Two aspirants from Kolkata, Avidipto Chakraborty and Nilanjan Dutta are among the 20 who have bagged a 100 percentile in the Common Admission Test (CAT) for management schools that was announced on Monday.
Avidipto is a student of computer engineering at BITS Pilani, Goa, while Nilanjan Dutta, who already holds an MBA degree from XLRI and is employed with an IT company, had taken the examination just to test his abilities.
In his first attempt itself, Chakraborty cleared one of the most competitive examinations of the country that was conducted on December 4, 2016. When asked how he feels about being a topper, he said ,”I feel elated. It’s not the score, that’s important. But 4 months, 86 mocks later, getting a 100 percentile, feels great. The journey has been truly special.”
Avidipto and Nilanjan credited the innumerable mock tests they took for their scores. “I completely relied on self-studies and did not take get enrolled in any coaching centers,” said Chakraborty who is at present doing internship with at Nomura.
This BITS-Pilani student’s mantra for success was his focus on mock tests. “I took 86 mock tests for preparation and trusted almost 90 per cent on the analysis,” said he to the Indian Express. Besides CAT, Avidipto has also appeared for GMAT and IIFT.
When asked about how he kept the balance between his studies and CAT preparation, the topper said, “Weekends were my savior. I, therefore, attempted three mock test in those two days to gain confidence,”
“This was my first attempt for CAT. I appeared for as many as 86 mock tests at various training institutes. Since the test this year was rather difficult, the level of difficulty was increased in the Verbal Ability and Quantitative Aptitude section. Since I had taken the mock tests, I could adapt myself to the situation,” said Avidipto.
The alumnus of Assembly of God Church School wants to pursue a career in consulting. Avidipto already has a job offer from Mckinsey and would like to get through to IIM-Ahmadabad, which has a deferment program that allows students to join two years later. “In that case I can earn considerable job experience at Mckinsey ,” said the Salt Lake resident. Chakraborty now targets MBA from IIM-Ahmadabad. “I always wanted to crack MBA and get admission in IIM-A. I wish to be an entrepreneur in the future.”
Nilanjan, a working professional, still hasn’t applied for IIM. “I had appeared in CAT in 2011but was disappointed with my score of 99.43 percentile. Many of my friends who’ve already graduated from top B-schools took the test this year to test their abilities and so did I,” the 22-year-old said. He too believes that mock tests can be a key to success.
This is the city’s best result since 2014, when one aspirant had achieved a hundred percentile. As many as 92 aspirants have bagged scores above 99 percentile this year.
The second highest score from the state -99.99 percentile -is that of Ayush Saraf, who has just completed his BCom from Calcutta University. He is among the few toppers, who is not from an engineering background. He is currently pursuing a CA course. “I would want to join a finance company after completing my MBA,” he said.
Ananya Mishra, a student of metallurgical engineering at Jadavpur University, is the probable topper among girls in the state with a score of 99.89 percentile. She said that her preparations centered mainly on mock tests. “At first my mock test scores weren’t good enough and this made me even more determined,” said the South Point alumnus who loves dancing and reading crime novels.
Avidipto Chakraborty said some word of advice to CAT aspirants, “No matter how much ever you prepare, CAT will always be a step ahead of you. There is always an element of surprise. Do not try to solve all the questions in a set. It is sheer waste of time.” He concluded saying, “A smart student would know which section is tougher than the previous years’ papers. So, don’t waste your time. Solve what you know and move ahead…”
This year, the registration for CAT to Indian Institutes of Management and other leading B-schools of the country splurged up to a seven-year high, with 2,32,434 applications received for CAT 2016 as against 2,18,664 registrations for the test last year. CAT is a premier management aptitude test conducted by the IIMs primarily to evaluate and shortlist candidates for the post graduate program.