MBA aspirants are often struck with a reality check during their first CAT attempt. A majority of the students appearing for CAT don’t get a desirable percentile. However, this does not stop everyone. There are many, who dust off their disappointment and brave a second attempt, or maybe even a third, persevering until they finally achieve their goal. In this video, we bring you two students of SPJIMR, who had a similar journey. Through their experiences, we learn the importance of conviction and perseverance. Although difficult, their journeys were worth the struggle.
Sanjeeban Nanda was working for almost 2 years when he decided that he needed a change. He decided to take CAT in 2017 but scored only 67 percentile. This was a wakeup call and he realized he had to work really hard to get into one of his dream B-Schools. He spent a couple of months preparing for CAT 2018, which helped him score a very good percentile and ultimately being selected for SPJIMR. He chose SPJIMR because of the Institute culture and belief system. Instead of hard competition, SPJIMR believes in value based learning and helping each other out, which appealed to Sanjeeban.
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Akshay was an engineer who realized that he did not want to pursue a career in engineering anymore. He found the career opportunities that MBA offered much more exciting, and so he decided to take CAT. He scored 96.61 percentile, getting calls from good B-Schools. However, he wasn’t satisfied. He had to make a choice: to accept the few good calls he had or to risk losing those calls and attempt CAT a second time. His risk paid off when he finally scored a 99.4 percentile and got selected for SPJIMR.
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- Many students score a less desirable percentile in their first attempt. Don’t be demotivated. You can always take CAT again, prepare better and improve your scores.
- It is okay if you are not satisfied with your score. If you are motivated, you can choose to reappear for CAT and improve your scores in order to be a part of the crème-de-la-crème.
- The culture in a B-School is pivotal to its pedagogy. While competitiveness is a great motivator, some students need a more helpful, nurturing environment to really thrive.