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CAT 2018 Topper Interview: Mayur Arora who secured a 99.88 percentile in CAT 2018 shares his experience of the examination. A graduate of B.Tech in CSE from UPES Dehradun, Mayur was an employee at Dell R&D, Bangalore since July 2016. With an aim to become a teacher after his work in the corporate Mayur idolises Bill Gates for his vision and empathy for the poor. In this interview with Careers360, Mayur shares his experience on the exam day along with how he tackled stress. Read more to check Mayur’s preparation strategy for CAT and his career choice.
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Excerpts from the CAT 2018 topper interview of Mayur Arora.
Careers360: What are your overall and sectional percentiles and scaled scores in CAT 2018?
Mayur: My overall percentile was 99.88. My sectional percentiles are:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: 97.75 percentile
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: 99.59 percentile
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Quantitative Analysis: 99.83 percentile
Careers360: Tell us something about your educational background and career.
Mayur: I am a software Engineer at Dell R&D, Bangalore since July 2016. I completed my B.Tech in CSE from UPES Dehradun. My father is a businessman while my mother is a teacher.
Careers360: How was your exam day experience?
Mayur: My exam was in the second slot at 2:30 PM. I reached the exam centre by 11:30 AM and ate something. I sat nearby in a restaurant with a friend and discussed life other than the exam. The last-minute preparation was to revise all the formulas once.
Careers360: How did you prepare for CAT 2018?
Mayur: I started my preparation somewhere around July, I think six months are more than enough to study and go through all the concepts and take 15-20 mock tests.
Careers360: What according to you were the toughest and easiest sections?
Mayur: The toughest section for me was DI & LR and the easiest was VA & RC.
Careers360: How did you tackle your strong and weak areas?
Mayur: VARC section is my weak point. I used to practice it a lot from sectional tests online. My strong point would be the QA section as I practised different type of questions.
Careers360: What was your time management strategy with respect to preparation?
Mayur: I gave more time to VARC and DILR section while preparing.
Careers360: Did you take coaching? How helpful was it? Is it possible to succeed through self-study?
Mayur: I was not a student per se, but I took test series of IMS and T.I.M.E. Coaching is not necessary but if you are taking CAT for the first time, it is suggested to take coaching as it gives great support for solving doubts and get career counselling sessions.
Careers360: What are the factors behind your success?
Mayur: Parents’ belief, friends’ support and help from other aspirants on social networks were really helpful.
Careers360: When do you plan to start preparing for GD/PI/WAT?
Mayur: I will start preparing for the GD, WAT and PI after January 6, the XAT 2019 day.
Careers360: Which other MBA entrance exam have you appeared for?
Mayur: Apart from CAT I also appeared for IIFT and XAT.
Careers360: What is your dream B-School? After that, what career do you want to pursue?
Mayur: IIM Bangalore. I wish to teach after working in the corporate sector for a few years.
Careers360: What are your hobbies?
Mayur: I have a keen interest in Quizzing, Reading Wikipedia articles and playing Table Tennis and Badminton.
Careers360: What were your relaxation and recreation methods that you followed amidst preparation?
Mayur: I played badminton for a couple of hours before CAT day. It made me feel relaxed.
Careers360: Do you have any idol who you follow?
Mayur: I really look up to Bill Gates. His vision and empathy towards poor people, willingness to leave a major chunk of wealth for the welfare of society makes him my idol.
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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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