Preparing for CAT is not easy, and as a working professional, it becomes even more difficult to concentrate on studies and balance CAT preparation with work. Even so, the majority of students at top B-schools today – such as the IIMs – have prepared for CAT while working and have managed to achieve 99+ percentile scores. So how did they prepare for CAT, what strategy did they employ, and most importantly, how did they balance work and CAT preparation? In this video, we speak with Kannan Adlakha, a PGP student at IIM Ahmedabad and a CAT 2018 99.86 percentiler who prepared for CAT while working as a Data Analyst!


“It’s the motivation, hard work and zeal of achieving something that leads you to the destination.”¬†

Kannan, an engineer from NSIT, prepared for CAT 2018 as a working professional and managed to get a 99.86th percentile score that opened for her the gates to India’s most desirable B-school – IIM Ahmedabad. But the journey to IIM-A wasn’t easy. As a working professional, Kannan struggled to spare time to prepare for CAT 2018, so much so, that in the last phase of her preparation, she could only prepare for CAT on weekends due to her professional commitments. But this did not deter her. Kannan laid out a solid strategy for CAT preparation, strengthening her weak areas and improving upon her strengths.

In this video, Kannan shares her journey to a 99+ percentile score, the challenges along the way, and her learnings from it. She discusses in depth how one can improve their weak areas in CAT and how effective mock test analyses can go a long way in achieving this.

If you’re preparing for CAT 2019 and need some excellent tips and strategies from a CAT 99%iler, this video is a must-watch for you!

Kannan’s academic profile and CAT 2019 performance:

  • 10th/12th/Graduation – 10 CGPA/96.4/8.45 GPA
  • VA-RC/DI-LR/QA/OA – 99.35/98.65/99.75/99.86

If you liked this, you may also be interested in watching this interview with Swayam Tibrewal Рa CAT 99.12 Percentiler and IIM Bangalore student, where he discusses how he made it to IIM-B after his fourth CAT attempt!


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