IIM student Vivek Pandey shares CAT preparation tips
CAT topper and IIM student Vivek Pandey got 99.28 percentile and received admission offers from most of the IIMs and SJMSOM- IIT Bombay. He, however, chose IIM Rohtak to pursue his MBA dream.
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An engineer in Electronics & Communication, Vivek worked with TCS as a software developer for about 30 months before getting into IIM Rohtak.
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In this How I cracked CAT session with Careers360.com, Vivek shares his preparation strategy and success tips for CAT 2013. He also talks on his time management during CAT preparation and shares his WAT/GD/PI experience.
Careers360.com: Why and when did you decide to do MBA? What is your plan after you complete your MBA?
Vivek Pandey: I decided to go for MBA when I was in my final year of engineering. But I wanted to get some industry exposure before pursuing MBA. Therefore, I joined TCS, where my resolute to do MBA got reaffirmed.
After completing MBA, I wish to work in industry for a few years before starting my own consultancy firm.
Careers360.com: What was your CAT 2012 percentile? Which institutes offered you final admission and why did you choose IIM Rohtak?
Vivek Pandey: My CAT 2012 percentile was 99.28.
I chose IIM Rohtak over others because of various factors. Firstly, IIM Rohtak has maximum number of PhD faculties as compared to other IIMs. It has the best campus infrastructure with excellent sports facilities as compared to the other new IIMs. It is also close to Delhi/NCR. Last but not the least, its vision and mission is to create future global leaders and not workforce.
Careers360.com: How did you start the preparation and what was your overall strategy?
Vivek Pandey: Since, I had already prepared once for CAT during my final year, this time I started by first quickly revising the basics and then straightaway going for CAT level questions.
My strategy was to cover all the previous year CAT questions and Test Series questions which closely resemble the level of questions asked in CAT. Since, Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability was my strength, so my overall strategy was to maximize score in Section-2 while maintaining a decent score in Section-1.
Careers360.com: Please share your WAT/PI experience.
Vivek Pandey: My WAT/PI process was scheduled in Mumbai. It consisted of 3 rounds - WAT, Group Discussion, and Interview. My group consisted of 10 candidates. We were first asked to write an essay on a topic in stipulated time and then the GD was carried out on the same topic. I was able to pitch in for 3 times in the GD. My interview panel consisted of two professors, who were cordial. My interview mostly revolved around political issues faced by the country and world. I was also asked few questions related to work experience, how I managed conflicts among team members in my organization and basics of demand and supply. The interview then turned into a stressful exercise, but I managed to keep my cool. My interview was about 20 minutes long and the overall experience was satisfactory.
Careers360.com: You were a working professional or a student while preparing for CAT? How did you manage the CAT preparation within your regular schedule?
Vivek Pandey: Yes, I was a working professional while preparing for CAT. I devoted 2-3 hours every day after work hours for preparation and 8-10 hours during weekends and holidays.
Careers360.com: What was your preparation strategy for the Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning?
Vivek Pandey: For QA, I followed one good book which covered all the topics and then I went for extensive practice from mock papers and previous years papers. LR and DI again require extensive practice which I did by solving as many case-lets as I could. Knowing tables, squares, cubes and calculation tips and tricks is quite handy while solving DI. For Verbal Ability some basic knowledge of grammar and sentence construction is useful. For RC, I solved two CAT level RC passages daily.
Careers360.com: What was your strategy for time management for the CAT paper?
Vivek Pandey: As LR was my strength, my strategy for section-2 was to first attempt all the LR questions. Then the RC passage, as it is a time consuming task and finally the verbal questions. In section- 1, I allocated time limits for Quant and DI questions and attempted them in the stipulated time.
Careers360.com: What is your message for the MBA aspirants who are taking CAT 2013 and other exams of the season?
Vivek Pandey: The message is simple. “There is no substitute for IIMs and there is no substitute for hard work and practice”. Don’t compromise on either of them.
I wish all the CAT 2013 aspirants all the very best.
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460 neet score,obc cat can possibility of get admission in MBBS course
Your profile suggests that your domicile state is Maharashtra
It's quite difficult to predict that whether you will get seat or not as cut off marks for medical colleges keeps changing every year depending upon various factors like number of students that appeared in the exam, kind of marks obtained by them , toughness level of the examination etc.
But when we go through previous data then ,
>>>>> with 460 marks ,
you hold a low chance for an mbbs seat in a Government Medical College
in neet 2019, 521 marks for general category was the lowest mark to get an mbbs seat in Government Medical College, under Maharashtra State quota and it was for Government Medical College and Hospital, jalgaon
You can check the same at
You have chances in deemed universities for mbbs which are listed below along with their neet 2020 , 2nd round cut off :-
----------) SBKS Med. Inst. and Res. Centre, Sumandeep Vadodara:- 446 marks
----------) Yenepoya Manglaore:-436 marks
----------) Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar:- 426 marks
----------) B.L.D.E University, Bijapur:- 387 marks
----------) MGM Medical College, Navi Mumbai:- 380 marks
And a few more
To get the complete list of colleges in which you have chances, you can go through our college predictor at
It gives you a personalized report with top college in which you have chances for admission , with the help of predicted colleges you can make better choice while filling your choices of colleges during your counselling
450 score, obc cat, MD anaesthesia, low budget college, good govt/ Pvt college, any chance??
To get a government seat one must score above 525. With 450 you can get in to a private college. As your NEET score is 450. Your Overall Percentile is: 93.39 - 93.89 and when it comes to rank, your Predicted Rank is:89930 - 107080 . Also depends upon last years cut-off. Adding it with 15% All India quota and 85% state quota seats in government colleges.
As per the last year result of NEET UG ,General category aspirants need minimum 147 marks (50 percentile). On the other hand General-PH(129 Marks 45 percentile) and SC/OBC/ST requires 113 marks (40 percentile).
Hope this helps
Wish you luck
my jee rank in obc cat. 29192 can I get cse in hbti
First and foremost,
congratulations on achieving an 29k rank in the JEE . According to recent reports, hbti may not accept admmision through Upsee. HBTI KANPUR is moving its intake to the Jee mains, which is wonderful news because it means more intake. And, based on your ranking, you will very certainly be offered a spot in the second round of counselling.
Visit http://hbtu.ac.in/ for further information.
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Hello Yatin. I hope you are in good health. You mentioned your marks but didn't mention the exam you are talking about. Assuming that you have a query regarding NEET UG 2021, I will give an answer based on that. You mentioned you belong to general category. Well, based on your marks, your overall percentile may end up somewhere around 91.59 - 92.09 while your AIR may lie somewhere around 127893 - 160043.
Well, it is quite difficult to predict whether you have any window of opportunity to get government quota seats in private medical colleges in Punjab. Although based on your performance you have less chance to grab a seat for MBBS via All India Counselling as well as State Counselling.
Moreover, you may get chance to grab a seat for B.D.S. under government quota at private dental colleges in Punjab via State Counselling.
You may get admission for pursuing B.D.S. in the following private dental colleges:
- B.J. Singh Dental College Hospital & Research Institute, Ludhiana
- Dasmesh Institute of Research & Dental Sciences, Faridkot - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/dasmesh-institute-of-research-and-dental-sciences-faridkot
- D.B. Dental College & Hospital, Mandi Gobindgarh - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/desh-bhagat-dental-college-and-hospital-mukatsar
- SGRD Institute of Dental Sciences & Research, Amritsar - https://www.careers360.com/colleges/sri-guru-ram-das-institute-of-dental-science-and-research-amritsar
To get detailed information on cutoff marks vs rank for Punjab medical and dental colleges, follow this link:
To know your admission chances in medical/dental colleges with NEET Score, to get a personalized report with Top MBBS & B.D.S Colleges and to check course & counselling wise cut-offs of NEET for various state quotas, caste groups etc., I encourage you to use NEET UG 2021 College Predictor:
I hope you find this information helpful.
Thank you and good luck!
for cat exam which is going to held on november 28 2021 is 2 months home preparation is enough to get good score. please suggest me
Home preparation or we can say Revision or Practice is more than enough to score good marks for any competitive exams. You should have a proper schedule and syllabus that is to be cover you should go through last years paper for knowing the pattern of questions, you should go through atleast 10 sample papers for proper practice. Be focused and set a target of how much you want to achieve, so that you can atleast give your best to achieve near to that target. The most important thing while writing an exam or while preparing is to be calm and focused. So be calm and don't panic.
Hope this helps you.
All the best for your exams.
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