CMAT Second test was conducted in February 2015. Results were declared soon after. Here in this interview, All India Rank-6 Shubhadeep Basak tells how he cracked the prestigious CMAT Exam and what are his plans here after.
Jagranjosh.com: Tell us about your background
Shubhadeep Basak: I have done my graduation in Electrical Engineering from Government College of Engineering Amravati, Maharashtra. I have secured a gold medal for my academic accomplishments. Even during my 12th and 10th standards, I have performed consistently well. I have also excelled in a wide range of competitions that includes painting, test on Indian Culture, General Knowledge quiz etc. I took training in Hindustani Classical Music (vocals and harmoniums) for 10 years. I belong to a well-educated family and both my parents are doctors.
Jagranjosh.com: What are your hobbies?
Shubhadeep Basak: My first and foremost hobby is singing. I also like to read books and write poems. Traveling, too, is a hobby for me.
Jagranjosh.com: Why did you decide to go for MBA program after Engineering?
Shubhadeep Basak: I am immensely grateful to my engineering course. I developed the necessary hard skills due to it. But, I understood that was not enough. I wanted to seek entry into the corporate world in a more prepared and enhanced manner. An MBA will provide me with the required skills to do so. Also, I will be interacting with students from diverse backgrounds during my MBA. It will make my learning process a holistic one.
Jagranjosh.com: Did you try for other MBA Entrance exams as well? If yes, what was your experience?
Shubhadeep Basak: Yes, I have appeared for CAT, XAT, IIFT, NMAT, SNAP and MH MBA CET. CAT and XAT are those exams which require great conceptual clarity. IIFT is about question selection. SNAP, NMAT and MH MBA CET are speed tests. In fact for NMAT and MH MBA CET, I had to get used to that speedy environment, learn some shortcuts and above all, manage the time accordingly. SNAP is also a speed test with the exclusion that it has negative marking.
Jagranjosh.com: What was the CMAT Exam pattern?
Shubhadeep Basak: The Feb-15 CMAT pattern had four sections-Quantitative Techniques and Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Language Comprehension and General Awareness. There were 25 questions per section. For each correctly attempted question, four marks were awarded and 1 mark was deducted for wrongly attempted question. The time duration was 180 minutes. We can move across various sections during the test and this is the best part of CMAT.
Jagranjosh.com: In which sections of CMAT exam you did the best and why?
Shubhadeep Basak: I did my best in QTDI and GA sections. Actually, I had worked hard for QT from the beginning of my preparation. In addition to this, I like to gather General Knowledge whenever and wherever I can. These practices really helped.
Jagranjosh.com: What was your strategy for CMAT exam preparation?
Shubhadeep Basak: I followed the same strategy for the preparation of every entrance test. After finishing a topic, I gave section-wise mock tests. They were of 15-20 minutes each. Though they were easy, they pointed out my minor weaknesses. I again worked on them. Gradually, I gave full-length mock tests. Initially, my target was to get accustomed to the testing environment. I focused on marks later on. I did not give a huge number of mocks but just made sure that whichever mock I gave, I followed it up thoroughly. I checked alternative methods of solving a question. Mocks helped me improve my speed.