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Last Updated - March 31, 2017

Satyendra sat for CAT in 2008 and scored 83.9 percentile. He took admission in Xavier Institute of Development Action and Studies, Jabalpur. 

He has been in our CAT Toppers List because of his preparation efforts for the exam. His journey of cracking CAT will be an inspiration for many aspirants.  

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Find below His Response to our Questionnaire for CAT Toppers.

Q1. What is your five-point rule to excel CAT?

Start early, Manage your time effectively, Practice & practice a lot, Join a test series and Don't give up!

Q2. What were your strong and weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving weak areas?

Easy to list down my strong areas. I was doing well in mock papers and test series in the Verbal Ability section, so that went well along with Data Interpretation and Reasoning. I wasn't very sure on Quantitative Ability and the only solution which every expert gave was to practice and practice. So, through question banks I spent significant time in practicing those numerical.

Q3. Did you take coaching classes? If yes, how they did help in your story?

I did not take coaching classes but joined test series of Career Launcher. Test series was particularly helpful to me as it gave a good understanding of managing time and maintaining speed as desired in real time test situation. I worked hard on my Quantitative Ability which was not a very strong zone for me through the test series and managed to score well.

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Q4. Review the coaching institutes and what was their role in your story?

To me, test series of Career Launcher was very helpful particularly for the reason of checking the ability of maintaining time and coping with real-time like situation of taking exam. I followed a lot of material from online and tried to solve question papers from previous years.

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Q5. What mock papers did you take?

Mock papers by Sultan Chand and Tata McGraw Hill were of much help. Also, at times I borrowed question papers which other coaching institutes were administering on their students. It is always advisable to have a mix and match in that Case. Test series by Career Launcher also helped me a lot.

Q6. What are the website you followed regularly to practice free sample papers or to get updates?

Well, I followed pagalguy.com for all the details along with MBA Universe.

Q7. Quantitative Aptitude: Discuss your strategy for the section

There are shortcuts which definitely needs to be practiced. Be very sure that you will never have enough time to work on all questions the long way comfortably so it is advisable to work out and understand the shortcuts, hit and trial method you can adopt.

Q8. List the name of books you followed for Quant

CBSE Class XII Mathematics by R S Agarwal was enough.

Q9. Data Interpretation: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Data interpretation requires lots of practice. I practiced problem sets from past years’ question papers and mock papers. Also, try understanding the trend that is followed in the cat exam when it comes to this section. Year on year you will be able to understand what kind of DI questions appear.

Q10. List the Name of Books You Followed for DI

I only followed one book- Data Interpretation by Arun Sharma.

Q11. Logical Reasoning:. Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

This directly relates to one’s decision making ability. I tried to understand the logic behind the problem. A good strategy here would be trying and working out backwards from weeding out all the improbable answers from the set of answers given. It made a problem more approachable.

Q12. List the Name of Books You Followed for Logical Reasoning

I only preferred Logical Reasoning by Arun Sharma (TMH).

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Q13. Vocabulary and Grammar: Discuss Your Strategy for the Section

Again, vocabulary and grammar were strong areas for me. I tried to work problems from test series as well as previous years’ question papers. I also engaged in lot of debates and discussions with my friends who were also preparing for CAT along with me.

Q14. List the Name of Books You Followed for Vocabulary and Grammar

No specific book.

Q15. Write some of the preparation tips for someone who is starting a month before the exam?

For somebody who is starting off the preparation just 2 to 4 months before the exam, it is very important to work out a timeline for preparation and prepare a timetable for each of the sections. Also, keep an eye on what's going on around try and follow online discussions on CAT & CAT Preparation. Give mock tests to check the reality.

Q16. How was the interview in counselling? Share some of the Questions.

Most important questions usually come from your background, undergraduate degree is the general anchor when it comes to start a conversation. Also, increasingly B Schools emphasize on why MBA as a choice and where do you want to be perhaps 5 or 10 years down the line.

Try to be honest in your admission round, if you don't know answer to a particular answer, beating around the bush doesn't help.

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