Rajat Tomar has done B.Tech in Mechanical Engg. from HBTI Kanpur and is now pursuing PGDRM from IRMA. He has a Work Experience of around 2 years in United Breweries Ltd. Rajat belongs to Baraut, Uttar Pradesh. His father is a teacher in primary school and his mother is a house-wife.
Determined to crack CAT with high percentile, Rajat appeared in CAT exam and scored 92.5 percentile.
He has interest in Reading and Analyzing World Politics, Spirituality, Cricket, Badminton.
My exam prep strategy, experience & Advice:
For the benefit of MBA aspirants, MBAUniverse.com asked Rajat 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?
Rajat (CAT topper): I started my preparation for XAT 2017 four months before the exam date. I joined the TIME test series. I used to give one or two tests every week and thoroughly analyzed my mock test answer sheets, based on which I came to know my strengths/weakness and worked on the topics where I wasn’t up to the mark.
MBAUniverse.com: How did you prepare for IRMASAT? Please share your strategy? How much did you score in it?
Rajat (CAT topper): I regularly read the newspaper(the Hindu) and books which helped me in IRMASAT.I scored 20 marks in it.
MBAUniverse.com: What would you suggest to IRMA aspirants to prepare for IRMASAT 2018?
Rajat (CAT topper): - Regularly read newspaper and stay informed about the current events.
-Be aware of the government schemes especially rural ones.
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?
Rajat (CAT topper): VA/RC – I solved Time study material. Regularly reading newspaper/ books, mock test series helped me a lot in getting a good score.
DI/LR- I focused on Time study material and mock test for this.
Quant- I mainly focussed on my calculation speed as my basic concept of quant was good due to my background and solved different type of questions.
MBAUniverse.com: Was there any particular section that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge?
Rajat (CAT topper): I was weak in VA/RC. I devoted more time for that and tried to solve more and more RC’s/Para jumbles/Para completion exercises and also started reading books/newspaper to increase my comprehension and inferential ability and also my reading speed.
MBAUniverse.com: How can candidates use Mock tests better? What is your advice?
Rajat (CAT topper): Review all the tests you give to identify your weaknesses and spend at least 4-6 hours in assessing the test . That is important so that you can work on those weaknesses specifically.
MBAUniverse.com: Other than CAT/XAT, which exam did you appear?
Rajat (CAT topper): IIFT(97%) and SNAP(98.1).
MBAUniverse.com: Which institutes did you apply for admission and which institutes offered you admission?
Rajat (CAT topper): I got admission in IMI New Delhi,IRMA, SCMHRD, TAPMI, FORE, SIIB, XIMB(HR).
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?
Rajat (CAT topper): By the time I was going for XAT, I had prepared all the sections and was intending to attempt as much question as possible. First I solved easy questions then average difficulty level question and in last tricky and difficult questions.
MBAUniverse.com: Which B-school you decided upon and why?
Rajat (CAT topper): I chose IRMA as this is a B-school which is unique in many respects. Being from a fairly rural background myself, I have seen and experienced the issues which farmers face in their day to day lives. This is a course which channels management study towards a social cause. Thus, I could relate more with IRMA’s mission as it aligned with my aspirations.
MBAUniverse.com: Any message you would like to share with the candidates preparing for CAT 2017/XAT 2018 and for IRMASAT 2018?
Rajat (CAT topper): Study Hard .Just focus on your study , don’t think about the result as result/fruits of your action is not in your hand as stated in Bhagwad Gita.