Aiming to accomplish one’s dream and setting the eyes on the goal helped Narayan Sharma who is the CMAT 2020 topper crack the exam with ease. With sheer dedication, focus and hard work, CMAT topper Narayan Sharma proved that despite being a working professional, if one has his or her eye set on the goal, then they can be successful in whatever task they undertake.

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Narayan Sharma who scored 99.97% in CMAT 2020 is currently working as accountant in Controller General of Accounts, Government of India. In an exclusive interview with Careers360, CMAT 2020 Topper- Narayan Sharma provides section wise preparation tips and recommends the future aspirants to practice solving past years question papers so that the concepts are clear and there is less dependence on coaching centres. CMAT 2020 topper- Narayan Sharma had also appeared for the Common Admission Test (CAT) and came out in flying colours. Read this CMAT topper interview- Narayan Sharma to get insight to his exam day strategy and planning done by him during the course of preparation.

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Careers360: Tell us something about yourself.

Answer: My name is Narayan Sharma and I am currently working as Accountant in Controller General of Accounts, Government of India. Prior to this, I have done B-tech in ECE from Lovely Professional University, Punjab.

Careers360: How did your family support you in achieving this feat?

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Answer: Like all Indian parents, my family has always been supportive with my decisions regarding higher studies or job. Although I take calls on the major decisions about my career, they have always been there supporting me.

Careers360: What are your sectional and overall scores and percentiles?

Answer: (Score/Percentile)

Overall: 322/99.97%

Quantitative Aptitude: 96/99.90%

Logical Resoning: 80/87.39%

Language Comprehension: 90/99.92%

General Awareness: 56/99.58%

Careers360: Which are the books (section-wise) that you would recommened for preparation of CMAT


  • For GA, I would suggest Lucent and monthly compilation of current affairs from any banking examination sites.

  • For Quant, focus on basics with books like RS Agarwal and NCERT textbooks up to class 10.

  • For LR, just practice the previous year questions, no need of any specific book.

  • For Language Comprehension, generate a reading habit of newspaper & novels and follow Wren & Martins book for grammar. Supplement all these with mocks and previous year papers.

Careers360: Which other MBA entrance exams did you appear for and what are your scores and percentiles in the respective exams?

Answer: Apart from CMAT, I appeared in CAT 2019 exam and have managed to score 99.12%.

Careers360: Why did you decide to take CMAT? Which are the B-schools you are targeting through the exam?

Answer: My main reason behind taking CMAT was to get into Mumbai based B-schools namely JBIMS and SYDENHAM.

Careers360: When did you start preparing for CMAT and what was your strategy?

Answer: As I was preparing for CAT and have appeared for other examinations like SSC-CGL in the past, I didn’t opt for any specific strategy for CMAT exam. I just continued my momentum after appearing for CAT in November 2019 and prepared for the GA section along with it.

Careers360: Did you opt for coaching? Do you think coaching is important to crack a competitive exam like CMAT?

Answer: No, I did not opt for any coaching for CMAT 2020. Exams like CMAT check our basic aptitude, which I don’t think any coaching institute can help us in developing. According to me, working on the basics with regular practice of the questions is the mantra.

Careers360: What was your strongest and weakest sections in CMAT?

Answer: My strongest section was Quantitative Aptitude and weakest was General Awareness, especially the static part.

Careers360: How many mock tests did you take for CMAT?

Answer: I took 2 mock tests for CMAT 2020.

Careers360: What was your exam day strategy and experience?

Answer: My exam day strategy was to keep my head cool. As there is no shortage of time in the CMAT exam, the only thing that matters is accuracy. You need a cool head for that and the goal should be to avoid silly errors in the examinations. Try to cross check questions you have answered at least once before submitting the paper.

Careers360: Did you challenge any of the CMAT answer keys?

Answer: No, I didn’t.

Careers360: How are you preparing for the next rounds, such as GD, Essay Writing and PI?

Answer: I have registered for a mock Group Discussion/Personal Interview programme to prepare. Along with that, I am following newspapers religiously to gain viewpoint about the latest events around the world.

Careers360: Which B-schools have you been shortlisted by on the basis of other entrance examinations (if any) ?

Answer: Currently, I have calls from all the New and baby IIMs. Apart from that, I have also applied for IIT-D, IIT-B, IIT-K and DFS-DU through my CAT score, for which calls are not out yet.

Careers360: What are your hobbies? Which activities were you involved in during your MBA entrance exam preparation phase to unwind?

Answer: My hobbies include reading the newspaper, cycling, watching football and TV series. Cycling has been my go-to activity to relax during the preparation phase.

Careers360: What is your dream career which you would like to pursue after completing an MBA?

Answer: My dream career after MBA is to work with major financial firms like JP Morgan Chase, Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse etc. in profiles like Valuation and Equity research.

Careers360: What is your message for the next year's CMAT aspirants?

Answer: Start working on the basic aptitude along with General Awareness and you are good to go for the exam.

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whats think different in a CMAT and a cat

Shiksha 28th Mar, 2020


Although both the exams are for getting into Bschools in India for post graduation but there is a huge difference between the two:

  • Cat is common admission test and cmat is common management admission test
  • Cat is one of the most popular exam in india for management given by around 2 lakhs of people and cmat is given by a lesser candidates around 50k-60k.
  • Most of the bschools & iim accept cat score and around only 400+ colleges in india iccepts cmat score.
  • Cat has a higher difficulty level and cmat is a bit on the easier side.
  • Both exams are online but the exam pattern is different. Apart from quantitative ability, verbal ability and logical reasoning that are there in both the exams, cmat also an additional section for gk & current affairs.
  • There are very few top colleges through cmat and many top colleges through cat that you can target.
  • I hope this helps.

my score in cmat 32 which college is better its ghaziabad or srm ncr

Shiksha 28th Mar, 2020


ITS ghaziabad: Offers mba with fees 3.25 lacs (seats 240) & pgdm with fees 5.94 lacs (seats 180). The avg package you get is 6-7 lacs & highest went till 12-13 lacs.

SRM NCR: Offers mba with fees around 4 lacs. The avg package you can get is 4.5 lacs and highest goes till 12.5 lacs.

Its ghaziabad is better option as the ROi is better and the reviews of students are inclined towards this college.

I hope this helps.


hello. I got 91.6 percentile in CMAT exam. is there any chance to get admission in MNIT Jaipur for MBA?

Aman Raj Student Expert 27th Mar, 2020

Hello Anjali

If you consider last year cutoffs then yes you can get a call for GDPI. Getting admission is fully dependent on how to perform in your GDPI.

Last to last year the last cutoffs was around 87 so i think there is a chance for you.

All the best for your GDPI.


is there any good college in bhopal or indore for doing mba by cmat score....

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 24th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Following is list of few management colleges accepting CMAT score in Bhopal/Indore:

  • Institute of Management Studies, Devi Ahilya University, Indore.
  • Prestige Institute of Management and Research, Indore.
  • Institute of Business Management and Research, IPS Academy, Indore.
  • Jaipuria Institute of Management, Indore.
  • IES College of Technology
  • People's Institute of Management and Research
  • Sagar Institute of Research and Technology

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I got 85% in CMAT. I m from Rajasthan and completed graduation from gujarat. Is their any chance of FMS or MSU Baroda.

Shiksha 24th Mar, 2020


Yes, there are chances to get fms or msu baroda for pursuing mba. The cut off as per past years are 85 and above for cmat. Fms or msu is a government college and has a less no. of seats so cut off is high for cmat. But you have decent chances to convert.

I hope this helps.

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