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With mocks starting again ..know that this is my last attempt at my CAT and have started religiously analysing mocks...giving the mock..loggin into PG...posting the scores..and verifying the stuff....
and the analysis here is just brilliant and so high standard...
also had se the scores of CAT gods here (omeo316,dheeraj_138,bvpavankumar,cat_demon,satanica,the_hate etc) as benchmarks to compete myself....and this has always provided me the kind of driving force towards my goal...
Again VA proved to be my nemesis evrytime in mocks..and dont know what else cud I have done to prepare for scoring cutoffs in VA...
and strangely even today i dont know what I cud have done to cross cutoff..

CAT-08:
this time I was confident abt CAT...took 15 day leave from my manager before diwali saying that I have got typhoid
and have prepared for CAT at home for the last 15 days...

and then I gave CAT
seen the 90 qn model and was like clear QA and DI fast and then go for VA for as much time as possible..

done 15 QA in 35 mins...and then got stuck with DI....shit happened..and then ended up solving more qns in VA with very less accuracy...

scored some QA-99.xx
DI-89.xx
VA-75.xx
have checked the keys and understood its bye bye IIMs for ever...
have given IIFT with rage and here missed the cutood for call by 0.2 marks
gave jmet-IITB and IITD are kind enough to call me..
SNAP-missed cutoff in GK
XAT-all 92%les ..unable to maximise in one sec
FMS:-some 97.xx %le..

IMT-G , out of blue SPJAIN call and IIT-B,D are the calls..

GDPI stage
this time I didnt wanna lose the opportunity that i got..have religiously attended mock GDs mock PIs at time,and to my advantage,the mock PI which I had just before IMT,IIT interviews are stress interviews and they have boosted my confidence like anythng...
also GDs ,papers reading,GK stuff etc has finally helped me in cracking IMT-G and IIT-D..
and here I am ..resigned to my joba nd waiting for my joining at IIT-D..

My 2 cents:

there are loads of posts on this thread which end up with the above note..
I am no great than tens of people out here whose suggestions are much more valuable than what I can offer...
But Would like to say a few words for my PG...

CAT is an exam ,willl be an exam,and let it be an exam...dont take too much to your heart..rebound with positive things and hit at it harder if you are so desparate...Desire to deserve and Deserve to Desire....
And finally...IF YOU WANNA DO IT..U WILL DO IT....AND IF YOU THINK YOU CAN YOU WILL..
but dont ever try to give it just because some xyz of ur friends batch has given it and cracked it....till then u never even would have thought of it ..but suddenly you wanted to ace it as evryone feels that it is difficult to do so and you wanted to prove the world that you are capable of doing it too.......dear friend..u live it for urself and you crack it fot urself but not for the heck of showing others that u can crack it ..

but if you really wanted to do that.....and then...give the best shot of your life and prepare like there is no tomorrow...coz...the one who wins ultimately is the guy who persists,performs and perseveres....


MAKE CAT A PART OF YOUR LIFE!!!!

signing off with my favorite Rocky Balboa Quote....

"Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done. Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that!"
Rocky Balboa

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"YOUR APPLICATION IS NOT ACCEPTED"..
Reason: photo not affixed...
I am damn sure abt the claim which they have made for rejecting the application...
All my energy got sapped immediately....and I started crying in the middle of the net centre like a small kid ...my dad,who is emotionally very strong man ,and whom I respect a lot for this quality,was unable to console me as well in this point ...

Questions started pouring in like anything...
1. Have I lost the battle even before I fought it?
2.What would I do now for the next one year?
3.Would I have cleared it this time itself?
4.Will I be able to clear it next time?
and on and on and on...

My dad,have called up IIM-B for 232454657678 times and they are kind enough to say "it is an admission policy matter"..we cannot help you...
he has pleaded them for so much time keeping aside all his work matters for some 5-6 days....and at that moment I have understood how he wants me to see in the future....and I MADE UP MY MIND and got one of the real motivation factors at that moment which kept my chips up even till this very day...

LOVE YOU DADDY....


POST DESTRUCTION:

CAT-06 was out of the bag and to my embarrassment QA and DI which are my strengths are cake walks..and VA is from hell...and for 75 qns, 5 options 1/4th -ve stuff...all these ,had it been on my day,wud have cracked it well and VA as is tough wud have been a tough call for evryone..so for VA well doers,there is not much of advantage...
All my friends scored OA-97+ percentiles with horrible VA scores ..
Decided to move on and give XAT and FMS the next year but cudnt prepare well after that strong blow on a 20 year old ,still childish guy....
REsults: ding in XAT and FMS both..
BANGALORE WELCOMES:
Finally accepted an Offer from the best of all and have moved to bangalore...
new job,new friends,new life and cool 35k plus salary have made me negligent abt CAT and used to enjoy my weekends and only enrolled for AIMCAT series just to give it for fun...Dunno how I have become so lethargic abt the thing which has been my companion for the last 2 years by then...

took all care filling the application(arey who wants to get humiliated twice yaar?),and once it was recieved properly...just solved a couple of AIMCATS in the last week....wrk pressure in Office started growing up like anythng..and worked till12 even in the week prior to the one in which cat was conducted...

CAT-07
reached the venue early and saw the real tensed aspirant faces who were quickly formulating strategies,referring materials,flash cards etc..As if CAT paper was just leaked...
Went in calm and cooland to my surprise found the model to be the same...
Started with QA and finished it well..then moved to DI and got stuck somewhere...moved to VA..and oh my god...it was the same bull shit wchich appeared last year..went back to DI and finished it just in time..
came out of the hall amidst the shouts and chats of many aspirants..
"is saal tho aana hai yaar"
"dude.I ve attmpted arnd 80% of the paper.."
I was like damn...Am i losing something here?...



best thing i did that year is to apply for all the exams...gave IIFT,SNAP,XAT,FMS as well..and
results came out..
QA-98.xx
DI-95.xx
VA-84.xx
OA-97.9x

I was like okay....if this is the case with no prep..next year tho hojaayega....and to my good luck,SIBM and FMS have called me....

Changed my company due to my dissatisfaction with the work and moved to delhi for 3 mnths for training.....
and to check for the past experiences for preparation for GD PI....have first had my encounter with PAGALGUY...

sounded cool....have registered here as kill_cat..and slowly got used to all posting learning invlved etc...and after the help offered by puys here on the thread regarding GDPI...thought that it was so easy.but Damn..
SCREWED UP both GD/PI royally...not even in WL...

SELF CRITICISM

was posted in bangalore again by MAY 2008 and then this time I have analysed myself why things actually didnt go right in GDPI...started preparing for CAT-08 and this time enrolled for classroom course just fearing that i might be ending up wasting my weekend time..and slowly became more addicted to pagalguy...
this is when I have met a tall, a bit fat guy whose attitude ,is what I loved from day one I have met him...PREM RAVI the mod himself....

also got many puys here has friends..the_hate, shabad,satanica etc...

hate bhai..U simply rock maan.....would love to see u in the red bricked building next year...you know u will and I know u will.....
Keep rocking...
Prem bhai.....what else can i mention..have had very little acquaintance with you..but ur zeal is what i like the most in you..
Shabad....jokar......ATB sirji....

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CAT%le 99.95, BLACKI....

things started changing suddenly and evryone in the college started speaking abt this nes thing called CAT...it went to such an extent that TIME guys have come to our college to give a special presentation abt CAT ...

He Converted L and I...coz of his reservedness cudnt talk much in GD and PI so he attributed his failure to that....and he encouraged me a lot saying that my %ge in Btech 12th and 10th will help me a long way in fetching final calls from IIMs(which,for me, had been as difficult as lalu yaadav speaking american accent english..)
even attended classes in time hyderabad after getting special permission from my centre head and attended classes there for quite some time...but didnt find much value addition to myself...came back to my home town and concentrated hard on my Placements...

things started going really good for kill_cat....kill_cat attended the placement process in the college having the distinguishing First in Class factor.....Signed off with three offers from 3 best companies in chronological order...and taht too which dont have any bond.....attended only those as I am sure that I would not be going to be in IT sector for a long time...

FIRST ENCOUNTER:
Once job offers has come in,many aspirants of cat in my college have started become negligent of their CAT prep...to which in contrary..I have actually started pushing myself inch by inch closer....wanted to do that and to be there..SO INTESIFIED MY PREPARATION...and then the real test for any CAT aspirant...mocks started...
Started my mocks with me scoring decently in QA and DI..but always lagging behind in VA...evrytime used to try different strategy and ended up screwing VA..whatever order I do..

CAT notification came and because of the CAT conversion by my senior,many people applied to it....and then things started moving very fast...slowly my verbal scores also improved and though I cudnt cross the cutoffs..my confidence has slowly but definitely increased.....

OCT 3rd,2006
My friend has called me up saying something abt the CAT application acceptance details....I, on a casual note has checked the appln status on the last day for resubmission(till lst year if appln gets rejected u can buy a new one and submit it again within 4-5 days time given by IIMs..)
Entered my CAT Appln no and the most disgusting moment in my life has happened then..

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Episode-2:
2 years of my btech have finished and Now i was into my third year...

And the desire in me to crack cat by any means has grown up like amonster inside my heart..and thats the problem when things are starting from your heart and not your mind....
Reason: wait till the section called Flashback...
during 2nd year holidays...
first thing first...wanted to get hold of VA as soon as possible..(which I ve had very little success..)started reading "WORD POWER MADE EASY", barrons GRE, and hindu editorials like a mad guy crazy for something...and the result got burnt out

LESSON 3: never over do anything...there must always be time for many small but beautiful things in life,whose flavor, u will be able to taste ,only once you experience them...always keep time for your regular routines like Hanging with friends,helping your mom to cook,taking your sis for a ride, eating bhel puri with your dad ....enjoying a look at gals standing in a bus stop etc etc....

Thereby ended up buring out in the very intial stages itself...had one very good friend of mine in mech dept who has actually taught me what i have written in the para above...that CAT should only be treated as an exam....
so things started by and had planned accordingly and now with the help of my friend have actually prioritized my things in life...even then,at times, I Used to spend more than 7-8 hrs in CAt prep...there were times when i used to do QA probs in my engg classes,reading flash cards sitting at the back benches...

Flashback: It was immediately after my second year when all my friends have deserted me coz of opinion differences...major reason being jealousy as I have topped my dep and naturally got the attention a topper generally gets... and have been alone for Quite some time ...this is the time My first love happened in my life....
nothing special has happened here like heart throbbbing,pulse increasing etc etc...
A girl from other dept...used to spend a lot of time with her at this point of time....and my interest towards herhas reache dher thru a postal mail/courier service ...courtesy ..my friends who had differences with me...
Result-relation broken...

I am very proud of myself to say that inspite of all these "twists", "turning points" in the life story of kill_cat,kill_cat has never ever given up and he continued to be in top3 of the class in succesive semesters....
finally all my friends have come together and after some silly chats,I cried for being away from them for such a silly reason...they repented abt the thing they have done but,The damage has already been done...
Enough of Senti stuff here..gettin out from falsh back thingy....
So this desire of cracking CAT has given me a new dimension...like to crack it for fame and recognition among your friends,who will respect you for whaat you have achieved...also I wanted to use this as a means to prove worthy of myself infront of the one who came to me when I was alone and who left me alone when evryone else came back........

LESSSON: Do Anything for Your Self... Dont ever do a damn thing because it is done by someone else and he became proud happy famous watever...
Give CAT for yourslef..not to prove others that You are able to crack which some TDC has cracked and which some 245345 guys are unable to crack...
Have a justification to what You wanna Do,How You wanna Do....Do It just because YOU REALLY WANNA DO IT FOR YOURSELF....and YOU KNOW WHY YOU ARE GONNA DO IY....

By the end of my third year CAT has become my part and parcel of life....only word which can describe the love is "OBSESSION" yes..I was obsessed with cat....CAT became my life...and there is one senior of mine whom I know very closely but to whom I never used to speak so much ...and he is very much silent and reserved.....And then..

HE CRACKED CAT....

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Hi All,
Sorry for not being fully aware of what was required on this thread.
Talking about CAT now,
I first decided to do an MBA when I was doing my B.Tech. My college was not a good one and like others I was skeptical about placements. So, I joined CL here in lucknow.
I must tell you the faculty here was amazing. If one is in Lucknow, CL is the place to be in. In June 2006 HCL tech visited our campus and I got placed. Having got placed and my joining date in July itself there was some pressure from my family to join the company and give CAT parallely.
I did the same and the result was that I was not even able to give CAT. I was engaged in a onsite project.
As my 1 year in job was nearing, my wish for an MBA was invigorating. I really wanted to do it that year. I started preparing for CAT 2007. I joined CL, Noida weekend batch(for working professionals). The faculty was nothing in comparison to CL Lucknow. By october 2007 I was again sent to New Zealand for a project but I was able to return for CAT(thankfully). Since my preparation was not adequate, I performed miserably. Got around 70%ile.
In december I was again sent to NZ. after returning in Feb, I was determined to do an MBA this time. I didn't join any coachings as I was aware of my strengths and weeknesses. I became regular on newspaper (TOI and economic times). I joined test series of TIME.
i was very strict on analysis of mocks, they really helped me. I also started some pranayam in the morning. It really helped me.
the pressure of job was not allowing me to study. I finally decided to quit job and take a risk. In my job I have had good international exposure and had worked on some good technologies. this gave me confidence in my decision for leaving job. I thought that I will get another job even if I leave job at that time. So, after 26 months with HCL I left it.
I gave CAT and other exams as well. Luckily I scored 97.9%ile in CAT. I got GD/PI calls from IMT G, NITIE , SPJIMR, SIBM and others. I attended IMT, NITIE and SPJIMR only and conerted IMT and NITIE. I am joining NITIE this year.
I wish lost of luck and success to all the fellow puys.

Edit: I converted SP Jain(yippeee) so joining it now. I was in the first list for GI calls. finally cleared the WL.

All The Best.

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Finally the time has come for me to write a post on the most sacred thing in my life on the most sacred thread of PG...about the one thing which has eluded me for 4+ years...the one thing which made the boy in me to jump with joy and hapiness at times...and the one thing which made the man in me to take control of my emotions and anger at the other times...
It is the thing which had been the meaning of so many words in my dictionary,.....happiness, dreams,joy, sorrow, enthusiasm,frustration,ego,sacrifice,sweat,hardwork,toil,friends,love,affection,self confidence,trust,relation, failure ,success and on and on and on..

This is an attempt of mine to have a look at my journey with Myself in search of victory through the exam called Common Admission Test-CAT..and yes I am not ashamed to post here to say that I am not the one among the chosen few...but....The GAME is not over yet..not for me..not for you..not for anyone who is a wanna be and gonna be MBA.....infact...its just TIME to START and PLAY the GAME......


and still if you think that you are one of the very few people on this planet who have lot of patience...here it goes..


Till my 10th std, I was just like any other common indian high school kid...study well get good ranks and then get a gift..be it a watch/bicycle/cricket bat from your dad or a kiss from your mom..which used to provide the necessary fuel till the next one....

the time came when I had to chose between IIT and other small things incomparable to IIT...din want to risk myself at the competition at 10t std level and settled for lesser tougher things..

LESSON-1: never under estimate urself...be it a dragon fly or Dragon competing with you...and never give ot up before actually competing....thinking about winning is half winning...

Had finished my plus 2 as one of the top 20 rankers of my state.....still didnt worry about what I have had done or what I could have done....

Lesson 2: Think what you are capable of...and its a failure even if you achieve some thing which is lesser than what you are capable of achieving...

also ended in the top 0.5% in the entrance test and joined one of the best Engineering colleges in my state(and its in a town area where you donthave much awareness about CAT or for that matter abt MBA as well...)

Success is the only word which drives people crazy about the goal....its the best feeling and u cannot even think of loosing once you come into a winning streak...
and yes ..it happened with me in my first year...topped my department...

The Change:A UG is a course in which you will develop more personally than professionally..your friends increase, your way of taking things to heart changes and its the place for lot of things to happen like love,fight,jealousy,humour,fun,wit evrythng....

and its during my second year in Btech Ive felt in love with what i thought is an exam of stupid no.s and silly words,has actually made me what I am in the next 3-4 years..

RENDEZVOUS WITH CAT:
I am actually ragging a couple of juniors and one from the third year and one from the final year( a hyderabadi...love his damn attitude...and awareness) are having a converstion regarding future..

3rd year: sir what abt the other prospects after btech..GATE??
4th year: technically interested??
3rd year: na sir...not at all...tho kya karna hai..dont know any other option...job??
(this is how exactly awareness in our college used to be...apart from a few profs..no one knew abt CAT..but for rest stuff..its one of the best.....It gave AIR-1 -10 in GATE every year..if not interested abt tech stuf..straight away land in a job coz of booming job market..)
4th year: arey dude..CAT is there naa....try that...but its way to difficult..par tho impossible nahin...

a stupid second year: sir how to give that and what to do to crack it sir??

(guess you got who that was by now..)

And yes..it started like that...have come to know abt the three secns...and some how maths and puzzles are what I had lots of interest ,just like the case with many engineers..and similarly,I was also very weak with verbal...
(u might have already come to a conclusion abt my MIND BLOWING writing skille..)

ACTION:
So action plan made....and prep started...enrolled for CAT-Long term batch(from which the things Ive learnt is very minute....)

contd ...part 2...

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Hi All,

I remember very vividly when I was appearing for class 10th,I had come to see off my Dad at the railway station and we got talking and my Dad asked me very earnestly what I wanted to do in life and I gave only 1 line answer I want to do my MBA from IIM- Ahemdabad (Year 1999).

I was always percieved by my family to be a chap who is academically brilliant, had scored high marks always, has gone to the best schools hence nothing less than an IIT would suffice my family as my under grad course but I disappointed one and all and ended up in some engineering college in Bangalore (I never believed in dropping years and some bad luck with my NSIT+DCE exam/rank)
So from the 1st year itself I had set my mind on IIM, starting doing some tit bits during my free time from RS Agarwal and other books since I love solving puzzles and decided to join Career Launcher in 3rd year owing to proximity and seniors influence.

CAT 2004:-
Did all the hard work, attended the classes regularly, completed all the material provided by the classes, attempted the mock test, did decently well, but was never consistent.My percentile ranged from 70-99.Later I realised it was kind of bull headed approach that I followed. I thought solving as many questions as possible would do the trick for me. Never realised the strengths of analysing my papers, my mistakes.Was very rigid in my approach in attempting the paper (VA-DI-QA). I always felt quite confident in VA and QA always proved to be a nemesis for me.The D day approached.With great enthusiasm sat for the test and as the bell rang, voila the first victims of the changing stripes of CAT.Took me totally by surprise,was transfixed for 15 whole minutes and then regrouped myself and started attempting the paper.(VA-DI-QA).Did reasonably well in VA.moved to DI, found DI tough, spent lotsa time there and by the time I saw my watch only 20 mins left for QA. I knew instantly I am screwed.Anyawys came out of the exam hall, headed straight back to my room and forgot that I had appeared for CAT.With not much information available as did not have the luxury of net at my place I wrote XAT,JMET and IIFT only and forgot them too.Results came and thats when I was introduced to PG.Managed some 92 Percentile with not so impressive breakups.Did get calls from FORE and Manipal but I have got a job in Indian MNC by then hence decided to try once more for CAT.

CAT 2005:-
I was now regular on PG thanks to the IT job but decided to concentrate on my job and skip CAT that year as I wanted to get some work experience before I got for my MBA.

CAT 2006:-
Started my prep around July-August with some regular studies a home after work and on weekends.Joined TIME AIMCAT but then again could not improve on my accuracy.Percentile ranged from 75-95 again.But I always had the confidence except quant, filled forms of all good schools as I was tired of my job and wanted to do an MBA more for a break then any other reason at all.I did start analysing my mistakes but with no peer group to study or giving CAT I would get up stuck at times and hence get frustrated and leave the stuff.In the mean time I got a transfer from my job to Pune and it gave me chance to stay with my brothers and sisters, which culminated in me having more fun rather than studies.Anyways D Day arrived.Went to the centre,had envisioned all types of permutations and combination with the paper could throw up and was ready with my strategy.Opened the paper and saw quant 1st, it was too easy for my eyes to believe it and hence took on my ego to kill quant and score cent but got stuck up in the wrong question (bloody paper setters) and spent 1 hr in quant.Then did VA which was out of the box and was finally left with 20 odd mins for DI.The results came and I have fared worse than before.Wrote all other exams apart from NMIMS. Did well in all except for XAT and FMS.Got a call from IIFT,700 odd rank in JMET hence 3-4 IIT calls and calls from SIBM and SCMHRD.First was IIFT. Did decently well in the GD and PI and waited eagerly for the results, In the mean time attended all other interviews apart from IITM.IIFT results came and voila I had made it to IIFT D.Was eager to resign from my company, talked to my manager and put in my papers the same day with a promise to be released after 3 months.But fate had something else in store, the OBC crisis arose and was put into the Waitlist of IIFT Kolkatta which never cleared.With no job and no other converts I was in a soup.Those were the toughest days of my life.Started searching frantically for jobs,thankfully market was ok that time hence found a decent job in Gurgaon.Shifted to Gurgaon with a new vigour as it was do or die for me as my parents had told me "You go for your MBA this time or we are marrying you".

CAT 2007
Found a junior from my college who was also writing CAT hence with a two to tango started my prep in full flow and attended TIME mocks religiously.Percentiles again varied but this time only in 90's.And was clearing cut offs in VA n DI almost all the time and Quant was proving to be a nemesis.Was solving quant all the while but never had the confidence.Filled forms for all decent B schools this time.With the lesson learnt the hard way decided against filling the form under quota and give CAT my best shot.
D Day arrived.Started the paper but this time I was more cool and wasnt taking any pressure.Started with VA, I found it easy did almost 20 ques in 45 mins and moved to DI, did 18 ques in DI and moved to QA. Found quant really tough.Since I was already down with confidence hence could not spot the sitters also attempted only 10 ques and came out of the exam hall as soon as the bell rang.And the 1st thought that came in my mind was thats it I am not writing this exam anymore.Came back home and started analysing the quant paper only to realise that I have lost 10 vital marks in QA by a silly mistke i.e. I have calculated 20/2 - 100 and I knew I may be doomed, checked my scores and was getting decent marks in VA and DI but QA was doubtful.But Time predictions have given me some hope.In the mean time wrote JMET/NM/IIFT etc.Results came checked it through SMS

VA - 98.xx
Di- 95.xx
QA - 78.xx
Overall:- 97.19

I knew no IIM calls but was good enought to get calls from other B Schools, In the mean time SPJain has come out with the results and voila I had been called, finally calls started to pour in.NITIE(ITM),MDI(IM),IMTG,IMI,NMIMS,Great Lakes,SCMHRD had decided to test me.Missed IIFT cutoff by .01 and SIBM cutoff by .01 in Quants.In the mean time wrote XAT and FMS and missed both again by a whisker.Started with SCMHRD interview and gave all other interviews.With NITIE being my last interview desperately waited for my results.First came SCMHRD - Reject, then came Great Lakes - Reject, I was also rejected in the 1st round GI of SPJain,finally NMIMS showed some mercy and I converted the call and since I had already made up my mind to do an MBA this year hence decided to put in my papers.Talked to my manager insited that I should stay as he was very happy with my work and told me to work for a couple of years and then go for exec MBA as he saw a very bright future for me in the company.But I had made up my mind so had to disappoint him.Meanwhile other institute also started coming with the results made it through IMI,IMT but was waitlisted in both the institute which was high on my preference. MDI(IM) - 100 odd and NITIE (ITM) - WL 5. Paid the fee to NM and waited eagerly for the WL movement, PG was my soul companion throughout and finally sometimes in May my WL in NITIE got cleared and I was on seventh heaven as it was my 1st preference.Took the refund from NM and packed my bags for NITIE.I always wanted to build a career in IT unlike most of the junta hence IT Management was my only preference and after I have completed 1 year in NITIE I am absolutely sure on the saying that "Jo hota hai achhe ke liye hota hai". The pain of not getting into an IIM will always be there but I have no regrets what so ever and I am so lucky that I have been given a chance to do my MBA from this great institute called NITIE.

Lessons that I have learnt in this journey:-
1) CAT is a journey and not a destination.
2) Preparation for CAT is more like an personality enhancement so enjoy it and do not worry to much about the results.
3) If you keep your cool then you will do much better.
4) PG is the best companion one can have for his/her CAT prepartion.
5) Never ever give up.
6) The competition is always with yourself and not others.

Thanks
KGB

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While i start typing in what i wanted to say...one word pops into my mind...DELAYED....both my finally getting to this point to post on this thread...and my actual posting on this thread when i got here....

The former is actually gonna be the subject of this post...but the latter has its reasons. So when the results came out on April 10th, its only now that I am in the place to post here....primarily because this being a dream thread, i wanted to give it my 100% while posting.

So now I ll start my gyan about the former DELAYED activity..getting here...
Of course i know that this is a thread every one dreams of posting in but few really read. but still at the risk of having no audience what so ever i ll go ahead and post my heart out.

To begin with lets get one thing straight...I am no extra-ordinary kid..
so like every other kid my CAT ambitions took birth in my final year in coll..and of course the dreams that year ended with a brilliant 77%ile...the reasons of course were many though some personal turmoils are usually the ones to get blamed.
The best part that i do remember about my first attempt, were obviously the mock tests. I used to some how manage to score a 96%ile some what consistently without putting in any real effort...so it just made me think...hey things are going ok...so lets not study and mess up the balance...but we all know how that generally ends up...

Then was the next attempt in 2008(yes I made a hat trick giving cat)...
a lil seriousness did come then...but to lil avail...being busy with work i knew there wouldnt be much i would be able to do...secondly i hadnt matured enough to crack the exam anyway...

The good thing about me is...that even before i start with my prep I have my reasons for failure ready...it somehow becomes a lil difficult the otherway...

So as expected....this one was slightly better....96%ile and 3 calls....and i converted 2 outta them,...
Had an admit for SIBM which I was almost all set to join...but then something happened...a lame sense of self-belief....or just the greed to try once more...or probably just the idea that 2 yrs of wrk ex is considered perfect before an MBA....which ever way...after a lot of contemplation....i decided to chuck it...for better or for worse...

Now as i entered, which was to be my last attempt at CAT....I had some real enlightments....

i had it clear in my head, that what ever happens...this was my last attempt...and that i would take whatever came my way...
i didnt want my greed to become a habit...
However this time, as i look back,.there was a sense of purpose,...a maturity in my prep,....though it was only rarely coupled with a do or die attitude..

When i left SIBM, I had targetted in my mind A,B or C,...and nothing less...but as the cat day approached, it became more and more clear to me...that that would be a distant possibility..
the day before CAT, I realised, I would be lucky to get into MDI or institute in the vicinity of that...

I did realise though that this was an attempt different from my earlier ones...earlier I had been sincere...as in... always thinking abt CAT...but never Serious...as in ...not really working for it...this time i was both...
and then the CAT day came and went, and i thought less and less of it untill Jan 9th(I did give other exams, but needless to say, none of them were even worth checking the results of...not because of the standard of the exam...but simply thanks to my performance)..

n yes...I was one of those smart ppl who thought could outsmart the mysterious creature called CAT...for starters...I encircled every course i was eligible for ...and second...though I am working actually in IT for a bank...i entered my field as BFSI instead of IT/ITES...hoping that the BFSI thing would get me a call from B...interestingly...the B call never happened...and I missed out on a C PGDCM call , as they had extra points for IT/ITES...

so the results were just abt the best i could have hoped for...A(PGP,PGP-ABM),C,L,I,K...only B had evaded me...but i would rather call it their loss now...and the results did trigger some moisture in my eyes...though now...i cant see what all the fuss was about...
well that was that....and then the prep for the interviews began...well if u can call it prep...

it started with buying engineering books which were as new on the day i returned them...and enrolling in TIME,IMS classes which now offered special discounts just because i had calls....jo bhi tha...saste mein ho rahaa hai toh mere baap ka kya jaata hai....

the interviews went pretty much as expected....with smooth sailing in A,L, and K and happy screwing by the interviewers in C and I...

A PGP-ABM was ofcourse a laugh riot...obviously not for me...but for the interviewers....they some how found my interview form to be a page out of the archies comic book collections...and that too the funnier ones...

Other than these few hickups...April 10th came rather early..of course not to mention the desparation at work...and the thought of jumping from my floor in the office(the 8th floor) at the thought of continuing any longer in the job....

Whenever I did think about getting into an IIM, I used to just shrug it off...cause I always knew(please note the usage of the word...its "Knew" and not "thought")..that I wasnt good enough...and when my dreams ran wild, I thought i could at best make it to C...

The one good thing.... or better thing about the final results over the CAT results...is that the results(final) come out one by one...one IIM after another...so u neednt be depressed if u dont make it into one...there is always hope for the next...or ur levels of happiness are bound to rise from morning to noon...if of course u make it thru all...

Fortunately my case was the latter...even the PGP-ABM interviewers who thought I was Johny Lever's twin...were kind enough to give me a seat...
So it was a clean sweep this year...all 6 IIM interviews and 2 Non-IIM interviews(both for MDI) cleared...

needless to say...i am going to A...

BUT surprisingly...for me the real deal was not the run-up upto April 10th...but the days after that...

For a small/irrelevant/average guy like me..the real learnings were to come after the big day...
I think a hill looks high only until u scale it...but at its peak u suddenly cant understand what all the fuss was all about....
for the past 3 years...most of my thoughts had gone dreaming of that single moment..entering my CAT Tr No. and DOB in the IIM A website and getting a Congratulations in reply...but when it did happen u r left blank...not the kind of blankness that happens when u r in shock...or extreme happiness....just a question mark...why was i doing this??? why, for 3 years did my life revolve around this??...was it really that important??
for those who are thinking that I am a lost kid...mind you..I am not...I know this is what I want to do...n i know i ll be fairly good at it...but the entire euphoria makes little sense now...

u come to realise...its not big to get into IIM A..or harvard or IIT...its sufficient just to get ur dreams...no matter how big or small they are...

suddenly I realised, that the exceptional performance awards i got in ofc...were just abt as satisfying as this...

So as i understand...its not the size of the trophy...but what and how much u had to do to get that trophy that really matters....
with relation to this...my respect for CAT and the process of admissions grew...I realised, I didnt have the maturity to get into an IIM before...its only now that I realise what it means...so for me the take away at the end of it has been not the admits...but the journey...had I got in any earlier...i probably wouldnt have appreciated it enough...

Today i probably am good enough to get into an IIM, not for the person I intrinsically am...but for the person this journey has made me...

PS: For those who remember...I had started last year when I was unable to decide whether or not to join SIBM..the thread was called "Is IIM worth the wait?" ...
well I did wait and I did get into one...but i still dont know the answer to that question....

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Finally it's time when i feel like penning down my thots

Just after the XAT results had come out I had published a poem in this forum itself.--"Emotions turned into words" and I am thankful to my fellow PG frnds for appreciating it.

For those of you who haven't read the poem yet--It had been written when I felt like crying but :nono: I wudn;t as I cudn;t.
BIG BOYS DONT CRY

The pent up emotions had to be let out someway-- I had narrowly missed XAT (only maths got botched) CAT was not that great, had screwed up the DI and the math sections equally.

So there I was --- no hopes from any other exam coz speed is not my forte and it definitely had to be either CAT or XAT

had lost all hopes and was ready to sit for cat 2009
but then thankfully got a decent enuf percentile and as expected had done horribly in math and DI --- anyway the only good college still within reach was IMT G ... BUt u know after having been drubbed each time by lady luck there wasn;t much hope left in life and so i continued the same listless way , fearing how the demon of recession would mar my IT career. Just then the demon had started affecting my personal life and obviously my career -- lay offs -- poor ratings and wat not -- those threats ---i was doomed . didn;t know wat to do. Then it was bcoz of those trying circumstances i thot to myself tat there is one golden opportunity I still have which can let me out of the situation.I started preparing for my only decent interview and went thru PG's posts.Only then did i realize how superb PG is. Almost indespensible for someone hoping to make it to a decent B school.

I had a few other calls too, but I wont name the colleges coz that 'd be demeaning the rest.
But thankfully my effort did not go waste and I was able to convert the call.
Infact i converted all the 4 calls I had and the choice was easy -- grabbed the golden opportunity I had got , even after messing up my cat.

We need to undergo an endurance test so that we don't fail in "LIVE"

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Result CAT 2008: I still remember those anxious moments: OA 97.77(first time I scored that much in all my previous Cat records). In Va I scored 96 odd and 95 odd in DI. Just because of my poor quant score 89 percentile I missed the bus. Some 2 questions correct here could have managed a at least one IIM call or an MDI call. But then it is ok with me now.

JMET 2008 : 1195 rank

XAT 2008: Well that was the paper where my GMAt prep come to rescue I think. I till regret y I dint mark a case let question in quant. But I think I missed XLRI call just because of my Qa scores . I managed 99.01 percentile in XAT with qa 71 percentile


Puys I think even though I dint end up getting an IIM, I always think that my commitment to perform was always there. When some one scores as low as me in mocks and actual CAT, it is very hard to bounce back to get a decent score (at least to my standard). Cat prep has taught me so many things academically and otherwise as well. It has led me to a person which is more responsible towards his family and career as well. Pagalguy is a forum which I have been browsing since 2004 . It has been 5 years now. Im just writing this to make sure if it helps any one who has given up. Success has many fathers failure is an orphan. Some frnds have even advised me to write Cat for one more yr . However I think Im very much satisfied having some decent offers(personal opinion though) and after nearly 7 years of trying(for JEE) I have managed to get into IIT. All the very best to everyone out here.


Seaon 2008: CAT 97.77 JMET 1195 XAT 99.01
CALLS: IMT-G,IMI,IIT-Kgp,IIT-K,IIT-M,IIT-R
CONVERTS: IMT-G(Fin),IMI,IIT-K,IIT-R
REJECTS: IIT-Kgp,IIT-M
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