CAT 2016 Topper Interview: Effective time management is key to success, says Sandeep Patra, 99.6 percentiler
Sandeep Patra, and engineer and a Coal India Limited employee, states that with focussed strategy and an effective time management one can easily crack CAT. In his interview with Careers360, Sandeep says that CAT is all about analysing an aptitude of a candidate and is structured in a similar way.
Aiming to make his way to IIM-Ahmedabad, Bangalore or Calcutta, Sandeep shares his preparation strategy especially for his weak areas. He further mentions that all future aspirants must focus on time management skills to be able to complete the test on time and save some crucial minutes for revision.
Careers360: Congratulations Sandeep! How are the celebrations going?
Sandeep: I might celebrate with my office colleagues. I was kind of expecting this percentile probably because I used to secure a similar percentile in my mocks.
Careers360: What is your section wise percentile?
Sandeep: In Verbal Ability section, I scored95.8, Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation I got 98.9. And in Quantitative Ability, it was 99.7, making my overall percentile- 99.60.
Careers360: How was your exam? Which were the toughest and weakest sections according to you?
Sandeep: The exam was average. Though I could attempt fewer questions than I had planned for the D-day. However, since I could gauge the difficulty level of the test, I knew I had to take care of accuracy aspect. Quants & LR-DI were always my forte but it seems I still needed to work a lot on my verbal ability.
Careers360: How did you prepare for CAT? How much time did you give for your preparation?
Sandeep: Since my job at Coal India Limited is very hectic & am located in a very remote area where there is no access to classroom coaching, I made optimum use of various social media platforms. I used to dedicate three to fours everyday for CAT preparation. This was my routine for almost five months prior to the CAT exam.
Careers360: Which is your preferred IIM? Which specialisation are you interested in?
Sandeep: I would like to get selected in either IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore or Calcutta – the top three. I am specifically interested in finance owing to my knack for mathematics.
Careers360: Have you started preparing for the next rounds?
Sandeep: I have received a call from IIM Bangalore already and I haven’t even started with the selection rounds preparations yet. Presently, I am keeping myself updated with the latest happening and current affairs by reading newspapers and writing and following Quora.
Careers360: Any tips for the futre CAT takers?
Sandeep: The future aspirants need to prioritise things and they should learn to manage their time during the test. It is important to identify the weak areas and work on them at the earliest and take a lot of mock tests and also analyse them.
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I am general cat Jharkhand girl student with jee main percentile of about 90.5 in 2020 so can I get bit sindhri?
As you have secured 90.5 percentile score in JEE mains from general category then your all India rank must be around 105000. Now if you want to take admission in BIT Sindri on the basis of your general category all India rank then yes, you can get admission in BIT Sindri as per seeing the last year cutoff Trends.
Here is the last year (2019) cutoff Trends for general category students on the basis of their all India rank for BIT Sindri for all branches :-
Mechanical engineering - 85548
Electrical engineering - 86089
Production engineering - 128980
Metallurgy - 96231
Chemical engineering - 121628
Civil engineering - 99706
Electronics and communication engineering - 69402
Information technology - 66486
Mining engineering - 107097
Computer science and engineering - 49946
So as you can see this year there is a chance that you can easily get chemical engineering, production engineering and mining engineering. But the chances are very hard for you to get civil engineering and metallurgy branch in BIT Sindri.
I got 346 marks.My air is 252953.My cat Rank is 27,147.Can i get seat?
You have provided all the details but have missed out mentioning the category itself,, considering you as General, from your profile it seems you belong to Telangana, chances for GMC is quite difficult in your case and further taking into consideration the fact that there are greater chances of cut-offs increasing this year make it more tough, you should try other options of private colleges or deemed universities regarding this, cutoffs vary every year based on multiple factors such as seat matrix, marks obtained in exam, toughness level of paper, total number of candidates participating in the exam etc. check out previous year cut-offs at https://medicine.careers360.com/articles/neet-cutoff-telangana , to know more about admission possibilities in various colleges you can use our NEET College Predictor; https://medicine.careers360.com/neet-college-predictor?icn=QnA&ici=qna_answer
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My branch is Electrical Engineering and in my college i have very less chance of placements . So what jobs should i go for so that it could be counted as work experience if I want to go for CAT exam ?
For MBA , work experience is not compulsory. You can get into MBA colleges without a work experience. It's like good food placed in a good plate. If you have a work experience you will get a good job or with more package . Otherwise it will depend on your academics.