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CMAT 2019 Topper Interview: Preparing for a national-level management entrance exam doesn’t come easy but it wasn’t really hard for Kshitij Madan who topped the CMAT 2019 exam with 99.99 percentile to grab All India Rank 2. An IT professional, Kshitij started preparing for CAT initially which made CMAT quite easy for him. Apart from topping the exam, he also scored 97.81 percentile in CAT 2018 and 96.7 percentile in XAT 2019. A poet by heart, Kshitij has done his Bachelor of Engineering (BE) from Ramdev College of Engineering, Nagpur. In a conversation with Careers360, he talks about his preparation journey, how he is preparing for the selection rounds and his plans ahead to join a B-school.
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Careers360: Congratulations on securing AIR 2 in CMAT 2019. Were you expecting this result? What was your reaction when you saw it?
Kshitij: Thank you! To be very honest, I didn’t expect this kind of result at all because I did not dedicatedly prepare for CMAT exam. I was preparing for CAT, XAT and IIFT but keeping the difficulty level of these exams into consideration, I wasn’t very sure about my result. So, I appeared for CMAT but I was absolutely unsure about this kind of result. Careers360: Tell us something about yourself, in terms of your family and education background, work experience etc.
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Kshitij: I’m from Nagpur and I pursued my engineering degree from Ramdev College of Engineering. After that, I moved to Bangalore to work with an IT firm as an Associate Software Developer. I love writing poetry and I post my poems and other stuff on social media. Careers360: Which other MBA entrance exams did you appear for?
Kshitij: Apart from CMAT, I appeared for CAT, XAT, IIFT, NMAT and MICAT. I scored 97.81 percentile in CAT 2018 and 96.7 percentile in XAT. This was my first ever stint with the MBA entrance exams. Careers360: Why did you decide to take CMAT? Which are the B-schools you are targetting through the exam?
Kshitij: I wasn’t really sure about giving CMAT. I was actually preparing for CAT, XAT and other major MBA entrance exams but I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to crack these exams or not. So, I thought of writing CMAT as well as a plan B to get a call from one or two renowned B-schools which accept CMAT scores. Thank god, I managed to score well in all the exams I appeared for.Careers360: How did you balance your preparation along with your job/studies?
Kshitij: I was working with an IT company as an Asst. Software Developer when I started preparing for entrance exams. I quit my stable job and started working with a start-up which gave me a perfect work-preparation balance but in the final months of my preparation, I left my job.Careers360: Did you opt for coaching? How important is it according to you to crack a competitive exam like CMAT?
Kshitij: Not for CMAT but yes, I took coaching to prepare for CAT and XAT. I joined T.I.M.E. in Bangalore and it was really helpful as I had no prior knowledge of these exams. I didn’t even know that there are so many other MBA exams apart from CAT and XAT. The study material provided by the institute and the mock tests were really helpful during the preparation. Even though every exam has its own curriculum but if you are solely preparing for CMAT then coaching is not required.Careers360: What was your strongest and weakest sections in CMAT?
Kshitij: GK was a bit difficult but the rest of the exam was quite easy. I was able to solve the first three sections in the first two hours. I guess CMAT offers a lot of time to solve all the questions. You need to solve 100 questions in 180 minutes.
Careers360: Did you challenge any of the CMAT answer keys?
Kshitij: Yes, I challenged one answer in the Quant section but did not check the result. Careers360: How are you preparing for the next rounds, such as GD, Essay Writing and PI?
Kshitij: I have started preparing for the interview process and I’m also revising a bit of academics. I’m also reading current affairs because that helps a lot in WAT (Writing Ability Test) round. Careers360: Which B-schools have you been shortlisted by?
Kshitij: I have got calls from new IIMs and a couple of other B-schools. Let’s hope for the best. Careers360: What is your message for the next year's CMAT aspirants?
Kshitij: As I didn’t t prepare specifically for CMAT, I cannot really give a message for the ones who want to appear for it next year. However, I would like to say that if you are preparing for CAT or XAT, CMAT will automatically be taken care off.
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It depends on the quality of your preparation. There are people who do not burn the midnight oil but still emerge toppers and some students who put their heart and soul for preparation, panic on the D-day. So it totally depends on the quality of time and dedication you put in for your preparation. Please check CMAT syllabus at:
. With 45 days for CMAT, you need to remember that you do not have time on your side. So you need to :
Tips for QTDI:
QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics. Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.
The ultimate key to improve your verbal ability is to read extensively and to read books from different genres. This ensures that when the time for reading comprehension comes you are well acquainted with different writing styles and topics. Reading extensively also improves your reading speeding over a period of time. There are no shortcuts here.
There are several exams for getting admission to management courses starting from CAT in November to MAH-CET in March. So, you have ample opportunity for getting admission to any management college by scoring good marks in any of the management exams. The most popular management exams are CAT,XAT and CMAT since most of good colleges accept the scores of these exam. By seeing your graduation degree I would suggest you to go healthcare management because your graduation has a link with this course,you can also easily justify why you have taken this course Other than this the healthcare management course also has a bright future and there is no scope of recession in this course. This is my opinion for rest what you wish. But start preparing for management exams join any reputed coaching like TIME,IMS etc and start working hard.
I hope the above information is beneficial to you.
All the Best.
Hello there. Hope you are doing good. I would like to tell you that the cutoff varies every year depending on the competition and the level of paper. Last year, the minimum CMAT score accepted in NIAM Jaipur was 45.5 percentile. Since the competition is increasing every year, so I would suggest you to expect a slight increase in the upcoming cutoff.
The college offers PGDM Agribusiness Management with a total intake of 60 students every year.
I hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future.
Stress only adds to the pain and suffering but doesn't help in resolving the issue at hand. You need focus on the goal. Practise as much as previous papers as you can. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.
Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.
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