Out of 1.92 lakh candidates who took part in the test, nine candidates including Soham scored 100 percent.
In an interview with IANS, Soham talks about his preparation and how he topped the CAT. Excerpt:
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Q. What was your reaction to knowing your score? A. I am happy with my score. When the response letter was issued, I was confident that I would score well. My estimated score was 153 and I was trying to find out if anyone else in Slot 1 scored higher than me, but I couldn’t find anyone. I keep my fingers crossed and check the percentages. Satisfied …
Q. What are your total and division marks?
A. Scores are VARC 47.73, DILR 53.06, Quants 58.35, Total 159.13. Percentage – VARC 99.33, DILR 100, Quant 99.99, Total 100.
Q. When you started preparing for CATS 2021, how many hours did you study?
A. I also appeared for the CATS 2020 exam and have been preparing for two-three months. This time, I started preparing for the exam two weeks before because I was busy with some projects. I just needed a revision because I was also preparing for the exam last year. In two weeks of preparation I would solve a mock test of two hours and analyze from 30 minutes to an hour.
Q: Did you take coaching? What are the benefits?
A. No, I don’t. But I bought a mock test series from the Times Institute. I believe that the CAT curriculum is not something we have not studied because it tests general aptitude and reasoning. However, for a paper solution, it is important to know its pattern. To score well, it is important to solve a good mock test series.
Q. How did you use it to reduce stress during the test?
A. I did not allow myself to be pressured too much. Stress never works. Rarely does anything come out of it … Sometimes some thoughts bother you about the test, the difficulty level of the question paper, the result … To avoid negativity, I would hang out with my friends, watch television. In those two weeks I was busy watching the series match between India and New Zealand.
Q. Tell us about your hobbies and preferences?
A. I am a computer engineer by profession and come from Mumbai. I love playing musical instruments, especially the flute. I love watching cricket and was a member of our college drama team.
Q. Why did you want to study MBA?
A. I have read a lot about management studies and I think I have the skills needed to study. This course will help me achieve my goals. My target is the country’s top IIMs – Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Kolkata.
Q: Who is your role model and why?
A. I have no ideals. I am inspired by different people based on their qualities and achievements and try to follow the lessons learned from them in life.
Q. Do you have any messages for future CAT candidates?
A. Believe in yourself. Don’t be afraid of failure. When writing an exam, don’t worry about running out of time. Instead of forcing yourself to solve the whole paper, focus on accuracy. It is better to write two correct answers in four to five minutes than to write one correct and two wrong answers in a hurry.
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