he is not even an MBA aspirant, at least for now. But he is definitely a CAT topper. With 99. 99 percentile, Rajiv Reddy has risen above 1.76 lakh CAT aspirants to become one of the toppers of CAT 2015. However, an incredible 99.99 percentile is not enough for the Messi fan. When congratulated over his score, he says, “I am not planning to do an MBA right now. I have other plans. But I wanted to sit for CAT to find whether I could crack it or not. I was expecting 100 percentile. Though 99 is just fine for me.”
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The IIT Bombay student, who has also been placed at Goldman Sachs, has one thing clear in his mind- that he wants to make an impact. “I want to make a change. Leave an impact. I might opt for an MBA. But now is not the time,” he says.
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Here we bring you excerpts from an interaction with Rajiv Reddy who speaks about his expectations, dreams and how he made it as a topper of CAT 2015.
Read below the edited excerpts:
Careers360: Congratulations Rajiv! You got a brilliant 99.99 percentile. What are your thoughts?
Rajiv: Thank you. I am happy but, yes, I was expecting more than this. I thought I would get 100 percentile.
Careers360: What is your sectional percentile?
Rajiv: I have secured 99.81 percentile in VARC, 99.98 in Quant and 99.73 in DI & LR. In total, my percentile is 99.99.
Careers360: That’s great! Tell us how was the exam according to you?
Rajiv: Honestly, CAT is not as tough as it is made out to be. That is the reason I thought I would score 100. The paper needs a smart approach. Especially, DI and Quants and that is where I put my efforts on. Besides, it was my first attempt. So, I went for the exam with a fresh mind.
Careers360: You are pursuing B.Tech from IIT, Bombay. Do you think having an engineering background help in any way?
Rajiv: See, the advantage of coming from an engineering background is that your concepts are clear in sections like Quants and Data interpretation. I had less trouble in these two sections. Also, engineers are already taught about a lot of topics coming in CAT in 12 Standard when they are actually preparing for JEE. However, at the end of the day what matters is your ability to understand how to approach the test.
Careers360: How did you prepare for CAT? Did you opt for mock tests?
Rajiv: Again, honestly, I did not prepare much for CAT. I just went for it. I did not have any specific preparation strategy. I wanted to know if I could crack CAT. So, I sat for it. I did not even take mock tests or go for coaching.
Careers360: So, how is your preparation for the next round?
Rajiv: I am not preparing for the next rounds because I have decided not to pursue MBA right now. This was a test. I might think about it 2 years down the line.
Careers360: So, what are your plans for the future? If not MBA what do you want to do?
Rajiv: Actually, I have already been placed at Goldman Sachs as through campus placement. So, I plan to join to join the company after I graduate from IIT, Bombay. In the future, I might even go for research. I am keeping my options open.
Careers360: That is fantastic. You have been a topper almost all your life. JEE in 2012, CAT this year. Academics is definitely your strong point. But what else do you enjoy?
Rajiv: I am a huge fan of outdoor sports. I like cricket, football and basketball among others. I used to be a fan of Sachin Tendulkar but after he retired I turned my attention more towards football. These days I follow Messi religiously. Messi plays with class!
Careers360: Tell us Rajiv. With so many achievements where do you see your life in the future?
Rajiv: I see myself making an impact. I want to make a change in the society. I hope I can do that. I will consider myself to be successful only then.
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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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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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In this 4 months you can solve sample paper and solve last years paper.
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