CAT Topper Interview-IIM Rohtak Student Lovin Mahajan Shares Preparation Strategy
Many say that it takes at least 6 months to 1 year to prepare for Common Admission Test (CAT). Lovin Mahajan, who scored 99.89 percentile in CAT 2012 has proved that it is possible to crack CAT even with 4 months in hand. However, it needs complete focus, determination and zeal. Lovin shares his strategy and experience of his journey of CAT for destination IIM.
Lovin is a B.Tech in Electronics and Electrical Communication from Punjab Engineering College (PEC), Chandigarh. He got placed by Schneider Electric but chose to take CAT which took him to IIM Rohtak.
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Excerpts of the interview.
Q: What led your decision to join the MBA bandwagon? What are your career plans post MBA?
A: I first thought about taking CAT during my third year at PEC. But at that time I was determined to gain 2 years of experience before appearing for CAT. When my Schneider Electric joining date was extended by 6 months, I decided to go for CAT.
After my post graduation, I want to pursue a career in Finance.
Q: What was your CAT 2012 score? Did you take any other MBA entrance exams?
A: I scored an overall percentile of 99.89. Apart from CAT I had taken IIFT, SNAP and NMAT exams last year.
Q: What was your initial and overall preparation strategy for CAT 2012?
A: I had only 4 months to prepare for CAT 2012, so it was important to plan it. As I did not have any other commitments, I was able to utilize this time efficiently. I covered the syllabus in 3 months and then focused on mock CATs and revision.
Q: How was your experience of the Common Admission Process conducted by the new IIMs?
A: The Written Ability Test (WAT) had an abstract topic. I wrote an essay of 2 pages with examples.
In the PI round, there were 3 male professors. Most of the questions were either technical (related to my graduation) or about current affairs. Some of the questions were:
What is your favourite subject in Electronics?
Truth Table for NOR and XOR gate and their applications?
What is Digital Signal Processing and how it differs from Digital Design?
Estimate the number of people driving red cars in Bangalore.
Some questions on 2G Scam and recent auction of 3G Spectrum.
Which newspapers do you read and today’s headline? (Followed by some cross questioning)
Q: Which B-School calls did you convert and what made you accept the IIM Rohtak offer?
A: I was offered admission by MDI, DMS-IIT Delhi, IIM Rohtak and IIM Kashipur. I opted for IIM Rohtak over MDI and IIT Delhi because studying in an IIM had been a dream since I picked up the books for CAT. I had a tough time deciding which institute to join but after visiting IIM Rohtak campus and speaking to the seniors, all my doubts were cleared. I now know that I took the right decision.
Q: Is it possible to crack CAT or other MBA entrance exams without taking formal coaching? What is your take and suggestions for the self study aspirants?
A: I believe that it is difficult to crack CAT without taking formal coaching. Coaching institutes’ modules, test series, workshops are of immense help. Even if someone doesn’t want to take full time coaching for CAT, appearing for All-India mock test series is a must. It helps you assess your preparation and the areas you need to focus more. Time management is very important i.e. how to attempt maximum questions in 70 minutes. Mock tests play an important role in learning this. In my first mock CAT, I could solve only 13/30 questions in QA & DI Section but as I appeared for more and more mocks, the number of attempts increased and accuracy improved.
Q: How did you manage your CAT preparation along with your regular schedule?
A: I was not working when I started preparing for CAT, as my joining was postponed by 6 months. I had enough time to prepare for CAT. I devoted 4 months for CAT preparation. That helped me a lot since I did not have to juggle my schedule between studies or work.
Q: What was your section wise preparation strategy for CAT?
A: I have always been good at Mathematics, so I did not face much problem in the Quantitative section. Here the main focus was to understand the basics and practice as many questions as possible within a time limit.
In Data Interpretation questions, a lot of calculation is involved. So approximations and Vedic mathematics helped a lot.
For Verbal Ability, I used to learn 15 to 20 new words from the vocabulary builder every day. For Reading Comprehension, it is important to read articles from diverse topics like politics, sports, philosophy etc.
For Logical Reasoning section, I concentrated more on analytical reasoning part as it was my strength after Quantitative Ability.
Q: CAT has sectional time limits. How did you manage that aspect?
A: CAT is all about time management. It is important how you distribute those 70 minutes across 30 questions. For Section 1, I made sure that I don’t spend more than 3 minutes for any question. Sometimes, I got engrossed in solving a question and lost track of time. I made sure this does not happen. If I thought a question would take time but can be solved, I used to ‘mark’ that question and review it in the last 5 minutes. The Data Interpretation questions are time consuming, so I usually kept the last 25 minutes for DI.
For Section 2, I used to solve the analytical reasoning questions first. Since there are 3 AR sets, 8 to 10 minutes for a set is enough. Since the direct vocabulary, sentence correction and rearrangement questions can be done quickly, I attempted these questions after Analytical Reasoning followed by RCs. For RCs, I never solved all of them. I used to select 2 passages based on my strengths, length of the passage and the type of questions asked. The time should be managed so that one can have a look at all the 30 questions in each section.
Q: Any message you would like to share with the CAT 2013 aspirants?
A: First of all, start attempting mock CATs as soon as possible and analyze the results. Analyzing the number of questions not attempted and reasons for the same can help you improve your performance with every mock test. While practicing, set a time limit for the questions to improve your speed and to maximize the number of attempts.
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It's quite difficult to predict that whether you will get seat or not as cut off marks for medical colleges keeps changing every year depending upon various factors like number of students that appeared in the exam, kind of marks obtained by them , toughness level of the examination etc.
But when we go through previous data then ,
>>>>> with 460 marks ,
you hold a low chance for an mbbs seat in a Government Medical College
in neet 2019, 521 marks for general category was the lowest mark to get an mbbs seat in Government Medical College, under Maharashtra State quota and it was for Government Medical College and Hospital, jalgaon
You can check the same at
You have chances in deemed universities for mbbs which are listed below along with their neet 2020 , 2nd round cut off :-
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450 score, obc cat, MD anaesthesia, low budget college, good govt/ Pvt college, any chance??
To get a government seat one must score above 525. With 450 you can get in to a private college. As your NEET score is 450. Your Overall Percentile is: 93.39 - 93.89 and when it comes to rank, your Predicted Rank is:89930 - 107080 . Also depends upon last years cut-off. Adding it with 15% All India quota and 85% state quota seats in government colleges.
As per the last year result of NEET UG ,General category aspirants need minimum 147 marks (50 percentile). On the other hand General-PH(129 Marks 45 percentile) and SC/OBC/ST requires 113 marks (40 percentile).
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First and foremost,
congratulations on achieving an 29k rank in the JEE . According to recent reports, hbti may not accept admmision through Upsee. HBTI KANPUR is moving its intake to the Jee mains, which is wonderful news because it means more intake. And, based on your ranking, you will very certainly be offered a spot in the second round of counselling.
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Well, it is quite difficult to predict whether you have any window of opportunity to get government quota seats in private medical colleges in Punjab. Although based on your performance you have less chance to grab a seat for MBBS via All India Counselling as well as State Counselling.
Moreover, you may get chance to grab a seat for B.D.S. under government quota at private dental colleges in Punjab via State Counselling.
You may get admission for pursuing B.D.S. in the following private dental colleges:
- B.J. Singh Dental College Hospital & Research Institute, Ludhiana
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I hope you find this information helpful.
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