CAT Topper Interview: Early start and regular practice key to success, says 100 percentiler Sanuj Mittal
In this CAT topper interview with Careers360, Sanuj Mittal, who secured 100 percentile in CAT 2015 and converted IIM Lucknow call shares that an early start and regular practice led his success. He shares his success mantra and tips for future aspirants to achieve their dream of securing a high CAT percentile and getting admission to their dream B-School.
According to Sanuj, getting familiar with the pattern and preparing accordingly is the key to crack CAT. He started taking mock tests on the new pattern regularly, tackled his weak area and adapted the pattern changes with positivity. This, along with proper time management made him score high marks and achieve his dream of IIM admission. Currently a first year PGP student of IIM Lucknow, Sanuj shares his CAT strategy for future aspirants.
Read full interview below:
Careers360: What made you want to pursue management from an IIM?
Sanuj: There is no definite answer as to what made me pursue MBA from IIM, it has been in the back of my mind since early days of my graduation, so when the appropriate time came, I started preparing for it. As for why IIM, there is no other institute in India that comes close to some of the top IIMs. Therefore, it was really a no-brainer.
Careers360: How was your experience of taking CAT in a new pattern?
Sanuj: The overall experience of CAT was great. The change in pattern had its effect in a way that the strategy to attempt the paper changed a bit as it was compulsory to attempt the paper in a fixed order of sections within stated duration. That change required a bit of practice to get familiarized to. Apart from that, the introduction of calculator didn't really change any of my strategies as I barely used the calculator in any of the mocks or the final exam.
Careers360: Since when did you start preparing for CAT?
Sanuj: I started preparing for CAT somewhere around January and did change my preparation strategy a bit, after the announcement of the changes. I started taking more and more mock tests in the new pattern.
Careers360: Do you think that the change in the pattern, which is followed this year as well, is beneficial?
Sanuj: The introduction of the calculator was one change that wasn't of any help to me and I would not like it to continue any further. For me, personally, it was more of a waste of time to go onto the calculator and perform the calculations. As for the other changes, they were all fine, including the introduction of fill in the blank type questions; though they require some practice to get familiar to.
Careers360: Please share your sectional preparation strategy?
Sanuj: Being an engineering graduate, Quant, and the Reasoning sections were pretty much covered for me, though it still required practicing a lot of questions to improve speed and accuracy. As for the VARC section, reading really helps and so does attempting different types of RC passages. I would say practicing as much mocks as you can must be the preparation strategy.
Careers360: What was your Time Management formula for the CAT?
Sanuj: Time can only be managed when you have practiced with enough mocks as you know when to leave a question, or which one to answer first, etc. Exam is not a fight that you have to answer to every question no matter what. Do not give more time on a question than what is ideally required.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you tackle your weak area in the test?
Sanuj: Quant and DI & LR were my relatively strong areas and VARC was one area that gave me nightmares. Reading helps in VARC and so does attempting RC passages. An RC passage gives you an overall experience of this section as they contain all sorts of questions including vocabulary, grammar, structure, etc.
Careers360: Your tip for this year’s CAT aspirants?
Sanuj: There is no tip as such to write the test. Just be calm on the day and try to imagine it as one of the mocks that you would take at home or any institute. Do not have any personal grudge with any of the questions and do not go with any preconceived notions that you have to attempt a minimum of these many questions, etc. As for WAT/PI reading newspapers and blogs is very important, so is giving mock interviews. Do not take the interview stage lightly.
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CAT ( common admission test ) exam is National level exam and conducted once a year. This year it is going to conduct on 29 November in three slots by IIM Indore. If you're appearing in that exam to pursue your higher studies in top management colleges. You can go through the below link to get the previous year papers of CAT.
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i got 369 marks in neet 2020 (sc) candidate from telangana is there any chance for me to get A cat medical seat in govt or pvt college ??? should i apply for councelling or is it a waste of time for me
At first lots of congratulations for your result and wishes for your future life. I am afraid to inform you that with your score your chances in All India counselling are almost negative for the 15% seats . However judging from trends of previous years you can get some of good medical colleges in telengana by state counselling 85 % . Some of those colleges are
BHASKAR MEDICAL COLLEGE, MOINABAD, R.R.(DST)
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S.V.S. MEDICAL COLLEGE,
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1. What are the documents required for management seat Cat B for MBBS admission in Telengana for other state students? 2. Do I need to get study certificate from class 6 to 12? If yes, What is the format of that document? 3. Is residency certificate only for claiming local reservation ?
Dear Aspirants ,
MBBS admission through management quota documents required
Scorecard of NEET
Candidate’s DoB or equivalent certificate, issued by the competent authority.
10+2 passing certificate
Application fee receipt
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First of all congratulations on securing 640 rank in jee mains paper 2 from sc category.
You rank is good and definitely you can get nits, even if you belong from andhra pradesh.
Now as per seeing the last year cutoff trends for jee mains paper 2, with your sc category rank you can get b.arch in :-
- NIT RAIPUR
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Because, Last year the highest cutoff closing rank for nit raipur for other State sc candidates was - 686. And for vnit nagpur it was - 684.
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