Meet is one of the three non-Engineering students who secured 100 percentile. Meet Agarawal, managed to crack CAT 2017 who is a final year B.Com student. In this article he shares how he not only maintained a balance between his CAT preparations with studies, Meet also helped his father in his business. He is a great believer in Hard work is directly proportional to the achievement, and credits his hard work and efforts for becoming a hundred shooter.
Meet believed that taking mock was really important in his journey of preparing for CAT 2017. CAT was different than CA exam because there is not much learning while you are preparing for the former. It is about making your own strategy and getting comfortable with the pattern of the exam. A student of SDJ International College, he is also appearing for GMAT scheduled on January 20, 2018. IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta are his dream B-schools. In the interview, he shares his preparation journey and success mantras for CAT 2017.
CAT topper’s Meet Aggarwal Interview
Questioner: Hi Meet, First of all, Congratulations on securing 100 percentile! Kindly share your sectional percentile with our audience?
Meet: Thank you, I am elated by the performance and so is my family ,I was able to score 99.93 percentile in Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), 100 percentile in the Data Interpretation section and Logical Reasoning and 99.74 in Quantitative Ability section.
Questioner: Kindly share your preparation strategy of CAT 2017 with our audiences?
Meet: Well, sure. I had coaching in Endeavor Institute which is located in Surat. I got into a test series conducted by T.I.M.E. and IMS Learning and would recommend test series to everyone because it helps you in forming your strategy as I also took over 80 mock tests. Although, I started preparing for CAT a year ago, in the first six months, I just used to revise, clear my basics, and took regular mock tests.
Questioner: Which section took most time taking and which section took less time?
Meet: I found Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning most time taking. I worked hard for it and secured 100 percentile in this section. Verbal Ability is the easiest section for me.
Questioner: What is your Time Management strategy?
Meet: Articleship and CA were going on so I was unable to give all my time for CAT preparation. I focused on taking mock tests and modified my strategy according to the analysis in place of studying from books or study materials and I advice the same to all of the aspirants of this examination.
Questioner: This is the most common question in the CAT aspirant and I believe you would have faced it too, how helpful was coaching for you and is it possible to succeed through self-study?
Meet: I found the faculty members of my coaching institutes were really helpful and suggested me to attempt all the questions in Verbal Ability. You can surely succeed through self-study in case you don’t want to take coaching classes, you can attend online sessions.
Questioner: Can you list down the factors that helped you in being a 100 percentiler?
Meet: I believe in consistent and purposeful preparation and kept nothing less than 100 percentile as my target. I used to take mock tests regularly. It is also noticeable that I was able secure 99.2 percentile in the very first mock. It was done to the regular mock tests that I used to take through which I got so familiarized with the question types, that I planned to attempt all 34 questions in the sections.
Questioner: For the first time IIMs released CAT question paper and answer key. What are your opinions on it?
Meet: I believe it is a good step as there is more transparency now.
Questioner: Give us your two cents about the exam day situation?
Meet: I tried to be as calm as possible. Reading Comprehension passages were short and legible. The topics were also interesting. The pattern has changed from last year. The questions from Quantitative Ability were easier which shows the bias towards Engineering background is reduced.
Questioner: Which B-school that you will be targeting for?