CAT 2017 Topper Interview: Guidance is more important than coaching, says 100 percentiler Sai Praneeth Reddy
Updated on Jan 9, 2018 - 5:30 p.m. IST by Vikas Gaur
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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.

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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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Sampriti Student Expert 22nd Jan, 2020
The minimum cutoff required by SPJIMR for both CAT and XAT this year is 85 percentile (for profile based shortlisting process). Since you have performed really well in both the exams and have a percentile above the required one and considering your profile you can definitely get a call from SPJIMR during their profile based shortlisting process. Since your XAT scores and better then you may get a call through XAT. But you can get other colleges also based on your scores like
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  • Great Lakes Chennai
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  • TAPMI Manipal and other colleges.

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Shaktik Guria 22nd Jan, 2020

First of all congratulate for your percentile in cat exam. About your percentile you didn't get admission in IIT,IIM,NIT . But you should definitely got chance in LIBA,Chennai, and XIME,Bangalore two  best non IIM MBA college in India.

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Hi, Can you suggest good colleges for CAT 2019 percentile 87.78 in general category with good ROI. VA : 81.2, LR : 89.0, QA : 87.11, Overall : 87.78. 10th : 84%, +2 : 95.7, Btech : 7.0/10 (65.45%) I have 4 yrs of experience and 5lpa package currently. Also can i apply for IITs with this percentile?

Sampriti Student Expert 22nd Jan, 2020
The best B schools you can check out with their respective academic fees are
  • KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research Mumbai (approximately 15 Lakhs)
  • Great Lakes Chennai (17.15 lakhs)
  • GIM Goa (approximately 16 lakhs)
  • TAPMI Manipal (14.6 lakhs)
  • BIM Trichy (14.5 lakhs)
  • LIBA Chennai (15.2 lakhs)
  • LBSIM Delhi (16.3 lakhs)
  • BIMTECH Noida (12 lakhs)

They are all very reputed colleges and offer excellent ROI. The average compensation package offered in these colleges are nearly 10-12 lakhs.

You can also check out some IITs like Department of Management, IIT Madras ( fees = 8 lakhs) and FMS BHU( fees = less than 1 lakh) with your CAT percentile. They also have good placements. But if you're considering IITs then IIT Madras would be the best option and it is way better than FMS BHU.

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my cat percentile is 90.66 but havent cleared sectional cutoffs in dilr, what colleges can i aim ?

Sampriti Student Expert 22nd Jan, 2020
You have a very good CAT percentile and you can definitely get a call from a lot of good colleges who only consider the overall percentile and not the sectional ones. You can expect a call from these colleges ( provided that you've applied for them)
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The above mentioned colleges require a minimum of 90 percentile in CAT and the following are some other colleges with cutoffs ranging from 80-90
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  • KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research
  • GIM Goa
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  • LIBA Chennai and others

All these colleges are very good and some of them are in fact better than the newer IIMs so you can definitely go for them. You can easily get an average compensation package of around 10-12 lakhs in all these colleges.

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