CMAT 2017 Topper Interview: AIR 2 Lagnajit Das says spend time on reading and understand questions before deciding the answer
Nancy Johri, 08 Feb 2017, #CMAT
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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.


Careers360Tell 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.


Careers360How 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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