CAT Topper interview- IIM student Abhineet Mittal shares CAT preparation tips
CAT 2012 topper and IIM student Abhineet Mittal got 99.41 percentile and received admission offers from all the new IIMs including IIM Rohtak, IIM Ranchi, IIM Raipur, IIM Kashipur, IIM Udaipur, IIM Trichy and also from MDI Gurgaon.
In this special series of toppers interview with Careers360- How I cracked CAT – Abhineet shares his preparation strategy and success tips for CAT 2013 aspirants.
An engineer in Electronics & Communication, Abhineet worked with Infosys for over 30 months before joining IIM Rohtak. In this topper interview, he talks on his time management strategy both for preparation and CAT test day and also shares his WAT/PI experiences.
Careers360.com: When did you decide to do MBA? What is your plan after you complete your MBA?
Abhineet Mittal: During my graduation, I planned to do MBA as I wanted to start a technology related firm. But before that, I wanted some exposure to the corporate world. So, I joined Infosys and after working for some time in Infosys, I started preparing for CAT.
Careers360.com: What was your CAT 2012 percentile? Which B-schools offered you final admission?
Abhineet Mittal: My CAT 2012 percentile was 99.41. I received admission offers from all the new IIMs including IIM Rohtak, IIM Ranchi, IIM Raipur, IIM Kashipur, IIM Udaipur, IIM Trichy and also from MDI Gurgaon.
Careers360.com: Why did you choose IIM Rohtak?
Abhineet Mittal: Studying in an IIM was my dream since my undergrad days. As all new IIMs are almost same with same IIM standards of education, I had to look at other important factors. I compared various factors and found IIM Rohtak most appropriate in terms of location (very near to Delhi) and infrastructure (temporary campus situated in well developed 700 acres MD University Campus). After joining IIM Rohtak, I got reassured that I made the right choice.
Careers360.com: How did you start the preparation and what was your overall strategy?
Abhineet Mittal: In April 2012, I started my preparation by getting acquainted with the format of the CAT paper. After giving a couple of mock tests, I realized that my quantitative section was strong and verbal was fine. But my accuracy was not good in both the sections. I planned to complete my basics by July and simultaneously started the Test Series on a weekly basis. In the last 2 months of preparation, I appeared for a lot of mock tests and analysing them helped me improve my accuracy.
Careers360.com: What are the key factors towards CAT preparation? What are your suggestions to MBA aspirants?
Abhineet Mittal: CAT is not a knowledge intensive exam. It is all about one’s basic quantitative, analytical, logical reasoning and English language skills. You can read and learn the concepts, but it needs a good amount of practice to develop these skills. You can very well prepare on your own given that you remain sincere to your preparation. But, joining a test series and regularly attempting mock tests is important.
For those preparing by themselves, be dedicated and regular. Take as many mock tests as you can, analyse each one and work on your weak areas. Read a lot of books and most important, be self-motivated.
Careers360.com: Please share your WAT/PI experience.
Abhineet Mittal: My WAT topic was an easy one. My preparation on current affairs on various fronts was useful.
My interview was quiet generic with questions about me and general awareness. Questions were related to:
Why do you want to do MBA? (Some cross questioning in response to my answer)
Tell me something about yourself.
Do you read newspaper?
What was today’s headline?
Few questions about literacy in India
Some more general knowledge questions based on economic and political events
Finally, the question of why MBA resurfaced with a new perspective
A small discussion about my hobbies and interest
The interview went well and I was satisfied with my answers. At the end, the panel seemed happy.
Careers360.com: As a working professional, how did you manage time for CAT preparation?
Abhineet Mittal: Though, it was difficult to balance work and regular studies, I completely utilized my weekends for preparation and mock tests. On working days, I tried to spend at least 1-2 hours every day for preparation.
Careers360.com: What was your preparation strategy for the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning?
Abhineet Mittal: It is all about practice, practice and practice. I practiced a lot of questions from various areas. I did not mug-up shortcuts as CAT is more about accuracy and less about speed these days. However, Vedic Maths calculation methods and remembering squares, cubes, reciprocals, square roots, cube roots of some numbers helped a lot.
Apart from practice, reading was the key for verbal ability. I read many more books than I usually do, during my preparation. I made it a habit to read at least half an hour every day before I went to bed.
Careers360.com: What was your strategy for time management for CAT paper?
Abhineet Mittal: CAT exam has 2 sections. For each section, we have to solve 30 questions in 70 minutes. This is good amount of time where one can focus on the accuracy of answers. I tried to finish all the questions I could solve within first 50-55 minutes and used last 15 minutes to review the questions and solve any difficult question.
Careers360.com: What is your message for the MBA aspirants who will take CAT 2013?
Abhineet Mittal: CAT is a simple exam in terms of questions. It’s the competition which makes it one of the most difficult exams to crack. There will be time when you may get distracted or may even think of giving up, but you have to remain determined and motivated.
During the exam, be calm and do not think about attempting any particular number of questions. You have to focus on accuracy while trying to attempt as many questions as possible. At the end of the day, it is just an exam and your attitude towards it will define how well you perform.
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Questions related to CAT
for cat exam which is going to held on november 28 2021 is 2 months home preparation is enough to get good score. please suggest me
Home preparation or we can say Revision or Practice is more than enough to score good marks for any competitive exams. You should have a proper schedule and syllabus that is to be cover you should go through last years paper for knowing the pattern of questions, you should go through atleast 10 sample papers for proper practice. Be focused and set a target of how much you want to achieve, so that you can atleast give your best to achieve near to that target. The most important thing while writing an exam or while preparing is to be calm and focused. So be calm and don't panic.
Hope this helps you.
All the best for your exams.
Give your best
I got crl 37412 in jee mains i am from gen cat ews what are chances for me to getting any nits or iiits
With 37412 crl, your ews rank would be roughly around 6k - 7k, if not do let us know.
Making prediction is difficult as cutoff depends upon various factors like :-
-----------) number of students/ candidates that appeared in the jee main exam,
-----------) number of available seats,
-----------) performance of different students in the examination,
-----------) the branch you want,
-----------) the category you belong etc.
-----------) your rank in jee main
When we go through previous year trend then
>>>>>>>>> With 6k-7k ews rank
Yes, you have chances in NITs and IIITs
You have chances in following which are listed below along with their closing rank in 6th round of josaa counselling 2020 under other state/ all india quota :-
---------) NIT Agartala :- civil engineering :- 7572 ews rank.
---------) National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar:-Industrial and Production Engineering:- 7486 ews rank
---------) NIT Durgapur :- Biotechnology :- 7788 ews rank
--------) Indian Institute of Information Technology, Agartala:-Computer Science and Engineering:-7001 ews rank
---------) Indian Institute of Information Technology Manipur:- ECE :-7916 ews rank
You can check the closing ranks at official website of josaa by going through the link given below
For previous year cut offs of top colleges like NITs, IIITs , you can also refer our page at :-
Above prediction has been made considering past year cut off data but closing rank for colleges varies every year depending upon many factors like jee main question paper difficulty, number of students writing the exam etc so
To have a personalised report on your chances of getting a college you can go through our college predictor, it will give you complete list of colleges which you can get on the basis of the category you belong to, your home state, your gender etc, the link for jee main college predictor is provided below
To help you further,
Minimum percentile in jee main 2021 to qualify it to be eligible for jee advanced 2021 is given below :-
--------) general :-87.8992241 percentile
--------) EWS:- 66.2214845 percentile
--------) OBC-NCL :- 68.0234447 percentile
--------) SC :- 46.8825338 percentile
--------) ST:- 34.6728999 percentile
--------) PWD :- 0.0096375 percentile
I am currenlty in BBA Final Year and preparing for CAT. Im not interested in doing an MBA in business but I have no other choice because of my family. I want to become a pastry chef. How do I achieve that after MBA in Finance/ Marketing?
Hope you are doing well.
I am glad to know that you are willing to pursue your passion. BUt for this you need to ensure that you have adquate finaces with you. This is because after doing an MBA in finance, the only way you can be a pastry chef is to get into a culinary course, hotel management course and opening up your own bakery. Yes, I am not kidding. Doing MBA will give you many lessons on entrepreneurship, business modelling and much more. Just that if you have the finances, you can make it through.
Or may be after doing an MBA from reputed and top colleges, you will not be getting any package less than 25 lakhs. You can work for 3-5 years and then you can enter the career you want. Give yourself some time and think about it.
Hope that you got the answer to your question. Feel free to comment back incase of any doubts. All the Best!
can i clear cat without coaching institutes ?? if yes then plz guide me what means and materials should I prefer ? thank you
Yes, you can definitely prepare without any coaching and score good as well provided you are dedicated towards your studies.
Follow the below tips:-
********* First of all go through its syllabus and examination pattern so that you can prepare accordingly.
Exam pattern:- https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-exam-pattern
Your CAT examination has 3 sections :-
----------) VERBAL ABILITY AND READING COMPREHENSION ( VARC) :- Reading is the key to score good marks in VARC, you need to go through newspapers, articles, journals, etc so that you can improve your reading skills. While reading note down the new words and write their meanings to improve your vocabulary. You need to practice questions based on comprehension, para jumbles and inference.
>>>> Best books for VARC
Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis ( to improve your vocabulary)
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT by Ajay Singh
----------)DATA INTERPRETATION AND LOGICAL REASONING (DILR) :- You need to practice topics like blood relations ,seating arrangements, syllogisms,Propositions, etc to have a good hold on this section. Unlike maths, there's no formula in DILR so practice is the key, the more you practice, the better you get.
>>>> Best books for DILR :-
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by K. Sinha Nishit
----------)QUANTITATIVE ABILITY (QA) :- First clear your basics of maths, you need to go through topics like profit and loss, geometry, Arithmetic, number system, Time-Speed and Distance etc . Avoid the use of calculator so that you can do improve your calculation speed. For each topic, you can write down important fomulas and short tricks on a sheet of paper so that it's easy for you during revision.
>>>> Best best books you can follow for QA:-
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum by Sarvesh K Verma
********* Make a time table, give more time to the subject you are weak at , for example if you are weak at Quantitive ability then give it more time.
********* Plan your studies, and set daily, weekly and monthly goals and meet them without any fail.
*********Solve previous year question papers of CAT :-it will let you know the examination pattern, type and difficulty level of questions, also concepts behind the question often gets repeated, so you should definitely solve year papers . You can get cat previous year question papers at https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-question-papers
*********Once you are done with complete CAT syllabus then go through CAT mock test papers , it will let you know your preparation level and and weak areas so that you can work on them and perform well in your examination
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I want to get addmission in IIM Bangalore , so want to know about cat exam , when, and where last date
CAT 2021 Examination -
- Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national level management examination. It is organized by IIM on the rotation basis.
- Through this examination, students will get admission in various management programs offered by IIMs, IITs, NITs and other reputed institutions.
- The registration process has been started from 4th August 2021.
- Last date for registration : 22nd September 2021
- Registration Fee :
|General, OBC||Rs. 2200|
|SC/ ST/ PwD||Rs. 1100|
Hope this helps !