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I thought I must recount my story because some fun is definitely good for health.
I am a Bihari, the same one to whom IIT or IIM is a big brand. And I am also an egoistic brat who believes that cracking these exams make you superior to the masses.
Like other IITians I also went for CAT in my last year. It was a fiasco. And the reason would make you laugh. My sister stays at Calcutta and I had gone to her place a day earlier to take my exam. And man I ate something ungodly.... I think some vegetable with lots of corns followed by a glassful of milk. And yes my tummy hurt but not so much that I could predict it could ruin my day.. my D-day. On the morning of CAT it did hurt real bad. After taking some pain-killers I somehow managed to reach the center and flopped down on the pavement in front of the main gate. I was trying to soothe my pain by adopting a number of awkward postures and it seemed to help. When I took my seat in the exam hall, I felt like Neo. Don't think you are, know you are. So I stopped thinking that I am feeling no pain and started trying to know I feel no pain. And I succeeded for 15 minutes which I must say were sufficient to get me all the score I could in quant. Beyond that, it was complete and utter comedy. A cruel end of my months of preparation. I ended up in bathroom though it was not allowed (examiner took pity on me). I also ended up drinking a lot of pudin hara. Well, I got 88.88. I could have gone to Shillong, I guess. :)
I am getting bored. Well, I was in some company which paid me 4.4 lpa. Not enough and IT was something I hated from the core of my heart (prejudices die hard). Yet now I like it somewhat. Coming back, CAT was the only escape route I could see. I started taking the mock tests (TIME) and devoted some time after company. It helped that my room mate was also preparing and that he was also from IIT-KGP. What helped more was that being IITians we were enjoying such fabulous salaries. I was still not that serious, a frustrated mind never is. The trigger was another friend of mine who was in a better company (monetarily) and was cracking AIM-CATs quite easily. He was getting 99 with ease and I had not managed even one. The day he told me this was the turning point. Almost two weeks from then I hardly got a Still, ABLIK was good enough for me and I converted AL with wait list in IK. Now I am on the seventh sky and euphoria has not yet worn off me. But I must tell you I like studying hard. Afterall, it lets me prove to the masses that I am a cut above the rest. :P
Btw, more philosophically I don't believe in superiority of any individual. Everyone is potentially divine and potentially perfect, Swamiji said. And I value his words more than anyone else because I studied in Ramakrishna Mission, a school he founded.
u hav really unusual story....!!! but cheers...!!! u're living ur dream now....
its realy cool dude..bt strange..gud
My CAT story started in my 3rd year of graduation. Was not sure about what I wanted to do but was sure that pursuing a career in core electronics wasn't my cup of tea. Joined CL, wondering what this CAT experience would be like.. not knowing whether i was good enough or average or pathetic at these things. (Was preparing for CAT 2007)
To my pleasant surprise, I seemed to have a flair for CAT. Was quite good in quant and DI but was not sure how good I was in the verbal section. Worked very hard, decided to screw my placements and study for CAT.
Mock season started.. I was taking mocks from both TIME and CL and to my pleasant surprise, I was doing very well in both.. got over 99.7 %ile on an average on most occasions and was able to maximize in all 3 sections. In the meanwhile, I also got placed in a pretty good firm but still... focus was on CAT
CAT 2007: What I had feared had come true. The verbal section was as ambiguous and had an element of luck just like it was in CAT 2006. I spent some 75 min in the verbal section to try and attempt as many as i could (17 out of 25!) in that absurd section so that i could just clear the sectional cut offs. As things turned out, I did clear the sectional cut-off... got 95.3+ %iles in all 3 sections but the overall percentile was just 98.95. It was a kind of a shoker for me cause I did not get any IIM calls that year. Initially, I faced it strongly but then I got a little upset at not being able to do well after a strong mock season.. Got calls from IIFT, MDI and FMS. Did not attend IIFT and MDI interviews (liked these institutes but.. i just wasn't in the mood). Went for the FMS interview without preparation and couldn't clear it.
After the B-school season.. Focus was now on the job. Wanted to get about 2 years work ex now and thought about taking CAT seriously in 2009. In June 2008, some coaching institutes started their mocks and my friends sometimes used to come to my home to discuss how they did and talk about selection of questions etc etc.. It made me miss the mock season (I really loved taking these tests).. So I decided joining the TIME test series just for fun..
To my surprise, although i had not studied for a second since CAT 2007, my performance in mocks was still very strong... it was actually a little stronger than my previous season.. Kept scoring over 99.85%ile and even got top 10 finishes in some mocks at TIME (and at CL too, which i joined a little later on). I did not study, did not analyze mocks.. did not do anything except take the mocks but still, the performances were good..
CAT 2008: Liked the question paper right from the start.. Had decent attempts and by evening, I knew that it would be the turning point of my life.. My scores...
when the result came out on January 9th, I had the best day of my life. Also managed 99.85 %ile in XAT and got a call from XLRI. Now there was another battle to be fought.. balancing the GDPI preparation with work.. I wont get into the details here but things got very... very hectic for me. To read an assessment of my interviews, you may click here:
I had calls from IIMs BLACKI, XLRI and MDI.. Converted calls from IIMs CBLKI, XLRI and MDI.. And I am heading to Joka day after tomorrow
Aaahfinally a chance to post on the most sacred thread of PG. Thank you God ! I have been dreaming of posting this since last one year !
Although a bit late, but I'm doing it nevertheless.
It was the third year of my engineering when my friends and family started encouraging me to take up CAT. I had always been a technical guy, and this was the reason that I took up engineering. So I could never really convince myself, why I should take up this exam. My parents' reason was simple- they wanted a better career for me. Now, this is where many people lose their direction. And believe me, if this is the sole reason with which one prepares for CAT or any management entrance test for that matter, chances are really slim that he/she would be able to make it to the B-School of his/her choice.
So my first attempt on CAT was just to make my parents and peers feel happy of the fact that I gave this exam on their recommendation. Any guesses on my percentile that year ? Even I don't remember correctly- it was 75.xx overall
Although I didn't prepare even a bit, I felt really bad somewhere inside me. I had never fared this bad in any of my exams in my life. This event sort of- planted a sampling of revenge in me. I wanted to show the world that even I can score well in this much-hyped aptitude test. But then, I thought, should I prepare for CAT just for the heck of it ? Will this really be worth the effort ? Naaah
Well, time went and I joined a software firm of my choice. And that is when my real motivation started. On the very first day of my induction, I saw six hundred guys and gals sitting in a large room, being briefed about the rules and regulations of the company. I felt a severe loss of identity here. Just then, we were asked to sign a bond of fifteen months. I wanted to stand up and run away- but I couldn't, since I didn't have any other option. I tried to calm myself. I told myself that if this is the way I have to prove myself, then so be it. Six hundred/seven/eight or a thousand- bring them on. If I have it in me, I'll do well in any situation. I am not going to be afraid of this crowd. Period.
Guys, this was one turning point of my career. Let me tell you, even at this point, I was not thinking of CAT. I just wanted to do well in my organisation, and believed in myself. Then the training started, and I did well in most of the tests. Our training was scheduled to get over by November- the CAT month The training had a really gruelling schedule- I had to wake up at 6:30 to catch the company bus, and returned home by 10. Boy ! That was really one hectic period.
Around the same time, I realized that the "revenge" sampling had grown to a tree. I was doing well in my training tests. I decided to give CAT another shot, with at least some preparation this time, so I joined a "test series". My scores were nothing short of a sine wave. I couldn't make out anything of my mock scores. I had no idea of strategizing, question selection, speed and time management et al.
Result: 78.xx in CAT-07, and similar pathetic results for some other exams that I wrote.
Meanwhile, I got into a project, and work started in full swing. Just when I had joined the team, a senior guy left to pursue his MS. I was given a hell lot of work to do, with little time to think for my career. Nevertheless, I got a lot of appreciation from my managers and the client for my single handed and efficient handling of work related issues. Two months went by like this in a jiffy. It was then that I realized that I am capable of doing much more. The work that I was doing seemed very mundane and process-oriented. There was little room to voice your own ideas/opinions even if it could greatly improve the whole process. Soon, I started feeling that the office hierarchies, egos and "policies" always tried to pull me down whenever I tried to rise up. I needed to equip myself with some more skills to bring myself to the front end of an organisation, and give me some authority to make decisions, or at least suggestions. And for me, an MBA fitted in perfectly for this purpose. I saw MBA as an investment, which would make me a much better equipped individual, from the industry perspective, and also complement my existing skill-set.
I started working hard for CAT'08. I joined the TIME AIMCAT test series this time. I had only one study strategy- be regular. I used to spend a fixed amount of time everyday for my preparation, and work on my weak areas. As posted by senior puys many times, mocks are very very important for your preparation. Each mock would tell you your weak areas/sections. Work diligently towards improvement, and you would definitely see the results. An occasional dip in the scores does happen; don't ever get disheartened by such events. In the end it's how well you perform on the D-day, which in turn depends how much time you have spent on analysing your mock tests and worked on strategising.
Finally, the results came. Though I didn't do brilliantly, but it was enough to get calls from a few decent institutes. My overall CAT score was 96.25, with decent sectional break-ups. I also managed to do well in some other exams like XAT, SNAP, NMAT, and had a total of ten GD-PI calls by the end of the results season.
Now came the GD-PI season. I didn't have the time to join any coaching for this, since they mostly had their classes on weekends, and I felt that spending 6-7 hours of this precious time would be more of a waste. Instead, I decided to invest this time in improving my GK, something where I was really bad at. I concentrated more on current affairs, and started questioning each and every thing happening around me. I also started reading Economic Times and a few business magazines regularly. This proved to be of immense help. I started attending my GDs with full confidence. By the end of the GD/PI season, I had skipped two calls, got three rejects, and five converts. Finally going to join IMI, Delhi.
Mostly in life, once you get what you wanted for too long, you start reliving the memories of the whole journey which led you here.
Early risings from the bed, cursing the company bus timings;
Moments of feeling low when I couldn't score well in the coaching "test series";
Feelings of loneliness and that I'm missing out big time on life;
Times of self-doubt..
I've been through all this. And much more. And I'm much more confident and happy than I was before experiencing and coping up with these. This is what I toiled for a whole year. Finally, the hard work has paid off.
So, my biggest advice to the aspirants- dig in, and find whether you actually want it. Ask questions to yourself- are you ready for it ? will this make your career better ? and most importantly, what impact would this course have on your overall personality ?
The day you are able to find the answers to these questions, you are absolutely ready to choose your path. And trust me, once this exercise is done, more than half the battle is won. That's right. If you know thyself well, no interview can stop you from realizing your dreams.
Another piece of advice:
Most of the IT junta hates the company it's working for. The grass invariably seems greener on the other side. There's my simple advice-you HAVE to work here for some time to come. Accept this fact instead of cribbing, and start looking for opportunities. In a movie called "Evan Almighty", there's a very thoughtful dialogue-"God does not give you what you ask HIM for. He gives you the opportunities where you can prove yourself."
I was fortunate/sensible enough to get one thing straight, early in my career. All the successful IT companies have been built out of sheer hard work, strong value system and professionalism. Its like- there's an ocean of knowledge flowing at your place. Some people stand with a fork, some with a spoon and a few with a bucket. YOU have to decide what you're going to stand with. There's a lot to learn, wherever you're working. My senior manager is the person who taught me some of the best lessons of my life. I'll always be indebted to her for the same. The team meetings/discussions taught me something that no GD/PI coaching can ever teach you. The hectic schedules of my project and the gruelling deadlines taught me all the time management needed for an exam like CAT. Of course, extra reading and taking regular tests is very important.
Go on puys ! If you believe in yourself, there's no one- I repeat, No One who can stop you from achieving what you deserve. Clichd as it may sound, but still works nonetheless.
And of course, it goes without saying- PG rocks, and is a must for every serious MBA aspirant. There's a lot to explore here-pagalpanti ki koi seema nahi :D
All the best, and God Bless !
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..
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
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..
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!"
"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....
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..
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...
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..
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...
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.....
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..
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