How CAT topper Arijit Gorai got admission offers from 9 IIMs, SP Jain
Arijit Kumar Gorai cracked IIM Calcutta PGDM admissions with his high CAT percentile of 99.87. Among other top B-schools which offered final admissions to Arijit includes IIM C, L, K, all new IIMs, SP Jain among others.
In this interview with Careers360, Arijit, who worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers Pvt. Ltd before joining his MBA programme at IIM Calcutta, shares his CAT success strategy. He also talks on how having one’s focus on accuracy rather than maximizing the number of attempts can result in high CAT percentile.
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A strong believer of Practice and Time Management, Arijit shares his success mantra in this interview.
Careers360: What was your objective behind pursuing MBA? What are your aspirations?
Arijit: My primary objective behind pursuing MBA was to move into a management role from the technical aspects I currently had. I felt that I could add a lot of value to businesses if I was on the management side. Hence, I decided to get formal education in management before practically stepping into it. Also, a MBA degree teaches you a lot of non-technical skills which are very important to succeed in life.
Careers360: Apart from CAT 2013, which other MBA entrance exams you appeared in?
Arijit: Apart from CAT 2013, I took IIFT and my performance was actually above my expectations. With a high CAT and IIFT score, I had final admission offers from IIFT Delhi. I had an above average score in the written exam and a decent GD and PI.
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Careers360: Why did you choose to join IIM-C? Please also name other B-schools which made final admission offers to you.
Arijit: I had offers from IIM Calcutta, Lucknow, Kozhikode and all new 6 IIMs. Also, among non IIMs, I had offers from SP Jain and IIFT Delhi.
Besides the fact that IIM-C is one of the Top B-Schools in India, IIM-C also gives every student a chance to study and learn with the best brains of the nation. The global exposure it provides in unparalleled. Also, the immensely strong network of alumni that IIM-C has is a huge advantage that I wanted to leverage upon.
Careers360: What was your preparation strategy for CAT 2013?
Arijit: Preparing for CAT while working gets a little difficult. I only had weekends to prepare. I took mock exams from a couple of coaching institutes to gauge my performance. My primary focus was on accuracy rather than maximizing the number of attempts. My verbal section was weak and I paid extra attention to topics like para-jumbles, these sections are scoring and my strategy was to maximize on those topics. I put in a lot of effort on Reading Comprehensions and practiced them regularly. Analyzing the mock exams is a major help and should be meticulously done.
Careers360: How important are Mock exams or Coaching to crack CAT or other MBA entrance tests?
Arijit: It is very important to give mock tests since it simulates the real exam and gives you a feel of it prior to it. This is important so that one is not taken aback when facing the real exam. Nothing is more important than finding out your mistakes and working upon them. It is also important to look into the correct answers since sometimes the solutions might provide a smarter way of solving than the one used by you. One needs to find the best and quickest way to solve a problem since time is of utmost importance in actual CAT.
As regards to coaching, it is good to have guidance from a reputed coaching institute but the onus is majorly on you. One needs to do self-study along with coaching and mentoring.
Careers360: How did you manage CAT preparation schedule along with your working hours?
Arijit: It gets tough to manage CAT preparation along with work. However, one has to find some time to get it done. Personally, I studied during weekends. I feel that rather than the number of hours you put in, what is more important is the approach one has towards the preparation. Needless to say, one has to sacrifice a lot of things if one needs to manage studies with work hours. I cut down on my weekend plans and utilized them for mock exams and self-study.
Careers360: Please share your preparation strategy for the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning separately?
Arijit: For QA, DI and LR, I solved the previous year’s CAT questions from books. For QA, Arun Sharma gives a good collection of problems. For LR and DI, I used mock papers and the internet for practicing problems.
For VA, I practiced RC regularly. It is important to practice different types of RCs along with mock tests and other papers available online, they are of immense help. Checking the solution is one part which should be done religiously.
Careers360: What was your Time Management formula while taking the actual CAT paper?
Arijit: Time management is very important in the actual CAT paper. I focused on accuracy and spent around 2 minutes on each problem. It is important to let go off problems if you are stuck in a questions. Wasting time on one question is a huge disadvantage. It is important to go through all the questions since the last 5 questions of a section might have some really simple problems which are very scoring and should not be missed.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you prepare improving your weak areas?
Arijit: My weak area was the verbal section.
The only thing that can help you improve in your weak section is a lot of practice and I did that. I did RCs regularly and practiced the other sections in verbal from various sources. The mock tests I took were of immense help too.
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Careers360: What is your advice for the MBA aspirants who will take CAT 2014?
Arijit: My advice is that one should be calm and composed during the exam. Focus should be on accuracy and time saving. Number of attempts will automatically go up. Work hard and the results will be good. There is really no substitute to hard work. However, it is also important to prepare smartly which makes the whole process more effective.
Careers360: How did you divide your timings between preparation and recreational activities? What were the activities that you did besides preparing for the exam?
Arijit: Recreational activities need to be cut down to some extent, however, not completely. If there are no recreational activities, one tends to get a fatigue which is harmful. I spent less hours hanging out with friends during weekends in order to study for CAT. However, I did go out with friends to catch up some good movie or dinner. It is important to break the monotony of the preparation process. Also, I used to watch a lot of sitcoms while preparing. They served a good source of 20-30 minutes break between study sessions.
My favourite movie is ‘Invictus’. The character that inspired me was that of Nelson Mandela, played by Morgan Freeman. It showed how one can succeed in they are determined enough.
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Atfirst lots of congratulations for your result and wishes for your future life. I am afraid to inform you that with your score your chances in All India counselling are almost negative for the 15% seats . However judging from trends of previous years you can get some of good medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh by state counselling for 85 % seats . Some of those colleges are
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Fathima Institute of Medical Sciences, Kadapa (Muslim)
Narayana Medical College, Nellore
Nimra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ibrahimpatnam
NRI Inst., of Medical Sciences, Visakhapatnam
NRI Academy of Medical Sciences, Chinakakani
Maharaja Inst. of Medical Sciences, VizianagaramKonaseema Inst., of Medical Sciences, AmalapuramGayathri Vidya Parishat Inst. Of Health care Medical Technology,
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Some of the best Hospital Administration Colleges in India without CAT Exam are listed below:-
- School of Management, Dr DY Patil University, Navi Mumbai
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- Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh
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- School of Distance Education, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
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- Subharti Institute of Management and Commerce, Meerut
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- Sri Aurobindo Institute of Management and Science, Indore
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Uou may get seat in following government colleges
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