CAT Toppers guide for CAT 2013 Aspirants on Preparation
When you decided to take CAT 2013, there must have been several factors going on in your mind. Would an MBA be worth at this stage of my career? Shall I pursue Masters or shall I go for MBA? Would taking CAT be a good Return of Investment (ROI) in terms of placement after MBA? What if I do not get through the top IIMs? Confusions are many whereas there is no sure shot solution as nobody can predict the future. But to make you feel at ease, this article will give you the views of the past years’ CAT toppers and achievers who have and are studying in IIM Indore.
However, you can take charge of many of the above mentioned queries by focusing on your preparation and planning ahead. In this article we will bring to you the feedback of the 4 CAT toppers spreading CAT 2010 to 2012. These CAT toppers were interviewed by IIMs and Prometric. The aspects which would be discussed are expectations from taking CAT, overall experience, placement scenario and IIMs role in it and message for you, i.e. the CAT 2013 aspirants.
Let us first start with hopes and expectations about taking CAT and we shall gradually move to other areas. The CAT toppers who have shared their experiences and advices are Sugeet Mittal, CAT 2011 taker; Gautam Sethi, CAT 2010 taker; Roopak Bhartee, CAT 2010 taker and Ritika Bajaj, CAT 2012 taker.
Hopes and expectations while deciding to take CAT
While Sugeet, who will complete his MBA in the year 2014 and Ritika, who belongs to the 2015 batch aimed to get through top 10 B-schools of India or the Tier 1 MBA institutes, Gautam and Roopak, who passed MBA in the year 2013 were certain that their aim lied only in the IIMs.
While 3 of the CAT toppers were sure about taking CAT and why they wanted to do MBA, Sugeet was apprehensive in beginning. In his words, “I was unsure about pursuing MBA and thus about taking CAT. I weighed the pros and cons of continuing with my job as a Chartered Accountant (C.A.) vis Ã vis pursuing MBA and then continue with my career aspirations. I decided to take CAT and it turned out to be the right decision.”
Roopak on the other hand was pressed by the dilemma of Indian MBA vs. foreign MBA. He says, “I had to make a choice between an Indian MBA and Foreign one. Upon interacting with people, alumni, and researching materials, the common thought always pointed towards a greater exposure, diversity and learning in a foreign MBA over an Indian MBA. But for me an equally important factor was to be able to complete my MBA at the earliest as I was clear of what I wanted from an MBA and how I would use the learning. In the end I believe it always boils down to the participant making most of the learning environment presented, as simply getting into a Harvard or an IIM does not make one great. Once I made up my mind for an Indian MBA, started gearing up for CAT.”
While Gautam was not just sure about doing MBA but what he wants to do in future as well, Ritika looked up to her sister, an IIM Calcutta graduate as her inspiration and chose her path.
The journey from taking CAT to IIMs
After a rigorous routine of CAT preparation, their hard work was rewarded by getting selected to IIMs. While some were delighted about getting calls through several IIMs, others started preparing for the interviews without spending much time in celebration. Some were just overwhelmed by the entire experience and diversity of cultural and educational backgrounds of students present in the IIMs.
Sharing her experience, Ritika says, “The overall experience after the results were announced for CAT 2012 till date has been extraordinary. All my days after January 9, 2013 were spent studying for the interviews, attending sessions and giving mock interviews. As I was working it was a little difficult to manage. I was a little apprehensive at first but with the support of my family and friends I was able to cope and give my best.”
Both Gautam and Roopak were captivated by the diversity factor and the exposure to a whole new world of IIMs. Roopak, who studied in IIM Indore shares, “After clearing CAT and getting into IIM Indore, there were dozens of things going through my mind. It was a special feeling of being at one of the best B-schools in India. I got to meet some really awesome people who are bound to do big things in life. The B-School was like an open playground where one can make the most in whatever one’s interested in. The course curriculum is really wholesome in the learning experience it provides and especially the electives serve every participant’s unique learning needs.” He also adds, “The professors are always ready to guide the students at any time of the day. The overall atmosphere in itself motivates every student to make the most of the opportunity presented. I really loved every moment in the two years of my graduation at IIM Indore.”
Sharing similar feelings, Gautam says, “The overall experience after getting into IIMs is hard to put in words. It was amazingly enriching, to say the least. The diverse backgrounds people came from made it a great learning experience.”
Sugeet, who is currently pursuing his MBA from IIM Indore states, “The journey has been very enriching. I got calls from 7 to 8 IIMs and was lucky to convert most of those calls. Finally, I took admission in IIM Indore.”
Placement and Role of IIMs
While Sugeet and Ritika are pursuing their MBA at present, Gautam and Roopak have already completed their MBA and have been placed in organizations of their choice. Gautam is currently working in Apollo Hospital Group. He got the opportunity at the very first go and hence was spared of the dilemma of choosing the right company. He believes having done his MBA from IIM Indore did have a major role to play in his success at the placement process. Though he did not mention numbers but according to Gautam, he is complacent with the salary range offered to him.
Roopak is currently working for an Indian group which has an annual turnover of Rs. 500 Crore as an Executive Assistant to the MD/CEO. Talking about IIMs role in the successful placement, he mentions, “Graduating from IIM Indore definitely played an important role in getting this opportunity as it adds credibility to your application. What plays a bigger role is what one has done in his two years at IIM. Making most of the two years at the prestigious institution is essential.”
Advice for CAT 2013 aspirants
The toppers shared preparation tips for CAT 2013 aspirants. They stressed on the importance of taking mock tests. “My advice to the CAT 2013 aspirants is to take lots of Mock CAT,” states Sugeet. Ritika mentions, “Taking online sample tests is very important to analyze your performance.” She also adds, “CAT is all about consistent studies, strategy and planning. One should be prepared for everything i.e. all the areas whether it’s Quantitative Aptitude or Verbal Ability or Data Interpretation as you never know which question would come in the exam. Once you are in the examination hall, its do or die situation so forget everything and concentrate and try to attempt as many questions as you can but make sure that they are correct. And even if you feel your performance in the first section is not good, keep calm and try to give your best in the next section. I wish all the best to everyone taking CAT 2013.”
According to Gautam, trick of cracking CAT 2013 is to identify the strengths and weaknesses and then practice as much as possible. Roopak believes that the first step is to clarify within yourself whether you want to pursue a foreign MBA or an Indian MBA. For preparation, his tips are, “Firstly spend time understanding your strengths and weaknesses. Remember one is never weak in the entire section (Verbal/Reasoning/Quant). Even in the section which you consider your Achilles Heel, you would definitely be good in certain type of questions. Identify them, always remember your strengths and weaknesses, and then work on improving. Identify a couple of friends also preparing for the exam, so that you can keep continually benchmarking and getting better over time.”
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See as per the eligibility criteria for CAT 2021 the candidate should either have graduated with minimum 50% aggregate or should be in his/her final year and as you have mentioned that you are in your second year and usually the graduation courses are of either 3-years or 4-years so being a 2-year candidate you are not eligible for CAT this year but you can apply for CAT next year.
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Solving CAT previous year papers is the essential part of the preparation.
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hello friend,right now Im studying 12thclass nd after I wanna do my btech.now coming to the point my uncle suggesting me to write CAT exm then you will get 25-30 lpa and I am thinking tht if I go US for MS I can earn more than 30lpa , so wht should I choose
MBA and MS are two totally different field and you must choose one based on your choice because your uncle will not be responsible in future if you won't like pursuing MBA.
MBA includes study of business management, marketing, finance, accounting etc and it is totally different and unrelated to Engineering.
If you are really interested in Engineering and Sciences then there is no point of doing MBA, just for a huge package. o
So, I would suggest you to pursue B.Tech for now and then during B.tech you decide what you really want to. One suggestion I would like to give you that don't think about career in terms of only package, think in terms of your satisfaction, mental peace and interest.
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I thought that I was going to prepared cat exam but i am hindi medium student
CLAT examination is not conducted in Hindi, it's conducted in English only but no worries learning English is not a rocket science, you can still prepare well for clat. You can work on your grammar, vocabulary, and soon you will be good at it. Moreover, in clat you have English section as well. So, even preparing for CLAT will help you in learning English .
Follow the below tips to prepare well for your clat examination:-
----------) Go well through your CLAT syllabus , don't leave any part just because you find it difficult or boring or you don't like it.You can get clat syllabus at https://law.careers360.com/articles/clat-syllabus
There are 5 subjects in your clat
current affairs including gk
----------) Top books which you can follow for CLAT are listed below subject wise
>>>>> GK & CURRENT AFFAIRS
*Manorama Year Book
*General Knowledge by Arihant Publications
*Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant Publications
>>>>> LOGICAL REASONING
*A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning by RS Aggarwal
>>>>> LEGAL REASONING
*Legal Awareness and Legal Reasoning by Pearson
*Objective Legal Aptitude by Rs Agarwal
>>>>> QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE
*Fast Track Objective Arithmetic, Arihant Publications
*Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Pearson's
*Objective General English by R S Aggarwal
*Word Power Made Easy by Norman
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----------) Plan your studies, and set daily, weekly and monthly goals to cover the syllabus and meet them without any fail.
----------) Revise at regular intervals as syllabus is wide .
----------) Solve previous year CLAT questions :-it will let you know the examination pattern, type and difficulty level of questions asked in the exam etc
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