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Vishal Bohra, one of the 20 toppers securing 100 percentile in CAT followed the success mantra, “There is no substitute for hard work” by Thomas A. Edison to achieve this feat. He was third time lucky as he secured the perfect percentile after his first two attempts. Depending solely on self-studies, the Kolkata boy shared that he focused on his weak areas and took regular mocks to prepare for CAT.
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Vishal has already been shortlisted for IIFT admissions but his dream colleges are IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta. A sports enthusiast, who also enjoys cooking to relax shares his CAT 2017 success story with Careers360 in this interview.
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Careers360: Please tell us something about yourself.
Vishal: I have completed Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Talking about my family, my mother is a homemaker while my father is working in the capacity of a Manager.
Careers360: What is your sectional percentile?
Vishal: I have obtained 98.9 percentile in Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, 100 in Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and 99.99 in Quantitative Ability.
Careers360: What was your preparation strategy for CAT 2017 which helped you improve compared to past two attempts?
Vishal: I didn’t follow any particular strategy recommended by anyone. I studied according to my own weaknesses and strengths. I took mock tests as many as possible because that helped me in realising where exactly I stand. I worked hard on improving my speed also. Clearing basics of each subject was also an important aspect during the preparation phase.
Careers360: What according to you were the toughest and easiest sections?
Vishal: Although, I was able to score a perfect 100, but I found Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning to be a little bit tough.
Careers360: You did not take formal coaching. How did you manage to secure 100 percentile by self study?
Vishal: No, I didn’t enroll myself in any coaching class. And of course, it is absolutely possible to crack this entrance exam depending solely on self-study. I had complete confidence in myself that I could forge my way towards victory with my sincere efforts. Taking coaching classes is not at all mandatory according to me.
Careers360: Which is your dream B-School?
Vishal: I am hopeful of joining any one of the apex institutes among IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta is good for me.
Careers360: What are your hobbies?
Vishal: I play Cricket and Badminton in my leisure time. I am also fond of cooking. This way, I was able to relax amidst my hectic preparation phase as well.
Careers360: So what is the next step?
Vishal: I have started preparing for GD/PI/WAT with complete seriousness now as this is the next phase of selection process.
Careers360: Apart from CAT, which other MBA entrance exams have you appeared for?
Vishal: I appeared for IIFT, and I have been shortlisted as well. I took XAT also.
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You have to score a minimum of 99 percentile to get at least one good IIM call as your academics are not good. You could get a call from new IIMs if you score 99 percentile as the top tier IIMs will not give you a chance due to your poor acads.
Colleges you could look for are like IIM Nagpur, Kashipur, Shillong, etc. These colleges if you study well will provide you with a good package of 10-12 lpa.
Hope this helps. Thank you.
You will not be able to get any good business school like top IIMs, MDI, IIFT, or FMS. However, you can still get a good MBA tier 3/4 college if you increase your percentile to 98 percentile.
However, according to your grads, you must not be disappointed if you don't get a call at 99 because your marks are not good.
Hope for the best. Thank you.
Eligibility for CAT is graduate in any discipline from a recognized university with 50% aggregate, for SC/ST/PwD it's 45%.
So, people from any background can apply for CAT, provided they have required aggregate at their graduation level against their category.
Now, coming to the syllabus for CAT, there's no specific syllabus for CAT, one needs to rely on past years sample papers to get a fair idea about the pattern and weightage given to each topic and section.In general, questions are mostly from middle school level English and Mathematics.
There are mainly three sections in CAT-
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation which includes topics such as Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets, Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism etc.
Quantitative Aptitude which includes topics such as Geometry, Algebra, Time and Work, Mensuration, Number System etc.
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension which includes topics such as Sentence completion, Questions based on reading comprehension, Para-jumbles & para-summar, inferences etc.
To know the detailed topics, kindly go through the following link-
Honestly there is a difference between just finishing the syllabus and preparing for selection in cat. See you can finish the syllabus if you'll work really hard in one month but trust me only unless you are extraordinary you won't be able to get selected for iims or other good colleges. But don't loose hope you should fight till last.
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