Parul Gupta, a Psychology student from Delhi University, decided to pursue an MBA. As a fresher, studying at DU, Parul wrote CAT in 2018 for the first time, scoring a 99%ile in VA-RC. But her overall score was disappointing. Parul decided to re-attempt the CAT in 2019 and scored 97.2%ile. For a humanities student who was struggling with quant and needed rigorous prep for DI-LR, Parul managed to get interview calls from various b-schools including the top 6 IIMs as well XLRI, FMS and the baby IIMs. Her journey to IIM A and experience demonstrate that no matter your background, CAT is a test anyone can attempt and crack with practice and preparation. If you’re a psychology student planning to write CAT this year, check out this video. Especially if you’re someone who struggles with QA, this is a must watch for you.
In this video, Parul tells us how she prepared for CAT. She shares her prep strategy, including how she started to prepare well in advance in January 2019. She talks about taking a gap year after graduation to prep for CAT as this was her main focus area. As a fresher with no formal work experience under her belt, Parul managed to augment her profile by pursuing content writing assignments.
She shares how she studied for Quants by dividing her prep into stages, starting with the easy to solve questions first and then proceeding to the tough ones. She shares how she prepared for VA-RC by reading consistently from newspaper articles and other sources. Her one advice to people uncomfortable with math and quants is to learn the formulae and the basics by heart, and go from there. Finally, Parul tells us about her interview experience at IIM A. She shares how she prepared for and was asked questions about academic concepts related to psychology and economics. If you want to crack a b-school like IIM A, this is a must watch for you!
- A humanities student can easily prep for CAT by mastering the basics.
- Set a target for the percentile you wish to reach. It helps with CAT prep.
- If you've practiced enough mocks, you'll not be stressed even if a section is particularly tough.
- Freshers should focus on preparing for academic questions during b-school interviews.
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