How Rounak Majumdar scored a perfect 100 percentile in CAT 2018

Monday, January 07 2019
CAT 2018 Topper Rounak Majumdar
CAT 2018 Topper Rounak Majumdar was the name that hit the news headlines on January 5 when the CAT 2018 results were announced. Among the 11 CAT toppers, his was the only name which was highlighted by IIM Calcutta in releasing the CAT 2018 result. Rounak plans to get one of the top three IIMs – IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore or Calcutta

One name that hit the news headlines on January 5 when the CAT 2018 results were announced was of CAT 2018 Topper Rounak Majumdar. Let’s find out who is he, how does his CAT Scorecard look like, and how did he prepare for CAT.

CAT 2018 Score Card of Rounak Majumdar
Here is what Rounak’s scorecard looks like:

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Quantitative Ability
Scaled Score
Scaled Score
Scaled Score
Overall Scaled Score
Overall Percentile

Rounak’s preparation was focussed on Mock Tests. But before we talk about his CAT 2018 strategies, lets first know more about Rounak.

  • Rounak Majumdar hails from Thane, Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Rounak is currently working with a financial services company in Delhi NCR
  • CAT 2018 was his second attempt. Last year, he scored 99.89 percentile in CAT 2017.
  • He studied at IIT Kanpur and pursued BTech mechanical engineering
  • He has completed Chartered Financial Analyst Level I course in 2018
  • He wants to pursue a career in finance, preferably investment banking, after MBA. 

On Success in CAT 2018
Rounak believes that scoring 100 percentile is a culmination of long effort. He believes that, “hard work always pays off!”

On CAT 2018 Preparation strategy
Ronak did not take full time CAT coaching but attempted test series of coaching institutes. Ronak’s entire preparation was based on Mock Tests. He attempted about two mock tests every week. In total he took almost 40 mock tests in a year!

He believes that analysing mock tests are even more important than actually appearing for them. Analysis helped him understand shortcomings and device test strategy.

Ronak says he seriously started preparation only in August 2018. After taking a few mocks, he felt that while he was good on fundamentals, he decided to work time-management and problem-solving strategies.

CAT Exam day strategies
Ronak kept things simple before the exam day. He stopped taking mocks the previous weekend itself. He also stopped any preparation a day before CAT. He says this helped him to avoid last minute worry or nervousness.

Wishing for IIM A, B or C
Ronak has applied for all IIMs. But he is aiming for only top three IIMs – IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore or IIM Calcutta.

Message to CAT 2019 aspirants
On his message for CAT 2019 aspirants, Ronak simply says - "Keep it simple. Don't take much pressure.”

He believes that if you have a quantitative background, ideal time to start preparing is around July-August. If you don’t have a quantitative background, March or April is a good time to start working to create a strong foundation.

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