After contemplating a lot whether I should write in this
thread or not, I decided to pen it down on this sacred thread. Though I am not
an active member in any forums or threads of pagalguy, but every day since last
2 years I am visiting this website. But
I regret how come I never looked into this thread. It was in february 2014, during my GDPI preparations when
I first got a link to the_hate sir's post and came to know about this thread. So
today I am sharing my journey in this thread though it's not a special one.
Since my school days my father had a dream of me being an
IITian. He always encouraged me to try for JEE but like most of the average
students I also ended up getting into a Btech course in a not much renowned
college. I was always an average student from my school days and even in my
Btech I never thought of beyond enjoying life and getting a job. I enjoyed my
whole 4 years without any further goal and ended up getting a job in IT sector.
But as I was from a core engineering background I didn't like my job at all.
This was one of the most depressing periods of my life. While I was working in
the IT sector I also kept trying in my core sector. But the thought of going
for an MBA came to my mind in dec 2011. I was just telling one of my friends
cum colleague about a senior of my school who was in IIM A. I told him that my
father also dreamed of me joining a premier institute. Then suddenly my friend asked
me about my acads and I told him that I had 81, 71, 79 in X, XII n grads
respectively. The very next reply from him was that forget about BLACKI, you
may end up in IIM kashipur if u try hard. I felt really bad and low after
getting such a reply and decided to give a try in this rat race. A month later I
resigned my job and returned to my home sate to join a core company. In
march 2012, I bought the study material from TIME and started preparing for CAT
2012. Being from an engineering background I was comfortable with the quant
section but in verbal I was too weak and even today I don't have a good hold
over my verbal skills. My preparations were going at a good speed, I solved
many quant questions. I started reading The Hindu and worked upon my vocabulary.
Soon the mock season started. I started giving mocks and through out the season
my %le varied from 50- 85. During the whole season I always found people
talking about analyzing the mocks but personally I never did, for which my mock
scores always varied a lot. I booked my slot on 28th oct 2012. I also
gave XAT ,IIFT,NMAT. ON 9th Jan the CAT results came at around 4 am
and I was shattered to see a miserable 60%le in CAT. I cried and cried for almost
2 hours. Then in the evening I went to a friend's place and drank there till
the last drop. I called my dad, cried on the phone and told him that I couldn't
fulfill his dream. He consoled me saying it was not the end. Other results also
poured in and each one was disastrous. I scored around 63%le in XAT, 37 in
IIFT, 190 in NMAT. I lost my confidence and remembered my colleague's words. My parents kept encouraging
me and asked me to take a break for some time.
After 3 months I again thought
of giving one last attempt to these exams. Again enrolled myself for the
AIMCATs and this time instead of solving too many questions, I analysed the
mocks and worked upon my accuracy. It was reflecting in my mock scores as in
2013 mock scores varied from 75 to early 90s. Then The D day arrived, 7th nov
2013. This time I even asked my family panditji to find a good date within the
CAT window ( I am too superstitious). I went to the test centre with a calm mind.
I attempted 16 and 17 questions in qa and va respectively and tried to maximize
my accuracy. I gave other exams also. Then the results started to come. I scored 39.xx in IIFT, 187 in NMAT. Seeing these
results, I thought I have again failed and wasn't hopeful at all for remaining
results. On 14th Jan 2014, without hoping much and less fear I checked my
results almost an hour after declaration. The very next moment I screamed out
and let all frustrations come out. My mother came running to me worrying
something bad had happened and I said I scored 93.28(QA 93.96 VA 86.xx). I knew
I got what was needed as I am from NC OBC category. (That is why I was thinking
if I should write about my journey in this sacred thread as I don't have a God
like score.) My father came rushing from my uncle's house hearing my screams. I
just jumped and hugged him. It was one of the most happiest moments of my life. I
called my gf and told her that I made it this time. Next I got 91 %le in XAT. I
knew I'll have a few good calls and I need to convert them at any cost. I didn't
give any interview in my last 2 years, so I was a bit worried and started
preparing for GDPI. I had calls from IIM K, I, all 6 new IIMs,NITIE, XLRI HRM,
Vgsom, SJMSOM and IIT D.
My first interview was for XLRI. It wasn't a good one and I
knew I won't make it. From there on I had almost 6 interviews scheduled in next
2 months. After performing badly in XL, I knew that I had to raise my
performance and with every next interview I became more confident and performed
better. The GDPI results started to come. XL was the first one and it was a straight
reject as expected. The next one was NITIE and even that was a reject. My NITIE interview was good but I was shocked that I didn't even make it to the waiting lists.
I was again in that depressing state but my gf said,” you'll make it to an old
IIM and all the IITs”. As I am very superstitious, I believed her words like
anything because whatever she says, that comes true for me :P. And once again it
did come true for me . I got my vgsom results and with a category rank of 15,
I was finally sure of doing an MBA this year. And after that I converted most
of my calls by converting IIM Indore, kashipur,
Udaipur, Sjmsom and was waitlisted in IIM K and raipur.
So finally, I made it to a premier institute. This journey
is not just about making it to an institute, it has taught me many things in my
life. I am a very changed person with much more patience and goals in my life.
I have learnt to handle pressure, analyse situations and most importantly to
keep calm. I am really thankful to my parents, gf and all my friends who
believed in me and encouraged me through out my journey.
Thank you Pagalguy, even you had a major role in my success.
ATB to everyone.
Dreams do come true.
IIM Indore PGP 2014-16