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
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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.

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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:

Overall- 99.91%ile

QA- 99.97%ile, VARC-99.35%ile, DILR-96.62%ile

 

I also appeared for the following exams:

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XAT: 99.976%ile

IIFT: 98.22%ile

 

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.

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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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Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 17th Oct, 2019
CAT is an online examination of 3 hours duration.The questions in the exam will be of MCQ and TITA type totaling 100 questions. MCQ are multiple choice questions, for which candidates get multiple answer choices. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark. However Type in the Answer questions are exempted from Negative Marking.

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First things first, know the syllabus. And go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections.Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months because even Rome wasnt built in a day.


NCERT books will sharpen your basics and you need strong basics for preparing for any entrance examination. Once your basics are in place, because the time period for preparation is quite less, your preparation should be extensive and thorough.

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.

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Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.


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.

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Read articles from time to time. Follow newspapers, magazines, and watch the news channels and browse the internet to keep yourself updated. You will need a lot of reading to help you in the comprehension section. You will need speed to help you in this section and you can achieve that only by thorough practise and reading. Take time to understand the question because most answers are interlinked.


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.

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