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“Practice Makes A Man Perfect”, says Vishal Gor who has scored 124 Marks in CMAT 2015

Last Updated - February 07, 2017

Vishal Gor appeared for CMAT in 2015 and cleared it with 124 marks. Currently he is pursuing his studies from Nirma University. In the interview he told us about his interview experiences, preparation strategies, his success mantra and his thoughts on books for the preparation of CMAT 2017. Here is the questionnaire which we had with him.

Ques. How many GD/PI did you take part in?

Ans. I appeared in almost 4 group discussion rounds and 3 personal interviews actively. The experience was quite good, there are number of people that are very active in talking and know each and everything going around so the main focus we must do should be on GK and the art of speaking because only because of these 2 things we can crack any GD PI round.

Ques. How was your experience in the Interview?     

Ans. The interviews were quite tough than I expected, but I didn’t face any major problem. Mostly all interviews are conducted in Funnel Type Method which is first the interviewers ask questions having broad answers like tell us about yourself and your interest area and slowly they come to the important questions like technical questions, but if you prepare well then be relaxed, interview is a piece of cake.

Ques. The Institutes that offered you Admission?

Ans. I was offered admission from Mudra institute of Communications, Ahmedabad Institute of Technology, Parul institute of Engineering & Technology, SOM-Lalit Institute of Management Studies, Indukaka Ipcowala Institute of Management.

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Ques. Apart from CMAT, which exams did you appear in?

Ans. Apart from CMAT, I appeared for CAT, MAHCET, KMAT and IBS.     

Ques. How would you rate the following Preparation Strategy in terms of their efficiency in your story?

Coaching ClassesNCERT Text BooksOnline Study MaterialCoaching Study MaterialMock & Sample Test PapersStudy GroupsSubject Wise ClassesSelf-Study
ModerateModerateVery highVery highVery highHighModerateVery high

Ques. Name the Coaching Institute you joined and its Role in your Story?   

Ans. I joined Endeavor Vallabh Vidhyanagar Center, the institution has played a fair role in my result. The study material provided by the coaching center was very helpful especially the Quantitative Aptitude and the Reasoning part were very good. Their books really helped me in getting my dream college today.

Ques. Rate the Role of you Coaching Institute (Classroom or Online) in cracking CMAT?

Ans. 7

Ques. How did you manage your CMAT preparation along with your Graduation studies/working hours?

Ans. I used to go to my CMAT classes in the morning from 8 to 10 and then my college was from 11 to 6 then after college I used to do my college work and after dinner every night I used to prepare “3 hours” for CMAT.

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Ques. What were your Strong and Weak areas? How did you prepare and what special efforts did you put for improving them?  

Ans. I was strong in reasoning because of the endeavor's material which was very good and I solved it 4 times before my CMAT exam so it helped me a lot.

I was okay in quantitative aptitude but practicing everyday made my result stronger and the most important part is you must practice by writing. No mathematics problem can be solved by just reading it.

The verbal part of mine was quite good as I liked it from beginning. The simple funda to get good marks in verbal section is to read more and more newspaper articles and novels.

The newspapers will also help you most in scoring well in general knowledge part and apart from newspapers there are many sites available where we can easily find GK questions.

Ques. What is your Five Point Rule to excel CMAT 2017? 

  • Prepare daily
  • Focus on Reasoning and verbal more
  • Read novels and newspapers daily
  • Spare at least 3 hours a day for CMAT preparation
  • Give as many possible mock test papers as you can

Ques. What Mock Papers did you take?  

Ans. I used to take mock papers of the endeavor coaching classes which helped me very much. Apart from it I used to solve old CMAT dummy papers and there are many sites like inidabix which help the most.

Ques. Websites you followed regularly for practicing sample papers and get updates?     

Ans. I preferred indiabix.com, cmatguru.com, catguru.com, tcyonline.com, youth4work.com, oliveboard.in and many more.

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Ques. Verbal Ability: Discuss the Strategy and Books you followed for this section

Ans. For verbal ability, personally, I don’t refer any specific book because this part of the paper can be asked from anywhere, specifically we must focus on news-papers and novels the most for the verbal ability part but if book is necessary than I will prefer Norman Lewis for the beginners to start with the verbal section.    

Ques. Analytical & Logical Reasoning: Discuss the Strategy and Books you followed for this section.

Ans. For Analytical & Logical Reasoning I used only endeavor's study material because seriously it is the best in town. It covers all types of questions that can be asked in CMAT. I have compared it with many others books but I personally prefer the endeavor's Analytical reasoning book.

Ques. Quantitative Aptitude: Discuss the Strategy and Books Followed

Ans. For quantitative aptitude the best strategy is to practice. One must practice for quant at least 2 hours a day to score high in it. I preferred indiabix site for it, it’s having huge variety of questions and apart from that endeavor and time education's books are also very helpful.

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Ques. General Awareness: Books and Strategy Followed

Ans. There is practically no book for general awareness. The best strategy is to read newspapers and listen news. And there are also many more websites available over internet which can help you to an extent to increase your general awareness.

Ques. Share your thoughts on the Strategy for the aspirant who is starting two months before the exam.

Ans. For those who are starting preparation just before two months, be confident and start preparing reasoning section first because it is easy. After completing reasoning and verbal sections you will feel a bit confident and then rest of the month you can spare for the quantitative aptitude. But don’t take too much stress be free and enjoy the preparation and try to work more and more in study groups.

Ques. What are the things you would like to go back in time and change to get into a better college?

Ans. If I would have a chance to go back and can change something I would give more hours daily for CMAT preparation like 3 to 4 hours a day, with that I could have been in a better college today.

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