“Study everyday without any gap. Know your strength and weaknesses and practise a lot” is the suggestion for CAT aspirants from someone who has cracked the Common Admission Test in style this year.
Abhinav Mishra, at present working as a graduate engineer trainee with Tata Motors, has secured the highest percentile in the steel city and aims to pursue a career in operations in an MNC in future.
The 25-year-old from Patna completed his BTech from BIT-Mesra and has got a year and a half’s experience.
“This was my second attempt and the ultimate goal is to work for an MNC in India since I don’t like the idea of going abroad. I would definitely expect a call from IIM-A as those who appear for CAT want to be in that institute followed by Bangalore or Calcutta. Let’s see what happens,” said an elated Abhinav.
Although Abhinav had scored 99.10 in his first attempt in 2010, while still in his final year at college, he did not receive calls from any of the IIMs. This time he expects things to be different as a high percentile like his is scored by only 75 to 100 aspirants across the country.
“The interviews are yet to take place and I hope to excel because that too counts,” said Abhinav, who underwent his CAT coaching from T.I.M.E in Dhatkidih.
After Abhinav, Akashdeep Srivastav scored 99.95 percentile and also aims to make it to IIM-A, B or C. Akashdeep works with Tata Steel with an electronics degree from IIT (BHU).
“It is a double celebration for me. As I scored a decent percentile, my mother Mamta Srivastav was auditioning for Kaun Banega Crorepati. It is great. My aim would be to pursue finance and climb the corporate ladder steadily,” said Srivastav from Jhansi.
In keeping with the general trend, engineers and engineering students have managed to bell the CAT more in comparison to others.
“Students are very happy especially those who have scored well. Majority of the high scorers aim for IIM-A,B,C. There are altogether 13 IIMs in the country and all are doing good. In fact, the demand is also rising for IIM-Ranchi,” said Sandeep Kumar, faculty member of Career Launcher, a MBA coaching centre in Bistupur.
Around 2.14 lakh candidates took the test over a 25-day testing window across 61 centres in India. CAT scores are accepted by the 13 IIMs, and close to 150 other management schools.