CAT 2015 Topper Interview: Rohan Gupta wants MBA degree to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams in Gaming
Rohan Gupta cracked CAT 2015 with 99.69 percentile. A passionate online gamer, Rohan appeared for CAT to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams where he wished to run his own e-commerce company in sports domain. In this interview with Aditi Malhotra of Careers360, he says that it took him 6 months to prepare for CAT 2015. But for that, he had to leave his high paying job at Accenture.
A B.Tech- CS degree holder from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology, CAT 2015 Topper Roshan shares his exam taking strategy and his preparation plans for GD/PI-WAT towards getting a coveted seat at one of the top Indian Institutes of Management.
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Below are the edited excerpts from the interview:
Careers360: Congratulations for securing 99.7 percentile in CAT 2015. Were you expecting this high percentile?
Rohan Gupta: Thank you so much! Well, I was not expecting such a good score because of non-MCQ questions. They were confusing for me, but I went with my gut feeling and the results are great. This definitely came as news for me also.
Careers360: What is your sectional and overall percentile?
Rohan Gupta: My overall percentile in CAT 2015 is 99.69. My sectional percentile are, Section 1- VA and Comprehension- 95.55; Section 2-DI and LR- 99.27; and Section 3-QA- 99.6.
Careers360: What is your vision behind pursuing an MBA degree?
Rohan Gupta: I am a hardcore online gamer. This is my passion and wanted to do something in the same field, so I decided to pursue B.Tech in CS. The reason why I want to pursue an MBA is to take my passion to the next level. I want to start my e-sports company, and MBA would surely add an edge to my dream. MBA would teach me the nitty-gritty of management and entrepreneurship and later would help me in following my passion for gaming.
Careers360: How did you prepare for CAT despite your commitments towards your job?
Rohan Gupta: Yes. It was quite a difficult job to manage both job and CAT preparations simultaneously.I was working with Accenture, Hyderabad. Since taking admission in a top IIM, especially IIM- A,B,C,K,L,I, and pursuing an MBA was my dream to pursue my career goals, I wanted to crack CAT and therefore I left my job 6 months before CAT exam. It brought me good preparation window and I really utilized this time in well-planned manner. I took as many mock tests as possible, read preparation articles, and kept myself abreast with the kind of competition that I was expected to get into. All I had to do was to schedule my time smartly in order to improve my speed and accuracy as well as work on the factors where I am not very confident. I believe my hard-work and passion paid well for my results.
Careers360: Tell us something about your family? How supportive are they about your MBA dream?
Rohan Gupta: My father is a professor of surgery while my mother is a General Physician. Fortunately, being a son of doctor parents, I was never forced to join the family profession and was always supported and motivated in all my endeavors including my MBA dreams.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak sections for CAT exam?
Rohan Gupta: Being an engineer student QA was the easiest section for me followed by Verbal Ability. I had to work hard for English comprehension, which was my weak point. But ultimately I managed well and also scored well in all the sections.
Careers360: Preparation might lead to stress at times. What were your stress buster activities during preparations?
Rohan Gupta: I love cycling and used to cycle a lot to channel my positive energy. This kept my mind fresh and kept me going during preparations. I think outdoor activities are really effective and recreational too!
Careers360: How was your experience of appearing in CAT 2015?
Rohan Gupta: This was my second attempt for CAT. I appeared for the test a few years back without preparation and felt that I can crack the test. So, I prepared and appeared in the test after a gap of some years. The experience was great. During the exam, I kept calm and relaxed and focused completely on the task at hand.
Careers360: As the next step is GD/PI-WAT, how are you going to prepare for the same?
Rohan Gupta: The hard work does not stop at just cracking the CAT exam. I have my plans for preparations for the GD/PI-WAT stage. 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?
Rohan Gupta: All I can say is work hard on building concepts and do practice a lot. CAT aspirants should categorize the topics as strong, medium, weak and plan accordingly. They should not try to leave any topic during their preparation. Also, focus on time management will help you in the long run and you won’t have to struggle on the exam day.
Stay tuned to bschool.careers360.com for more CAT 2015 Topper Interviews.
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