Udaipur, MDI Gurgaon, NMIMS Mumbai and IMT Ghaziabad, Anubhav has decided to take admission in IIM Rohtak.
Kumar Anubhav did his graduation in Communications and Computer Engineering from LNM Institute of Information Technology (LNMIIT), Jaipur. His hobbies include LAN gaming, basket ball, travelling and music.
Excerpts of the interview:
Q: What was your CAT 2012 percentile? Which are the other MBA entrance exams you had taken?
A: I scored 99.15 percentile in CAT 2012. Apart from CAT 2012 I took other exams such as JMET, FMS, XAT, NMAT and IIFT.
Q: What major differences did you notice among the exams you took? How did you prepare for each of them? Please share in detail.
A: CAT was different from other exams. Though every exam required unique preparation still they had many things in common too. CAT requires proper understanding of the basics as well as the ability to apply them in time. Other exams such as FMS and JMET were not hard problem solving kind but yes they indeed check your speed along with the accuracy thus the practice is necessary beforehand.
IIFT had many sections including general awareness so a wide knowledge of current affairs is required as well as their complex marking system requires a thoughtful process to attempt the paper so that you can make the most of it.
Q: Which are the MBA institutes that offered you final admission?
A: I got calls for the GD PI process from nine B-schools and I converted calls from all of them except NITIE Mumbai.
Q: Which is the institute that you have decided to take admission and why?
A: I have finally decided to take admission in IIM Rohtak. First of all there comes a question why to choose IIMs over other renowned institutes which are private and settled.
According to me, it is a matter of brand name. Secondly, the pedagogy can never be questioned in an IIM. I feel that being new institutes, the opportunities may be equivalent or less after two years as compared to renowned private college but down the line after six to seven years, brand name does matter.
Then came choice between the IIMs. As the IIMs Raipur and Rohtak are already established for one year, I chose them over others. While comparing between Rohtak and Raipur, I found that a place closer to the Capital city attracts more opportunities. Thus, Rohtak came out to be the obvious choice.
Q: How many GD&PI rounds have you had? Please share your experience in detail.
A: I got calls for GD PI from five IIMs which included IIM Rohtak, IIM Raipur, IIM Trichy, IIM Kashipur and IIM Udaipur. I also got calls from NMIMS Mumbai, NITIE Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon and IMT Ghaziabad.
NMIMS Mumbai was the first GD PI session that I attended. It was scary at start but as I had already practiced a lot I was not nervous. I proved my points with fair facts and details. Active participation is the key to success in GD process.
Regarding interview, my interview was mainly HR type and they asked all about my life and plans which according to me went fairly well. This helped in building up my confidence. Rest of the Interviews came in line and I tried to give my best in each of them.
Every college had its different style of testing candidates, which helped me in reviewing myself better for future.
Q: What was your strategy for GD, PI & Essay Writing (WAT) preparation?
A: I had been mentored by experienced people. Group discussion is not only about speaking, but speaking with accurate facts and self confidence. Proving that your point is correct by stating a fact is the most effective way of marking your presence.
Definitely starting and concluding a discussion earns some points but never ever attempt to do so until you are aware of the topic otherwise it can act negative.
Personal interviews are the most feared things among candidates and they read a lot about world, politics and many other things but the biggest mistake they make is they never introspect.
Knowing yourself better than others is the key to a calm, composed and stable mind without which you can never succeed. Try to know your strengths and weaknesses, Why you want to do MBA and many other such questions.
I would like to say reading is the solution to everything. A well read person has enough knowledge required to perform in GD PI and written tests. Until you know something, you can't prove it anywhere. Thus keep reading newspapers, magazines, novels of every genre.
Q: What were your strategies for preparing for Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning? Please share in detail.
A: As we all know that CAT exam has three sections, I prepared in the following manner:
Quantitative aptitude: I personally had a knack for it since childhood and kept solving questions by interest so it was not much of a problem for me ever but it can be a nightmare for many. So I would suggest that practice is what makes it friendly to anybody. Just practice a lot and you won’t need to mug any formula and any trick. Things will turn out eventually in your favor.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: As the name suggests, there is no formula and tricks in this section. It just requires organizing your mind and thinking step by step for every problem. Common sense can prove to be vital if people practice and use it in right place and right time. Data Interpretation may seem boring but it really is the section where the answer is right in front of you and you can score easy marks most of the time.
Verbal Reasoning: This is the area which used to give me nightmares. I was never a reader but I developed the habit of reading newspapers first daily and then novels. First it took me a week to finish a book but gradually it reduced to three days.
Read newspaper's front page, editorial and business page necessarily within 35 minutes. Develop reading habit before sleeping. I know it’s hard talking to people in English around you so try and talk at least to yourself in English. That way sometimes you will need words and that will increase your vocabulary itself. Rest is same for the section. Performance is directly proportional to practice here.
Q: What was your experience of taking the computer based CAT?
A: Being a Computer Engineer, I never feared sitting in front of the computer but taking such a high intensity test on computer has its own thrill. Those who are unfamiliar to computers or in taking tests on them, I strongly recommend please start familiarizing yourself, and above all try and practice reading on the screen. It not only drives away the fear of screen but also helps you to have same reading speed as on paper.
Try and take as many mock tests as you can so that on the final day it is just another test for you rather than you being all nervous and chaotic in mind.
Q: What is your advice to the CAT 2013 candidates for preparing for the computer based CAT?
A: Consistent performance is the key to cracking a national level exam. Perform not just on the exam day, but also every day and excel yourself. Compete not with others but with yourself and that will help immensely. Try and bring a change to your personality by reading and by being aware and that will automatically show in your results.
Q: What should be the overall strategy for CAT 2013 preparation with regards to time management?
A: Regarding time management I must say a person has to know his or her strengths and weakness because that is the only factor deciding the amount of effort to be put in various sections.
Try and identify your topics of strengths and weak ones and focus more on weak ones. Be thorough with every exam's pattern so that when you enter the room you know exactly what you have to do in those two to three hours. Time management is what comes from lots of test and practices which help you analyze your strong and weak areas.
Q: Any other message you would like to convey to the CAT 2013 aspirants?
A: Keep reading, Keep performing, Keep competing and above like what you are doing and enjoy it because unless you do so, you may never be able to give your 100 per cent. Do your best and leave the rest to God.