CAT 2016 Topper Interview- Evaluate your weak areas to prioritise preparation, says 99.74 percentiler Nikhil Prabhu
A strict preparation routine helped Nikhil Prabhu from Bangalore achieve an incredible 99.79 percentile in CAT 2016. The first thing that the topper, who is an accounts student from Presidency College, did was to evaluate his strengths and weaknesses and create a strategy around it, thus allotting 70 per cent of his preparation time to Quants and rest to Data Interpretation and Verbals.
Nikhil is also self professed book lover, who spends his time collecting mythological books and thrillers. In this interview with Careers360, the topper shares his CAT preparation strategy and how prioritising his studies helped him crack one of the toughest management entrance tests in India.
Read here the full interview:
Careers360: Congratulations! How are you celebrating? Were you expecting this percentile?
Nikhil: Thank you so much. My parents are definitely happy. I was expecting something above 98, but this was a surprise to me.
Careers360: How was your exam? Which were the toughest and weakest sections according to you?
Nikhil: For me Quants was a bit on the difficult side. But I made sure I stuck to the time limit that I had set. I enjoyed working on the Verbals section.
Careers360: So, what are you currently pursuing?
Nikhil: I am doing my B.Com from Presidency College, Bangalore. I am majoring in accountancy.
Careers360: How did you prepare for CAT? Did you opt for mock tests? How much time did you give for your preparation?
Nikhil: The first thing that I did was to evaluate my strengths and weaknesses. For me Quantitative Ability was the area I had to put much of my effort on. So, 70% of my preparation went towards Quants and the rest 30 per cent, I put into Data Interpretation and Verbals. I was confident about my language skills and needed to brush it up. Also, I kept myself updated the entire time with newspapers and books. That helped me a lot. Also, my fifth semester exam was also knocking at my door around the same time. So, I had to give time to that too. So, I made a plan wherein I devoted all my study leaves for CAT preparation. Initially I was a bit stuck. But then, I made a study routine and followed it strictly and everything fell into place.
Careers360: Which is your preferred business school? Which specialisation are you interested in?
Nikhil: I am hoping to get through IIM Ahmedabad or Bangalore. I would prefer Bangalore, since it is in the city that I live in. I am interested in taking up Finance as my specialisation or management consulting.
Careers360: How is your preparation for the next rounds?
Nikhil: I am reading newspapers and watching discussions on TV. That keeps you updated as well as exposes you to different opinions.
Careers360: Is there specific reason why you want to pursue MBA?
Nikhil: I have an accounts background and have always been interested in pursuing something in the finance field. An MBA was in the plan even when I had taken upB.Com. I want to get into consulting. Maybe I will even consider starting something of my own someday.
Careers360: Enough about studies! Tell us what else do you enjoy beyond studies?
Nikhil: There is a long list! But yes, I love watching American and British shows. Suits and Sherlock are some of my favourite shows. Besides that, I am a big time bookworm. I like reading books around mythological subjects. I count Ashwin Sanghi and Amish Tripathi among my favoutrite authors.
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see you should be very careful while applying for any exam or form filling. however you may still get the admit card and participate in the exam. but at the time of document verification you have to face questions about the wrong dob. later it would be solely depends on the exam authority whether they would accept the application or not.
air 81517 ... sc cat 3206 rank... which clgs do i get in all india quota... and Im frm telangana which clg can i get in my state?
Hope you are doing well!
With this rank you can get following colleges based in previous ear cut-off of ranks of colleges
1)Govt Dental College RIMS Kadapa
2)REGIONAL DENTAL COLLEGE, GUWAHATI
3)Patna Dental College and Hospital, Patna
4) Government Dental College, Raipur
5) Goa Dental College & Hospital, Goa
6)Government Dental College & Hospital, Jamnagar
7) Government Dental College, Shimla
8)Dental Institue, RIMS, Ranchi
in Telangana , through AIQ you can get admission in
1)Government Dental College and Hospital, Afsalganj
To know more about the cutoff of NEET 2019 for government colleges(separately for dental and medical courses for all the states.) refer to https://medicine.careers360.com/articles/neet-cut-off-for-government-colleges
You can also use careers360 college predictor link https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-college-predictor?icn=QnA&ici=qna_answer
can a ews category student apply for private medical college? and is the fees same for gen cat. and ews cat. student for private medical college?
The EWS category is an official reservation category that needs to be considered for admission into every college. So college consider EWS category also as other category. You can surely apply for private medical College.
Most of the colleges doesn't have fees as per the reservation. The fees seems to be same for every student. There might be some college that may offer scholarship to reserved category students .
Hope that helps.
I scored 170 Marks Gen cat.neet 2020 My MAMA maternal uncle resides at Dubai as NRI since 18 yrs. How I can take benefit of NRI QUOTA in government medical college in Rajasthan. I am Rajasthan bonafied . What documents are required .
Hope you are doing well,
To apply for the benefit of NRI quota following are the list of documents required
NEET Score Card
A document which can claim that your sponsorer is an NRI ( document can be a Passport, Visa of the sponsorer)
Candidate's Relationship with NRI.
The candidates who had earlier applied under Indian citizenship but whished to changed to NRI quota would have to send relevant documents to the authorities at firstname.lastname@example.org till October 23 up to 10:00 AM.
For more information visit https://news.careers360.com/neet-2020-counselling-mcc-releases-notice-for-admission-under-nri-quota
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Based on your rank you will get seat in following colleges:
1.Bharati vidyappeeth DU Medical college and hospital.
2.Shri sathya sai medical college and research institute.
3.MGM Medical college and Hospital,Aurangabad.
4.Manipal college of dental sciences,Manipal.
5.VMKV Medical college and hospital,Salem.
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