How to prepare for CAT exam?
Interview experiences : Tips from Hitesh Behl-CAT Score 99.61
Hi, my name is Hitesh Behl.
I graduated from NSIT in 2013.
I’ve been working with Bechtel India Private Limited as a control system engineer since then.
Its been around 3 years now.
In CAT 2015 I managed to score 99.61%.
This was my 2nd attempt at CAT.
In my first attempt, I scored 96 percentile.
This year around in CAT I scored 99.61 with a sectional percentile of 97 in VA, 99.3 in LR DL, and 99.1 in QA.
Apart from CAT, I attempted XAT as well as IIFT.
In XAT I scored 96.2 and in IIFT I scored 99.57 I received interview calls from IIM-C, L, K, I, and S.
Apart from IIM’s, I had calls from IIFT, MDI, SP Jain, FMS, and XLRI.
I converted calls from IIM-C, L, K, I, S, IIFT, MDI.
I have been waitlisted at FMS, I was not selected by SP Jain, and I skipped the XLRI interview.
I joined a couple of test series in May, and I gave all my mocks very diligently.
I believe that taking mocks and analyzing them is the most important part of your CAT preparation.
As I was working, I used to leave at 6:30 in the morning and return back home at 7 in the evening.
I have around 2 to 3 hours of commuting time.
I utilized that time by studying newspapers or novels, or by referring to the online materials that are available.
Apart from that, After reaching home, I could hardly devote 1 or 2 hours of study on weekdays But I made sure that on weekends I would slog around 5 to 6 hours.
I joined alphanumerically in April 2014.
As I was working so I decided to join the weekend classroom program.
Alphanumeric to me was recommended by a number of my seniors because of their good experience that they had I would say that it was one of the best decisions that I have taken.
The sheer quality and the number of questions that are discussed in the class are perhaps unmatched with respect to the other institutes.
Alphanumeric also provides you with a lot of flexibility I was working so I skipped a lot of classes over weekend But here you get the flexibility to attend the same classes through the online program that is going on during the weekdays.
Also, you get a set of recorded videos so that you do not miss any of your classes.
Apart from that, there were a couple of boost camp sessions that are organized in the months of August and October.
Both the boost camps were of almost ten days with classes regularly.
And one certainly sees a difference in their scores after the boost camps.
For quant, I felt that the questions that were discussed in the class were more than enough.
Like for example, in geometry and number systems we discussed more than 500 questions in the class itself.
And for some other topic, if I felt a need to practice more questions, there was an online portal that was provided by alphanumeric where one could practice as many questions as one needs.
For DI LR, I referred to the questions that were discussed in the class Additionally there we practiced for around 2 to 3 hours per day during 20 days boost camp.
Apart from that, there were several resources that were available on the online portal to practice for DI LR.
Since verbal was my weaker section, I used to practice a lot of questions from the online portal.
I feel that giving time-based sectional tests is important for improving your speed and accuracy in verbal.
My IIM Calcutta interview was a 12 minute short and specific interview.
IIM Calcutta is famous for asking you questions on mathematics.
I was taken by surprise when I was asked a question on vectors.
and invertibility of functions.
Followed by that, I was asked questions on Indian geography.
Primarily the Indian rivers.
where they asked me about the direction of flow of the rivers and from where they originate and where they terminate.
In the end, they gave me a logical problem, that how would I calculate the height of Mount Everest, My advice to the future aspirants would be to practice as much as possible.
And join at least a couple of test series, and make sure that you attend all the mocks at the designated mock centers.
There is a lot of difference in taking a mock at home and taking a mock at the center.
After taking a mock, it is very necessary to analyze it.
Your mock is for 3 hours, make sure that you end up spending at least 5-6 hours on its analysis.
and ensuring that you do not repeat the same mistake that you committed in the mock over again.
It is easier said than done but I would say that do not feel the pressure on the exam day, even if one of the sections is difficult, keep in mind that it is going to be difficult for all.
I think that Placement Boat is doing a great job of collecting the experiences of various people.
It will certainly help future aspirants.