CMAT 2017 Topper Interview: AIR 2 Lagnajit Das says spend time on reading and understand questions before deciding the answer
Hailing from Bhubaneswar, Lagnajit Das has secured perfect 100 percentile in Common Management Admission Test (CMAT) 2017, which is counted among the top management entrance exams. A fan of various English TV series, the topper is a Metallurgy & Material Science engineer from NIT Rourkela. The second rank holder credits this victory to his dedicated efforts, planned strategy, and most importantly, never give up attitude.
In this exclusive interview with Careers360, Lagnajit shares his success mantras for the future CMAT aspirants. He advises that taking maximum number of mock tests and solving sample papers is the key to success apart from strengthening basic concept behind each topic as well.
Read here the full interview:
Careers360: Congratulations on your CMAT Result! Share your feelings on being a Topper.
Lagnajit: Thanks a lot. One of my friends told me that the result has been declared and I have secured AIR 2. At first, I didn’t believe him and thought that it must be some other candidate with the same name. But it was me only! Since then, phone calls from friends and relatives haven’t stopped pouring in and I am cherishing every moment now.
Careers360: What are your sectional and overall scores and percentiles?
Lagnajit: My overall percentile is 100 and the total score is 329. My scores and percentiles in Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness are 100-100, 78-98.34, 86-99.98 and 65-99.71 respectively.
Careers360: Tell us something about yourself and your family members.
Lagnajit: I am from Bhubaneswar. I have done Metallurgy & Material Science engineering from NIT Rourkela. My father is manager in Odisha Mining Corporation and mother is a teacher. My father has always been very supportive. He believes in me when even I don’t trust myself.
Careers360: Why do you want to pursue MBA?
Lagnajit: I always wanted to pursue MBA in order to have a fair idea before entering the real corporate world. The programme will result in my overall holistic development that will aid me in understanding the competitive world of business in a better way.
Careers360: Was this your first CMAT attempt? How was the experience?
Lagnajit: Yes, it was my first attempt. The experience was good as I found it easier than CAT. I was taking appropriate time for analysing the questions before attempting them. The questions were not that tough, and I tried my best to avoid silly mistakes.
Careers360: How did you prepare for CMAT 2017?
Lagnajit: I solved CMAT mock series as many as possible. I concentrated on weak areas and strengthened strong ones. I made sure that I do not do any silly mistake or commit errors in simple calculations. I worked hard on understanding and brushing up the basic concept behind every topic.
Careers360: What was your strongest and weakest sections of CMAT? How did you tackle your weak areas?
Lagnajit: My strongest area was Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation (QTDI). I got all my answers correct in this particular section. My weakest section was Logical Reasoning (LR). I solved a lot of sample papers in order to create strong grip on this section. While attempting the actual paper, I didn’t rush and spent enough time on reading and understanding the question first before deciding on final answer.
Careers360: How was CMAT preparation and test experience different from CAT?
Lagnajit: My preparation strategy for both the entrance exams was same, but the test experience was different. I found questions asked in CAT comparatively tougher. While attempting CMAT, I was pretty much confident about my performance as the questions were easy.
Careers360: While a common preparation suffices for CAT and CMAT, how did you prepare for the GA section?
Lagnajit: To strengthen this section, I made sure that I read newspaper daily. With that, I was able to keep myself updated with the latest happenings around the world.
Careers360: Now that the result of top MBA entrance exams are over, how are you preparing for the GD PI and essay writing rounds?
Lagnajit: I have started my preparation for the selection procedure. For group discussion, I am preparing by learning how to structure my response properly and take lead. To prepare myself for essay writing rounds, I read books regularly. I read a lot of interesting articles available on internet as well. Also, I write something daily.
Careers360: What is your dream B-School? Do you also have a particular specialization in mind?
Lagnajit: I want to pursue MBA in Finance from Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS Mumbai). I have got calls from Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar and International Management Institute, New Delhi.
Careers360: Tell us about your interests. Do you play any sport?
Lagnajit: I like watching English television series a lot. House of Cards and Breaking Bad are among my favorites. I used to play Cricket earlier.
Careers360: Any advice for future CMAT takers?
Lagnajit: You should put sincere efforts in strengthening the basic concepts. Devote adequate time in rigorous studies. Solve maximum number of mock tests. This will boost your confidence level. Be positive and never give up.
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Questions related to CMAT
i have 88 percentile in cmat 2020 belonging to general category will i get admission in ims In FT.
We estimate that an overall attempt of around 86 - 88 attempts with around 90% accuracy ( net score of around 310) would fetch around 99 percentile. Attempts of around 80-82 questions with around 90% accuracy (net score of around 285) should fetch around 95 percentile. Attempts of around 74-76 questions with around 90% accuracy (net score of around 265 ) should fetch around 90 percentile.
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when i fill CMAT form and after crack the exam do i have to fill PUMBA application form individual or CMAT CET form is enough for getting a call from PUMBA college..
After filling the CMAT form and cracking the examination, you are needed to fill a separate form for PUMBA college, that is made available in their official website, for getting a call from The Department of Management Sciences, PUMBA, Savitri Phule Pune University.
For more information regrading the topic please visit https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/pumba-mba#PUMBA-MBA-Application-Process-2020
I have scored 210marks with 82.79 percentile approx in CMAT 2020.Belonging to General-EWS Category,Is it ossible to secure a seat for MBA from MS university Baroda ?!
1st of all, the percentile system is different that percentage system. Percentile system depends on the aspirant who scored highest marks, and keeping his percentile as base every other aspirant receives his percentile. Hence cut off of every college differs every year. depending upon total number of aspirants, highest scorer, number of seats, difficulty level.
If we take previous year records scores the cutoff has been nearly 176-208 for MS University.
So a score in greater than this will help you to have more chance of college conversion. also you have General EWS category so that will further help you.
Is it advisable to pursue MBA either from PP Savani University (Surat) or from ITM University (Baroda) ? Which are other good private b-schools in Gujarat for a person with poor CMAT score ?
ITM University Baroda is far better then PP Savani University Surat because the placement in ITM University for MBA pass out student is 100 percent. On the other hand PP Savani University Surat for MBA studies have good faculties for continuing studies there but the placement is not so good there. During the last 1 year many MNCnot doing their campusing in PP Savani University in Surat
CMAT is a common management admission test conducted by National testing agency. A student who qualify in this exam can get a facility for admission in in thousand of B-School in India.
If you prepare yourself properly for the test you can get in top B school colleges for MBA studies.
process and how to get prepared for cmat for mba upcoming 2020-2022 batch
Hope you're doing well.
CMAT or common management admission test is an entrance exam for MBA which is accepted by many colleges across India. For preparation of CMAT, you need to follow these guidelines :-
1. Go through last 10 years question papers and solve them.
2. Practice quantitative aptitude, verbal and nonverbal ability, logical reasoning and data interpretation thoroughly. You may also identify your weaker section and practice as much as you can.
3. Go through the CMAT syllabus until you're done.
4. There are many guides and books available which will make you better with the practice. You should refer to them.
All the best.