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Management aspirants fly past CAT

- Students from humble backgrounds pin hope on high percentile for IIM seats

Makar Sankranti brought glad tidings for many management aspirants from the state.

The declaration of the Common Admission Test (CAT) results on Tuesday helped many aspirants inch a step closer towards realising their dream of making it to the premier management institutions in the country.

Take the case of Anand Madhav. A 99.98 percentile under his belt, the 24-year-old from Bathaili Dhanpat village of Purnea’s Barhara Kothi block, slogged hard for the test for an entire year and tasted success at the first attempt.

“It was like a dream come true. In all likelihood, I would make it to one of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), as my score is quite high,” said Anand.

Sharing his success mantra, he said: “I took as many sectional and mock tests as I could. I believe in ‘hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies’, the famous dialogue from the 1994 Morgan Freeman-starrer movie, The Shawshank Redemption.

Anand drew inspiration from parents Ashok Kumar and Anita, who quit their jobs in Delhi to settle in the village to take care of their elderly parents. An alumnus of St George’s School, Delhi, Anand graduated from Bihar Veterinary College and took coaching at IMS and test series at T.I.M.E.

Rupesh Kumar of the city’s Nala Road locality was another happy soul. The alumnus of ST Severin’s High School, Rupesh has got a degree in mineral engineering trade from Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. The 24-year-old, talking over phone from Jharkhand, said he cleared the test at the fourth attempt with 99.2 percentile. Rupesh said: “Patience always pays and gives good results — is what I have learnt.”

In the reserved category, Prakash Mani Gautam from Nalanda secured 95.68 percentile.

Speaking from Mumbai, Prakash said: “My self-confidence, strong determination and patience helped my dream come true. It was not that I wanted to compete and score well in CAT since childhood. I came to know about CAT in 2003, when there was a paper leak. It was much later in 2009 that I seriously considered and started preparing for the competitive examination. I managed to score just 80 percentile at the first attempt and 91.76 percentile at the subsequent attempt. However, I could not get admission in the college of my choice. Then, I thought of taking another attempt so that I could make it to IIM, Ahmedabad, and here I am.”

Prakash, the 24-year-old son of farmer Ram Prasad and Kunti Devi, gave the credit of his success to them and uncle Jayram Kumar. Last year, he also took guidance from Students Guidance Centre, which provides education free of cost.

Some of the top scorers included Ankit with 99.36 percentile, Richa with 99.3 percentile, Anand Singh with 99.1 percentile with results of many other candidates from the state, who scored well in CAT, still pouring in.

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