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I never ever imagined that someday I'll be writing in this thread. Not because i didn't believe in myself but because i was unsure of treading the path of the corporate world in the first place. I did my 5yr integrated MS in chemistry from IISER kol (one in a set of 5 new institutes established by MHRD to promote science in India), and a research based job or a P.hD. would have been a natural extension. I was planning to take GRE and go abroad for a PhD at one stage. But there were few factors which changed the course of my career and as it turned out, my life.
During my 3rd yr at college, I met a beautiful girl and in 3 months we fell in love. As we got serious into our relationship, I realized I need to stay in India and get myself a settled and successful career. MBA was always in the back of my mind because I felt MBA as a course suits my character and personality, but i never gave serious thought about it. But then during the spring of 2010, i made up my mind to go for an MBA. My father didn't like my decision; he wanted me to go for PhD. But i was adamant.
I joined AIMCAT and started studying. I did not study for hours but I was regular. Though my initial percentiles were disappointing, i was gradually improving with every test. I hit 97 percentile once but mostly my scores were in the range of 85-90. In the meantime, I kept in touch with vocab for GRE till June, which was in October, thinking of it as a backup. But after June, I focussed fully on CAT. 'She' always motivated me, supported me and even discussed with me about my preparation and studies. I even once hit a terrible bad patch but she took my studies out of that shit.
I took GRE and TOEFL and scored reasonably well (1390/1600 and 109/120) considering my lack of preparation. On the D-day, i was satisfied with my exams but a bit worried about DI sectional as i only attempted 12/20. I spent too much time on quant(attempted all). After CAT, i screwed up IIFT (coz of GK section). FMS and XAT were not satisfactory either (96 and 94 %iles respectively). So, finally all my hopes were pinned on CAT results. I was expecting 99+ but i knew CAT can be a bitch sometimes. In the meantime, I applied to 2 universities abroad for PhD, coz of my father's pressure.
Finally the night came when results were declared. My friend came and told results are out and he got 98.75. I almost ran to his laptop and entered my SR number with 5 people behind my back, all gazing at the screen. I saw, 99.71 it was, with 99.86 in quant, 98.49 in verbal and 93.36 in DI. Everyone picked me up and after 5 mins, I realised I could barely walk because of the pain
In few days time, i received the following calls- C, I, Ranchi, MDI and ABM calls from A and L. So it was now down to GDPI. I joined TIME GDPI classes but the pressure of thesis submission was enormous at college. It became tough for me to manage the two things at one time. But I tried my best to take as many GD and PI sessions as possible. At this time, I got an offer for PhD at National University of Singapore with a handsome stipend. But my eyes were stuck on IIM. I had two advantages prior to the GDPI stage- the advantage of having a different background (pure science graduates are not many in any campus) and the advantage of being from an Institute like IISER (I came to know it was very famous among professors)
After the marathon GDPI season in which i had 7 interviews, it was the time for final results. Though initially wait-listed in few, I converted all finally (except C where I was wait-listed at 24). It was like a dream come true. Everyone was so ecstatic. Even though I feel I had blessings from my elders but I have no hesitation in saying that without my girlfriend, IIM would only have remained a dream for me. She has the biggest hand in my success and I can never forget that. I can also never forget my friends who have supported me throughout the preparation period.
From my experience, i can tell u one thing for sure. Success is nothing if u don't have someone to celebrate it with- Friends or family who care about your success. Therein lies the joy of success. So don't get yourself so much involved in studies that you miss out on the real charm of life. CAT doesn't need that, study smartly and enjoy relationships, parties and above all, the Life.
Its amazing to be writing on this thread. I have found great inspiration from the stories told here and it is time I thank all puys who helped me thus far to be able to share my experience here.
It started, as it always does, during the engineering days. My wing-mates and I, as early enthusiasts, joined the coaching classes for CAT 2008 in the 3rd year. After attending a few classes and although I found them useful, I decided to discontinue the classes as I figured it interfered with my Sunday morning sleep. The only section, I learned, that needed more preparation for me was English and I quietly started preparing for it by improving my reading speed, enhancing my vocabulary etc.
It was not until later next year when the AIMCAT season started in July that I really got into CAT preparation. I was scoring around 95 percentile in these tests and had a fair amount of confidence early on. I took a lot of tests and did some analysing and found my skills in VA were poor. My DI was no good either and I had developed a fear of DI in my mind. I continued my CAT preparation along with regular college work, but as the AIMCAT season progressed my performance didnt improve much and my scores never crossed 98 pc. Still I was under some sort of delusion that I would crack CAT. On the C-Day, 16 Nov, I messed up a little by spending a lot of time in VA, as the test format was 40-25-25 questions in favour of VA rather than the normal 25-25-25 distribution. Otherwise I thought I had done decently.
Soon I was to discover that it was not good enough. On the day of the results, 9th Jan, I was extremely disappointed to see a 98.53 percentile score and no calls. Many of my friends from college got admits in IIMs the same year which only reinforced my wish to appear for CAT next year.
This time I thought I will do everything it takes. I started my preparations early. I practised a lot; my VA improved considerably and reading became lightning fast. But still the improvement was not as much visible in the mock test scores as I expected. The test was online this time around, though this fact didnt bother me. On the day of the exam, I found the paper to be quite easy. I had attempted a decent number of questions and thought I may get a few calls. This time I wrote XAT as well and scored a very good 99.83 which I thought was a good prelude to a similarly high score in CAT. Due to CAT fiasco that year, results were declared quite late. To my utter dismay, the result was a mere 98.01 percentile. Boy, was that frustrating. Even lesser than my previous CAT score and all the hours of preparation seemed a waste. I had an interview call from XLRI and although I wasnt very keen on it, I decided to appear for the interview. The interview was quite a routine one I thought and I did decently. As a relief, after the miserable performance in CAT, I found that Id converted my XLRI call.
I disappointed a lot of folks, especially my family, by not joining XLRI. The stakes were higher this time and the pressure was enormous. I was tired of getting the shorter end of the stick all the time and I really wanted a win. Only the odds were stacked against me.
I had been in the job for quite a while now, and the work load was slowly increasing. I was doing well there, in fact I was enjoying what I was doing at work so that part was good. There were days during my CAT prep when I felt low and it seemed like dj vu but I kept my morale up. I scored quite a few 99+ percentiles in the mock tests which cheered me up. Also I ensured not to feel down by the occasional low scores.
On the C-Day, I noticed that I was particularly calm. The paper was easy and I attempted all the questions except a couple of them. The feeling I had after the exam was a good one but that is the same feeling I had after my previous CATs too. Meanwhile, I won a few rewards at work which was a good diversion after long months of CAT preparation and I let myself to some enjoyment.
Come the day of the result- 12th Jan, I could scarcely believe what I saw in my laptop screen when I entered my CAT registration number- a 99.99 pc overall with 99.97-QA, 99.85-DI, 98.75-VA. It was a dream come true. I dont think I had tears of happiness ever before in my life. Later in the day the shortlists started to come out, and as I had known by then, they always come together- happiness and sadness. I didnt get calls from IIM A and B. After the initial disappointment (of not getting a call from the dream b-school IIMA) passed I didnt worry as much as there wasnt anything I couldve done about it.
I focused my energies to convert the calls I had. I had a great time preparing for the GD-PI phase. Be it attending mock GDs, interacting with old pals for advice, or the actuals, I learned a lot from the experience. Although by the time of the first couple of interviews, I was not completely prepared, it got better with time, ending with the final interview for IIMC. I have briefly shared the GDPI experience in my other post.
On the day the final results came out, 18th April, I was ecstatic to get the final admit call from IIMC. It was one of the best feelings you ever had. I had waited for so long for it and imagined in my head endless times how it would feel, yet the feeling at that time couldnt have been better. It also felt like the end of an era in my life and a beginning of a new one.
Unless you are a born-intelligent types guy or girl, it takes a lot of hard work to crack CAT and an inspiration. For me it was about living a dream, or maybe impressing a girl who used to sit next to me, but more than anything it was about keeping a promise I made to a very special person. If you look around you will find your inspiration too. And as the saying goes, It aint over until you win.
All the best!
So here I was sitting with all these rejects. Also, my ego used to get badly hurt. Most of my friends had made it big to a top B-School. Some made it to IIFT, some to NM. They were all celeberating while I was just attending them, not having a single worthwhile convert in my hand. Initially I had made up my mind to go to ICFAI Hyderabad, but I remember on the bus trip of MICA when I met fellow puy akshay.vannery. He told me to try hard for next year & that ICFAI does not justify my abilities. I took his advice
To be conitnued..........................
The purpose of this post is not to motivate people but to warn them what never to do while preparing for CAT. My experience with Indian MBA industry (Yes it is an industry going by the money making) has not been pleasant at all and all I wish is that others do take the precautions I never took.
Declaration: It would be my conscious effort not to reveal names and places. As my intention is not to degrade any region people or place but just to warn others.
It all started in 2007 when the economy was gung ho and things were rosy in IT industry. I was an average engineer in an average college where the Infy, TCS and the likes recruited regularly. Got a decent job but dad was adamant on me being an MBA. (yes I come from a small town where parents reign supreme). So started the MBA dream. Joined CL and was a sincere with an on and off note.
Things started rolling to 2008, where I tool CAT, JMET, XAT and what not. In those weekly tests I was usually not the brightest bulb but many times was in 96-97%ile.
With this kinda performance CAT was a dream but still with full gusto went ahead and got 80%ile.
Here I would like to make a special mention to all those administrators in B-Schools who keep the last date of form submission just a day before the actual exam to cash in on the rat race frenzy. Hats Off to them as they amply demonstrate Nobility and Profitability are opposing ends.
Anyways continued with the razzmatazz and gave XAT and NMIMS. Funny, thing about NMIMS missed the cut off by a narrow margin. (But did not blame the luck even once, I blamed my performance).
Then came XAT, where I without any hopes (Legend has it, its tougher than CAT) went ahead. Expected a good performance, and pleasantly shocked I got 97%ile , I don't know how,but now started a bigger pain. All venerable names had closed submission a day before exam (included GIM, XIMB etc.) and I was left standing with filling up XLRI- which had been filled much earlier due to dad's insistence.
People ask me why fill XLRI and not GIM at-least , and I tell them logic is not available when you need it most.
So found out this supposedly great institution accepting XAT score. Made big promises and showed high ethical standards like not disclosing average packages and all that.
Managed by an ex-IIM director it looked to be on the path of becoming great soon. So, without wasting a moment did the due-diligence on:
1. Contacted seniors.
2. Checked out companies coming for recruitment.
3. Unofficial data on Average package in past.
4. and some other thing....
It shone bright and as soon as I cleared GD, PI decided to join it up. This was 2008.
To my horror it became clear the very first day that the ex-IIM dude who was the president was an autocrat leading the entire gamut to naught. The college prided itself to be the fairest of all in selection and having no quotas yet I found more than 40% of students from a particular state. Almost all seniors rued theri decision to come but I foolishly concluded that it was too late to change course.
The college had a disproportionately high no. of non-hindus (I put on record that my intention is not to offend anyone) and hence, holi, diwali celebrations were not permitted in open even though some of the Sunday mornings the rule was forgotten. What was even more shocking was the pure lies in hostel accommodation. We were shoved in small rooms in numbers higher than what was promised in the brochure. And the cherry on the cake people getting high not on alcohol but cannabis. The allegations of bungling with answer sheets to favor a few were always present too. Most profs had little industry experience with the exception of a few highly talented ones. And the kind of personal control exerted there on every part of life reminded me of the Orwellian 1984 horror.
Placement season 2010 came and me being an engineer tried in IT. To my horror only one of then came and that I could not get through.
So, was left jobless. But thanks to a banking giant went in sales. Things have been just a little less than OK ever since. I am paid less than industry average. Get abused regularly by boss (Everyone is the target so its a part of life now.) Lot of field work is there so have lost a lot of weight in this north-Indian heat.
Someone might ask why wait 1 year and post, the reason is now I find my engineering buddies earning almost equal or more than me being only graduates. THey work in plush iT offices while scrounge the roads for leads and a question keeps popping up in my head "What if?????"
My advise to all aspirants:
1. Take CAT if you want to be an MBA not because somebody wants you to. I was not even aware that Sales and Marketing are different functions uptill the course beginning.
2. Be resourceful and summon all your energy to find about the college you intend to join. Use PG contact seniors etc.
3. Don;t rush into this decision it can make or break your life.
4. Losing the first time is not the end of life.
5. But most importantly if at any point you feel you won't get what you want, cut your losses and move. Chuck the course for a better opportunity or trying to create one, because sentimental remorse and guilt take you nowhere.
I have a lot of other complaints and a lot more advise but I think this would do good to forewarn others and i don't want to dirty this sacred thread as people refer to it with my litany of woes.
However, what I can say every morning I dread the heat work and abuse and just wonder "What If???"
P.S.: The college I am talking is not **** kinda college. It is well respected and if I remember correctly PG had its first perception based rankings in 2008. Its rank was in double digits and a good one. On a healthy side.
This is a very sacred thread, which I only read till now, and never dared to post . Before I proceed, let me tell you folks that I'm not a CAT Cracker till now and won't ever be one, but nevertheless, I'm happy with season 2011 and wanted to share my MBA journey.
I landed up in engg(in 2005), like many the others - just another degree with no particular love for the subject. Passed time in the 1st and 2nd year with not much of serious prep stuff but occasional fiction and non-ficition books.
I enrolled in CAT coaching in IMS, during my engg.2nd year and took the classes. Back in those days, I was in Bhubaneswar and used to juggle between engg, college placements prep and CAT Prep(which wasnt very tough!).
In Feb, Infosys had come to our college and I was selected in its placement drive. I was taking mocks and was preparing for OMETs as well. However, the preps were lacking the heat required to crack CAT. I could hardly touch 90 percentiles. Towards sept, I had completely lost heat and wasn't sure If I should continue with preps or not. In between, semester exams came and went and I was still clueless. Finally, the C-Day was on 16th Nov, the last pen and paper CAT was held. I gave couple of other exams as well.
The results came one after the other. Little did I know that 2009 was the worst ever year in my CAT Journey. FIrst came JMET - AIR 2118(not enough for any call). CAT was a fiasco with no IIM Calls. Didnt apply other Non CAT instis(didnt wanna waste money seeing my performance in mocks!) .
IRMA gave me a call with 99.5 pcntile and NMAT also gave me one with my initial rank before GD-PI being around 1800.
I wasn't really sure about IRMA and the rural mgmt thing and I was also fighting NMAT with a low score and no work-ex. After thousands of debates over whether I should attend IRMA and NMIMS GD-PIs, I decided to attend.
I converted IRMA and was offered a Management quota seat in NM. I never wanted to join Infy in the first place and Infy had offered a Date of Joining in Nov 2009. So I was weighing my options of should I or shouldn't I join IRMA. It was the most difficult and most changing decision I've ever made. I consulted many many folks from IMS, other seniors, PG etc, and finally made up my mind to join IRMA .
IRMA started college from June 8th 2009 and before that I had taken a loan for 1 lakh for the first year fee. I started attending college and the classes. Went to the initial field work and induction stuff. I was never however convinced that rural mgmt was my calling (I've highest regards to IRMA and nowhere do I intend to question its quality. It is just that I run after certain different things in life, which the institute was not offering).
I was confused as to what should I be doing. I had a loan riding on me and the prospect of going back home and waiting to join Infy till Nov and then work in Infy was very intimidating. But rural mgmt was clearly not in my mind . I discussed matters with my folks, and close friends but was still very very confused.
Finally on arnd July 17th, after some 1 month of classes, I made my decision to quit IRMA, and came back to home in bhubaneswar.
July - Nov 2009:
When I look back, this was one such phase which I never ever wanna recall.Everything bad that could possibly happen, heppened. The loan was no longer classified as a study loan, and so the interest rates shot up to 16%. My decision was not an economical one. Folks were visibly freaked out and there was a lot of depression. The fact of joining Infy again with college folks was insulting. People mostly never understood my reason for coming back and everyone thoguht there would be somethign more to it.
I kind of shut myself out from all friends except for few close ones and wiled time doing all the paperwork for joining Infy and stuff. I wanted to take up some job before I joined in Infy, but got stiff resistance from folks. Dropped the idea of everything. Didnt feel like preparing for CATor OMETs again and was worried about the 1.2 lakh loan even before having a job.
Joined Infy much to my chagrin and disappointment and went through their training. People claimed it to be tough and stuff but honestly speaking I used to wind up everyday by 5.30 and used to read the tonnes of non-fiction books in the Mysore lib. I was still in refusal of society and friends.
In the the Mysore Library,I read a couple of very good biographies and books which inspired a lot!1 Looking back I must say good books and good friends have a lot of importance in life! Am really thankful for getting hold of such a good library .
I got posted to Pune in May 2010 and worked there for 3 weeks. For some urgent project requirement, I was transferred from Pune to Bangalore permanently and joined Bang in June. Life was changing quite rapidly and I still had no plans of giving CAT or OMETs. My managment dream was almost over and parents were insiting on marriage plans.
It was my bnglr roomie and another close friend of mine who spoke to me to take up preps once more. I clearly lacked a goal/purpose in life, back then. I gave it a thought initially but wan'st much inclined. However, I used to get a lot of free time. In spite of being in a full time project I managed to wind up by 5.30 and was getting bored already. My friend again spoke to me about having a purpose in life and realizing dreams.
So, I finally decided to take up prep again and by 15th june, was searching all coaching instis again. I joined TIME test series and started taking tests seriously. I scored much better in this season with averaging around 95pcntile. I never touched the coveted 99 pcntile though :shocked:. I gave other OMETs as well.
It was tough to prepare this time around without the comforts of home. The office pressure, and other pressures were there and it was tough to study everyday after winding up in offyc. Literally all weekends were hectic. It was a tough saying no to friends when they insisted for movies, eating out etc . Had to control .
Finally the C-Day arrived and I gave CAT. I walked out quite confidently, and this time around I applied to other Non-Cat exams keeping in mind my good performance in mocks. But destiny had other plans for me.
In OMETs I gave NMAT, FMS, and JMET.
The first result of the season was again JMET. I got an AIR of 1359 this time around. It wasn't what I was expecting, but who said u get what u expect in MBA results . I knew that IIT B,D and KGP are chucked with this rank. But I was okay to consider IITM,K and R as well. The congrats calls started coming and folks were happy, but I was waiting for 11th. Then came 5th Jan with FMS results and I was elated to see my name in the list. My close friends, roomies and folks were happy for FMS and I was truly ecstatic. Then came CAT. Now this was the disaster of all results and again I got no call from any IIM. I dunno the vague normalization ka jhol, but then losers cant complain :splat:!
Finally NMAT came with the result and I was called for the GD-PI.
So much for the calls. Then came the frantic 2 months of GD-PI preps and workshops and newspaper reading and opinion forming and knowing-anything-under-the-sun quest!
My GD-PI season started with IIT R , followed my NMIMS, IITK, FMS and IIT KGP. I wasnt very much worried about this stage coz of the relatively okish feedback that I used to get in the gd-pi workshops etc.
Then came the time for results, starting first with FMS! The day was 18th of March and the next day was Holi. It was a convert and my first and most coveted convert!! All the results came after FMS and I converted all the 5 calls I had for the season .
Folks were and are still very very happy! It has been celebration since then.
Not being philosophical but life has its share of ups and downs. The ups teach you many good things, but the downs show who really matter to you the most!!
Also, I'm indebted to PG for all the gyaan and prep tips that I got from this wonderful site.
So here I was. My life was in a total standstill. I was not sure, what I wanted to do with my life. Then, one day my sister came from Pune (she was studying there). She told me she was going to have a crack @ cat 2008. She had come with her IMS study material, so that she could be regular with her studies. I glanced a look @ the books.Saw that there were questions on a topic called para jumbles. Solved, 25 questions from that particular exercise. MY sister came & asked me what am I doing. I showed her what I was doing. Then she started to check how many I had got correct. With a jaw-dropped look she came back to me & told me it was a Level-2 exercise of the workbook. I had cracked 25 correct out of 25. She told me to give it a shot at MBA this year. However, I ignored her advice, probably I was still in love with medicine. At this moment the CAT notification was out. My friends in college had bought the form, they were very keen on MBA. Seeing them, I decided to buy the Application form. Then, one friend told me to enroll in CL's Test Series, did so. Then one by one the mocks went by. The scores were usually pathetic, from as low as 34%ile to occasionally getting 80's. However, in 1 mock I was able to manage a 93 %ile.
However, my prep was very poor. Never really worked hard to deserve even an 80 %ile. Hence, when the results came out for CAT 2008, I was actually satisfied to see my score @ 80.56 %ile. It was the only exam in which I had appeared in that year. Considering, that my preparation was of zero level I had made up my kind. I was going to appear again for Cat 2009.An endeavour had begun.
Joined full time class room coaching @ CL. Initially, getting on equal terms with engineers particularly in QA was a real challenge. There were classes when when I would just have no clue, as to what was going on. However, slowly I was able to make myself comfortable with the classes. Then came the mocks, this time my performance was much better. Quite a few mocks, my %ile was in high ninties, with highest in Proc Mock5, scoring 96.78%ile.
Then came the exam season, I gave only CAT,XAT,NMAT,SNAP. The last exam was XAT on 3rd of Jan. Then, the results started to pour in. Initially, expected things to turn out good. The first result was ICFAI, I got a call from it. Then, came SNAP in which I got a score of 98.75. Seeing it @ first I was very happy, I thought I have sureshot call from SIBM-Pune. Filled forms of SIIB, SCMHRD as well. First out was SIBM-Pune, did not get the call. Still, I was not disheartened I thought that still SIIB, SCMHRD shortlist was remaining. However, I will never forget that particular day of 22nd January, 2010. This is how it went, morning SCMHRD came out with the results. Status read "not selected for 2nd phase."
Still i try to calm myself, hoping for the best in SIIB. However in the evening the same results are out.I do not make it again. And just when I thought, this the worst that can happen XAT results come out. A measly 83.45 %ile. I tell myself that this is all over, sad & dejected I start to work for my NMAT exam, only 7 days away.Gave my NMAT on 2nd Feb.After, recieving so many shocks I decided to change my strategy, now I would go all out over the paper & leave my conservative approach aside. The paper went well, then the CAT results were out on 28th Feb. Came another shocker 80.88 %ile.:shocked:
And then the very next day, came out NMAT. Initially, I did not even bother to look at the score, I thought that one more reject is on it's way. Then, my friend called me up to tell me what I had done, scored a shocking 268 (99%ile). Managed to get 91 correct out of 96 attempts.
Then that confidence acted as a boost for MICAT. Got a call from MICA too. However, all that good work was undone by my lack of prep for interviews got rejects from both NMIMS & MICA. At NMIMS I was told by d interviewer I was not fit for MBA.:shocked: Hence, a frustrating season came to an end.
End of part 2
When i started preparing for MBA , I was in my 2nd year Engg . I was told by my faculties that you are here to learn skills which would help you to get a seat in the best B-Schools of the Country . Throughout my student life i was an above average student who always wanted to find some shortcuts to success because of laziness . My Parents wanted me to take up Science and i agreed for them . Did quite well in boards 2006 . But I was never hopeful to get through a good engineering college in my first attempt so took admission for Eco( Hons) in Kirori Mal College , DU . Luckily i got call from VIT, Vellore and changed my plan again because my parents wanted me to do that . I could never figure out what i wanted to do so i stuck with my parents decision . The day i took admission in engineering my father told me ' Beta , This is just the first step of your career . MBA is the next thing we want from you . Start preparing for atleast 1 hour from today ' .
I was confused whether i was doing Engineering or an MBA . I started my Engineering journey on 29th july 2006 and cleared all my exams in 1st attempt with a CGPA - 8.86 in 2010 .
Never wanted to do Science ; Got a good %age in boards for Eco(Hons) in DU .
Never wanted to do Engineering ; Got a core engineering job ( TVS Motors ) .
Not interested in MBA ; But wanted to do that for future growth ( yeh meine 1st cheez seekhi thi life mein). tab tak meri life clay jaisi thi ki kaise bhi Mold kardo ..
Prepared well for MBA as saw many serious aspirants preparing around me . Some of them didn't even sit for placements . I took help from my friends around me and prepared well for the exams . My first exam was JMET and did quite well in that . Then came CAT , XAT and FMS . All were fine . Happily i waited for results . 1st came JMET and i got a dream rank - 122 . Would have got all the calls but opted for only B and D . Well , this was the only call this season . Only IMT-G was my call through CAT . No XAT , No FMS . Cleared IMT -G of those 3 and planned to drop an year . chalo bhai tab tak naukri karte hai.. thode paise kama ke bhi toh dekh le.. ... I was in my training period where i was made to take various tests so that HR can come to know our strengths and weaknesses . People with good technical skills got Rnd , Operations and people with good analytical skills got Quality , production . And the left outs whom they thought are useless in terms of Engineering were put into marketing . I was one of them. Then i realised that Engineering was not my cup of tea . Chalo bhai Marketing karenge .. Sales badhayenge..
I would never forget what that lady in HR told me ' You are good with people and so you can handle our customers and dealers ' .
Thought a lot after that . Made a thought for HR as my company took 4 months to know our strengths and weaknesses and hence i respected its decision . 2010-11 Planned to appear for CAT , XAT , FMS , TISS . 1st 3 were horrible scores would be posted later on . Got a call from TISS and was happy for something in this season . Gave its interview and was confident for a convert . Then came results and i got a WL-6 and going by last year trend my dream was shattered as last year only 3 students cleared . I had made up my mind for HR in october'10 when that lady told me . And finally after 23 years i could realize my goals .
On 4th May , 2011 my dream turned into reality and i cleared my Dream college - TATA INSTITUTE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES - HRM & LR .
People would be thinking that this persons ID reads IIM-A but his dream college is TISS . Strange ?
I would just like to share my learnings which most of you must be knowing . Its not about doing something which gives you success but its about doing something which gives you satisfaction and even a small success would mean a lot then . You will feel much more happier if you do what you want to do and that would give you a complete feeling of satisfaction . Just remember one thing " Life is long -one college, one exam, one degree, one accident or one misfortune can't define it -one always gets a chance to prove his worth, provided he carries on . "
These lines have changed the way i looked at my life . These lines are by the famous aka The Bmr ( Ranjeet Pratap Singh) . Wishing all of you the best in life . Hope you all do well in your future endeavors .
Never Give up ! Either you achieve what you want or you try till the date you change your mind .
PG has helped me a lot in my preparation . Lots of material is available here . I have always loved posting on pursuit of happiness . Paagalguy rocks !
I am soooo happy today that i could be the part of this thread .
Thats all i wanted to speak about CAT . Phewwww !!!! I am sorry if some bragging was there but thats my life on page . Few more things are there but that would make it too lengthy . Abhi MBA college mein bhi jaake sheets bharni hai.. :lookround: .
Season'09 - JMET -83( Rank -122) Season' 10- TISS -(53.2 Written)
CAT -95.4 CAT - 96.xx ( DI-60.xx)
XAT - 99.2 ( VA-7
Tata Institute of Social Science
HRM & LR - Class of 2011-13
If I can do this, anyone can. Its just the question of having the right Attitude and not hesitating to take that one last step.
Till my seventh standard, i struggled to pass. I failed in almost all the exams, sneaked through in the annual alone. I started improving myself and entered a decent college if not a IIT or NIT. Various reasons tempted me to prepare and write CAT 2009. The journey began.
College was not very intensive, i got time to prepare, but i didn't make use of it. I didn't prepare well enough and it showed in the results. My CAT 2009 score was way below par. A 88.01 percentile with 79.xx in DI, 83.xx in Quant and 87.xx in Verbal. Ofcourse, the examination wasn't an ideal one. I did not get the timer properly in the screen for almost an hour, after which i was provided a watch. It was too late by then. But, I didn't deserve more. My mock test scores were way below par. To be very specific, i cleared the Verbal cutoff on only 2 occasions out of the 23 mock tests that i attended (TIME mock test series). I was never among the top 500 in any mock. I never saw a 99.xx. The best percentile i had scored was 93.xx. I was as ordinary as you could get. CAT 2009 was done and dusted. Failure. I failed in almost all management entrance test. JMET i had got a rank of somewhere around 1200. FMS, XAT, SNAP, IIFT were all failures. I was stuck. Such a majestic failure meant i was not given any clue how to proceed further.
It was also the final few months in college. Time passed away just like that. Eventually it was over. I had got offer from a good company, took it. Shifted to bangalore. I knew it had to be CAT.
This is when i did a lot of introspection. This is where it all started. I got to know the importance of having the right attitude. I had to learn dedicatedly. I had to enjoy learning. More importantly, I decided on something like this. "I will give my hundred percent while preparing for CAT 2010. If i still can't crack it, it's not the end of the door". Now, how do i develop these inside me? For that, I defined the purpose of my MBA. I imagined what i wanted to do. Etched it deep inside. That gave me this much required Attitude, which i believe, took me all the way.
Strategies changed, preparation was lively, learned to exhibit discipline while attempting a mock. Mocks were enriching. But CAT 2010 was fast approaching. After 4 months of prep, i gave CAT 2010. Started with VA. Did 18. Moved on to QA. Couldn't do the first couple of questions. Tension. Then there was that golden 30 mins. Did 16 of the remaining 18. Then DI. Did 16. I thought i had done okay, but wasn't satisfied especially with QA. Then there were other exams, everything went okay.
Results. JMET rank 298. All IITs call. CAT 99.70 (QA-96.66, DI-98.54, VA-98.99). Call from all IIMs except K. FMS no call. IIFT no call. XLRI BM call.
I was still the same person who gave CAT 2009. The difference was my attitude. I was willing to face failure this time. A failure in mock made me more serious rather than De-motivating me. I was more focussed.
Interviews. There were good ones as well as Bad ones. In interviews, you need luck to be on your side (At least for ordinary people like me).
Converted IIM-A. :)
According to me, CAT is more of a mental thing. You just need to be mentally prepared. It will threaten you. But it cannot eat you. Only you can crack it.
PS : Last year, i was here, searching for some inspiration after so many failures. Will be very happy if the post helps a couple of people.
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