CAT Topper Interview: Use changes in pattern as an advantage, says Kanav Gupta, CAT 99 percentiler
A dreamer with a desire to be an entrepreneur, Kanav Gupta followed his ambition to study in IIM and took up the CAT challenge. He passionately prepared for one of the toughest management tests and secured 99.45 percentile along with a spot in the CAT 2015 topper league.
Currently, a PGP student at IIM Indore, Kanav shares his CAT preparation strategies in this article, which is part of a CAT Topper Interview series by Careers360. This series will guide CAT 2016 aspirants to learn and adopt topper strategies and guidance to secure a high percentile.
While preparing, Kanav applied a similar strategy for the three sections of the test. He devoted 40% of the time studying for quantitative ability and the remaining time was equally divided between verbal ability, data interpretation, and logical reasoning. Further, he read newspapers every day to help increase his general awareness quotient and verbal skills. Kanav advises future aspirants to use the changes in the CAT 2016 pattern, if any, as an advantage. He further adds that aspirants must not become negative and change their strategies entirely; rather, a few adjustments are enough to crack CAT under any circumstances.
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Careers360: What made you pursue MBA, and why IIM and not any other top B-school?
Kanav: I wish to become an entrepreneur and carry forward my family business. This has been the sole reason for me pursuing an MBA. It had been a dream to get into an IIM for the same. Moreover, I believe that the quality of education what an IIM can provide, no other b-school can. Also, the coveted ‘IIM tag’ is very much respected in the industry. In the long run, the IIM badge can provide you much better opportunities than any other b-school.
Careers360: How was your experience of CAT, since the pattern was changed?
Kanav: CAT 2015 was a wonderful experience for me. It got me into IIM Indore which was a dream come true. Talking about the change in pattern, it was not a lot different from what I had been practising. I just needed to make a few adjustments in my strategy such as paying more attention to RC, and reducing my time allocation to Quant. The introduction of the calculator was a diversion for me because in the actual exam we do not get enough time to use the calculator. Even my pre-exam preparation was carried out without the use of the calculator.
Careers360: When did you start your preparations for CAT? Did you change your preparation strategy after the announcement of the pattern change or you followed the same routine?
Kanav: My preparation for CAT started in August 2014. I used to study 3-4 hours every day for the first 6 months and then steadily increased this time. My schedule involved giving 1-2 hours to quant and dividing rest of the time equally between VA and DI/LR. This helped me in staying in constant touch with all the subjects. I had to make a few adjustments here and there after the change in pattern was announced. The introduction of subjective questions made the paper a bit tougher but it was offset by no negative marking in those questions. I started practicing harder for the subjective questions since you needed to be 100% accurate in those kinds of questions. I also refrained from using the calculator since I felt that it actually slowed me down.
Careers360: How beneficial were the new changes, and would you like the officials to follow the same pattern? Any suggestions?
Kanav: I don’t think new changes were beneficial to anyone except that now the time was divided equally between all the sections. This prevented a person from using up all his time on 1 particular section. This proved to be very helpful. On the other hand, subjective questions made the paper a bit tougher. It required much more time to solve the questions since one could not use approximation now. I would suggest that the authorities should shift slightly back to the previous format and should not provide calculators rather exam should be more reasoning based than calculation based.
Careers360: Please share your sectional wise preparation strategy?
Kanav: I adopted a similar strategy throughout all the three sections. 40% of time used for studying was spent on quant and the remaining time was used equally for VA and DI/LR. I used to read a newspaper every day as it not only helped me in increasing my general awareness quotient but also improved my verbal skills to a great extent. I used to find DI/LR very interesting as it required one to think out of the box. I used to solve 1-2 sets every day for both of them. Quant was my favourite part. I could spend hours on solving quant questions without getting tired. One very important part of my preparation was that I used to discuss all my doubts with my friend who was also preparing for CAT and then together we tried solving them. This helped both of us in getting our basics strong.
Careers360: What were your strong and weak areas? How did you tackle your weak area in the test?
Kanav: My strong area was quant. I was very confident that I would do well in that section. Even most of my study time went into solving quant questions as I liked doing those. Within quant, geometry was a weak topic for me. I always escaped from those questions. Before the D-day, I already had a mindset that I would not be attempting any geometry questions. Also, I was a bit weak in VA. I used to have very low accuracy in that section during my AIMCATS and no matter how much I practised I was not able to improve that. I resorted to reading newspapers, interacting with my friends in English, continuous practice and all this ultimately helped me in improving my final score to some extent.
Careers360: Your message/tip for this year’s CAT aspirants?
Kanav: Just believe in yourself and keeping on working hard and don’t forget to thank your friends, family or any other person who supported you during your CAT journey.
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With this rank you can get following colleges based in previous ear cut-off of ranks of colleges
1)Govt Dental College RIMS Kadapa
2)REGIONAL DENTAL COLLEGE, GUWAHATI
3)Patna Dental College and Hospital, Patna
4) Government Dental College, Raipur
5) Goa Dental College & Hospital, Goa
6)Government Dental College & Hospital, Jamnagar
7) Government Dental College, Shimla
8)Dental Institue, RIMS, Ranchi
in Telangana , through AIQ you can get admission in
1)Government Dental College and Hospital, Afsalganj
To know more about the cutoff of NEET 2019 for government colleges(separately for dental and medical courses for all the states.) refer to https://medicine.careers360.com/articles/neet-cut-off-for-government-colleges
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The EWS category is an official reservation category that needs to be considered for admission into every college. So college consider EWS category also as other category. You can surely apply for private medical College.
Most of the colleges doesn't have fees as per the reservation. The fees seems to be same for every student. There might be some college that may offer scholarship to reserved category students .
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To apply for the benefit of NRI quota following are the list of documents required
NEET Score Card
A document which can claim that your sponsorer is an NRI ( document can be a Passport, Visa of the sponsorer)
Candidate's Relationship with NRI.
The candidates who had earlier applied under Indian citizenship but whished to changed to NRI quota would have to send relevant documents to the authorities at firstname.lastname@example.org till October 23 up to 10:00 AM.
For more information visit https://news.careers360.com/neet-2020-counselling-mcc-releases-notice-for-admission-under-nri-quota
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4.Manipal college of dental sciences,Manipal.
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