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Hardwork always pays off !!
My season is officially over now with 2 converts out of 3 calls. 66.66% conversion rate, i would take that at this moment although wanted 100%. It has been a roller coaster ride of emotions for me.
So this is how my story goes and i would like to emphasize on my mistakes in this endevour in a belief that some would find some sort of resonance and would help them to take correct decision.
I have had 2 shots at CAT. Scored 91 percentile in CAT - 2014 without any preparation. Absolutely no preparation, no mocks, just went there on one sunday morning and attempted. So i was happy with that score and i thought if i prepare well i would definitely hit that magical 99+ score and get into marquee B schools. To supplement that i even thought i should quit my job and have a focussed 4-5 months preparation. That was my first mistake. I would not recommend anyone to quit their job just for the sake of focussed preparation. But ya, i already did quit my job and i had good 5 months left..(thanks to CAT getting postponed to Nov 29)..i had already joined a coaching institute by that time. I had a good grasp on QA and LRDI, but wasn't as good in VA. I devoted fair time to VA, but was not getting the correct results in Mocks..that was my second mistake..there is only one way to improve VA and that is by reading books (read and read & read). By the time CAT was approaching nearer, i was getting consistent in my mocks and was in 97-99 percentile range in AIMCATs. I was pretty confident that i will get similar or better result in CAT-15. Third mistake. When the results came out, i was shocked. I scored 89.77 percentile. So that is why do not quit your job because CAT is very unpredictable and one bad day or session or one section (VA was my downfall) is all it takes to make your life miserable. That was exactly how i felt. Those 2-3 days after the result were really demotivating and demoralizing and i was in very different state of mind as if what to do next. Search for a job, give it one more shot and all those things coming to mind. But ya, i still had one call at that time and it was SP Jain Profile based call for Marketing and i had that interview in 2 weeks from that day. Luckily, i had just barely cleared their sectional cut-offs (70.2 percentile in VA). I got over quickly from that miserable phase and geared up for SPJain's process. It went well, but i could not make out if i will get through or not owing to my very low CAT score. After a week came XAT results and a sigh a relief. Got 98.3 there and subsequently 2 more calls. XLRI - HR and XIMB - BM (missed XLRI - BM by a whisker in VA). And on this day, i felt that hardwork never goes in vain. It indeed paid off in my case. And 4 days prior to my XL interview, SPJain results came and i was selected for Marketing. I was elated and again i felt that eventually your preparation and hardwork pays off. One more piece of advice, whenever you are shortlisted don't ever think that you have a lesser chance as you have got a low percentile, you have as good a chance as a 100 percentiler would, so give it your best. I also converted XIMB - BM and missed XL - HR. I am joining SPJain and excited for this new beginning. All the best to you :)
Wrote CAT, Messed it up thrice. Got through SP with XAT.
- Chasing verbal prep pays off brilliantly.
- Quant skills. Either you have it or burn yourself long enough to hit 98-99. 99.7+ Quant scorers are usually untrained brilliance.
- Mocks are a reflection of what you can achieve when every other variable is perfect.
- College brand & marks matter.
- Interviews are like arranged marriages. You really can't pinpoint what worked. The same set of question and answers works for one, not for other.
- Coaching classes for CAT is a best example of casual correlation error. Just because everyone does it, you should not.
- Never assume during prep that XYZ question was too hard, it won't come in CAT. It will come and will hurt like a m*****f*****r.
- If you have a friend who irritates you with his/her "brilliant" mock scores, please avoid that person. For life.
- Your profile. Please work on it. It is your trump card.
Almost an year has passed since the time I got into an MBA college and a lot of participants here on PG have asked me about my CAT experiences. I just wanted to let all my friends here(who encouraged me to pen down my AIWTSAC article)know that it would still take me some time to complete it and that it is going to be a long post indeed(probably because it took me a long time to reach where I am today). I request all those interested to please bear with me for some more time. Thank You all for motivating me to pen down my thoughts and I too am eagerly looking forward to post my article on this sacred thread.
The End of 'B'eginning
The year was 2010. Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi. I was contemplating what just happened in that dreaded interview room. I guess the interview was in a way over the moment I answered the first cliché question on 'Why MBA'? I was hardly disappointed when the results came in early April. Infact, I was relieved that I wasn't selected for admission to the PGP course at IIMB. The point was I had no intention of doing an MBA. At least then. I was lucky enough that the first time online aptitude based exam got me the coveted B call which I never even expected lest prepared.
Fast forward 4 years. January 2014. I punch my fist in the air with joy. This was the one. This was the only one. What made it heartfelt was the fact that with my CAT percentile I felt I might not be able to get the coveted call. I checked the interview date. I had exactly 30 days to prepare for the interview. In the meantime, I was getting calls from my friends to make arrangements for the Goa trip we planned next week. The situation was changed now. As usual, the trip was put on a hold.
I prepared like I had never done before. Irrespective of my Reliance boss breathing down my neck, I put in at least 6 hours everyday. The Economist, Mint and Frontline had become my favorite toys for the month. I could see only onetarget. Target-IIMB.
Why did I want it so bad? The reasons - For a person brought up in Siliguri, working his ass off in Nagothane for the past four years, Bangalore was something sort of a welcome change. Friends and cousins, weather and beer. The city had it all. And of course the 2010 failed attempt!! Fortunately, sanity prevailed and I substituted my personal reasons with balanced answers in my SOP and interview.
April 11, 2014. The day God smiled. Perhaps, the only other date I remember apart from my birthday. I hug my office colleague, the senior who supported me so much. I had just checked the results and was offered admission into one of the sought after courses in one of the best B Schools in Asia. Remembering the moment still gives me a mix of joy and sadness - the fact that I celebrated the moment with my friend, philosopher and guide, and the fact that he passed away later that year.
Enter IIMB. After a tiresome first week, trying to get a sense and control of your life now came the time of club selections. I knew about all the clubs at IIMB since a year - I had practically read up anything and everything that was available on the website well before I got into B. Errors in judgement coupled with some narrow misses, and I didn't get into any clubs. And though it did not affect me for long -here is the first gyan - you can miss anything here, get very poor scores, etc. - and it won't matter one bit. The fact is for most things you become wiser only after. And getting advice from anyone and everyone is of no use. Because the correct advice can only come from a person who understands you very well and is a pro in that domain.
With a sense of struggle, I pursued two things which I knew best - academics and volleyball. Luckily, my active class participation (no DCP, eh) and the initial results boosted my morale and gave me a lot of confidence. On this, I laid the foundation of my journey at B.
You can only realize the importance of being idle only after coming to IIMs. The point is, there is hardly any free moment you get here during the initial few months. However, even though we work hard, we party much harder. I can still remember the birthday bashings in L-square, the New Year get-togethers, the section parties and the list goes on.
But the best part of the first year, was the peers I met and the wonderful friends I made. I can probably talk about them all day long.
Then came the summer internship and the brutal heat of Gurgaon made me cherish the cool winds of campus even more. The high of coming back to this place and with the best friends living next door, second year was even better. And term 4 was crazy as well - when almost every third day I slept only after breakfast.
The only time when I did not miss B so much was during the exchange term at Copenhagen. One hell of an experience it was and can be made into another story. More on that for later.
What I am taking away from two years at this place? Some memories to cherish for a lifetime! I will miss banging the door of my friends for every little thing and sometimes for no reason whatsoever. I will miss getting dirt on my volleyball jersey. I will miss going to Park-n-Eat and Night Canteen and having random 'bakar' with friends. I will miss the small talk withfellow mates. I will miss sitting in a class. And yes, I will miss my Hogwarts - the B campus.
The last term - months, weeks and now it has come down to days. The inevitable is coming. My 'Winter is coming'. And this is what I want to push away - the day we go our separate ways. How I wish I could add a month to this last term. Because life may never be the same again!
P.S.: There are so many people that have helped me and without them, the incredible IIMB journey would not have been possible. Thank you so much everyone! And special thanks Suryaansh Makked for your editing help.
This is going to be long so please bear with me.
They say life is what you make of it. But honestly, i didn't make my life; it was the circumstances that did it for me. Born in a middle class family in India, my fate was sealed to be an engineer from the prestigious IIT by my parents. They don't know what happens at IITs, they didn't know how one gets into an IIT, they only know that they want to see their kid there. Fair enough, every parent wants the best for his/her kids, but it's the duty of the kids to fulfill their parents' expectations.
I began my journey in a small town in Nainital. I was good at school. Scored around 80 odd percent till X grade. Parents thought their son is the next big thing. That's when thunder struck. My XII result was a disaster and my parents dream of seeing me at an IIT was shattered because JEE went equally bad. I sucked at physics. I managed to pass the exam because I was good at cramming. I always thought that maybe being in a small town I couldn't really get to learn well and blamed it as a reason for my poor performance along with a lot of other factors like family problems, girl stuff(actually it was the rejection that affected me) and many other reasons. So anyways, I decided to take a drop, moved to delhi and worked my ass off this one year, no disturbances, just studying, practically getting no sleep. I was getting good at chemistry, maths was always there, but physics still remained the same. Slowly and slowly IIT became a far-fetched thought and I realized I couldn't get there no matter how hard I try. I started aiming the tier 2 tier 3 colleges like DCE, NITs, BIT Mesra, etc. My focus was entirely on AIEEE. I was working like hell just to make it to these colleges but that's when thunder struck again.
CBSE decided to change the exam pattern and AIEEE became JEE Mains. The level of difficulty was same but the exam pattern was changed with weightage being given to XII scores. I was still optimistic and decided to study as hard as I could and tried to give my best. On the D-day, thunder struck again, when usually they gave around 10-12 calculus questions, they gave just 2. It was over for me. The moment I stepped out I realized I am done. I felt i was the biggest failure in the world. I got home and I cried. I cried the entire evening, the entire night.
I called my father the next day, and told him about it, his reply was why did you waste my money when you couldn't even study?
This was the final blow. I lost everything. I lost the emotions I had and I became a rock or that's what I think I am. I dropped the idea of being an engineer all together. I was passionate about computers since my school days so I choose BCA for my graduation. It wasn't what I dreamt, but it was close enough to what I aspired to be. I did get to learn what I wanted to and that's what I used to lift myself up from the situation I was in. I knew from my father's look he still regarded me as a failure but that didn't bother me anymore, I rarely spoke to him, matter of fact, I didn't speak to anyone, I kept to myself and my studies. Time passed, I realized this isn't where I belong. I was good at what I did, but I realized I couldn't be creative in this field, I could only use what I learned and I cannot make something innovative out of it.
So gradually my focus shifted to CAT. Yes, you must think I am stupid, to go chasing after another bird in the bush knowing very well what happened the first time I did it. The thought for CAT came around my second year of graduation but that is what it remained- a thought.
It took me a lot of courage to start gearing up for another failure but I devoted every minute to convince myself I won't fail, not this time. Finally at the beginning of my 2015, I started studying for CAT. But I still lacked seriousness. I was doing it but was not completely into it. The one thing I stuck to was no coaching. I did not join any coaching institutes and worked on my own as much as I could. Towards June end, the seriousness came, and I became a maniac, with sleeping hours back to the JEE days, even harsher, I remember days when I only slept for 2 hours.
It was going good. Or so I thought, I had nothing to gauze how I'm doing or where I need to improve, what my strengths are, I was just aimlessly solving questions. August came, I told my father I'm planning to appear for CAT. He said, "1 lakh to barbaad ker hi diye, 2000 aur sahi". I was pissed off again, I filled my CAT form, dropped the idea of appearing for NMAT, IIFT, SNAP,etc. It was CAT or nothing. My preparations got even harsher, I was solving quant questions sitting in my college classroom while students made notes, I solved RC's during lectures.
Placements season began; the first company to show up was Wipro. I sat for the interview. And guess what, I cracked the interview. It was not what I wanted to do, but it was the best thing that had happened to me in these three years. Focus was soon back to CAT in a few days. The three months before CAT passed in a jiffy. I don't recall what I did, how I did, during these three months. I remember the last week pretty vividly, I had my semester exam beginning from 23rd November, I had studied nothing during the entire semester. I gave these exams on a nights preparation and simultaneously used to revise my quant formulas daily.
The day came, attempted around 26 in VA, 12 in DI/LR, and 16 in QA. I knew I could have done a lot better in quant because there were many questions where I knew the method, but I wasted time in solving the questions by serial number and thus my quant was screwed.
Flash forward to result day, 9:00, actually backing up a little, because December was the time I was introduced to pagalguy and I soon became a frequent visitor. I was continuously checking pagalguy for CAT results. On the result day, I got up at 9:00 and first thing I did was visit pg, and boom I saw posts flooded with CAT results. I immediately went to the site to check mine.
It was VA:- 48.14(81.87) DILR:- 37.66(91.82) QA:- 36.95(86.89) Overall:- 89.78.
I don't know what my father thinks; I still don't talk to him. I applied to a few colleges and have converted calls from all the three colleges i gave the interviews for i.e. TAPMI, LIBA and NIRMA.
I don't know what I am going to do but lesson I learned was never lose faith in yourself. Also your life is determined to a certain extent by others but there will come a time when you will be in complete control of your life. Grab it and make the best of it. Cheers.
Journey from 62.87 to 99.93--> Its all about the journey not the outcome!! Part 1: As i write this,a lot of thoughts ,moments come to my mind. I will try my best to pen down my story of lot and lot of failures,emotions and the will to make it big someday. Bare with me for my writing skills and this is going to be a long one as the things i have been through in these four years of CAT journey is very difficult to express.I hope this motivates others to keep going despite the shortcomings because at the end its all about your dream and how far you can go to achieve it. P. S :- I haven't converted any call in these 4 years and yesterday I had a IIFT reject again (3rd time in row) but i know my time will come as hard work always pays off. Just a brief description of my life before my tryst with CAT began. Grew up in a small town Siliguri and having scored well in my board exams my parents decided that i should move to pune to pursue my +2.There I started enjoying the lifestyle of city with nightouts ,trips becoming a daily affair . Gave AIEEE lost my track and got a rank of around 6 lakh in AIEEE with a negative score. At the moment i realized i have lost 2 most important years of my life and decided to take a drop and go to KOTA . I studied with full effort but 9 months were too less for me to get a decent rank in JEE and AIEEE. I got admitted in a decent college but not so good branch through WBJEE . Since then the idea though doing PG from a elite college grew. During my 5th semester , i decided to write CAT in the hope to do well and get into a good college .I had a group of 5 and all of us had this dream of getting into a good B-School. So we joined career launcher and started attending regular classes. I used to find aptitude very difficult and used to take a lot of time solving questions .Bu t as time passed i felt i was improving on various fronts. I had never been an avid reader and so i never had command over VA. Word power made easy gave me some confidence. Started giving mocks and my %ile range used to be 93-97 and the confidence grew and i felt i could perform well in CAT'12. CAT'12: It was 29th October,2012 .The exam used to be of 140 minutes with two sections QA/DI and VA/LR . I gave my best and was hoping i would get around 95-97. When the results came i had scored just 47%ile in QA DI with an overall %ile of 62.87 . That day i cried like anything and was in a state of shock for almost a week. I felt very low and started doubting myself on why did I even prepare for Cat. It still haunts me when i remember those days.All my friends scored in the range of 94-98 % ile but none of them could convert and then we all decided to give another shot. I got Placed in Capgemini Mumbai and that was the next stop for me after my engineering. . So I went to Mumbai in June'13 and the only thing on my mind was the dream of a top notch B-school. Part 2 on the way !!
This is going to be a long story and writing it in one go, straight from the heart. Yes, like the good old AIWSAC stories, mine is full of hopes, dreams,a lot of failures, heartbreaks, grit, determination and finally the full stop.
2006-07: The beginning
My CAT story began during the second year of college in Oct, 2006. I was pursuing a commerce degree from a prestigious college of Delhi University. Not keen on pursuing CA, I enrolled with Career Launcher in their one year program. Being a non-engineer student brought up in a non-convent school, I was average in all the sections barring the critical reasoning part. I regularly attended the classes - sometimes, even skipping the college classes - and was confident that with hard work I would be able to get coveted calls from IIMs (mistake no.1 - unrealistic optimism). My GF also started to prepare for CAT, and we started discussing our goals and strategies. Somehow with her into the CAT thing, I started feeling a bit of pressure on my head. I felt more so because even after six months of preparation, my performance chart was not showing much signs of improvement. I started focusing more on CAT after getting into the final year. I felt frustrated with little signs of improvement in my scores and lost track a bit after a few dismal performances in mock tests. As the d-day came closer, I pushed hard. Finally crossed the 90%le mark on my last mock test and felt good about it. On the d-day my GF called and she sounded nervous. The nervousness and uncertainty transcended into me as well. CAT used to be paper based back then and had 75 questions - 25 each in quant, english and reasoning. The target was 10 correct in each section. I started with quant and was able to solve only 2 questions in first 30 minutes. I knew the game was over, and that I would be re-taking CAT in 2008. In the next half an hour solved 10-12 questions in reasoning and then shifted to english. Did another 10-12 questions and moved back to quant. In the end managed 9 correct in reasoning, 7 in english and 5 in quant. The game was over for CAT 2007. Managed some 90 odd percentile only
2008-09: The worst two years
2008 for me began with the global recession. I was confident of getting into Delhi School of Economic's MIB program (it had some reputation back then). I was also confident that one of the symbiosis colleges would take me. Hence, I rejected a job opportunity from Google adwords (there were no start ups and e-commerce companies back then) at the dawn of my college. It was not a high paying job, but still the brand mattered and for a commerce graduate, it would have been a decent start. They wanted a 3 year 5 lakh bond, and it was too much for me as I expected to pursue MBA in a few months time (mistake no.2- a bird in hand is better than any number in bush). To my shock I did not get through any of the MBA colleges. Even colleges such as BIMTECH noida and SIIB rejected me after interviews. A topper through out school and college, I had no job or direction after the last exam of my under-graduation. Meanwhile, my GF who was the person I looked upto since school days joined Amity much against my wishes and her caliber. Things became difficult between us and we had a break up (mistake no.3). I struggled through out without a job, enrolled myself into a post grad diploma in finance and simultaneously prepared for CAT. A family tragedy in the end ensured that I was unable to give CAT.
By the end of 2008, I had a few job offers but the joining in each case got delayed. My ex-GF returned in my life as a friend and things became smooth again in life. I started a venture of my own and after 3-4 months I had to close it down for want of resources. Exactly one year after my graduation in June 2009, I was at the same position. No job, no signs of IIM calls - the only source of support were my parents and ex-GF. I was so frustrated in life that I left my hometown and went to Mumbai for a while. This led to some issues at home and with my ex-GF as well. Our families met and discussed my situation. I returned from Bombay after a few weeks, and started again. My ex-GF was told by her parent to stay away from me and she complied. It kinda broke me from inside and that was the time I joined Pagalguy - October 2009. I made a lot of friends, became active on the Delhi-NCR meet scene. There was one thread specifically - Pursuit of Happiness - where was very active. In mean time one of the members informed me about off campus interviews at research arm of a consulting firm. I prepared and cleared rigorous rounds of guesstimate interviews. So practically after 18 months of my graduation, I got my first job. It was important to get a job as once during a PG meet - an experienced puy told me that "CAT tabhi theek hoga, jab personal life stable hogi". Skipped CAT in 2009 as well, but this time voluntarily
2010-2011: The years of exposure err wandering
I joined the firm in March 2010, and as it is while working with most business research firms - was engrossed throughout the year in work, deliverables and deadlines. Missed CAT again. Probably, that was the year I realised that CAT was not meant for me. After getting frustrated with corporate drudgery, I resigned on April 03, 2011 - a day after India won the 2011 WC. Luckily, within next 2 weeks I received a fellowship from a Policy Think Tank which required me to work with a Member of Parliament. Thereon began an unthinkable journey into politics, policy making, development process, and what not. After the fellowship concluded, I was offered an opportunity to lead the policy and parliament vertical of an MP's office. I accepted it. I also tried to connect with my ex-GF but failed again.
2012-2014: Hit the road running
By the end of 2011, I was sure that I wanted a career in public policy. I had started to influence the policy making and implementation process, began to understand the political scenario, and a masters in public policy seemed the logical next step. Wrote GRE, applied to LSE and Colombia MPA programmes, got through both in early 2014 backed by solid profile, letters of recommendations and essays.
At the same time, I got an opportunity to work for one of biggest energy firms in India where I began handling their policy, corporate affairs and legislation work. I deferred my MPA offers. The experience completely changed my perspective towards industry. In Feb 2014, I ran into my ex-GF in a market but I could not speak a word. My mom called her but nothing worked out.
I was working with the top management of the firm and on multiple occasions felt handicapped in absence of financial and operational skills. While I was doing fine in my responsibilities, the next what question kept pestering me. Finally, in July I started preparing for GMAT. It was difficult in the beginning, My office is 1.5 hours one-way drive from home, and working closely with top management meant long hours including on weekends. I had targeted October, but because of the work.. I could only give GMAT in December. I had prepared well and was getting 740 on the official mocks.. so I knew that 720+ was definitely on. GMAT is a comparatively predictable exam and on the day I scored 720. While, I knew I had messed up the verbal section and could have score more but I was largely satisfied. I wanted to stay in India - so ISB was my first preference. My experience of writing essays for MPA applications helped. My essays came out good and I was confident of getting an interview call, which I eventually got. Interview went without much fuss - unlike the MBA interviews I had given 5-6 years back. Finally, in March 2016 I was offered admission by Indian School of Business and I have accepted it.
The reason I wrote more about my initial years than my last few years is that I wanted to tell people who are going through tough times right now that it gets difficult for everyone. There was a time when I was unemployed, lost my GF (who was also my best friend since we were 7!), failed in business - lost complete self confidence, I have probably seen things which I should not have. My family also went through a lot - but at no point did they stop supporting me. My father suffered a paralytic attack and was on bed for 6 months, my younger brother dropped an year after class 12th, and have seen multiple personal set backs- but ultimately you just have to keep calm and carry on. I was lucky to get certain opportunities but I really burnt midnight oil at every given opportunity and pushed the performance to the next level. If it were not ISB, I would have certainly applied to top 10-15 colleges in US next year and gotten through a few there as well - but even if I would not have been in this position today.. I would have still continued to try. Persistence is all what counts in the end.
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
This isn't a complete success story, neither a failed one. I shall start from my days of B.Tech
B.Tech Final Year: I used to prepare hard for GATE. I even didn't attend the "IDEA" placements as we have to sign a bond for it. All this time couple of my class mates, say, C and A , prepared for CAT and they scored well. I got AIR 2127 in GATE and missed IIT's. C and A were unable to clear the interviews. I got placed in TCS. C and A didn't even sit for placements.
After 1 year: Decided to give up on GATE (I have my reasons) and joined the coaching institute along with C and A. We prepared for 1 month and meanwhile I got the joining letter of TCS. Tried to delay the joining but wasn't able to. In fear of losing job, I took it. C and A still prepared. I took CAT for namesake that year and scored 84 percentile. Time was rude with both C and A, they have no calls.
After 1 more year: I joined a coaching institute in Hyderabad itself. Decided to make it this year at any cost. Mean people especially leads in my project added fuel to my fire to succeed. Hardly slept in the nights, withstood Migraine attacks and made sure that I progressed. Mock season started and I crawled slowly from 80 percentile to 99.5 percentile by the end. The last phase of preparation has started. Applied a month leave to my job, (I was sick then, but good enough to live. Still took the leave) and prepared with C and A in the old coaching institute. The day has come, to put the battlefield on fire and I went ahead with all blazing guns of knowledge. CAT is such a mean exam, where even a small misfire can turn into a vicious cyclone and collapses the castles. I know it is a mishandled day. Expected around 92 to 95 percentiles (Even keys show that). I started to prepare for XAT where C and A aren't ready.
With all evaporated hopes took XAT. In last 5 min, I am yet to solve a RC and went ahead instead of submitting. I have the least knowledge that those 5 min will decide my fate. After coming home, didn't even check the key. Such was the surprise CAT gave to me. All of a sudden, the CAT results started to come and I got a meager 72.7 percentile. (Inner Voice: What a disgrace are you to the family? You took 30K loan, joined a coaching center, 1 month holiday to prepare and in the end you got this? What about the family that is solely dependent on you?) I never thought of dying, but I already did for the kind of result I got. Then checked the XAT key, as per coaching institutes, and I got 32.7 marks and all sections are equally good.(Some ray of hope).
Somewhere in the same month XAT released their keys and I got 33.7 marks but with a twist in the tale (VA: 7.75 marks). Had my heart in the mouth for almost 10 days. XAT percentiles are released and I managed a 97.9 percentile with only 75 in VA. (Inner Voice: You are shit. This is the check mate. As per previous trends, you will not get a call. Die once again.) Next day calls are released and with a twist again. They lowered the cut off for HRM but not for BM (BM cut off is 77.4 percentile and those 3 question in a RC were wrong. Otherwise I may be preparing for BM too). Managed a call for HRM. Finally some result in the end. A week later, SPJIMR called for Finance interview.
I am dancing like a monkey there, and already started reading Investopedia even from my phone. Borrowed my Mom's smartphone so that I can make use of the traveling time too.
Mumbai: It's the interview day and 2:00am at Chatrapathi Shivaji Terminal. Platform No:1. Unable to sleep and took a finance magazine with me, sat there and went through some articles. I booked a room in the station itself(dormitory). At 6:00 am, got ready and headed to interview. Interview started at 2:00pm and the questions are very basic. Nailed the interview and was waiting for the first round result with a satisfied hope. Result came. verdict: Rejected. Only 1 out of 6 was selected and all of those for finance with B.Tech Background were rejected. I headed to the juhu beach and cried like a child. The first failure that condensed my tears. I informed my parents and returned back. Now about to face the XLRI interview and as I write this, I feel how desperate I was, about getting into SPJIMR. I wish I can prove them wrong one day.
Sorry for the unfinished story. I shall update it once I face it all. Now C, A and I all together are preparing for the interviews. Hopefully all three will make it this year.
Started From the Bottom now we are Here.
so i am in the 3rd year of my B.tech(3rd tier college) bogged down by 5 backlogs and i am drowning in self loathing and my hate for this B.tech .i was trying to distract myself from all this by co curricular activities , just keeping myself busy.why did i choose B,tech ???well when your cousin is in Microsoft and you have 12 cousins all in IT, it is pretty much set in stone what you are going to do with your life
Frustrated with my condition i decided to take the first step.I chaulked out a plan to put me back in this game; we called "Life".
Step 1-find something you want to do for the rest of your life.
Step 2- Get rid of the Baggage and distractions.
Step 3 -passion and deliberate practice can make anything possible.
1st thing First -i really liked organizing events and had a knack for public speaking ,so i knew a tech job wasn't for me. i decided to do an MBA (i dont want to die poor) This was my moto.
Step 2 -Worked really hard and was able to get rid of the backlogs on time.
by this time all my friends had found jobs in infosys or HCL and fb was the worst place to be (placed in TCS feeling secured).This status rocked me to the core.i decided to switch it off,no more FB for me until i achieve something in life.
Step 3- execution (i read this book (Talent is overrated by Geoff colvin )and it really showed that great performance in anything was achievable by deliberate practice and focus.)
so in my 4th year i started my CAT journey .i enrolled in ims cp (not a product placement) and my life changed. i met some of the smartest people i know.My QUANT teacher was From BCG and DILR from XLRI ,we used to say that these people pull answers from thin air.I was really in awe of these guys.i wanted to be like them.
4th year ended(63 percent) and i took up a JOB in HR talent acquisition (thought i would have something to talk about in PI (might even get browny points for having relevant work ex-I was gunning for HR)) and it might even cover up for my acads
i gave cat for the first time and was in so much pressure at that time that i almost started crying after looking at DI(it was CAT 2014). I had MATH PHOBIA so quant wasn't easy as well.
Got a 53 percentile and i called my Mom to say that life was over for me and wont be able to amount to anything in life.
went through all stages of mourning and Picked my self back UP again.
Started preparing again. solved the shit out of my simcats.
i was never uncomfortable with english (watch friends yes the tv show it will improve it.)
english was good, did like 28 questions .
HELLO OLD ENEMY,
same story as last year ,tough as hell ,but i decided to do just 2 sets and thought tukka toh nai marrunga
Math Phobia still persisted but when i had solved 7 out of 10 right. i knew paper was easy was now just a game of speed.
did 26 questions there.
A month passed and then came the results.
i was siting in my office when i thought "CHALO PAGALGUY CHECK KRTE HAI"
everyone was posting there scores(DUE TO THAT SOURCE CODE S#IT). i panicked as hell.
Told my boss i wasn't feeling well and left the office to check the result .
went to my home and i got an sms saying" your score is 93.53 percentile"
i screamed on the top of my lungs.i had never 90 plus in anything in my life ,called my mom to tell her about it.she was happy so i was happy.
not too shabby for a guy who had 5 backlogs once and was making 15000 rs per month
got a call from imt , imi , ximb , tapmi , lbsim ,many as still to come .
Dont know wheather i will be able to convert them or not (GEM 75,75, 63 ,19 MONTH WORK EX).
but sure was one hell of an year.
Thanks for all your stories ,will comment here if i convert a good college.
Hello all. I'd like to share my own experience of CAT'15 and other entrance exams I took last year. Before that I'd like to apologize if there is any kind of error in the post I wrote, be it grammatical or any other.
My profile is stated as follows -
Xth - 76%
XIIth - 57% (Screwed big time)
B.Tech - Final year - 63.60% till now.
Exams taken - CAT'15, NMAT (1st & Retake once), IIFT,SNAP,XAT.
Results - CAT'15 - 66.xx%ile. NMAT -1st - 172. Retake- 181. IIFT - couldn't clear cutoff. SNAP - 68%ile. XAT- 20 Raw score.
Though I'd like to start on a high note, that I had started preparing for CAT since 2014 April. I joined TIME in my second year itself and continued to attend all the weekend lectures at TIME & solved questions religiously. Mocks were usually in the range 70-80%ile with once getting 90+%ile. I wasn't expecting high percentile but atleast expected something in the 80s so that I could target lower rank B-Schools. And I gave other examinations so that I could atleast get a chance somewhere in a decent B-School. One by one the results came and I started to breakdown.
Today it is 23rd January and I have calls only from IBS Hyderabad, Alliance, KIAMS, Amity University, Woxsen School of Business and VIT Business School, which I'm not gonna attend any of them.
I read Aks Gupta's post on how he scored 44.22%ile in XAT 2011 to 98.83%ile in XAT 2013 and how he cracked XLRI GDPI and made it to XL. This made my depression fly away and I am already preparing myself to fight for a job and attempt CAT/XAT again.
Honestly speaking, I don't hope for colleges like IIM ABC (which I used to, earlier) but even if I manage to crack XL or IIML, I'll be the happiest person ever.
Only suggestion and word of advice to my fellow Puys and Pirls is, please read @Zzeke or Aks Gupta's post if you feel dejected and depressed. And please do not start with CAT prep too early. I started too early and lost the heat when it was the most needed.
Thank you for reading. Cheers. And all the best for CAT'16, XAT'17 and all other exams to come.
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