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Well, after a lot of pestering and cajoling by abhi_g1, I finally decided that I will write my story in this sacred thread. First of all something about me.
X - 88.8% (SSLC)
XII - 91 %
BE - 81.1% from VTU in Information Science and Engineering
Work Exp - 34 months (9 months in Infosys (yes I broke the bond) and 25 months in HP)
Now coming to my CAT Experience
Sometime in December 2002
Well, we were in our third year in engineering and the job market was not too good. It was the boom time for the IT job market and we were getting worried a bit, cause the improvement in job market was nowhere in sight. So, a lot of us were thinking of the next logical step, if we don't get a job.higher studies.
A chunk of my classmates decided to take up GRE and went to the preparation classes. I being allergic to the technical field decided that it was not my cup of tea. So I was looking around to find what else I could do. CAT 2002 had completed recently and as a few of my seniors had taken up the exam, I could hear some discussions going on in the corridors of our college (That was the place where we spent most of the time anywayscorridors I mean).
So, after some discussions with my seniors, I decided that this is the thing which I wanted to do. And that was when the pagalpan of CAT got into me. Thus began the search for a good coaching institute for CAT and that was when I found out that another chunk of our group of friends have also decided to take up CAT. We went around inquiring in a few institutes and finally settled with Career Forum (It still intrigues me as to why we chose that over all others.)
So, off we went to the classes from the middle of February. Actually, in the hindsight I think, we were not really serious about the amount of commitment needed for cracking CAT. We were just going for the classes in the weekend and were sitting and solving a few exercise problems during the boring lectures in the class during the week.
gr8 post sesadri.r
I m one of those who had decided that if I dont get a call this yr then thats the end of CAT for me, I know its a very hard decision to take but it ur call.
Although I wanted to post cat story on this thread but somehow I am not able to do so, whenever I start to write I get overwhelmed by ideas.
But I would like to say one thing that I do feel in the end that CAT is a little over hyped exam after all its not the end of life
Every yr only arnd 1500 odd people pass that coverted colidor and make it into IIMs but wat abt the rest?? are they not good enough?? are they lagging behind others??
I dont think so more because even after getting 98+ percentile twice and once over 95 I still feel I dont have good basis of either English or Maths and more over truly speaking I still dont know what it needs to crack CAT even after getting into the IIMs...
I have always felt that CAT is just like another test in life you dont qualify it doesnt necessarily means that you have lost a big part in life but maybe it should give inspiration to people to scale new heights (GMAT, entrepreneurship) Maybe its just a sign of good things to come
So this post is for all those who cannot crack CAT lift ur spirits for there might be better things in life waiting for u......
I came to meet my cousin who resigned from Infy and now
he is in IRMA.I saw pg with him and there was one query abt
"when to read" raised by a s/w Er.i laughed at that question
(ironically i started "CAT'07 for Working Junta" thread).Then something
stuck my mind about the seriousness of People taking exams.
From May to Sep i was idle as Patni called me at Sep and i didnt utilise
time effectively.I was watching TV 24*7 and absolutely Did NOTHING.
I had to pay the piper for not being serious and joined patni.
Thus CAT'05 went un attended.
After training i got posted in "Management Information Systems" Businees Unit
and put on a project (i'm working on that till today)
I saw CF materials with my cousin so having some senti
without doing any reasearch i just enrolled for classroom course in CF.
Class would be at Sat and Sun from 4- 8 or so.Before that and after that
i seldom read and i had a misconception that enrolling for a classroom course
would take u ahead in CAT.
Nothing improved till june.My grandmother was admitted in Appollo
and i had to go to chennai.i was morally low again(i cried for first time
in that 22 yrs).Later she recovered and me too.Then Aug came with
NCATS and i got very low %le.I had decided that CAT is not for first timers
and we r writing for practise.In one of NCATS i got 94 %le that gave me
I seldom prep and was over confident as i was Engineer.
Frenz prep more for this sec as this is the scoring one.
I simply practised few caselets monotonosuly leading
I prep bit seriously for this and sometimes that was also
I had applied for IIFT,NMAT,XAT.
CAT gave me 55.xx %le and XAT -72%le was better(wrt previous one)
IIFT,NMAT had same result:Ding.
I started a thread for CAT 07 prep expecting my project would be
over by June and i'd be able to prep.But now when Q4 is set as target
i hardly see any chance of cracking CAT.
I hav planned to skip CAT'07.I'd do a certification(have not decided what to go for) for 1 yr or so then write GMAT next yr with 3 yrs of Prep and of course
i'd write CAT too.I hav taken this decision considering many factors.
1.I shd be able to get thro rigours of any and i shd be
mentally prepared for same.
2. I shd hav the thirst for knowledge,rather than hostility for IT .
3. I belive that a certification would definitley create a interest
in that field.
My Request to future Aspirants:
Learn from my mistakes and take me as example
for "how not to prep for CAT".
I'm not right person to giv u tips for various sections.u hav got pg for this
What is that i hav achieved?
Got couple of Letters of Appreciation (Q1 and Q4 2006).
Cleared IBM Certification (RPM the word i had lived with
more than CAT).
I hereby like to thank my grandmother,parents,my room mates(Sriram,Bestus)
for their support for CAT'06.
This is my last post in CAT section. I'd post in pg but in GMAT related
and other stuffs.
PS:I didnt thank pg bcoz i dont desrve to thank pg as it is a
place of IIM/XL grads.
I'd come back after a year by this time and i say a temporary gud bye
to u my frenz.
PS:My decision may be absurd but i have decided and parting now.
All the best for working junta frenz and other serious CAT aspirants.
Parting with Tears,
At The outset:
This would not be an motivational post,rather guyz u'd not be benifited in ur CAT
prep even to little extent.This post would tell you the worst things you can face
during ur CAT PRep.
To know about me u'd hav to go to 2001,yes 2001 July 9th
On 2001 July 9th:
After my TNPCEE results i got a cut off with 272.32/300 which is
abysmal to any OC Candidate.My mother wanted me to do B.E
only in Electronics and Communication Engineering.So i was admitted
in a private engineering college(decent one).The fee was 25K/sem
My mind didnt agree for this.In the mean time i had written entrance
for "Pondicherry Engineering College".During my initial days in Shanmuga
Now SASTRA i convinced my mother telling that i'd do MBA(i was not
knowing any thing about this,the efforts to be put) and it doesnt
matter in which branch ur going to do ur Engineering and moved to
"Pondicherry Engineering College" for Chemical Engineering Class.
The Dark ages of my life.I got two arrears in first sem and one in the
second.I was morally down as gud as grass.I had thought of
dropping engineering at that stage,but my father has consoled me
and gave me the confidence to get through first year.
My aim was to clear the Arrears and clear the papers with decent score.
I had bought GATE books worth 4000 at that time and envisaged doing
M.Tech from IIT 'X'.
Slowly the core papers came in and i concluded that,i'm not suitable
for Masters in this field.So thought of doing MBA but i have not
started preparations.I was not knowing about pg at that time.had i known
who knows i'd hav finished my MBA from decent college by this time.
In 3rd yr vacation companies started coming in and as a chemical engineer
i didnt get much chances.The Co's i attended were TCS,Infy,Satyam
and current employer (Patni).I was kicked by first three(obviously).
My first Managment Enterance Exam was MAT in Sep.I scored 612/800.
I was glad,i didnt knew it was the easiest exam(comparitively).
Though i hav applied for CAT'04 my semester exams came in between
and i didnt hav guts to write CAT sparing the study holiday couple of days
before university examination.(i had job at that time and i feared failure).
That was the first biggest mistake i did in my life.
Then wrote XAT'05(aiming to join BIM).During Jan my college conducted
our Symposia and i was the Convenor for one of the committe's and
neverthless i scored 22%le.I was the T&P; Rep for my dept and
i was the one to get placed at last among the Reps'.
Then project came into picture becoz of Deadlines and Reviews(a typical
of Engg college).
The only motivating part was i improved my B.Tech %ge from sem to
sem.It started at 66.xx at I and ended at 79.45 at VIII leading to
aggregate of 72.72 . I missed distinction (by 3 arrears and 3 %),Ironically
My father is a Gold Medalist in B.Com and Silver Medalist in M.Com
and he is an AICWA.
Thus four years passed and now i was at 2005 May(23) when i vacated the hostel.
Contd in next post
Advice to future aspirants (if you consider me worthy to be givin it
On Mock Tests:
TIME - Probably the best for experimenting, but real difficult at times - so take a pinch of salt
CL - Superb in Verbal and DI - way too tough in Quant
IMS - Have improved much much more in 2006.
CF - Decent, and good morale-boosters.
PT - Heard they were just about ok.
I would say any of the above with good analysis of where you went wrong after each mock, and noting 'out of the box' problems would suffice more than enough. Of course, above all this, comes solving all the previous CAT papers, being thoroughly sure of every old problem that has appeared, and also of the concept attached to it.
On indivudual sections:
Verbal - My strongest, but didn't help me much when I wanted it to. A good day bad day concept (read my notes elsewhere on PG - and on the new Verbal thread for this year). Be inherently good, and crack it. No one day/two day preparation can help you here. Especially when the ambiguity in it is increasing to large extents. Focus more on comprehending stuff - watever it may be. Will be very hepful - both in Verbal and in RC.
Quant - Past CAT papers - the best source of information. Besides these come the 'out of box' problems. Try things like TWI and Vedic Mathematics if only you are very confident about them ( I wasn't, hence they didn't work much for me). But TWI is indeed a very useful approach, especially the 'bottom-up' approach (through the alternatives).
DI - I am not the person to contact for this section. But what I referred - DI A Question A Day on PG, the book on puzzles by George Summers (hardly solved any, but helpful), and of course CAT oriented problems.
On CAT on a whole:
One thing I agree with Munira L on this - the sectional percentiles do matter, but what matters more is the overall percentile. If the overall percentile is low, you are directly out of the race. Though its slowly moving to the stage when the cutoffs wud be sectionally 99/99/99 and overall 99.5. The day is not far when this too will happen..
I attended IMS only - so cant comment much on the others. But this is where there is maximum preparation required on the personal front. I could probably do much better here coz of the confidence I had in myself. Make sure you get a hold of the workshops which IMS/TIME/CL conduct - they are really decent and a very good practice. I am always reachable on PG for help on this phase of the preparation (might not be a very good contender for the previous phase
On the personal front:
1: Be sure of where you are now, where you want to be, and how would an MBA bridge the gap between the two. Only then can you jump into the ocean of preparation for these entrances - else its useless - believe me.
2: Pagalguy.com. Only this site would give you info, reviews, opinions from thousands of people who have made it, and loads of loads of trivia. I don't think I need to say more about how to tackle CAT mentally/physically etc. Believe me, its more a game of the mind than of anything else. As so many others have said, get out of the hype surrounding it, and be a winner :). Most importantly, (its tough but try it) - be yourself when the time is cricical - around ten to fifteen days countdown to CAT, on the day before, and of course on that day. It will always have surprises, and the aura of the unexpected. Its how you wish to tackle these things, by being prepared and being confident, or by thinking that after all its only an exam
How I believe the CAT should be:
In the current world scenario, I believe that the CAT should have some subjective stuff also, probably an objective screening test, and then a second level test accompanied with essays, SOP's, situational problems etc. This would screen out the real managers from those who make it through plain IQ. Of course following this can be the GD/PIs. The hype surrounding the supposedly 2 lakh aspirants would also be diminished in this case - as those who are worthy, and know why they need to pursue a career in management would be differentiated from those who don't.
Signing off for now with a 'kind of' satisfied feeling. The calm mind is yet to see another storm, and even more thunder - the next 2 years promise to be two of the most gruelling years of my life - and yet the most fun-filled. Looking forward to an even more enriching phase of life now
(Batch of 2007-09)
CAT 2006 - North Bangalore - Malleswaram - MES College. Spent the previous evening at the same friend's place. Much much more at ease and confident than on the 2 years before. Enjoyed a bit with these guys before finally hitting the bed at nite. The morning crowd as usual - was used to this more than anything now. The college was a popular one, though not a huge one. Having relieved myself, I sat in my place - and didn't know what to expect - nothin could much of a surprise now - was sure about it. The paper in - 75 questions - 25 per section - one of my expected patterns - but one of the least expected ones. 'What were the IIMs doing reducing questions' was my first thought. This was a desparate way of evaluating people - a single drop would kill - instantly
Attempts - overall 45 questions - Verbal - 19 questions, DI - 12 questions - Quant - 14 questions. - totally dissatisfactory by my standards.
The drama that followed in the next 2 months is well known - the usual jhagda between the coaching classes over the English answers - it was counted out as an endlessly debatable section - with totally ambiguous answers (and well the IIMs came out with some totally different answers at the end
Though the new year brought sad news again. The score at CAT -
Overall percentile - 94.56
Verbal - 85.35
The enthu after CAT results was all lost - faint hope for the other B-schools, but of course not the IIMs. I couldnt believe my verbal scores - that too when I discovered that somehow 10 marks in my paper were absconding - my calculated score was 10 marks lesser than the expected one. Also, in verbal I had certainly been very close in eliminating 3 options, but got caught at the final 2 - almost evrywhere
I can say that TISS was the only entrance that I blasted this year - left only 3 to 4 questions out of the 120-question paper. After the XL debacle, this was the only best college I was aspiring for. Thankfully it was an easy and decent paper. The DSE paper I took last went well, but I was unlucky - maybe I needed more speed in it.
Feb first week I had all my season-end calls - SIBM, SCMHRD, TISS, MDI (HR).
Probably one of the most dear, memorable and enriching phases of my life. Memorable coz we had a good number of PG meets in this phase.
SIBM/SCMHRD involved almost NO GD/PI preparations. Except for an all interview questions doc I prepared - listing out all the 'most common' interview questions and my answers to each - eg Tell me somethin about ureself, why MBA, why HR, best experiences, memorable incidents, work life etc etc. This doc was my only weapon for the interviews. The GD's had almost zilch preparation done. Soon after the first 2 GD/PI's I enrolled at IMS for the GD/PI classes and attended two mock interviews at the Achievers Workshop, which was indeed helpful. But what helped more was my personal preparation - interaction with HR guys in the company, with managers, top-notch introspection, preparation and modulation of the answers, speaking to the college seniors on chat etc - and above all a lot of work on the net. Wikipedia was my biggest source of information. I must have downloaded hundreds of webpages from Wiki about past political and social events, general knowledge, facts, trivia etc etc. Things that have happened in the past in India, and too in detail - most of the things that I wasn't even aware till now. Truly speaking I never had the habit of reading the newspaper since childhood - maybe one reason was coz we always used to get a regional language paper at home. At Bangalore I somehow forced myself into the habit. Though the info I gained from Wiki, Google etc was of immense help to me.
Besides this was of course our great weekend GD/PI 'bash' - the Bangalore PGites meeting up for some GD/PI practice. Anarchy, Prem, Krishanu, Mufasa, Ashwini, Billy, Vijay, Saurav, Atul - some of the people I can enlist, along with whom I really practiced a lot - and the gd/pi sessions were indeed really helpful (hats off to Anarchy's feedback sessions
All in all - I was a reasonably confident man on approachin MDI on March 12th at IIMB and TISS at Mumbai on April 16th. The GD/PI links to all my experiences are given below: (for additional details refer Risen from the Ashes)
All done - I was just awaiting the results. Probably this year was the most ridiculous year for MBA aspirants - with an errored CAT paper, a cry for a retest, delayed results initially, vague results, and then the OBC thingy - which delayed the final results even more. WL 15 was my MDI result - was very much hopeful about it - but fingers were crossed. Though the longest wait was on the day of the TISS results. It was something I had expected more than anything - with an excellent test and PI, a decent GD and a decent profile. Though it wasn't to be - I had a reject from TISS - and spent 2 or 3 of the worst days of my life thinkin about why did it happen. The blow was harsh - though things worked out in May second week when MDI converted. Yes - finally it happened - for me - and for u folks too who have been bearing with me throughout this full story
Looking back now I want to leave all my regrets behind. The HR course at MDI ranks third best in India, and MDI is definitely in the top ten colleges - hence it ascertains my target (one in the top 10). Maybe whatever happens always happens for the good (a dear friend's advice which I shall always remember). My losses through the entire journey would probably be mainly monetary, and psychological - but my gains were totally on the intellectual and on the social side. I have grown - have matured - as I can see now - to someone who didn't know CAT - to someone who will be doing his masters from one of the best colleges in India now. I have gained a lot of experience and wisdom in the entire experience - and would be more than grateful to grant it to others. Along with this, I have gained friendship of some of the most intelligent people in India through PG - one of the best places I have been at. Friendships that would last for a lifetime - that too even before I have done my MBA.
Expectations came crashing down, thoughts of wrong bubbles shaded passed by - well, so many other things happened. The first reactions were, of course, its useless for me to take it up again. Had already lost so much money having applied to NITIE, MDI etc in the same year. Anyway I had my campus placement secure, though I had lost out in the seventh semester marks, after having topped the University in the sixth semester.
I couldn't get over the entire thing so easily. This was soon followed by a mediocre IIFT entrance (Mumbai again) and a mediocre XAT (some 85 percentile again). Still the thought of the coveted schools wasn't leaving me. But I had to forego it for sometime at least. Finished my engineering, and was awaiting the joining letter from my company. In the meanwhile I applied to several other companies (maybe to prove myself to me) - companies vied by several others. The joining letter hadnt arrived, and I had some other personal issues on my head. Thoughts of CAT 2005 floated by, and I grabbed hold of them. I had to leave Goa, and opt for a better test series, and of course work harder. With some news of my posting being at Bangalore, I left for the city in the end of July 2005. I signed up for the TIME test series, and started taking them up eagerly. At the same time I also sat for some company tests/ interviews. September 2 2005 - I come to know that I have made it to one of the best MNCs in the world, and my joy knew no bounds
At the same time I made some very close lifetime friends through PG, who took the mock cats with me - nicked as akhil_agrawal, bhandari, nitin_jain etc on PG. We shared thoughts, exchanged loads of views, took mock cats together etc. Besides these of course I made tons of other friends on PG. Enjoyed at some PG meets in Bangalore - finally met Psychodementia and some other known Pgites like Orca (was in my company itself), bingo (one of the first timers on PG) and many many others - most of who might be absconding from the scene now. A simple evaluation would tell me that I was strong on my HR skills, and I needed an MBA to get on into that field. It was the only thing which would get me there. And well - no compromises on the institutes - this being my last education - only a college in the top ten wud suffice
CAT 2005- North Bangalore, Vivekananda College. I stayed overnite at a friends place the day before and it was quite a normal day, with absolutely no stress from my side. And why should there be - I had nothing to lose if I didn't make it. Probably the attitude was lacking this time though. The morning of CAT - the normal crowd. My friend departed just before the exam - and I sat there, expecting the worst to happen - well, its CAT - and there are bound to be surprises
Just a week later I came to know that I had made a very silly mistake in the lone 2-marker set I had solved in DI. That ends the story - I didn't need to look more at the result - the loss with that one set was mammoth. The tragedy was that of course, I had to get the bad news on yet another new year ;)
Overall percentile - 89.XX :(
Verbal - 93.XX Quant - 93.XX DI - 35.XX (holy cow !!
Immediate thoughts - no more CAT for me. I would never be able to solve the kind of problems which came for DI. I was a loser at these puzzles - and would neva manage them inside the exam hall. Yes of course, given some good amount of time, maybe I could do it, but not there in the hall .
Yes, to provide some solace were the other entrances - IIFT, which was immediately after CAT that year - went good, but eventually a shocking reject - couldn't believe it, but I guess I was getting used to the bad luck. JMET banged right in my face - disqualified - not even a rank, XAT had the same mark left - some 85.XX percentile. And well, there was FMS too this time - with a cascaded reject effect What went really wrong was the TISS application - one real big tragedy in my life - my TISS application somehow never reached them - and got stuck due to some problem in the courier office
Eventually after the GD/PI some of my friends made it to some B-schools, and left from Bangalore with a promise from my side that I would make it the next year. I really don't know why I committed in that way - did I have any confidence left in me, when nature itself was turning against me and telling me a different tale? At this point of time, I really didn't know. I needed a lot of time to myself - and I made good use of it. I put to thinking as to whether I really needed an MBA - the answer was surprisingly a 'yes'. The roads to the HR sector branched through this field of education - it was either some correspondence course I had to do, or a residential MBA, and I would have anytime have preferred the latter. 2006 was a turning point in my maturity and my thinking levels. I put in a lot of hard work at the work place, and spent the remaining time mulling over the entire thing and also reading a lot of books. Did loads of research in the HR field too. The road ahead appeared tough, but it was definitely my last shot - couldn't take it once more, as probably I was giving a lot of my personal self and resources to it. I decided to give it all I have this time.
I was hell bent on making the preparation more structured this time. Mocks - yes - but not without proper analysis. I introspected myself well, and saw that I was an average CAT taker, who could make it to an average 97 to 98 range - but on a high scale could just peak if the score required was less. (People in this case always pray for a difficult CAT paper). I can say that in 2006 I must have spent around 65 percent of time at devising strategies, and 35 percent for concepts . If I enlist whatever preparation I did in the latter half of 2006 - it would probably lag on for a few more thousands of words
Read a huge lot of stuff from the net/PG/other areas on tackling the entrances. I had it entrenched in my mind that the concepts are best wrapped up fast and all problems of similar kinds which had to be broomed.
Though I saw that my scores did not improve in the mocks - in fact, they worsened. I would score in the CL mocks, and not do so in the TIME mocks. I would score the best in the CAV mocks, which I felt were really designed well. Then I did something drastic - I stopped seeing my TIME and CL mock scores. I did this for two months upto CAT. Believe me, I just used to answer the test, come home, solve the unsolved problems - that's it. I made a 'repeated mistakes' doc separately - which I would keep seeing after October. The only mock scores I would check were those of CL FLT's and the CAV mocks that I took at home. These were my only morale boosters.
However much one is prepared, the CAT surprise throws him off guard. This is something well heard of. As usual there were rumours and half truths on PG on how CAT would be this time. 2.5 hours - of course that was the in-thing new for 2006. But anything else was unknown. I had decided there would be no surprise in terms of paper pattern that could throw me off-guard - and well - definitely the mock tests were helpful in it (in fact TIME covered almost all patterns possible). Besides this, I myself made a 'countdown' doc in which I prepared my final strategy - as to how I would answer CAT 2006. This strategy was devised by having put all the initial 8 to 10 mock cats of the season to severe experimentation in terms of order of sections, break up time etc. This would be what I was most comfy with. Besides this there was a supplement in the doc that made the adjustments for all kinds of patterns - starting from 75 questions, 25 per section to 200 plus questions (which was also predicted by TIME, Munira L etc). All such things boosted my confidence - inspite of low or unseen scores in mocks etc. Besides all this, I would continue solving home tests, and new problems. The struggle continued till Nov 17th.
This post is kind of inspired by ORCA's; just above. Reading his story I recalled my CAT days. Here how it all unfolded: Don't remember a few dates though
Well 1st attempt at CAT in 2004, scored 99.65%ile ..... never expected it to be that good, guess the unusual DI paper made my day like it spoiled for many. And luckily for me I even had the good balance in my sectional scores to get all 6 calls, add to it the MDI, SPJAIN, NITIE, IITB and XLRI calls. Well FMS booted me in the entrance exam itself.
Decided not to be picky for interviews as I wasn't for applying either and to go for as many interviews as possible. Finally managed to attend all of them except IITB. Yeah traveling from Kolkata to Mumbai twice for SPJAIN and NITIE and then once to Jamshedpur took its toll on my dad's bank account, but it taught me few important lessons for the rest of the interviews too.??:
The MDI interview kick started the process, thankfully it was in Kolkata only. However the final results were declared on the notice board of the institute and even before my second interview with SPJAIN !!! PG came to my rescue at that time, the MDI-tes in PG were literally running up and down collecting registration numbers from the posts and then posting the results. Thanks a lot to them, I still remember the refreshing button in browser was clicked some thousand times that day. Few tense hours on my side and result a REJECT :neutral:. Well it isn't the best start I was looking for there were lot more to go, so dint feel that bad. What I din't know at that time is the wait for me would be longer than I expected.
Second SPJAIN, pathetic interview, booted in the 1st round itself. some 8000 bucks worth air tickets went down the drain
Third XLRI, well I now feel the interviewers were willing to take me, I just din't give them enough reasons to do so. I was extremely silent and the interview went no where. Still had some hopes in mind .....
4th IIMK (as far as I remember 5th March). Dont know what happened to me that day, just before leaving for IIMC campus for the IIMK intvw, logged into PG and came to know some non-confirmed link was out for XLRI results. Din't want to see but couldn't resist, went to the site and got a REJECT. Yeah still somewhere hopes were alive, for once I was praying that it shudn't be the right link, but news of admits had started pouring in...... and I wasn't even waitlisted :(. Well life moves on and went to the IIMK intvw with some desperation having creeped in already. 3 consecutive rejects so far, the world is not all the same as it was 2 months back when the intvw calls started coming.
The IIMK invw for me is a story in itself which I remember to have posted somewhere else. To sum it up I dint feel I aced it.:neutral:
5th NITIE (7th March) Some 8/9000 bucks once again for an intvw which lasted 7 mins. They never told me it was a reject but I learnt from the student volunteers that every1 in my panel had atleast 20 min intvw. The truth was too hard to accept for me at that stage, came back with lot of self doubts and a confidence level which urged me to start preparing for CAT 2005........ even with 5 interviews left to go.
6th IIMC (14/15th March) In the meantime XLRI formal results were out and my prayers were unanswered this time, it was the same link. I wasnt in the mental condition to attend rest of the intvws even. Thanks to a few friends who brought me back to my senses and I finally decided to give it a last try. And this time I was praying that no more results should come out before it all ends. Well IIMC (PGDM and PGDCM): my best GD ever and the coolest intvw ever. However not always a peaceful intvw brings peace to the mind.
7th IIMA (20th March) Nothing much to mention other than it was long and I did well. Still did a small goof up and therefore cudnt take any guess on the result.??:
8th IIML (21st March) Having attended IIMA previous day, somehow I was boiling with confidence, was totally prepared to handle it. However as it's said there is a very thin line between supreme self confidence and arrogance. Unfortunately in the last part of the intvw I was the 2nd. Very odinary GD for me and the intvw went well until they decided to put some pressure on me and I became too bold and started answering some of the questions with abrupt one liners.
9th IIMI (30/31 March) In the meantime NITIE results were out and I wasnt surprised not to be selected. Din't feel that bad though. Now the intvw: One of my worst days. Was a total stress/steam rolling intv. Was asked all kinds of questions under then sun. Never let my guards down but still felt exposed . Had a rapid fire round too, scored some 2/12 in that. And the panel decided to enjoy my situation for 30 mins before they let me go :grab:. Nothing against the panel but I felt better once again to be in the open air of IIMC . Had it been my choice I would have walked out in 10 mins. Was taunted, ridiculed and pinched again and again and in the end I was left wondering what went wrong. Well at that time I din't know that not everything went wrong:
10th and last IIMB (6th March). the last day of my intvw, the last day of intvw for B across India, the last day for any IIM to conduct intvw and the 1st day the IIM results came out. But for now let's keep the results out of the picture since they came out arnd 10/11am and I was waiting for my intvw at that time with my cell switched off. Well the GD just had too many good people. Tried my best, result was so-so. Knew the intvw would be the deciding factor. was 3rd for the intvw. Had THE best intvw of all, answered each and every question, be it from current affairs, acads or extracurrics. However the funniest part happened later. Came out of the room to find the next guy talking over phone and already rejoicing. Someone told me he got a convert from IIMA, and he knew it even before going for the B intvw. Only one thing came to my mind at that time JEALOUSY !!!!! Found out that IIMA results were out and I was just waiting to get back home.
On my way back home one frnd called me up to inform IIMK results were out too and he had an IIMA call and IIMK waitlist. I was eager and scared at the same time, wanted to be in his shoes for once:satisfie: Another friend calls up to inform she has a reject both from IIMA and IIMK. (She finally made it to IIMC which was her 1st choice)
Came back and decided to check IIMK 1st. The result : REJECT !!!!! Perhaps I got too used of the term to have it any effect on me or having a fantastic IIMB intvw i was banking on it. Whatever it was I had 5 consecutive rejects and was well on way to create a record of maximum rejects
Next the big thing for me: IIMA. Was literally putting the numbers in with trembling fingers. After pressing enter I was only looking for one word "Not", yeah was that negative after all this. Funnily the page neither had the word "Congratulations" nor "Sorry". Was confused and started reading the entire paragraph which read something like "You have been selected..... ". Was left dumbfounded !!!! Read it over and over again to find out the mistake in my understanding
Yeah at last a convert and that too from my 1st choice, something that at times I felt was not achievable for me. Still I was scared and the worries finally ended when I got the letter few weeks later.
The rest of calls, well IIMA opened the gates for me and I converted IIMC (PGDCM), IIMI (!!!!! yeah even after that) and IIML (waitlist which finally got converted).
Rejected by IIMK and IIMB (Yeah dint expect this !!!)
Hence ended my CAT journey in a sweet note which taught me a lot and has changed atleast one thing in me, I am a super optimist now, I have seen lows and survived through that, something that gives me inner strength to withstand initial setbacks and be confident to start from the scratch again.
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