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So after numerous visits to thsi wonderful thread , I finally get to put my post
in here as well..
My story begins in Lucknow where I studied at one the city's n probably the country's well known n prestigious school: La Martiniere College.
When I was in std 3rd , I vividly remember one fine morning we got a call..Dad
answered it ..and he almost jumped wid joy at what he heard from the other end..he jus said "Vikas ne dil khush kar dia"...
( Vikas is my cousing bro , 10 yrs elder to me)
Vikasda ( as i fondly call him ) had cracked JEE and secured a seat at the prestigious IIT-Delhi.I can still remember the joy on my dad's face as my uncle
broke the news to him. Its not dat I had decided from that day that i would pursue
engg, its jus that moment had a big impact on me. I was quite average at studies
and never made any attempt to do well. Got a 78% in 10th and was
dissapointed.Still remenber dat Dad took me to school dat day and he was not very
happy at the result..not dat he said anythng but the feeling of joy was not
there.My uncle even suggested dat i consider taking accounts as it was not
compulsary dat i take science.
I took up Science and in std 12th n again dint bother to study..result..another 76%..
Whereas a lot of my frnds cracked IIT or RECs...I jus gave JEE and dint even clear
I decided to take a drop and prepare for IIT, got enrolled in a few coaching
institues and again my life started to drift. I would relegiously attend all
classes but beyond dat i did not put much effort. Once in a while i did some
studies but not much.
During this period once my uncle visited me and he observed my routine n told my
dad that" he has not yet realised the imp of this period".
I was pretty upset wid my Uncle and dint take it seriously.Now I look back and
realise how careless I have been .
The exams came and they went...I knew IIT was
out of question had faith on AIEEE..but I got a rude shock wen the rank against my
name read 17597...all hopes of a decent engg college vanished. Moreover in the
State level engg exam (UPSEAT) I had got a 7xxx rank which again was quite
pathetic. In AIEEE i got SASTRA Tanjore , a deemed university and Biotechnology
as the stream. However , at UPSEAT i got a hitherto unknown college : Inderprastha Engg College...Got into Elec n Comm n thot I will work hard and get a good position. I had no faith in the college as it was just in its 4th year , but I had
no other options.I was again lagging at studies in college where after 2 bad years
I gave up on studies. Since the placement scene was terrible I had decided to take
a shot at the CAT n go for MBA, From the third year I started my prep n wud go
for weekend classes of TIME. I used to to take the local train (EMU) and reach Connought Place for the clases... I was pathetic in the beginning but moved to 90.xx percentiles later on.However at the end of my third year of engg, I got placed in Birlasoft . It was one of the happiest days of my life. I felt so relieved..but with that I lost the fire for CAT and stopped studying at all..what a fool I was
In 2008 when I thought of giving CAT ..again I did not prepare but some
good fortune saw me switch to JP Morgan Chase, Mumbai.
Next year was very tough as I had loads n loads to do..So 2009 also went by..no CAT again.
This year the work load was less and one day I was browsing through you tube where I came upon a video of "Life at IIM A"(YouTube - Life at IIM A) . I was spellbound by that video and my desire to crack the CAT was rekindled. I started using the QA thread in PG and got study material from TIME . Thru PG I made frnds like Sara,Atin ,Manoj n Sai at the Mumbai study grp thread. We met every weekend and wud solve 2-3 AIMCATS. I did not want to leave anything, so I joined Byju for QA n DI. I used to be up late at nights practicing and solving AIMCATs n would go groggy eyed to office. I started carrying my material to office and soon everyone in my team came to know about it.But most of them supported me in my endeavour.I downloaded the audio word list and wud listen to it while going to sleep.Months went by and every weekend without fail we used to meet and solve papers...crack jokes..have food together...It was one of the most enjoyable phases of my life..felt as if I was in college again..:)
I took two test series ..CL n tIME. I was miserable in CL but slightly better in
TIME. Normally scored 88-92 range but on six occasions I got a 95 plus percentile
n 4 times inexcess of 98. These scores kept my morale up.I gave CAT,FMS,XAT and JMET. Chose a middle slot for CAT n took a week off before my date. I kept getting reviews from my frnds n it was evident dat as days were passing the level of paper was increasing becoming diff specially the DI section.I deliberately chose th eevening slot so as to avoid any issues..I could hardly sleep during the prior night.reached the centre way too early and went for walk.
The paper started with me going for the VA section first. I chose an RC and started
reading it..halfway through I remembered to check the number of ques and to my
horror there were jus 2 for this RC. I kept my cool and went ahead wid the RC and
the section. Moved to DI then..DI was very tricy and I cud jus about answer 13-14
ques wid a few guess thrown in as well. Next up was QA again went decent 15-16
attempts.Overall I felt I cud have done a little better. Then the results got leaked in an bizzare manner nd i had secured 99.27 percentile wid the follwing break up
I waited for the results but something within me said it was going to remain d same. Was dissapointed as IIMs cvhanged their criterai again nd I managed gd pi calls from IIM Lucknow, MDI and NITIE, with final converts from MDI and NITIE . In the end I would like to dedicate my admission and results to my dad and was so proud d day when I called him and told him about my score...my entire family was so happy for me ..
I owe a lot to PG and the various friends I made here..PG rocks !!!
Puys put your 100% in your effort and I am sure you will get the desired results
This is NOT a CAT story. I am not a 99.xx percentiler and am not an IIM convert. But still I feel DESTINY has some plans for me...
I had always been a good student, but never quite the studious type or the genious type. I was(and maybe still am) a fairly intelligent guy. But things had gone haywire when I decided to join an XYZ engineering college. Prior to that, I had a 91% and a 93% in my boards. But, as I did not make it to any of the IITs and did not get my prefered specialization in the NITs (I wanted Computer Science and nothing else), I had to join there.. and promised to work hard to crack the IITs next year. I got so engrossed with college life that I forgot about IITs altogether.
And then, the unthinkable happened. In my second year, I got a supple.. and in a paper, which I knew I had written well. Never to have failed a single exam in my school life even, it came as a rude shock. I took a long time coming out of it, began performing miserably in my grades, and honestly, the future did not look too bright for me. I was writing entrance exams for Bank Clerical jobs in 3rd uear, as I saw many of my seniors failing to get an on campus placement owing to recession. For me, job security was essential. I got through SBI as an assistant. Although I would not take up the job eventually, it gave me a little confidence. Maybe I was not totally useless after all..
Luckily, I had found someone during this time who stood by me, thick and thin. My summer internships were on, and thanks to her encouragement, after many years I did exceedingly well in something. I also cleared my supple. She is one of the main reasons I could achieve whatever little I did. After her graduation in Bsc Botany Hnrs, she wanted to do an MBA, which would help her get a fairly good job in a biotech firm. Some of her friends were writing the May MAT exam, and she decided to give it a shot. But being from Botany, she needed help in Quant. Rephrasing that, she needed me to help her. She did quite well in MAT, but finally decided to go for Msc from Calcutta University. Being somewhat amused at her good performance at such short notice, I decided to give the September MAT a chance. I needed to know where I stand, more than anything else. After writing the exam, I was not totally satisfied with myself. So, I forgot about MAT, and studied sincerely in college. Good grades seemed vital to me getting a placement offer.
Couple of weeks later, the MAT results came out. I got a 98.4 percentile. Whoa! With no preps, and with no tutorial classes. I thought of applying to CAT, but the registration window was already closed, or was it? In a weird turn of events, since the no. of applicants saw a decline in 2010, the IIMs decided to extend the registration window. I got a second chance. But all the centres nearby were already booked. I finally found a place, 4 hours away from home, where I wrote my CAT exam eventually. It was the same place where I had done my summer internship. :)
But then, I had to concentrate back on my college curriculum. I was working with a team on a project (rather had to do 99% of the work myself), and also organize events for the college. In the middle of it all, CAT 2010 happened. It went OK. But before I could catch a breather, my semester exams were approaching. Honestly speaking, MBA wasn't the 1st thing on my mind back then. I had to score well. I had to get a job.
After the semesters were over, TCS came over to our college for an on campus recruitment drive. I made it! I was an ASE internee and was very happy indeed.
The very next day, CAT results were out. I wasn't aware of it, and was awaken by a friend in the middle of the night. I checked the results, not knowing what to expect. Sure, I am a good student, but am I that good?
I had scored a 96.98 percentile. (Very skewed sectionals with the highest being 99.91 in DI) but nonetheless a 96.98 percentile!
But wait, I had to apply to some Bschools to make use of the CAT score, right? SHIT!!
The entire night, I couldn't sleep. I went through all the websites of all top Bschools accepting CAT scores. The last dates for applying were way over.
Oh wait, there was one! The only top bschool who were still accepting applicants was IMT.. probably asking more applicants for their other campuses. The other institute I applied to was BIM Trichy.
The post CAT situation was one of the toughest things to deal with. To be shortlisted for stage 1 of IIM K, only to realize that almost everyone else had been shortlisted too, to missing out on stage 2 due to some random indexing of marks.. geez, I thought 91% and 93% were pretty good. They thought not.
So IIM dreams went out of the window. Anyway, it was a long shot.
Even IMT added new twists to the selection stage with the VI and what not. I got an IMT G call, but days before it, my grandmother expired, I met with an accident, and broke a tooth. But I knew that I had to do it this time. The WCT went as expected. In the PI, I did not give mugged up answers. I just answered them truthfully, to the best of my knowledge.
Recently, IMT G results were declared, and I have made it in the first list. Also, I have converted BIM Trichy and have scored my highest GPA yet in the last semester. I feel destiny has plans for me. It has plans for every single one of us. But its upto you to keep fighting to make your OWN DESTINY.
PGDM, IMT Ghaziabad
Finally, thanks to my friend Satwinder I came to know about this thread in PG.After seeing his and others' posts I too felt that I should write it all down.
I am from a small town Ramgarh, a place 50kms. away from Ranchi. I studied in a nearby school DAV,Barkakana. It was not a very great school if I talk about cracking IIT-JEE, AIEEE,CBSE-PMT or other entrance examinations. However one thing which I loved about my school is it was the place where I was first introduced to competition as early as in class 6 ( Thanks to our class teacher).I was always considered to be one of the best students in my class , coming within top 3 in each and every exam I wrote till class 10th.
However, after scoring a decent 92.2% in 10th Board, I became over confident of myself. I started thinking that I had done it all. I lost focus on studies. The first terminal exam of class 11th proved it. I scored a meager 47 in Physics and it was the same story in other subjects as well. I wasn't bothered and had the feeling that I would manage in the next exam.The next was not so different from the first. I was depressed.
Ramgarh , at that time, didn't have any coaching center or good teachers. Most of the teachers were marks-centric. "If you have good marks , you are much better than the rest out there" was a feeling which was inculcated among us from our childhood. I couldn't cope with that pressure and went into a mode of depression.
Thanks to God that one of the most memorable teacher, Mr.B.N.Mishra sir, came to that place. He was a Physics teacher and guess what, he turned my perception completely towards studies. I started loving Physics more than anything else and ended up scoring 97 in the Board exam.
Unfortunately, my lack of base and depth in class 11 was strongly reflected in almost all the entrance exams I appeared for. I was treated as an outcast even in my school. It really feels bad when due to your non-sense your parents had to endure all the humiliations and sarcasms made by others.
Luckily I qualified WBJEE, had a rank of 5722 ( not a good rank but compared to my other performances this was like heaven), and entered into a private engineering college in Kolkata.
My first two years were quite ordinary , classes,practicals and session end semesters. It was only during my 6th semester that I began to wonder what am I going to do after this. Would it be that clichd IT job or something different.Most of my friends had enrolled in different CAT/GATE preparing institutes. I felt that I should first take a few classes in either of the two and then would decide whether I would go for CAT or GATE. I went to IMS with some of my friends the first day.I wasn't enrolled but knew that no one would know about it. That class was a turning point in my life and perception.
That class was taken by one of IMS Kolkata's best Quants faculty.However in that class he didn't teach anything related to studies. He just gave gyan about what he had seen about students and how many don't even have the idea why they wanted to do an MBA ( the same question " Why MBA" was almost a must in all interviews). I was shocked as I realized that I too didn't have any idea about why MBA.
It took me two full weeks to realize after I consulted a lot of people including some educational consultants.And I was back in that class.
As usual the simCATs and all started.I did well in the first few but slowly me results started deteriorating. I didn't understand the reason. So i went and consulted our maths faculty at IMS. He analysed my results and said suddenly "Do you think you have done it all?". I was speechless.The same thing which had happened to me in class 11 was again coming back to me--> A DISASTROUS FEELING OF COMPLACENCY. I was too ashamed of myself. I felt that am I such a dumb that even I don't realize from my mistakes.
My thinking changed. I started preparing sincerely again but this time it ws mingled with respect for others. That indeed helped me when some of my batch mates who couldn't do better in simCATs taught me a lot of things , a lot of stuffs. I appeared for the exams and finally made it to FMS. (My old school called me one day to speak about all this in the morning assembly)
This is all about me.I don't write much but couldn't resist the temptation to put it down before you all.
On an important note, there will be many who will try to obstruct you from achieving your goal. You will face a lot of criticisms like " YAR ITNA PREPARE KARK KYA UKHAD LEGA."," ACCHE COLLEGES TUMHARE BAS KI BAAT NAHIN"etc.But if You are true to yourself and you are sincere nothing is impossible. You don't need to be an IIT or NIT always to make it to IIMs or FMS or XLRI and others.
IF I CAN DO IT, ANYONE CAN.
Best of luck to the future aspirants
PS:- All credit goes to my parents who were always with me during the most difficult times.
Hello puys.. mine is a typical middle class dream, i will be as concise as possible in writing this.
It was in engg that i realised the need for an MBA,
CAT 08:- joined IMS in prefinal year of engg.. i was confident of my skills in QA and VA, but was intimidated by DI--i cuoldnt think..my reasoning sucked..:(..not at par with the class..i tried everythink to focus more on MBA.. classes being on sunday i used to walk miles after a heavy non veg feast in hostel but it was okay for me..mujhe lagta tha me kuch bada kar raha hoo..:) i even gave a presentation on PRoduct marketing in engg college..:).. gave CAT..couldnt clear DI..gave FMS/JMET but was slapped on the face.
CAT 09:- done with engg in May 2009..had got placed in 2 companies but kisi ne joining nahi di..i didnt worried..thot god has given me opp to study and clear cat..now by gods grace i had a very good frnd who forced me to go to IMS and apply for ACE batch but fees was something that i didnt want to ask my dad..we went, told sir that i cudnt clear DI..so wanted some concession..he set up a paper for us to get the waiver..i cleared..got in the ace batch..:)... here i learnt the depth and variety of QA and DI. But this jobless thing was pestering me a bit..it was 5 months that i was jobless but somehow tries hard to conc on cat..guys the peer pressure was high this time..filled forms of all exams.. finally in nov got joining..now this training period is one where we need to put in our 100% & get thru else we get sacked ...a day before my cat i was studying RDBMS and all software stuff i slept at 3 am(big mistake) after revising some basic QA stuff..so on my cat day..i went office..cleared the rdbms test..rushed to cat center..wrote cat
But again i was proved incompetent, not only by cat but Xat/fms/jmet also
CAT 2010:- i decide to go for the kill this season, so joinied TS of time. I used my time in ofc quite effectively..read a lot..ET/hbr blogs/economist ..gave ol tests and what not..tired from ofc..i used to take a sutta break aftr returning 4m ofc at 10 pm,,and pay visits to the awesome QA and DI threads. I also studied DI and reasoning from tiem books...small things never bothered me..like reward points or appreciations or partys or outings..i did this..but all to a minimal..so this year i did everyrhing from writing a test at 6 am at tiem center in a state of hangover to studying ol stuff at ofc. It was business to me all the time..now i was ready 4 the revenge
Results:- calls from IIM ACSIK RRRT
IIT B-D NITIE and FMS too...i was booming with joy but the onus was on me to convert atleast one..with huge calls comes huge pressure..
RRRT and IIT D i didnt attend..
IIM AC and FMS straight rejects
converts:- IIM KS NITIE; WL in IIT B, I awaited
My key takeaways:- 1. cat is such a bitch..emotions ke saath likho to yull definitely flunk ; but if you are cool and stoic you are on your way towards bcuming a manager..so chill
2. during preps dont get too hard on yourself..take time to relax..coz this is the time when you get to think clearly..pep talk with frns helps
3. no other way than to increase your level of preps..it should be wide extensive and also selective intensive
4. never worry about mock scores or about competition..you have to give your awesome best..and believe me the job gets done..
The race has just begun..the problm with rat race is even if we win it we are still a rat:cheerio:
Cheers and atb..
PS :- i was in love during engg days..but i guess no love stories allowed here...kisi aur din..koi aur thread me
For me, it's been a case of perseverance. I am not a genius but I endlessly love chasing what I want for myself :cheerio:
I have tried to pen down my MBA Journey :drinking:
I joined TIME mock test series. This was also the time that we were doing our internship in MindTree. It was a tumultuous time. We, the bunch of people working in a company for the first time were very excited. The work load was also great. We all had to make individual Java projects that had to work. Still, it was fun. Looking back, it was probably my best part in MindTree. It was also a time when we installed CS (Counter Strike) on each system. Most of us played it most of the times. Sometimes during a lecture too or during a pep up talk, HR, Fin, Ops talks. Of course the usual suspects were the ones who did most of the work or so they seem to portray. As is the case, studious junta never did any better than we the CS freaks. We played our heart out forming clans and taking up weird names, and our projects did turn up really good too. The best project that I liked was Ruchirs. Simply put, he had to make a chat application like GTalk. And he made it. Now if Ruchir could do that, then of course we could do ours too. After all MindTree was the first company on campus and they got the opportunity to pick the best, arguably the best. And over this period of mauj-masti and some serious work, I was not even sure if to prepare for M.Tech or MBA. The fact that M.Tech needed some serious study and with MBA I could change jobs easily and the (fake) glamour associated with MBA, tilted the scale in favor of MBA.
To get started I bought a couple of books on Quant and DI. I do not enjoy forming a group and chit-chatting or finding ways to impress every girl, so I had enough time in my hand after I returned home from office every day. Back home, I use to solve a few questions in the slow school style. While Tanmay, Ruchir, Gaurav, S2 gossiped or watched IPL, I joined them only when they were having serious fun or to add fuel to any discussion that would be ensuing. On Sundays, Ruchir and I went for our mock tests with TIME. On our back home, we discussed how we made silly mistakes or shared tricks of the trade- my tricks and his trade. This basically summarizes my preparation in the first year. Between work-load, fun and new money (read first paying job), I squeezed in a few hours of question solving.
I have come back to this thread umpteen number of times to draw inspiration whenever I needed to remind myself that Picture abhi baaki hai mere dost . I would say this thread has become a collage of human emotions where people pour their heart out from a sudden note to their most proud moments, its just more than pure information.
Coming to my personal story, I was a student who took academics pretty seriously and consistently ranked in the top 3 throughout school. Then after my 10th board results, the IIT bug bit me and meanwhile a family friend who always remained my idol couldnt make it. Of the 2 years of IIT preparation, due to some circumstances I decided to concentrate mainly on 12th (the logic was to try for IIT next year if the need arises but 12th is only once). Though I managed to get great scores in 12th, my world came crashing down when I missed screening by the minimum possible score. Deeply dejected, I managed to do decently at AIEEE and MH-CET and finally decided to join NIT Surat Electronics.
The consistency level continued in college especially for the first couple of years. Meanwhile, my idol cracked CAT and managed to get into IIM A, having secured a BLACKI. That set the tone for my future, though I didnt want to emulate him exactly but having promised myself of giving a decent shot at IIM (having repented for not doing the same for IIT). I joined IMS in August 2006 for their classroom course. Always having loved Maths, I was very comfortable at coping with QA and DI. Verbal was the one which I knew, if not bettered, can prove to be my Achilles Heel. The preparation continued, tried to concentrate mainly on QA and DI and hoping to just clear VA cut-off. Meanwhile July 2007 brought with it a lot of things, Simcats started and an awesome friendship was about to blossom over the years (Actually the friendship blossomed much more than that and we both are engaged to be married soon ď Š ) Coming back to Simcats, all through the season prepped minimum but religiously solved and analysed every simcat. Never missed a QA cut-off, rarely a DI cut-off but many a times missed the VA cut-off (even managed a negative score in VA). But whenever I cleared VA, I managed a national rank in Top-50. Thus, VA was going to be the kingpin. While my friend consistently figured in the Top-20 nationally with minor glitches some times here and there.
CAT 2007- Took centre at Mumbai. On the CAT day was calm and composed for the exam, the paper started as planned in 1.5 hrs cracked QA and DI. Now I had 1 hr to clear VA cut-off. Attempted 17 Questions in VA and hoped to get atleast 9 correct. Meanwhile, after having declared that she wont check her score, she forced me to check my score which told me that VA was again dicey and could be a spoil sport but %tile was 99+. Results came and exactly the same thing happened, got an overall %tile of 99.62 with 72%tile in VA. No calls nothing. Had IIFT , SPJain, SIBM though. XAT and FMS were also ruined due to VA. Meanwhile, my friend got calls from C and K, and she converted C (and is a Jokar)
Didnt attend some interviews and didnt convert some, it was more because of the belief that if I could work on VA in a year or so, I could do it.
Then in July 2007, joined Futures First and loved the job there also had a friend, senior, colleague (whatever u call) named chilu who became my partner in the quest for CAT. Meanwhile, I got first hand experiences of the Life at IIMs through my friend. This time, worked very hard on VA specially RCs, Paragraph completion and Summary sentence etc. religiously followed the Simcat analysis modus operandi. I started reading versatile and diverse writings etc to aid my VA abilities. All along in the Mocks was concerned only about VA cut-offs and managed to clear most of the time though could not match my QA and DI scores of yesteryears.
CAT 2008- this time took Ahmedabad centre and half of my office giving CAT at my centre. This time it seemed as a balanced paper but could not be sure of DI though, but managed to do decently in the paper overall. I promised myself not to check the scores at all. Then one fine day was sitting in office, when IIM C released the correct answer list, ran back to my place checked the answers and realised I had done decently in VA and rest too. Came to know from my friend that I had missed the DI cut-offs for C by 1 mark. When the result came, a friend told me the scores from office, 99.28 it was calls from Ahmedabad and Bangalore. I was estatic as well as puzzled as why others didnt find me fit enough to be called. Also got call from XLRI and MDI and SPJain. Now was in 7th heaven, though I knew it would be very difficult, IMS Ahmedabad did their best to support me, though I couldnt devote enough time for GD/PI.
All my interviews were not bad but they were not extra ordinary; extra ordinary not in terms of impressing them but in hindsight I realised how immature or under-prepared I was. I fumbled while answering basic questions and could not convince them about my passion. Though I managed to convert MDI, it was largely due to my %tile. I decided to wait for one more year and go at it again.
In the meanwhile, I actually got into a relationship and we were quite serious about each other from the outset. Then in about couple of months some personal problems struck and it was not able to focus on CAT 2009. Though I knew how important it was for me, but it was a mix of less focus and complacency. I got my worst score here and couldnt muster a call from any where.
The next year I decided this would be my last ditch attempt, its now or never. I shifted base to Mumbai and joined a 9-6 job which would give me more time for preparation etc. My girlfriend also moved to Mumbai from Calcutta. Though I was preparing for CAT, as a back-up option I decided to apply through GMAT for MBA and Master in finance. I gave my 1st GMAT in August, was not happy with the score and again prepared and gave in late October scored a decent 710. Barely a month for CAT to go, I again started analysing mock tests etc. I was again having same kinda jitters in VA. So I strengthened VA and DI in the final few days. Last week before the CAT was spent in solving a few papers.
On CAT was pretty relaxed, though had a bit of nervous energy, the paper was ok. I could sail through DI. QA was manageable but VA was dicey. Then I had a great paper in FMS while XAT was so so. In between from November till January was neck deep in application procedures to various universities etc.
On 11th Jan 2011, The results were due next day and actually went to sleep with having known that results were out but the site was overloaded, tried to give numbers to a few friends for checking my result. I woke up early morning on 12th and when I checked the result, I was again dejected, scored a paltry 97.2 with 80.75tile in VA. Told my parents that it was all over and would concentrate on application abroad. Though having talked to couple of friends, I realised I may get a single IIM call based on work-ex and academics (actually hoped 1% that Indore or Kozhikode may take mercy). Then went directly to office in the after noon, was checking through pagalguy, randomly started checking the lists for any luck and couldnt believe my eyes when I saw I had a call from IIM Bangalore (It was almost like Godsend, till last year the Cut-off VA at IIM B was 90%tile, this tear it was 80 and I had 80.7 ď Š ). As all the results poured in had IIM B,I and S, XLRI- both, SP Jain and MDI, and many foreign B-school interviews.
This was the time when I decided to put everything I have got into the preparation. Never along the way that my %tile was less for it to convert. It was just a chance and I had to give my 200%. Joined a Corporate trainer for GD/PI and believe me his methodology helped me transform my raw ideas into something very polished. Had an argument with my superiors at work over leaves etc, I took a leave till my B interview and really slogged during that time. After the interview I had confidence that atleast I had given my 100%.
After having my core interviews very early (XLRI- 21st,22nd Feb and IIM B- 24th Feb). the wait was long and tough. During this period I went through my interview countless number of times, analysing them, sometimes thinking I would get selected and others times I would think its a reject. In between I had got engaged to my beloved Jokar
Finally on 17th April just before the IIM B results, XLRI had given me my 1st Big convert. It made me little relaxed for the next day. On 18th April 2011 at 2.30 pm, I punched in my details and saw one of the most pleasant sites that I could see my whole life. IIM B had opened its gates for me and finally I had managed to get what I had dreamt off.
I am not writing this because its a happy ending for me, its just that even its this inspires 1 Puy to move forward and never throw in the towel, then my purpose would be served.
Some of my experiences:-
Never try to hide your weaknesses, rather consolidate your strengths and work harder on your weaknesses
Clearing the Written is only the 1st step; the tougher battle is the GD and the PI. I made the same mistake in 2008 and was lucky enough to be given a chance for redemption
Be frank in interview, because they dont judge your thought process (unless its illogical), they judge your clarity of the thought process and how deeply have you thought about it
Mock Interview are very essential because they give the feel of that environment and makes it more easy to adapt in the actual interview
Finally, I would say an IIM select/Reject does not define your Life and its not be all and end all of Life. Its just the start, Picture Abhi baaki hai Mere Dost, IIM just makes sure that you are like a Kapoor/Khan in the Bollywood and you may have a Blockbuster Debut. Its you who decide whether you are Uday Chopra or Ranbir kapoor
my post is not for 100 or 99 percentilers.Its not for those who are expecting converts after doing everything right.Its for those who have been late in their preparations and have never lost hope for CAT.
This was my 4th attempt.
With just 95.47 OA and 68 + both in DI and qa and 99.93 in VA ,I thought my life was finished.But lo and behold I converted IIM Kozhikode,IMT ghaziabad and IMI.I didnt attend a single coaching class for GD/PI.I didnt prepare for even 1day for CAT 2010.I just had an awesome profile and verbal knowledge...I wont be modest abt it......English has been my passion and English made me get thru in all MBA interviews.I never attended any of those workshops where u r told to mug custom made answers and forget abt GD sessions.
But today,I am extremely proud of myself.I Did it.I made it.I made it when I was at the lowest point in my life.I have attended all my interviews among great tensions and depressions for personal reasons.Ab mujhe khud par vishwas hai ki chahe life me kuch bhi ho jaaye I can deal with it.
People laughed at me,insulted me,told me to forget it .....but I kept my dream alive for 4 years......4 years of personal dilemma,hating my own self but in the end I won when I had the courage to forgive myself.In the past 6 months,i told Life ,fate and destiny to be as harsh as possible but they kant defeat me.My only solace was God and my intended better half and parents....and 1 of my dear friends who always told me that I will get thru....Thanks to all of them.
People ,in this sacred thread,I just want to tell all future wannabes.....If a girl like me ,who had no support for coaching,material,gd/pi workshop etc can do it all on her own...the u 2.If u just and just hold onto ur dream when everything seems dark,u will win.If u just hold ur chin high and tell all others to go to hell,if u just hav the courage to be urself in ur interviews ........u will do it.
I remember in IIM K interview...I kudnt answer 7 qs in a row but the smile was still there....the chin was still held high....the hope had not faded....it was the 8th question 'Why Mba' that made me get thru IIM K wherein I impressed the panel with all that I had it in me.
Remember,if u can still hold ur head high and be brave and keep on working even when life has dealt u the most fatal blow...just hold on,u will succeed.
Today,my parents still have tears in their eyes.....but these are tears of pride......my father is the happiest man .I am the first woman engineer and the first IIM graduate in all 7 generations of my family.For many of IIM convertess,its all abt fat pay package that they wud earn but for me it was the very question of my life,my pride,my existence ......
With God's blessing,I can finally proclaim that my battle with CAT has been won and no matter whatever comes in my life...I will deal it with the same spirit that I had exhibited in the past 6 months.
All the best to all future aspirants especially those of u who are giving CAT again......I know all that u ppl have been thru and sincerely hope U all make it to the best of the colleges in the country.
Warm and Best regards
IIM Kozhikode Class of 2011-2013
Satwinder SaysReserved for Scene 3
Before I start my JUNK story (Junk may be the most commonly used adjective in Bangalore IT dictionary) you should know that I may be the fewer ones, who worked hard to fail and relaxed to win. Secondly, I have currently got a few converts, probably the best being IIM Ranchi. Finally, this is not about cracking CAT and getting into any IIM or premier institute, but its about how to analyze your life and learn the most out of it.
You may not find CAT or any CAT like temperament in me. Right from childhood, I was a semi-lazy guy, who liked doing what he felt was interesting. Else, who cares!!!! Being just a normal kid around the block, I was decent in studies, and being shy God made sure that I continued the way I was.
Matriculation was the first major milestone in educational life, and I topped my school in English although I was considered mediocre. What I did differently from school exams was used a gel pen and avoided scratches on the paper. I had a beautiful handwriting. The same answers started looking beautiful. My realization, dont underestimate yourself, based on some past performances. Try things differently, tweak situations for results. Everyone can rise from ashes like a Phoenix (as many saw in movie Harry Potter ;)).
Didnt do much in intermediate, kept getting out of focus from studies. But then, a good thing happened in during that period was, I realized that being a silent, shy guy never works better. Self-motivation worked wonders for me, I was an extrovert now, expressing myself, making new friends. My learning - you can work wonders inside yourself, if you have inner strength. Well that may be common, like you may have read in the Speaking Tree, but yes the stronger you are inside, the more smooth your outside world would be.
Engineering college was more of a fun time than career building and learning time. I did have a spark inside me, when I observed electronic equipments, mobile communication etc, I wanted to know more. I was not brainless, but people like me need some good initiators to show the way. There were almost none. Hence, lost any interest I had from the subjects, and spent rest of my days in college enjoying and playing computer games. Someone who thinks he/she is like I, needs to find that initiator in his life. Once who can keep the spark alive as I read in a Chetan Bhagats article.
After Engineering, I joined an IT firm like lots and lots of desi engineers. Surprisingly in the days of my IT industry training, I could follow each and everything the trainer taught, and performed exceptionally to my past standards. What I figured out, was that a good teacher is priceless to have. No doubts about that!!! If you can find yourself one, spend as much time as you can with him, and work like an ass. (Watch - A man without a face)
Journey to CAT?
Now, I started working in some software projects, and this was the time, I realized I wanted to do MBA although I was in love with programming. I started solving some aptitude questions and reading Norman Lewis. Disinterest again started hitting me, but I kept curbing those ideas and regularly worked on a routine. . Again, I worked extremely hard in this phase. I defied myself doing that. I used to slog 12-13 hours in office, go back, solve some CAT problems, slept hardly 6 hours. This continued for 5-6 months. I became one of the top performers in office, I got outstanding comments from my managers, lost my personal life working but the results were fruitful. I joined CL in 2009, prepared well within the time I got from the tedious schedule in office.
Then came CAT 2009, computerized tests for the first time, and Rudranil too for the first time. Result Screwed!!!! After preparing well, 85.xx!!! I thought I had attempted the exams well, but seemed like I was wrong. I realized this time, Dont kill yourself for something which takes away precious years from your life.
I was almost 3 years into software industry in 2010 when I gave CAT again. I had speculated a lot over that, since I also liked to program and stuffs. But finally a last try was not really bad, I thought. I decided to give a decent try, not over study, so that even if I fail, I will not look back and say I wasted this year too. In fact, 2-3 months before CAT I didnt touch any book because I was preparing for Job Interviews. Although I used to read enormous amount of novels and some newspapers. Apart from that, I would login to CL site and solve problems after I was back from work.
2010, 23rd Nov, I was running on high fever from past 2 days. Eyes red, head fuzzy, fever touching 101 deg.F I went into the exam hall. Even looking at the computer was making my eyes burn even more. Kept on encouraging myself so that I could concentrate. When I read the first question in QA, I knew the answer. I read the second, I knew how to solve it, and so on it went till I had attempted good number of questions. Never Say Die!!! There is always hope (Watch the nickelodeon animated series Avatar)!!!!
Then the results came out in midnight, 11th Jan. I was sleeping by then. Woke up next morning, went to office, and over there I opened the score sheet pdf. I rubbed my eyes twice and closed adobe reader and opened it twice to verify that I scored 99.8. I understood, that when things really look difficult, you need to sit back and clear your head, make yourself believe that there is nothing to loose. I did that to myself. I went in with the coolest head amidst high fever, and suddenly questions started making sense. Never take any win or failure to your head or heart. Win and failure can both be deadly killers.
But as some say, you can never leave your past behind. My 10+2 marks, and Grad College came to bite me back again, and I didnt get calls from a lot of IIMs. I managed to bag calls from IIM L, I, RRRT. Except IIM L PI, rest of the interviews, WATs, and GDs went on well. After IIM L results came out and I was rejected, then on I have converted RRT, and IMT G. Waiting for IIM I, if I can get some good news.
So, this is a story of taking things lightly but sincerely. As we all know, life is short, dont give away every bit of it to make a career. After all once we are gone, this all will be meaningless, isnt it? Every year, 100s of students get great percentile in CAT, and study in IIMs. Everyone has the capability, but for a treasure hunt to succeed, search should begin in right areas.(Read Outliers by malcolm gladwell)
Good Luck to all buddies!!!! ď Š
My CAT story is not a typical very-intelligent-always-on-the-top-of-the-pile IIT stud effortlessly cracks CAT and goes to IIM A/B/C nor is it a story of how a Hindi-medium-educated-starry-eyed-small-towner toils and aces Verbal and eventually makes it into a biggie.
My CAT story is not about CAT at all, it is about the very valuable lessons that life taught me over the past two years; it is about how I learnt from my mistakes; it is about how life hit me, a more or less happy-go-lucky chap, hard and brought me to my knees and how I got up and persevered. So for the kind souls who wish to read on,
This is how it all began
It was 3rd year of Engineering. All the bright kids and the wannabe IIMers joined Career Launcher's full time coaching. I found myself doing pretty well in the class tests and stuff and was amongst the good performers of the batch. 3-4 months into it, placements started. It was a breeze for me. I picked up jobs in coveted companies, despite the recession and my mediocre GPA. This went to my head. Secondly almost everyone around me was telling me that fresher MBA was useless and that it was only the work ex guys that pass out with the sky high salaries. I ended up losing steam and not even applying for CAT and other exams. Come May 2009, I see guys who weren't performing half as well as me, had made it into XL, MDI, etc. The realisation hit me hard, ''Boy! I just made the largest mistake of my life.''
Lesson #1 - Do not let the little successes get to you head, you lose sight of the bigger picture.
Lesson #2 - Do not base important decisions on hearsay.
My company joining was 1st September (thanks to recession). I made wise use of all the free time. I prepared really hard and started writing CL mocks. I used to clear all the cut-offs more often than not. I identified my weaknesses and worked on them. My overall performance was in an upward trend.
Joined my company in September. First 45 days were in the Head Office. New place, new friends, comfortable work hours (read training), first salary, a new relationship and I comfortably put CAT in the backseat.
I got posted in my site by October end and this is when life took a U-turn again. 14-15 hours of running around in the sun, 2 hours of travel in a rickety bus every day, ear-blasting heavy machinery and the fact that I was living in some godforsaken remote place made me rethink my priorities. MBA was the only way I could get out of all this mess.
Lesson #3 - Relationships and good times come and go.
I worked really hard for the next 1 odd month. Was quite confident about CAT. The other exams came and went. So Report Card Season 2009:
CAT - 98.72 with very nice splits. Calls from MDI and NITIE:cheerio:. Let me not talk about the IIM criteria, I could rant for pages if I get into that :).
IIFT - GK cut-off :(
SNAP - Was a breeze. SIBM Pune call.
XAT - Decision making section :(
JMET - Really regret not having applied.
FMS - Missed by a whisker.
Symbi and MDI interviews went very well. NITIE was a blur. There were 6 members in the panel and I kind of blacked out.
Eventually (after a lot of tense waiting for WL movements) I got MDI PGPM (HR in the first list) and SIBM converts. NITIE was a slap on the face, not even in the WL. I was fond of NITIE, so the reject was a shocker.
I was not sure about going to MDI. Everybody around called me a fool for even thinking about it. But I handled the dilemma maturely (at least I like to think so now). The actual reason was, I'd secretly fallen in love with work. Although I used to crib big time about having to run around in the sun, the physical exhaustion and my harassing boss (the moment he came to about my MBA plans, his attitude towards me changed volte-face), I was actually enjoying the tough field work.
Work kept becoming more and more taxing. My typical routine was: get up at 4am study for 3 hours, leave for work at 8, come back by 11pm and got to sleep (on Sundays too). I found it really hard to live through all this, but sort of enjoyed the pressure. My mocks were going alright. I was improving every time. All work and no life did take its toll on me and as a result I lost an important relationship. But I gathered up myself pretty quickly and moved on.
Lesson #4 - Move on
July 18 2010. I had entered the exam hall for TIME Aimcat when my mom's friend barged in, pulled me aside and told me that I'd lost my father. Life came to a standstill. I didn't even know how to react. Life had lost all meaning. CAT seemed trivial.
I somehow managed to muster courage and was at it again pretty soon.
July 21 2010 I wrote an Aimcat from home and scored an AIR 262. The days that followed were the worst of my life (work, CAT and my emotions). I lived like a machine.
Lesson #5 - Perseverance
CAT - I knew I'd mauled Quant and DI. 99.98 in both but a paltry 89.xx in Verbal. I was happy with the 99.46 overall :).
IIFT - Cleared
JMET - AIR 283
FMS - Missed by a whisker
XAT - I knew decision making would do me in, it did :)
Calls - IIFT, NITIE, IIT-B, IIT-D, MDI, IIM RRT.
I'd learnt quite a bit about my work and had got some sectoral knowledge and stuff. I also knew why I required an MBA to strive in the industry. So the interviews were very easy for me.
Lesson #6 - Why MBA
Converts - NITIE (First List), IIFT (First List), IIM Trichy (First List), IIT-B (WL-5), IIM Rohtak (Second List), IIM Raipur (Second List). Didn't attend MDI.
It does sting a teensy little bit in one corner of my heart that I am not going to a big IIM despite all this. But its okay, NITIE is bigger.:cheerio::cheerio::cheerio: So that is where I am headed.
I do not know what the future holds in store for me. Whatever it does, wherever I reach, however much I accomplish in life, I shall always be proud of the little fight I put up to get into NITIE.
This thread in particular has been a huge stimulus for me. I almost can recite r11gupta's post from memory. So I'll wind up by quoting him, "Kill yourself for a year, and you'll be a God the rest of your life."
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