CAT Preparation Tips by Toppers: Interview with Mohit Manwani (96.8 CAT Percentile)
Mohit Manwani, one of the CAT 2020 toppers with 96.8 percentile, has bagged a seat in IIM Kozhikode. CAT 2020 was Mohit’s 4th attempt and he managed to prepare for it along with his job. Apart from CAT, he also appeared for other management exams like XLRI, and IIFT, etc.
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Careers360 had a word with him on his success in which Mohit elaborately discussed his preparation journey for CAT 2021 and also shared how he prepared for WAT and PI. For CAT exam preparation, he used to devote 5 hours a day to all three sections and worked on his strong points, and highlighted them for WAT/PI. “Panelists look for attributes which are relevant for a career in management and one should be clear about why they want to pursue a career in Management and they should be able to relate there existing experiences and how it will help them and also their Peers”, said Mohit when asked about what attributes or qualities the interview board looks for in a candidate while selecting him/her for final admission. To know more about his success mantra and strategy for CAT and other management exams, check out Mohit Manwani’s interview with careers360.
Careers360- Congratulations on converting to your desired institute! How do you feel?
Mohit Manwani- I can't even find words to explain this feeling when you desire something for almost 4 years and finally achieve it. I can just say that it's a dream come true for me and my family and that also would be an understatement as I never thought I would be able to convert IIM Kozhikode.
Careers360- Please elaborate on your overall experience of the selection procedure followed at the said Institute.
Mohit Manwani- Selection criteria and procedure were smooth since we are in mid of a pandemic. All the processes were followed remotely and that restricts the selection process to some extent but all the institutes were able to adapt to these changes. If I talk about the procedure for IIM Kozhikode, the online PI process was smooth. We have communicated the dates well in advance and the mentors were helpful.
Careers360- Which other b-schools’ selection rounds did you appear for? How was your experience in other institutes vis a vis in the institute you have converted?
Mohit Manwani- I appeared for the interview process of IIM Lucknow, IIM Shillong, IIM CAP, NITIE Mumbai, XLRI, and IIFT. While in IIM Kozhikode my interview was mostly focused on my work ex and current affairs related to my field of work. Some interviews focused more on my past academics and others on co-curricular activities.
Careers360- What was your score and percentile in CAT?
Mohit Manwani- My CAT score was 83.71 and my percentile was 96.8.
Careers360- How did you prepare for CAT? Please share section-wise tips for others who are gearing up to taking CAT this year?
Mohit Manwani- This was my 4th CAT attempt and I had to manage my work along with CAT preparation. Being in the supply chain consulting domain, it takes almost 10 hours a day so I planned to give 5 hours a day to my CAT preparation and focus on all three sections daily. I kept 1.5 hours for VARC read half-hour daily and for the rest of the 1 hour, I used to solve 5 RCs and some VA questions with a timer to give me the actual test environment. DILR is all about practice and I used to solve at least 6 sets a day and for Quants I used to prepare topic-wise.
Careers360- What was your WAT/PI topic and how did you prepare for it? How did you structure your answer? Was it easy or difficult for you to write/ think about the topic?
Mohit Manwani- My strategy towards WAT/PI was simple I wanted to work on my strong points and wanted to highlight them. For PI I always wanted to keep the focus of the interview around my work ex since I've been working for 3 years in the supply chain consulting domain it was a topic of discussion during Covid.
I always start with an initial draft structure of my answers and try that in mock interviews and modify it based on the reviews which I got and for WAT since I have a habit of reading daily it helped me to write about topics and never faced any difficulty.
Careers360- Did you took any external help or join a coaching/crash course to prepare for PI and WAT? When did you start your preparations for IIMs selection?
Mohit Manwani- I joined IMS for PI and WAT training and along with that, I took help from students from the current batch of B-schools to help me with the PI process. I started my preparation for CAT in June 2020 and started appearing for mock tests every week which helped me to check my progress.
Careers360- Do you think that WAT/PI requires some separate preparation apart from what you mentioned?
Mohit Manwani- I think for WAT/PI regular reading and mock PIs are sufficient and it helps you to be ready as I always struggled with PI in my previous attempts and this year I was able to clear most of my PIs.
Careers360- Please share the WAT/PI questions which you were asked during the admission rounds?
Mohit Manwani- For me most of the questions asked were related to my work ex in supply chain consulting and clients I worked with.
I was asked about the Impact of COVID on the global supply chain and recent developments in the shortage of semiconductor industries and its impact on automobile industries.
I was also asked about my hobbies and my voluntary work with an NGO.
Careers360- What do you think how one should handle a question when he/she has no answer to it during PI?
Mohit Manwani- In my opinion, if you're not aware of any question or you don't know the answer to something there is no reason to beat around the bush since we have limited time it's better to move to the next question because 2-3 questions won't decide the result of your PI.
Careers360- How must one approach a WAT/PI topic? Could you share some Dos and Don’ts for the same?
Mohit Manwani- I would suggest always keeping an open mind while going for WAT/PI as we never know which questions are going to be asked and if you're stuck at something it's better to move forward.
Never think that you don't have chances if you've scored less in CAT since conversion to a B-school depends on PI as well.
Careers360- Is there a particular kind of time management strategy that should be added to the candidate’s skillset? Will it help in writing a completely structured WAT/PI in time?
Mohit Manwani- I always prepared with a timer for each section and it helped me a lot during mocks and actual CAT and this strategy works with WAT as well.
Careers360- How did you feel when you faced the interviewers during the PI? Please share a few details like the size of your panel and your overall experience.
Mohit Manwani- I always tried to keep myself confident during PI and used to watch “Friends” before every interview to keep my mood lite and it helped me keep my confidence during PI. All the Interviews I appeared for had a panel of 2 to 3 People and the overall experience was smooth during all the PIs as I never had any stress interview.
Careers360- Which interview turned out to be the best one? Enlighten us about the finest one according to you.
Mohit Manwani- My IIM Kozhikode interview turned out to be the best one as the entire discussion was about my work ex and its impact on the global business of my client and also about current affairs related to supply chain issues and it was an interactive discussion between me and panelists and I was able to share my thoughts and learned from them as well.
Careers360- What about the questions which you found difficult to answer? How did you reply to them?
Mohit Manwani- Questions regarding my academics were always my Achilles heel and I always faced difficulties answering questions related to that and whenever I don't know the answer to something I used to let panelists know that I'm not aware of this so that we can move to the next questions.
Careers360- So in those situations, was the panel easy or harsh on you? What should one do when s/he has no answer?
Mohit Manwani- Panelists were never harsh on me in those situations and since I don't get stuck on a particular question I was able to move forward and this is the best way to tackle this situation.
Careers360- What were the most fascinating questions you were asked? Please share your answers too.
Mohit Manwani- I was asked about the impact of the Suez canal blockage and its impact on the global supply chain and was asked to quantify the monetary impact it had on a weekly basis on international trade:
I explained that the Suez canal blockage doesn't have any long-term Impact as for most of the goods inventory planning is there to face any adverse situation or delay and the only impact was expected to be there on crude oil and perishable goods. Also, I quantified the impact by using a study published in BloombergQuint.
Careers360- How different is an IIM interview from a non-IIM one yet a top B-School interview? Are there major differences? (If you have appeared for IIMs)
Mohit Manwani- Usually, IIM Interviews are focused more on the overall profile of the candidate ranging from work ex to extra-curricular activities while in the non-IIMs discussion was more inclined towards current affairs and SOP.
Careers360- How did you go about the preparations for PI? Did you search or look up some questions or practice mocks?
Mohit Manwani- I researched a lot for PI preparations and looked for previous PI experiences for various Institutes and I appeared for mock PI to get reviews about the structure of my answers.
Careers360- And finally, what are the attributes or qualities that the interview board looks for in a candidate while selecting him/her for final admission?
Mohit Manwani- Panelists look for attributes that are relevant for a carrier in management and one should be clear about why they want to pursue a career in management (MBA) and they should be able to relate their existing experiences and how it will help them and also their Peers.
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Your profile suggests that your domicile state is Maharashtra
It's quite difficult to predict that whether you will get seat or not as cut off marks for medical colleges keeps changing every year depending upon various factors like number of students that appeared in the exam, kind of marks obtained by them , toughness level of the examination etc.
But when we go through previous data then ,
>>>>> with 460 marks ,
you hold a low chance for an mbbs seat in a Government Medical College
in neet 2019, 521 marks for general category was the lowest mark to get an mbbs seat in Government Medical College, under Maharashtra State quota and it was for Government Medical College and Hospital, jalgaon
You can check the same at
You have chances in deemed universities for mbbs which are listed below along with their neet 2020 , 2nd round cut off :-
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----------) Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar:- 426 marks
----------) B.L.D.E University, Bijapur:- 387 marks
----------) MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai:- 380 marks
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To get the complete list of colleges in which you have chances, you can go through our college predictor at
It gives you a personalized report with top college in which you have chances for admission , with the help of predicted colleges you can make better choice while filling your choices of colleges during your counselling
450 score, obc cat, MD anaesthesia, low budget college, good govt/ Pvt college, any chance??
To get a government seat one must score above 525. With 450 you can get in to a private college. As your NEET score is 450. Your Overall Percentile is: 93.39 - 93.89 and when it comes to rank, your Predicted Rank is:89930 - 107080 . Also depends upon last years cut-off. Adding it with 15% All India quota and 85% state quota seats in government colleges.
As per the last year result of NEET UG ,General category aspirants need minimum 147 marks (50 percentile). On the other hand General-PH(129 Marks 45 percentile) and SC/OBC/ST requires 113 marks (40 percentile).
Hope this helps
Wish you luck
my jee rank in obc cat. 29192 can I get cse in hbti
First and foremost,
congratulations on achieving an 29k rank in the JEE . According to recent reports, hbti may not accept admmision through Upsee. HBTI KANPUR is moving its intake to the Jee mains, which is wonderful news because it means more intake. And, based on your ranking, you will very certainly be offered a spot in the second round of counselling.
Visit http://hbtu.ac.in/ for further information.
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Hello Yatin. I hope you are in good health. You mentioned your marks but didn't mention the exam you are talking about. Assuming that you have a query regarding NEET UG 2021, I will give an answer based on that. You mentioned you belong to general category. Well, based on your marks, your overall percentile may end up somewhere around 91.59 - 92.09 while your AIR may lie somewhere around 127893 - 160043.
Well, it is quite difficult to predict whether you have any window of opportunity to get government quota seats in private medical colleges in Punjab. Although based on your performance you have less chance to grab a seat for MBBS via All India Counselling as well as State Counselling.
Moreover, you may get chance to grab a seat for B.D.S. under government quota at private dental colleges in Punjab via State Counselling.
You may get admission for pursuing B.D.S. in the following private dental colleges:
- B.J. Singh Dental College Hospital & Research Institute, Ludhiana
- Dasmesh Institute of Research & Dental Sciences, Faridkot - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/dasmesh-institute-of-research-and-dental-sciences-faridkot
- D.B. Dental College & Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/desh-bhagat-dental-college-and-hospital-mukatsar
- SGRD Institute of Dental Sciences & Research, Amritsar - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/sri-guru-ram-das-institute-of-dental-science-and-research-amritsar
To get detailed information on cutoff marks vs rank for Punjab medical and dental colleges, follow this link:
To know your admission chances in medical/dental colleges with NEET Score, to get a personalized report with Top MBBS & B.D.S Colleges and to check course & counselling wise cut-offs of NEET for various state quotas, caste groups etc., I encourage you to use NEET UG 2021 College Predictor:
I hope you find this information helpful.
Thank you and good luck!
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Home preparation or we can say Revision or Practice is more than enough to score good marks for any competitive exams. You should have a proper schedule and syllabus that is to be cover you should go through last years paper for knowing the pattern of questions, you should go through atleast 10 sample papers for proper practice. Be focused and set a target of how much you want to achieve, so that you can atleast give your best to achieve near to that target. The most important thing while writing an exam or while preparing is to be calm and focused. So be calm and don't panic.
Hope this helps you.
All the best for your exams.
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