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“Make Good Books Your Best Friends”, Says Aakanksha, CAT, 85.44 Percentile, AIMT Christ University.
Aakanksha appeared in CAT in 2015 and secured 85.44 percentile. She took admission in Army Institute of Management and Technology, Christ University. We asked her some questions and her response is bound to encourage all those who are planning to prepare themselves for CAT 2016.
Find Below her Response to Our Questionnaire for CAT Toppers.
Q. 1 What is your five-point rule to excel CAT?
Read, Be yourself, Devotion, Be Confident, Time Yourself.
Q.2 What were your strong and weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving weak areas?
Critical Thinking, Maths, Aptitude were my strong areas. I brushed up my knowledge of Current Affairs. So, I inculcated a habit of reading everyday. Reading something related to business and news helps a lot.
Q. 3 Did you take coaching classes? If yes, how they did help in your story?
No. I prepared all by myself. Online tutorials were very helpful. Check Out Top Coaching Institutes for CAT
Q. 4 Review the coaching institutes and what was their role in your story?
I referred to a book which had solved question papers from previous years. Not many books were referred by me because I am not a book person.
Q. 5 What mock papers did you take?
I referred to a book by Chandresh Agarwal. This book has unsolved and solved question papers. This book is along with the answers and its a great book.
Q. 6 What are the website you followed regularly to practice free sample papers or to get updates?
I followed Linking Sky, howtoprepare4cat.blogspot.com, www.mycatprep.com, www.quora.com, mbadiscussions.com. You can use these sites for any query related to the CAT exam.
Q. 7 Quantitative aptitude: Discuss your strategy for the section.
Everything is available on the websites mentioned above.
Q. 8 List the name of books you followed for Quant.
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations Paperback (English) 5th Edition Abhijit Guha. Most of the chapters are important.
Q. 9 Data Interpretation: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section.
Make sure to remember the tips and strategies when faced with a data interpretation question. Go through the CAT Syllabus to prepare well for the exam.
Q. 10 List the Name of Books You Followed for DI.
I followed, “How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for the CAT Arun Sharma”.
Q. 11 Logical Reasoning: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section.
Practice more and more. Solve lots of question papers.
Q. 12 List the Name of Books You Followed for Logical Reasoning.
I followed Chandresh Agarwal book on Logical Reasoning.
Q. 13 Vocabulary and Grammar: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section.
Read and try to cover as much as you can.
Q. 14 List the Name of Books You Followed for Vocabulary and Grammar.
I prepared from Current English Grammar and Usage by S M Gupta.
Q. 15 Write some of the preparation tips for someone who is starting a month before the exam?
CAT is something that you cannot prepare in 4 months. But even if you do then like I said devote yourself completely. Read as much as you can. With this short time solve question papers. More and more question papers will definitely help you.
Q. 16 How was the interview in counselling? Share some of the Questions.
Interview was not that stressful. Actually, that completely depends on how your preparations are. Your presence of mind and honesty in your answers matters a lot. In fact, genuinity in your answers is also very important. Don't fake things out there because the panel is far more experienced and they deal with hundreds of people like you everyday. So bluffing is a strict no-no.
I gave interview in 2-3 management institutions and the procedure is the same in most of the institutions, differing in maybe 1 or 2 rounds. one of those institution was Christ University, Bangalore. Interview process here was a 2 day fair.
Day 1 was the group discussion which is common in all the colleges. Most of the colleges consider this as an elimination round but here appearing for all the rounds was compulsory. The topic for GD's is mostly the burning topics i.e, the current affairs. So, keeping yourself updated with the recent happening in and around the world is really very important.
Topic for my GD was, “should tabs replace books in schools”. Now this is a very common and repeated question though its not related to current affairs. Here, talking either about pros and cons (that's your opinion) and concluding it in the end is important.
Giving others a chance to speak, jotting down what you find is important ( for conclusion), listening I repeat listening is very very important (consider these as hacks).There are going to be situations where others will not let you speak but do fight (not literally) for yourself because voicing out gives you more marks.
Just by agreeing to others will not help, so talk give your opinion on the topic, if you like someone's point appreciate it and if you do not agree with the other person politely say that you disagree and keep your point in front of panel.
Do not howl, shout, scream, fight with others. End it by giving a conclusion and thanking the panel. Now the next round on the same day was written assessment. This round is basically used to test your vocabulary, thinking skills etc. A picture is given and you are supposed to write what you feel about that picture after providing a topic.
Day 2 was the personal interview which is like a normal one on one interview. There was a panel of 2 people who asks questions based on the application that you fill. The most common question is tell us about yourself. Prepare for this question before hand, your answer should be of at least 3-4 mins.
Again 100% genuine and honest, 0 bluff. Do not try to show off. Do not pretend to be something that you are not. Be yourself is the golden rule. Again knowledge about current affairs comes handy here because that's what these interviews are meant for. Obviously to know how well are you aware of the world. P.S. I was selected in both the institutions.
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