We have brought an interview with CAT 2014 Topper Shaumik Daityari who is an IIT Roorkee student and cracked CAT 2014 in his first attempt. He scored 99.86 in CAT 2014 and has got calls nearly from all the IIMs. Waiting to participate in the WAT and PI process now.
Jagranjosh.com: Kindly share a brief profile and personal background of yours.
Shaumik Daityari: My name is Shaumik Daityari and I am currently in my final year of Integrated M.Tech. in Geological Technology at IIT Roorkee. Born and brought up in Assam, I have always harboured an inquisitive attitude. Being involved in various extracurricular activities in college, I venture into the world of web development and freelance writing.
Jagranjosh.com: What are your hobbies?
Shaumik Daityari: That’s a tough question because I like doing so many things that I am never left with any free time! I believe freelance writing tops all my other activities. Background reading for my writings take up a huge chunk of my time too. Quora has been a fairly recent addition to my life, which helps me learn about a variety of random topics. Apart from that, I tune in to the occasional football game in the weekend to support my team. I love travelling too, having covered most parts of Uttarakhand during my college years. The hobbies section would be incomplete without the mention of the mobile app that I am forced to use to keep track of the number of TV series that I follow.
Jagranjosh.com: Why did you decide to go for MBA program after Engineering?
Shaumik Daityari: I believe the career paths of most people are nonlinear. During my college days, I discovered my flair for web development (which in turn, introduced me to freelance writing) and got selected for the Google Summer of Code program twice. I also got a taste of entrepreneurship, which I believe is the way forward. An MBA is definitely not a necessity for pursuing my dreams, but I know that this is probably the right time to go for it considering my age and eagerness to learn.
Jagranjosh.com: What was your strategy for CAT preparation?
Shaumik Daityari: I decided that I would go for an MBA late during my prefinal year. Many of my seniors had received great scores before (including 99.99 %ile), which is why I had a rough idea of the syllabus. Looking at the Quant and DI section, I realized I didn’t really need classroom coaching for it. I just needed to improve my accuracy and speed. In the Verbal section, I figured that a little improvement of the vocabulary was necessary. I ordered two books that covered all the topics in general and contained questions already asked in CAT to start my preliminary preparation. In July, I enrolled in a free test series by BullsEye. They upgraded my guest account to one with full access under their scholarship program, which gave me access to almost 50 mock CATs over the duration of the course. In mid September (two months before the CAT), I also enrolled
with Career Launcher for their test series, as I felt I had grown too comfortable with the BullsEye
My objective by giving so many mock tests was to get familiar with the test pattern. Just appearing for the mocks is not enough, you need to carefully analyse where you committed mistakes.
I also figured out what my approach to the whole exam would be. I started with the Verbal section in my initial tests, but grew comfortable with attempting the Quant section first over time as I had started committing too many errors in the Verbal section.
One should also be flexible and be prepared to change the strategy during the exam the actualCAT may be quite different from your mocks. For instance, at the back of my mind, I thought 150 was a good score for 99 %ile when the exam started, but it turned out the Quant section was relatively easy and my scaled score was 226 for an overall 99.86 %ile.
People often ask whether it’s good to take rest in the days leading up to the exam. Although it varies from person to person, I appeared for a mock test every day at 3 pm in the 10 days leading up to the exam (keeping tabs on my fatigue level too). I made the mock test at 3 pm an essential part of my day.