CAT Topper interview- FMS student Apurv Jain shares CAT preparation tips
Apurva Jain got 99.31 percentile in CAT 2012 and received final admission offers from many new IIMs and other top B-schools like FMS- Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, SIBM Pune, and IMT Ghaziabad. He however entered FMS Delhi to pursue two-year MBA programme. An Electrial Engineer, Apurv had a work experience of 23 months in IT consulting before joining FMS Delhi.
In this special series of Toppers’ Mantra - How I Cracked CAT- 99.31 percentiler Apurv shares his preparation strategy and advices MBA aspirants on Section-wise strategy, time management and PI/WAT exercises.
Careers360.com: What is your CAT 2012 percentile? Which other MBA entrance exams did you take?
Apurv Jain: My CAT percentile was 99.31. I also took other MBA exams like XAT, SNAP, IIFT, and NMAT along with CAT.
Careers360.com: Which institutes offered you final admission? Why did you choose FMS, Delhi?
Apurv Jain: I was offered admission from FMS- Delhi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Udaipur, IIM Kashipur, IIM Trichy, MDI Gurgaon, SIBM Pune, and IMT Ghaziabad amongst others. I preferred FMS because of the legacy brand and the prominent pedagogy at the FMS. Also being a part of the Delhi University, one gets diverse exposure.
Careers360.com: When did you decide to do MBA? What is your plan after you complete your MBA?
Apurv Jain: I decided to pursue MBA during my last year of graduation but during my professional work experience I felt the need of skills required to manage an organization which an MBA provides.
I plan to join a corporate organization in a role of person with responsibilities to manage man, machine and money.
Careers360.com: What was your overall strategy for CAT 2012 preparation?
Apurv Jain: I started preparing for CAT during my college days itself but didn’t carried it further till last year when I dedicatedly prepared from June 2012 onwards. My strategy was to focus on my strength which was Quant and to increase my score in Verbal. So I studied Quant only to refine it further and devoted most of my efforts to Verbal.
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Careers360.com: What was your section-wise preparation strategy for CAT?
Apurv Jain: For Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, I was confident about the fundamentals and concepts so I focused on practicing the questions from previous CAT papers and various sources available online.
For Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning, I tried to improve on the basics of grammar and focused on the Reading Comprehension skills by practicing questions.
Careers360.com: You were a working professional while preparing for CAT? What was your strategy for time management for the CAT pattern?
Apurv Jain: Yes,I was working while I prepared for CAT. I managed my preparation time by drawing a preparation strategy and strictly following it. All it takes is the determination and discipline to stick to your plan and schedule.
Careers360.com: How was your WAT/PI experience? Please share same success tips for MBA aspirants on the same?
Apurv Jain: My Personal Interview (PI) experiences varied with each interview. I would suggest candidates to do a lot of introspection for PI preparation and try to gain basic understanding about the economic scenario by reading newspapers and listening news. One should know himself as a person, his strengths and weaknesses, etc. and try to prepare basic HR questions. The other important thing I would suggest is to analyze things whatever one reads or listens. One should form an opinion about the issues and should have reasonable understanding to back it up.
Careers360.com: What is your message for the MBA aspirants who are taking CAT 2013 and other exams of the season?
Apurv Jain: I would suggest to manage time and source of material to study very effectively and efficiently. The most important suggestion would be to be selective in terms of the study material. It is humanly impossible to study and practice everything available, so one should limit to one or two sources of material only and study extensively. And last but not the least, one should remain confident in their preparation and remain focused.
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