CMAT September 2013 Topper Krishna Deshmukh Shares Success Secrets
Krishna Deshmukh topped CMAT September 2013 exam. With 326 marks out of a total of 400 marks in the AICTE-conducted all India Management entrance exam, Krishna is the highest scorer in CMAT merit list of 64534 candidates who took the test.
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Careers360.com spoke to Krishna on how he achieved this success, why he chose CMAT for entry to an MBA programme, and which B-schools he wish to apply with his CMAT score for MBA admission in academic year 2014-15.
A Computer Science Engineer of 2009-13 class from BITS Pilani Goa campus, Krishna declined a job offer during the campus placement to pursue his Marketing dream. He says that he is targeting top B-schools like IIM A, IIM B, IIM C, JBIMS, FMS-Delhi, IIFT.
In this interview, Krishna also speaks on his preparation strategy, dream B-schools and career aspirations. Despite being the best performer in Sept CAMT, Krishna says that he will also sit for other exams like CAT, XAT and even Feb CMAT to get admission opportunities from top B-schools in India.
Excerpts from interview:
Careers360: Many congratulations for your success in CMAT!
Krishna Deshmukh: Thank you.
Careers360: What motivated you to take CMAT?
Krishna Deshmukh: I have always wanted to build a career in marketing. For the marketing sector, JBIMS Mumbai is one of the best options hence it is my dream B-School that I aspire to join. Since JBIMS is conducting its admission through CMAT, I decided to take the exam.
Careers360: You had taken CMAT in September 2012 also. But this season you are the best performer for CMAT September 2013. You have topped by getting a score of 326. What made the difference?
Krishna Deshmukh: Yes, I had taken CMAT in September 2012 and scored 306. My scores were almost identical in both my attempts of CMAT in Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and Language Comprehension. The differentiating factor was the General Awareness section. I scored much higher in the GA section this timeâ¦.
Careers360: But, Experts say that the exam was tough, specially the GA. How do you feel about the exam pattern?
Krishna Deshmukh: Yes, it is true that CMAT was tougher compared to the last season. I found English and General Awareness questions a little tougher. The Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning sections, however, were easy for me as I was also preparing for CAT alongside CMAT.
Careers360: So, you would be taking CAT 2013 as well. Any other MBA entrance exams you are planning to take?
Krishna Deshmukh: Yes I will also take CAT 2013, XAT 2014 and Maharashtra CET exam. CAT and XAT were in my agenda earlier. Since the Directorate of Technical Education (DTE) has announced to conduct of MAH CET again, I am planning to take that as well as JBIMS primarily conducted the admission through MAH CET.
Careers360: And Feb CMAT 2014?
Krishna Deshmukh: Yesâ¦Obviously. I will definitely take Feb CMAT 2014 to better my own performance.Since the B-school admission takes place on basis of the best of the two CMAT scores- September and February, I would like to take the exam once again. My aim is to score around 340 marks in the February CMAT.
Careers360: Are you following a separate preparation strategy for each of these MBA entrance exams?
Krishna Deshmukh: I had started my preparation from the final year of my engineering programme. I mainly focused for CAT 2013 exam and then I decided to take CMAT also. The exam patterns of these exams are more or less the same. The CMAT questions are much easier than that of CAT. Hence preparing for the Quant, DI and Reasoning section for CAT served the purpose for CMAT preparation as well. For the GK section, I read newspapers, magazines and participated in online forums on current affairs. The questions in CMAT were also on the topics which I had prepared closely. I think it is my consistency in the preparation that has helped me to score highest in CMAT.
Careers360: You mentioned that you have taken CMAT for JBIMS only. Which are the B-schools you are aspiring through CAT and XAT?
Krishna Deshmukh: As I had mentioned, through CMAT I am only aiming at JBIMS and same with MAH CET. Had JBIMS not on the list of participating institutes for CMAT, I wouldn’t have attempted it at all. For CAT, I am targeting the top IIMs and FMS-Delhi, and with XAT my target institutes are XLRI Jamshedpur, SPJIMR Mumbai, IMT Ghaziabad and the likes.
Careers360: Won’t you prefer the new IIMs?
Krishna Deshmukh: No. I am not too sure about the new IIMs. It is true that new IIMs also offer good placement opportunities evident in their placement reports, but just for the sake of the brand name, I won’t pay a high amount of fee for the new IIMs.
Careers360: What is your dream job? Where do you want to see yourself 5 years down the line?
Krishna Deshmukh: I want to be a Marketing Manager. In future, I would like to see myself in one of the top companies like HCL or P&G or Cadbury in marketing roles.
Careers360: What is your message for the CMAT aspirants?
Krishna Deshmukh: The CMAT questions are basically very easy but it is the silly mistakes that cost the marks. My advice for the CMAT takers would be to avoid silly mistakes. Go through the questions first and after solving the questions, revise thoroughly.
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Questions related to CMAT
I got 47percent in cmat 2021 which all collages accept with this score
Since you have obtained very bad percentile, there are rarely some Colleges who does accept Candidates with such a low percentile.
1. National Institute of Agricultural Marketing (NIAM), Jaipur,
CMAT score accepted- 45 percentile+, fees- 6.50 lacs almost
2. Indra School of Business Studies, Pune
Accepted CMAT Score- 40 percentile+, fees- 7.50 lacs almost
Though you have not mentioned your obtained score, it is not possible predicted you CMAT score but you have scored more than 100 then there is a chance in one more Institution
Alliance School of Business (ASOB), Banglore
Accepted CMAT Score- 100+, fees- 14.50 lacs almost.
can I convert Simsree at 99.89%tile in CMAT, All India Rank 57?
I assume you are asking about Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education, It offers management courses on below mention stream:
Full time :
Masters of Management Studies affiliated by university of Mumbai.
Ph.D- It is a Three Years Full Time Programme affiliated to the University of Mumbai.
Part time :
Master’s Degree In Financial Management
Master’s Degree In Marketing Management
Admission is conducts by dte Of maharastra. DTE of maharastra selects students by means of Centralized Admission Process (CAP) which are conducted by CET Cell and seats are allotted exclusively on the merit basis.
you need to participate in cap counselling. CAT, cmat score are also accepted.
what is the percentile for 173 marks in cmat??
Calculating the exact percentile score with marks scored is difficult as it depends on various factors like highest score in CMAT, lowest score in CMAT, the total number of students appeared etc. As the above mentioned data changes every year the percentile vs marks trend also changes. Based the previous year percentile vs marks trend with 173 marks the percentile score will be in between 65-70 approximately. The percentile score is the total number of candidates who have scored equal or less than you. To check the detailed CMAT percentile vs marks trend click on the link below
To know how to calculate the percentile score and other details click on the link below
To know the colleges in which you may get seat with CMAT score you can use our CMAT college predictor tool
what is the minimum cmat cutoff to get into imt hyderabad. i have scored 82 percentile in cmat, 9.8 cgpa in 10th, 80% in 12th(science) and 80 % in graduation. I am a fresher in 3rd year of clg. do i have chances of getting imt hyderabad?
Hello astha mukul
I hope you are doing good. Firslty I happily wants to tell you that you have good profile in academics . The imt hyderabad cut off went somewhere 75 percent in 2019 and 80 percentile in 2020 . This year expected cut off is btw 75-85 percentile. At your percentile chances are very good for getting a call from imt as your scores in 10+2 and graudation is also very decent . For converting the call try to prepare hard for gd and pi
Hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future
I m really in baffled state, theres nowhere mentioned in msu, baroda s brochure about CMAT for bba admission. But one of your expert told me it is required with certain percentile. So can you pls give more information regarding CMAT, its preparations and subjects included?
CMAT stands for Common Management Admission Test and is conducted to get admission in various management programmes. It is purely done for admissions in master programmes and not for BBA. Whereas admission for bba in MSU, Baroda is done through an entrance followed by an interview both of which is conducted by the college itself . You need to apply for it online in their official website. The minimum eligibility criteria for the same is to have atleast 50% aggregate in your 12th.
I hope this helps.