CAT 2016 Topper Interview: Prep groups on social media catalysed my preparation, says 100 percentiler Mukesh Goyal
For Mukesh Goyal, scoring a perfect 100 percentile in CAT 2016 highlighted not only his academic but excellent time management skills. The topper from Punjab, who is currently working as market analyst, managed his time between office and preparation; besides finding time for cricket. In this interview with Careers360, Mukesh shares with us his secret recipe for achieving a perfect 100 percentile in CAT.
Let’s read the full interview here:
Careers360: Congratulations on your achievement! Were you expecting this score? How are you celebrating?
Mukesh Goyal: It really feels amazing. I was expecting a percentile of 99.5 but a 100 took me by surprise. I am celebrating with my friends and family. My focus is on preparing for the next rounds.
Careers360: Tell us about your educational background?
Mukesh Goyal: I am an engineer in Electronics and Communications from Punjab Engineering College, Chandigarh.
Careers360: Can you share your section wise score?
Mukesh Goyal: I scored the lowest i.e 82.5 percentile in Verbal, 100 percentile in Quantitative Ability (QA) and 100 in Data Interpretation (DI).
Careers360: Please tell us about your preparation strategy.
Mukesh Goyal: As this was my second attempt at cracking CAT, I already had my benchmarks set. In my last attempt, I scored a percentile of 99.7 but did not get through a good college. Since I was working, I devoted one hour to my preparation every day and took mock tests on weekends. Purchasing the test series of Times and IMS helped me a lot as I did not join any coaching institute for preparation. Though I am not very active on social media but preparation groups on Facebook also helped me a lot.
Careers360: How important are mock tests in your preparation?
Mukesh Goyal: Mock test is a very important tool in CAT preparation. Analysing concepts in mocks is very important as it helps you identify your weak areas and build upon your strong ones. They also help you manage your time by solving the question paper in time. With practice, I could judge which questions to attempt and those which I could leave.
Careers360: According to you, which were the easiest and the toughest section in CAT?
Mukesh Goyal: The easiest section for me was Quantitative Ability and the toughest was Verbal. I had always been interested in Quantitative Ability.
Careers360: Why do you wish to pursue MBA?
Mukesh Goyal: I had always been interested in Finance and Management. Currently, I am working with Futures First as a market analyst. Working with a trading firm has further increased my interest in Finance. I wish to get through IIM Ahmedabad or IIM Calcutta and specialise in Finance.
Careers360: Tell us about your hobbies.
Mukesh Goyal: I love playing cricket and football. I usually take out time on weekends to play cricket with my friends. My favourite cricketer is MS Dhoni.
Careers360: Besides cricket, what sort of entertainment do you like?
Mukesh Goyal: I love watching movies too. My favourite actor is Leonardo Di Caprio.
Stay tuned to bschool.careers360.com for more CAT 2016 Topper Interviews.
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Here is the last year (2019) cutoff Trends for general category students on the basis of their all India rank for BIT Sindri for all branches :-
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So as you can see this year there is a chance that you can easily get chemical engineering, production engineering and mining engineering. But the chances are very hard for you to get civil engineering and metallurgy branch in BIT Sindri.
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