Common Admission Test (CAT) is country’s most competitive management entrance exam, and striking a the bulls eye of 100 percentile is certainly not an easy task but that wasn’t the concern of Sai Praneeth Reddy. Studying in the elite IIT Madras, Sai Praneeth Reddy says that he was sure about his success in the management level examination but he did not expect a perfect 100 percentile. Here you will find CAT Toppers Sai Praneeth Reddy Interview.
Sai is aiming to get admission in the elite IIM Ahmedabad. In this interview, Sai shares his entire CAT 2017 experience and tells us about his hobbies and more. Read the interview to know more about the 100 percentiler where he share’s why he believes that more than coaching, guidance is important to crack exams like CAT.
CAT Toppers Sai Praneeth Reddy Interview
Questioner: Hi Sai, First of all, Congratulations on securing 100 percentile! How was the feeling?
Sai: Thank you so much and Yes, I was a very pleasant feeling as I expected 99.9 percentile but was never thinking to reach to the top of the peak. Certainly, me and my family are very happy with the result and looking for the next round of life.
Questioner: Please share your overall and sectional score/percentile in CAT 2017 with our audience?
Sai: Sure. I scored 232 (100 percentile) marks and secured around 64.46 in Verbal and Reading Comprehension Section (VARC), 73.87 in Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Section (DI & LR) and 94.01 in Quantitative Ability Section (QA).
Questioner: Which section took most time taking and which section took least time?
Sai: For me, DILR was the most time taking section and English was the least time consuming part. I don’t really have great English skills but since English exam was quite easy, that became a huge advantage for me.
Questioner: What percentile was you expecting and why?
Sai: As I already told you that I was not very confident of my English section, I was expecting somewhere around expected 99.99 percentile, and wasn’t sure about 100 percentile. It feels so great when you achieve more than you believe you could.
Questioner: Kindly share your preparation strategy of CAT 2017 with our audiences?
Sai: Although, I had started my preparation from the last year itself after joining the coaching classes but was not quite serious until January, when I started taking mock tests. In the last one month before CAT, I just used go to coaching classes and write mock tests and made sure that I’m not writing anything wrong.
Questioner: Do you believe in coaching classes and what advice would you like to put forward for our audience to score a perfect hundred like you?
Sai: According to my experience, I believe that coaching does matter as more than the coaching, it’s the mentoring that helps you the most and along with the coaching material. Also, since the coaching faculty keeps analysing your score, you are always made to thrive for better with your preparation and do well in the examination which is very important to crack an exam like CAT.
Questioner: What time-management strategy you followed during the test?
Sai: I never follow time management strategy as finishing RCs first was always my top priority and since I started with DILR and found first few questions really tough and time-taking, so, I skipped first four questions and started from the last question and that is when I started solving followed by whatever I could answer first.
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?
Sai: Without any doubt, as many of my friends have cracked CAT with a hundred percentile and I also believe that if you are self motivated, then you will do fine with a bit of online session thing since, guidance is needed. Although, it is worth mentioning that without proper guidance, achieving the top score might get tough. I believe that coaching is not a necessary factor for success in CAT but it is more important to have guidance at every stage.
Questioner: Which is your dream B-school and why do want to take admission there?
Sai: I would like to join IIM Ahmadabad.