Jhalak Agrawal has done B.Com (Hons.). She is a fresher and got admission in IRMA without any work experience. Jhalak Agrawal belongs to Guwahati. Her Father is a Businessman and her Mother is a housewife. She has younger brother and sister.
Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Jhalak Agrawal appeared in CAT exam and scored 83.59 percentile and in XAT exam scored 98.225 percentile. She also scored 18 in IRMASAT.
She has interest in reading novels, watching movies and travelling.
My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:
For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Jhalak Agrawal about her 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?
Jhalak (CAT topper): I prepared for XAT along with the preparation of CAT. My preparation started from the month of July. My focus was just to cover all the topics of CAT prescribed generally since I also had my college from 10 to 5.
MBAUniverse.com: How did you prepare for IRMASAT? Please share your strategy? How much did you score in it?
Jhalak (CAT topper): I looked into various information on internet regarding literacy in different states, poverty in India, various schemes implemented etc. My score was 18 out of 40.
MBAUniverse.com: What would you suggest to IRMA aspirants to prepare for IRMASAT 2018?
Jhalak (CAT topper): Be clear about the basic knowledge of the above topics and look into the places where the schemes are implemented.
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?
Jhalak (CAT topper): I purchased a Byju’s tablet and used it and the study material that came along with it. For RC, I focused on why my chosen answer was wrong and a particular answer correct. The level of DILR and Quant in CAT was quite high for me which justifies my low score in the same. In XAT I could solve the questions easily.
MBAUniverse.com: Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
Jhalak (CAT topper): Yes, I think I was weak in all three sections of CAT and still am in DILR and Quant. I overcame my weakness in VARC by practicing number of cases.
MBAUniverse.com: How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?
Jhalak (CAT topper): One should make full use of mock tests. They prepare you in a way in which I was never prepared. I took just one mock test before the day of CAT exam and didn’t finish it.I am not habitual to looking at computer screen except for watching movies. Even staring at computer screen for 3 hours on the day of exam was a chore for me.
MBAUniverse.com: Did you go to offline coaching centre? What role does a coaching centre play?
Jhalak (CAT topper): No, I did not go to an offline coaching centre. I think a coaching centre saves you time that I wasted going through the syllabus only and better prepares you for the exam with the number of mock tests they give.
MBAUniverse.com: Other than CAT/XAT, which exam did you appear?
Jhalak (CAT topper): I did not appear for any other exam other than CAT/XAT.
MBAUniverse.com: Which institutes did you apply for admission and which institutes offered you admission?
Jhalak (CAT topper): I applied to all the IIM’s and IRMA and converted only 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?
Jhalak (CAT topper): I wasn’t done with all the topics till the exam of CAT. Till XAT exam I had covered everything and went with a cool mind after a good night’s sleep
MBAUniverse.com: Please share your GD/WAT topics & PI questions at different institutes and the ones who offered you admission?
Jhalak (CAT topper): In IRMA, there was a group activity where two cases were discussed. The cases were related to management activities. In PI questions were asked regarding current affairs and the literacy in India.
MBAUniverse.com: Which B-school you decided upon and why?
Jhalak (CAT topper): I decided to join IRMA as it is the pioneer of Rural Management and I like to learn things from the scratch.
MBAUniverse.com: Any message you would like to share with the candidates preparing for CAT 2017/XAT 2018 and for IRMASAT 2018?
Jhalak (CAT topper): Try to complete the syllabus on time and practice by taking as many mock tests as you can.