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Meet Agrawal, a final year B.Com student, managed to crack CAT 2017 along with his articleship for CA. Meet is one of the three non-Engineering students who secured 100 percentile. He not only maintained a balance between his CAT preparation with studies, Meet also helped his father in his business. With a passion for watching Christopher Nolan movies, he believed staying calm and focused helped him in securing 100 percentile in CAT.
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Meet believed that taking mock was really important in his journey of preparing for CAT 2017. CAT was different than CA exam because there is not much learning while you are preparing for the former. It is about making your own strategy and getting comfortable with the pattern of the exam. A student of SDJ International College, he is also appearing for GMAT scheduled on January 20, 2018. IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta are his dream B-schools. In this interview with Careers360, he shares his preparation journey and success mantras for CAT 2017.
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Careers360: Congratulations on securing 100 percentile. What was your sectional percentile?
Meet: Thank you. I scored 99.93 percentile in Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), 100 percentile in Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and 99.74 in Quantitative Ability.
Careers360: How was your experience of the exam day?
Meet: I tried to be as calm as possible. Reading Comprehension passages were short and legible. The topics were also interesting. The pattern has changed from last year. The questions from Quantitative Ability were easier which shows the bias towards Engineering background is reduced.
Careers360: How did you prepare for CAT 2017?
Meet: I joined Endeavor Institute which is located in Surat. I enrolled in test series conducted by T.I.M.E. and IMS Learning. I recommend test series to everyone because it helps you in forming your strategy. I took over 80 mocks. I started preparing for CAT a year ago. In the first six months, I just used to revise, clear my basics, and took regular mocks. In the last two months, I started taking two mocks every day.
Careers360: Which section was toughest and easiest according to you?
Meet: I found Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning toughest. I worked hard for it and secured 100 percentile in this section. Verbal Ability is the easiest section for me.
Careers360: What are the factors that worked for you in securing 100 percentile?
Meet: I prepared consistently with nothing less than 100 percentile as my target. I kept correcting my mistake. I took mock tests regularly and managed to secure 99.2 percentile in the very first mock. With regular mock tests I was so familiar with the question types that I had planned to attempt all 34 questions in the sections. Reading helped me a lot to prepare for DI & LR and VARC sections.
Careers360: How did you manage your time?
Meet: Articleship and CA were going on so I was unable to give all my time for CAT preparation. Rather than studying from books or study materials, I focused on taking mock tests and modified my strategy according to the analysis.
Careers360: How helpful was coaching for you? Is it possible to succeed through self-study?
Meet: The faculty members of my coaching institutes were really helpful. They suggested me to attempt all the questions in Verbal Ability. One of the faculty members at my Institute secured 100 percentile himself, so he was also an inspiration for me. If you don’t want to take coaching classes, you can attend online sessions.
Careers360: For the first time IIMs released CAT question paper and answer key. What are your opinions on it?
Meet: I believe it is a good step as there is more transparency now.
Careers360: Which B-school that you will be targeting for? Any dream career?
Meet: IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta are the colleges that I will be targeting to pursue MBA. I want to become an entrepreneur.
Careers360: Do you have any hobbies or anything that you used to like when you were preparing for CAT?
Meet: I like to read novels related to business. It also helped me in improving Verbal Ability. Table tennis, Chess, watching documentaries and listening to music are some of the things that I like doing. I really like watching Christopher Nolan’s movies.
Careers360: What will be your next step?
Meet: Well, I am preparing for the interviews and GMAT.
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your score is good until now. You have did your best all the way. For CAT exam, IIM Consider 90% to get an admission.
For IIM Kozhikode:- 75% for CAT,Sectional Cutoff:- 65% for 10th:- 60% and for 12th 60%.
For IIM Trichy:- 78% for OBC-NC
for IIM Indore :- 80% for OBC-NC
for OBC category there will very less relaxation. But there is high competition but number of seats available is very less.
So you have to prepare accordingly and get an admission.
CAT exam score hold a 45-50 % weightage for admission at IIM Kozhikode. You have so good qualification in the rest. If you put more effort into it then you can get it.
Hope it helps!
Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular national level management entrance exam. CAT 2019 application process has been completed and the exam is scheduled to be conducted on 24th November 2019.
Application forms were available from 07 Aug, 2019 - 25 Sep, 2019.
Aspirants seeking admission to the MBA course have to appear for entrance exams such as CAT/XAT/MAT/SNAP/etc. After the entrance test, candidates have to apply to colleges for admission.
Check the details about the CAT exam using the link below and do let us know if you have any other queries.
Ayush, CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.
Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.
In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.
IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interviews. Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. Now based on your Category, to be shortlisted for an IIM, you should score atleast 85 and more percentile.
Now the IIMs part has been cleared, you need to decide one among MBA in India via CAT or go abroad for higher studies. You cannot be double minded on this. You know your strengths and capabilities and so this should be completely your call.
If you are planning to get your details corrected in the form of CAT 2019, then now you don't have any option as it is now too late. The exam is scheduled for 24th November, 2019 which is just a week away.
However, in the meantime you can ask on the helpline for any assistance if they can provide.
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