Aashima Garg got admission to MDI Gurgaon after scoring 96.4 percentile in CAT 2017. Prior to joining MDI, Aashima had worked for 31 Months as Software developer with IndiaMART Intermesh Ltd.
Aashima has done BPIT, GGSIPU Delhi; is a B.Tech in Computer Science. She hails from small town Palwal in Haryana. Her father is a pharmacist, mother a housemaker and brother a software developer.
Q. What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT?
A. I had joined Tathagat coaching Institute. It is one of the best in Delhi/NCR. The faculty is brilliant and they give you personal attention unlike most of the coaching institutes out there. I was sincere, solving the sheets on time, attending every doubt session. Doubt sessions are extremely important. I read a lot for verbal. I daily took out time after office, for at least one hour of practice. Weekends meant classes plus more practice. I joined TIME Test series and attempted almost all the tests. They are great help.
Q. Please share your preparation strategy for VARC section in CAT
A. I read The Hindu daily, focussing on the editorials. I read books by some imminent authors like Charles Dickens, Ayn Rand etc. I practiced RC material given by the institute. Besides that, I read a lot of articles online on websites like Arts and Letters Daily.
Q. How did you prepare for Quantitative Ability (QA) section in CAT?
A. I solved a lot of questions. I re-solved them. I focussed on getting my concepts cleared rather than picking up numerous books. I never gave up on any question, gave time to everything.
Q. What was your preparation strategy for DILR Section?
A. I Practiced questions given by the institute and those in Time sectional tests. A book of puzzles by George Summers is also good.
Q. Was there any particular section/area that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
A. Data Interpretation (DI) was a challenge. I had to increase my practice hours in it.
Q. What role did Mocks play in your success? How many mocks did you attempt before the exam?
A. They are a necessity. CAT is all about time management and being calm during those 3 hours. Mocks teach that.
Q. Did you self-prepare or attend a coaching centre and why?
A. I attended a coaching centre to maintain regularity which was otherwise difficult along with a job.