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CAT Topper Interview: “EQ is as important as IQ in CAT” says Vaibhav from IIM Calcutta

CAT Topper Interview: “EQ is as important as IQ in CAT” says Vaibhav from IIM Calcutta

Edited By Team Careers360 | Updated on Mar 28, 2024 05:46 PM IST | #CAT

In an exclusive CAT topper interview with Careers360,Vaibhav who is a CAT’22 topper shared his strategy to crack CAT. He is currently studying MBA from IIM Calcutta and scored a 99.75 %ile in CAT 22 and a 98.6 %ile in XAT. He talks about his CAT preparation journey, CAT mock test strategy, IIM Calcutta interview experience, and Profile Building. This article offers excerpts from the interview. Watch the complete conversation by clicking the YouTube link given below.

CAT Topper Interview: “EQ is as important as IQ in CAT” says Vaibhav from IIM Calcutta
CAT Topper Interview: “EQ is as important as IQ in CAT” says Vaibhav from IIM Calcutta

Careers360 - Tell us a little bit about yourself and about your profile.

Vaibhav - So at heart, I'm a mechanical engineer. I completed my engineering in the year 2022 from Manipal Institute of Technology and I realised that in order for me to hack it in the corporate world, I need a little bit more than just a degree in mechanical engineering. What appealed to me initially was understanding the business fundamentals.Which is why my family also pushed me towards pursuing an MBA. So I finished my engineering from Manipal in 2022 and decided to give CAT that year. Things didn't go my way that year. Took up a job and then reappeared next year.

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Careers360 - When did you start your CAT preparation?

Vaibhav - I initially attempted CAT 21,I started preparation around August of that year. There's a reason I started that late. I had given a few mocks and I was confident in my ability to crack CAT. Even though I scored well in the mocks,I had not built an EQ that is required for an exam day strategy.I completely froze on D-Day. I performed horribly in all the three sections then I again gave CAT 22 and scored a 99.75 percentile.

Careers360 - What are some of the important topics for CAT?

Vaibhav - fundamentals like Algebra, which make up almost 30-35%, maybe a little bit more of the paper are really important.Also,understanding and revising those concepts become imperative.So Algebra is key.Geometry for people who are good at it becomes exceptionally scoring. For people who aren't that great with it, there's still about one or two sitters that you can expect in the paper.Then we have questions like Time, speed and distance which is a concept that if you pick up once and if you grasp once, then the questions become a little easy in nature.

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Careers360 - So people get demotivated when they see a low score in their CAT mocks. How did you keep yourself motivated?

Vaibhav - To be honest, I wouldn't think much of a low score. I was confident in my ability to perform well. So a low score never bothered me. People say that failure brings you one step closer to success. That's one way to look at it. But at that time when you are giving CAT Mocks, I think having such a long-term view is also difficult. So it's important to be sad and use that motivation to do a better job in the next CAT Mock Test.

Careers360 - You gave CAT twice.What are some of the mistakes that one should avoid while preparing for CAT 2024?

Vaibhav - So I think it's a lot about EQ, way more than IQ. I think your EQ plays a much larger role; it's about developing that quotient in you of attempting a paper correctly. CAT tests your fundamentals and basic knowledge. More importantly, It tests how you are going to attempt the paper. So I think one should work on their mental strengths and EQ as well while preparing for CAT.

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Careers360 - What were some of the calls that you got apart from IIM Calcutta?

Vaibhav - I had gotten calls from IIM Indore and IIM Lucknow and of course IIM Calcutta.Apart from these I had calls from XLRI,FMS and SP Jain.

Careers360 - What made you choose IIM Calcutta as your final selection for the B-School?

Vaibhav - Fortunately, I was able to convert all of the calls that I had received and it was sort of a no-brainer for me because I wanted credibility from my MBA. And IIM Calcutta is one such institute that would give me maximum credibility.

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Let's talk a little bit about your campus life at IIM Calcutta

Careers360 - How do you find the curriculum at IIM Calcutta industry relevant?

Vaibhav - The first year courses at IIM Calcutta are about building the fundamentals for the business. While they might not directly push you towards entrepreneurship, what they ensure is that they will build a foundation for you to start a business later on in life.

Careers360 - IIM Calcutta is known for finance. Are you interested in a career in Finance as well?

Vaibhav - I was quite detached from finance. I hadn't even studied finance before. But lately I developed interest in finance. Luckily I landed myself a summer placement with FinIQ, which is a Singapore based firm that deals with an intersection of product management and finance and I have also decided to even CFA which I will be doing this August. So yeah, I think I see myself heading for a career in finance.

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Full version of CAT Topper’s Interview: Vaibhav from IIM Calcutta shares his tips and tricks to crack CAT 24

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Hello student

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

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Key points:

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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.



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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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