Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 was conducted on November 26, 2017. Roughly 2 lakh candidates appeared in the exam for which the results were declared on Monday. Each year IIM’s conduct the test for entry into all Indian Institutes of Management of which scores are adopted by other top business schools in the country. There is some time left in next CAT exam thus, it is important to start the preparation with the right attitude and for that, there is no shortage of examples in this subject, which is the point of focus.
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The number of candidates scoring 100 CAT Score stood at 20 only (exactly same number as last year), out of a staggering two lakh candidates who had appeared for the exam.
Cracking one of the toughest competitive examinations and that too in the first attempt is a reason to celebrate, but Viraj Sheth, who scored 99.95 percentile in CAT 2017 doesn’t want to sound overconfident. He knows the road towards IIM is still far. “I didn’t expect to score that much but now my entire focus is on the interview round as it is the deciding factor,” said Sheth.
This Gujarati boy is pursuing B Tech in computer science from Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information & Communication Technology and on the question of how did he manage to take out time for CAT 2017 preparation? He answers “I got support from brother Viraj who too has scored 99.86. It was his second attempt and therefore his experience helped me understand the exam pattern.”
To “bell” the CAT, Sheth also got enrolled in coaching classes. “If you study with students who have the same target, it develops a sense of competitiveness in you. We share our exam strategies and discuss mock tests that are available online,” said he.
It is worth noting that Viraj Seth had started his preparation in April 2016 but it was in the last six months that he started dedicating 6-8 hours per day and believes consistency is the key to qualify CAT. “Believe in yourself, keep a positive attitude and even if you couldn’t make it in the first attempt, do not feel low. There is always the next time.”
“An engineering degree is good for getting into the field of your choice. But in the long run, managerial skills matter over technical.” is the mantra followed by most of the toppers.
He plans to work in the corporate world for 7-8 years but he may set up his own coaching centre later. “Teaching has been my passion since childhood. I always explained things to my juniors in a straight forward manner. I may turn teacher,” he said.
Another example is from the city of Patna where Siddharth, who has secured 99.75 percentile and is among the top scorers at the Common Admission Test (CAT) for the country’s top business schools.
Siddharth a resident of Buddha Colony, said: “Behind my success is my parents’ guidance and my hard work and determination.”
Siddharth, whose father Sanjay Kumar is a banker, did his schooling from Kapurthala in Punjab.
“After completing my schooling I got admission at NIT Jaipur where I studied mechanical engineering. I was working with a multinational company, but I had to leave my job midway for CAT preparation,” he said.
He has secured 99.30 percentile in data interpretation and logical reasoning, 99.82 percentile in quantitative ability, and 93.51 percentile in verbal ability.
In another topper case, that of the final year student of IIT-Bombay secured a 100 percentile in the Common Admission Test (CAT) and for the 20-year-old Mayank Raj, a civil engineering student at IIT-Bombay, the score does not come as a surprise as he had started preparing for the test in July last year and did not sign up for full-time coaching classes. “I only took the test series offered by TIME. That helped me analyze my weak points and I just worked on those,” said Raj.
Some notable stats:
- Two women also figure among the top 20 CAT scorers, a record for the exam.
- Two lakh candidates – the highest in four years – took the test, overseen by IIM Lucknow.
- As in the previous year, some 20 candidates top-scored jointly.