CAT 2020 Topper Kaushal Shah 99.74 percentiler says, “Be honest to yourself and don’t give up”
It is a delight to score a 99.74 percentile amidst challenging circumstances when the world is grappling with the worst pandemic. However, it was during this time that CAT 2020 Topper Kaushal Shah 99.74 percentiler turned the challenge into an opportunity as he geared himself to prepare for the CAT 2020 exam and came out in flying colours. Pursuing B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering Department at SVNIT (NIT Surat), CAT 2020 topper Kaushal Shah suggests to the future aspirants to analyse the CAT mocks carefully and adopt different test taking strategies. Read the full interview of CAT 2020 topper Kaushal Shah to know tricks of the trade to crack the CAT 2020 exam.
Careers360: Congratulations on securing over 99.74 percentile in CAT 2020! What was your reaction? Were you expecting this?
Kaushal Shah: Thank you. I was really overwhelmed with the result. I did expect 99+, but this was unexpected.
Careers360: What are your overall and sectional percentile and scaled scores?
Kaushal Shah: My overall CAT 2020 score was 99.74% and 120.7 Sectionals: 96.08/96.73/99.9 and 33.98/27.72/59
Careers360: Tell us something about your background.
Kaushal Shah: I am currently in my final year pursuing B.Tech in Mechanical Engineering Department at SVNIT (NIT Surat).
Careers360: How was your exam day experience?
Kaushal Shah: I was in 3rd slot. Reviews about slot 1 were already out. I didn’t read about it as it would have affected my mindset. VARC and DILR didn’t go well as expected but Quant did. Treat all 3 sections as 3 separate papers and do not let one section affect another.
Careers360: What was your preparation strategy for CAT?
Kaushal Shah: Complete your syllabus. Take tests regularly. Make a detailed list of your weak and strong areas. Work on weak areas initially. Set a goal in every mock of which area you want to improve upon. For example, don’t consider Quant as a single entity, break it down into chapters or set of 4-5 topics and focus on those topics for next mock. And the most important thing, practice every day. EVERYDAY. Don’t go for 6-8 hours straight, instead go for 4 hours but EVERYDAY. Consistent effort is the key here. Also, choose “A” mentor/ senior who can guide you and follow what they say . Try different test-taking strategies every 2-3 tests and stick to the most optimum one for the last 1 month and D-Day.
Careers360: What according to you were the toughest and easiest sections?
Kaushal Shah: I found DILR challenging. VARC was moderate and QA was easy.
Careers360: How did you tackle your strong and weak areas?
Kaushal Shah: For strong areas, practice it just enough to be thorough with it, just enough to maintain your flow with the topics. For weak areas, I used to choose 2-3 topics at a time, practiced chunks from each of these 3 topics for some days but everyday, instead of practicing each of them one at a time. Also, always keep an eye for the small mistakes you make, concepts you forget often within your strong areas and practice them till you get it correct but after improving your weak areas as there is greater scope of improvement there.
Careers360:What was your time management strategy with respect to preparation as well as exam day?
Kaushal Shah: Complete the syllabus thoroughly as soon as you can.Start taking mocks even if you have not done with the syllabus and analyze them thoroughly. List down areas on which you need to improve. As I said, practice everyday, improve upon something everyday and you are good to go.
Careers360: What was your take on the changed CAT 2020 exam pattern?
Kaushal Shah: It did create some chaos and panic initially, but so it did for everyone. So, don’t waste your energy worrying about it as the pattern changed for everyone. I focused my energy on getting accustomed to the new pattern. But yes, the was negligible scope for mistakes and blunders during the test in new pattern as compared to the previous pattern.
Careers360: How helpful was your coaching institute for you? Is it possible to succeed through self-study?
Kaushal Shah: Coaching institute proved very much helpful. They often used to say “Technique hi galat hai tumhara” which really helped me to optimize my test-taking strategy. But, I can’t emphasize much on Self-Study. Self-study is the key here. Put in your sincere efforts and study regularly. Do take breaks but plan them.
Careers360: What are the factors behind your success?
Kaushal Shah: To be honest there are innumerable factors here. But the most important ones: My family, my mentors and seniors who guided me throughout and of-course, myself.
Careers360: Have you started preparing for GD/PI/WAT?
Kaushal Shah: I have started preparing for the GD and PI at the very basic level.
Careers360: Which other MBA entrance exam have you appeared/appearing for?
Kausha Shah: CAT and XAT are the two exams for which I had appeared.
Careers360: What is your dream B-School? After that, what career do you want to pursue?
Kaushal Shah: IIM-C. I want to pursue a career in corporate finance.
Careers360: What were your relaxation and recreation methods you followed amidst preparation?
Kaushal Shah: To relax, I used to listen to music and often explore new genres and artists. I also used to go for drives and walks. Both of them helped me think and see things clearly. And above all, a couple of hours with friends and I was good to go for a week.
Careers360:Do you have any idol who you follow?
Kaushal Shah: For me it was not a single person. Sometimes I used to look up to great personalities of our era and sometimes around myself. Important thing here is, both of them kept me going.
Careers360: What is your message for next year's CAT takers?
Kaushal Shah: You have to put in effort in something today or tomorrow. Better put in your efforts when you still can. Be honest to yourself and don’t give up. Things will turn around.
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Top study materials/ books which you can follow for CAT are listed below section wise :-
-)How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma:-
*it is the best book for your Aptitude for your cat examination .
*it covers all the topics according to your cat syllabus.
*it has elaborative examples so that it's easy for you to understand them .
* questions are divided into 3 levels of difficulty
DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING (DILR) :-
-)Logical reasoning and data interpretation for cat by K. Sinha Nishit:-
* the best thing about this book is it starts with your fundamental and basics and then goes to advanced level too, you get each topics with explained examples .
*it has questions divided into three difficulty levels, so that you can start from basic and move ahead step by step
-) how to prepare for data Interpretation for cat by arun sharma :-
*it has strategies and concepts which you need to solve questions accurately and quickly.
*it has exercises which are designed in a manner to help you boost your logical thinking etc.
VERBAL ABILITY AND READING COMPREHENSION
-) word power made easy by norman lewis:-
*it is one of the best books that you can get for improving your vocabulary .
* it helps you in learning correct usage of words etc.
* at the end of each chapter you get review exercises
-) mastering the verbal ability for cat by ajay singh:-
*it has more than around 200 passages for your practice .
*it also contains test papers of other B-School as well, etc.
-) How to prepare for verbal ability and reading comprehension for the cat by arun sharma and meenakshi upadhyay:-
*it is written in a very lucid manner.
* it has past year question papers analysis .
* you get topicwise segregation in this book along with mock papers for your practice.
For detailed information go through our page the link for the same is provided below
Also, follow the below steps :-
*Make a routine and religiously follow it as it will help you to utilise the time in the best possible way and avoid procrastination and laziness .
*Keep short breaks of 20 to 25 minutes after every 1.5 to 2 hours between your studies in your routine .Half of the time of your studies must be for practicing questions
* Plan your studies, and set daily, weekly and monthly goals and meet them without any fail.
*Solve previous year question papers of CAT :-it will let you know the examination pattern, type and difficulty level of questions, also concepts behind the question often gets repeated, so you should definitely solve year papers . You can get cat previous year question papers at https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-question-papers
*Once you are done with complete CAT syllabus then go through CAT mock test papers , it will let you know your preparation level and and weak areas so that you can work on them and perform well in your examination
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-) NCERT Physics
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-)Concepts of Physics by HC Verma
-) Chemistry NCERT for 11 and 12th
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Should I prepare for government exams or prepare for CAT exam after graduation?
It totally depend son yoyur interets, if you wish to join civil services such as IAS, IPs,IFS, IRS etc or you want to join any government post in railways or banks etc then you must write government exams. But CAT exam is totally different from governement exams as this exam helps you to take admissionin IIMs or top colleges which offer MBA. If you have good interest in joining corporates and in business then you must go for CAT exam.
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My cat perecntile is 96.4 academics 10th : 93% 12th 74% undergrad : 8.4/10 cgpa. GEM fresher .. should i apply for IIT kharagpur...what are my chances of getting a call?
depending on the previous years cutoff, there is a good chance you will be able to fetch yourself a seat at IIT Kharagpur based on your CAT percentile. Some of the other colleges you are eligible to secure a seat in are,
- IIT Delhi
- IIT Bombay
- IIT Kanpur
- IIM Amritsar
- IIM Nagpur
As you are well aware the cutoff for each year differs depending upon various criteria hence to get a more accurate prediction kindly visit the link given below.
is it compulsory to give GAT and CAT to appear for NIFT exam 2022 ?
National Institute of Fashion Technology ( NIFT ) entrance test consists of three phases - Creative Ability Test (CAT), General Ability Test (GAT) and Situation Test.
However if you want to take admission in Bachelor of Technology will have to appear GAT only.
So, yes for nift 2021 or nift 2022, you have to clear the three phases first CAT, GAT and situation test, respectively.
NIFT exam pattern for CAT may include three questions and you will have to answer in three hours. The maximum marks allocated for the exam is 100.
Gat exam will be conducted for two hours and you will get 100 questions. And the subjects will be English Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Communication Ability, Analytical Ability, General Knowledge and Current Affairs.
Also check out the following link to know more about nift exam pattern :-
my percentile in cat is 59 , female , non eng. should i apply for MNIT JAIPUR?
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You can apply for this college and prepare for the next step. For more information you can visit the following link.