CAT And NMAT 99+ Percentilers Meet MBA Aspirants At SDA Bocconi Asia Center

As a multitude of MBA aspirants charge into the exam season, we noticed the rising need of something missing from their preparation strategy; something that could just nudge them across the line and into the business schools of their dreams – Guidance.

Realising the need of the hour, our team decided to provide this guidance in the form of a workshop!

Workshop With CAT and NMAT Toppers

On 13th October 2018, InsideIIM conducted a workshop with CAT and NMAT 99+ percentilers at SDA Bocconi Asia Center, Powai.

The following was the flow of the event –

 – A Chat With An NMAT 223 Scorer – Dhwani Shah, SDA Bocconi Asia Center

Our first speaker was Ms Dhwani Shah, a student at SDA Bocconi Asia Center who managed to score 223 in NMAT! Dhwani began the session by sharing her strategy to tackle a speed-based exam like NMAT, and how aspirants can attempt each section. She explained how she switched between strategies for various examinations such as CAT, NMAT, SNAP etc. Dhwani then elucidated her strategy on tackling the GD-PI process at the business schools she had calls from – including NMIMS Mumbai.

Missed the session and want to pick her brains on how to crack NMAT? Here’s another chance – On 16th October 2018 at 7:30 pm, Dhwani will be hosting a live webinar for NMAT Prep and Strategy. Register and join here.

She went on to explain her choice to join an unconventional and unique management institute such as SDA Bocconi Asia Center, and how she believes that the institute can nurture her desire to enter the Luxury Brand Management space.

Dhwani ended the insightful session with some great questions from aspirants who were eager to pick Dhwani’s brain and get some more tips to ace NMAT in 2018.

 – Insights From A CAT 99.5 Percentiler – Roshan Raheja, JBIMS Mumbai

We then began with one of the most anticipated sessions of the day – an interactive session with a CAT 99.5 percentiler and JBIMS student, Roshan Raheja.
CAT is one of the most popular entrance exams of the country, with over 2 Lakh aspirants appearing for the test in 2017. The CAT 2017 paper was particularly tricky, and Roshan was looking forward to dispelling all fears that aspirants may have had on the road to CAT 2018.

Roshan began the session by sharing the strategy that got him a stellar score of 99.5 percentile in CAT 2016. As was anticipated, he was flooded with questions from aspirants looking to emulate him and ace the test in 2018.

To explain his strategy better, Roshan dissected the CAT 2017 paper section-wise, taking up a few key questions and sharing some great test-taking strategies.

He ended the brilliant session with some more questions from the audience, who were now refuelled with sandwiches mid-session and had plenty of questions for the CAT topper.

– The Mental Side To CAT – How To Have A Winning Attitude | Ankit Doshi, Founder of InsideIIM – Konversations

With all the sessions on test-taking strategies done and dusted, it was time for something equally important; something that is often overlooked by aspirants in their pursuit to get that 99.xx percentile in a competitive exam – Motivation.

Exams like CAT and NMAT are physically and emotionally draining, and InsideIIM-Konversations founder Ankit Doshi is all too familiar with that. As someone who had attempted CAT thrice before making it to an IIM, Ankit knew the psyche of an aspirant inside out – the stress, anxiety, and uncertainty. Bearing this in mind, Ankit gave a great talk on dealing with the pressure of attempting an exam like CAT and explained with real-life examples as to how competitive exams are just an iota of someone’s entire life and not the end of the world.

He advised aspirants to take themselves a little less seriously, and enjoy the process of preparing for the “beautiful exam”. The talk hit home with the aspirants, as they huddled around Ankit even after the session was over to gain some more crucial insight that could help them stay motivated for CAT 2018.

Check out his PPT from the event here.

After Ankit’s talk, the famished aspirants now broke for lunch to the foyer, where a lavish meal awaited them.

The lunch also gave an opportunity for aspirants to network amongst themselves, as they headed home with a lap full of goodies from the SDA Bocconi Asia Center and InsideIIM-Konversations team.

The event was a massive success, and the feedback we received from the participants is a testimony to this –

“I got answers to questions which I have been wondering for a long
time” –
Lalit Rautela

“Speakers were inspiring” – Rahil Shah

“Very informative and gave insight of CAT and NMAT” – Shikha Singh

“Event was specific to the points and everything was on time.” – Dishank Mehta

We would like to thank our event partners SDA Bocconi Asia Center for hosting the event at their marvellous institute, and for offering delectable lunch to all the participants, along with memorable goodies.

We look forward to conducting more events like these and hope to see overwhelming and continued participation from MBA aspirants and students across the country.

Watch the event recap here –

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