CAT 2018 Topper Interview- CAT 2018 Topper Interview- CAT 2018 results are out. The results have brought smiles and cheer for CAT aspirants especially Amit Bikram who has scored 100 percentile in CAT 2018 exam. For Amit CAT 2018 is a stepping stone towards his career in the management field.
Here Amit Bikram in an exclusive interview with JagranJosh shares his CAT 2018 journey and how he managed to score 100 percentile.
JagranJosh: Congratulations on scoring 100 percentile in CAT 2018! What are your overall and sectional scores in CAT 2018?
Amit: My overall scaled score in CAT 2018 is 235.18 and sectional scores are as follows:
Overall- 235. 18 (100 Percentile)
VARC - 79.59
LRDI - 60.51
JagranJosh: When did you start your CAT 2018 Preparation? What is the ideal time required to complete the CAT syllabus before the exam?
Amit: I started my CAT preparation in May 2018; the ideal time to revise and learn new concepts is 4 months as per my opinion.
JagranJosh: What was your overall preparation strategy for CAT 2018?
Amit: I spent May to June revising my concepts, as I had already studied the same for CAT-2017. I started taking mocks around July and August, at a rate of 1/week and increased it to 1 everyday in the last month.
JagranJosh: Was there any particular section/area that you were weak at? How did you overcome this challenge? What strategies did you adopt to master that section?
Amit: I was weak in both VARC and LRDI. For VARC, I employed different tactics in separate mocks, getting to know which sequence I should attempt the questions in. For LRDI, all I did was intensive practice and increase my speed.
JagranJosh: Please share your section-wise preparation strategy for QA, DILR and VARC.
Amit: For QA and LRDI, I practiced mocks of Career Launcher and IMS and questions from Arun Sharma. For VARC, I increased my vocabulary and reading skills by reading novels. Being an avid reader helped a lot. For QA, I avoided using any shortcut in practice which helped on the D-Day.
JagranJosh: Were you a part of any coaching institute? Do you think coaching is necessary to ace CAT?
Amit: I registered for e-Test series of IMS and mock tests of Career Launcher. For the theory part, I didn't feel any need for coaching personally.
JagranJosh: Any particular book or study material that helped you gain an edge over other candidates?
Amit: No such books that aren't already popular.
JagranJosh: What role did Mocks play in your success? How many mocks did you attempt before the exam?
Amit: Mocks play the most vital part in preparation. I attempted around 25-30 mocks in total.
JagranJosh: Please share your exam-day strategy for the CAT 2018. What was your last-minute preparation? How did you plan your CAT test taking?
Amit: The last minute preparation for CAT included going through the formulae for QA and relaxing the evening before the exam day.
JagranJosh: Do you think academic background plays an important role in CAT Prep and Why?
Amit: I am not really sure if the background affects the preparation, because the theories are pre college level.
JagranJosh: Which institutes have you applied to admission and why did you opt for them particularly?
Amit: I am targeting the top three IIM's A,B,C.
JagranJosh: How are you preparing for GD – PI and WAT rounds of the selection process?
Amit: Will be taking coaching for interview process.
JagranJosh: What is your message for CAT aspirants? One crucial piece of advice that you would like them to follow and wish you had known.
Amit: I would like to say that every student should know his/her own strengths and weaknesses and prepare keeping that in mind, rather than trying to follow someone else's strategies.
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