CAT 2019 Topper Interview - IIM Kozhikode has declared CAT 2019 result on January 4, 2020. The difficulty level and status of the paper can be determined by the fact that it is conducted by the IIMs and most of the top Bschools in India accepts CAT score for their admission. To achieve a decent percentile in the paper one have to prepare months prior to the commencement of the examination and securing a 99+ percentile not only requires hard work but also in the proper direction. Sukumar Chowdary final year B.Tech Civil Engineering, NIT Trichy has achieved this goal. Let us see what he has to say regarding his preparation for CAT. Read the full interview to know his journey and how he achieved a milestone 99.03 percentile get without joining any regular coaching classes.
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“Start preparation now so that you can allot less time a day” says Sukumar, CAT 2019 Topper, 99+ percentiler

Careers360: What are your overall and sectional percentile and scaled scores in CAT 2019?

Sukumar: OA: Scaled - 158.35, Percentile: 99.03

VARC: S - 48.61, Percentile: 94.80

DILR: S - 50.98, Percentile: 98.82

QA: S - 58.75, Percentile: 98.64

Careers360: Tell us something about your background

Sukumar: I am from Nellore, Andhra Pradesh. Currently I am in final year B.Tech Civil Engineering, NIT Trichy.

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Careers360: How was your exam day experience?

Sukumar: I appeared for the exam with a pleasant mind and without any expectations and gave my best. As I attempted mocks for CAT with various difficulty levels, I could contain the element of surprise by VARC difficulty level.

Careers360: What was your preparation strategy for CAT?

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Sukumar: Honestly, my idea was to have some work experience to improve my skills and chances of getting into Top tier B-Schools, as I secured placement in a company I wanted to work in. So, I planned to use this year to get some calls and have some Interview experience so that I would know the areas where I have to work on. My preparation strategy was, I took TIME test series and came to know which questions I can do and which questions I should leave rather than preparing for the content because time available for my preparation was limited.

Careers360: What according to you were the toughest and easiest sections?

Sukumar: I felt, VARC was the toughest and DILR the easiest. ( Slot-1 ).

Careers360: How did you tackle your strong and weak areas?

Sukumar: As I am strong in DILR. I managed to maintain a bench mark in that section during my mocks while improving other sections. I am weak in VARC, so I tried to improve by doing sectional tests and reading articles online.

Careers360: What was your time management strategy with respect to preparation as well as exam day?

Sukumar: I think Time management combined with my knowledge on my strong and weak areas benefited me to get 99+ which I never expected. I managed to schedule the preparation time along with placement preparation. During the exam, I found 2 sections in DILR time taking and chose not to attempt them. Coming to QA, I knew which questions I would solve in 60 minutes and attempted only 20 questions.

Careers360: Have you joined any coaching?How helpful it was for you? Is it possible to succeed through self-study?

Sukumar: I had not joined in any coaching but I took TIME test series and also did previous CAT papers. I think self study is sufficient when one has a clear picture of his/her schedule. That being said, I think a good coaching will definitely improve one's chances provided he/she maintains the self study along with it.

Careers360: Have you started preparing for GD/PI/WAT?

Sukumar: I have started my preparation last month and reading newspapers regularly.

Careers360: Which other MBA entrance exam have you appeared/appearing for?

Sukumar: I appeared for CAT only.

Careers360: What is your dream B-School? After that, what career do you want to pursue?

Sukumar: Though I won't be in a position to choose among top B-Schools, I would like to join FMS Delhi or IIM Calcutta in coming years, if not this year. I want to have a career in Finance.

Careers360: What are your hobbies?

Sukumar: I am a Movie Geek. Also I watch and play Cricket, Chess.

Careers360: What were your relaxation and recreation methods you followed amidst preparation?

Sukumar: Every time I write a mock, I used to watch a movie after that and later work on solutions.

Careers360: Do you have any idol who you follow?

Sukumar: No Idols as of now.

Careers360: What is your message for next year's CAT takers?

Sukumar: Start the preparation now itself so that you can allot comparatively less time per day in your time of convenience so that the preparation will be efficient. Improve in weak areas and know what not to attempt in the exam.

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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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