3 Years Journey Of An Average Student To IIM Bangalore – It’s A Love Story

“Every event has a purpose and every setback its lesson. I have realised that failure, whether of the personal, professional or even spiritual kind, is essential to personal expansion. It brings inner growth and a whole host of psychic rewards. Never regret your past. Rather, embrace it as the teacher that it is.” ― Robin S. Sharma

My Journey started long back in summer of 2014 and where it started. Guess Guess! Yes on InsideIIM.

Beginning of the CAT Story!

Bored with the office work, I was using the free net facility at the office. Somehow, I landed on the InsideIIM site. I found an interesting story by an author. I googled to find her. I found her on FB and sent her a friend request because of the inspiration that I got after reading the story and hope you can guess other reasons also. After a long wait of 2 weeks, she accepted my request. (Girls are difficult to understand)

Beginning of a new story!

One day, I found her online and I texted her “Hi”. I was surprised when she replied within a fraction of a second by typing “Hi Nikhil”. Facebooking started and the night passed by in a jiffy. I had never thought of CAT till then, let alone IIMss. One day she said that she is going to join a coaching to prepare for CAT. I was like what to do? Shall I follow the herd and leave the 15lpa+ job?  What would you have done? Yes, I did same what you might have done. I became ‘chatur ’ of 3 Idiots and followed the herd (MBA after engineering). I was not interested in CAT but meeting her. At least through coaching, I will get a chance to interact with her. Thinking this, I went to enrol for coaching. We joined 6 months CAT course. We were face to face first time on the enrollment day. Guys, she was even cuter than her FB profile picture. Now I was elated at my choice. Next, what I did, I rented a new flat close to her room.

 

New story blossoms and old story in the back seat!  

Yes, we started going to classes together, but we very seldom reached class. I still remember out of total classes we attended not more than 20% classes. 6 months passed with a blink of an eye. Then came CAT form. I didn’t fill the form. Thank God, she did it for me. ‘D’ day. Guess what happened? I didn’t turn up for the exam. So, where was I, Sleeping? Guess?  No, I was not sleeping. I went with her to her centre instead of going to my centre.

 

Time really flies!

CAT results were out. She scored 95.23 percentile. I was happier than her. She made into few IIMs. But, she did not join any. She had plans for an MBA from foreign universities. I was elated as because of her decision I can spend more time with her. Selfish fellow! Everything was going smooth. I still remember watching ‘2 states’ in a theatre next to IIM Bangalore and I promised her that no matter what comes, I will get into IIM B.

Nothing last forever!

Suddenly, things started to heat up. (Still don’t know why?). And my fairy tale didn’t last long. I still remember 5th Sep 2015 (my birthday), as she refused to even meet me. I have heard about people committing suicide. That was the day I almost did it. I was saved by a fraction of a second because of a call from my mom. I don’t know how my mom came to know (may be she was still a bit kind to me and called my mom). I was saved. But, what? What about last 2 years? What about my feelings? What about future? I consulted a few friends. Their reply. Are you mad? You are not an IITian, nor even NITian and you have a  year gap after 12. How will you make into IIM B where 60% of batch belongs to them? (However, there was an another story about my IIT and year gap debacle). I have heard, listening is a great skill. But I turned a deaf ear to all the advice. I neglected all of their opinions. My actual CAT journey began in October’15.

 

CAT journey 1!

On 1st of October. I joined test series and got 37 percentile in 1st ever mock (Did not attend any mocks during coaching in 2014). Now was the time to make a decision 15lpa+ job or full fill an old promise (but for whom?). I chose the other one and started CAT preparation rigorously. During that season crossed 85 percentile few times. Then came the D-Day and this time I attended it. I was expecting 85+. Result day and bad moments continued. I got 76% (still can’t understand how people get 99+ in 2 months study). I was shattered and happy at the same time as if I have got 85+ I might have joined any B grade MBA college.

 

CAT journey 2!

Early to bed, early to rise makes a person healthy, wealthy and wise.

Yes, it’s the best advice I can give to future aspirants. I joined test series in early June and started preparation. 1st mock and another surprise for me. Got 99.87%. I was really happy as being an average student, I never expected this much. This enhanced my confidence. The performance almost continued throughout the season like Rahul Dravid’s consistency. Then came the D day. An above average performance and I was hoping for a decent percentile. Result Day, 99.97 percentile. Yes, I made it. Finally, the hard work paid off. But, it was half the journey. I was expecting a few calls, including IIM B. I got a mail from IIM B on 14th Jan for the next round. Goosebumps, here was the chance. But alas! My interview was on the first day (First day of IIM B interview of this session). I had only 20 days to prepare, but I was happy as at least I will get a chance to visit IIM  B (My dream destination). On the Interview Day, I took a leave from the office. The interview went pretty well.

Then came the result day. With my trembling hands, I opened the IIM B website and all of a sudden nostalgia for the last 3 years flashed in my mind. So how is it going to end? My brain asked me. I entered my CAT registration no. and the wait for a second seemed like a wait for eternity. No….. I did not make it, but I was in WL. I was disappointed but had a chance to clear the list as per last year trend.  I converted IIM L a few days later and finally, my dad was able to convince me to join IIML. I joined IIM L.

 

Mission Accomplished!

In IIM L Room No: – 416, 24/06/2017, 9:20 a.m.

Suddenly my phone rang. It was IIM B AO’s Number. (I have made endless calls to them before, regarding the WL movement). I picked the call before it started to ring.

 

Lady 1:  Hello. Is this Nikhil Kumar? And blah blah..

Me:  Yes, I am (Like Sarfaraz of PK)

Lady 1: Would you like to Join IIM B in a short notice period.

Me: Yes obviously! Even if notice period is a fraction of a second I would join.

 

I cut the phone and laughed at my destiny. I called the AO again to make sure that I was not daydreaming.

You will never believe that I was the last guy to convert IIM B. But it doesn’t matter now. It’s a CONVERT. MY DREAM CONVERT.

 

I booked tickets in 5 minutes and I was in IIM Bangalore in the next 5 hours.

The story continues at the Place to ‘B’.

Tips for future aspirants!

Guys HARDWORK beats TALENT. All I’m asking you to be is a deaf bull for the next 4 months. Keep fighting without caring what people are saying, what your inner voice (you can’t do it) is saying. You’re not alone, there are 2 lakhs people across the country feeling the same emotions, just don’t give up.

It’s okay to be lost, just keep moving and you’ll find a better you. Your caste, 10th & 12th marks, graduation college, etc. cannot be changed now and what cannot be changed for the better is worth no place in the Brain’s WORRY ABOUT department. Yes, your CAT score is something you can make beautiful, so start working on it.

And remember: HARDWORK  beats TALENT.

ALL THE BEST.

Nikhil Kumar

Even MY DAY will come ONE DAY!!!

Quora – https://www.quora.com/profile/Nikhil-Kumar-157

Comments

283 comments

Yodha Singh

sr i am btech student passed in 2012 with 62% my 10 th score 76 and 12 th 78 . Am i eligible for IIM A , B , K ?

Vishesh Chaudhary

My aimcat percentile lies b/w 85-90. How can I improve my percentile and I am really tensed about my VARC prep as my percentile in this section never crosses 60%le. Any suggestions and tips…

Sawan Pawar

sir my 10th,12th and engineering score is 80,68,77.and i dont have any considerable extra curricular and im fresher as i completed my engineering last month and belongs to sc category and im preparing for cat from past 15 days.and i can score around 90 percentile in this cat.so do i have a chances of getting calls from old and new iims or should i stop preparing and join a job as im already placed in a IT company

Biswadeep Ghosh Hazra

Hi Nikhil!
GEM 🙁 Yes that’s a bummer. Work Ex of 22 months in Tech Mahindra, aspiring writer have published several anthologies and a book of my own on Amazon (since it’s free!) and a content writer for nearly 6 years for e-mags, websites, marketing purposes(have left some time back). Also an avid chess player though no district or state championships as of such
Looking forward to your reply 🙂

Nikhil_CS

Try for new and BABy IIMS.Old iiMs i cant say much. But keep trying. the highr u score the higher the chnace that u will get call from old IIMS. and dont forget FMS, MDI, JBIMS is also there. SO score high and get a seat in any of these..:)

Amit Goswami

Boss…. I need a Help –
This is still a unsuccessful Little story. my name is Amit Kumar Goswami. this year i passed graduation from govt. Engineering college, Ajmer. if i compare to all of Student like you and other Student having big dream, i feel that i’m a quite average Student.
Story begin-
when i started journey of my b.tech, initially i was not satisfied with my college because of i could’t got IIT as well NIT. but after some time, i realized that number of student in my college had dream to became IITan but they could not done that. so as a student in my 1st year i have done nothing spacial and i just passed with 60%, and its continue till 2nd year. when i entered in my 3rd year, i was totally confused about my future, and that time i had no idea that what should i do and how . After 2 months long time i have decided to do civil service and i stared preparation and i gave the UPSC pre 2106, and that time i entered in final year. i had correct almost 60% of cutoff Score. every thing is going right but suddenly i felt that what about your my next step when i passed the college, and i was totally scared because i am not financially enough where i can spend one or two year for only study. so i have only one choice that mean i can only study with job, but its too late for me because when various company visited my college i did not attend any campus interview so became jobless, and after few months i passed the college,
and my college life is over.
STARTED NEW JOURNEY
and then i came bangalore for searching job but i could not find any job bcs i was not good in programming language. so started improve my technical as well as coding. since last two month i almost improved myself as a coder. now i am confident about my self that i can be get job soon.
through out my little journey, sometimes i became demotivated, demoralized. whenever i became demotivated i lost approx 8 to 10 days long time.
so my question is that when you feel such type of problem what should i do & how to escape out from that situationn.
Thank you

Nikhil_CS

STAY IN THE GAME.
I loved this quote so much that I made this my wallpaper throughout the preparation phase. The best part is that this doesn’t give away much, so your colleagues will never know that you’re planning to *fly* away. 😉
Now, what does this line mean?
Well, it’s June now. Considering CAT will be in the last week of Nov or first week of Dec, that leaves you with 6 months: 180 days. Believe me, things will start feeling tougher now, but it’ll be you who’ll make them tougher. Mocks will be same, their analysis will be same, formulas will be same, everything will be same, but the pressure to improve will get multiple folds with every passing day.
Now, MANY give away to this pressure. 3 bad mocks in a row and their current job won’t feel like much burden to them anymore. “Motivational” Words from boss + bad time management = goodbye CAT. Heck, some take things so hard that they can’t even concentrate anymore. But guys just know that this is not a sprint but a marathon. Don’t give up.
With every month passing, people will start going away. Comes October and 30% Janta is gone. All I’m asking you is to STAY. Fight until the last day, give mocks till the last days, READ for life.
See, everyone will get scared and feel lost during these coming 6 months. Some might seem sorted but believe me they aren’t. I was talking to Mukesh Goyal (100 percentiler CAT’16), and he was like “agar CAT se ek din pehle koi bolta k FMS lelo and CAT mat do, to mei CAT nai deta.” Now, this is a guy who was getting straight 99+ throughout his preperation, but as I said being nervous and doubting your abilities is common during this phase. I’m just asking you to believe in yourself and STAY.
CAT preparation, if you look at it is not a way to clear an exam, but to improve ourselves. Most of us do not read much which is really important, CAT forces us to do it. Most of us don’t solve puzzles, which keeps our brain sharp, CAT forces us to do DILR. You won’t even realize but going through this preparation you’ll improve, until one day when you’ll finish a novel in 4 hours which earlier used to take 2 days.
Guys HARDWORK beats TALENT. All I’m asking you to be is a deaf bull for the next the 6 months. Keep fighting without caring what people are saying, what your inner voice (you can’t do it) is saying. You’re not alone, there are 2 lakhs people across the country feeling the same emotions, just don’t give up coz of them.
One of the reasons for creating this group is to tell you, that it’s okay to be lost, just keep moving and you’ll find a better you. Your 10th marks, 12th marks cannot change now and what cannot change for better is worth no place in the Brain’s WORRY ABOUT department. Yes, your CAT score is something you can make beautiful, so start working on it. And remember:
Just *STAY IN THE GAME.*

Amit Shete

If someone has signed bond of 1-2 years and then he gets selected for MBA. What happens in such situations?
Also how do people appear for interviews while doing job?

Nikhil_CS

Tips for Working Guys:
CAT is difficult to be managed with job but it has to be done (leaving a job for cat is too risky considering the unpredictability of the exam).
Assumptions for below :
1. Total of 10-11 hours outside home (office + travel to/fro office)
2. Sat & Sun Weekend off
In case any of the assumptions are not valid in your case, try to accommodate the points as per your schedule.
1. Give equal importance to all the 3 sections. Do not live under the veil that you can cover one section with another. It is difficult to do. Considering the unpredictability of VA and high difficulty level of DILR, focus on all the sections.
2. Daily news-paper reading (Hindu/Economic Times).
3. Daily VA practise from old mocks/sectionals. (IMS – all, Time – leave RCs, Cl – leave RCs)
4. Daily DILR practise from old mocks/sectionals. (IMS, CL, Time – all)
5. Daily QA practise from old mocks/sectionals. (IMS, CL, Time – all)
6. On weekdays allocate 6 hrs for studying (2 hrs for each section as told above) & on weekends9 hrs for studying (3 hrs to each section) and 3 hrs for mock and 2 hrs for mock analysis
7. Should finish QA theory and formulas by July/Aug.
8. From Aug/Sep onwards only revision and mocks and sectionals.
9. Should give atleast 2 mocks each weekend and their analysis. Should give all centre based mocks from centre itself to be prepared for all exam scenarios.
10. Last month (assuming Nov) : 1 mock each day and its analysis
11. Take an off atleast 1 week before the exam and give mocks at exam time.
12. Sneak in time for your hobbies during the preparation.
Happy Prepping !! Don’t overstress. It is not the end of journey

Nikhil_CS

They are very crucial. Each IIM has separate criteria. I request you score good marks and good ectra curricular also. Work ecp plays an important in IIMs like IIm L and B. IIM wants all round profile.
Al the best.

Nikhil_CS

sports, Music, Social media n/w, NGO, anything that you love doing in extra time. particiapte in college events, organize events etc.

Riya Patil

Hey Nikhil, really an inspiring story!
Actually my question for you is that these days I am lacking self motivation whenever I am unable to solve questions.! How to stay consistent in studying?
And also I haven’t completed my portion yet, what should be my strategy further? Please advice

Nikhil_CS

What worked for me was. Whenever i felt demotivated i tried to recall the incidnts in the past wen i was crticized by some one whom i cared abou whether it be friends, gf, parents etc. That really motivates you. You think you have to proove them wrong.

Nikhil_CS

Coming to portion. Try to follow routine. Make a routine as you will complete this much portion in this much time and follow it rigoroulsy. Keep attending mocks even if ur syllabus is incomplete. It will guide you wer u stand. All the best.

Tushar Patil

Hello, Nikhil sir. That was really inspiring. I have a question and it will be my pleasure if you can take two minutes of your busy schedule and help me out. My brother has reached the sixth semester of engineering, he is an average student, not from IIT/NIT. He dreams of getting into top B-Schools present in the country. His academics are as follows:
10 – 82% CBSE
12 – 78% MPBSE(state board)
Grad marks till now – 9.1 SGPA

No one trusts him, after his IIT-JEE debacle, but I do. Will he able to make it in the IIMs. Let’s assume he scores above 99%, which colleges he can expect? or he will face the same disappointment as he faced after the result of JEE. I will be waiting for a reply. Thanks.

Nikhil_CS

Yes if he score 99+. He will surely get IIM given he performs well in interview. All the best.

Prithvi Kota

10th – 96.8%
12th – 96.6%
B.tech – 7 cgpa

What are my chances of getting of getting into old iims?? How should I prepare for verbal… Suggest one hardcore template kind preparation plzzz

Nikhil_CS

Yes You can get into old IIMS. Try for IIM A, C, L, K. if u have work exp then try for B also.English tips i have mentioned in below commnet. scrolll n check.

Swapnil Suman

Hey I read your post and liked it. I am getting good percentile in most of the mocks. I want to ask you if having a gap year after 12 hampers your chances and do they ask. It in interviews . Also, if I get a very good percentile, can I convert Iim b considering my 12 marks were less than 90

Nikhil_CS

If you dont ahve work exp and if you are general then its difficlut to convert IIM B with less than 90. Year gap doesnt matter if u can proove them that u utilized the time properly.

Faisal Siddiqui

In that whole phase of preparation there must have been a phase when you would have struggled with your mocks or strived to push your scores.
What did you actually do Nikhil at that time to push yourself and and grow?
A descriptive response filled with facts and emotions would help me a lot. Thanks !

Nikhil_CS

I read Rc and then question. If your redaing speed and recall skill is good. You can follow oppsoite. It entirely depneds which suits you.

Nikhil_CS

I want to add a few points which I followed.(Maybe it will be helpful for some).
1. Read the articles/editorials from the hindu and the guardian
2. Try to find out the topics in which you are comfortable and the ones which you find hard to comprehend
3. From the guardian read the articles from the topics in which you are not comfortable
4. Try to write the summary of each article. Initially try to write summary in complete sentences foreach paragraph and with practice and time it will automatically be reduced to a few words. This will help you in concentrating on the passage as at the back of your mind you will always be thinking about the summary part. Besides, it will help you in finding answers for the questions as it will helpyou in narrowing down the search area.
4. Read as much as you can and try to find out the meaning of the difficult words from the context of the passage.
All the best for the cat17 aspirants.

Nikhil_CS

1) I strongly recommend you to develop a reading habit. By a habit I mean, reading a book per week or two. How does this help?
a) Your reading speed will increase.
b) Your ability to comprehend text will drastically increase.
c) You’ll start reading between the lines which will be very vital once your start solving RCs.
d) This habit will not only help you with CAT, but beyond as well be it WAT-PI or writing an SOP. This is something that’ll help you throughout life.
e) An additional benefit is it will help in improving your vocabulary.
I will suggest you to read on varied genres by multiple authors. You should cover a wide range from Philosophy to Science to Romance. Why such a wide range? Because it’s very important for one to be familiar with a variety of topics. I’ve seen people leave easy RC passages just because it belonged to Philosophy genre. So yes, believe me it will help.
This is a list of authors who use Standard English and write different genres. You do have a lot of time in your hand, use it. https://pastebin.com/nnR17YFy
2) The art of solving RCs.
One thing is to read a passage and solving questions is one another task. Here is how I approached the RC section:
a) Read the passage once. DO NOT read any line or paragraph more than once. You just need to get a hold or gist of it. You’re here to solve questions and not write a thesis on it. You need not understand everything. Point number 1, will drastically help in this aspect.
b) Read the questions very carefully and understand them. It is very important to know what the question asks. Half the battle is won here.
c) Coming to the options, I have noticed that CAT has had very tricky options. So, if you’re going to read out a passage and go to pick out the answer you’ll almost every time find two close answers. This is where I used to exploit the best thing we as humans possess. The ability to find flaws. We all are great at it, aren’t we? I used the option elimination method rather than picking the correct one.
By option elimination I mean negate all the wrong ones in the context of the question or the passage. A detailed analysis of this method has been given in this YouTube video. https://goo.gl/fh1Sen.
The post is already too long, so I’ll close it out here. I will soon post a RC with a detailed process of how I go about solving these RCs in the upcoming posts.
Note to CAT Repeaters: Your previous year percentile or performance in CAT doesn’t matter. Be it 50%ile, 70%ile or even 99+%ile. Your performance in CAT’17, will solely depend on your hard work in the upcoming months. So kindly refrain from making such posts in the group.

Yatin Bansal

Great strategy shared by you. But i have a doubt since my profession is posing a great problem. I m CA by profession and currently working as a tax adviser and compliance officer in a leading MNC. Hence my job require to read and interpret legal languages and other documents thoroughly. However for CAT requires fast reading involving skimming and scanning. If i try to follow this strategy, it hampers my performance at the job substantially. How to solve this problem if you can help?

Yatin Bansal

Dude that what i am saying my professional work isnt allowing me to gain speed in RCs using various techniques mentioned around the net like skimming and scanning since it hampers my work alot since being a legal compliance officer i m required to read each and every word thoroughly and slowly. hope that clears my condition.

Meghna Talreja

I’m in my third year. Commerce stream. In spite of trying I am not able to do well in Quants and my mocks scores are as low as 40. I feel discouraged at the same time scared about the gap year I could have if I didnt make it to any of the good institutes this year.

Nikhil_CS

QA is the scoring section of CAT. It is perhaps the most straight forward section of CAT. First of all, let me clear the myth that only difficult questions are asked. Basically, this section tests the basic concepts in mathematics along with your ability to solve them quickly. Since, it is scoring, it is advisable to put a decent effort in this section.
First, you need to clear basic concepts in mathematics that most of you must have studied in high school or intermediate. I would suggest that you follow a book for that. Arun Sharma or any caoaching material will do alright. Have yourself go through all the basic formulae, and practice basic questions of the same. This step is for the students who are just beginning their journey of preparation.
Now, to speed up your question solving ability, all you need to do is practice. Start with sectionals of each topic that you cover and then go for the mixed sectionals. Try to solve as many questions in the given time frame. The most important thing that you need to learn is SKIP A QUESTION IF YOU GET STUCK. Don’t waste more than 2 minutes on a question if you feel that you are going nowhere with the solution because ultimately it’s the number of questions you solved correctly that matters rather than the number of difficult questions you were able to solve.
Also, take mocks seriously, as you get a variety of question types in the mocks itself. The higher the number of mocks you give, the more the variety of questions you have at your disposal. Analyze each and every mock. This is the most crucial part. Don’t just solve the question during analysis, try to learn the underlying concept so that you may never face a problem in solving similar questions.
Speed is the key in this section. And practice is the key to speed. So pick up your pens and start practicing. More the number of questions you solve, more the variety you will get.
Also, join atleast two test series and attempt every mock seriously. Giving them and analyzing are the ultimate tools to success.
P.S. – It’s just a personal opinion, but it did work great for me. Queries and views are welcome.

Nikhil_CS

Do not feel discouraged. As you are from commerce back ground so it will take some tiem. Yiu can defiantely do it. I know. Follow below steps. All the best.

Rohit Ahuja

As you mentioned you as average student, Is your marks in 10th, 12th , graduation is not good,and you are mentioning package of 15lakh. I don’t think you are an average student.

Nikhil_CS

See average student and 15 lac doent matter.Yiu can get better jobs after You worked hard.Once you have failed a lot in ur life. I did same. Its the motivation to lift up after failure.:)

hacrsh

Hi Nikhil, Congratulations for making to B. I need few suggestions regarding IIM.
I’m Harsh, graduated from IIT Kanpur. But my numbers are much low. In tenth I’ve 7.4 out of 10, in 12th, 7/10 and in graduation I got 5.1 with degree extended to a year. I’m planning to give CAT in 2018 so for admissions in 19 I’ll have 2 years of experience. Suggest me please. I’m targeting for A, B and C. But it is next to impossible.

Divya Agarwal

Thank you sir .it was an inspiring story .
The moment I compare it to mine … now I am less motivated towards my dream to get into IIMs.
Sir … I have just completed my graduation in 2017 from Mody University with 6.97 CPGA .
Just after completing my graduation I joined the coaching institute by May 29 , since then I have given approx 8 mock test and my score is not above 50% .
Since then I am studying 6+ hrs excluding my coaching time . Now as the cat date is out and days are less .. I have loden my confidence, very demoralised . As till now I have not even reached 70percentile ( so can’t even think of 90+… )
I have left my job … So to prepare for the CAT .
With academic background as follows :
10th 8.6 pointer
12th PCBME subjects 65.2%
Is there any chance still left or any other way .. I should prepare to get into the best possible B-school .
Sir waiting for your response .
Thanking you
Divya

Nikhil_CS

Still You have 3 months left. You try to acheive 80+ in mocks in 1.5 months time. and be consistent.YOu will generally score +5 in actaul CAT. In 3 months u can acheivee 90+ given u work hard.

Nikhil_CS

1. Maintain a thick notebook with all the QA formulas and keep updating it with every mock/sectional test you give. Revise it once every 20-30 days. By Oct, these formulae should become an extension of your mind. Recalling them instantaneously during mocks/CAT is VIMP. You can utilise travel time to office for revising this, I did.

2. Mental calculations are very important. As pagalguy CAT legend calls it, THINK without INK. You can practice this on a regular basis. Do whatever calculations you do during work/college without a calculator. As much as possible. In these 8 months, you can develop this skill exponentially by practising it daily. Challenge yourself. Lying in bed, about to sleep, ask yourself, what is 347×218? What is 59674-47392? Now try and visualize this. Make these calculations a habit and a part of your life. Trust me, it will help you in more ways than you can imagine even long after the CAT is over.

3. For VA/RC, people say that reading a lot of novels and newspaper helps. But I feel that reading helps a lot, definitely. But instead of investing time novels/newspapers, invest that same amount of time in solving RC passages on various themes and topics (With a time limit of course). This way, you’ll practice a lot of reading as well as you’ll also practice spotting answers for questions. Buy any popular book with 100s of RCs and start doing this.

4. About books, I can’t really comment about which one to go for as I didn’t use any. My preparation was only from 47 mock tests I wrote and 40+ sectional tests.

5. Mock tests are the single most important step in your CAT preparation. It prepares you for the final battle by simulating the same. Enroll in at least one among the big 3 and if possible, enroll in two (I would recommend SIMCATs+AIMCATs). Take every single mock very very seriously. You could write 30 mocks or 130 (depending on the amount of time that you can devote for CAT prep), but please take all of them very seriously. Analysing mocks is twice more important than writing one. Find out why you solved a particular question wrong or why you left a particular question. Update the ‘thick notebook’ that you made for QA with new formulas/concepts that you see in these mock tests’ solutions. Solve the unsolved RCs/DILR sets later on (Try and do this too in time limits). Devote more time to analysing mocks than to write them. Learn everything that you can from every mock that you write. Try and write the next mocks only after analysing previous mock thoroughly. You will find this analysis very difficult and you’ll have an urge to just skip it and write the next mock, but don’t. I personally analysed only 38 out of 47 mocks thoroughly due to lack of time. Do this analysis not just for mocks but for sectional tests as well.

6. DO NOT try to do too many things. Someone will try and do mocks, various books from Indian authors, even GMAT books, then lots of reading, then improve grammar with several grammar improvement books, then vocab improvement books, solving questions on pagalguy, solving questions on various sites, various study materials etc etc etc. KEEP IT SIMPLE. Don’t get caught up with all this. Don’t ask for too many suggestions. Talk to a few good people, make a good plan that you feel will work for you and just do it.

7. Try and improve your English writing and speaking skills as much as you can today onwards. Practice it at home/office/college as much as you can. This will help you a lot during the final step after CAT result. This is something that will take time to improve (Only for those who are not too comfortable with English)

8. DO NOT get affected by a change in pattern or any other changes. Take it as a challenge and an opportunity to develop yourself as per the need.

9. A time will come when things will not go your way at all. Your mock scores will fall nad you’ll start doubting yourself. DON’T. Get yourself up and fight harder. No matter how bad the performance is, keep going. Trust me, you’ll face these, but don’t let it demotivate you. Take it as a reminder that you’ve so much to learn.

10. Develop a balanced performance across all 3 sections. This is very important. Devote more time to your weak areas and work on it until you are good at that too.

11. Keep calm. Develop this skill with every mock you write. This way, you’ll not get all tensed up during CAT and will be able to perform to your full potential. You’ll be able to take CAT as just another mock test.

12. Stop wasting time. As Madonna puts it, “I am gonna delay my pleasure”. Delay it for 9 months, all those parties, movies, hangouts can wait. Right now, FOCUS.

Dhruv Bhattacharya

Brilliant article and so motivating. I am so happy to read something in which the average guy ends up being the winner though sheer hardwork and dedication. Thank you so much for sharing this.

Nikhil_CS

If general than B looks difficult. AC you can try. You can get it as you have academic diversity.

Rajiv Gusain

Hello sir really inspired by your story. Just want to tell you that I have been trying very hard but I’m not able to analyze my mock test properly. Can you guide me how can I go about it. I personally feel that I’m a below average person but still I don’t give up easily and keep trying hard but just I feel that may be I’m going wrong somewhere . It would be great if you can give some guidance .

Nikhil_CS

1. Solved all VA-RC questions again with special emphasis on the questions that I did wrong or skipped. I tried to match my thinking with the explanation given. Sometimes this helps to bring another perspective into solving VA-RC questions. In Grammar TITA questions, I used to note down the rules that were used to solve the qs. It helps in keeping in touch with grammar rules through the season.
2. Solved all DI-LR sets again with maximum focus on difficult and new kind of sets. I used to note down any specific approach which could be helpful for similar sets.
3. Solved all QA questions again. If any formula I did not remember or I did not know, I used to note down in my note book. If there was any particular trick that was used, I used to note it down too. I knew my weak area was geometry so I used to focus more on Geometry part during analysis. So knowing your weak areas help.
I used to solve all the above 3 sections in an untimed manner during analysis.
Note : This is valid for 3 section CAT.

chaitanyaraju30

Very inspiring story first of all thanks for sharing your story..
10th-90.5
12-88.5
Grad-77.5
General male
Work exp -1.5 yrs
What are the chances of getting into IIM’S at what scores??
Can work exp cover up for the low extra curricular activities??

Nikhil_CS

Yes definately. Good chance of LK.. IIM C also possible. AB looks difficult. ALl the best.

Sunny Kumar

Sir first of all congratulations for your achievements. Sir I don’t have any story to describe. Just I am scared. I am 3rd year student of B.Sc of Magadh University(Bodh Gaya). I have Physics as my honours subject. But I know nothing about physics.My college name is Snatak College Islampur(Village).But classes are not held at my college. We come to college only during exams to fill form. I passed all my exams by means of cheating. Not only I actually everyone in my college pass only by cheating. Even teachers say us to cheat and get good marks. I got 68% and 70% in my 1st and 2nd year respectively. I have been preparing for cat for last 7-8 months n getting 65-75% in mocks. If I crack cat then I am scared if they ask me questions related to Physics during interview then what will I say.
I am really very scared….
It would be of great help if you can call(8083357118) and assist me.

Nikhil_CS

Dont worry about interview Now. You will get enough 3 mnoth to prepare for interview. CAt exams take place in nov last and interview will start in jan last.

Tapomay Sanyal

Hi , great inspirational story to say the least .. however your profile states you have four year work exp !!
is it true that after +3 years of good work experience( not just going in office . good work exp even with onsite client handling and all with good understanding of the business you catered) again two years in IIM is a wastage of time? what is your point of view regarding this.. wouldnt ve been GMAT a better option?

Nikhil_CS

ABCL , FMS, XLRI.. you can do after 4 yrs work exp.. For 4 yrs work exp B is best.But GMAT is still better option as comapred to these collge.

Cat Aspirant

Your article at this point of time has appeared as ” Need of an Hour ” Congratulations for such a big feat . And I am alumni of the same school where you studied . So feeling great to have such senior.

Esvara Prasanna

Very inspiring story..Cheers!
10th – 91,12th – 90
grad – 67%
OBC
had the same percentile of 37 in my first mocks….Please help me how to move forward and is it possible to crack ?…if yes then how
Regards.

Nikhil_CS

This is for people who are planning to write CAT 2017. It is based on my personal experiences and what I learned during my CAT journey. You might disagree with some of these things, and I am open to suggestions from everyone of you. I will edit it as I get wiser.

First and foremost thing that you need to do is bring a huge change in the way you do things every day. Try and utilise every single minute of free time for preparation. Whenever free, try and do something that will help you in one way or the other (mental calculations/reading/revising formulas etc).

People in a very demanding job, stop giving excuses that you are not able to study coz of work. Even though it is true, there is nothing that you can do about it except maybe resign (The worst possible thing that you can do for CAT prep). So take it as a challenge. 2 hrs per day on weekdays and 6 hrs per day on weekends are more than enough for scoring a very good percentile in CAT. Enjoy this preparation, this struggle. Do not think about the result too much, focus on process, the journey.

I will give you some key points in no specific order –

1. If you are a 1st timer, write a mock test, any mock, and get a rough idea as to where you stand right now.

2. Get hold of study material from any institute and make sure that you go through at least QA and LR from start to end asap.

3. A very important thing (that most people don’t do) is that every time you try and solve questions, do it with time limit. Right from the very first question of the study material you pick up. CAT is a speed based game these days and you’ll be able to develop that skill only with practicing speed day in and day out. Every time you plan to study even for a stretch of say 30 mins, plan to solve say 18-20 questions in those 30 with a timer and try and maximise your score in this. This way, you’ll develop the art of leaving questions. And then devote another 30-60 mins to learn from the questions you couldn’t solve or solved wrongly. Practising within time limits makes your brain think faster and more efficiently under stress and you try and maximise your score this way. I repeat, DEVELOP THE ART OF LEAVING QUESTIONS.

4. Once you start writing mocks, maintain an excel sheet to keep track of questions in VA and QA topic wise. After every mock, during analysis, just fill this excel sheet, something like this –

VA –

MOCK PJ(T/A/C/W) RC(T/A/C/W)

SIMCAT 101 4/4/3/1 16/13/9/4

AIMCAT 1625 …………………………………………………..

At the end, apply a formula that will give you details about % attempt (A/T*100) and % accuracy (C/A*100) topic wise. After 10-15 mocks, you’ll be very clear about which topic you are attempting less, where your accuracy is pathetic etc etc. It will help you much more than you realise. Around Sept/Oct when you’ll be finalising a strategy for the final exam, this data will help you in deciding how to approach the paper. It definitely helped me a lot.

5. Maintain a thick notebook with all the QA formulas and keep updating it with every mock/sectional test you give. Revise it once every 20-30 days. By Oct, these formulae should become an extension of your mind. Recalling them instantaneously during mocks/CAT is VIMP. You can utilise travel time to office for revising this, I did.

6. Mental calculations are very important. As pagalguy CAT legend calls it, THINK without INK. You can practice this on a regular basis. Do whatever calculations you do during work/college without a calculator. As much as possible. In these 8 months, you can develop this skill exponentially by practising it daily. Challenge yourself. Lying in bed, about to sleep, ask yourself, what is 347×218? What is 59674-47392? Now try and visualize this. Make these calculations a habit and a part of your life. Trust me, it will help you in more ways than you can imagine even long after the CAT is over.

7. For VA/RC, people say that reading a lot of novels and newspaper helps. But I feel that reading helps a lot, definitely. But instead of investing time novels/newspapers, invest that same amount of time in solving RC passages on various themes and topics (With a time limit of course). This way, you’ll practice a lot of reading as well as you’ll also practice spotting answers for questions. Buy any popular book with 100s of RCs and start doing this.

8. About books, I can’t really comment about which one to go for as I didn’t use any. My preparation was only from 47 mock tests I wrote and 40+ sectional tests.

9. Mock tests are the single most important step in your CAT preparation. It prepares you for the final battle by simulating the same. Enroll in at least one among the big 3 and if possible, enroll in two (I would recommend SIMCATs+AIMCATs). Take every single mock very very seriously. You could write 30 mocks or 130 (depending on the amount of time that you can devote for CAT prep), but please take all of them very seriously. Analysing mocks is twice more important than writing one. Find out why you solved a particular question wrong or why you left a particular question. Update the ‘thick notebook’ that you made for QA with new formulas/concepts that you see in these mock tests’ solutions. Solve the unsolved RCs/DILR sets later on (Try and do this too in time limits). Devote more time to analysing mocks than to write them. Learn everything that you can from every mock that you write. Try and write the next mocks only after analysing previous mock thoroughly. You will find this analysis very difficult and you’ll have an urge to just skip it and write the next mock, but don’t. I personally analysed only 38 out of 47 mocks thoroughly due to lack of time. Do this analysis not just for mocks but for sectional tests as well.

10. DO NOT try to do too many things. Someone will try and do mocks, various books from Indian authors, even GMAT books, then lots of reading, then improve grammar with several grammar improvement books, then vocab improvement books, solving questions on pagalguy, solving questions on various sites, various study materials etc etc etc. KEEP IT SIMPLE. Don’t get caught up with all this. Don’t ask for too many suggestions. Talk to a few good people, make a good plan that you feel will work for you and just do it.

11. Try and improve your English writing and speaking skills as much as you can today onwards. Practice it at home/office/college as much as you can. This will help you a lot during the final step after CAT result. This is something that will take time to improve (Only for those who are not too comfortable with English)

12. DO NOT get affected by a change in pattern or any other changes. Take it as a challenge and an opportunity to develop yourself as per the need.

13. A time will come when things will not go your way at all. Your mock scores will fall nad you’ll start doubting yourself. DON’T. Get yourself up and fight harder. No matter how bad the performance is, keep going. Trust me, you’ll face these, but don’t let it demotivate you. Take it as a reminder that you’ve so much to learn.

14. Develop a balanced performance across all 3 sections. This is very important. Devote more time to your weak areas and work on it until you are good at that too.

14. Keep calm. Develop this skill with every mock you write. This way, you’ll not get all tensed up during CAT and will be able to perform to your full potential. You’ll be able to take CAT as just another mock test.

15. Stop wasting time. As Madonna puts it, “I am gonna delay my pleasure”. Delay it for 9 months, all those parties, movies, hangouts can wait. Right now, FOCUS.

Akash Paliwal

one thing i didn’t understand. you were earning 15lpa + package ..so how can u call yourself an average student because an average guy can’t earn 15+lpa in a short span of time if he is not from IITs.

shubham jha

Hi Nikhil, a very motivational story. I’m inspired by it. Can you tell me what are my chances for the following details…
Final Year student at NIT Trichy with 8.90 CGPA
12th – 88.00%
10th – 9.6/10 CGPA
Good Extra curricular and leadership experience and Very diverse internships and Projects.
My TIME Mock scores are 98.6 %tile.

Nikhil_CS

You are doing Great. You have good acads and extra curricular. ALL the best. Your chances are good.

shubham jha

Thanks for your encouragement, but I meant for which IIMs do I have a good chance of getting accepted? I’ve gotten to know IIM-B won’t take freshers, and due to less marks in 12th, IIM-A is also out of my reach! 🙁

Prashanth Sunny

Hi NIKHIL after reading your story got to know that it’s very similar to mine to achieve IIM as you did just suggest with your honest reply
10th :85.03%
12th:87.40%
Btech(Ece):73%
Work experience :3 years as developer in MNC
CAT EXPECTED:98+
In 2017 as am confident
So now what are the chances in getting calls from IIM S if crack CAT with 98+%
Pease reply
Am STAYED IN THE GAME

Prashanth Sunny

Hi NIKHIL after reading your story got to know that it’s very similar to mine to achieve IIM as you did just suggest with your honest reply
10th :85.03%
12th:87.40%
Btech(Ece):73%
Work experience :3 years as developer in MNC
CAT EXPECTED:98+
In 2017 as am confident
So now what are the chances in getting calls from IIM S if crack CAT with 98+%
Pease reply

Nikhil_CS

Not sure about IIM S. I didnt get Call. But you have good chance to get some of the old IIMS if u score 99.2+ in actual CAT. ana all new IIM also. try for FMS, IIT, MDI, XLRI also.

Frz

I like the post ..awesome. tears rolled down from my eyes. Bas humko bhi karna hai to karna hai. In Sha Allah..

Amim Fatmi

Hi Nikhil Sir,
Awesome article. Sir, I have been preparing for CAT 2017,scoring 85%ile in TIME mocks.
My academics go this way
10th – 96%
12th -61% U.P State Board
UG -84 % National Institute of Fashion Technology
Work Ex – 1 year Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail
My 12th scores are low, but I have tried to match it with good extra curriculars, I am a double gold medalist at NIFT, with Student of the year and Student with Extra Ordinary Sevice Awards.College president and secretary at NIFT, I have represented India at Maldives in a delegation sent by Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs. I have won various inter NIFT, competitions , Quiz awards at SRCC , was Red Bull Student business manager for 2 years and many such extra curricular acheivements to my bag.
Please guide me on how are my chances for older IIMs and what percentile should I look at ?

Nikhil_CS

If general then its difficult to get into old IIMS because of low marks in 12th. But IIMB generalze marks based on board for class 12th. In Up board i guess peopel get less marks.So you might have good chance. Not sure whether other follow same criteira.

Akash Das

Hello nikhil….

Please help me out…I am struggling really hard to crack CAT….every day after office I am putting around 7 hrs for CAT preparation and it is my dream to crack IIMB….please can you guide me how much percentile I require for CAT to be in a safer side…not just to receive calls.

My academics are

10th – 93.5%
12th – 87%
Graduation – 83%
Work ex- 6 months in ashok leyland
Caste – OBC

It will be grateful to you if you can spare a few minutes from your busy schedule to reply my question.

Nikhil_CS

Try to score 96+ in actual CAT to be on safer side. All the best. For IIM B may be 98.5+.

nikhil dongre

Hello Sir
I saw your post…and I’m very inspired
Just want to know about your profile
And I have 80/67.2/65.4 in X/XII/Grad
Can I get calls from old IIMS if I score well…and I belongs to SC category
Please help ☺️

akash agrawal

First of all congrats Sir.
Sir currently I am working in a PSU and had done graduation from NIT Raipur with 9.6 Cgpa
My 10th score was 86%
And in 12th I got 84%
I am getting 95+ in mocks
What are my chances in getting call from IIM A/B/C

Nikhil_CS

Good chance for C. If high work exp then B also possile. A looks difficult. Try to score 98.5+ in mocks regularly.

Mitali Singh

Hello sir , sir my question is how to score good in DI ? I am very weak at it ..n also that even I am done with my concepts revision I am not able to implement it ..what should I do ..

Nikhil_CS

My approach for DILR in general:
This is indeed the toughest section to “improve” a lot in. Nevertheless, what you can do is solve as many sets as you can lay your hands on. The idea is to grow familiar with most types of sets – so that you select sets (more importantly, leave sets) judiciously. Once you have got a hold of how to select the right sets, 60% of the work is done.
So i used to breeze through the sets to find anything that looked remotely familiar to what i have attempted in the past (you should realise that this pool becomes enormous as CAT approaches), and attempt those.
Try to avoid sets in which new information is added in the questions, they are usually more time taking.
Be smart and bold enough to leave a set after 5-6 minutes when you are not making any progress (unless you do this in the mocks, you wont get the courage to do it in the final exam).
Use calculator wisely. People say ki it wastes time – i dont believe that. It gives confidence. Last thing you want is a calculation error, which is highly likely in a high pressure situation. 5-10 seconds extra lagenge – DOESN’T MATTER.
Happy to answer any other specific question

AjayObito

Hello Nikhil,
I wanted to know my chances as well.
X-89.85
XII-86
CGPA-9.4(till 4th sem from an average college)

Nikhil_CS

No. But if you have decent work exp u will get extra marks. If your acads are not good. Then do MBA after work exp. As bcoz of work exp u will get some extar marks.

Vikrant Bhardwaj

10th-8.6 cgpa
12th-67%
Bcom(simple)-60% (almost)
No workexperience
Only 1 or 2 extracurricular certificate..
But has the ability to crack CAT with 99+ percentile..
What are the possiblities for me to call from IIM ABC…
But the main target is FMS…but hope for ABCs…
Plz tell me…i m gonna crack 2018….

Nikhil_CS

Target FMS, MDI, XLRI, IIFT, JBIMS, IIT B,D etc. IIM C may be possible If you score very high. BA almost possible.

nikitavijay

Hey Nikhil, Hope you are doing good. This is truly inspiring story for a person like me who is cat aspirant. I have just completed b.tech from tier3 cllge. I have not so good acads as well. So how you suggest me to prepare myself now for CAT’17?

Shruti Jain

Hello Mr. Kumar
Quite impressive story as well as ur dedication.

Sir I am a commerce graduate.
10th- 53.65
12th- 74
UG- 5.64
Work experience- 12 months

Is there any chance of getting a call from IIM B?

I am planning to go for CAT this year. My QA is weak and I am not taking any coaching.
Please tell how should I prepare.

Nikhil_CS

IIM B no chance if general. Though try for other good clz like IIT, MDI, FMS, XLRI, IIFT etc.. QA advice i have already given sbove.

Nikhil_CS

Looks difficult yaar if You are general. Try for BAby and new IIMs. Though me not sure. I can guess much.

Deepanshu Verma

Hello Sir! Gone through ur story it’s really very inspiring.
I want to ask You that what are my chances of making it to IIM with 7.8 /68/7.2 . Currently i am in my 3rd year of Bcom from Du .
Category -obc
Sir please guide me through this?
And for 12% we have to include all the subjects even if one of them is optional ( and what if someone has not clear the optional paper??)
Sir I would be thankful if u can spare tym from ur schedule and ans my queries?

Nikhil_CS

I dont have much idea about BCOM but >95% will do i guess.

Ajith George

Hello Nikhil,
My academic records:
10th 8.6 (cbse)
12th 94.6(cbse)
Currently am doing ACCA(Association of chartered certified accountants) and bcom(distant education)
The problem is the marks am getting for bcom is very inspite of how well I write the exam
Does IIM’s consider my qualification in ACCA valid as it is equal to having an Indian CA (ICAI)?
Thanks in advance

Yatin Bansal

Dear sorry to interrupt but ACCA might be considered while GD-PI but it will not be considered as professional degree or equivalent to Indian CA. No additional marks for professional degree will be alloted for ACCA.

Nikhil_CS

If general then Looks a bit difficult. I cant say much. Keep trying. GIve your best. At this momment leave all these question An give your best. after result you can think of these. other coleges are also good yaar.:). You have option for next year also as you are already working.

Suraj Dutta

Sir, I have
10th – 74.71%
12th- 74.00%
Btech(CS)- 8.77 GPA, 2017 passout
in my academics.
Is there any sort of chances to get a interview call from IIM- A,B,C,L ??

Nikhil_CS

Looks a bit difficult. I cant say much. Keep trying. GIve your best. At this momment leave all these question An ive your best. after result you can think of these. other coleges are also good yaar.:)

SriDhar Vs

Hey bro….and Congratzz for you success for IIM-B…got really inspired…just have some doubts regarding preparation… graduated college in 2016…10th-92%,12th-96.5%, graduation-76.4% B.E…Category-NC-OBC
IT Background (Work Exp-10 months).so thought of doing MBA and started preparing ryt now…can you evaluate my profile for which colleges?Did you write XAT,IIFT..?? but i am very weak in quants and verbal compared to Di/LR..Like can you tell about your strict schedule during your last phase of 3 months preparation..

Nikhil_CS

I was selected in both of them..:).. LAst 3 months strategy. Take Mock-> Analyze Mock-> Improve weak aras -> Take next mock and follow the process. Mock analysis I have written in some the comments above.
You have stellar profile.. IIM C and A looks feasible. B is also possoible. all the best. For all the sction I hav egiven strategy above. Follow them.

Gaurav Jain

Your story has inspired me to another level. And trust me I am feeling much more optimistic now.
I am a 3rd year B.com (H)student but My grad marks are really low. I have almost lost the hope of making it to IIM A,B,C

Nikhil_CS

ABC is the not the end yaar. SO many other colegs are there LKIS, XLRI, FMS, IIFT, MDI, IIT, JBIMS, to name a few. NEw IIMS also.

Yatin Bansal

Thanks for the motivational post. My acads are 10th-81%, 12th-94%, Grad (b.com)-78% with dual professional degrees that is CA and CS with 63% marks. Currently have 30 months work ex with 15+ package. Please help me can i get into ABC with thi background and is this achievable in 3 month time considering i have to spend nearly 11-12 hours daily at my office working 6 days a week?

Nikhil_CS

How much are u scoring in mock?? If you have not taken mock.. TAke 3 mock and share your percentie.

Nikhil_CS

Yes it is acheivable. IIM C is your best bet. B also you can get. A looks difficult. Utilize time properly. Take mock, analyse mick,improve weak area and take mok again. ALthe best.

Yatin Bansal

Thank you for your valuable feedback but as said by you on what grounds A seems difficult?

Nikhil_CS

I think A is a bit difficult but not impossible. You have to score as high as possible to get. I am not sure about B COM grad so cant tell u exact percentile. ALl the best.

Thohid

Scoring 70-80% in mocks (Cracku) with marks around 50-70. I don’t think, with these marks one can get 70+ percentile. Help me improve my score. Thank you. Congratulation, by the way.

Thohid

I work in shifts(7-4). Any time management tips? I get very tired. So can’t cope up the pressure of preparation.

Nikhil_CS

It happens with everybody. Here comes your hard work.AND make a note.. HARDWORK BEATS TALENT. put all your effort in the coming 3 months..ALL the best. MAKE A ROUTINE, NOTE IT DOWN, PASTE ON WALL, FOLLOW IT. ALL THE BEST.

Nikhil_CS

No very college gives extra marks.IIT gives. No iim gives. These marks u will get only if certifiacte is at district state level etc. Marks wilL be given at intreview time.

Achyut Rout

Hi Nikhil… Please share your thoughts on my profile. 10th-90.2, 12th-70.2 , BE – 68. Any chances of getting a call from old IIMs? Experience-37 months (Jan 31st 2018).

Nikhil_CS

Target IIM C 99.8+.. FMS 99.6+.. New iim and baby iims. .may be L u can get.. All the best. But best bet is IIMC

Arvind n

Dear sir,
I have completed my engineering(cse) in 2017 and i got the offer letter from TATA AIG as a channel sales manager for which i need to undergo one year PGD in insurance(manipal university) and i am planned to appear for CAT with work experience aiming for IIM ABC.
Please let me now whether to go with this job or i need to look for some other job to improve my profile?
10th-86
12th-73
B.Tech-6.8

Thanks.

Nikhil_CS

If you have got the job.. take it.. and start prep for cat. On thing is in ur advantage as u Wi be trained for 1 year. So u can get lots of extra time for other stuffs like preparation. So its up to you.

Nikhil_CS

If it is a paid job do join it. Other good job u can search later also after joining. If u get bether job before joining this then leave it.

Nikhil_CS

ABC looks difficult.unless u score 99.5+.. Try for other IIMS, IIT, FMS, NITIE, IIFT, etc.

Anxiouslymotivated

Sir I read your article and even some questions, messages, your replies to them…

Your story is inspiring,it really is… Funny too… Sorry.. But ya.. The fun part is when we try to find place and almost end up a home fr a person in heart where we should actually be building the castle of our dreams… Reality is we find those moments so lively that we dare not wanna miss out a chance to feel special and make them feel too.. That\’s something evryone goes thru provided theyknow how to get out of it….

Turning to MBA as a decision was never made up.. There are reasons behind it… But now all what should matter is how to face this giant…

I find it real real hard to comprehend, to break the question, to think analytically, the way my Sir n colleagues solve it… Just a simple concept of ball parking is even seeming so difficult… I end u being depressed… The days are going by….. Previously I thought it\’s just the quant that is a monster but it\’s same fr every other subject fr me… M a below average student I feel., rather someone who has alwAys been giving excuses. I have joined classes but I dnt understand… I m not able to solve in class, I dnt get the track…

Evrything uptil now… Right frm me opting commerce, then going wid the crowd nd doing CA.. I nevr cleared my doubts in 11th nd 12 th grade so even when I cleared cpt in second attempt, and din wish to join ipcc, but did as my parenst told me tht the lectrs wud add upto my knowledge..the introverted me never who never cleared her doubts was in competent amongnst those 80 students in that class.. I went into depression thinking I won\’t be able to do anything

Evrything uptil now… Right frm me opting commerce, then going wid the crowd nd doing CA.. I nevr cleared my doubts in 11th nd 12 th grade so even when I cleared cpt in second attempt, and din wish to join ipcc, but did as my parenst told me tht the lectrs wud add upto my knowledge..the introverted me never who never cleared her doubts was in competent amongnst those 80 students in that class.. I went into depression thinking I won\’t be able to do anything

Let this all be.. Why m I whining over past

Yes but I m finding it very difficult the decode it… I remain awestruck wen I dnt understand what the question is asking me to give it… Its a terrible feeling…

U may not empathize with this.. U r a hardworking and hence a smart person now.. Altough you are even an engineer which means u might have had a flair for math.. But it\’s toooooooo difficult for me to face it EVERYMoring.. I should be excited, shouldnt I? But I feel like pulling the blankets over and tugging into escape zone… I dnt want to repeat my mistakes I want to face them hence I m keepinh away frm isolation… But I m finding it hard Sir…

U may not empathize with this.. U r a hardworking and hence a smart person now.. Altough you are even an engineer which means u might have had a flair for math.. But it\’s toooooooo difficult for me to face it EVERYMoring.. I should be excited, shouldnt I? But I feel like pulling the blankets over and tugging into escape zone… I dnt want to repeat my mistakes I want to face them hence I m keepinh away frm isolation… But I m finding it hard Sir…
Have u ever dealt about such a thing? Or any person this way.. What he or she did about it from crap to creating their own castle…

I am very anxious… About how to perceive it… Where to start from
Days are going by

Nikhil_CS

MAke a routine and follow it with all the hard work you can put.Trust me thing will start to fall in place..ALl the best. Some post above read a post by the name STAY IN THE GAME. ALl the best..:)

rv399

Hi Nikhil,
Profile:

10th-87%,12th-70.2%,B.E-IT-60.5%(2016 graduate),no work experience

Cat 2016 score-90.63%

I’m giving cat in 2017 again but i don’t have any work ex and till the next academic session i will have 2 year gap after graduation. Which good MBA colleges can i target? And what can i do to improve my chances for top college other than cat score?

Though i did cleared a call of UBS Chandigarh for MBA in HR but i didn’t took it.

I would really appreciate it if you can give me any advice.

Thanks

Nikhil_CS

Join NGO.. TRy for IITS, NITIE, MDI, XLRI, FMS, NMIMS, IIF etc.Its a bit difficult to get ABC at this score. BUT all the above colges are also good..:).

mathurkritika

Hi Nikhil. It was quite a motivational story.
Please will you tell me that With following marks what are my chances of getting in any of the old IIM
10th – 7.4/10
12th – 74%
I am Commerce Graduate
B.com – 53% (Graduated this year only)
Good Extra curricular and did an internship with an NGO.

Nikhil_CS

I do not have much idea about B COM. Bu i think You have a decent chnace in LK etc.. Can not comemnt about ABC.

Aditya Singh

Sir, I have just got into 7th semester of my engineering. I am not confident about CAT’17. But i am looking forward to prepare for CAT’18. I belong to ECE background and see a very less chance of making into the software companies that will be visiting my campus. If i appear for CAT’18 i’ll be having a drop of 1 year. Will that be okay or should i go for job first?
my acad…..
GRADUATION- 80.4%
XII- 93%
X- 10CGPA

Debarshi Mukherjee

Hello Nikhil, I’d like to ask you 3 questions. Please address these.
1. Since you’ve mentioned that you were already earning a formidable package of 15 Lpa could you please tell a bit about your work profile and the no. of years of exp & what kept you motivated to go for an MBA despite of such a high paying job.

2. Is it necessary to reskill ourselves at the same time with the latest technologies in our job industry or something like a RBI grade B exam while preparing for CAT? As a plan B? Considering the fact that I’m looking at taking CAT in the year 2018 & at any cost want to change my job in August 18 as that is when my bond period ends.

3. 84% in 10th, 82 in 12th & 70% in grad. are IIM’s A,B & C totally ruled out? Also, do I fill the forms for MBA exams at all this year? as I feel since I have just started my preparation, I’m not confident of cracking the exam this time round.

Would be grateful if you could take some time out and address the above queries & advise regarding the same.

Regards.

Nikhil_CS

Yes C is best suited for you. You take CAt this year and prepare hard. I wanted some thing better. My dream was big. Its up to you regarding other exam. If you want you can take. But focus more on CAT. ALl the best.

surya akella

Hi nikhil very much inspiring story can you please tell me if i also do have chances for old iims with 10th-84.2,12th-89.3 and btech-87.25% till now with department rank 2 in my college without any work exp?(GEM candidate from indraprastha university delhi)

Nikhil_CS

Thanks and you do have chance given you score high 99+ for LK. 99.6+ for C. all the best

Ãkshây R Khåire

Very inspirational story sir.
I have some doubts.
1) I’m an engineering student studying in last year and NOT from IIT/NIT but from a good reputed college in Maharashtra. Our college has a policy of doing an internship for 6months (Jun-Dec) in last year , so I am also doing an internship in TCS Pune. I don’t get time to study for CAT during weekdays coz of internship. I have joined TIME class and giving mocks regularly. But coz of lack of time for study I’m unable to score good in CAT !!
What should I do to improve my performance ? I can’t leave my internship. Plz tell me how to study in this crucial period ?

Nikhil_CS

You are doing an internship. I was working in a R&D institute with hectic work schedule(Korean culture).Google how difficult it is to work in korean culture. If i can do it then even you can do it. All it needs is how much motivated you are for doing MBA. it all depends on your priority. decide your priority. you will get time. I will advice you to make a routine and follow it.

naresh myada

Great inspiring story . I want join to IRMA Its my dream I want work in ruraldevolopment area, 2016 I gave my frist CAT attempt I got just 43 %el , now it’s 90 days to go 2017 CAT , please suggest me the tips how to prepare , and (I’m working in a public sector bank) I can put 4 to 5 hrs a day , and belonging to reservation candidate and with lower accadamic scores and gap of 4 years after completion of graduation how much %el I need .

Nikhil_CS

Read a few comment above. You will get preparation strategy. about percentile I am not sure. All the best.

Rugved Amrutkar

Hi Nikhil. I gtaduated last year and now I am working in my Family business. I am writing CAT this year. Does working in family business creates a good impression ? What questions can I expect and how should I tackle them ?

Nikhil_CS

Yes its not much of an issue. They will ask you about your role in family business and what you did there.

vaibhavweb

hi Nikhil_CS
your story is very inspirational
i am also thinking about preparing for cat but the thing which is haunting me is my poor academics
i am having 71 % in 12th , 83 % in 10th and 7.8 cgpa in graduation i want to ask if i somehow make it to the fms ,since i am targetting fms , am i going to face any problem during placement process.
i have heared that during placement process companies reject people with poor academics even before interviewing them.

Niraj Singh

Hello Nikhil , I got 92% in 10th and 82% in 12th . Could you please let me know how much my average CGPA in engineering must be to get call from top IIMs?

Nikhil_CS

Focus on getting as high possible.. WORK HARD YAAR. you are dreaming about IIM’s.. ALL the best.:)

Nikhil_CS

Read a few post above. I have shared 15 steps to CAT preparation. That wil asnwer ur query.. All the best.

Shilpa Thakur

It was a much needed dose of motivation 🙂
I hv made a very crucial decision to go for cat’17 after completing my masters (it was an integrated course) 10th: 93.1%, 12th: 90.8%, Bsc: 82%, Msc:71% (physics hons)… As mentioned by you i have turned a deaf bull to all the questions ppl r asking about changing my field ( i have my own reasons)… I have been very active in extra corriculer activities in college and am scoring between 85-95 percentile in mocks… What should be the minimum percentile i must target to get into old iims, fms?
Also, being in a gap year, i do get a lot of time to study but laziness do creeps in sometimes and hampers consistently… What should be the approach?

Nikhil_CS

Not sure but 98+ will fetch u a call from few old IIMS like L, K etc. I dont have much idea about BSc and MSc stream At this point aim to score as much as possible.

Nikhil_CS

indulge urself in extra curr when ever u get bored. talk to frnds who motivates you.. also talk to frnds who demotivates (just to show them after cat result, that u got 99+)(dont try this if u cant handle pressure, for me it worked). ALl the best. work hard. visualize your dream wen ever u get bored.

Nikhil_CS

2) The art of solving RCs.
One thing is to read a passage and solving questions is one another task. Here is how I approached the RC section:
a) Read the passage once. DO NOT read any line or paragraph more than once. You just need to get a hold or gist of it. You’re here to solve questions and not write a thesis on it. You need not understand everything. Point number 1, will drastically help in this aspect.
b) Read the questions very carefully and understand them. It is very important to know what the question asks. Half the battle is won here.
c) Coming to the options, I have noticed that CAT has had very tricky options. So, if you’re going to read out a passage and go to pick out the answer you’ll almost every time find two close answers. This is where I used to exploit the best thing we as humans possess. The ability to find flaws. We all are great at it, aren’t we? I used the option elimination method rather than picking the correct one.
By option elimination I mean negate all the wrong ones in the context of the question or the passage. A detailed analysis of this method has been given in this YouTube video. https://goo.gl/fh1Sen

Avinish Chaudhary

Sir ,i wanna pursue my mba in finance and preparing for cat 17 from time doing well in aimcats but my academics are too low in 10 -70%in 12-62.4in bcom-59% from which iims i can have call for them what percentile should i get in cat please tell

Vasanth Knv

I am inspired from your comment “Nikhil_CS 3 weeks
What worked for me was. Whenever i felt demotivated i tried to recall the incidnts in the past wen i was crticized by some one whom i cared abou whether it be friends, gf, parents etc. That really motivates you. You think you have to proove them wrong” because I use the same strategy to get myself back in…

Need a small input from you..
Academics
10th:90%
12th:95%
BE (Mech): 9.1 cgpa
Being Mechanical engineer.. Working in IT firm for 2 years.

Considering I score 99+%ile.. What are my odds of getting eliminated in PI because of change in field of study and Work.. Is there any chance of getting IIM A, B or C?

Kindly spend few minutes to respond as I couldn’t see any of the above comments related to my question 🙁

shilpi sharma

Hello nikhil, I have academics record of 92% in 10th,75% in 12th and 74% in b.tech with 1 year IT job experience. What are my chances of getting best mba colleges? Please let me know. Thanks in advance.

Aparajita Sinha

Hii sir,
I am a second year student of chemical engineering in B.I.T. Sindri.
My academic records are as follows:
10th: 9.6 cgpa
12th: 90.2%
1st year: 8.07 sgpa
I have also taken a year drop after 12th.
If I start preparing from now, do you think I will get a call from IIM A,B & C ?
Sir, can you give me one tip for a good takeoff for cat preparation & what should be my strategy to make it to the older IIMs ?

Sindhia Arunav

Nikhil I am having 89.3 in 10th 74% in 12th and 76% in graduation.
I am aiming for 99.6-100%ile as I am a 3rd year student and I have been scoring 95+%ile above in mocks constantly.
I do have certificates of organising experience and won quiz competition at the college level.
With an internship at reliance communication and another one at Synopsys.
What are my chances to make it to IIMs?How about getting to ABCL?What are my chances to get into other good colleges provided that I am a fresher.