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.
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CAT 2019 Topper Interview: “Play your strengths & work on your weaknesses,” says Rahul Manglik 99.9 percentile

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

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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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my overall marks in board is 60%. individually I passed all sub but individually not 50 mark in each pcb but I from obc cat. and gujarat board phy the+pra 39+41 ,bio the +prac 68+36 and che the+prac 41+41 am I eligible for neet 2020 and its counseling?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 25th May, 2020
You needn't score 50% or 40% individually in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. If you belong to OBC, you shpuld score 40% on average in Physics, Chemistry and Biology to be eligible for NEET. With your marks, you will be eligible for NEET 2020. So nothing to be worried about.

my pcb theory +practical 60% I passed 2020 guj board 2020.obc cat. am I eligible for neet 2020

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 24th May, 2020
For a Candidate belonging to OBC, he/she should have completed his/her 12th, passed in all subjects including theory and secure a minimum aggregate of 40% in Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This 40% should include Theory and Practicals. With 60%, you have secured marks more than required for your aggregate. And so you are eligible for NEET 2020.

Does Jbims accept CAT score of Mumbai base students?

Shubham Dhane 23rd May, 2020


To get admission in Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai you need to give MAH MBA CET and qualify the exam. Final admission of the candidates will be based on the performance in written test and group discussion. Please click the below link to know more.


im done my gradution with 45.91%an now i want to do mba in retail Management so can you guide me for that and also show me eligibility CAT and CET

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 24th May, 2020

Vicky, CAT is the entrance examination for admission to all the 20 IIMs and over 1000 participating Institutions for their Management programmes. To be eligible for CAT, you should have completed your Graduation in any discipline with a minimum aggregate of 50%. It is 50% for General Category and 45% for Reserved Categories. Now if you belong to General Category, unfortunately you do not qualify for CAT. Regarding CET, ever State has its own CET and so please do help us with the State you belong to.


When to start preparing for CAT, get to admission in Top IIM(ABC)? And preparation strategies.

pritamsingh5798 23rd May, 2020

Hey there

You should start preparing for CAT as soon as possible as few months are left for the exam. CAT has got the largest applicants in india and the toughness of question is also very good in the exam. So

1. There are three sections verbal and reading comprehension, quantitative, LR and DI.

2. Out of three quantitative is the section one should practice a lot as it becomes a deciding factor and students find it tough. Read arun sharma book for quantitative

3. Verbal again arun sharma book is good and besides you can read newspaper editorials etc.

4. LR and DI Arun Sharma book is again fantastic for it. I have suggested his boon as his book is the best and is 1st choice for maximum cat aspirants.

Check the link

Good luck

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