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For Antriksh Johri, the mantra to securing 99.66 percentile in CAT 2016 was very simple, do your Math and read as many books as possible. The Delhi boy, who is currently pursuing Chemical Engineering from IIT Delhi, has read over 20 books over the short period of his preparation. In this interview with Careers360, Antriksh shares his preparation strategy for CAT and why he thinks management skills are imperative in today’s world.
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Like every youth, Antriksh is a fan of cricket and Sachin Tendulkar! Apart from studying his course books, he enjoys reading Charles Dickens' novels. With an aim to get admission in either IIM Ahmedabad or IIM Calcutta, Antriksh is currently brushing up his current affairs by reading newspapers for the WAT-PI rounds.
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Careers360: Congratulations Antriksh! How are you celebrating?
Antriksh: Thank you! I am excited. Right now I am in the hostel. So, I am planning to discuss my future course of action with my family.
Careers360: What is your section wise percentile?
Antriksh: I have secured 93.78 percentile in Verbal Ability and 94 percentile in Data Interpretation. My percentile in Quantitative Ability is 99.99 percentile.
Careers360: You seem to have performed good in all the sections. Tell us which section was toughest for you?
Antriksh: For me, Verbal Ability was one of the sections that was a bit tricky. Especially, the Reading Comprehension part. Data Interpretation was okay. It was not much time consuming for me. For me, Quantitative Ability was the easiest section since it involves calculations and conceptual clarity for the most part.
Careers360: Can you share you preparation strategy with us?
Antriksh: I started preparations around a year back. Most of the questions in Quants test your conceptual clarity from 10th and 12th standard, hence my aim was to clear my concepts on the required topics. For Verbals, I was advised to read books and newspapers, which helped me a lot to understand language and its usage. I read over 20 books, both fiction and non- fiction during my preparation. I enjoyed reading Charles Dickens' though!
Careers360: Which is your preferred business school? Which specialisation are you interested in?
Antriksh: I want to get into IIM Ahmedabad. My next option is IIM Calcutta. Basically, I am interested in taking up Finance as a specialisation as my interest lies in that field.
Careers360: You are an engineering student. Is there a specific reason why you want to pursue MBA and change your field?
Antriksh: I have observed that my inclination lies in Finance related subjects. In fact, I had done a few short-term programmes in Finance and Marketing. Also, to handle any project these days one should have management skills, which is best taught in the top business schools of the country.
Careers360: How is your preparation for the next rounds?
Antriksh: I have been reading books and newspapers. I am trying to keep myself updated with latest happenings. The next rounds would basically depend on the business school I get a call from.
Careers360: What are your hobbies? Do you enjoy any kind of sport or watching movies?
Antriksh: I love cricket. For me, it is the best kind of sport. I can play cricket all day! Sachin is my favourite cricketer, without a doubt. I think he is a classic player. When I am not following cricket you will find me playing poker. Although I like to watch movies but given a choice over films and cricket, I would definitely choose the latter!
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see there is no age age limit for applying in cat exam, and there is no mention of maximum year gap. the basic eligibility criteria for appearing in cat exam is you need to have graduation degree in any discipline with 50% marks in graduation. however some top institute like iims, sp jain, fms delhi and top bschool has gd and interview session after clearing cutoff score of entrance test. so you may asked to explain the year gap. thats why be prepared for it. however you are definitely eligible for cat.
Hello rajendra, for pursuing MBA, any one of the IIM's would be preferable, mostly the IIM ahmedabad would be excellent. So , now I tell you the top insititutes which offer MBA through CAT are-
Hope this helps.
CAT is a National level Common Entrance test to pursue MBA in IIM's and Business Schools. To write CAT exam one must have passed graduation from a recognised Board of University. Final year graduation students are also allowed to write the CAT exam. If you do MBA in an IIM or Top B school, the career and placement opportunities are excellent. As a fresher one can earn minimum 5-10 lakhs after MBA.
In addition to that CAT exam is of 3 hours duration comprising of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude.
All the best.,
The Cut off to IIM's and Business Schools depend on the Highest mark and difficulty level of the exam. As there is no official Highest mark, we have to wait till the Results are released. 87 percentile in CAT is a good Score. You can get good Business Schools but difficult to get IIM's.
Most IIMs take WAT or the written ability test where one is given around 15- 30 minutes to write an essay on any given topic. Only two IIMs- Kozhikode and Shillong take GD. But all of them conduct Personal Interview or PI.
The weightage of CAT score, academic qualifications, work experience, GD/ WAT and PI differs from college to college. You can find the detailed list on the given link: https://www.imsindia.com/CAT/iims-shortlisting-criteria.html
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