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Topping the country’s most competitive management entrance exam, Common Admission Test (CAT), is certainly not an easy task but that wasn’t the concern of Sai Praneeth Reddy. He simply prepared for the exam with all his heart and mind and when the exam day arrived, he made sure that nothing goes wrong. Sai secured 100 percentile in CAT 2017. An IIT Madras student, Sai was sure about securing more than 99 percentile but he didn’t expect a perfect 100 percentile. Sai believes that more than coaching, guidance is important to crack exams like CAT.
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A cricket lover, who also likes to play games in mobile, Sai aims to take admission in IIM Ahmedabad. In this interview with Careers360, Sai shares his entire CAT 2017 experience and tells us about his hobbies and more. Read the interview to know more about the 100 percentiler.
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Careers360: Congratulations on your CAT result. How did you react when you first saw your result?
Sai: Thank you. I was pleasantly surprised as I expected 99.9 percentile but wasn’t sure about 100. I and my family are very happy with the result.
Careers360: What was your overall and sectional score/percentile in CAT 2017?
Sai: My overall score was 232 (100 percentile). I secured around 64.46 in Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), 73.87 in Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and 94.01 in Quantitative Ability (QA).
Careers360: Were you sure that you’ll be able to score 100 percentile?
Sai: When I was taking the exam, I wasn’t sure that I’m writing all the correct answers. I had a doubt that they might go wrong. Although I expected 99.99 percentile I wasn’t sure about 100 percentile. I’m really happy that I’ve achieved more than I thought.
Careers360: According to you, which sections were the easiest and the toughest?
Sai: The overall exam was tough. For me, DILR was the toughest section. My English was weak from the beginning but thank God that English part was quite easy this year. That was a big advantage for me. Otherwise, I couldn’t have secured more than 99.5 percentile.
Careers360: How did you prepare for the exam? Please share your preparation journey.
Sai: I started preparing last year itself. I joined the coaching classes last year but didn’t study properly until January. The major part of my preparation started from January when I started taking mock tests. In the last one month before CAT, I just used go to coaching classes and write mock tests and made sure that I’m not writing anything wrong.
Careers360: What time-management strategy did you follow during the test?
Sai: I didn’t really follow any time management strategy. However, finishing RCs first was my priority. I started with DILR but I found that first few questions were really tough and time-taking. So, I skipped first four questions. Gradually, I realised that skipping questions won’t lead me anywhere. Then I started from the last question and started solving followed by whatever I could answer first.
Careers360: Did you take coaching for preparation? If yes, how helpful it was?
Sai: If you ask me, I would say that coaching is very helpful. More than the coaching, it’s the mentoring that matters the most and the coaching material that they provide is also very crucial. The faculty at the coaching keep analysing your score and mentor you to help you better with your preparation which is very important to crack an exam like CAT.
Careers360: Is it possible to succeed in CAT or other top management entrance exams with self-study? What do you think?
Sai: Yes, it is very much possible. However, guidance is needed. Just going to coaching doesn’t make any difference. It’s just a motivation that you’re preparing for the exam and you’ve to study. Without proper guidance, achieving the top score might get tough. I believe that coaching is not a necessary factor for success in CAT but guidance is required at every stage.
Careers360: Which is your dream B-school and why?
Sai: IIM Ahmedabad of course! It’s the best B-school in the country.
Careers360: Please tell us about your hobbies?
Sai: I like to play mobile games and love to play & watch Cricket. I also enjoy watching Hollywood action and space adventure movies.
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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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