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CAT 2022 Topper Interview: “Once you determine, half the battle is won” says Soumik Banerjee, 99.95 percentile

CAT 2022 Topper Interview: “Once you determine, half the battle is won” says Soumik Banerjee, 99.95 percentile

Edited By richa.sahay | Updated on Feb 02, 2023 02:29 PM IST | #CAT

CAT 2022 topper Soumik Banerjee pointed out consistency and determination to be the keys to crack this MBA entrance exam. Soumik Banerjee has scored a magnificent 99.95 CAT percentile. Being a working professional, a proper schedule has also assisted this topper to face this challenge and stand among the top 100 toppers of CAT exam.

CAT 2022 Topper Interview: “Once you determine, half the battle is won” says Soumik Banerjee, 99.95 percentile
CAT 2022 Topper Interview: “Once you determine, half the battle is won” says Soumik Banerjee, 99.95 percentile

CAT 2022 topper, Soumik Banerjee has suggested CAT exam to be an aptitude test which is not about testing one’s knowledge, instead testing one's ability to thrive in situations. Read this CAT 2022 topper full interview to know about his CAT preparation strategy and ace the upcoming CAT exam.

Careers360- Congratulations on being one of the CAT 2022 toppers! What was your reaction? Were you expecting this?

Soumik- After the examination was over the response sheets were released within two weeks. So, I ventured to some of the websites which give predictions based on the response sheet. Mostly, I found score around 99.8. However, when the actual results came out, I was very delighted to get the score of 99.95 and to be one of the top 100 candidates in all over India.

Careers360- What are your overall and sectional percentile and scaled scores?

Soumik- My overall CAT scores is 99.95 percentile, VARC-98.54, DILR-99.55 and QA- 99.9. Overall scaled score – 116.22.

Careers360- Tell us something about your background.

Soumik- I was born and brought up in Kolkata. I graduated with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from Jadavpur University. I have been working in BPCL since 2016. Currently, I am looking after engineering, maintenance and capex jobs as an Assistant Manager in an LPG bottling plant.

Careers360- How was your exam day experience?

Soumik- I was allotted slot 1, so I reached the venue around 6.30 am. My strategy was to be relaxed, never keen on taking last minute notes. I knew Verbal was my weak point, so I didn’t put a lot of effort in it, just went with the flow. I knew DILR was going to be tough this year as in the last two years, it was easier section. My strategy was to give time and solve 2 sets out of 4. After completing VARC and DILR, I was happy to implement my strategies. QA was easier for me, expectedly I had decent accuracy in this section. Overall, I was satisfied after the exam.

Careers360- What was your preparation strategy for CAT?

Soumik- I started early, from January 2022. Mostly I prepared myself, however as I am from engineering background, I identified weakness in VARC. So, I joined an online course in a coaching platform. I tried to effectively utilise my time and appeared in quite a few CAT mock test. I had prepared a schedule for myself, I think that was very much beneficial for me.

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

Soumik- As I think, in slot 1 DILR was toughest and QA was easiest for me.

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

Soumik- My weak area was VARC. It was the first section. So, I was continuously reminding myself that the performance in this section should not affect me in the next two sections. My strategy was to get the Verbal done first and then go for at least two RCs with maximum accuracy and if time permits then go for the third one. I completed three RCs with two minutes in hand, so I rechecked my responses in the verbal section.

My relatively strong area was QA. I didn’t choose questions. Instead, I started from the beginning and I was solving one after another. In between, I have left one or two questions on probabilities as it was my strategy from the beginning to leave those and some other lengthy questions. I was not looking for solving all the questions, instead I was focussed on accuracy. Eventually I got to the last questions with bare minimum time remaining.

Careers360- What was your time management strategy for preparation and exam day?

Soumik- As I am a working professional, I knew I would not be able to give a lot of time, so I kick started early. I had prepared a schedule for myself, I think that was very much beneficial for me. I tried to dedicate 2 hours daily for my preparation, in later stages it was around 3 hours. In the last three months, I took mocks almost every week and at least 2 sectional tests in each section on a weekly basis.

Careers360- Did you take coaching? How helpful was your coaching institute for you? Is it possible to succeed through self-study?

Soumik- Yes, I took coaching. I took it online mostly because of the study material and mock test platform. It was very much helpful for me as I didn’t need to look for contents here and there.

I think it is only beneficial for you if you can contemplate your ideas properly. Coaching can give you an additional edge as some of things are given to you beforehand. However, I believe at the end of the day, it is the self-study that brings the success, no matter how many institutes one is associated with and how much study material one is having. If one is not dedicated and not willing to put efforts, then success will remain unattainable.

Careers360- What are the factors behind your success?

Soumik- I think the consistent efforts that I have put in has brought me success. I focused on improving myself on a regular basis with strategic uses of resources and time.

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

Soumik- Yes.

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

Answer- No other

Careers360- Which is your dream B-School? From which ones are you expecting a call?

Soumik- My dream B-school is IIM Ahmedabad and I have got call from IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow and MDI Gurgaon so far.

Careers360 - Where do you see yourself in another 5 years?

Soumik- Currently I am working in an LPG bottling plant, where my decisions are focussed on plant level. Post MBA I would like to lead teams by understanding the business dynamics, so that my decisions can impact a wider section of business.

Careers360- What are your hobbies?

Soumik- To mention my participation in sports and hobbies, since childhood I was very enthusiastic about football. I used to play as a striker in my school football team and the departmental team in my college. Playing in a team taught me the importance of leadership, focusing on the bigger picture and teamwork. I follow the Liverpool football club and I am also a member of the club. The history of the club made me realise about the ups and down in career and life.

Another hobby is reading books, especially leadership books, autobiography and biographies of CEOs and Entrepreneurs are some of my favourite genres. I am deeply inspired by their visions, management skills, struggles, resilience and grits.

Careers360- What were the relaxation and recreation methods you followed amidst CAT preparation?

Soumik- I have been a full time working professional. The jobs sometimes demand me to be at site on even Sundays and holidays. At the same time, I had to prepare for the CAT. My hobbies are to follow world football and reading self development books. Apart from that whenever I find time I go for street photography, sometimes I watch movies and tv series to be relaxed.

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

Soumik- I believe preparation for CAT is a journey for self. So, I want future candidates to ask their inner selves that whether they are prepared for the journey or not. Most importantly whether they really want to get into a top B school or not. Once the person is determined half the battle is won. Then they need to be consistent in their preparation. As it is an aptitude test, it does not test one’s knowledge, instead tests one ability to thrive in situations. So be prepared for one or two elements of surprise on the exam day. Don’t procrastinate, be confident and deep down inside believe you can do it. All the very best.

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As a self-employed individual with your own cafe, you'll need to provide documents that establish your business and work experience. Here are some documents you can prepare for your CAT application:


1. *Business Registration Documents*:

- Partnership Deed (already have)

- Business PAN Card (already have)

- FSSAI License (already have, though it's in your partner's name)

2. *Proof of Business Ownership*:

- Affidavit or declaration stating your ownership and role in the cafe

- Business registration certificate (if you have one)

3. *Proof of Work Experience*:

- A letter or certificate from your partner or co-owner confirming your work experience and role in the cafe

- A detailed resume highlighting your entrepreneurial journey and responsibilities

4. *Financial Documents*:

- Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for the last 2-3 years (if applicable)

- Balance Sheets and Profit & Loss statements for your cafe (if audited)

5. *Rental Agreement*:

- Already have, but ensure it's updated and signed


Additional tips:


- Ensure all documents are scanned and uploaded in the required format (usually PDF or JPEG)

- Keep your documents organized and easily accessible for the application process

- Be prepared to provide additional information or clarification if requested by the admission authorities


Remember to check the specific requirements for each B-school you're applying to, as they may vary. Good luck with your CAT application!

Hello aspirant,
The CAT exam syllabus is not officially prescribed, but it generally includes topics from the following sections:

1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
2. Data interpretation and logical reasoning
3. Quantitative ability

  • Arithmetic

  • Algebra

  • Geometry and Mensuration

  • Number System

  • Modern Math

It seems unlikely that you would be able to get admission in the BTech CS branch at BIT Sindri or Mesra with a CML rank of 2058 and category rank of 433.

Key points:

1. The search results indicate that a CML (Common Merit List) rank of 2058 is quite low for admission to premier engineering colleges like BIT Sindri or NIT Mesra.

2. The cutoff ranks for BTech CS branch at these institutes are usually much higher, often in the range of 1000-2000 for the general category.

3. With a category rank of 433, you may have a better chance of getting admission in the reserved category quota, but the competition is still quite high.

4. The search results do not provide specific cutoff details for BIT Sindri or NIT Mesra, but the general trend suggests your current ranks may not be sufficient for the CS branch in these institutes.

My advice would be to:

1. Check the latest cutoff ranks and admission criteria on the official websites of BIT Sindri and NIT Mesra.

2. Explore other options like state-level engineering colleges or NITs where your current ranks may have a better chance of securing admission.

3. Consider improving your performance in the next attempt of the entrance exam to increase your chances of getting into your desired BTech program.



For VARC, read daily from diverse sources (newspapers, novels, journals) to improve comprehension and vocabulary. Practice RC passages and verbal ability questions regularly. For DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) and QA (Quantitative Aptitude), solve previous years' papers and take mock tests to identify weak areas. Join a coaching institute or online courses for guidance and stay consistent with your study schedule. Review and analyze your performance in mocks to understand mistakes and improve. Maintain a positive mindset and stay disciplined in your preparation.

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1-radian measures 600. (True/False)

Option: 1

True


Option: 2

False


$111111^2$ = 

Option: 1

123456654321


Option: 2

123454321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


1111112 =___________ 

Option: 1

 123456654321


Option: 2

1234554321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


159702 is divisible by

Option: 1

7


Option: 2

9


Option: 3

11


Option: 4

6


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What best can be said about the number of satellites serving C? 

Option: 1

Must be between 450 and 725 

 


Option: 2

Cannot be more than 800 
 


Option: 3

Must be between 400 and 800 

 


Option: 4

Must be at least 100 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What is the minimum possible number of satellites serving B exclusively? 

Option: 1

100


Option: 2

200


Option: 3

500


Option: 4

250


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

If at least 100 of the 1600 satellites were serving O, what can be said about the number of satellites serving S? 

Option: 1

At most 475 

 


Option: 2

Exactly 475 
 


Option: 3

At least 475 

 


Option: 4

No conclusion is possible based on the given information 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

 If the number of satellites serving at least two among B, C, and S is 1200, which of the following MUST be FALSE? 

Option: 1

The number of satellites serving C cannot be uniquely determined 

 


Option: 2

The number of satellites serving B is more than 1000 
 


Option: 3

All 1600 satellites serve B or C or S 

 


Option: 4

The number of satellites serving B exclusively is exactly 250 


2839155 is divisible by

Option: 1

2


Option: 2

7


Option: 3

55


Option: 4

None of the above


'a' for which x^{2}-ax+9= 0 can be written as square of a linear factor is

Option: 1

6


Option: 2

-6,6


Option: 3

\left ( 6,\infty \right )


Option: 4

\left ( -\infty,-6 \right )


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