CAT 2017 Topper Interview: Practicing as much as you can is an imperative and crucial to success in CAT, says FMS Delhi student Saswat Gupta
CAT 2017 Topper Interview - As the clock ticks and CAT 2018 draws nearer, MBA aspirants are constantly seeking inspiration for how to crack CAT 2018 in 4 months. This interview of CAT 2017 Topper Saswat Gupta is an exemplary case of acing CAT, when one has a handful of months left in hand.
Saswat’s success of securing 99.91 percentile in CAT 2017, mainly revolved around regular practice and mock tests. “I studied on my own mostly, since I started preparing for the exam 100 days before the day of the exam” he says. Additionally, to aid his preparation, he joined the three-month batch at Career Launcher for topics in which needed more guidance in. Read this CAT 2017 topper interview to know the topper’s success story of CAT preparation strategy including mock tests, its analysis and section-wise preparation strategy.
Excerpts from the interview:
Careers360: What was your CAT 2017 overall and sectional percentile? Apart from CAT, which other entrances you appeared for and what were your percentiles?
Saswat: My scores are as follows:
QA- 99.97%ile, VARC-99.35%ile, DILR-96.62%ile
I also appeared for the following exams:
Careers360: What was your preparation strategy? Please share section-wise (QA, VARC and DILR) strategy in detail.
Saswat: My preparation strategy involved mainly reading CL and T.I.M.E. booklets for 15 days and subsequently I prepared solely from full-length mock tests and sectional tests.
QA: T.I.M.E. Quant Booklets, CL Coaching notes, Test Series
DILR: T.I.M.E. booklets, CL and T.I.M.E. mock tests
VARC: VARC coaching notes, CL and T.I.M.E. mocks tests
Careers360: How did you prepare – Self-study or Coaching?
Saswat: I studied on my own mostly, since I started preparing for the exam 100 days before the day of the exam. I joined the three month batch at Career Launcher and attended quant and verbal classes of the topics for which I needed more guidance.
Careers360: When did you start preparing for CAT? Please share in detail your month-wise preparation strategy for CAT in terms of 3 months, 2 months, 1 month and last minute strategy you followed.
Saswat: I started preparing for the exam in August 2017.
3 months: Cover up all topics and start giving tests
2 months: Increase frequency of tests and work on weaker areas
1 month: Focus on mock tests and give as many mock full and sectional tests as possible.
I did not follow a specific time table. However, I spent five to seven hours studying daily.
Careers360: What was the one thing that you did consistently during your preparation?
Saswat: I practiced and studied on a consistent basis. Practicing as much as you can for this exam is an imperative and crucial to success in this examination.
Careers360: What are the best study materials for CAT or other exams?
Saswat: I used the following sources:
CL coaching notes for specific topics in QA and VARC
TIME and CL booklets
TIME and CL mock test series
Careers360: When did you start taking mock test and what was the frequency?
Saswat: I started giving mock tests in the last week of August. During the next 90 days - until the exam in last week of November - I gave around 20 full mock tests and around 50 sectional tests. The frequency initially was once in more than 10 days. However, as time passed by, this frequency became more like sectional to full tests everyday.
Careers360: How one with non-English background should prepare him/herself for the exam as the mode of the exam is only English?
Saswat: To prepare for Engligh, I recommend read newspapers, listening to news, and conversing in English.
Careers360: Preparing for CAT is a long and tiring process. How do you suggest one should keep his/her calm and confidence?
Saswat: One should keep his/her calm by remembering the obstacles they have previously overcome and take confidence from them.
If one feels that he/she does not have previous inspiring achievement, then they can take satisfaction from mock tests and from the week on week improvement in preparation level.
Careers360: What is your message for CAT 2018 aspirants?
Saswat: I wish the best of luck to all CAT 2018 aspirants. Give your best and do not take your result to your heart, be it good or bad. There are multiple routes to reach your dreams. Success in this exam is not an indicator of how well or how many dreams you will be able to fulfill.
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sir i got 575 and from obc category.is there any chance to get govt seat or a cat in andhra Pradesh or through all India quota?
Atfirst lots of congratulations for your result and wishes for your future life. I am afraid to inform you that with your score your chances in All India counselling are almost negative for the 15% seats . However judging from trends of previous years you can get some of good medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh by state counselling for 85 % seats . Some of those colleges are
Government Medical College, Government Gen. Hosp. Road, Ananthapur
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Ongole
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Srikakulam
ACSR Government Medical College, Nellore
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Kadapa
Fathima Institute of Medical Sciences, Kadapa (Muslim)
Narayana Medical College, Nellore
Nimra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ibrahimpatnam
NRI Inst., of Medical Sciences, Visakhapatnam
NRI Academy of Medical Sciences, Chinakakani
Maharaja Inst. of Medical Sciences, VizianagaramKonaseema Inst., of Medical Sciences, AmalapuramGayathri Vidya Parishat Inst. Of Health care Medical Technology,
VisakhapatnamKaturi Medical College, ChinakondrupaduGreat Eastern Medical School,
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Hello mam sir, I need information regarding colleges available for hospital administration in 2020 without CAT exams
Some of the best Hospital Administration Colleges in India without CAT Exam are listed below:-
- School of Management, Dr DY Patil University, Navi Mumbai
- Institute of Management Studies, Devi Ahilya University, Indore
- GEMS B School, Bengaluru
- Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
- Acharya Nagarjuna University, Guntur
- School of Distance Education, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
- Punjabi University, Patiala
- Subharti Institute of Management and Commerce, Meerut
- Alagappa University, Karaikudi
- Sri Aurobindo Institute of Management and Science, Indore
Refer here for more info - https://bschool.careers360.com/colleges/list-of-hospital-administration-colleges-in-india
Feel free to ask doubts in the Comment Section.
I hope this information helps you.
neet score 498 all india rank 88083 state haryana cat. ur can i got BAMS gov college in state haryana
With 498 marks in NEET 2020 you have good chances of getting seat in government colleges for BAMS course.
Uou may get seat in following government colleges
Shri Krishna Government Ayurvedic medical college
Hair Brahman Ayurvedic College
Ayujyoti Ayurvedic College and hospital
Which college you will get depends upon cut off of the college. Cutoff depends upon number of candidates appeared and qualified in exam, difficulty level of exam and previous years cut off etc.
For more information and College prediction following link may help you
Im not a graduate yet, Im in final year of degree BCOM computers. Im interested to join MBA, when will the CAT exam Nd after the text when will be the collage admission?
You need atleast 1 year of hard preparation to crack CAT examination. So you start preparing for CAT now itself so that it makes easy for preparation. CAT is one of the best and tuff entrance examination, if need your lot of effort.
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I understand your situation. It is very difficultfor you to get a seat in All India Counselling. In Telangana state counselling you may get a seat in the following:
DR V R K WOMENS MEDICAL COLLEGE in the management quota if you are a women. Other than this you may get AYAAN INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES in management quota
You may get dental in ARMY COLLEGE OF DENTAL SCIENCES, SECUNDERABAD (mnagement quota), BALAJI DENTAL COLLEGE, MOINABAD (mnagement quota), KAMINENI INST OF DENTAL SCI, NARKETPALLY
MAMATA DENTAL COLLEGE, KHAMMAM
MEGHANA INST OF DENTAL SCI, NIZAMABAD
MALLA REDDY DENTAL COLLEGE FOR WOMEN and a few more but all of these in the management quota.
You may check out the fees from https://medicine.careers360.com/colleges/list-of-medical-colleges-in-india?state=Telangana°ree=B.D.S.,M.B.B.S.
All the best!