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Carrying the experience of JEE preparation, Arvind Menon exactly knew what he had to do while appearing for CAT 2017 exam. With strong quant and verbal skills, he topped the CAT exam with 100 percentile. Arvind is currently a final year Chemical Engineering student at IIT Bombay and was preparing for the placements along with CAT. Arvind believes that if you have a good understanding of high school mathematics and you’ve got decent verbal skills, you can crack the exam easily. He also focused on the importance of mock tests and said that mocks are a really good idea for preparation.
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Apart from enjoying swimming and working out, he loves to play guitar in his free time. In this interview with Careers360, he tells us about the books he studied during preparation, how useful mock tests are and his plans ahead.
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Careers360: Congratulations on your CAT result. Please tell us something about yourself.
Arvind: Thank you so much. I’m a final year B.Tech student at IIT Bombay. I enjoy playing the guitar. I also love swimming and working out.
Careers360: Please share your overall and sectional percentile in CAT 2017?
Arvind: My overall percentile is 100. My sectional percentiles are 99.97 in VARC, 99.93 in LRDI and 99.97 in QA.
Careers360: Were you sure that you’ll be able to score 99.99 percentile?
Arvind: I wasn’t sure at all.
Careers360: Did you strategies your time on the exam day to achieve 100 percentile?
Arvind: The online format pretty much removes any chance for section-wise planning, so I just made sure I didn’t spend any time on questions I didn’t believe were doable.
Careers360: Please share your preparation journey?
Arvind: I was preparing for my placements along with going through my final year of engineering. I was not able to really prepare single-mindedly for the CAT. I had purchased some books for revising some of the quant topics that may have gotten rusty since my JEE days, but I was only able to finish one of them – Arun Sharma’s Quantitative Aptitude. The other books were by Nishit Sinha, but I found them to be poorly edited and severely lacking in quality, so I abandoned them. I attempted perhaps 6-7 full length papers that I found from friends and on the internet in the week before the paper. We had a lot of mock tests for the placement activities conducted by companies, which also helped with keeping me sharp since the aptitude required is similar.
Careers360: What according to you were the toughest and easiest sections?
Arvind: I found Quant to be a breeze. LR/DI was quite tough for me.
Careers360: Did you take coaching? How helpful was it? Is it possible to succeed through self study?
Arvind: I did not take any coaching. Mock tests are a good idea if you feel like you need them but I do not believe coaching is necessary if you have a good understanding of high school maths and decent verbal skills.
Careers360: What are the factors behind your success?
Arvind: I had a very strong basis of the concepts used in quant and LR/DI, along with a lot of practice in working fast from my JEE preparation, although that was a long time ago. Even then, my strength was my judgment of whether a question was worth my time, and that helped.
Careers360: What next? Are you planning to pursue the IIMs’ management programme if you get admission or do you have some other plans?
Arvind: I have obtained a job at a trading firm in Amsterdam, so I’ll be continuing with that. I will consider an MBA after working for a few years.
Careers360: Please tell us which is your Dream B-School and why?
Arvind: I don’t have a dream B-school in mind, but I’d really like to get into Harvard or LBS down the line.
Careers360: Anything you like to say to management aspirants who are preparing for entrance exams?
Arvind: Best of luck.
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your score is good until now. You have did your best all the way. For CAT exam, IIM Consider 90% to get an admission.
For IIM Kozhikode:- 75% for CAT,Sectional Cutoff:- 65% for 10th:- 60% and for 12th 60%.
For IIM Trichy:- 78% for OBC-NC
for IIM Indore :- 80% for OBC-NC
for OBC category there will very less relaxation. But there is high competition but number of seats available is very less.
So you have to prepare accordingly and get an admission.
CAT exam score hold a 45-50 % weightage for admission at IIM Kozhikode. You have so good qualification in the rest. If you put more effort into it then you can get it.
Hope it helps!
Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular national level management entrance exam. CAT 2019 application process has been completed and the exam is scheduled to be conducted on 24th November 2019.
Application forms were available from 07 Aug, 2019 - 25 Sep, 2019.
Aspirants seeking admission to the MBA course have to appear for entrance exams such as CAT/XAT/MAT/SNAP/etc. After the entrance test, candidates have to apply to colleges for admission.
Check the details about the CAT exam using the link below and do let us know if you have any other queries.
Ayush, CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.
Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.
In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.
IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interviews. Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. Now based on your Category, to be shortlisted for an IIM, you should score atleast 85 and more percentile.
Now the IIMs part has been cleared, you need to decide one among MBA in India via CAT or go abroad for higher studies. You cannot be double minded on this. You know your strengths and capabilities and so this should be completely your call.
If you are planning to get your details corrected in the form of CAT 2019, then now you don't have any option as it is now too late. The exam is scheduled for 24th November, 2019 which is just a week away.
However, in the meantime you can ask on the helpline for any assistance if they can provide.
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