‘Balance Makes A Person HAPPIEST’- Mounika, First Year MBA Topper at IBS Business School

We  bring to you an interview with Mounika, the first year topper from IBS Business School, Mumbai (2014-16) below-

Brief Introduction:

Mounika Spoorthi Venati is currently pursuing PGPM (Majors HR & Minor Operations) and MBA (Majors HR & Minor Marketing) 2 years program from IBS Business School, Mumbai. Apart from these 2 courses I’m also pursuing full time M.Com Part II (Advance Accounting) course from Mumbai University. She has been a gold medallist of her college (SM Shetty – TY boards) during her  Graduation of batch 2013-2014.

1. Tell us about your educational background. Why did you decide of pursuing MBA? Why did you choose IBS?

I have done my graduation in BMS from SM Shetty College, Powai.  MBA is a platform to enhance your professional skills; according to me every person has to go through a full time PGPM or MBA program to enhance their knowledge and it’s a different kind of environment all together to enhance your skills for being an all-rounder and a successful manager. I have known IBS since a long time, my seniors from graduation have pursued their MBA and PGPM from IBS. I knew that the faculty was supportive and well-trained; they have a good premises and library facilities, that’s how I got into IBS.

2. “To be one amongst the toppers of my batch”- was that a strategy from day one of B- School or something that evolved eventually? 

It’s very simple, don’t leave even a single class without learning a new thing, life is all about learning new things and exploring new opportunities in all aspects. Jot down important points and attend lectures, you don’t have to really study at the last moment. Always maintain a daily calendar or a checklist in case if you have any kind of evaluations it helps as a reminder.  A daily revision of 10-15 mins for next class will help to have grip over the subject.

3. Walk us through your academic journey in the first year – How did you pace yourself academically in the first, second term?

Since 1stsem I always wanted to be the one who is recognised by everyone and I always wanted to do better and better day by day …. In fact I took it as a challenge, I had a lot of problems initially with few technical subjects like IT, Maths (as I had done BMS and we focused more on theoretical managerial concepts and case studies and didn’t focus much on technical aspects) and most of my classmates were engineers. It was a tough time to sustain amongst them, it was definitely a challenge.  Regular practice of 30 mins and little reading helped a lot. It’s not only about scoring but it’s very important to maintain the score.It’s all about balance.

4. What is the contribution of your Professors/ college in your success?

I definitely dedicate my success to my parents and professors for their constant support, I had an amazing experience with IBS, and the faculty is well trained they conduct classes professionally and their prime focus is on constant development of students. Every professor has a different style of teaching, even as student you can understand that there are different ways in which you can learn and they had helped me a lot to think in a different angle all together.

5. Tell us about the most interesting experience that happened in the last one year that changed your outlook towards the B-Schools studies.

I’m a very task-oriented person, what I learnt was its very important to be a people’s person as well apart from task orientated, just stressing on a task especially when working in teams generally makes people think that they are burdened, then I had to understand how teammates are… then for sometime, I had to analyse what would they like to do and ask them how to do and what else they would like to incorporate, this interaction with teammates and seeking suggestions brings a lot of enthusiasm and quality participation amongst the group. I learnt the importance of team spirit which is necessary for achieving a common goal, after all management is all about group activity and not an individual play. That was something which was really interesting to me.

6. If you were to go back in time and change one thing about the last year, what would it be?

There is nothing that I want to change I believe that everything that comes in your way is a challenge or rather I call it an opportunity to explore …. Face it and make something great out of it you will be a better and a self-satisfied person.

7. B- School is mostly about group activities. Were you used to this kind of team endeavour’s or was it a new experience for you? How would you rate your performance during the team activities?

Yes, I have been an introvert person earlier but group activities are very important to understand what kind of a person you are (it’s a test of understanding how people are their behaviour’s, their abilities, what their commitment levels are, it definitely a test of patience hahaha… A group can help you to bring out new hidden talents. I play a lead role when it comes to group activities. These activities bring a lot of understanding about group dynamics and develop a lot of confidence in handling any kind of situation, confidence to put forth your point, controlling deviations, enable all members to focus and participate and knowing their point of views. My performance during team activities has helped me to be an extrovert and a person who is dynamic and capable of handling people& conflicts and lastly to successfully complete a task on time.

8. Tell us about your summer internship.

My Summer Internship was with Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd.  for 3 months as HR associate, it was a great opportunity to work with them. I worked on 3 projects which focused on campus recruitment plans and competency mapping and assessment. Summer internship changes a person to the next level by developing a sense of professionalism.How important do you think is the involvement in Extra- Curricular activities? Do you think these activities tend

9. How important do you think is the involvement in Extra- Curricular activities? Do you think these activities tend to deviate a student’s mind from the initial academic goals set?

Extra-Curricular activities play a vital role in developing a potential talent. If a person maintains a daily schedule for things, I don’t think it will deviate a person from usual academic goals. I would just say don’t get carried away with only one thing, both extra-curricular and academics are equally important for understanding where your personal interest lies and how can you enhance with your academic background.

10. What would you like to advise to this year’s batch w.r.t academics, activities, & in general about the B- School life? 

B-Schools expect professionalism; it’s like a fine training for your career. It’s not like graduation it’s totally a different exposure that you get, UTILIZE the opportunity to be a better person, because at the end of the day even getting a good job with good package matters. Don’t take it as a competition with others, take it a comparison with that of a person you were yesterday, what person you are today, and what would you like to be and HOW. Explore new talents within you, don’t hesitate to participate but maintain a balance, Balance makes a person HAPPIEST.

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‘Do not limit yourself to studies at B School’ – Rimsha Uzair, First Year MBA Topper At MNNIT, Allahabad

We bring to you an interview with Rimsha Uzair, the first year topper from MNNIT, Allahabad (2014-16) below-

Give a brief Introduction about yourself. Kindly mention your specialization – MBA

I am Rimsha Uzair, currently pursuing MBA with dual specialization in Finance and Marketing from MNNIT Allahabad. Although my hometown is Allahabad, I have done my schooling from a variety of places being Jeddah, Lucknow and Delhi and my graduation in commerce from Gargi College, University of Delhi.

1. Tell us about your educational background. Why did you decide of pursuing MBA? Why did you choose MNNIT?

I have always been a straight A student ever since school. Highly inspired by Indra Nooyi at that time when she became the CEO of PepsiCo., I had always wanted to get in the corporate world. I pursued commerce in senior secondary at SummerFields School, New Delhi and then did my graduation, B.Com from Gargi College, University of Delhi. It had been a wonderful experience being involved in extra-curricular in college apart from studies. I got placed from campus after graduation and I worked for Ernst & Young Pvt. Ltd. for a little less than a year before I quit to start preparing for CAT as I had always wanted to do MBA, and also I had seen how beneficial it would be in the real corporate world from my working experience. From the available options I had for MBA colleges, MNNIT seemed the most viable as it was in my hometown and also the ROI was excellent, plus it has brand value being an institution of national importance.

2. “To be one amongst the toppers of my batch”- was that a strategy from day one of B- School or something that evolved eventually? 

No, it was never my strategy. I had entered this college only with the will and enthusiasm to learn as much as I could. Although I did have a ‘topper’ image at school, I was far from that in my graduation days. When I came here, I only wanted to do good, attend classes regularly and be involved in extra-curricular as well. Just attending and listening attentively in class is sufficient to do well I would say. MBA is more of how we can apply the knowledge and relate it with the real world than the theories and bookish knowledge.

3. Walk us through your academic journey in the first year – How did you pace yourself academically in the first, second term?

The first year at MNNIT was very eventful. We used to have interactive classes which encouraged us to ask questions, rebuttal and have a discussion which really made me think and have opinions. This makes classes more interesting and fun. Although in the first semester, most of the subjects were a revision of those in graduation like Economics, Business Environment and Accounting, there were some like Operational Research in which I had to really take help of my engineer classmates as well as study from the very beginning. In the 2nd semester, the basics of the four specializations were introduced and I had an insight into each one of them which also helped me choose specializations. The thing I loved the most was whatever topic in most of the subjects I studied, the professors always related it with a real life example. The case studies in Organizational Behaviour were always interesting and fun to work on. Overall, it was a good year and I really enjoyed learning about the new topics and had better understanding of the various aspects of the business and its working.

4. What is the contribution of your Professors/ college in your success?

The faculty here are really good and have years of experience which have made them thorough in their respective fields. They are approachable and helpful. The professors have contributed a lot in my success. Each one has a different style of teaching and it is a pleasure to attend classes. From introducing the concept to building on it to explain a difficult topic, it is wonderful to see how effortlessly they teach. Also, their insight in project work and detailed evaluations of the presentations always encouraged me to better my performance.

5. Tell us about the most interesting experience that happened in the last one year that changed your outlook towards the B-Schools studies.

Not one in particular but the entire experience taught me that B-school studies are more conceptual and understanding based than theoretical. The immense use of case studies and minor projects where actual research was involved, I learned how to apply what was taught in practice. Almost everything that was taught was substantiated by real life examples and that made us remember things far better, made it more interesting. The focus being on application has always being challenging and made me focus more on conceptual clarity.

6. If you were to go back in time and change one thing about the last year, what would it be?

Well, whatever has happened, both good and bad experiences have made me what I am today. I have learned a lot from both of them and would not like to change anything.

7. B- School is mostly about group activities. Were you used to this kind of team endeavour’s or was it a new experience for you? How would you rate your performance during the team activities?

The amount of group projects, presentations and case discussion were numerous. But fortunately I had some experience from my graduation days of handling a group being the president of the commerce student’s union. Thus, that experience really helped me how to motivate the fellow members, listen to their suggestions, voice my opinions and be a team player. I had always been the team leader of any group I was a part of, even if unofficially. That helped me hone my skills of having a balance in the group and encouraging others. Group projects are always a better options as it brings out a lot of different opinions, encourages brainstorming and widen our horizons and also prepare us for the corporate world where decisions are always discussed and being a teamplayer is of utmost importance.

8. How important do you think is the involvement in Extra- Curricular activities? Do you think these activities tend to deviate a student’s mind from the initial academic goals set?

I think extra-curricular is very important. In the first year itself, I was selected as one of the Student Coordinators of the Training & Placement Cell which was an enriching experience. Also, in the second year, I was part of the organizing team for Netritva, a leadership event for the Techno-management fest of MNNIT. These events and involvements teach us team spirit, how to work with others, and management skills and are a real test of what is taught in B-schools. I strongly believe extra-curricular activities do not affect the academics of a student. One should always maintain a balance between the two and how one does that is tested very well in B-Schools. Extra-curricular activities provide for a holistic development of an individual and are in fact necessary.

9. What would you like to advice to this year’s batch w.r.t academics, activities, & in general about the B- School life? 

My advice would be to be focused. Know what you want to do. Once you know that, everything else will fall in place. Even if you don’t know, MBA is the time where you can explore and identify what is it you are interested in. Be true to yourself. Once you have decided to pursue MBA, you are adult enough to take decisions and know consequences. Attend classes regularly, interact in class, be enthusiastic and participative because it will only benefit you and no one else. But do not limit yourself to studies, B-schools are a great opportunity to engage in extra-curricular, practice management skills, meet new people and develop your personality. This is for most of the individuals, the last time wing of formal education, so make the most of it!

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Final Tips Before MH-CET 2016

For Many MBA Aspirants, MH-CET is like the last hope for the current academic year.  The anxiety levels of all aspirants may just be going up.  Its time to relax and perform. Some last minute tips for all the Aspirants.

Don’t study something new now: Do not look at topics which are new to you. It will pull you down on your confidence levels. The last thing you would wish is to lose confidence. So just revise the concepts you already know.

Good Full Night Sleep: It is very important to relax before the exam. Sleep well one day before the exam. Do not stress much. Eat well and try to be as composed as possible.

Try to attempt Maximum Questions: Do not get stuck to a question. Just go to the next question. There are many questions waiting for you to be answered. Just dont go behind a question to prove a point. Don’t leave any question unanswered since there is no negative marking. Speed is the key.

No question is more special or more important than others. The more the time you invest in specific questions, the less the time you have for other questions.

Do not waste time in solving Quant Questions: Use the options given to you. As soon as you see the question, do not start solving, arrive to a solution by eliminating the options.

Distribute your time and attempt based on your strengths and weaknesses. You must have given so many Mocks. By now you must have come to a conclusion as to which topic within a section is your strength/ weakness. Accordingly distribute your time and attempt!

Last 10 minutes: In the last 10 minutes, attempt all the remaining questions as the Flukes will also give you bonus points.

Technical Glitches: Report the problem with your test to the instructor as soon as possible. Do not waste time in figuring out what needs to be done.

Keep Calm: Believe in yourself. You are definitely smarter than you think you are. Dont think negative and be positive. This exam is not the end of the world !! Give your best.

 

All the best to all the CET Takers 2016 !!

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Do’s And Dont’s Of CET – Personal Experiences Of CET Takers

All CET Aspirants geared up for the Exam!

To make things lighter we interviewed some of the previous years CET Takers. They have shared their personal experiences about the exam. We asked them few questions like what went wrong with them,  how they could have done better and some last minute tips for the Aspirants.

So Learn from the mistakes of others… you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.

Have a good read !!

Following are the excerpts

Vinessa DPaiva, CET Taker – 2014
I did not make a clear map and understand the paper pattern thoroughly. I did not analyse which questions I was good at and would focus more attention on and which should be given lesser attention based on my strengths and weaknesses.
Also I was afraid of attempting the mock question papers until I felt I was properly prepared in case a bad mark would demotivate me, however, I should have taken many mock tests. In the end I did only 3 mock tests just 4 days before the main exam.
Because of not taking many mock tests, I feel my speed could have been better as well.
Tips
‘I would suggest students to first understand the paper pattern and what questions can be expected. Then they should analyse their strengths and weaknesses and focus more attention of those questions that they are good at while attempting the question paper and just briefly browse through the questions they are not good at.
Like wise as CET is about speed (at least in my attempt) there will be some questions which will have to be left as an option. You can leave the ones your are not so good at for your guess work.
For me I left out the sequences, odd man out and the English ones (don’t remember what they were called but the ones which had lots of matter to read).I think it was data sequencing and some other data one.  However some I quickly ‘speed read’ a few of them.
BTW this was the last minute tip (i.e. 3 days before exam) given to me by a friend who made it through JBIMS : Attempt all questions as the Flukes will also give you bonus points.
Craig D’Souza, CET Taker – 2014
‘What went right was practicing handbooks given by the classes I attended, also giving mock papers helped me realize what I was up against. Also, practicing with friends is a bonus as group study works for me.
What went wrong was the lack of time allotted to areas where I was weak at in my case numericals. Being a person who dislikes numericals I feel more practice here would’ve helped.
Tips
Keep calm, you’re smarter than you think you are (just don’t be too over confident also). Speed is the key factor here so look for shorter ways to arrive at solutions. Remember formulae.
Also, practice how you’re related to your mother’s father’s wife’s son aka mamaji.

Sejo Jose, CET Taker – 2015

I almost lost the chance to give my MH-CET exams because I waited until the final moment. I thought I had everything ready, but the DTE website requires photographs in a specific format and size (which I found difficult to do). Thankfully, I could fill it up on the last day, though I had to pay double the form fee in the form of late-fees.

Tips
Plan everything well. When to fill the forms? Which colleges to apply? This will be among the most important decisions of your life, so would you want to leave it to chance and plain luck?

Read a lot of informative material if you already have a specialization in mind. And if possible, plan how will you will allot time once you are in college.

Clarinda Fernandes, CET Taker – 2014

Quants was my weakest area a little more practice could help me improve my score. Other areas like logical reasoning and grammar were manageable for me as I practiced that knowing I was weak at quants.

Tips

Don’t leave any question unanswered since there is no negative marking.
Also practice and be perfect in the area you are more comfortable in.
Lastly, answer section wise from the start don’t spend more time on one particular section because you are perfect in it.

Aishwarya Ostwal, CET Taker 2015

I practiced and solved many mock papers, so that helped a lot!

Tips

Attempt all the questions. Don’t waste time on one question, especially Visual Reasoning. Don’t panic.
Keep a consistent speed.

Stacey Anthony Davis, CET Taker 2014

As I was working, I couldnt go attend my classes regularly and also was not able to dedicate much of my time for my CET.

Tips

Be calm and focused, relax one day before the exam. Sleep on time, go with an open mind. Your strong basics and practice is what that will help you answer maximum questions. Give your best. Attempt all the questions.
Karishma Salian, CET Taker 2014
What helped me in scoring is giving mocks. It gave me an idea regarding how to plan and allot my time to different questions. What went wrong is I didnt practice quants well. I always dreaded numbers and feared to face it and avoided practicing quants.
Tips
Relax two days before the exams. Revise the shortcuts and formulae. Eat and sleep well. All the Best to all the Aspirants.
Karen Misquitta, CET Taker 2015
Try not to panic and stay calm. Don’t spend too much time on a particular question. If you are not sure of the answer, you can always return to the question later. Attempt all the questions – there is no negative marking so you can mark all the questions
Take as many mock tests as possible. Revise the topics that you aren’t confident about. Don’t study something new now. Just go through what ever you have already studied.
Lincia D’Mello, CET Taker 2015
The interface was very poor. We had to scroll to view the whole question that took up most of the time. Also the questions in visual reasoning weren’t clear

Tips
Attempt all the questions. Quants Only if your sure about the answer attempt. Visual reasoning dont waste much time.

Aanahita Jagwani, 2015

Too many technical glitches at the exam centres, and the exam centres are not easily accessible.

Tips
Locate your centre before the day of your exam and report and problem with your test to the instructor as soon as possible.

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All CET Aspirants geared up for the Exam!

To make things lighter we interviewed some of the previous years CET Takers. They have shared their personal experiences about the exam. We asked them few questions like what went wrong with them,  how they could have done better and some last minute tips for the Aspirants.

So Learn from the mistakes of others… you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.

Have a good read !!

Following are the excerpts

Vinessa DPaiva, CET Taker – 2014
I did not make a clear map and understand the paper pattern thoroughly. I did not analyse which questions I was good at and would focus more attention on and which should be given lesser attention based on my strengths and weaknesses.
Also I was afraid of attempting the mock question papers until I felt I was properly prepared in case a bad mark would demotivate me, however, I should have taken many mock tests. In the end I did only 3 mock tests just 4 days before the main exam.
Because of not taking many mock tests, I feel my speed could have been better as well.
Tips
‘I would suggest students to first understand the paper pattern and what questions can be expected. Then they should analyse their strengths and weaknesses and focus more attention of those questions that they are good at while attempting the question paper and just briefly browse through the questions they are not good at.
Like wise as CET is about speed (at least in my attempt) there will be some questions which will have to be left as an option. You can leave the ones your are not so good at for your guess work.
For me I left out the sequences, odd man out and the English ones (don’t remember what they were called but the ones which had lots of matter to read).I think it was data sequencing and some other data one.  However some I quickly ‘speed read’ a few of them.
BTW this was the last minute tip (i.e. 3 days before exam) given to me by a friend who made it through JBIMS : Attempt all questions as the Flukes will also give you bonus points.
Craig D’Souza, CET Taker – 2014
‘What went right was practicing handbooks given by the classes I attended, also giving mock papers helped me realize what I was up against. Also, practicing with friends is a bonus as group study works for me.
What went wrong was the lack of time allotted to areas where I was weak at in my case numericals. Being a person who dislikes numericals I feel more practice here would’ve helped.
Tips
Keep calm, you’re smarter than you think you are (just don’t be too over confident also). Speed is the key factor here so look for shorter ways to arrive at solutions. Remember formulae.
Also, practice how you’re related to your mother’s father’s wife’s son aka mamaji.

Sejo Jose, CET Taker – 2015

I almost lost the chance to give my MH-CET exams because I waited until the final moment. I thought I had everything ready, but the DTE website requires photographs in a specific format and size (which I found difficult to do). Thankfully, I could fill it up on the last day, though I had to pay double the form fee in the form of late-fees.

Tips
Plan everything well. When to fill the forms? Which colleges to apply? This will be among the most important decisions of your life, so would you want to leave it to chance and plain luck?

Read a lot of informative material if you already have a specialization in mind. And if possible, plan how will you will allot time once you are in college.

Clarinda Fernandes, CET Taker – 2014

Quants was my weakest area a little more practice could help me improve my score. Other areas like logical reasoning and grammar were manageable for me as I practiced that knowing I was weak at quants.

Tips

Don’t leave any question unanswered since there is no negative marking.
Also practice and be perfect in the area you are more comfortable in.
Lastly, answer section wise from the start don’t spend more time on one particular section because you are perfect in it.

Aishwarya Ostwal, CET Taker 2015

I practiced and solved many mock papers, so that helped a lot!

Tips

Attempt all the questions. Don’t waste time on one question, especially Visual Reasoning. Don’t panic.
Keep a consistent speed.

Stacey Anthony Davis, CET Taker 2014

As I was working, I couldnt go attend my classes regularly and also was not able to dedicate much of my time for my CET.

Tips

Be calm and focused, relax one day before the exam. Sleep on time, go with an open mind. Your strong basics and practice is what that will help you answer maximum questions. Give your best. Attempt all the questions.
Karishma Salian, CET Taker 2014
What helped me in scoring is giving mocks. It gave me an idea regarding how to plan and allot my time to different questions. What went wrong is I didnt practice quants well. I always dreaded numbers and feared to face it and avoided practicing quants.
Tips
Relax two days before the exams. Revise the shortcuts and formulae. Eat and sleep well. All the Best to all the Aspirants.
Karen Misquitta, CET Taker 2015
Try not to panic and stay calm. Don’t spend too much time on a particular question. If you are not sure of the answer, you can always return to the question later. Attempt all the questions – there is no negative marking so you can mark all the questions
Take as many mock tests as possible. Revise the topics that you aren’t confident about. Don’t study something new now. Just go through what ever you have already studied.
Lincia D’Mello, CET Taker 2015
The interface was very poor. We had to scroll to view the whole question that took up most of the time. Also the questions in visual reasoning weren’t clear

Tips
Attempt all the questions. Quants Only if your sure about the answer attempt. Visual reasoning dont waste much time.

Aanahita Jagwani, 2015

Too many technical glitches at the exam centres, and the exam centres are not easily accessible.

Tips
Locate your centre before the day of your exam and report and problem with your test to the instructor as soon as possible.

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All CET Aspirants geared up for the Exam!

To make things lighter we interviewed some of the previous years CET Takers. They have shared their personal experiences about the exam. We asked them few questions like what went wrong with them,  how they could have done better and some last minute tips for the Aspirants.

So Learn from the mistakes of others… you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.

Have a good read !!

Following are the excerpts

Vinessa DPaiva, CET Taker – 2014
I did not make a clear map and understand the paper pattern thoroughly. I did not analyse which questions I was good at and would focus more attention on and which should be given lesser attention based on my strengths and weaknesses.
Also I was afraid of attempting the mock question papers until I felt I was properly prepared in case a bad mark would demotivate me, however, I should have taken many mock tests. In the end I did only 3 mock tests just 4 days before the main exam.
Because of not taking many mock tests, I feel my speed could have been better as well.
Tips
‘I would suggest students to first understand the paper pattern and what questions can be expected. Then they should analyse their strengths and weaknesses and focus more attention of those questions that they are good at while attempting the question paper and just briefly browse through the questions they are not good at.
Like wise as CET is about speed (at least in my attempt) there will be some questions which will have to be left as an option. You can leave the ones your are not so good at for your guess work.
For me I left out the sequences, odd man out and the English ones (don’t remember what they were called but the ones which had lots of matter to read).I think it was data sequencing and some other data one.  However some I quickly ‘speed read’ a few of them.
BTW this was the last minute tip (i.e. 3 days before exam) given to me by a friend who made it through JBIMS : Attempt all questions as the Flukes will also give you bonus points.
Craig D’Souza, CET Taker – 2014
‘What went right was practicing handbooks given by the classes I attended, also giving mock papers helped me realize what I was up against. Also, practicing with friends is a bonus as group study works for me.
What went wrong was the lack of time allotted to areas where I was weak at in my case numericals. Being a person who dislikes numericals I feel more practice here would’ve helped.
Tips
Keep calm, you’re smarter than you think you are (just don’t be too over confident also). Speed is the key factor here so look for shorter ways to arrive at solutions. Remember formulae.
Also, practice how you’re related to your mother’s father’s wife’s son aka mamaji.

Sejo Jose, CET Taker – 2015

I almost lost the chance to give my MH-CET exams because I waited until the final moment. I thought I had everything ready, but the DTE website requires photographs in a specific format and size (which I found difficult to do). Thankfully, I could fill it up on the last day, though I had to pay double the form fee in the form of late-fees.

Tips
Plan everything well. When to fill the forms? Which colleges to apply? This will be among the most important decisions of your life, so would you want to leave it to chance and plain luck?

Read a lot of informative material if you already have a specialization in mind. And if possible, plan how will you will allot time once you are in college.

Clarinda Fernandes, CET Taker – 2014

Quants was my weakest area a little more practice could help me improve my score. Other areas like logical reasoning and grammar were manageable for me as I practiced that knowing I was weak at quants.

Tips

Don’t leave any question unanswered since there is no negative marking.
Also practice and be perfect in the area you are more comfortable in.
Lastly, answer section wise from the start don’t spend more time on one particular section because you are perfect in it.

Aishwarya Ostwal, CET Taker 2015

I practiced and solved many mock papers, so that helped a lot!

Tips

Attempt all the questions. Don’t waste time on one question, especially Visual Reasoning. Don’t panic.
Keep a consistent speed.

Stacey Anthony Davis, CET Taker 2014

As I was working, I couldnt go attend my classes regularly and also was not able to dedicate much of my time for my CET.

Tips

Be calm and focused, relax one day before the exam. Sleep on time, go with an open mind. Your strong basics and practice is what that will help you answer maximum questions. Give your best. Attempt all the questions.
Karishma Salian, CET Taker 2014
What helped me in scoring is giving mocks. It gave me an idea regarding how to plan and allot my time to different questions. What went wrong is I didnt practice quants well. I always dreaded numbers and feared to face it and avoided practicing quants.
Tips
Relax two days before the exams. Revise the shortcuts and formulae. Eat and sleep well. All the Best to all the Aspirants.
Karen Misquitta, CET Taker 2015
Try not to panic and stay calm. Don’t spend too much time on a particular question. If you are not sure of the answer, you can always return to the question later. Attempt all the questions – there is no negative marking so you can mark all the questions
Take as many mock tests as possible. Revise the topics that you aren’t confident about. Don’t study something new now. Just go through what ever you have already studied.
Lincia D’Mello, CET Taker 2015
The interface was very poor. We had to scroll to view the whole question that took up most of the time. Also the questions in visual reasoning weren’t clear

Tips
Attempt all the questions. Quants Only if your sure about the answer attempt. Visual reasoning dont waste much time.

Aanahita Jagwani, 2015

Too many technical glitches at the exam centres, and the exam centres are not easily accessible.

Tips
Locate your centre before the day of your exam and report and problem with your test to the instructor as soon as possible.

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All CET Aspirants geared up for the Exam!

To make things lighter we interviewed some of the previous years CET Takers. They have shared their personal experiences about the exam. We asked them few questions like what went wrong with them,  how they could have done better and some last minute tips for the Aspirants.

So Learn from the mistakes of others… you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.

Have a good read !!

Following are the excerpts

Vinessa DPaiva, CET Taker – 2014
I did not make a clear map and understand the paper pattern thoroughly. I did not analyse which questions I was good at and would focus more attention on and which should be given lesser attention based on my strengths and weaknesses.
Also I was afraid of attempting the mock question papers until I felt I was properly prepared in case a bad mark would demotivate me, however, I should have taken many mock tests. In the end I did only 3 mock tests just 4 days before the main exam.
Because of not taking many mock tests, I feel my speed could have been better as well.
Tips
‘I would suggest students to first understand the paper pattern and what questions can be expected. Then they should analyse their strengths and weaknesses and focus more attention of those questions that they are good at while attempting the question paper and just briefly browse through the questions they are not good at.
Like wise as CET is about speed (at least in my attempt) there will be some questions which will have to be left as an option. You can leave the ones your are not so good at for your guess work.
For me I left out the sequences, odd man out and the English ones (don’t remember what they were called but the ones which had lots of matter to read).I think it was data sequencing and some other data one.  However some I quickly ‘speed read’ a few of them.
BTW this was the last minute tip (i.e. 3 days before exam) given to me by a friend who made it through JBIMS : Attempt all questions as the Flukes will also give you bonus points.
Craig D’Souza, CET Taker – 2014
‘What went right was practicing handbooks given by the classes I attended, also giving mock papers helped me realize what I was up against. Also, practicing with friends is a bonus as group study works for me.
What went wrong was the lack of time allotted to areas where I was weak at in my case numericals. Being a person who dislikes numericals I feel more practice here would’ve helped.
Tips
Keep calm, you’re smarter than you think you are (just don’t be too over confident also). Speed is the key factor here so look for shorter ways to arrive at solutions. Remember formulae.
Also, practice how you’re related to your mother’s father’s wife’s son aka mamaji.

Sejo Jose, CET Taker – 2015

I almost lost the chance to give my MH-CET exams because I waited until the final moment. I thought I had everything ready, but the DTE website requires photographs in a specific format and size (which I found difficult to do). Thankfully, I could fill it up on the last day, though I had to pay double the form fee in the form of late-fees.

Tips
Plan everything well. When to fill the forms? Which colleges to apply? This will be among the most important decisions of your life, so would you want to leave it to chance and plain luck?

Read a lot of informative material if you already have a specialization in mind. And if possible, plan how will you will allot time once you are in college.

Clarinda Fernandes, CET Taker – 2014

Quants was my weakest area a little more practice could help me improve my score. Other areas like logical reasoning and grammar were manageable for me as I practiced that knowing I was weak at quants.

Tips

Don’t leave any question unanswered since there is no negative marking.
Also practice and be perfect in the area you are more comfortable in.
Lastly, answer section wise from the start don’t spend more time on one particular section because you are perfect in it.

Aishwarya Ostwal, CET Taker 2015

I practiced and solved many mock papers, so that helped a lot!

Tips

Attempt all the questions. Don’t waste time on one question, especially Visual Reasoning. Don’t panic.
Keep a consistent speed.

Stacey Anthony Davis, CET Taker 2014

As I was working, I couldnt go attend my classes regularly and also was not able to dedicate much of my time for my CET.

Tips

Be calm and focused, relax one day before the exam. Sleep on time, go with an open mind. Your strong basics and practice is what that will help you answer maximum questions. Give your best. Attempt all the questions.
Karishma Salian, CET Taker 2014
What helped me in scoring is giving mocks. It gave me an idea regarding how to plan and allot my time to different questions. What went wrong is I didnt practice quants well. I always dreaded numbers and feared to face it and avoided practicing quants.
Tips
Relax two days before the exams. Revise the shortcuts and formulae. Eat and sleep well. All the Best to all the Aspirants.
Karen Misquitta, CET Taker 2015
Try not to panic and stay calm. Don’t spend too much time on a particular question. If you are not sure of the answer, you can always return to the question later. Attempt all the questions – there is no negative marking so you can mark all the questions
Take as many mock tests as possible. Revise the topics that you aren’t confident about. Don’t study something new now. Just go through what ever you have already studied.
Lincia D’Mello, CET Taker 2015
The interface was very poor. We had to scroll to view the whole question that took up most of the time. Also the questions in visual reasoning weren’t clear

Tips
Attempt all the questions. Quants Only if your sure about the answer attempt. Visual reasoning dont waste much time.

Aanahita Jagwani, 2015

Too many technical glitches at the exam centres, and the exam centres are not easily accessible.

Tips
Locate your centre before the day of your exam and report and problem with your test to the instructor as soon as possible.

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All CET Aspirants geared up for the Exam!

To make things lighter we interviewed some of the previous years CET Takers. They have shared their personal experiences about the exam. We asked them few questions like what went wrong with them,  how they could have done better and some last minute tips for the Aspirants.

So Learn from the mistakes of others… you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.

Have a good read !!

Following are the excerpts

Vinessa DPaiva, CET Taker – 2014
I did not make a clear map and understand the paper pattern thoroughly. I did not analyse which questions I was good at and would focus more attention on and which should be given lesser attention based on my strengths and weaknesses.
Also I was afraid of attempting the mock question papers until I felt I was properly prepared in case a bad mark would demotivate me, however, I should have taken many mock tests. In the end I did only 3 mock tests just 4 days before the main exam.
Because of not taking many mock tests, I feel my speed could have been better as well.
Tips
‘I would suggest students to first understand the paper pattern and what questions can be expected. Then they should analyse their strengths and weaknesses and focus more attention of those questions that they are good at while attempting the question paper and just briefly browse through the questions they are not good at.
Like wise as CET is about speed (at least in my attempt) there will be some questions which will have to be left as an option. You can leave the ones your are not so good at for your guess work.
For me I left out the sequences, odd man out and the English ones (don’t remember what they were called but the ones which had lots of matter to read).I think it was data sequencing and some other data one.  However some I quickly ‘speed read’ a few of them.
BTW this was the last minute tip (i.e. 3 days before exam) given to me by a friend who made it through JBIMS : Attempt all questions as the Flukes will also give you bonus points.
Craig D’Souza, CET Taker – 2014
‘What went right was practicing handbooks given by the classes I attended, also giving mock papers helped me realize what I was up against. Also, practicing with friends is a bonus as group study works for me.
What went wrong was the lack of time allotted to areas where I was weak at in my case numericals. Being a person who dislikes numericals I feel more practice here would’ve helped.
Tips
Keep calm, you’re smarter than you think you are (just don’t be too over confident also). Speed is the key factor here so look for shorter ways to arrive at solutions. Remember formulae.
Also, practice how you’re related to your mother’s father’s wife’s son aka mamaji.

Sejo Jose, CET Taker – 2015

I almost lost the chance to give my MH-CET exams because I waited until the final moment. I thought I had everything ready, but the DTE website requires photographs in a specific format and size (which I found difficult to do). Thankfully, I could fill it up on the last day, though I had to pay double the form fee in the form of late-fees.

Tips
Plan everything well. When to fill the forms? Which colleges to apply? This will be among the most important decisions of your life, so would you want to leave it to chance and plain luck?

Read a lot of informative material if you already have a specialization in mind. And if possible, plan how will you will allot time once you are in college.

Clarinda Fernandes, CET Taker – 2014

Quants was my weakest area a little more practice could help me improve my score. Other areas like logical reasoning and grammar were manageable for me as I practiced that knowing I was weak at quants.

Tips

Don’t leave any question unanswered since there is no negative marking.
Also practice and be perfect in the area you are more comfortable in.
Lastly, answer section wise from the start don’t spend more time on one particular section because you are perfect in it.

Aishwarya Ostwal, CET Taker 2015

I practiced and solved many mock papers, so that helped a lot!

Tips

Attempt all the questions. Don’t waste time on one question, especially Visual Reasoning. Don’t panic.
Keep a consistent speed.

Stacey Anthony Davis, CET Taker 2014

As I was working, I couldnt go attend my classes regularly and also was not able to dedicate much of my time for my CET.

Tips

Be calm and focused, relax one day before the exam. Sleep on time, go with an open mind. Your strong basics and practice is what that will help you answer maximum questions. Give your best. Attempt all the questions.
Karishma Salian, CET Taker 2014
What helped me in scoring is giving mocks. It gave me an idea regarding how to plan and allot my time to different questions. What went wrong is I didnt practice quants well. I always dreaded numbers and feared to face it and avoided practicing quants.
Tips
Relax two days before the exams. Revise the shortcuts and formulae. Eat and sleep well. All the Best to all the Aspirants.
Karen Misquitta, CET Taker 2015
Try not to panic and stay calm. Don’t spend too much time on a particular question. If you are not sure of the answer, you can always return to the question later. Attempt all the questions – there is no negative marking so you can mark all the questions
Take as many mock tests as possible. Revise the topics that you aren’t confident about. Don’t study something new now. Just go through what ever you have already studied.
Lincia D’Mello, CET Taker 2015
The interface was very poor. We had to scroll to view the whole question that took up most of the time. Also the questions in visual reasoning weren’t clear

Tips
Attempt all the questions. Quants Only if your sure about the answer attempt. Visual reasoning dont waste much time.

Aanahita Jagwani, 2015

Too many technical glitches at the exam centres, and the exam centres are not easily accessible.

Tips
Locate your centre before the day of your exam and report and problem with your test to the instructor as soon as possible.

Profile gravatar of Sophiya Anthony

Sophiya Anthony

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Message Author

All CET Aspirants geared up for the Exam!

To make things lighter we interviewed some of the previous years CET Takers. They have shared their personal experiences about the exam. We asked them few questions like what went wrong with them,  how they could have done better and some last minute tips for the Aspirants.

So Learn from the mistakes of others… you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.

Have a good read !!

Following are the excerpts

Vinessa DPaiva, CET Taker – 2014
I did not make a clear map and understand the paper pattern thoroughly. I did not analyse which questions I was good at and would focus more attention on and which should be given lesser attention based on my strengths and weaknesses.
Also I was afraid of attempting the mock question papers until I felt I was properly prepared in case a bad mark would demotivate me, however, I should have taken many mock tests. In the end I did only 3 mock tests just 4 days before the main exam.
Because of not taking many mock tests, I feel my speed could have been better as well.
Tips
‘I would suggest students to first understand the paper pattern and what questions can be expected. Then they should analyse their strengths and weaknesses and focus more attention of those questions that they are good at while attempting the question paper and just briefly browse through the questions they are not good at.
Like wise as CET is about speed (at least in my attempt) there will be some questions which will have to be left as an option. You can leave the ones your are not so good at for your guess work.
For me I left out the sequences, odd man out and the English ones (don’t remember what they were called but the ones which had lots of matter to read).I think it was data sequencing and some other data one.  However some I quickly ‘speed read’ a few of them.
BTW this was the last minute tip (i.e. 3 days before exam) given to me by a friend who made it through JBIMS : Attempt all questions as the Flukes will also give you bonus points.
Craig D’Souza, CET Taker – 2014
‘What went right was practicing handbooks given by the classes I attended, also giving mock papers helped me realize what I was up against. Also, practicing with friends is a bonus as group study works for me.
What went wrong was the lack of time allotted to areas where I was weak at in my case numericals. Being a person who dislikes numericals I feel more practice here would’ve helped.
Tips
Keep calm, you’re smarter than you think you are (just don’t be too over confident also). Speed is the key factor here so look for shorter ways to arrive at solutions. Remember formulae.
Also, practice how you’re related to your mother’s father’s wife’s son aka mamaji.

Sejo Jose, CET Taker – 2015

I almost lost the chance to give my MH-CET exams because I waited until the final moment. I thought I had everything ready, but the DTE website requires photographs in a specific format and size (which I found difficult to do). Thankfully, I could fill it up on the last day, though I had to pay double the form fee in the form of late-fees.

Tips
Plan everything well. When to fill the forms? Which colleges to apply? This will be among the most important decisions of your life, so would you want to leave it to chance and plain luck?

Read a lot of informative material if you already have a specialization in mind. And if possible, plan how will you will allot time once you are in college.

Clarinda Fernandes, CET Taker – 2014

Quants was my weakest area a little more practice could help me improve my score. Other areas like logical reasoning and grammar were manageable for me as I practiced that knowing I was weak at quants.

Tips

Don’t leave any question unanswered since there is no negative marking.
Also practice and be perfect in the area you are more comfortable in.
Lastly, answer section wise from the start don’t spend more time on one particular section because you are perfect in it.

Aishwarya Ostwal, CET Taker 2015

I practiced and solved many mock papers, so that helped a lot!

Tips

Attempt all the questions. Don’t waste time on one question, especially Visual Reasoning. Don’t panic.
Keep a consistent speed.

Stacey Anthony Davis, CET Taker 2014

As I was working, I couldnt go attend my classes regularly and also was not able to dedicate much of my time for my CET.

Tips

Be calm and focused, relax one day before the exam. Sleep on time, go with an open mind. Your strong basics and practice is what that will help you answer maximum questions. Give your best. Attempt all the questions.
Karishma Salian, CET Taker 2014
What helped me in scoring is giving mocks. It gave me an idea regarding how to plan and allot my time to different questions. What went wrong is I didnt practice quants well. I always dreaded numbers and feared to face it and avoided practicing quants.
Tips
Relax two days before the exams. Revise the shortcuts and formulae. Eat and sleep well. All the Best to all the Aspirants.
Karen Misquitta, CET Taker 2015
Try not to panic and stay calm. Don’t spend too much time on a particular question. If you are not sure of the answer, you can always return to the question later. Attempt all the questions – there is no negative marking so you can mark all the questions
Take as many mock tests as possible. Revise the topics that you aren’t confident about. Don’t study something new now. Just go through what ever you have already studied.
Lincia D’Mello, CET Taker 2015
The interface was very poor. We had to scroll to view the whole question that took up most of the time. Also the questions in visual reasoning weren’t clear

Tips
Attempt all the questions. Quants Only if your sure about the answer attempt. Visual reasoning dont waste much time.

Aanahita Jagwani, 2015

Too many technical glitches at the exam centres, and the exam centres are not easily accessible.

Tips
Locate your centre before the day of your exam and report and problem with your test to the instructor as soon as possible.

Profile gravatar of Sophiya Anthony

Sophiya Anthony

Message Author


Message Author

All CET Aspirants geared up for the Exam!

To make things lighter we interviewed some of the previous years CET Takers. They have shared their personal experiences about the exam. We asked them few questions like what went wrong with them,  how they could have done better and some last minute tips for the Aspirants.

So Learn from the mistakes of others… you can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.

Have a good read !!

Following are the excerpts

Vinessa DPaiva, CET Taker – 2014
I did not make a clear map and understand the paper pattern thoroughly. I did not analyse which questions I was good at and would focus more attention on and which should be given lesser attention based on my strengths and weaknesses.
Also I was afraid of attempting the mock question papers until I felt I was properly prepared in case a bad mark would demotivate me, however, I should have taken many mock tests. In the end I did only 3 mock tests just 4 days before the main exam.
Because of not taking many mock tests, I feel my speed could have been better as well.
Tips
‘I would suggest students to first understand the paper pattern and what questions can be expected. Then they should analyse their strengths and weaknesses and focus more attention of those questions that they are good at while attempting the question paper and just briefly browse through the questions they are not good at.
Like wise as CET is about speed (at least in my attempt) there will be some questions which will have to be left as an option. You can leave the ones your are not so good at for your guess work.
For me I left out the sequences, odd man out and the English ones (don’t remember what they were called but the ones which had lots of matter to read).I think it was data sequencing and some other data one.  However some I quickly ‘speed read’ a few of them.
BTW this was the last minute tip (i.e. 3 days before exam) given to me by a friend who made it through JBIMS : Attempt all questions as the Flukes will also give you bonus points.
Craig D’Souza, CET Taker – 2014
‘What went right was practicing handbooks given by the classes I attended, also giving mock papers helped me realize what I was up against. Also, practicing with friends is a bonus as group study works for me.
What went wrong was the lack of time allotted to areas where I was weak at in my case numericals. Being a person who dislikes numericals I feel more practice here would’ve helped.
Tips
Keep calm, you’re smarter than you think you are (just don’t be too over confident also). Speed is the key factor here so look for shorter ways to arrive at solutions. Remember formulae.
Also, practice how you’re related to your mother’s father’s wife’s son aka mamaji.

Sejo Jose, CET Taker – 2015

I almost lost the chance to give my MH-CET exams because I waited until the final moment. I thought I had everything ready, but the DTE website requires photographs in a specific format and size (which I found difficult to do). Thankfully, I could fill it up on the last day, though I had to pay double the form fee in the form of late-fees.

Tips
Plan everything well. When to fill the forms? Which colleges to apply? This will be among the most important decisions of your life, so would you want to leave it to chance and plain luck?

Read a lot of informative material if you already have a specialization in mind. And if possible, plan how will you will allot time once you are in college.

Clarinda Fernandes, CET Taker – 2014

Quants was my weakest area a little more practice could help me improve my score. Other areas like logical reasoning and grammar were manageable for me as I practiced that knowing I was weak at quants.

Tips

Don’t leave any question unanswered since there is no negative marking.
Also practice and be perfect in the area you are more comfortable in.
Lastly, answer section wise from the start don’t spend more time on one particular section because you are perfect in it.

Aishwarya Ostwal, CET Taker 2015

I practiced and solved many mock papers, so that helped a lot!

Tips

Attempt all the questions. Don’t waste time on one question, especially Visual Reasoning. Don’t panic.
Keep a consistent speed.

Stacey Anthony Davis, CET Taker 2014

As I was working, I couldnt go attend my classes regularly and also was not able to dedicate much of my time for my CET.

Tips

Be calm and focused, relax one day before the exam. Sleep on time, go with an open mind. Your strong basics and practice is what that will help you answer maximum questions. Give your best. Attempt all the questions.
Karishma Salian, CET Taker 2014
What helped me in scoring is giving mocks. It gave me an idea regarding how to plan and allot my time to different questions. What went wrong is I didnt practice quants well. I always dreaded numbers and feared to face it and avoided practicing quants.
Tips
Relax two days before the exams. Revise the shortcuts and formulae. Eat and sleep well. All the Best to all the Aspirants.
Karen Misquitta, CET Taker 2015
Try not to panic and stay calm. Don’t spend too much time on a particular question. If you are not sure of the answer, you can always return to the question later. Attempt all the questions – there is no negative marking so you can mark all the questions
Take as many mock tests as possible. Revise the topics that you aren’t confident about. Don’t study something new now. Just go through what ever you have already studied.
Lincia D’Mello, CET Taker 2015
The interface was very poor. We had to scroll to view the whole question that took up most of the time. Also the questions in visual reasoning weren’t clear

Tips
Attempt all the questions. Quants Only if your sure about the answer attempt. Visual reasoning dont waste much time.

Aanahita Jagwani, 2015

Too many technical glitches at the exam centres, and the exam centres are not easily accessible.

Tips
Locate your centre before the day of your exam and report and problem with your test to the instructor as soon as possible.

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