CAT experiences of IIMA students 5-6-7

This is the penultimate post on interview series. Here I shall continue with the successful students in the CAT 2005. In the next interview I shall take up a few of the CAT 2004 and 2003 successful candidates, in case the question pattern is changed back to the old format. Keep watching!

Fifth candidate: Presently a PGP student at IIM-A

QA = 7/10 in one marks and 8/20 in 2 marks = 23/50

RC = 6/10 in one marks and 12/20 in 2 marks = 30/50

DI/LR = 6/10 in one marks and 6/20 in 2 marks = 18/50

Percentile = 99.92

Percentage marks = 46.7

Analysis

Here you see that he did very well in QA and RC section but DI/LA. But, in DI/LA he didn't do well. He started with RC, his strong point and then solved QA - both in total consuming 1 hour 15 minutes of his time and lastly he attempted DI section where he spent 30 minutes and kept 15 minutes for revising and reattempting a few questions in the other two sections.

Now look at his accuracy - he answered 47.33% marks and he scored 46.7%! A whooping 98.67% accuracy - AMAZING!!!!

Again you see, YOU CAN BE WEAK IN ONE OF THE SECTIONS - DON'T PANIC - YOU SCORE ON YOUR STRONG POINTS SO HEAVILY THAT YOU CAN MORE THAN MAKE UP YOUR WEAK POINTS.  Here he just cleared the DI/LR section and cracked the rest two! So, you may not be equally good in every section like the 100 percentile student, but you can CRACK CAT!

Sixth candidate: Presently a PGP student at IIM-A

QA = 7/10 in one marks and 5/20 in 2 marks = 17/50

RC = 7/10 in one marks and 10/20 in 2 marks = 27/50

DI/LR = 6/10 in one marks and 7/20 in 2 marks = 20/50

Percentile = 99.49

Percentage marks = he forgot

Analysis

He started with RC -> DI/LR -> QA. Now he did not do very impressive in any of the sections but he answered quite well and he got interview calls from most of the IIMs including IIMA. So you see that even without scoring impressively in any of the sections you can get a call from IIMs!

Seventh candidate: Presently a PGP student at IIM-A

QA = 8/10 in one marks and 12/20 in 2 marks = 32/50

RC = 7/10 in one marks and 14/20 in 2 marks = 35/50

DI/LR = 6/10 in one marks and 14/20 in 2 marks = 34/50

Percentile = 99.94

Percentage marks = he forgot

Analysis

He did very well in all the sections - with perfect balance answering nearly 70% of the marks. His strategy was to answer the 2 mark question first and then attempt the one marks one. He had no weakness in any of the sections but started with RC as it takes bulk of the time to read the paragraphs. A perfect example if you want to do equally well in all the sections.