How Roshni cracked CAT 2014 with Zero Pressure and secured admission in XIMB
Nobody works better under pressure and if you appear in an exam with stress, the results are never favourable. Roshni. S followed this axiom and appeared in CAT 2014 with a strategy of Zero Pressure. She secured 98.4 percentile and took admission in one of a top B-school- XIMB Bhubaneswar. In this special series of ‘CAT Topper Strategies’, Roshni shares her technique and mantra of becoming a CAT Topper.
While preparing for the QA & DI section, Roshni solved as many sums as possible which let her discover new and faster ways to approach and tackle her weak section. In CAT, she attempted VA & LR section in the end, and completed her weaker section first. She made sure that throughout her exam she remains tension free. Roshni believes that appearing in the test under no pressure is one of the main reasons for her high percentile.
Read her interview to know how Zero pressure for CAT can support you in your preparations and that on exam day.
Careers360: What were your initial thoughts behind pursuing MBA?
Roshni: Learning a new skill to differentiate myself from my peers. MBA would equip me with better business acumen and have more exposure to the outside world. These were the factors that influenced me to pursue an MBA degree.
Careers360: What was your preparation strategy for CAT 2014, and how was your overall exam experience?
Roshni: Appearing in CAT 2014 was a fun experience for me. I wasn’t too stressed, as I already had a job in hand. I was under no pressure while writing the test and that, I think, was one of the main reasons for my score. I had joined coaching classes around a year and a half before CAT 2014 and was attending them as regularly as I could, and I was constantly in touch with the concepts. I also attended several Quant and verbal tests and found that the times I scored well were the times when I didn’t put too much pressure on myself. So the strategy to crack the important exams is to have no tension and Zero Pressure.
Careers360: Share your preparation strategy for the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning?
Roshni: For QA & DI, solving and practicing more sums helped me in discovering new and faster ways to approach problems. One can then easily tell which sums are easier to solve, and focus on those during the paper. It is important, however, to practise solving harder questions as well so that one can increase the number of questions he/she can answer during the exam.
VA & LR: For this section, I practiced on my own. I also made sure to attend all classes relating to this. Learning from others helped me view questions from different perspectives.
Careers360: What was your Time Management formula for the CAT?
Roshni: Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning did not require much thinking, so I left it for the end. I solved as many questions as I could from the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section first, and then proceeded to the Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning section. I had some time left which I spent reviewing my answers, and this helped me a lot. I found out several mistakes I had made earlier, and rectified them.
Careers360: How did you tackle your weak area in the exam?
Roshni: My weak area was Data Interpretation. My strong areas were geometry and logarithms. I had practised DI questions before the exam, but it took long to solve them, so I made sure that I left a little extra time for solving them during the exam.
Careers360: How did you prepare for the PI-WAT rounds?
Roshni: I practiced the basic questions such as introduction, and also made sure I knew my resume inside-out. Then I asked my friends to interview me ask them to point out flaws. I went through my profile sheet to see what kind of questions could pop up when someone sees it for the first time.
For WAT, the students from the colleges where I received a call from were very helpful in compiling lists of various topics that we could be asked to write about. I went through those, and also kept up with some topics trending at the time.
Careers360: What are the key factors that influence your selection at PI stage?
Roshni: Since I had just prepared for PI for campus placements, I used the same strategy to prepare for the admissions PI as well. In addition to the general questions, for which I had made sure I was well-versed with the answers, I also kept up with daily news and trending topics. In my opinion, the interviewers base their selection on the following factors: knowledge, presentation, confidence and value-addition to the institution.
Careers360: How did you structure your WAT write up?
Roshni: My WAT topic was: Beauty has no brains. We were given 20 minutes to write the essay. I started writing my views about whether I agree with what the statement or not, and went on to explain the reasons with examples.
Careers360: Your message for CAT 2015 aspirants?
Roshni: Practice, and don’t lose touch with working out problems. Keep your mind energetic, do not stress out, and remember to have Zero pressure. The key is to enjoy the process.
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As you have not mentioned your home state so considering it as Rajasthan according to your profile.
See it is little bit difficult to predict exactly whether you will get seat in any government medical college or not because different colleges have different cut-offs for State quota and All India Quota. Also, cut-offs are bound to change every year depending upon various factors such as the number of candidates appearing in an examination, the number of candidates qualifying an examination, difficulty level of the paper, and so on.
But if we go through previous years NEET cut-off trends in Rajasthan then there are good chances for you to get seat in some of the GMCs, the reason being is last year the lowest cut-off marks was 564 for Government Medical College, Barmer for Management quota seat under Home State quota for OBC category.
You can check the previous years cut-offs through the link given below :-
To have a list of all those colleges which you can get based upon your marks, category, and state you can use NEET College Predictor:-
I hope this information helps you.
I have scored 90.2% in 10 and scored 95.6% in class 12 with (commerce+maths) and currently I will be joining the University of Delhi for B.com.(Hons), I want to enrich my profile to make it CAT interview ready. please suggest some tips and activities which I should follow during this 3 year?
Hope you're doing well.
Your academics are quite strong. MBA colleges such as IIMs, FMS, etc , they look for people who have a good academic record, CAT percentile of more that 95, mostly. And, if you have a good hold of communication skills(professional), you'll surely be preffered.
Apart from CAT preparation, During your Bcom, just focus on your studies and try to keep your CGPA decent and good. Try to engage in extra curricular activities. Work on developing your skills. And, if you have working experience, more preference would be given to you. So, you should do a few internships and if possible get some job experience after completing Bcom. You should follow books like RS agarwal and arun sharma for a good hold of quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, data interpretation, verbal and nonverbal reasoning.
All the best.
i got 48 rank in ews cat in bhu msc zoology do i have any chance of getting admission in bhu or its affiliated colleges..? please reply asap
As per your rank in EWS CAT in Banaras Hindu University, you are eligible to get admission in main campus. Also you are more preferable to get admission in affiliated colleges of Banaras Hindu University which offer Msc Zoology. Visit the official website for regular updates regarding counselling and other admission process.
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As per the NEET Marks you have secured & your Estimate RANK is 2409, As per marks specified by you and based on the community BC-B Women there is a chance to get MBBS seat in following colleges as per the last year admissions
1. Govt. Medical College Govt. General Hospital Road, Anantapur,
2. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Putlampalli, Cuddapah District,
3. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Srikakulam, Srikakulam District,
4. G.S.L.General Hospital & Medical College NH-5, Laxmipuram, Rajahmundry-533294, East Godavari District,
5. Katuri Medical College Katuri Nagar, Chinakondrupadu, Guntur-522019, Guntur District.
As per the last year admissions with last rank admitted in various colleges,
For more details on NEET Cutoff, Fee, Colleges Information on NEET Predictor please refer below mentioned link :
how much time is required to prepare for CAT exams. Is Four months enough? would be completing BTech by 2021 July.
The preparation time totally depends upon your background knowledge and the source and method you are following. It really depends from people to people and 4 months is also good, if you have enough knowledge for preparing according.
In this 4 months you can solve sample paper and solve last years paper.
For more information ,go through the given link below:-