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From CAT Prep to FMS Delhi: An Engineer and Non-engineer's journey ft. CAT Topper’s Sohum & Garima

From CAT Prep to FMS Delhi: An Engineer and Non-engineer's journey ft. CAT Topper’s Sohum & Garima

Edited By Team Careers360 | Updated on Mar 14, 2024 05:51 PM IST | #CAT

CAT topper's journey to FMS Delhi: Careers360 conducted an exclusive CAT Topper Interview with Soham and Garima. Sohum scored 99.6 %ile in CAT 22 and Garima scored 99.64%ile in CAT 22. They are both pursuing an MBA from FMS, Delhi University. They talked about how they made it to one of the top MBA colleges in India. These CAT toppers shared their CAT preparation journey, CAT mock test strategy and gave tips and tricks for CAT24 aspirants. This article offers excerpts from the interview. Watch the complete conversation by clicking the YouTube link given below.

From CAT Prep to FMS Delhi: An Engineer and Non-engineer's journey ft. CAT Topper’s Sohum & Garima
From CAT Prep to FMS Delhi: An Engineer and Non-engineer's journey ft. CAT Topper’s Sohum & Garima

Careers360 - Tell us about yourself and your profile and why you chose to pursue an MBA?

Garima - I come from a business family, then I studied commerce in 12th, and then again B.Com for my graduation. It was obvious that I wanted to make my career in management. So MBA was an obvious choice for me. During my graduation days, I observed how much impact I can create by getting into corporate and an MBA is the first step that will help me to create that impact.

Sohum - As far as my profile goes, I also joined FMS straight out of college. I got a 10 CGPA in 10th standard, 93.2 % in 12th, and 89.4 in my B-TECH. I interned at Optum, where I got a PPO during my graduation.

Careers360 -Soham, you already had a PPO, as you mentioned. So why did you switch paths and decide on doing an MBA?

Sohum - During my internship at Optum, I realized that the best thing for me probably would be to complete my education in one go and then move on to the corporate world once together. And I realized that without an MBA, your career would not reach great heights. you need to know how the business works. So I decided to pursue an MBA.

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Careers360 - Garima, you are from a non-engineering background and usually non-engineers find the CAT’s quant section challenging. Was it the same for you or was it any different?

Garima - Yes, it was the same for me. My arithmetic was strong somehow so I knew that it was my strength. I focused more on that. I made sure that if I have to get a 99+ %ile then I need to attempt more than 15 questions in quant. I made myself stronger at arithmetic and good enough at algebra. so that I'm able to attempt 15 questions and then skip geometry entirely. I focused more on my strengths, not my weaknesses.

Careers360 -What about you Soham, which section did you find challenging?

Sohum - Most engineers find the CAT VARC section most difficult and so did I. I started reading the newspaper and went through CAT previous year papers. I timed myself while reading the newspaper and then challenged myself every day. VARC in CAT is all about how quickly you can grasp and how quickly you can go through the reading paragraphs. Quants and DILR were my favourite topics. I did my coaching from Karnal itself. My sir used to say that even if you don't know anything else, just do past years, then also you'll be able to score a decent enough percentile.

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Careers360 - How much time did you spend on CAT preparation daily?

Garima - I had targeted November 2022 attempt for the CAT exam. So I started preparing in October 2021. My goal was to finish the CAT Syllabus as soon as possible. From October to February 2022, I was just taking coaching and from February onwards I started doing self-study as well. So, it was 13 months of preparation. From February onwards, it was four hours per day and from September onwards, it was even six hours per day.

Sohum - I started my CAT preparation in June, it was about five months of preparation. I tried to give like two hours to the CAT preparation. And during the later stages, I think the last two months would probably be three to four hours. Inclusive of the CAT past year's paper and newspaper, it might be even five to six hours.

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Careers360 - When did you start appearing for CAT mocks and what was the mock analysis process for you?

Garima - I started appearing for mocks right from January. For the first three months, January to March, I used to take two mocks every month. Then I used to take one mock every week for the next three months. And then I used to take two mocks every week. So in total, I took almost 60 to 80 mocks. I don't remember the exact figure, but mocks played a huge role in my entire preparation. I also used to take a lot of sectional tests because as my coaching teacher and as my seniors always mentioned that CAT is all about accuracy and speed.

Sohum - In August, I started giving mocks. And the mocks were usually two to three a week. Then after October, I only attempted the previous year's papers, but given in the form of a mock, in the same environment and like without getting up. So I guess for me that worked.

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Let's talk about your life at FMS

Careers360 - How was your experience in the summer placement at FMS?

Sohum - By the grace of God, FMS has done well considering that these were difficult times, the market was bad, even the US was heading into a recession and the companies were not hiring. There was a hiring freeze. So keeping all that in mind, we had a great pool of companies on the campus. And yeah, I would have to say that it just kind of reinstates your faith in the legacy of FMS.

Garima - I think given the market conditions FMS has performed well. The credit goes both to the legacy of FMS as well as the current batch, their profiles, and the placement team.

Careers360 - What were some of the most sought-after roles this season during the summer placements?

Sohum - With the diverse group of people in FMS, a lot of people preferred management consulting roles. But I wouldn't say that everybody was going gaga over it. There were a lot of people who were interested in marketing and that's where they wanted to go. Then some people knew from day zero that they wanted to get into finance. Some wanted to get into product management.

Careers360 - Soham, you are an upcoming intern at Deloitte USI.How was that interview for you?

Sohum - That was a fun interview. So, I went through three rounds and I guess each round lasted about an hour. I was asked to solve a case in the first two rounds and the third round was mainly about my interests, my hobbies and basically to understand if I would be a good fit at Deloitte.

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Careers360 - How would you describe your journey so far in FMS?

Garima - It has been a roller coaster ride. I mean, there were lots of ups, lots of downs. There will be nights when you'll just cry. There will be nights of laughter as well. You get to see everything. you see the most vulnerable side of yourself and you get to see the most happy side of yourself. So it's about enjoying the journey. It's about embracing everything that comes your way.

Sohum - It has been very exhilarating. You're going to do loads of work. You are simultaneously gonna go sleepless for two or three days and then suddenly you're gonna sleep for 18 hours also. Because you feel that you've earned it. But yes, it's a great journey.

Careers360 - People who are appearing for CAT 24 this year, are there any tips or guidance that you would like to share with the students?

Sohum - I would just say keep practicing and just give some direction to your practice. Know what you're doing wrong.

Careers360 - Any don'ts that you want to add?

Sohum - Log out of Quora.

Garima - give direction to your preparation. Do not just keep doing it because there are like n number of resources available for CAT preparation. So you need to identify which resources are best for you. Identify your strengths and weaknesses. See what you need to focus on more. Give as many mocks as you can. Focus on speed, focus on accuracy and you'll ace it.

CAT Topper’s Interview: From CAT Prep to FMS Delhi

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. What is the average CTC in FMS?

The average CTC offered by FMS Delhi is INR 46.1 LPA.

2. Is there any interview in FMS Delhi?

Yes, for admission to FMS, Delhi candidates must clear the interview round along with the extempore round. 

3. Does FMS have 100% placement?

Yes, as per the placement reports of FMS Delhi they offer 100% placement to all the participating students.

4. What is a safe score for FMS Delhi?

Generally, the FMS Delhi cutoff falls between 98 to 99+ percentile for admission to its MBA programme.

5. Why is FMS Delhi so cheap?

FMS Delhi is a part of the Delhi University and is funded by the government making it one of the most prestigious and affordable choices for many MBA aspirants. 

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Hello student

As a self-employed individual with your own cafe, you'll need to provide documents that establish your business and work experience. Here are some documents you can prepare for your CAT application:


1. *Business Registration Documents*:

- Partnership Deed (already have)

- Business PAN Card (already have)

- FSSAI License (already have, though it's in your partner's name)

2. *Proof of Business Ownership*:

- Affidavit or declaration stating your ownership and role in the cafe

- Business registration certificate (if you have one)

3. *Proof of Work Experience*:

- A letter or certificate from your partner or co-owner confirming your work experience and role in the cafe

- A detailed resume highlighting your entrepreneurial journey and responsibilities

4. *Financial Documents*:

- Income Tax Returns (ITRs) for the last 2-3 years (if applicable)

- Balance Sheets and Profit & Loss statements for your cafe (if audited)

5. *Rental Agreement*:

- Already have, but ensure it's updated and signed


Additional tips:


- Ensure all documents are scanned and uploaded in the required format (usually PDF or JPEG)

- Keep your documents organized and easily accessible for the application process

- Be prepared to provide additional information or clarification if requested by the admission authorities


Remember to check the specific requirements for each B-school you're applying to, as they may vary. Good luck with your CAT application!

Hello aspirant,
The CAT exam syllabus is not officially prescribed, but it generally includes topics from the following sections:

1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
2. Data interpretation and logical reasoning
3. Quantitative ability

  • Arithmetic

  • Algebra

  • Geometry and Mensuration

  • Number System

  • Modern Math

It seems unlikely that you would be able to get admission in the BTech CS branch at BIT Sindri or Mesra with a CML rank of 2058 and category rank of 433.

Key points:

1. The search results indicate that a CML (Common Merit List) rank of 2058 is quite low for admission to premier engineering colleges like BIT Sindri or NIT Mesra.

2. The cutoff ranks for BTech CS branch at these institutes are usually much higher, often in the range of 1000-2000 for the general category.

3. With a category rank of 433, you may have a better chance of getting admission in the reserved category quota, but the competition is still quite high.

4. The search results do not provide specific cutoff details for BIT Sindri or NIT Mesra, but the general trend suggests your current ranks may not be sufficient for the CS branch in these institutes.

My advice would be to:

1. Check the latest cutoff ranks and admission criteria on the official websites of BIT Sindri and NIT Mesra.

2. Explore other options like state-level engineering colleges or NITs where your current ranks may have a better chance of securing admission.

3. Consider improving your performance in the next attempt of the entrance exam to increase your chances of getting into your desired BTech program.



For VARC, read daily from diverse sources (newspapers, novels, journals) to improve comprehension and vocabulary. Practice RC passages and verbal ability questions regularly. For DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) and QA (Quantitative Aptitude), solve previous years' papers and take mock tests to identify weak areas. Join a coaching institute or online courses for guidance and stay consistent with your study schedule. Review and analyze your performance in mocks to understand mistakes and improve. Maintain a positive mindset and stay disciplined in your preparation.

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1-radian measures 600. (True/False)

Option: 1

True


Option: 2

False


$111111^2$ = 

Option: 1

123456654321


Option: 2

123454321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


1111112 =___________ 

Option: 1

 123456654321


Option: 2

1234554321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


159702 is divisible by

Option: 1

7


Option: 2

9


Option: 3

11


Option: 4

6


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What best can be said about the number of satellites serving C? 

Option: 1

Must be between 450 and 725 

 


Option: 2

Cannot be more than 800 
 


Option: 3

Must be between 400 and 800 

 


Option: 4

Must be at least 100 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What is the minimum possible number of satellites serving B exclusively? 

Option: 1

100


Option: 2

200


Option: 3

500


Option: 4

250


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

If at least 100 of the 1600 satellites were serving O, what can be said about the number of satellites serving S? 

Option: 1

At most 475 

 


Option: 2

Exactly 475 
 


Option: 3

At least 475 

 


Option: 4

No conclusion is possible based on the given information 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

 If the number of satellites serving at least two among B, C, and S is 1200, which of the following MUST be FALSE? 

Option: 1

The number of satellites serving C cannot be uniquely determined 

 


Option: 2

The number of satellites serving B is more than 1000 
 


Option: 3

All 1600 satellites serve B or C or S 

 


Option: 4

The number of satellites serving B exclusively is exactly 250 


2839155 is divisible by

Option: 1

2


Option: 2

7


Option: 3

55


Option: 4

None of the above


'a' for which x^{2}-ax+9= 0 can be written as square of a linear factor is

Option: 1

6


Option: 2

-6,6


Option: 3

\left ( 6,\infty \right )


Option: 4

\left ( -\infty,-6 \right )


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