CAT 2020 Topper Kshitiz Singhal 99.99 percentiler says, “Work on weak areas and capitalise on your strength”
It is not just academics but extra curricular activities also in which CAT 2020 topper Kshitiz Singhal excels. An engineer from IIT Bombay, CAT 2020 topper Kshitiz Singhal kept his calm during the course of CAT preparation. At the same time, exam day was a bit frustrating for CAT 2020 topper Kshitiz Singhal as his test centre was almost 40 kilometres away. However, his patience and perseverance did pay off as the young engineer was delighted after he saw his CAT 2020 result as he had scored 99.99 percentile and is now pinning his hope to make way to either IIM A, B or C. Being a night bird CAT 2020 topper Kshitiz Singhal used to go for walks in the morning and listen to music. The interesting part is that Kshitiz was preparing for his placements and had appeared for the CAT exam with an aim to understand what it is like. Read the full interview of CAT 2020 topper Kshitiz Singhal to know more about his preparation strategy, how he overcame his weak areas etc.
Careers360 - Congratulations on securing over 99.99 percentile in CAT 2020! What was your reaction? Were you expecting this?
Kshitiz Singhal - I was not expecting this at all and I was shocked to see my result. I just started preparing for CAT 2020. I was only focusing on the placements since I am in my 4th yr from IIT Bombay. I didn’t plan it, I just gave it as a mock.
Careers360 - What are your overall and sectional percentile and scaled scores?
Kshitiz Singhal - My overall percentile is 99.99. I scored 99.94 in DILR, 99.97 in Quant and 99.58 is VARC VA 99.58.
Careers360 -Tell us something about your background.
Kshitiz Singhal - I live in Ahmedabad, and academically, I am graduating in mechanical engineering from IIT Bombay. I am always exploring opportunities, I am a stand-up comedian. I was Mr Fresher in the first year and I do open mics in Mumbai.
Careers360 - How was your exam day experience?
Kshitiz Singhal - Honestly, it was frustrating, since my CAT 2020 exam centre was 40 kms away, which took me 2 hours to reach, the COVID-19 scenario was challenging, the masks were problematic since they were itching. Since the CAT exam pattern 2020 has been modified, the number of questions have been increased and the duration of CAT 2020 decreased, so it was difficult to answer all the questions. But, being used to pressure, I was calm and it helped me in maintaining speed.
Careers360 - What was your preparation strategy for CAT?
Kshitiz Singhal - My preparation strategy was to have fundamental knowledge, a good strategy. Since my Quant and DILR were strong, I gave more importance to the CAT 2020 mock tests. Apart from that, I started analyzing the CAT mock tests 2020, I gave 6 to 7 hours in analyzing them, I analyzed the wrong questions. Found various other better methods to attempt the correct answers and then practised those various methods. Basically, I was experimenting with the methods till I got the best and easiest method.
Careers360 - What according to you were the toughest and easiest sections?
Careers360 - How did you tackle your strong and weak areas?
Kshitiz Singhal - I think that the strong areas don’t become weak, so the weaker areas are what I approach. I practise, give various tests, be it sectional or topical tests, I learn how to get the wrong answers right and other such details.
Careers360 - What was your time management strategy with respect to preparation as well as exam day?
Kshitiz Singhal - To be honest, the lockdown due to COVID-19 was a golden opportunity to practise, since my classes were held in online mode, there was extra time to work on CAT 2020 preparations. In the beginning, I used to give 4 hours to practise and then I increased the practice duration. I was being regular, since being regular and giving 4-5 hours a day to preparation were enough.
On the exam day, I attempted the easy questions first. I knew that out of 4 passages, 1 passage will be tough, so I didn’t attempt it. Then I tackled the hard questions later.
I mistakenly gave a lot of time on one question. I felt like CAT exam 2020 had easy questions but they were time-taking. What students do is that they take it on their ego to solve it. But being in IIT Bombay, I knew that attempting as many questions as possible was the key.
Careers360 - What was your take on the changed CAT 2020 exam pattern?
Kshitiz Singhal - I think it was difficult for everyone as you have to solve more questions in less time. I hope the CAT exam pattern gets normal next year. But this surely helped the candidates in honing their speed and accuracy.
Careers360 - How helpful was your coaching institute for you? Is it possible to succeed through self-study?
Kshitiz Singhal - I took some test series from Career Launcher and T.I.M.E. as I was instructed to take those. Yes, one can succeed through self-study, but I feel like giving tests is necessary. Since CAT is based on fundamentals.
Careers360 - What are the factors behind your success?
Kshitiz Singhal - Practising the weak areas is one of the most important things. This will help in improving speed and accuracy.
Careers360 - Have you started preparing for GD/PI/WAT?
Kshitiz Singhal - Yes, I have started preparing for CAT 2020 GD/PI/WAT.
Careers360 - Which other MBA entrance exam have you appeared/appearing for?
Kshitiz Singhal - No, just CAT 2020.
Careers360 - What is your dream B-School? After that, what career do you want to pursue?
Careers360 - What are your hobbies?
Kshitiz Singhal - They are diverse. I do standup comedy, and I like to explore all the opportunities. IIT Bombay helped me in that. I like music, dancing, I am learning to play guitar, flute, and piano. In IIT Bombay, we used to paint the road. And I have been a teaching assistant for the first-year students of the biology course.
Careers360 - What were your relaxation and recreation methods you followed amidst preparation?
Kshitiz Singhal - I am a night owl, so in the day time, I used to go out on walks and listen to calming music.
Careers360 - Do you have any idol who you follow?
Kshitiz Singhal - Elon Musk is my idol because he says things that seem impossible to achieve, but still, he does it.
Careers360 - What is your message for next year's CAT takers?
Kshitiz Singhal - I would like to tell the aspirants to practice regularly. It is not important to practice for 10 hours a day, but being regular is important. Also, it is important to give as many tests as possible and stay calm. It will help in giving the exam without any haste.
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Indian Institute of Management (IIM) will conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) in an online computer-based mode. The IIM conducting body will begin CAT Registration 2021 from the first week of August 2021.
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- You must have completed any Bachelors Degree from a recognized University with 50% of aggregated marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD).
- No Age restrictions are there.
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Am i eligible for cat exam if i have been failed in class 11?
To be eligible for CAT Candidates must have scored 50 Percent in graduation. Final year students are also eligible to apply. Now coming to your question, if you have passed your 12th then only you can get Admission into Graduation. And only after the completion of Graduation you can appear for CAT or must have reached in the final year of graduation.
Now, if you have failed class 11th, don't worry, you will get easily promoted in 12th. Even if you repeat class 11 and pass class 12th after one year then also it's not a problem at all. Pass your 12th to get admission into Graduation and reach atleast in the final year of graduation to be eligible for CAT. I hope you have understood.
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now i am in last year of graduation and i want to do mba i have to apply for cat test n want to know the dates of registration n date of cat exams
CAT 2021 will be conducted on November 18, 2021. The official notification for registration for the same will be released in the month of August 2021 tentatively. So please keep an eye on official notification so that you can apply for CAT 2021 when the registrations begin.
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- Visit the official website: iimcat.ac.in
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I have obc ncl certificate bt issued in 2017. will it valid in 2021 Cat exam or I have to update it?? pls advice me
Sorry to say it's not valid and you need to get your reservation certificate updated. The CAT at the time of registration ask about the reservation of the students and thy are even required to submit their category certificate at the time of form submission.
If it's expired I will suggest you to get it updated from your nearest block office as soon as possible in order to avoid any kind of problem in the end or at the time of form filling.
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Got 97.95 Percentile in Jee mains 2021 under Obc Ncl Male Cat of Andhra Pradesh what Will be my rank in Obc Ncl
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