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CAT 2018 Topper Interview: Kaustibh Vyas is one of the 21 CAT 2018 takers to secure 99.99 percentile. “I have always been good with numbers thanks to my base in competitive examinations”, states CAT 2018 topper Kaustubh Vyas. 21-year-old Kaustubh is a fourth-year B.Tech Electrical Engineering student at IIT Bombay. He was also among the toppers of JEE Advanced (Rank 120) and shares with us his CAT taking experience, motivation and practice routines. A football and waterpolo player, he dreams to join IIM Ahmedabad or IIM Bangalore and pursue a career in Finance or Consulting.
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Careers360 brings to you the CAT 2018 Topper Interview series which will contain the strategy taken up by toppers and how they managed to keep themselves away from stress to prepare better for the examination.
Careers360: Congratulations on securing 99.99 percentile in CAT 2018! What was your reaction? Were you expecting this?
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Kaustubh: Thank You so much. I was actually expecting a percentile between 99.99 to 100 so the result did not come as a surprise to me.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself.
Kaustubh: I am a Final year B.Tech Electrical Engineering student from IIT Bombay. I am from Nagpur. My mother is a Dentist.
Careers360: How was your exam day experience?
Kaustubh: The examination went down smooth. My centre was in Airoli, Navi Mumbai. I felt that the Quantitative Analysis was the lengthiest section.
Careers360: How did you prepare for CAT 2018? When did you start preparing? Please share your step by step preparation journey.
Kaustubh: I started preparing for CAT 2018 from the summers after completing my internship. I enrolled in T.I.M.E especially for the test series they provide. Apart from that, I relied on Self Studies mostly. I made it a point to practice as many Mocks as possible.
Careers360: What according to you were the toughest and easiest sections?
Kaustubh: According to me, Quantitative Analysis was lengthy and tough and the easiest section was Logical Reasoning and Data Analysis.
Careers360: How did you tackle your strong and weak areas?
Kaustubh: I made it a point to practice and make perfect all my weak sections.
Careers360: What was your time management strategy with respect to preparation as well as exam day?
Kaustubh: Since my CAT 2018 slot was from 2.00 PM I made sure to practice mock tests at that time to make myself acquainted with the timing. This helped me a lot as it gave me a balance and did not drain me while I attempt the examination. I woke up only around 11 so I would not feel tired or burned out. I practised by sitting for three hours straight and took minimal breaks as possible to make myself comfortable on the day of the examination.
Careers360: What are the factors behind your success?
Kaustubh: Apart from hard work, I would say focus on studies is one of the key factors to my success. Finding out my weak areas and improving on them helped me a lot with regard to the preparation. Since I have a base in appearing for competitive examinations, it took a lot of stress off my shoulders.
Careers360: Did you file for objections against any question/answer based on the CAT 2018 answer key?
Kaustubh: I was confident with the answers I had marked for the examination so I did not feel the need to file any objections.
Careers360: What next? Preparing for GD/PI/WAT?
Kaustubh: I have to prepare for the GD, PI and WAT process which I will start soon.
Careers360: Which other MBA entrance exam have you appeared/appearing for?
Kaustubh: I only took the CAT.
Careers360: What is your dream B-School? After that, what career do you want to pursue?
Kaustubh: I would like to enrol in IIM Ahmedabad or IIM Bangalore. My dream is to pursue a career in either Finance or Consulting domain.
Careers360: What are your hobbies?
Kaustubh: I play football and I am also a water polo player.
Careers360: What were your relaxation and recreation methods you followed amidst preparation?
Kaustubh: In order to keep myself calm I would switch off myself from continuous studies and find time to chill out with friends. Also, since placements and exams were going on in college I would divert my attention to preparing for the same.
Careers360: Do you have any idol who you follow?
Kaustubh: I do not have any idols as such but my mother is my biggest inspiration. She always encouraged and motivated me to aim for the top and be among the rank holders. She raised me single-handedly which means she was always my go-to person. Whenever I felt dejected or stressed regarding preparation and studies I talked to her and she eased me out with the right words.
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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.
Hope this helps. Thank you.
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