Analyse mock test to know about your weakness, says IIM Kashipur CAT Topper Harshil Patel
With CAT 2015 just a month away on November 29, aspirants are in final rounds of their preparations to crack this coveted national level management entrance test. To help you with your preparations, Careers360 continues the special series of ‘CAT Topper Strategies’, where toppers share their success mantras on how to prepare and crack CAT 2015 with a high percentile.
With a desire to be an entrepreneur, Harshil N Patel first decided to pursue an MBA and gain work experience before starting his own venture. After completing his engineering, he prepared for CAT 2014, secured 99.36 percentile and took admission in IIM Kashipur.
According to him, CAT is based on speed and aspirants must focus on finishing the test within the given duration. He suggests that students must take regular mock tests and analyze it thoroughly to know about their weaknesses and recurring mistakes. Identifying weak areas, preparing the basics followed by practicing questions from each topic was the strategy followed by Harshil. This made him tackle even the most difficult questions in his weak areas.
In this interview with Careers360, Harshil shares his experience of CAT 2014 and what made him a topper. Read the interview below.
Careers360: What were your initial thoughts behind pursuing MBA?
Harshil: When I was in second semester, I joined my father’s business to learn the functions of our business. This experience ignited in me a desire to pursue entrepreneurship. So, I chalked out a plan as to how to go on with it. I decided that I should pursue an MBA from IIM and work in an organization so as to understand how an organization works before I start my own venture.
Careers360: How was the overall experience of appearing in CAT 2014? What was your preparation strategy for CAT 2014 as the pattern was changed?
Harshil: Overall the experience of appearing in CAT 2014 was amazing. There were no technical issues. I was excited on one hand and nervous on the other. All the hard work of past one year would culminate in those three hours. As number of questions increased more areas will be judged. But this also meant that some areas will have more number of questions. Also the option to change the sections meant that you need to develop a strategy that is focused more on your strengths. So, I focused more on my strengths while also mitigating my weakness.
Careers360: Please share your preparation strategy for the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning separately?
Harshil: QA: I was apt in QA, but areas of probability, functions and inequality troubled me. I decided to focus more on my strengths. I understood the basics but found it difficult to solve higher level questions in those 3 areas. So I focused more on basics and for tough questions, I just solved those which I couldn’t solve in mock CATs.
VA: Verbal Ability, for me, had been more about gut feeling than rules. Though I got decent scores with it, I developed my thinking according to rules so as to reduce errors. Vocabulary remained a problem but I repeated Norman Lewis every alternative week starting 3 months before CAT.
DI: I was good at it unless it contained big formulae and calculations. I believe DI more about practice. So the approach I chose was to solve the sets asked in earlier papers.
LR: LR may be easy or tough. The key is to identify which sets to solve. I gave each LR set a minute to decide which sets to do. In exam you take 5-6 minutes just to decide which sets you solve, but you don’t solve a set which takes lot of time overall while another set would have been completed in a jiffy.
Careers360: What was your Time Management formula for the CAT?
Harshil: The main motive was to give equal time to both the sections. I was good in both the sections. Hence I didn’t want to face a scenario wherein I am wasting my time to solve a tough question while I could have solved 3 easy questions of other sections. So I started with verbal and decided to give it 40 minutes. I glanced through every question and only if I knew how to solve it I would try that question. Else, I would move on to next question. I gave 40 minutes to each of QA & VA, and 20 minutes each to DI and LR. This ensured that I solved all the easy questions in the paper. Rest 70 minutes I dedicated to maximizing the no. of questions solved.
Careers360: After the exam, how did you prepare for the PI-WAT rounds?
Harshil: I had enrolled in a coaching institute. There I gave various mock interviews. One thing was must i.e. reading newspaper every day. Apart from these I always prepared probable questions for interview beforehand. For WAT, I had read various books and I worked according to a structure. This helped me save time while writing. Finding and practicing various WAT topics was of great help.
Careers360: How did you prepare for your PI? What are the key factors that influence your selection at PI stage?
Harshil: Interview is the most important part of selection process. During your interview, they check your body language, attitude and passion. Apart from this, if you are a fresher you are expected to know something about the technical details. Academics, I believe, is a key factor in deciding whether to take you or not. I read various books and articles, read in front of mirror and lastly, I started reading loudly to bring that confidence in my voice.
Careers360: What was your WAT topic and how did you structured your write up?
Harshil: My WAT topic was “Voting should be made compulsory.” I always structured my WAT in a particular manner. It started with introducing the idea in simpler terms. Next paragraph gives a support to my stated idea. Same goes on for another two paragraphs. In my last paragraph, I concluded the idea.
Careers360: Your message to this year CAT aspirants?
I believe that if I can, you can too.So, believe in yourself
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