MAH CET 2018 Topper interview – When Shaunak Shirish Satpute realised his potential to contribute to the marketing industry, nothing could stop him from taking the first step towards it. A mechanical engineer who graduated from MIT college of Engineering in Pune, Shaunak’s hard work paid off when he bagged AIR-6 in MAH CET 2018. The topper scored 99.99 percentile in the management entrance exam and secured 153 out of 200 marks.
In this interview, Shaunak has shared his MAH CET experience and journey of success with Careers360. “I took a large number of mock tests and analysed all of them. Apart from that, I identified my strengths and weaknesses and kept working on them,” he says. Planning and practising are the two major aspects of MAH CET. According to him, aspirants must distribute their time doing these things and they will definitely score well. Besides being determined and smart, he is also a basketball enthusiast. Shaunak is now targeting Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai, after which he aspires to build a career in marketing in the FMCG industry. Read on to know the topper’s strategies to excel in this competitive MBA entrance taken by more than 98,000 candidates.
Excerpts from the interview:
Careers360: Congrats on being the AIR 6 at MAH CET 2018. How does it feel? Were you expecting this result?
Shaunak: Thank you so much. It feels really great when your efforts pay off. I was expecting to get a good rank but AIR 6 came as a pleasant surprise to me.
Careers360: Tell us something about your educational background. How have your parents supported you?
Shaunak: I completed my Mechanical Engineering from MIT College of Engineering, Pune. I belong to a very humble family and my parents have supported me in all my ventures.
Careers360: Why did you decide to pursue management education?
Shaunak: In the course of my engineering, I realised that I possess immense potential to contribute to the industry by amalgamating my technical knowledge with managerial skills. Hence, I decided to pursue management education.
Careers360: How did you prepare for the exam?
Shaunak: I took a large number of mock tests and analysed all of them. Apart from that, I identified my strengths and weaknesses and kept working on them.
Careers360: What was your exam strategy for MAH CET?
Shaunak: The exam strategy I employed was very basic. MAH CET is all about utilising the 150 minutes efficiently. I planned my examination approach accordingly. I worked on my strengths to attain maximum accuracy.
Careers360: Which is your dream B-School where you are targeting admission in?
Shaunak: I am targeting Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.
Careers360: What is your career plan after completing MBA?
Shaunak: I want to work as a marketer preferably in the FMCG industry after completing my MBA.
Careers360: What are your hobbies?
Shaunak: Well, I do love to play basketball often.
Careers360: What do you enjoy doing most when you are not studying?
Shaunak: When I’m not studying, I like to go out with my friends.
Careers360: What is your advice for the MAH CET aspirants who would be appearing for the test next year?
Shaunak: There are two aspects to the MBA entrance preparation: Planning and practising. One must distribute their time doing these things and will definitely score well. I wish all future aspirants the best of luck!