CAT 2018 toppers

CAT 2018 Toppers List will be released by IIM Calcutta in the 2nd week of January 2019 with the CAT 2018 result declaration. MBAUniverse.com will publish CAT Topper Interview with the toppers preparation tips for CAT exam.

 

CAT toppers list with 100 percentile has been on the rise for the last 3 years. A total of 20 candidates have scored an overall 100 percentile in CAT 2017 as against 16 two years ago. Two women candidates and three Non-Engineers are amongst CAT 2017 Toppers. To help CAT 2018 aspirants, MBAUniverse.com has gathered CAT toppers Interviews with the CAT exam preparation toppers strategy. It will broadly guide the CAT 2018 aspirants on CAT toppers strategy on how do toppers prepare for CAT; CAT topper online preparation strategy; last minute tips from CAT toppers, Role of Mocks in CAT preparation by toppers among others.  

 

Stay tuned to MBAUniverse.com for more updates on CAT Toppers.

  • Rohan Joshi

    Exam score : 99.63 percentile

    Rohan Joshi, a working professional cracked CAT 2017 with 99.63 percentile. He has been offered admission by IIM Lucknow, MDI Gurgaon but wants to join JBIMS Mumbai for which Admission Process was started on June 7, 2018 and the first CAP 2018 Round is scheduled on June 21. Rohan is confident to get JBIMS, Mumbai as he has scored high percentile of 99.96 in MH CET 2018 and 99.63 in CAT 2017. Both the exam scores are acceptable in JBIMS, Mumbai and Rohan is confident to get admission in JBIMS with such a high percentile.

     

    For the benefit of CAT 2018 aspirants, MBAUniverse.com has brought a round of CAT toppers’ success stories alongwith their success mantra that led them to crack CAT with high percentile. In the series we present the success story and CAT preparation journey shared by Rohan Joshi:

     

    MBAUniverse: What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT?

     

    Rohan Joshi: My main strategy was to learn through mocks. I used mocks to find my weaknesses, strengths. I practiced basics of my weak areas, gave some topic tests and moved on with full length mocks. This helped me gauge my preparation level and improve on a continuous basis. 

     

    MBAUniverse: Please share your sectional preparation strategy for CAT? How did you prepare for each Section

     

    Rohan Joshi: VARC: This section was most challenging for me and my motive was to just clear the sectional cutoff. I gave many specific topic tests for RC’s and almost all sectionals for Verbal.

     

    - Quant: I started with solving basic questions and slowly moved on to higher difficulty levels as my preparation advanced.

    - DILR: CAT is known to ask trickiest questions in this section. I regularly solved different puzzles and Sudoku’s to enhance my logical thinking ability. Gave many sectionals to test my preparation.

     

    MBAUniverse: Was there any particular section/area that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?

     

    Rohan Joshi: Verbal ability was the section where I was consistently scoring less. To overcome my weakness I practiced solving lots of RC’s which has significant weightage in the VA section.

     

    MBAUniverse: Did you self-prepare or attend a coaching centre and why?

     

    Rohan joshi: I didn’t attend any coaching for my preparations as I feel enough resources are available to get oneself prepared for CAT. But the test series by coaching institutes are a must.

  • Ketki Gupta

    Exam score : 99.58 percentile

    Ketki Gupta has scored 99.58 percentile in CAT 2016. Breaking the myth that only engineers are better placed in IIMs’ Common Admission Test, Ketki Gupta, 3rd year Economics (Hons) student of Lady Shri Ram College for Women – Delhi University cracked CAT 2016 with 99.58 percentile. Ketki got her dream B-schools IIM Ahmedabad. Ketki was shortlisted by all the top IIMs for Writing Ability test and Personal Interview round on the basis of her CAT 2016 score, academic profile and diversity, gender diversity among other key parameters 

     

    Began preparation in 2015

    According to Ketki “I started preparing for the IIMs' Common Admission Test (CAT) from October 2015. This helped me to achieve the 99.58 percentile in CAT 2016.”

     

    Always aspired to become a business leader

    An MBA is a natural choice of Ketki as she always wanted to become a business leader. This belief got further strengthened during her preparation for CAT 2016. At the age when kids are busy in routine plays and games, Ketki at 10 years of age, googled “Best business school in the world”

     

    Coaching strengthened the ambition

    Ketki is of the view ‘through these years of coaching, my belief in my ambition has been strengthened.’ She adds ‘With professional coaching, I found an opportunity to learn from IIM alumni and study in a collaborative yet competitive environment.’

    Ketki searched for best fit coaching institute.  An optimum faculty student ratio, to the point study material, regular teacher performance evaluation were the key parameters to choose the right coaching institute.  Ketki needed an institute which could deliver the content in short with to-the point lectures as well as online service providing practice questions, mock papers, performance evaluators, a teacher-review section, an accurate prediction of CAT percentiles, additional material among others.

     

    Success Mantra: Discipline and Mocks

    The most important factor that determines test success according to Ketki, is discipline. Ketki followed no particular routine. Initially, Ketki’s daily schedule included reading new concepts and completing the worksheets. Then, as months went by, it became more about taking mock tests, analysing them, and marking important questions that she wanted to look at again.

    Closer to CAT, Ketki started revising these questions. Mock sessions helped her to understand the weak points, improve performance, and predict scores. Ketki says “I remember telling my parents after the actual test that it was like a mock test.”

    Ketki shares that one's attitude is even more important. When stepping into the test centre, you should be confident that these three hours will change your life.

    Sharing the ups and downs during her preparation journey, Ketki says “All I needed was a disciplined routine to practise. However, this period has been a roller-coaster ride. There were days when I felt low and unsure of my chances or when I could not study well and did not know what to do. At such times, I needed a mentor who could not only motivate me but also guide me through difficulties.”

  • Vedant Mukesh Mehta

    Exam score : 98.39 percentile

    Vedant Mukesh Mehta has done BE in electronics engineering from Mumbai University. He is a fresher and got admission in IRMA without any work experience. Vedant Mukesh Mehta belongs to Mumbai.  His father is a businessman and mother is a Home maker.

     

    Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Vedant Mukesh appeared in CAT exam and scored 98.39  percentile.  He also scored 29 in IRMASAT.

     

    He has interest in Reading, dramatics, cycling and chess.

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Vedant Mukesh about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow:

     

    MBAUniverse.com: What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT 2016/ XAT 2017?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): My preparation was very straightforward. I referred to videos by Hitbullseye on YouTube. Then later on, I enrolled for Times test series. I would ensure that I take at least 2  mock tests in a week in the last run-up to CAT like a month back. I would like to reiterate that attempting mock tests is imperative if one wants to score well in CAT. And most importantly, I devoted equal time to all the three sections and this enabled me to score equally well in all three sections.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Please share your sectional preparation strategy for CAT 2016/XAT 2017? How did you prepare for each section VARC, DILR, Quant? What study materials and books did you use?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): For VARC, I installed GRE flash card app to ameliorate my vocabulary. For DILR, I practiced vigorously. For DI , I practiced about 10 sets a day and improved my calculation speed without resorting to a calculator. For Quant, I began with simpler question with simultaneously building on concepts and then gradually moved to more complex problems. This way, I was able to augment my accuracy along with speed.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): During the nascent stage of my preparation, I would face some difficulty while solving DILR problems. But rigorous practice in this section turned the tide for me and I was able to score handsomely on the D-day.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): Spending more that 4-5 hours on analysis is paramount and dont forget to refer to the solutions of questions which you have attempted correctly as this enables you to go through better alternatives if there are any.

     

    MBAUniverse.com:  Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): I didn't. I only went for offline centers post my CAT for gdpi preparation.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Other than CAT, which exam did you appear?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): I didn't appear for XAT. I appeared for IIFT, NMAT, SNAP, MHCET.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Which institutes did you apply for admission and which institutes offered you admission?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): I applied to SIBM, IIFT, NMIMS, IIMs, IRMA, SP JAIN, MDI, NITIE, SJMSOM. I converted NMIMS, IRMA, IIM Udaipur, Nagpur, Kashipur, Rohtak, Amritsar, Ranchi. Didn't sit for interviews in MDI and NITIE.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Please share your strategy for the CAT Day. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your CAT/XAT test taking?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): For CAT, last two days before the exams were reserved for brushing up the concepts and going through my notes and I made it a point that I slept for 8 hours in the night before the exam.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Which B-school you decided upon and why?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): IRMA was my first and last choice.

    70% of Indians reside in rural areas, so I sensed a lot of opportunity for my career. Post 2014, the new political dispensation was very much focused on delivering adequate services in the rural sector and made this area very exciting to work with. This acted as a great pull factor for me.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How did you prepare for IRMASAT? Please share your strategy? How much did you score in it?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): My strategy was quite straightforward. I referred to online sources about policies and acts promulgated by the Central govt during the last one year. Apart from that, I brushed basic current affairs especially pertaining to public policy and governance. I scored 29  on 40 marks

     

    MBAUniverse.com: What would you suggest to IRMA aspirants to prepare for IRMASAT 2018?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): 1 simple thing I would suggest that  keep yourself abreast of what is happening around you, especially in policy making and legislative procedures. Be cognizant of current affairs of at least one year prior to the exam.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Any message you would like to share with the candidates preparing for CAT 2017 and for IRMASAT 2018?

    Vedant Mukesh (CAT topper): For CAT, I would suggest that one should be focused and prepare diligently without going haywire during the preparation phase as students generally tend to. Just give this attempt as if it's your only attempt and mark my words, everything will fall in place and you will pass with flying colours. In case you don’t score well in mock tests, never get bogged down and feel disheartened as  sincere efforts never go in vain.

  • Angshuman Kakoty

    Exam score : 98.09 percentile

    Angshuman Kakoty has done B.Com (Hons.), CA-IPCC Group 1 along with 3 years of articleship training. He is a fresher and got admission in IRMA without any work experience. Angshuman belongs to Guwahati.  His family consists of his mother, elder brother and his sister in law.

     

    Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Angshuman appeared in CAT exam and scored 98.09  percentile.  He also scored 20 in IRMASAT.

     

    He has interest in Singing, reading fantasy novels, playing DOTA.   

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Angshuman about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow:

     

    MBAUniverse.com: What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT 2016?

    Angshuman (CAT topper): I did not take any coaching for CAT. I solved sample papers from various websites including mbauniverse.com. This helped me to understand the types of questions that may come in the examination and I also found out the areas I needed to improve.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How did you prepare for IRMASAT? Please share your strategy? How much did you score in it?

    Angshuman (CAT topper): I prepared from Pratiyogita Darpan and Manorama year book for IRMASAT. I scored 20

     

    MBAUniverse.com: What would you suggest to IRMA aspirants to prepare for IRMASAT 2018?

    Angshuman (CAT topper): I would suggest them to keep themselves updated with current affairs, especially government policies and schemes and also read supplementary books like Pratiyogita Darpan.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Please share your sectional preparation strategy for CAT2016? How did you prepare for each section VARC, DILR, Quant? What study materials and books did you use?

    Angshuman (CAT topper): My strengths lied in VARC and DILR but I was weak in Quant. Hence I tried to focus on this section. I gave some mock tests available online. I used only the NCERT mathematics books for the preparation.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?

    Angshuman (CAT topper): I was weak in Quant. I realised through the mock tests that in this section accuracy is far more important than the quantity of questions attempted and hence I tried to answer only those questions I was absolutely sure about. There are plenty of videos available in youtube which too helped me a lot.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?

    Angshuman (CAT topper):  From my own experience I can say that mock tests are immensely helpful. Not only they provide insight on the types of questions in the examination but also they give a platform to self-evaluate our preparation and areas of improvement. Also, scoring a decent percentile in the mocks give a lot of confidence for the real exam. I would suggest candidates to give as many mocks as possible as it will also help them in time management which I think is very important for this exam.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?

    Angshuman (CAT topper):  No I did not go to any offline coaching centre.

     

    MBAUniverse.com:  Other than CAT/XAT, which exam did you appear?

    Angshuman (CAT topper): Apart from CAT, I only appeared for MAT.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Which institutes did you apply for admission and which institutes offered you admission?

    Angshuman (CAT topper): I applied for IRMA, GIM, BIM, IMT, IMI, LBSIM, FORE and IMBHU. Apart from IRMA, I was offered admission from every other college listed above.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Please share your strategy for the CAT Day. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your CAT test taking?

    Angshuman (CAT topper): The best advice I can give is to get plenty of rest and don’t think about it too much. We have been giving exams our whole lives and this is just one of them hence take no pressure. During the exam I attempted only those questions which I was sure about and made sure I was not stuck with one question for too long. Give your best and rest will fall into place.

  • Reema Bhagia

    Exam score : 98.05 percentile

    Reema Bhagia: IIM Ahmedabad batch 2017-19, CAT 2016 : 98.05 percentile

    PR & Communications professional

     

    After completing graduation in Media and Communications from Symbiosis Institute of Media and Communications, Reema joined Rediffusion Wunderman, an advertising company, where she worked on their largest client - Audi India for 16 months; the first ten months as a Project Executive, the next six as a Senior Account Executive, after being awarded a double promotion. Besides being an avid reader, she is also an adventure sports enthusiast, having jumped off the world’s highest commercial bungee - Macau Tower at 233 meters.

     

    Dancing since she was a child, she is trained in contemporary, jazz, and improvisational dance at Dance Inc India. She aspires to use the knowledge gleaned at IIMA to start a holistic health & wellness company.

  • Madhur Mehta

    Exam score : 96.65 percentile

    An inspiration for non engineers and for Symbiosis B-school aspirants, Madhur Mehta has done his Bachelors in Pharmacy. He is a consistent performer. He scored 88.31% in 10th Std; 76.85% in 12th Std and 7.62 CPI in B.Pharma.  Madhur not only cracked SNAP 2016 with 99.23 percentile but also scored 96.65 percentile in CAT 2016; 214 in NMAT 2016 and 99 percentile in MICAT. Despite receiving calls from other B-schools, he preferred Symbiosis Pune as it was his dream B-school.

     

    Madhur is a fresher and got SIBM Pune immediately after his bachelors. He belongs to Bhuj (Kutch) in Gujarat. Madhur attributes his success to his father who has been his inspiration. He loves playing Basketball, Writing and Acting.

  • Karan Kokane

    Exam score : 96.42 percentile

    Karan completed schooling from Symbiosis Secondary School, Pune with 89.23% in the 10th standard and 92% in 12th standard. With no gap in studies Karan scored a 192 out 200 in the MHT CET 2009 (Engg entrance) exam in the same year and got 69th rank in the whole state of Maharashtra.

    Karan opted for computer engineering from College of Engineering, Pune (COEP), and secured a CGPA of 8.6 on a scale of 10 in COEP and was amongst the top 15% in a class of 90 students. Along with maintaining his academics, Karan was active in extracurricular activities. He was the Event head of the event Circuit-Fixer in Mindspark’11 and a sponsorship coordinator in Mindspark’10. Mindspark is COEP’s national level technical festival.

    After completing graduation in Electronics and Telecommunication engineering, Karan Kokane got  placed in HARMAN International India Pvt. Ltd. as a software programmer and worked with them for 20 months. Karan was awarded the HARMAN Superior Performance award for contributions to the project, and for his performance and potential. Karan was also one of the few employees to get a four star rating in the yearly assessment review.

    With a percentile score of 99.993 in the MAH MBA CET exam Karan stood among the three toppers.

    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Karan Kokane about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow

    Q. What was your strategy in testing room to attempt the questions from different sections: Quantitative Ability & DI, Verbal Ability & LR? 
    A. I would always start with my strongest section. Also, I would solve the easiest questions first. This ensures that I not only solved many questions quickly in the beginning without wasting time but also I gained confidence. Confidence is an important ingredient while taking exams. Once all the easy questions from the strongest section were done, I would move on to the difficult questions in that section. In this way, I would move from the easiest question from my strongest section to the most difficult section from my weakest section. For me this used to be in the order Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability.

    Q. Which all exams did you write? How did you prepare for them? What score did you get?
    A. I appeared for various exams such as CAT, NMAT, XAT and MAH MBA CET. Most of the exams have around 80-90% of their topics in common with each other. I focused on these common topics first. Once I was comfortable with these topics, then when an exam neared, I would concentrate on the rest 20% of the questions that would be different and specific to that exam. For example, it is important to be good at Algebra, TSD or Geometry no matter which exam is next. But when exams such as XAT or CET neared, I would do Decision making or Visual Reasoning to improve at those specific topics. I got 98.763 percentile in NMAT; 96.42 percentile in CAT; 98.25 percentile in XAT and 99.993 percentile in MAH MBA CET.

    Q. The institutes that offered you admission?
    A. SPJAIN- Fin, JBIMS, new IIMs except Rohtak and NMIMS 

    Q.What advice and tips you would like to share with the candidates preparing for CAT? 
    A.1. It is important to start early to achieve better results. 
    2. Keep in touch with all topics on a daily basis.
    3. In the midst of all this preparation, it is important to not lose contact with one’s hobbies and interests. Do things that interests you on a daily basis to relax and recuperate. 
    4. While giving the exam, stay calm and focused.
    5. Take mocks seriously, but don’t take the percentiles seriously.
       
    Q. Your message to future MBA aspirants.

    A.Never give up. Keep grinding, keep fighting and keep believing. Dreams are meant to come true. Also know that an MBA is not the be all and end all in life.

  • Priya Sahni

    Exam score : 96.00 percentile

    Priya Sahni scored 96 percentile in CAT 2016 and converted her call to IIM Indore. Priya had a work experience of 8 months to her credit before joining IIM Indore. She balanced her work place requirements during her CAT preparation. Priya preferred self preparation instead of joining any coaching institute to prepare for CAT exam.

     

    Priya belongs to Kanpur, one of the 5 KAVAL towns of Uttar Pradesh. She comes from a modest and educated family. Priya’s father is an accountant, mother a home maker and sister is Company Secretary (CS). Priya is a B.Tech in Electronics (ECE) and is fond of listening music.

     

    In view of Priya, it is important to devote more time to the section in which you are weak. This will take you out of dilemma and will strengthen your preparation. A role model for working professionals preparing for CAT 2017, Priya not only cracked CAT with her smart and intelligent preparation, but got into her dream B-school, despite having limited time to study after working hours,  

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Priya Sahni about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow:

     

    MBAUniverse.com:What was your preparation strategy for CAT 2016?
    Priya (CAT topper): CAT is a qualitative exam and not a quantitative exam. CAT tests your aptitude so it is very important to be very thorough with the concepts and enhance your analytical skills. Every person is good at one section and has another section as a weakness. It is very important to identify both of them and plan your strategy accordingly.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How did you prepare for each section QA, VARC & DILR? What study materials and books did you use?
    Priya (CAT topper): For VARC section, the most important part is the maximum time that you can devote to reading. Read a lot. Apart from this practice at least 5 RC’s in a week and analyse them after solving them. Try to find out why your answers went wrong. Do the RC’s in a strict time frame.

    DILR gets better the more you practice. Try to solve one set every day and never leave any set unsolved no matter how much time it may take.

    For Quant also practice is the key. Try to be clear with the concepts. Try to come up with your own shortcuts and logics. I referred to Arun Sharma for my preparation

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
    Priya (CAT topper): I was weak at English. I devoted approximately 40 % of my preparation time just to English. I read in all my free time. Devote more time to the section you are weak at.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?
    Priya (CAT topper): I feel that just taking a mock test is not enough. Go for a thorough analysis. I gave 3 hours for the mock test and almost the same amount of time for its analysis. Analyse each question that you did wrong or left. Try to find out which questions were easy and you couldn’t do. Try to improve on those questions.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?
    Priya (CAT topper): No, I didn’t go to any coaching centre.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Other than CAT, which exam did you appear?
    Priya (CAT topper):  None

     

    MBAUniverse.com:  Which institutes did you apply for admission?  
    Priya (CAT topper): I applied to all IIMs

     

    MBAUniverse.com:  Please share your strategy for the CAT Day. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your CAT test taking?
    Priya (CAT topper): CAT is not a theoretical exam for which you need to do any last minute preparation. Do not study anything for at least 24 hours before the exam. Just chill before the last day and go for the exam

  • Nitesh Padhi

    Exam score : 96.00 percentile

    IIFT 2016 topper with 99.44 percentile studying in IIFT MBA (IB) 2017-19 batch Nitesh Padhi suggests the IIFT 2017 MBA entrance exam aspirants  to go for speed reading the news papers as it will help not only the RC passages but will also help in GK section and in your future life. 

     

    Nitesh comes from a modest family of Bhubaneswar, Orissa. His father is a businessman and mother is employed. He has a younger sister studying in class 10.  Nitesh has a consistently good academic record to his credit. He did his class 10 with 8/10 CGPA, class 12 with 79.40% marks and did his BBA in Finance from NMIMS Mumbai with 75.12% marks. Nitesh had gained a work experience of 10 months with Genpact India in Gurgaon before joining IIFT MBA (IB) 2017-19 batch. 

     

    Nitesh loves playing football and was Captain of School & College Football Teams. His hobbies include photography, reading (Lord of the Rings and Matthew Reilly), blogging among others. 

     

    Nitesh Padhi not only scored 99.44 percentile in IIFT entrance exam, but also scored 96 percentile in CAT 2016 and 99.07 percentile in CAT 2015 and above 98 percentile in NMAT. However, Nitesh preferred to join IIFT instead of any IIM or other B-school.

     

    Sharing with MBAUniverse.com, Nitesh highlights his experience in preparation journey to IIFT and modestly attempts to give the ‘success mantra’ to the IIFT 2017 aspirants 
     

  • Ebel Benny

    Exam score : 92.78 percentile

    Ebel Benny has done B Tech - Mechanical. He has a Work Experience in IT – Operations (14 months) and got admission in IRMA. Ebel belongs to Cochin. 

     

    Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Ebel appeared in CAT exam and scored 92.78 percentile. 

     

    He has interest in Football, Trolls,Travelling.   

    My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:

    For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Ebel Benny about his preparation strategy and advice to do well in MBA entrance exams. Details follow:

     

    MBAUniverse.com: What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT2016/ XAT 2017?
    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): Learning from previous mistakes. This was my last attempt for CAT

    A proper time table was made where time was allotted for all the three sections .I made sure that I attempted atleast 5 mock tests a week which improved my speed and decision making skills to attempt and not attempt the right questions.

     

    After continuously working for long hours I used to reward myself with small breaks which included movies, small outings and parties. This helped me to refresh myself and resume working with more vigour. 

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How did you prepare for IRMASAT? Please share your strategy? How much did you score in it?

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): Best material for IRMASAT is YOJNA and Kuruskshetra. Since its beyond our limits read Yojana & Kurukshetra GIST. Apps like Knappily and in shorts might come in handy

    IRMASAT portion is of two parts.
    1. Static : Govt. programs, development activities, Planning commission etc (pre 2014)

    2. Current : Government schemes implemented recently (post 2014)

     

    MBAUniverse.com: What would you suggest to IRMA aspirants to prepare for IRMASAT 2018?

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): If time permits read ‘Manorama Year Book’. It had covered almost all the areas of general knowledge required for attempting IRMASAT.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Please share your sectional preparation strategy for CAT2016/XAT 2017? How did you prepare for each section VARC, DILR, Quant? What study materials and books did you use?
    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): I tried to improve the speed of my reading so that I wouldn’t waste my time in the reading comprehension parts. I had made the time table for preparations in such a way that equal time was allotted for DILR and Quant sections. My daily time table was in such a way that I worked on a combination of an easy and a difficult chapter. This ensured that I was not overloaded with work but covered all the chapters at the right time of time.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): I was weak at Verbal Section. I get bored after reading passages. So on a daily basis I practiced 10 RC on time bound and during test I attempt 4 or 5 RC out of the 6 RC.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper):  Mock Test are to devise strategy for the D day. Try as many strategies as possible and identify the best one suited. After which it should be practised for at least 60 days (20 mocks). Analysing test is the most important part. For 3 hours test, atleat9 hours should be given for analysis 

     

    MBAUniverse.com:  Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper):  Partly Yes. I had two mentors who guided me through the test and interview preparation. They were part of a premiere coaching institute (IMS)

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Other than CAT/XAT, which exam did you appear?

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): SNAP

     

    MBAUniverse.com:  Which institutes did you apply for admission and which institutes offered you admission?

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): IRMA , IIM – Ranchi, I got selected to IRMA

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Please share your strategy for the CAT/XAT Day. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your CAT/XAT test taking?

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): Never study on three days before CAT then everything would be in our hand. Ensure that you have high score for the last mock test attempted before CAT. Never attempt any mock on last three days.

    My scoring area is quant so I used to leave last 3 minutes of DILR to keep my mind freshen for the quant section. It worked on the D day also

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Please share your GD/WAT topics & PI questions at different institutes and the ones who offered you admission?

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): IRMA had two group activities, of which one is HR level question and other is logical level. PI was mostly centered on “know thyself” and details on work experience.

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Which B-school you decided upon and why? 

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): IRMA .It was my first and last option

     

    MBAUniverse.com: Any message you would like to share with the candidates preparing for CAT 2017/XAT 2018 and for IRMASAT 2018?

    Ebel Benny (CAT topper): Be calm throughout the preparation and the day of the exam as well. Kill the stress by yourself. For IRMA use both XAT and CAT score.

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