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CAT Success Story: How this engineer cracked CAT with 98 percentile from running a dhaba?

Last Updated - August 13, 2018

“It doesn’t matter in what situation you are; you are always the creator of your destiny.” There are so many people who implemented this quote in their lives and showcased the transformation to the world.

Here is an inspiring story of Mr. Shashank Agarwal, who cracked the CAT Exam at the 98.01 percentile. With this, he got admission to the postgraduate course in management in the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Rohtak this year at his struggling age of 25 years.

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Shashank spent his childhood in true poverty and traveled the journey through to be a successful person in his life. Yes, obstacles were there, but they could not hold his way because of his unseen courage, hard work and passion.

For the academic year 2018, CAT will be held on November 25, 2018 through online mode. CAT 2018 Registration will start from August 8, 2018 on the official website of CAT.

As per CAT eligibility, students must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with minimum of 50% marks to be eligible for CAT. Applicants who are appearing for CAT 2018 can check the success story of Mr. Shashank Agarwal who cracked the CAT Exam at the 98.01 percentile. 

Shashank starts telling his story that he was an infant when his father passed away. The only bread-earner left in his family was his elderly grand-father, who was merely a pensioner.

In such extreme financial circumstances, he retained his courage to work harder in his academics and somehow managed to complete his schooling. Post then, he worked hard and got admission in an engineering course at an engineering college in Indore.

On one side when his family members got bit relaxed that their financial condition would improve post completion of his engineering course, his luck didn’t favour him much. Shashank was just in the second year of his engineering when his grandfather also passed away.

At that point, there was no other source of income in his family. This was the time when his family members were on the stage of losing their all hopes.

However, Shashank was very determined to achieve his goals of completing his studies despite the adverse situation. He had faith in his capabilities. So, instead of leaving his studies in the midway, he somehow arranged a loan of INR 50,000 to setup a small Dhaba in Indore near to a college.

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Shashank shared – “Bhawar Kuan Square in Indore is a hotspot, as many competitive exam coaching centers operate from here. I rented a small joint and hired five people, including a cook. Being a student myself, I realized the problems most of them face.”

He added – “We offered unlimited food at INR 50. This idea worked well as we received positive feedback, and within some time, I was earning a profit of INR 30,000 a month.” Even when Shashank was able to accomplish success in his venture, he did not lose focus from his studies.

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It now became a part of his life to wake up at 6 in the morning to arrange raw material for his Dhaba, reaching to his college afterwards, and then working at the Dhaba till 11 in the night post his college hours. Shashank’s committed zeal and hard work grew flowers of success, and he secured an engineering degree from his college successfully.

As he became an engineer, the family’s financial conditions expected him to get a job anyhow. Shashank got the same in a start-up in Hyderabad. Even though he was working in the IT hub of India, he strived to get a job in his hometown where his family was residing.

Post his attempt, Shashank managed to get a job in an education technology organization in Indore. Being a brilliant student, he leveraged this opportunity for cracking one of the most competitive entrance exams of India, Common Admission Test (CAT).

He shared his experience – “This venture helped me understand how to sell and market things. I realized my true calling is not engineering, but management.” He further added – “We were developing content for various competitive exams, including the Common Admission Test (CAT). So, I was simultaneously preparing for the exam.”

Since he was a meritorious engineering scholar, the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) section of CAT appeared easier for him to prepare. However, for the Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) part, he worked hard by reading lots of English novels.

Additionally, he took the help of online tutorials and course material. He worked very hard at his end to grab this lifetime opportunity in one shot. Post cracking the CAT exam at a wonderful percentile, he shared his last tip for the CAT aspirants - “A candidate should first analyse sections they need to work on and give themselves at least three months to prepare for CAT.”

Shashank’s story is truly an inspiration for our country’s youth. How Shashank, despite poor financial conditions of his family, worked very hard, and finally achieved his dream of studying management at IIM Rohtak. So, where there is a will, there are no excuses and only the success way!

All the Best.



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