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In this ‘How I cracked CAT’ series of toppers insight, IIM Bangalore student Ravi Chandrakar talks on his CAT preparation strategy and time management approach.Luck does play a role in the exam but do not expect it to favour you unless you really deserve it, says Ravi who graduated from BITS Pilani (Goa Campus) and worked with HSBC Bank and Capital One before joining management programme at IIM Bangalore.To prepare for CAT 2014 click here
In this interview with Careers360, he also shares insight on how he made it to one of the top B-schools in India.
Interview:Careers360.com: How did you start CAT preparation and what was your overall strategy?Ravi Chandrakar: I started preparing for CAT in 2009, when I was in college. I was always good in Quant and DI. Also my speed was very good in attempting the questions. After 2009, I did not put much effort except for joining test series before exam and regularly giving the exam. Careers360.com: What was your CAT percentile?Ravi Chandrakar: My overall percentile in CAT 2012 was 99.58.Careers360.com: Which B-Schools offered you final admission? Why did you choose IIM Bangalore?Ravi Chandrakar: I got admission offers from IIM B, C, L, K, and all new IIMs. I selected IIM Bangalore because of more experienced peer group in class. Also I was in Bangalore for last 2.5 years and have many friends in Bangalore.Careers360.com: How was your WAT/PI experience at IIM Bangalore?Ravi Chandrakar: My WAT/ PI rounds for Bangalore were good. It was mostly related to my work experience and my industry.Careers360.com: What would be your suggestion for CAT 2013 aspirants who are depending on self-study? Ravi Chandrakar: I think CAT can be cracked without a formal coaching. Self-motivation, regular practice and forming a study group can be keys to success. One should be able to access his/her performance which is more important as a feedback mechanism for regular improvement.Careers360.com: Were you a working professional or a student while preparing for CAT? How did you manage the CAT preparation within your regular work schedule?Ravi Chandrakar: When I was student, I had enough time other than my regular class work. During my professional life, I did not spend much time on preparation, I used to attend mock exams on the weekends, and study online preparation material for 2-4 hours a week.Careers360.com: What was your preparation strategy for the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning?Ravi Chandrakar: I learned the structured approach for Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability in coaching which I took during my college days. After such basic preparation, keeping in touch with the subjects was not hard. For Verbal Ability, I tried reading material but reading English was never my cup of tea. So, my English skills improved during my professional life.Careers360.com: What was your strategy for time management for the CAT pattern?Ravi Chandrakar: Practice hard before the exam so that your speed is really good.
Before attempting any question, analyse whether it can be solved quickly or it will take time; then decide whether to attempt now or at the end.Careers360.com: What is your message for the MBA aspirants who will take CAT 2013 and other exams of this season?Ravi Chandrakar: Hard work will be the key to success. Practice as much as you can. Luck does play a role in the exam but do not expect it to favour you unless you really deserve it.
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Yes, there is a possibility for you as you belong to the SC category. But still there are alot of factors taken into consideration while accessing your profile for giving a call for interviews bu top Business schools of India. You have a good chance provided you work on your communication skills and other skills. Also try doing internships and building your profile as these things will affect and may decide if you will be getting a call or not.
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For getting in top B-schools of India like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, FMS Delhi etc. you need good marks not only in in CAT but also in Class 10th, 12th and your graduation. If you have some work experience then it gives you more advantages.
There is no specific cutoff of percentile on which you can get into top IIMs. Since your marks in 10th, 12th is above 90% and in graduation above 7 CGPA with work experience, you can expect a call from
IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C
if you have at least
99 percentile in CAT
also you should aim for
99+ percentile in CAT
and also keep in mind that if you score
95+ percentile in VARC Section
it will increase your chances of getting in.
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Given below are the best books to refer for preparing for CAT examination:
1. For Quantitative Aptitude:
2. For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation :
3. For Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension :
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