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CAT 2019 Topper Interview: In life, there are instances when hard work accompanied by pleasant surprise comes like an icing on the cake. Similar is the case with CAT 2019 topper Rahul Manglik, who scored 99.9 percentile in CAT. Apart from his dream to make his way to a reputed MBA institute, he is not just confined to books and has Interested in varied sports like skating, basketball, table tennis, and elocution. In a candid conversation with Careers360, CAT 2019 topper Rahul Manglik shares his preparation tips, how his sister guided him and some valuable tips for future aspirants as they aim to take CAT.Latest: Check CAT 2019 Result Here. Also, know CAT toppers 2019
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Careers360: Congratulations on securing over 99 percentile in CAT 2019! What was your reaction? Were you expecting this?
Rahul Manglik: I expected a good percentile after calculating my score. But 99.99 is a pleasant surprise.
Careers360: What are your overall and sectional percentile and scaled scores?
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Rahul Manglik: The overall percentile is 99.99, with a scaled score of 231.08
Careers360: Tell us something about your background
Rahul Manglik: I was born and brought up in Delhi. My father is in a senior position with finance major Motilal Oswal Group and my mother is a chemistry teacher in Ahlcon Public School, Delhi. My sister has done her MBA from IIM Ahmedabad
Careers360: What was your preparation strategy for CAT?
Rahul Manglik: I focused first on finishing my syllabus to ensure accuracy, then I focused on becoming faster at solving the questions. Solving CAT mock tests was a major part of it
Careers360: What according to you were the toughest and easiest sections?
Rahul Manglik: All sections were a challenge in their own way. In VA I had to focus on accuracy and in Quant, I focused on time management.
Careers360: How did you tackle your strong and weak areas?
Rahul Manglik: Initially I used to take a lot of time in solving reading comprehension questions. Then I started reading the questions first before reading the paragraph in depth. This helped me increase speed and accuracy in RC
Careers360: How helpful was your coaching institute for you? Is it possible to succeed through self-study?
Rahul Manglik: I had joined TIME coaching classes and Career Launcher mock tests. However, I didn't attend many classes and rather focused on self study. My sister guided me through the process. I don't think coaching classes are necessary if one has the discipline for self study on a regular basis.
Careers360: What are the factors behind your success?
Rahul Manglik: Regularly taking mocks and analysing them helped me score better and sped up.
Careers360: Have you started preparing for GD/PI/WAT?
Rahul Manglik: I have joined Career Launcher PDP personalised to prepare for interviews. I'm also making sure to give a lot of mock interviews to prepare myself better.
Careers360: Which other MBA entrance exam have you appeared/appearing for?
Rahul Manglik: I am taking the XAT
Careers360: What is your dream B-School? After that, what career do you want to pursue?
Rahul Manglik: I have applied for top IIMs and XLRI, based on MBA college rankings and feedback from my sister's friends who are alums of these colleges.
Careers360: What are your hobbies?
Rahul Manglik: Since school, I've been interested and active in basketball, skating, table tennis, debates, and elocution. Currently, I am a senior member of IIT Bombay’s Racing team which makes electric race cars to compete internationally. I've participated in the Formula Student in Silverstone, UK as part of this team. This year, I'm preparing the business plan and finances of our racing team for this competition.
Careers360: What were your relaxation and recreation methods you followed amidst preparation?
Rahul Manglik: Spending time with my friends is the best way to relax for me.
Careers360: What is your message for next year's CAT takers?
Rahul Manglik: Play your strengths and work on your weaknesses. Regular practice and a lot of mocks can help achieve your goals
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Going by previous All India cut offs and your rank, you may decent chances in Medical Colleges like:
Loni Medical College
IMS and SUM Hospital
Having said that, this is 2019 data and cut offs change every year depending on various factors such as no.of Candidates appearing for the exam, no.of Candidates qualified, difficulty of the exam, and no.of seats available for each specialisation. Please try our College predictor to check the possibility of other specialisations with you rank across India: https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-pg-all-india-college-predictor
SVMC, Tirupathi: Physiology
Andhra Medical College: Microbiology
Rangaraya Medical College: Forensic Medicine
Aarupadai Veedu Medical College: Obstetrics and Gynaecology
CAT is not like any engineering or medical exam in which you have limited number of attempts, It is a postgraduate management exam which has no limitations in number of attempts and age of candidate the only thing that it wants it to have a graduation degree with atleast 50 percent passing marks, However CAT is a tough exam and if you want to do MBA from some reputed college than you should have to work very hard.
I hope the above information is beneficial for you.
All the best.
Correct way for preparation of CAT is the way on which you are confident to get good percentile in exam, You can do coaching like TIME, IMS and Career Launcher or you can also study online like Studybuzz, It totally depends on you the way you like to prepare for CAT, But one thing that I should tell you is to solve as many mocks as you can and do it analysis after the result, Solving mocks is one of the important key for getting sucess in CAT, So you should do it compulsory.
CAT stands for Common Admission Test .
This entrance exam is for aspiring candidates who desire to make a career in management and business administration i.e. MBA. This examination is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on a rotational basis.
In order to be eligible for the CAT Exam , the candidate has to pass at least their Bachelor's degree with at least 50% (for General Category and for candidates from the NC-OBC caste). For SC/ST and Differently Abled (DA) candidates, the percentage required is 45%.
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (34 questions)
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (32 questions)
Quantitative Ability (34 questions)
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