In a uncommon achievement, a candidate from Gujarat, Pulkit Pandey, scored 99.99 percentile in verbal potential part of Common Admission Test (CAT), the outcomes of which have been introduced Saturday.
The 23-year-old electronics engineer from Vadodara, who received an total rating of 99.84 percentile, has been working as a programmer at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) in Gandhinagar since 2019.
“Certainly scoring high in the verbal section for us (Gujarat candidates) is very difficult. Since English does not come naturally to us as we speak majorly in Gujarati and rarely in Hindi. During my mocks, I would score between 80-85 percentile and get demotivated,” Pandey, who’s initially from Uttar Pradesh and has been in Gujarat since Class 4, instructed The Indian Express.
Agreeing with Pulkit, Manish Shah, director of a personal mentoring institute in Ahmedabad mentioned, “In Gujarat, children lag in competitive examinations, especially postgraduate ones like MBA. Since the verbal section in CAT is English-oriented, evaluating the comprehension and aptitude, it is rare for candidates to score high in this section as people in Gujarat generally do not speak English unlike other states. So you need some good preparation.”
Also, the engineering background, Pulkit mentioned, was an obstacle for him that compelled him to work tougher for the verbal potential part. “As told by my mentors I started reading novels and books. Reading English books or novels also does not come naturally to me being from an engineering background. Added with a 9-7 job that would even get extended to 9.30 pm, there were only weekends for me to prepare. Amid all this, I had to go extra mile improving my English language,” he added.
Another engineer, Prasad Doshi, topped Ahmedabad with 99.97 percentile. A mechanical engineer from Nirma University, Prasad is hoping to get via Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad.
“Being the top institute and in my home city, I would certainly prefer IIM-A,” he mentioned.
Prasad, who scored 98.5 percentile in verbal potential, mentioned this was the bottom scoring part as he was utilizing the mom tongue many of the instances.
Currently working in a producing firm in Sanand, he stop his job in Adani Green Energy in Kutch to be in Ahmedabad, his residence metropolis. His elder brother can be pursuing MBA from XLRI-Xavier School of Management Jamshedpur.
Following the league of engineers to crack CAT, Abhinav Gupta, chemical engineer who’s at present working in a pump manufacturing firm in Rajkot, scored 99.58 percentile in his fourth try. However, one factor that makes him completely different from the league is his resolution to decide on MBA from India over a scholarship from Rice Jones School of Business.
“I am hoping to get through some top rated MBA institutes in the country. So I would let go the scholarship of over Rs 67 lakh (USD 92,000) for a period of two years. Though getting 75 per cent of the tuition fee as scholarship is not common as the institute’s website only says that 70 per cent of the students get 25 per cent tuition fee as scholarship,” mentioned Abhinav Gupta, who accomplished his BTech in 2018.
He had utilized for the scholarship in October for which the outcome have been introduced in December.
Covid-19 lockdown turned out to be in his favour. “I had left my earlier job and was to join the new one when lockdown was imposed. Between this, I had a gap of 5-6 months which gave me enough time to prepare. Also since most of the CAT training in Ahmedabad was online, I could get enrolled and train along with my job in Rajkot,” he mentioned.
When requested in regards to the distinction between entrance checks and interviews right here and overseas Gupta mentioned, “In India, more questions during the interview are asked on general knowledge, but in abroad, they ask you what you want to do or what are your goals.”
The CAT query paper was ready by IIM Indore this 12 months.
Due to Covid and delay in examination, there have been few adjustments within the examination together with lowering questions from 100 to 76 questions and time period from three to 2 hours.