It is hard to describe my feelings when I finally write in this thread! Satisfaction? Excitement? Success? I dont know. All I know is that I have been waiting for 2 years for this day!
CAT 2007 season
It all started at a chai shop in Ichchhanath, at NIT Surat, when I was in my third year. I was more than half of an engineer, and the question of future, career etc started raising its head. An IT job? No thanks. A career in electronics(my branch)? Not interested. I confess that I decided to try for CAT after eliminating the various other options!
Like everyone else, I joined IMS and wrote the SIM CATs. In a test or two, I scored high percentiles and suddenly everyone was talking about IIM calls and all. Somewhere, I believed that I had it in me, and prepared now and then. The D Day was nearing.
Come November 15, 2007(think that was the day berfore CAT) and I was on train with my friends to Ahmedabad. It felt like just another tour with my friends! The night before CAT, I had an asthma attack(I am allergic to dust). I could sleep only around 3 am and slept till 5 am. I remember lying in the bed and praying that I fall asleep soon!
On the D-Day, I was more or less ok, but I was tired and in no high spirits. In the exam, I started off with VA(my strongest section) and did well. Attempted 24/25 in an hour. Then DI. It went downhill from there. The very first set, I was stuck. And I was stubborn enough not to let it go. Maybe, the very good VA section contributed to the over confidence. After trying a couple of sets, I tried QA. No success there too. By this time, my confidence had touched an all time low. After the exam, I was sure that it was worse than even my mock tests.
Result- Overall 93.xx, VA-99.xx, QA-85.xx, DI-67.xx
What CAT 2007 taught me
My SP interview was the best among IIM L, K and SP. Atleast i felt positive vibes and was confident throughout. The PI experience is something i will cherish for some time to come. Couldnt get a call in second list or W/L in finance, and was dejected till the L convert. Congos to all the SP call getters! Others, dont lose hope!
What are the work ex documents required at the time of registration? Will the first and last salary slips along with the appointment letter suffice or is there any format for the same? Sorry if this has already been answered!!
I know it's late...but..YIPPEEEE!!!! Converted the L call!!
After a reject from SP Jain, the call made my day!!
Looking forward to hel(L)!!!
I have talked to friends and others, and their strong opinion is that SP Jain is to be preferred over MDI and NITIE, whatever the specialization may be. Regarding IIMs, I know people who have chosen SP Jain over I and K, but that again depends on the location preferred/individual reasons etc.
That said, comparison of B Schools is not encouraged on PG, so let us not talk about which is better over the other!!
had my gd/pi at IIM K itself, on 22.03.10, 2 pm. Oh, the campus is awesome!!
wonder why no one has posted so far. anyways, here goes.......
work ex- 20 months(oil industry)
cat %ile : 98.82
essay topic : "an eye for an eye makes the whole world go blind. otherwise only I will be blind"
15 mins. and you have to complete it within the time frame, thats the whole game here.
gd topic : an article about leadership. how leaders are different in the past and present. how a leader like gandhi was, and how today's leaders seem to just quote our old leaders and give more importance to fame.
gd - was "almost" a fish market. though everyone got to spoke i guess. and focus was on politicians and media. narendra modi, rahul gandhi, etc came up. at some points, more than one person spoke, but the panel didnt intervene.
P1 - IT/Systems guy
P2 - Operations guy
As i entered the room, P2 left.
me-blah blah....ending with me directing a short film that won a prize and about hobbies(watching movies).
P1- asked about my short film, contradicted me, and in the end neither of us reached a conclusion.
P1- so do u watch foreign movies?
me- coz they represent a different culture(named a few foreign movies), and movies in india are not able to focus on some issues, and even if they do, they dont get a release due to the censor board(gave the examples of black friday, fire)
P1- so you think fire should have been released in india in all theatres?
P1- so you want all the people to start believing in lesbianism?
me- no that is not the point. the movie's focus was on oppression of women, and not on lesbians. it is due to the oppression that they turned to lesbianism.
P1-but i think the people of india will see lesbianism before they see any other element in the movie.
me-deep mehta was ready to delete the obscene scenes and release the movie(Dont know whether this is true!!) then also, it didnt get a release, so the focus on the larger issue of oppression of women was forgotten..blah blah blah..
by this time, P2 has come back and intervenes
P2- tell me about your work
me-blah blah and said something about 'network'
P2 corrected me on the word network, and i agreed. (seems network has some technical definition in operations)
P2- so you have implemented this business model?(it was mentioned in the data form)
me- yes, blah blah....
P2-(contradicting me)- this model cannot work. it does not give any special improvement to sales
me-maintained my stand, tried to convince him it is not so.
in the end, he smiled and asked me to sign, and said i can go.
i couldnt believe it was such a short interview; signed quickly and left.
So, I am in the dark now as to how my interview went! Whether they saw me as confident or aggressive or stubborn is upto them!!
All the best to all the others! and comments welcome
Update : Verdict -----> CONVERTED!!!
glad and relieved like many puys that i made it...first call of the whole season!!
oa - 98.82
verbal - 94.67
di - 99.24
class x - 93
class xii - 94.5
grad - 78
work ex- 14 months(aug 09)
was almost giving up hopes when this happened!!
cheers and best wishes to all call getters!
avinashjohri Saysfrst of all my humble thanks to the starter of dis thread.............n plz add my name also in the list of guys who got dere result completely different especially on 30thjan slot ......after gvng my eggjam i checked it out wid CL n got my percentile 78 n the real result is only n only 21.52% killing all the options for me to apply to cat-allied colls, now will dese IIMs going to return my 1yr or will dey make me admitted to sum gud coll.........