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“Work on your strengths and follow the graph of effort Vs improvement while dealing with your weakness.”
– Rickshesh Manchanda
CAT 2018 Topper Rickshesh Manchanda is one of the eleven 100 percentile scorers, with his sectional percentile for VARC, DILR and QA being 99.44, 100 and 99.95 percentile, respectively. He is an IIT-Delhi graduate and works in a bank. His hard work along with his professional commitments is an achievement for CAT 2019 aspirants, let’s have a look at his journey:
Was this his first attempt at CAT?
He admits that it’s not his first attempt; he qualified CAT 2017 with 99.99 percentile but still decided to retake the exam. Though he got a call from IIM-Calcutta but needed some sort of work experience in order to boost his confidence, so he appeared for CAT in 2018 again.
What made Rickshesh go for CAT 2018?
When he was asked about the reason behind taking the second CAT attempt despite scoring really well in his first attempt, he shared that he wasn’t very confident about the GD/PI/WAT rounds in his first attempt. So, he took the second chance and appeared for CAT 2018. Clearly it was a well thought out plan as he ended up scoring 100 percentile.
What was his preparation strategy for the exam?
Rickshesh said that due to work pressure he was not able to spare much time to prepare for CAT 2018. Although preparing for CAT 2017, really played out in his favour. This time, he was focused on brushing up his concepts and taking mocks. QA has always been his strength, as per him. In VARC, he majorly focused on the reading comprehension. Sectional tests proved to be more beneficial for him than full length mock tests. He suggests that the candidates should first understand their potential, their strengths and weaknesses and should then start building appropriate strategies to study. Check CAT Preparation Tips
Coaching Vs Self study, what helped him more?
Rickshesh opted for self- study over coaching. His preparation during 2017 gave him a good base to prepare for CAT 2018. He took various online test series to analyze his performance and to identify and work on his stronger and weaker zones.
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To what extent did he find Mock Tests and Previous years’ Question Papers useful?
Rickshesh shared that mock tests were a major part of his study plan for CAT 2018. He purchased several test series to constantly analyze his performance. He shares that sectional tests proved to be a lot more productive for him than full length mock tests. Mock tests and previous year papers are useful for judging one’s own potential, identifying weaknesses and strengths and time management.
Any particular strategy that he followed during attempting the CAT 2018 Paper?
Rickshesh shared that he has no particular strategy as such and believes in impromptu strategies. He further added that if one has a set strategy in mind for the exam, then he/she might not secure well as CAT is highly competitive and therefore an unpredictable exam.
He shares that he could only pick up the required speed after the initial 30 minutes during attempting each section. For the QA section, he could only solve 7 questions in the first half an hour, and then finished 21 more questions in a rush in the remaining time.
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