How CAT Topper Aritra Chaudhari improved his weak section and secured admission in IIM Trichy
CAT 2015 is scheduled to be conducted on November 29, 2015 in two sessions. The aspirants must buck up with their preparations as per the changed exam pattern. In this series by Careers360, we bring ‘CAT 2014 Topper Strategies’, where toppers shares their exam preparation and D-day technique that supports you in making a structured preparation, and let you know about the tricks to be followed in CAT to secure a high percentile.
An engineering graduate, Aritra Chaudhuri, appeared for CAT and secured his admission in PGPM programme of IIM Trichy. His preparation strategy revolved around strengthening his fundamentals and improvising on his weak areas. This strategy made him secure a high percentile in CAT 2014, and let him pursue his dream of an MBA degree.
Further, in this interview Aritra shares that by practicing a wide variety of question via mock tests can strengthen the basics. As CAT 2015 will have sectional limit of 60 minutes, he suggests preparing extensively for each section from Top books for CAT 2015 preparations. It is also important for the aspirants to solve mock papers with focus on time, along with speed and accuracy, Aritra shares.
Read his full interview on How to crack CAT 2015 with sectional time limit.
Careers360: What were your initial thoughts behind pursuing MBA?
Aritra: Having worked as a Senior Programmer Analyst for more than two and half years, I wanted to be more involved in the business aspect of an organization. I realized that an MBA would provide me the necessary knowledge and tools to step into such a role; allowing me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally.
Careers360: How was the overall experience of appearing in CAT 2014? What was your preparation strategy for CAT 2014 as the pattern was changed?
Aritra: The overall experience in CAT 2014 was different compared to expectations as the pattern had changed and the questions were focused more on speed and accuracy last time around. My preparation strategy revolved around strengthening my fundamentals and improving on my weak areas.
Careers360: Share your preparation strategy for the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning separately?
Aritra: For Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation, I ensured that I practiced all the patterns of Level of Difficulty (LOD) 1 and LOD 2 questions from Arun Sharma to have an idea of basic questions patterns and increase my overall speed. I also took mock tests which helped gauge my weak areas and helped me improve on them.
For Verbal Ability, reading books by prominent authors helped increase my vocabulary and improved my reading speed alongside practicing intermediate grammar.
Careers360: What was your Time Management formula for the CAT?
Aritra: My focus was to devote half of my time to Quantitative Ability and DI, and the rest to Verbal Ability portion. Since VA & LR are my strengths, I had time left over to revise the Quants section and review my answers.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you tackle your weak area in the exam?
Aritra: Verbal Ability has been my strong suit and it helped me giving more time to attempt the Quants section more accurately. I had trouble with some parts of Quant section such as Functions and Inequalities; I made sure to practice a wide variety of question patterns and strengthen the basics in order to ensure that I could better manage this area.
Careers360: After the exam, how did you prepare for the PI-WAT rounds?
Aritra: I prepared for the PI-WAT rounds by regularly reading up on the major events of the year, national and international events. In addition to that, I recommend reading up the basics of your undergraduate specialization subjects since those questions are regularly asked during PI interviews.
Careers360: How did you prepare for your PI? What are the key factors that influence your selection at PI stage?
Aritra: I prepared for my PI rounds by taking mock interviews and ensuring that I have a clear idea about the basic questions asked including my background, why I want to do an MBA and which stream I’m interested in.
It is imperative to be ready for stress interviews and personality related questions as these give an idea to the panel about your character traits. Additionally, it is important to be well prepared about your strengths, the hobbies and achievements you’ve mentioned, the basics of marketing & finance along with your undergraduate studies.
One advice is that it’s important to not take stress and have a conversation with the interview panel as they are trying to get to know you better. Take the opportunity to put forth your best qualities and achievements. It may so happen that you don’t have the answer to some of the questions – how calmly you deal with that is more important.
Careers360: What was your WAT topic and how did you structure your write up?
Aritra: My WAT topic was ‘Which is the need of the hour: Investment in Healthcare or Preventive Healthcare Education’.
A better way to approach structuring the write up would be to give it a flow similar to that of the story. There should be an introduction to the topic, providing brief background information, proceeding to talk about the problem statement,
Careers360: Your message to this year CAT aspirants?
Aritra: Focus on strengthening your fundamentals – Explore your weaknesses and work on them – Ensure that you give adequate focus to all three sections.
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see you should be very careful while applying for any exam or form filling. however you may still get the admit card and participate in the exam. but at the time of document verification you have to face questions about the wrong dob. later it would be solely depends on the exam authority whether they would accept the application or not.
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With this rank you can get following colleges based in previous ear cut-off of ranks of colleges
1)Govt Dental College RIMS Kadapa
2)REGIONAL DENTAL COLLEGE, GUWAHATI
3)Patna Dental College and Hospital, Patna
4) Government Dental College, Raipur
5) Goa Dental College & Hospital, Goa
6)Government Dental College & Hospital, Jamnagar
7) Government Dental College, Shimla
8)Dental Institue, RIMS, Ranchi
in Telangana , through AIQ you can get admission in
1)Government Dental College and Hospital, Afsalganj
To know more about the cutoff of NEET 2019 for government colleges(separately for dental and medical courses for all the states.) refer to https://medicine.careers360.com/articles/neet-cut-off-for-government-colleges
You can also use careers360 college predictor link https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-college-predictor?icn=QnA&ici=qna_answer
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The EWS category is an official reservation category that needs to be considered for admission into every college. So college consider EWS category also as other category. You can surely apply for private medical College.
Most of the colleges doesn't have fees as per the reservation. The fees seems to be same for every student. There might be some college that may offer scholarship to reserved category students .
Hope that helps.
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To apply for the benefit of NRI quota following are the list of documents required
NEET Score Card
A document which can claim that your sponsorer is an NRI ( document can be a Passport, Visa of the sponsorer)
Candidate's Relationship with NRI.
The candidates who had earlier applied under Indian citizenship but whished to changed to NRI quota would have to send relevant documents to the authorities at firstname.lastname@example.org till October 23 up to 10:00 AM.
For more information visit https://news.careers360.com/neet-2020-counselling-mcc-releases-notice-for-admission-under-nri-quota
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2.Shri sathya sai medical college and research institute.
3.MGM Medical college and Hospital,Aurangabad.
4.Manipal college of dental sciences,Manipal.
5.VMKV Medical college and hospital,Salem.
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