Every year, more than two lakh student appear for the country’s most trying MBA entrance exam called CAT (Common Admission Test). Only a few score 99-100 percentile and secure admission in the country’s premier b-schools. Want to know the tips, success mantra and the secrets behind scoring well during CAT? Here is a curated list of toppers who scored over 90%ile to finally get into their dream b-schools. Read their journey to get motivation and learn CAT strategies for your own prep.
Preparing for CATs is not an easy task, especially when you are a working professional. How do you strike a balance between your work and CAT preparation? In this article, Kannan Adlakha, a student at IIM Ahmedabad and a CAT-2018 99.86 percentiler studied for CAT while working as a Data Analyst! How did she do it? Find out in this article.
Himanish Sinhababu’s first mock test was a disaster. He only got 80 percentile score and instantly knew that he had a long way to go, in terms of preparation. He first attempt at CAT in 2016 went well but he decided to re-take it after gaining some work experience. In 2018 he attempted CAT for a second time and scored a whopping 99.55th percentile. He even got calls from top IIMs and other elite b-schools! So how did he do it? See this post to know more.
Do not spend time on reading too many books, practice is the best form of preparation. That was the mantra of Shikhar Sachdeva, a CAT - 2017 aspirant and IIM Ahmedabad graduate. Learn more about him and his strategy behind cracking CAT in this article.
Here is a story of Gitanj Sheth. He is currently pursuing PGDHRM at XLRI. He calls himself a CAT Enthusiast as he has taken the CAT test twice and 75+ mock test. He was not after admission calls but achieving the perfect 100 percentile. Read about his quest for perfection in this article.
You may be great command on the English language. But that won’t guarantee success in the Verbal Section of CAT. At least that was the experience of Aviral Bhatnagar. He didn’t score great during his Mock tests and hated para jumbles. Look at him now. He is not only a CAT topper who scored a 99.99 percentile and a whopping 100 percentile in the verbal section but also went on study in IIM Ahmedabad. Here is a recount of how he prepared himself for the same.
Swayam Tibrewal, a CAT 99.12 percentiler and a part of IIM Bangalore's PGP Class of 2021. Swayam took CAT four times in order to achieve his dream score and get into IIM Banglore. Things were not looking great for Swayam during his CAT 2018 attempt. His computer shut-down for 15 minutes during his penultimate CAT attempt. He lost his grandmother who was very dear to him. To top that there was also a pressure of re-taking CAT for the fourth time. His story is really encouraging and awe-worthy. Have a look at this post to feel inspired.
The year 2016 was a very curial time for Akshita Agarwal. It was in this year that she got a 99.87 percentile and final admits from IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, and IIM Calcutta for their PGP class of 2017-2019. She did give her CAT exams in 2014 and 2015 and scored a decent percentile. After two semi-serious attempts, she finally decided to buckle up and prepare herself for the ultimate showdown. And came out as the winner. Here is a step-by-step run-through of various strategies applied by Akshita Agarwal to prepare for CAT and how you can use it to ace yours.
Akshay Kumar Sirsalewala is a Chartered Accountant and has cleared all levels of CFA and FRM. He scored 99.24 percentile and now a student of IIM Kozhikode 2018-2020 batch, where he is pursuing MBA finance. Here are his 2 cents.
Meet Divyanshu Kothari, a medical professional who took an interesting path. He decided to sit for the CAT exam and pursue her MBA. He is now a student in IIM Indore. How does a non-engineer aspirant crack the CAT? Watch this video to find out!
Mansi Chandak is a Chartered Accountant, CFA level - II, IIM Indore. She cracked the CAT exam in a matter of two months. And guess what? She doesn’t have an engineering background. In this video, Mansi talks about how she prepared for the CAT exam in just two months and how being a CA helped her preparation efforts. Click this video to know more.
Hope you do well during CAT 2019. Best of luck!